|Out of Control|
|Created by||Bob Hughes|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Executive producers||Bob Klein|
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Production company||Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment Company|
|Original release||October 6, 1984 –|
May 1, 1985
Out of Control is an American sketch comedy television series created by Bob Hughes for Nickelodeon. Hosted by Dave Coulier, it centers on the production of a fictional news program. Coulier's character is the coordinator of the news show who vainly tries to get his eccentric crew members to work together. It features sketches with recurring themes by the Duck's Breath Mystery Theatre and interspersed animation by Spectre Productions.
The series' title refers to the control room of a news show; during production, it was named The Out of Control Room. The concept for the series originated from former Nickelodeon president Cy Schneider, who wanted a children's show that parodied the news magazine format. The series ran for a single season of 26 episodes from 1984 to 1985, with reruns continuing (with breaks) until 1993.
The series started the television career of several actors, including Coulier and David Stenstrom, who played the in-house inventor Waldo. While working on the series, Coulier originated many traits that he went on to use for the character Joey Gladstone on Full House, including his signature catchphrase "Cut-it-out!"
The series focuses on the production of a news program called Out of Control, which is a show-within-a-show. It is hosted by Dave (Dave Coulier), who is level-headed and tries his best to keep the show from getting "out of control." Dave's fellow crew members are archetypal characters, such as the shrill, plastic-fantastic party-girl stage manager Diz Aster (Diz McNally), the clueless reporter Angela "Scoop" Quickly (Jill Wakewood), the caustic newshawk Hern Burford (Marty Schiff), Professor Gravity (who was later re-used in the radio sketch Ask Dr. Science), and Waldo, the bespectacled mad inventor (David Stenstrom) and crew member. The characters refer to a box-like computer called the HA-HA 3200 as the sketch and joke writer for the show.
Guest stars included Bill Bixby (from The Incredible Hulk), Mouth Sounds author Fred Newman (who had a sound effects contest with Dave), comedian Bruce Baum (playing a fraud who collected clothing of celebrities), Joel Hodgson (playing an inept magician), and Dennis Miller (a man trying to survive in the desert). Also, Patrick "The Stick" Varnell, best known for the slasher comedy film Student Bodies, made a cameo appearance in the show's first episode; it was his only TV appearance.
The general concept for the series originated from Cy Schneider, the president of Nickelodeon at the time of its production. He wanted "a news magazine show for kids that parodied what magazine shows were," and Bob Hughes developed a program using this idea as the basis.
Hughes originally considered Bob Saget, a friend of Coulier who co-starred with him as Danny Tanner on Full House, for the role of the host. Other potentials included comedians Thomas F. Wilson and Joel Hodgson. After Saget interviewed for the part, Hughes was not entirely satisfied, leading Saget to recommend Coulier. Although Saget did not remain a part of Out of Control, a short film that he created while at New York University became the inspiration for the "Hurry Up!" segments.
From 1984 to 1985, the series was shown twice every weekday: once at 9:00 AM, and again at 6:00 PM.
|Episode Number||Title||Original Air Date|
|1||Hurry-Up||October 6, 1984|
|5||The Big Boss|
|7||Love and Hypnotisim|
|12||Battle of the Reporters|
|13||The Shrink/Growth Ray|
|19||The Ape Host|
|20||Rock and Roll Studio|
|21||The Comedy Computer|
|23||The Hurry-Up Time Machine|
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