Flying Blind (TV series)

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Flying Blind
Genre Comedy
Created by Richard Rosenstock
Starring Téa Leoni
Corey Parker
Clea Lewis
Robert Bauer
Theme music composer David Byrne
Opening theme "A Million Miles Away"
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 22
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Original run September 13, 1992 (1992-09-13)  – May 2, 1993 (1993-05-02)

Flying Blind is an American sitcom that aired on Fox from September 1992, to May 1993. The series stars Corey Parker and Téa Leoni.

Synopsis[edit]

The series revolves around awkward post-collegian Neil Barash (Parker) who, by serendipity, meets beautiful libertine Alicia (Leoni) and begins a relationship with her. The show explores the difficulties faced by self-conscious and repressed Neil in dealing with the erotic antics of Alicia and her eccentric roommates, Jordan (Robert Bauer) and Megan (Clea Lewis).

Veteran comedy actor Peter Boyle guest starred as Alicia's father, a former spy, and Charles Rocket guested as movie maker Dennis Lake. Thomas Haden Church, acting full-time on Wings, also served in a recurring role as Jonathan. In addition to Leoni, an assortment of stars had guest spots or cameos in the series before they became famous, including Diedrich Bader, Jill Hennessy, Greg Grunberg, Lisa Kudrow, Andy Dick, Willie Garson and Noah Emmerich.

Production notes[edit]

The series was created by Richard Rosenstock, who later went on to write for Fox's Arrested Development. The theme song for the show was "A Million Miles Away", written and performed by David Byrne which appeared on his spring 1992 album release Uh-Oh.

The production companies were Sweetum Productions, and Paramount Network Television in association with (eventual corporate sibling) Viacom Productions. The series later became owned by CBS Television Distribution.

Reception[edit]

The series got generally favourable notices upon its debut. Ken Tucker gave the show a B+ in Entertainment Weekly,"Flying Blind's pilot episode is so well written, so zippily sexy, that it immediately stands out among Fox's usual run of self-consciously crude comedies. But even if it soon crashes and burns, this pilot for Flying Blind is easily one of the best debut shows of the year."[1] People Magazine also graded the pilot a B+ and stated "The show may never again attain the sustained comic brilliance of last week's pilot. But this is a rarity for Fox: a sophisticated and clever sitcom."[2] Howard Rosenberg of the Los Angeles Times wrote "It's not only the episode's sharp writing but also its eroticism and its balance between the naivete and predictability of Neil and the spontaneity and instability of Alicia that give "Flying Blind" its uniqueness. What a nice beginning."[3] Mike Duffy of the Detroit Free Press wrote "Rosenstock has a terrific sense of irreverent non-sexist humor, the sort of contemporary, self-deprecating wit that makes Neil and the outlandishly attractive Alicia most enjoyable. Plus, Flying Blind stars Parker and Leoni share a very nifty comic chemistry in this hip, fast-talking and contemporary romance."[4] The show only lasted one year and has never been released on DVD. Joel Keller of Huffpost TV remarked "I'm not sure why the show only lasted one year, given the talent both in front of and behind the camera (James Burrows directed some episodes, and Linwood Boomer of Malcolm in the Middle was one of the writers). But when it was on the air, it was mostly an enjoyable show to watch."[5]

Episode list[edit]

Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
1 "Pilot" James Burrows Richard Rosenstock September 13, 1992
Neil meets Alicia.
2 "Smiles of a Summer Night" Michael Lembeck Richard Rosenstock September 20, 1992
Neil and Alicia plan their first sexual encounter.
3 "Crazy for You... and You" Michael Lembeck Ellen Byron,
Lissa Kapstrom
September 27, 1992
After Neil and Alicia break up, Neil dates his high school sweetheart.
4 "Single White Eurotrash" Michael Lembeck Douglas Wyman October 4, 1992
The twin of Alicia's dead boyfriend moves in with Alicia.
5 "The Week of Living Dangerously" Michael Lembeck Bob Stevens October 11, 1992
A former boyfriend of Alicia's threatens to kill Neil.
6 "Prelude to a Brisket" Michael Lembeck Terri Minsky October 18, 1992
Alicia spends an evening with Neil's parents and wants to become like them.
7 "Desperately Seeking Alicia" Dennis Erdman Michael Borkow,
Terri Minsky
October 25, 1992
Neil's cousin Leslie visits and wants to be like Alicia.
8 "Lovers and Other Strangers" Ellen Falcon Richard Rosenstock November 1, 1992
Jonathan returns with news that he's getting married, and Alicia doesn't believe him.
9 "The Heartbreak Id" Peter Bonerz Bob Stevens November 8, 1992
When Neil and Alicia have problems in bed, Alicia goes into therapy.
10 "The Secret of My Great Dress" Ellen Falcon Ellen Byron,
Lissa Kapstrom
November 15, 1992
Alicia becomes a fashion designer and has no free time for Neil.
11 "A Woman Under the Influence" Peter Bonerz Richard Rosenstock November 22, 1992
Alicia is jealous when Neil flirts with the Hochman Fudge Girl.
12 "Dad" Ellen Falcon Bob Stevens December 13, 1992
Alicia's Dad returns to terrorize her current boyfriend.
13 "Ted Over Heels" Ellen Falcon Linwood Boomer January 10, 1993
After Ted ruins his career at Hochman Foods, Megan instantly becomes attracted to him.
14 "Panic in Neil's Park" Stan Daniels Richard Rosenstock February 7, 1993
Neil is fired from Hochman Foods and begins searching for a new career.
15 "The Player" James Widdoes Terri Minsky February 14, 1993
Neil accidentally interrupts a movie shoot and is hired by the director.
16 "Escape to New York" Jeff Melman Michael Borkow March 7, 1993
Neil moves in with Alicia, but it may ruin their relationship.
17 "My Dinner with Brad Schimmel" Stan Daniels Rick Copp,
David A. Goodman
March 14, 1993
Neil uses Alicia to impress an old rival.
18 "Unforgiving" Jeff Melman Terri Minsky March 21, 1993
Meg gets back at Alicia by writing a B-movie about her.
19 "The Bride of Marsh Man 2: The Spawning" Jeff Melman Mark Reisman March 28, 1993
Alicia agrees to reprise her role as Bride of the Marsh Man, but only if Neil directs.
20 "The Spy Who Came in from the Old" Joshua White Tom Maxwell,
Don Woodard
April 11, 1993
Alicia's dad announces that he's leaving the spy game and getting married.
21 "The People That Time Forgot" Peter Bonerz Rick Copp,
David A. Goodman
April 25, 1993
Neil has to choose between an art opening with Alicia and a sports memorabilia show with an old high school friend.
22 "The Long Goodbye" Peter Bonerz Michael Borkow,
Ellen Byron,
Lissa Kapstrom
May 2, 1993
Neil and Alicia break up after Neil reads Alicia's diary.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Reviewed by Ken Tucker on Sep 11, 1992 (1992-09-11). "Hearts Afire; Flying Blind Review | TV Reviews and News". EW.com. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  2. ^ Hiltbrand, David. "Picks and Pans Review: Flying Blind". People.com. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  3. ^ HOWARD ROSENBERG (1992-09-12). "TV Reviews : Some Fresh Fun on Fox's 'Flying Blind' - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  4. ^ Mike Duffy, Detroit Free Press (1992-12-29). "Unlike 'Flying Blind' Character, Corey Parker Has Been Around - Orlando Sentinel". Articles.orlandosentinel.com. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  5. ^ "Short-Lived Shows: Flying Blind". Aoltv.com. Retrieved 2014-01-30.