Out of This World (TV series)

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Out of This World
Title screen
Genre Fantasy sitcom
Created by John Boni
Bob Booker
Directed by Bob Claver
Scott Baio
Selig Frank
Stan Harris
Russ Petranto
Jack Regas
Renny Temple
Starring Maureen Flannigan
Donna Pescow
Doug McClure
Joe Alaskey
Steve Burton
Christina Nigra
Buzz Belmondo
Tom Nolan
Voices of Burt Reynolds
Opening theme "Swinging on a Star"
Composer(s) Kevin Kiner
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 96
Executive producer(s) Bob Booker
Producer(s) John Boni
Barbara Booker
Gail Honigberg
Laura Levine
Mike Scully
Bruce Taylor
George Yanok
Running time 22 mins.
Production company(s) Bob Booker Productions
Distributor MCA TV
Original network Syndication
Original release September 17, 1987 (1987-09-17) – May 25, 1991 (1991-05-25)

Out of This World is an American fantasy sitcom about a teenage girl who is half alien, which gives her unique superhuman powers. It first aired in syndication from September 17, 1987 and ended on May 25, 1991.

During its first season, the series was originally part of NBC's Prime Time Begins at 7:30 campaign, in which the network's owned-and-operated stations would run first-run sitcoms in the 7:30-8 pm time slot to counter-program competing stations' game shows, sitcom reruns and other offerings. Out of This World was rotated with the original series Marblehead Manor and She's the Sheriff, a syndicated revival of the 1983 sitcom We Got It Made, and a television adaptation of the play You Can't Take It with You. NBC ended the experiment after the 1987-88 season due to the low ratings put up by three of the series, with Out of This World being one of the two that were renewed (the other being She's the Sheriff). After its first season the series was largely moved to weekend time slots, where it remained until its cancellation following the fourth season.

Show summary[edit]

The series revolves around Evie Ethel Garland, a young girl who discovers on her thirteenth birthday that her father is an alien named Troy, from the planet Antareus, who married her mother and "merged lifeforms" to create Evie. Evie's half-alien heritage gives her superhuman abilities. Most of the episodes revolve around Evie misusing her powers and causing some trouble, which she spends the rest of the episode trying to fix. Only Evie and her family know about her alien father and her powers, and many episodes depict Evie trying to hide her secret from other characters. The series ended on a cliffhanger in the Season 4 finale, where Troy came to visit and Donna took his place by accident and ended up in Antareus, leaving Troy stranded on Earth.


