Struck by Lightning (TV series)
|Struck by Lightning|
|Written by||Michael Russnow|
|Directed by||Joel Zwick|
|Starring||Jeffrey Kramer (Stein)
Jack Elam (Frank)
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||3 (8 unaired)|
|Cinematography||Keith C. Smith|
|Running time||30 min.|
|Production company(s)||Paramount Television|
|Original run||September 19, 1979– October 3, 1979|
Like Working Stiffs, another 1979 CBS sitcom, this show was canceled after only three episodes were aired in the United States, although all completed episodes did end up being shown in England on ITV in 1980.
Ted Stein (Jeffrey Kramer) is a science teacher who inherits a spooky old New England inn inhabited by its hulking, good-naturedly homicidal caretaker Frank (Jack Elam). It turns out that Ted is the descendant of the original Dr. Frankenstein and Frank is the Monster who needs a special serum every 50 years to stay alive, and he wants Ted to recreate it for him ("If you don't, I'll die," he explains, "Let me put it another way, if you don't, you'll die"). Ted agrees to stay and continue his ancestor's experiments while keeping Frank's identity a secret.
The premise is similar to that of the 1974 movie Young Frankenstein.
Eleven episodes were made, but only the first three were aired in America.
|1||"Struck by Lightning"||19 September 1979|
|2||"Toot Toot Tutor Goodbye"||26 September 1979|
|3||"The Movie"||3 October 1979|
|4||"Frank Meets the Press"||--|
|5||"Happy Birthday Frank"||--|
|6||"The Main Event"||--|
|7||"Frank the Crank"||--|
|8||"Rich Frank, Poor Frank"||--|
|9||"Looking Out for Number 2"||--|
|10||"Frank the VIIIth"||--|
|11||"My Mystery Guest"||--|
Elam claimed in an interview in Variety that he accepted the role of Frank after being told by the producers that he would not have to wear monster make-up because his naturally gnarled and bulgy-eyed appearance was already perfect for the part.
As of this writing, Struck by Lightning has not been released on home video.
- Struck by Lightning at the Internet Movie Database
- Struck by Lightning at TV.com