Struck by Lightning (TV series)

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This article is about the TV series. For the 2012 film starring Chris Colfer, see Struck by Lightning (2012 film). For the 1990 film starring Garry McDonald, see Struck by Lightning (1990 film).
Struck by Lightning
Genre Sitcom
Created by Arthur Fellows
Terry Keegan
Written by Michael Russnow
Directed by Joel Zwick
Starring Jeffrey Kramer
Jack Elam
Jeff Cotler
Bill Erwin
Millie Slavin
Richard Stahl
Opening theme "You Are So Beautiful"
performed by Joe Cocker
Composer(s) Tom Talbert
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 11 (8 unaired)
Executive producer(s) Arthur Fellows
Terry Keegan
Producer(s) Michael Friedman
Cinematography Keith C. Smith
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Fellows-Keegan Productions
Paramount Television
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Picture format Film
Audio format Mono
Original release September 19 (1979-09-19) – October 3, 1979 (1979-10-03)

Struck by Lightning is an American television sitcom about Frankenstein's monster, which aired on CBS from September 19 until October 3, 1979.

This show was canceled after only three episodes were aired in the United States, although all completed episodes did end up being shown in the UK on ITV in 1980.


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.


Episode list[edit]

Eleven episodes were made, but only the first three were aired in America.

Title Directed by Written by US air date
1 "Struck by Lightning" TBA TBA September 19, 1979 (1979-09-19)
2 "Toot Toot Tutor Goodbye" TBA TBA September 26, 1979 (1979-09-26)
3 "The Movie" TBA TBA October 3, 1979 (1979-10-03)
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.