  • Evie Ethel Garland (Maureen Flannigan) — Evie is a half-human, half-alien girl who lives with her mother in Marlowe, California (a fictional analogue of Carmel-by-the-Sea), in a house overlooking the sea. She is an only child. Evie attends a school for gifted children (run by her mother) and achieves good grades there. Her mother had always told Evie that her father was a secret agent, but on her thirteenth birthday Evie began to develop superhuman abilities and it was revealed that her father is an extraterrestrial from the planet Antareus. Evie's main power is the ability to freeze time on Earth by touching the tips of her index fingers together, allowing her to maneuver herself or objects to alter the course of events on Earth. When she claps her hands together, time resumes as normal. She can also "unfreeze" individuals by touching them while time is frozen. She later gains the power to gleep, which allows her to manifest objects by using the power of her mind. Her father describes her as "the perfect child: loving; caring; with the same needs of most teenagers". The series follows Evie through her teenage years, from her thirteenth birthday in the first episode to her eighteenth birthday in the final episode. Although she was the leading character, Flannigan was billed last in the credits. In the first season, she received the billing "And Introducing Maureen Flannigan". In the last 3 seasons, she was billed as "And Maureen Flannigan as Evie".
  • Donna Garland (Donna Pescow) — Evie's mother. Described by her husband as "an ambitious working mother with a career", Donna runs a school for gifted children, which Evie attends. She later founds her own catering company, "Donna's Delights". Toward the end of season 3, Donna becomes the mayor of Marlowe. Donna is very protective of her daughter, often to the dismay of Evie, who would like to be more independent. Donna and Evie's Uncle Beano (then later Uncle Mick) are the only regular characters on the show who know Evie's secret.
  • Troy Garland (Burt Reynolds, voice only) — Evie's father. Troy is a human-looking extraterrestrial, with many special powers, from the planet Antareus. Troy met Donna when his spacecraft crashed on Earth at some point in the late 1960s or early 1970s. The two fell in love, were married in 1971, and two years later Donna gave birth to Evie. Shortly after, in 1974, Troy was called back to Antareus to fight in a war. Since then, Troy occasionally visits Earth, and stays in touch with his daughter via a special communication device known as the "cube" (see below). Troy's powers seem to be almost limitless: though he lives on Antareus, he can control many things on Earth (from computers to the weather); he can give and take away Evie's powers at will; and also seems to be aware of certain events on Earth. While Troy appears in the show's opening credits, he rarely makes a physical appearance in the series — and when he does his face is obscured (for example, via a surgical mask or shadows). In the series finale, when Troy arrives on Earth, he is seen in a silhouette with stars from the galaxy. Troy was credited as "himself" in the opening credits from Season Two onwards.
  • Beano Froelich (1987–1990) (Joe Alaskey) — "Uncle Beano" is Donna's brother and Evie's uncle, who lives next door to them. Beano has a large appetite and runs the diet clinic known originally as "Waist-a-Weigh", and later as "Beano's Diet Clinic". Beano is one of the two regular characters who know Evie's secret, along with Donna. He last appears in season 4, episode 12.
  • Kyle Applegate (Doug McClure) — Kyle is a former television actor who is now the mayor of Marlowe. Kyle is a good friend of the family, but "the mayor" punishes even the smallest offenses. As well as being egocentric and vain, Kyle is dimwitted and gullible, often completely failing to notice Evie's "alien" antics. He clings to his former TV glory as the star of "Mosquito Man" and many long forgotten mainly Western movies. Towards the end of season three, Kyle is appointed police chief by Donna, who takes over from him as mayor.
  • Buzz (Buzz Belmondo) — The manager of Beano's diet clinic, and one of the more eccentric characters in the town. Buzz usually makes one brief appearance per episode, during which he performs a series of jokes which are typically puns or prop-based gags, sometimes relating to the elaborate costume that he is wearing. He speaks with an unknown accent, and is prone to bizarre behavior. Donna sometimes resorts to him for help, more often than not regretting it.
  • Lindsay Selkirk (Christina Nigra) — Evie's best friend. Evie and Lindsay spend a lot of time together drinking milkshakes at their local diner, the "Goodie Goodie," and she is Evie's confidante when it comes to boys and her non-Antarian related problems.
  • Chris Fuller (Steve Burton) — Chris is a surfer and high school student who later becomes a student at Marlowe Community College. He is introduced as a new student and good basketball player in the season one episode "Evie get your Basketball". Chris becomes Evie's boyfriend, and although they sometimes date other people, they always end up together. In an episode of the final season, Chris says Evie was and always will be his girl.
  • Quigley Handlesman (Carl Steven) (1987-1988) - One of Evie's classmates at Donna's school for the gifted.
  • Phil (John Roarke) (1987-1988) - The jovial, funny handyman who works on the Garlands' house during the first season. He is always snooping around in the family's business, with Donna, Evie and Beano constantly making sure that Phil doesn't suspect the existence of Evie's powers.
  • Jeffrey Cummings (Tony Crane) (1990) - A high school classmate of Evie and Lindsay's who transfers in during their senior year. Incredibly handsome and basically taking up the slack that Chris had left after going onto college, Jeffrey quickly begins to date Evie. The two began going out despite Evie's continued involvement with Chris, forcing her to cover up her activities with either of them, alternately.
  • Peter (1990-1991) (Peter Pitofsky) — A waiter at the Goodie Goodie who is introduced in the first scene of season four. He is a clumsy, goofball Antarean who provides his own brand of comic relief whenever Evie and her friends stop by the restaurant. He was military intelligence for Antareus until he chose to stay on Earth, his memory erased of all Antarean things. He has a penchant for misinterpreting people's orders, and sometimes even forgetting his own name.
  • Mick (1990–1991) (Tom Nolan) — Donna's brother and Evie's uncle, who was introduced in season 4, episode 7, to replace Uncle Beano as a recurring character. He is a former rock musician.

The cube[edit]

Evie was able to communicate with Troy through a special genetic communication device known as the "cube," which he gave to her when she turned thirteen. The cube effectively functioned as a telephone line to Antareus — it could even be used to leave Troy an "answerphone" message, as seen in the episode "My Little Evie." There were no controls on the cube; Evie simply would call for her father, and the cube would activate when he answered, and deactivate when he would "hang up." Depending on the plotline, Troy would manifest his powers while talking through the cube, emitting a beam of energy directly from the cube.

