Saturday, April 1, 2017

Celebrity Toons: The first episode of The Gary Coleman Show (1982)

Our famous first episode this month comes from the first episode of The Gary Coleman Show.

For those that didn't know the format, Andy LeBeau (Coleman), apprentice guardian angel, had two adventures in each half-hour episode. Andy's antics frustrated his supervisor, Angelica (Jennifer Darling, ex-The Six Million Dollar Man/The Bionic Woman). Hanna-Barbera and NBC, seeing how the shorts format had come back into style in recent years, opted for 2 10-11 minute "shorts" in each episode of both this series and its other freshman entry, Shirt Tales, which managed to be renewed for a second season. Viewers, it seemed, tired of Andy rather quickly, and were content with seeing Coleman weekly on Diff'rent Strokes.

Now, let's check out "Fouled Up Fossils":

It's too bad Andy only had one mortal outfit to wear on the show. It might've helped if his halo could change the colors of his clothes once in a while.

Rating: B.


Silverstar said...

'The Gary Coleman Show' was loosely inspired by the NBC TV movie (also a star vehicle for Coleman) 'The Kid with the Broken Halo'. Personally, if I were going to turn one of Gary Coleman's TV movies into an animated series, I would've gone with 'The Kid with the 200 I.Q.', but that's just me.

hobbyfan said...

Ditto that. I previously covered that in an overview of the series a ways back.