Out of This World (TV series)
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|Out of This World|
|Created by||John Boni|
|Directed by||Bob Claver|
|Voices of||Burt Reynolds|
|Opening theme||"Swinging on a Star"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||96|
|Executive producer(s)||Bob Booker|
|Running time||22 mins.|
|Production company(s)||Bob Booker Productions|
NBCUniversal Television Distribution
|Original release||September 17, 1987– May 25, 1991|
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, Out of This World began airing primarily on weekends.
The series revolves around Evie Ethel Garland - a young girl who discovers on her thirteenth birthday that her father Troy is an alien from the planet Antares Prime, in the Scorpio Galaxy. Troy 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 fixing. Only Evie and her family know about the alien side of her family; many episodes depict their efforts to hide her secret from other characters. After four seasons, the series ended on a cliffhanger: Troy came to visit and Donna took his place by accident, ending up on Antares Prime while Troy was 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 developed superhuman abilities; it was then revealed that her father is a native of another planet. Evie's most frequently-used power is her ability to freeze time on Earth by touching her index-fingertips together; this allows her to alter the course of Earthly events by maneuvering herself and/or others as desired. 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 using only 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 pilot 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". Starting with the second season, she received a different billing: "And Maureen Flannigan as Evie".
- Donna Froelich-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, along with her brothers Beano and 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 distant world of Antares Prime. He is an astronaut where he comes from. Troy met Donna when his spacecraft crashed on Earth at some point in the late 1960's or early 1970's. The two fell in love and were married in 1971; two years later, Donna gave birth to Evie. The year after that, Troy was recalled to participate in a war which raged on Antares. Since then, Troy occasionally visits Earth... staying in touch with his daughter via a special communication device known as the "cube" (see below). Troy's powers seem practically unlimited; although he lives on Antares Prime, he can control many things on Earth - from computers to the weather. He can also give and/or take away Evie's powers at will (as demonstrated in the second episode of the series); and is very good at keeping up with events on Earth. While Troy appears in the show's opening credits, he rarely makes a physical appearance — 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) — "Beano", Evie's uncle on her mom's side of the family, lives next door to her and his sister Donna. Beano has a large appetite and runs a diet clinic known as "Waist-a-Weigh", which is later renamed after him. Beano is one of the two regular characters who know Evie's secret, Donna being the other. 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 town. Buzz usually makes one brief appearance per episode, during which he performs a series of puns and/or prop-based gags...sometimes related 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 female friend. She and Evie spend a lot of time together drinking milkshakes at their local diner, the "Goodie Goodie." Lindsay is Evie's confidante when it comes to boys and her non-Antarean related problems.
- Chris Fuller (Steve Burton) — Chris is a surfer and high school student who later enrolls 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, although they are more like brother and sister; sometimes they even date other people. In Season Four, 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; Donna, Evie, and Beano constantly scramble to keep Phil from suspecting Evie's alien heritage.
- Jeffrey Cummings (Tony Crane) (1990) - A high school classmate of Evie and Lindsay's who transfers in during their senior year. Incredibly handsome, basically picking where Chris left off after going to college, Jeffrey soon begins dating Evie...who is forced to juggle her relationships with him and with Chris.
- Peter (1990-1991) (Peter Pitofsky) — A waiter at the Goodie Goodie who is introduced in the first episode 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 Antares 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 forgets his own name.
- Mick Froelich (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.
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).