Evie and Donna would normally keep the cube around the house, out of sight (often in Evie's bedroom), sometimes telling people it was an ornament or a talking clock. When the cube was activated, the top half of it would open up on a hinge with a magenta light pulsing inside, with a "spacey" sound effect. The ambient lights in the room would usually dim as well. Troy's voice would be heard clearly through the cube with reverberation.

Originally, even though everyone was able to hear Troy through the cube, Evie was the only one whom Troy could hear, as the cube was described to be "genetic." This changes in the first episode of season 2, "Evie's Birthday Wish." At the end of the episode, Evie uses her final wish to request that her mother be able to talk to Troy like she can. As a result, Troy could then hear Donna and they could talk back and forth. It was unknown whether the rest of Evie's family could also talk to Troy, but there were other aliens that Troy could hear through the cube, as seen in Season 4 Episode 5 "Evie's Guardian Angel" (an Antaerian was sent to Earth to protect Evie and Donna, and he could speak to Troy via the cube).

Guest stars[edit]

The series featured several celebrities who made cameo appearances on the show, occasionally as themselves. In chronological order of appearances:

  • Ann Miller
  • Norman Fell (as Evie's psychiatrist Dr. Hauser, "The Nightmare", 1987)
  • Scott Carpenter (as himself, "Evie and the Young Astronauts", 1987)
  • Charles Nelson Reilly (as himself, "Dueling Mayors", 1987)
  • Betsy Palmer (as Donna's mother, "Uh, Oh... Here Comes Mother", 1987)
  • Tom Bosley (as Troy's father, "Guess Who's Coming to Earth", 1988 and "Around the World in Eighty Minutes", 1989)
  • Jamie Farr ("Go West, Young Mayor", 1988)
  • Richard Kiel (as Norman, "Go West, Young Mayor", 1988)
  • Scott Baio (who also directed several episodes) made a cameo appearance in "Princess Evie" (1988) and "Evie Goes For the Gold" (1989)
  • Lyle Alzado ("Goodbye Mr. Chris", 1990)
  • Mr. T ("New Kid on the Block", 1990)
  • Susan Anton ("Best Friends", 1990)
  • Pop singer Tiffany ("I Want My Evie TV", 1990)
  • Kathleen Freeman (as Miss Ogilvy, Evie's high school teacher, "Educating Kyle", 1991)


Season 1[edit]

  1. Evie's Thirteenth Birthday
  2. Playing with the Power
  3. The Nightmare
  4. Till Then
  5. Evie, Get Your Basketball
  6. Every Beano Has His Day
  7. Evie and the Young Astronauts
  8. Fifties Mom
  9. Dueling Mayors
  10. Baby Talk
  11. Beano's New Diet Clinic
  12. Uh, Oh... Here Comes Mother
  13. The Anniversary
  14. To Tell the Truth
  15. Pen Pals
  16. Broadway Danny Derek
  17. Mosquito Man: The Motion Picture
  18. The Russians Are Coming
  19. Aka Dad
  20. The Illness
  21. The Box Is Missing
  22. Boy Crazy
  23. The Three Faces of Evie
  24. I've Got a Secret

Season 2[edit]

  1. Evie's Birthday Wish
  2. Blast from the Past
  3. Career Crunch
  4. Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot?
  5. Evie's First Kiss
  6. Princess Evie
  7. Old Flame
  8. Guess Who's Coming to Earth
  9. Go West, Young Mayor
  10. Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind
  11. The Incredible Hunk
  12. Pupil's Court
  13. Evie's Two Dads
  14. The Secret of Evie's Success
  15. Honest Evie
  16. Evie Goes to Hollywood
  17. Two Many Evies
  18. Futile Attraction
  19. Beano the Kid
  20. Queens for a Day
  21. The Amazing Evie
  22. Whose House Is It, Anyway?
  23. Frisky Business
  24. Star Dog

Season 3[edit]

  1. Evie's Sweet Sixteen
  2. Cinderella Evie
  3. Bring Me the Head of Donna Garland
  4. A Froggy Day in Marlowe Town
  5. Eviegeist
  6. Evie's Driver's License
  7. Evie Goes for the Gold
  8. Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
  9. Around the World in 80 Minutes
  10. It's a Cruel World
  11. Evie/Stevie
  12. The Rocks That Couldn't Roll
  13. One in a Million
  14. Four Men and a Baby
  15. Evie's Double Trouble
  16. The Garden of Evie
  17. Evie's Magic Touch
  18. Cowboy Kyle, Man of Granite
  19. Evie's Secret Admirer
  20. Evie's Yuppie Love
  21. Diamond's Are Evie's Best Friend
  22. A Kinder, Gentler Mayor
  23. My Mother the Con
  24. Goodbye, Mr. Chris

