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Misfits of Science

Entry updated 4 April 2017. Tagged: TV.

US tv series (1985-1986). James D Parriott Productions/Universal Television. Created by Tim Kring, Parriott. Produced by Morrie Ruvinsksy, Harry Longstreet, Renee Longstreet. Cast includes Courtney Cox, Kevin Peter Hall, Dean Paul Martin and Mark Thomas Miller. One pilot film plus sixteen fifty-minute episodes. Colour.

In this short-lived series, several young people are brought together by a government-sponsored scientific think tank called Humanidyne to form a Superhero team. Their Superpowers include Telekinesis, shrinking to less than a foot tall (see Miniaturization), and the ability to control electricity. Martin is the leader of the team, although lacking any special abilities himself. Max Wright shows up often as director of the institute (just prior to starring in the popular sf sitcom ALF). Despite their unusual powers, the team primarily faces criminals of a routine nature. There is a stronger element of humour here than in many series of this nature. Unwisely placed against the most popular US television series of the period, Dallas, the programme stood no chance, and was cancelled with one episode remaining unaired. It is remembered mainly today as an early credit for both Courtney Cox and for the ill-fated Kevin Peter Hall two years before he found success as the title Alien in the first Predator feature film. [GSt]


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