Blue Thunder (TV series)
|Based on||Blue Thunder|
|Directed by||Guy Magar|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||11|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Rastar Productions|
Columbia Pictures Television
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Television|
|Original release||January 6 – April 16, 1984|
The series uses the converted Aérospatiale Gazelle helicopter and large portions of stock footage from the 1983 film. A ground unit named "Rolling Thunder" backed up the helicopter in the television series. This was a large support van with a desert camouflage off-road vehicle stored inside.
The television series cast includes James Farentino, Dana Carvey, and former professional American football players Bubba Smith and Dick Butkus. The series was canceled by ABC after they felt the similar Airwolf on CBS would win the ratings battle. Also, the series aired at the same time as the CBS soap opera Dallas on Friday nights, and lost.
Eleven episodes were made before the series was cancelled.
- James Farentino as Frank Chaney, protagonist, policeman and pilot of the "Blue Thunder".
- Dana Carvey as Clinton Wonderlove, aka "JAFO", Frank's flight engineer on "Blue Thunder", as well as his sidekick. Clinton handles technical aspects of the chopper.
- Sandy McPeak as Captain Braddock, Frank's superior.
- Bubba Smith as "Bubba" Kelsey, a cop who is one of the two members of "Rolling Thunder", Frank's ground crew.
- Dick Butkus as "Ski" Butowski, another cop who is the other member of "Rolling Thunder".
- Ann Cooper as J.J. Douglas, radio operator who is Frank's contact at headquarters, and the only female regular in the series.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Air date|
|1||"Second Thunder"||TBA||TBA||January 6, 1984|
|2||"A Clear and Present Danger"||TBA||TBA||January 13, 1984|
|3||"Arms Race"||TBA||TBA||January 20, 1984|
|4||"Revenge in the Sky"||Bernard McEveety||James Docherty||January 27, 1984|
|5||"Trojan Horse"||TBA||TBA||February 3, 1984|
|6||"Skydiver"||TBA||TBA||February 24, 1984|
|7||"Clipped Wings"||TBA||TBA||March 2, 1984|
|8||"Payload"||TBA||TBA||March 9, 1984|
|9||"The Long Flight"||TBA||TBA||March 16, 1984|
|10||"The Godchild"||TBA||TBA||March 23, 1984|
|11||"The Island"||TBA||TBA||April 16, 1984|
US television ratings
|Season||Episodes||Premiered:||Ended:||Nielsen rank||Nielsen Rating||Tied with:|
|1983–84||11||January 6, 1984||April 16, 1984||60||14.2||N/A|
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