Season 4[edit]

  1. New Kid on the Block
  2. My Little Evie
  3. Forget Your Troubles
  4. A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read
  5. Evie's Guardian Angel
  6. Best Friends
  7. I Want My Evie TV
  8. Come Fly with Evie
  9. Roomies
  10. Evie's High Anxiety
  11. Evie's False Alarm
  12. Marlowe Vice
  13. Evie's Latin Touch
  14. My Mom, and Why I Love Her
  15. Heck's Angels
  16. Would You Buy a Used Car from This Dude?
  17. Evie Nightingale
  18. All About Evie
  19. Mayor Evie
  20. Stump Your Neighbor
  21. Evie's Three Promises
  22. Too Late for Evie
  23. Educating Kyle
  24. Evie's Eighteen

Opening credits[edit]

The opening credits for the series incorporated special effects footage from the 1979-1981 series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. The theme song is "Swinging on a Star".

International airings[edit]

Out of This World was first broadcast in the UK on the ITV network on April 9, 1990, until 1995.[1]

  • The series was first broadcast in France from 10 September 1988 under the title "Loin de ce monde" - Far From This World.
  • In Germany, the series was renamed "Mein Vater ist ein Außerirdischer" - My Father is an Alien.
  • In Italy, the series was renamed "Cose Dell'Altro Mondo" - Things Belonging To the Other World.
  • In Spain, the series was renamed "De otro mundo" - From Another World.
  • In Russia, the series was renamed "Фантастическая Девушка" - Fantastic Girl.
  • In Latin America, the series was renamed "Fuera de este Mundo" - Out of This World.

The show was aired on many TV stations in the Middle East, as well as Saudi TV Channel 2, with Arabic subtitles. It also aired in Canada on Toronto station CFMT (now Omni Television). It was screened in New Zealand on TVNZ.

Critical reception[edit]

Discussing Out of This World, Roger Fulton stated "like many juvenile US sitcoms, the series was short on laughs and long on moralizing".[2] The book Television Without Pity contained a review of Out of This World that described the show as "quite possibly the worst sitcom ever made-it's a complete failure on every level". The review went on to criticize the show's scripts, acting and production, and unfavorably compared Out of This World to Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.[3] The Splitsider website called Out of This World "perhaps the worst sitcom ever, or at least the most '80s sitcom ever".[4]

DVD release[edit]

A DVD set with 35 episodes from seasons 1 and 2 was released in Germany on November 8, 2011.[5] The 6-disc set has a runtime of 875 minutes, but does not include all episodes due to music rights.[6]

In other media[edit]

  • The show was parodied in the Robot Chicken episode, "Executed by the State". In the parody, Evie is asked out by a boy who likes her, she uses her powers to stop time and takes a look down his pants, presumably in order to check out the size of his penis. After seeing the size of his penis, Evie says, "Uhhh, pass." (This is followed by canned laughter typical of sitcoms of that era.) Evie then walks off with time still frozen.
  • In the Universal Studios ride Kongfrontation, the news report that plays during the queue is interrupted by an ad for Out of This World, at which the screen crawl at the bottom of the ad is a civil defense message warning that King Kong is in the vicinity and for civilians to stay indoors and not use public transportation until further notice.


  1. ^ "BBC - Comedy Guide - Out Of This World". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2004-12-09. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  2. ^ Fulton, Roger (1995). Encyclopedia of TV science fiction. London: Boxtree. p. 392. ISBN 1-85283-953-8. 
  3. ^ Ariano, Tara; Bunting, Sarah D. (2006). Television Without Pity: 752 Things We Love to Hate (And Hate to Love) about TV. Quirk Books. p. 192. ISBN 1-59474-117-4. 
  4. ^ Boone, Brian (October 18, 2011). "Looking Back at the Terrible Syndicated Sitcoms of the Late 1980s". Splitsider. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Mein Vater ist ein Außerirdischer - Vol. 1 [6 DVDs]: Amazon.de: Donna Pescow, Maureen Flannigan, Joe Alaskey, Buzz Belmondo, Doug McClure: Filme & TV". Amazon.de. 2012-05-24. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  6. ^ "FSK - VV Programmteile". Fsk.de. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 

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