Misfits of Science

This article is about the television series; for the New Zealand hip hop group of the same name, see Misfits of Science (group).

Misfits of Science is a short-lived American superhero fantasy television series that aired on NBC Fridays at 8 P.M. EST (against CBS's Top 10 hit Dallas) from October 1985 to February 1986. It featured a cast of super-powered humans and their madcap adventures. The show was co-created by Tim Kring, later creator of the Heroes (TV series) also on NBC. A double-length pilot and 15 additional episodes were created; all episodes but one were broadcast in the United States during its original run.

Cast members

  • Dean Paul Martin played Dr. Billy Hayes, the non-powered yet undisputed leader of this misfit team. Billy was a research scientist at the Humanidyne Institute.
  • Kevin Peter Hall played Dr. Elvin "El" Lincoln, Billy's colleague and close friend. El was a towering black man who gave himself the ability to shrink to doll size via hormonal treatments. The character struggled socially, and despite being very tall, he played basketball poorly.
  • Mark Thomas Miller was Johnny Bukowski, a.k.a. Johnny B. He was a rock and roll musician who was electrocuted on stage, thus giving him formidable electrical powers. These same powers also granted him some limited superspeed abilities, but they also made him vulnerable to water.
  • Courteney Cox played Gloria Dinallo, a troubled telekinetic teen with a history of juvenile delinquency.
  • Jennifer Holmes played Gloria's probation officer, Jane Miller. Her character appeared only in the earlier episodes.
  • Max Wright portrayed the director of the Humanidyne Institute. Unlike the other cast members, he was not actually considered to be one of the Misfits.
  • Mickey Jones played Arnold Beifneiter a.k.a. Ice Man, The team would drive around in an ice cream truck because Ice Man would die if he got too warm, so they kept him in the freezer. Ice Man only appeared in the pilot episode, but the characters continued to use the ice cream truck.

Episodes and air dates

  1. "Pilot" (October 4, 1985)
  2. "Your Place or Mayan?" (October 18, 1985)
  3. "Guess What's Coming to Dinner?" (October 25, 1985)
  4. "Lost Link" (November 1, 1985)
  5. "Sort of Looking for Gina" (November 8, 1985)
  6. "Sonar... Yet so Far" (November 15, 1985)
  7. "Steer Crazy" (November 29, 1985)
  8. "Fumble on the One" (December 6, 1985)
  9. "Twin Engines" (December 13, 1985)
  10. "Grand Theft Bunny" (December 27, 1985)
  11. "Grand Elusion" (January 10, 1986)
  12. "Once Upon a Night" (January 17, 1986)
  13. "Center of Attention" (January 31, 1986)
  14. "Against all Oz" (February 7, 1986)
  15. "The Avenging Angel" (February 21, 1986)
  16. "Three Days of the Blender" (Unaired on NBC)

DVD Releases

On January 25, 2008, the series was released in Germany as a five-disc DVD box set (Region 2) that includes all episodes (including the originally unaired final episode) in English and German language.

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