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 (1987–88)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||1||"Evie's Thirteenth Birthday"||Bob Claver||John Boni||September 17, 1987|
|2||2||"Playing with the Power"||Jack Regas||Bob Booker||September 24, 1987|
|3||3||"The Nightmare"||Bob Claver||John Boni||October 1, 1987|
|4||4||"Till Then"||Bob Claver||April Kelly & Dave Hackel||October 8, 1987|
|5||5||"Evie, Get Your Basketball"||Jack Regas||Patricia Niedzialek & Cecile Alch||October 15, 1987|
|6||6||"Every Beano Has His Day"||Bob Claver||Richard Albrecht & Casey Keller||October 22, 1987|
|7||7||"Evie and the Young Astronauts"||Jack Regas||Dave Hackel & April Kelly||October 29, 1987|
|8||8||"Fifties Mom"||Bob Claver||Laura Levine||November 5, 1987|
|9||9||"Dueling Mayors"||Bob Claver||Dave Hackel & April Kelly||November 12, 1987|
|10||10||"Baby Talk"||Russ Petranto||Mike Scully||November 19, 1987|
|11||11||"Beano's New Diet Clinic"||Selig Frank||John Boni||November 26, 1987|
|12||12||"Uh, Oh... Here Comes Mother"||Jack Regas||George Tricker & Neil Rosen||December 3, 1987|
|13||13||"The Anniversary"||Bob Claver||Tom Brauner||January 21, 1988|
|14||14||"To Tell the Truth"||Bob Claver||Frank Mula||January 28, 1988|
|15||15||"Pen Pals"||Bob Claver||Frank Mula||February 4, 1988|
|16||16||"Broadway Danny Derek"||Bob Claver||George Tricker & Neil Rosen||February 11, 1988|
|17||17||"Mosquito Man: The Motion Picture"||Bob Claver||Mike Scully||February 18, 1988|
|18||18||"The Russians Are Coming"||Bob Claver||John Boni||February 25, 1988|
|19||19||"a.k.a. Dad"||Bob Claver||Dave Hackel & April Kelly||April 21, 1988|
|20||20||"The Illness"||Russ Petranto||Donald Jordan||April 28, 1988|
|21||21||"The Box Is Missing"||Michael Dimich||April Kelly & Dave Hackel||May 5, 1988|
|22||22||"Boy Crazy"||Bob Claver||Ed McCatty||May 12, 1988|
|23||23||"The Three Faces of Evie"||Bob Claver||Dave Hackel & April Kelly||May 19, 1988|
|24||24||"I've Got a Secret"||Bob Claver||Teleplay by: Robert Schechter|
Story by: Tom Brauner
|May 26, 1988|
Season 2 (1988–89)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|25||1||"Evie's Birthday Wish"||Bob Claver||Bob Booker||October 9, 1988|
|26||2||"Blast from the Past"||Bob Claver||Mike Scully||October 16, 1988|
|27||3||"Career Crunch"||Bob Claver||Frank Mula||October 23, 1988|
|28||4||"Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot?"||Bob Claver||Tommy Thompson||October 30, 1988|
|29||5||"Evie's First Kiss"||TBA||TBA||November 6, 1988|
|30||6||"Princess Evie"||TBA||TBA||November 13, 1988|
|31||7||"Old Flame"||TBA||TBA||November 20, 1988|
|32||8||"Guess Who's Coming to Earth"||Bob Claver||Bob Booker||November 27, 1988|
|33||9||"Cowboy Kyle, Man of Granite"||Scott Baio||Laura Levine||December 4, 1988|
|34||10||"Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind"||Selig Frank||Mike Lyons & Kimberly Wells||December 11, 1988|
|35||11||"The Incredible Hunk"||Selig Frank||Diana Ayers & Susan Sebastian||December 18, 1988|
|36||12||"Pupil's Court"||Bob Claver||Brian Scully & Tommy Thompson||January 28, 1989|
|37||13||"Evie's Two Dads"||TBA||TBA||February 4, 1989|
|38||14||"The Secret of Evie's Success"||Bob Claver||Robert Caplain||February 11, 1989|
|39||15||"Honest Evie"||TBA||TBA||February 18, 1989|
|40||16||"Evie Goes to Hollywood"||TBA||TBA||February 25, 1989|
|41||17||"Two Many Evies"||Jack Regas||Brian Scully||March 4, 1989|
|42||18||"Futile Attraction"||Bob Claver||Laura Levine||March 11, 1989|
|43||19||"Beano the Kid"||Scott Baio||Pamela Wick & Susan Cridland||April 29, 1989|
|44||20||"Queens for a Day"||Bob Claver||Tommy Thompson & Brian Scully||May 6, 1989|
|45||21||"The Amazing Evie"||Bob Claver||Laura Levine||May 13, 1989|
|46||22||"Whose House Is It, Anyway?"||Bob Claver||Mike Scully||May 20, 1989|
|47||23||"Frisky Business"||Bob Claver||Laura Levine||May 27, 1989|
|48||24||"Star Dog"||Bob Claver||Bob Booker||June 3, 1989|
Season 3 (1989–90)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|49||1||"Evie's Sweet Sixteen"||Bob Claver||Bob Booker||October 7, 1989|
|50||2||"Cinderella Evie"||Bob Claver||Laura Levine||October 14, 1989|
|51||3||"Bring Me the Head of Donna Garland"||TBA||TBA||October 21, 1989|
|52||4||"A Froggy Day in Marlowe Town"||TBA||TBA||October 28, 1989|
