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Misfits of Science

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Misfits of Science was a short-lived American superhero fantasy TV series from 1985, lasting for only 16 episodes. It featured a cast of super-powered humans and their madcap adventures.

Main 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 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.
  • 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.
  • In an early role, 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 only appeared in the earlier episodes.
  • Max Wright was the director of the Humanidyne Institute. Unlike the other cast members, he was not actually considered to be one of the Misfits.

The 'Misfits Curse'

An Internet-based legend has arisen suggesting that a "curse" exists surrounding this series. This is due to the fact that Dean Paul Martin and Kevin Peter Hall both met early and untimely deaths a few years after the show ended (Martin in an airplane crash, Hall from AIDS). More recently, the "curse" has been expanded to include Max Wright, who in the last few years has battled major personal problems including drug use.

 

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"Misfits of Science Was an NBC program that ran from Oct 4 1985 through Feb 21 1986. The show consisted of Dean Paul Martin, Kevin Peter Hall, Mark Thomas Miller and a very young Courtney Cox. It was about a team of laboratory scientists along with a 17 yr old telekinetic and a rock star that is an electrical conductor. This hour long weekly program followed the adventures of this group and should never have been taken off the air"

--Anonymous

"Yeah, I rememeber the show as being a pretty cool show. Was Courtney the telekenetic? I think she was cause I thoght she was cool. I thought it was just standard practice of the elstablishment to take out the good shows."

--Anonymous

 

TV TIDBITS

Aired: October 4, 1985 - February 21, 1986

Cast: Dean Paul Martin, Kevin Peter Hall, Martin Thomas Miller, Courteney Cox

Network: NBC

Genre: Adventure

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