Strange Luck

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Strange Luck
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Created byKarl Schaefer
StarringD. B. Sweeney
Pamela Gidley
Cynthia Martells
Frances Fisher
Composer(s)Mark Mothersbaugh
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes17 (list of episodes)
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)MT2 Services
Unreality, Inc.
New World Television
Original networkFox
Original releaseSeptember 15, 1995 – February 23, 1996

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.


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, and commented that "Fox has spent more time and money and effort promoting me and this show than all of my movies put together"[1]


Episode Title Director Writer Original airdate
1 "Soul Survivor" David Carson Karl Schaefer 15 September 1995
2 "Over Exposure" David Jackson John J. Sakmar & Kerry Lenhart 22 September 1995
3 "Last Chance" Ralph Hemecker Michael Cassutt 29 September 1995
4 "She Was" Elodie Keene Karl Schaefer 6 October 1995
5 "Blind Man's Bluff" John McPherson Melinda M. Snodgrass 13 October 1995
6 "Angie's Turn" Greg Beeman Cathryn Michon 20 October 1995
7 "Hat Trick" Martha Mitchell Matt Dearborn 3 November 1995
8 "The Liver Wild" David Jackson John J. Sakmar & Kerry Lenhart 10 November 1995
9 "Walk Away" James Whitmore Jr. Page Turner 17 November 1995
10 "The Box" John T. Kretchmer Michael Cassutt 1 December 1995
11 "Brothers Grim" Greg Beeman John J. Sakmar & Kerry Lenhart 8 December 1995
12 "Trial Period" David Jackson Matt Dearborn 15 December 1995
13 "Healing Hands" John T. Kretchmer Scott Smith Miller 5 January 1996
14 "Wrong Number" Mark Sobel Michael Cassutt 19 January 1996
15 "In Sickness and in Wealth" Scott Brazil Babs Greyhosky 2 February 1996
16 "Blinded by the Son" Jim Charleston Andy Hedden & Rob Hedden 9 February 1996
17 "Struck by Lightning" Brad Turner Eric Overmyer 23 February 1996


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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