Strange Luck

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Strange Luck
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Created byKarl Schaefer
StarringD. B. Sweeney
Pamela Gidley
Cynthia Martells
Frances Fisher
ComposerMark Mothersbaugh
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes17 (list of episodes)
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesMT2 Services
Unreality, Inc.
New World Entertainment
Original networkFox
Original releaseSeptember 15, 1995 (1995-09-15) –
February 23, 1996 (1996-02-23)

Strange Luck is an American television series that aired on Fox, created by Karl Schaefer and starring D. B. Sweeney in the role of Chance Harper who constantly stumbles into unusual situations. The series aired on Fox from 1995 to 1996. A total of seventeen episodes were aired before the show was canceled due to low ratings. Reruns were shown briefly on the Sci Fi Channel in 1997. The series was initially slotted as a lead-in to The X-Files on Friday nights, and was largely shot in Canada like the show which followed it.[1]


Chance Harper, a freelance photographer, is afflicted with a bizarre tendency to always be in the wrong place at the right time. As Chance himself says, "If I go to a restaurant, somebody chokes. If I walk into a bank, it gets robbed." Harper's strange luck began when, as a small child, he was the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed everyone else aboard, including his mother and sister.




D. B. Sweeney had been primarily a film actor before taking the role of Chance Harper. He did so because he had a series of unsuccessful low-budget films and decided to try his hand at television. He commented that "Fox has spent more time and money and effort promoting me and this show than all of my movies put together"[2]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Soul Survivor"David CarsonKarl SchaeferSeptember 15, 1995 (1995-09-15)
2"Over Exposure"David JacksonJohn J. Sakmar & Kerry LenhartSeptember 22, 1995 (1995-09-22)
3"Last Chance"Ralph HemeckerMichael CassuttSeptember 29, 1995 (1995-09-29)
4"She Was"Elodie KeeneKarl SchaeferOctober 6, 1995 (1995-10-06)
5"Blind Man's Bluff"John McPhersonMelinda M. SnodgrassOctober 13, 1995 (1995-10-13)
6"Angie's Turn"Greg BeemanCathryn MichonOctober 20, 1995 (1995-10-20)
7"Hat Trick"Martha MitchellMatt DearbornNovember 3, 1995 (1995-11-03)
8"The Liver Wild"David JacksonJohn J. Sakmar & Kerry LenhartNovember 10, 1995 (1995-11-10)
9"Walk Away"James Whitmore Jr.Page TurnerNovember 17, 1995 (1995-11-17)
10"The Box"John T. KretchmerMichael CassuttDecember 1, 1995 (1995-12-01)
11"Brothers Grim"Greg BeemanJohn J. Sakmar & Kerry LenhartDecember 8, 1995 (1995-12-08)
12"Trial Period"David JacksonMatt DearbornDecember 15, 1995 (1995-12-15)
13"Healing Hands"John T. KretchmerScott Smith MillerJanuary 5, 1996 (1996-01-05)
14"Wrong Number"Mark SobelMichael CassuttJanuary 19, 1996 (1996-01-19)
15"In Sickness and in Wealth"Scott BrazilBabs GreyhoskyFebruary 2, 1996 (1996-02-02)
16"Blinded by the Son"Jim CharlestonAndy Hedden & Rob HeddenFebruary 9, 1996 (1996-02-09)
17"Struck by Lighting"Brad TurnerEric OvermyerFebruary 23, 1996 (1996-02-23)


Year Association Category Nominated artist/work Result
1996 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series Andrew Spencer Dawson (supervising editor), Stacey Nakasone (dialogue editor), Rich Cusano (sound effects editor), Richard Webb (sound effects editor)
For episode "The Liver Wild".


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