Struck by Lightning (TV series)
|Struck by Lightning|
|Created by||Arthur Fellows
|Written by||Michael Russnow|
|Directed by||Joel Zwick|
|Opening theme||"You Are So Beautiful"
performed by Joe Cocker
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||11 (8 unaired)|
|Executive producer(s)||Arthur Fellows
|Cinematography||Keith C. Smith|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Fellows-Keegan Productions
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Original release||September 19– October 3, 1979|
Ted Stein (Jeffrey Kramer) is a science teacher who inherits a spooky old New England inn inhabited by its hulking, good-naturedly homicidal caretaker Frank (Jack Elam). It turns out that Ted is the descendant of the original Dr. Frankenstein and Frank is the Monster who needs a special serum every 50 years to stay alive, and he wants Ted to recreate it for him ("If you don't, I'll die," he explains, "Let me put it another way, if you don't, you'll die"). Ted agrees to stay and continue his ancestor's experiments while keeping Frank's identity a secret.
- Jack Elam as Frank
- Jeffrey Kramer as Ted Stein
- Millie Slavin as Nora
- Bill Erwin as Glenn Diamond
- Jeff Colter as Brian
- Richard Stahl as Walt Calvin
Eleven episodes were made, but only the first three were aired in America.
|Nº||Title||Directed by||Written by||US air date|
|1||"Struck by Lightning"||TBA||TBA||September 19, 1979|
|2||"Toot Toot Tutor Goodbye"||TBA||TBA||September 26, 1979|
|3||"The Movie"||TBA||TBA||October 3, 1979|
|4||"Frank Meets the Press"||TBA||TBA||N/A|
|5||"Happy Birthday Frank"||TBA||TBA||N/A|
|6||"The Main Event"||TBA||TBA||N/A|
|7||"Frank the Crank"||TBA||TBA||N/A|
|8||"Rich Frank, Poor Frank"||TBA||TBA||N/A|
|9||"Looking Out for Number 2"||TBA||TBA||N/A|
|10||"Frank the VIIIth"||TBA||TBA||N/A|
|11||"My Mystery Guest"||TBA||TBA||N/A|
Elam claimed in an interview in Variety that he accepted the role of Frank after being told by the producers that he would not have to wear monster make-up because his naturally gnarled and bulgy-eyed appearance was already perfect for the part.
As of this writing, Struck by Lightning has not been released on home video.