16 December 1979
| 6.3/10 |
9 September 1979
| Thomas L. MillerRobert L. Boyett|
Peter Baldwin, Jeff Chambers, Duncan Scott McGibbon, John Tracy
American Broadcasting Company
Tammy Lauren, Olivia Barash, Clark Brandon, Dixie Carter, Eileen Heckart
Happy Days, Blansky's Beauties, Mork & Mindy, Laverne & Shirley, Joanie Loves Chachi
Out of the Blue is an American fantasy Sitcom that aired on ABC during the fall of 1979. It is chiefly notable as having featured a Mork & Mindy crossover, and for the controversy surrounding its status as a spin-off of Happy Days.
The series stars Jimmy Brogan as Random, an angel-in-training who is assigned to live with (and act as guardian angel for) a family and work as a high school teacher. The series aired from September 9 to December 16, 1979. Nine episodes had been aired at the time of cancellation. Some completed material was never broadcast.
Out of the Blue (1979 TV series) Wikipedia
Out of the Blue has engendered debate amongst some viewers concerning its precise relationship to Happy Days. The controversy arises from the fact that the first episode of the show was broadcast a little over one week prior to an episode of Happy Days featuring Jimmy Brogan as the character Random. Television observer and owner of Sitcoms Online, Todd Fuller, maintains that because "Chachi Sells His Soul" aired on September 18, 1979, Random's appearance on this Happy Days episode was a crossover. He goes on to postulate: "The Happy Days episode was likely a promotional tool for Out of the Blue to make the character more known."
Thom Holbrook, who has a website devoted to TV crossovers and spin-offs, sees the arguments against calling it a spin-off, but ultimately concludes: "Making it a crossover would be basing things all on an odd bit of scheduling decades ago. The intent was spin off. The tone of the Happy Days episode is that of a dry run on the character, that of a pilot episode."Jimmy Brogan as RandomDixie Carter as Aunt MarionClark Brandon as Chris RichardsOlivia Barash as Laura RichardsTammy Lauren as Stacey RichardsJason Keller as Jason RichardsShane Keller as Shane RichardsHannah Dean as GladysEileen Heckart as The Boss Angel