Superhero TV Shows – Misfits of Science (1985)
I move back into the land of 80’s television with a show that only lasted five months.
But that doesn’t mean it’s not any good does it?
Misfits of Science was a high concept show that was excitedly nurtured by NBC president Brandon Tartikoff. Prompted by the super popular Ghostbustersfrom the previous year, Misfits was meant to be the small-screen young science equivalent. An eclectic team that gets involved in not-so-ordinary adventures who were meant to endear themselves to young viewers. The oddball stories the Misfits find themselves in are essentially ripped from the pages of the National Enquirer.
The Misfits of Science are headed by Dr. Billy Hayes (Dean Paul Martin) who is a research scientist at the Humanidyne Institute where he specializes in ‘human anomalies’. His only special talent is leading his pals into trouble, but he’s always able to come up with a sarcastic joke no matter how dire the situation is.
Dr. Elvin “El” Lincoln (Kevin Peter Hall) is a towering seven-foot-four fellow scientist who has gained the ability to shrink down to eleven inches for a limited amount of time before he returns to his normal height.
Johnny Bukowski (Mark Thomas Miller) an old school rock and roller who possesses electrical powers after being electrocuted on stage.
Gloria Dinallo (Courtney Cox) a telekinetic teen who has a history of bad behavior.
These core misfits are surrounded by the tightly wound director of Humanidyne, a ditzy secretary, Gloria’s probation officer and a wild research facility filled with enough strange experiments that it makes wearing a labcoat look to be an awful fun gig.
I take a look at the short-lived NBC television series Misfits of Science.