Woops!

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Woops!
Genre Post-apocalyptic sitcom
Created by Gary Jacobs
Written by Ross Abrash
Maria Brown
Bill Bryan
Richard Day
Pat Dougherty
Gary Jacobs
Harold Kimmel
Tim Maile
Mark Nutter
Douglas Tuber
Directed by Terry Hughes
Starring Evan Handler
Fred Applegate
Meagen Fay
Cleavant Derricks
Marita Geraghty
Lane Davies
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (3 unaired)
Production
Executive producer(s) Gary Jacobs
Tony Thomas
Paul Junger Witt
Producer(s) Peter Aronson
Gil Junger
Running time 22–24 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Original run September 27, 1992 (1992-09-27) – December 6, 1992 (1992-12-06)

Woops! is an American post-apocalyptic sitcom that aired on the Fox network from September 27 to December 6, 1992. The series was created by Gary Jacobs, and produced by Witt/Thomas Productions in association with Touchstone Television.

Synopsis[edit]

The series centered around the six survivors of a world nuclear holocaust. The six of them live together in an abandoned farm house while trying to survive and re-establish civilization. Thirteen episodes were made, but only ten were aired before Fox canceled the series.[1] In July 2002, TV Guide named Woops! the 42nd worst TV show of all time.

Characters and cast[edit]

  • Mark Braddock (Evan Handler), formerly a schoolteacher, and the narrator of the show by writing in his journal. The pilot episode focuses on Mark, showing him finishing his classes and making a deposit at a drive up window at the bank when a flash of light (the nuclear attack) occurs, and everything is turned to ruins except for Mark and his automobile, which was a Volvo. (Somehow built so well that it was able to shield him).
  • Jack Connors (Fred Applegate), formerly a homeless man and a great practical joker. Jack revealed he survived the nuclear war because he was sleeping under an expressway overpass, whose structure protected him. Jack considered his finding the farm advantageous, as he is no longer homeless.
  • Alice McConnell (Meagen Fay). Her character was a progressive feminist stereotype. She reveals she worked in an old bookstore which had been built in the 1950s and equipped with a fallout shelter which was converted into the basement. She ran out of register tape and went to the basement to get a fresh roll, thus being spared when the attack occurred.
  • Frederick Ross (Cleavant Derricks), formerly a research biologist. His excellent knowledge of science is vital to the survival of the community. Although he considered it ironic that he was possibly the only black man to have survived the nuclear war and occasionally mused over the possible loss of a black female companion, he genuinely enjoyed his white friends and living on the farm.
  • Suzanne Skillman (Marita Geraghty), a hair salon employee, a dumb blonde stereotype, although it was clear her hair color was brunette. The character Alice had lighter hair than Suzanne, and was much more intelligent.
  • Curtis Thorpe (Lane Davies), formerly an aggressive venture capitalist. He finds adjusting to farm life difficult as most of the business skills he had before are not needed on the farm.

Episodes[edit]

Episode Production number First airdate Summary
Pilot 001 September 27, 1992 Six eccentric people find a farm in a post-nuclear valley. They do not believe that they are able to get along as a community, until a gigantic mutated spider threatens the farm. The survivors have to work as a team to be able to fend off the spider.
"It's a Dirty Job" 002 October 4, 1992 The survivors decide that they should reproduce in order to increase the population, but Mark is suffering from impotence. Mark believes his impotence may be a sign the survivors need to know each other better before they can introduce children to their community.
"Root of All Evil" 004 October 11, 1992 The group creates their own makeshift currency.
"Days of Berries and Roses" 005 October 18, 1992 The survivors find hallucinogenic berries.
"The Rise and Fall of Alice McConnell" 003 October 25, 1992 A crystal causes Alice's bustline to grow much larger. She seems to be enjoying her new status as the object of men's attention as opposed to Suzanne, but Mark reminds her by giving in to being considered an object she may be ruining what she has worked for her whole life; for women to gain respect.
"The Election" 008 November 1, 1992 Curtis and Mark run a campaign for the Leader of the Farm.
"Curtis Unglued" 006 November 8.1992 Curtis becomes devastated after the loss of his necktie. When it is found again, it makes him believe he is in the year 1986, before the nuclear holocaust happened.
"Dumb Love" 010 November 15, 1992 The group finds out Suzanne is in love, and the men clamor amongst themselves to see who is the one she has fallen for. When they find out she is in love with Jack, he is glad, but she cannot stand the fact he loves to go exploring and push his shopping cart around to collect things he finds on his expeditions. The song My Guy is the theme played all throughout this episode. Meanwhile, mutated squash has grown, which comes in all colors and makes a sound akin to "mach" when squeezed.
"The Thanksgiving Show" 007 November 22, 1992 After a turkey is found on the farm, it grows into a gigantic turkey after eating radioactive grain.
"Say It Ain't So Santa" 012 December 6, 1992 Christmas is approaching, but it is not the same as the nuclear holocaust has ruined much of the world's evergreen tree population. While cleaning out the chimney, the group finds Santa Claus has visited the group, but appears depressed. He later reveals to the group that he is suffering survivor's guilt as his workshop at the North Pole had a fallout shelter, but the door slammed shut and Mrs. Claus and all the elves were unable to get inside. Stuart Pankin guest starred as Santa.
"The Littlest Pathologist" 011 Never aired An electrical storm reverses Fredrick's aging process.
"The Nuclear Family" 009 Never aired The group finds a teenage delinquent has been living near the farm, and his attitude has been only worsened by the nuclear holocaust.
"Daydreams Come and Me Wan' Go Home" 013 Never aired

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Television Obscurities - 10 Of The Most Outlandish TV Concepts Ever". tvobscurities.com. 2004-01-01. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 

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