|53||5||"Eviegeist"||Bob Claver||Robert Schechter||November 4, 1989|
|54||6||"Evie's Driver's License"||Bob Claver||Mike Scully||November 11, 1989|
|55||7||"Evie Goes for the Gold"||TBA||TBA||November 18, 1989|
|56||8||"Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow"||Bob Claver||Laura Levine||November 25, 1989|
|57||9||"Around the World in 80 Minutes"||Bob Claver||TBA||December 2, 1989|
|58||10||"It's a Cruel World"||Bob Claver||Tommy Thompson||December 9, 1989|
|59||11||"Evie; Stevie"||Selig Frank||Janice Pieroni & Bruce Teicher||December 16, 1989|
|60||12||"The Rocks That Couldn't Roll"||Selig Frank||Teleplay by: Mike Scully|
Story by: Julie Thacker & Mike Scully
|January 27, 1990|
|61||13||"One in a Million"||Bob Claver||Simon Munter||February 3, 1990|
|62||14||"Four Men and a Baby"||Scott Baio||Bob Booker||February 10, 1990|
|63||15||"Evie's Double Trouble"||Bob Claver||Kelly Monteith & Bob Booker||February 17, 1990|
|64||16||"The Garden of Evie"||Bob Claver||Alan Moskowitz||February 24, 1990|
|65||17||"Evie's Magic Touch"||Bob Claver||Gail Honigberg||March 3, 1990|
|66||18||"Cowboy Kyle, Man of Granite"||Scott Baio||Laura Levine||April 28, 1990|
|67||19||"Evie's Secret Admirer"||TBA||TBA||May 5, 1990|
|68||20||"Evie's Yuppie Love"||Bob Claver||Julie Thacker||May 12, 1990|
|69||21||"Diamonds Are Evie's Best Friend"||Bob Claver||Laura Levine||May 19, 1990|
|70||22||"A Kinder, Gentler Mayor"||Bob Claver||Brian Scully||May 26, 1990|
|71||23||"My Mother the Con"||Bob Claver||Mike Scully||June 2, 1990|
|72||24||"Goodbye, Mr. Chris"||TBA||TBA||June 9, 1990|
Season 4 (1990–91)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|73||1||"New Kid on the Block"||Scott Baio||Mike Scully||October 6, 1990|
|74||2||"My Little Evie"||Bob Claver||George Yanok||October 13, 1990|
|75||3||"Forget Your Troubles"||Jeffrey Ganz||Brian Scully||October 20, 1990|
|76||4||"A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read"||TBA||TBA||October 27, 1990|
|77||5||"Evie's Guardian Angel"||Bob Claver||Bob Booker||November 3, 1990|
|78||6||"Best Friends"||Scott Baio||Laura Levine||November 10, 1990|
|79||7||"I Want My Evie TV"||TBA||TBA||November 17, 1990|
|80||8||"Come Fly with Evie"||TBA||TBA||November 17, 1990|
|81||9||"Roomies"||TBA||TBA||December 1, 1990|
|82||10||"Evie's High Anxiety"||Scott Baio||Laura Levine||December 8, 1990|
|83||11||"Evie's False Alarm"||TBA||TBA||January 19, 1991|
|84||12||"Marlowe Vice"||TBA||TBA||January 26, 1991|
|85||13||"Evie's Latin Touch"||Scott Baio||George Yanok||February 2, 1991|
|86||14||"My Mom, and Why I Love Her"||TBA||TBA||February 9, 1991|
|87||15||"Heck's Angels"||TBA||TBA||February 16, 1991|
|88||16||"Would You Buy a Used Car from This Dude?"||TBA||TBA||February 23, 1991|
|89||17||"Evie Nightingale"||Scott Baio||Laura Levine||March 2, 1991|
|90||18||"All About Evie"||TBA||TBA||March 9, 1991|
|91||19||"Mayor Evie"||TBA||TBA||March 16, 1991|
|92||20||"Stump Your Neighbor"||TBA||TBA||April 27, 1991|
|93||21||"Evie's Three Promises"||Selig Frank||Alan Moskowitz||May 4, 1991|
|94||22||"Too Late for Evie"||TBA||TBA||May 11, 1991|
|95||23||"Educating Kyle"||TBA||TBA||May 18, 1991|
|96||24||"Evie's Eighteen"||TBA||TBA||May 25, 1991|
- 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.
Discussing Out of This World, Roger Fulton stated "like many juvenile US sitcoms, the series was short on laughs and long on moralizing". 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. The Splitsider website called Out of This World "perhaps the worst sitcom ever, or at least the most '80s sitcom ever".
In other media
- 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.
- "BBC - Comedy Guide - Out Of This World". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2004-12-09. Retrieved 2013-09-03.
- Fulton, Roger (1995). Encyclopedia of TV science fiction. London: Boxtree. p. 392. ISBN 1-85283-953-8.
- 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.
- Boone, Brian (October 18, 2011). "Looking Back at the Terrible Syndicated Sitcoms of the Late 1980s". Splitsider. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
- "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.
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