The Gary Coleman Show

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The Gary Coleman Show
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Gary Coleman could be somewhere on Earth right now helping kids.
Network: NBC
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Original release: September 18-December 11, 1982
Starring: Gary Coleman
Jennifer Darling
Sidney Miller
Calvin Mason
LaShana Dendy
Jerry Houser
Julie McWhirter Dees
Lauren Anders
Geoffrey Gordon
Steve Schatzberg
Executive producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s): Art Scott
Iwao Takamoto
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Writer(s): Cliff Roberts
Director(s): George Gordon
Bob Hathcock
Carl Urbano
Rudy Zamora

The Gary Coleman Show is an American animated comedy TV series produced Hanna-Barbera for NBC's Saturday morning children's programming. It ran in 1982, airing 13 episodes. The TV series is a spin-off, although only loosely inspired, by the NBC movie, The Kid with the Broken Halo, which starred Gary Coleman as the lead.

The series is essentially the same with Coleman reprising his role as Andy LeBeau, who is training to become a full-fledged guardian angel by doing good deeds, but this time for a group of kids in the town of Oakville. To communicate with the kids and other humans of Earth, he must remove his halo, which allows him to become visible. In his angel form, he has all kinds of magical powers. He also serves under a supervisor called Angelica (opposed to Blake, played by Robert Guillaume in the film). While he slips up on his own mistakes, he is also tormented by the challenges presented to him by an opposing demon called Hornswoggle, who is always determined to make sure Andy fails. Hornswoggle only makes himself visible to Andy, so he can never get help from Angelica to permanently rid himself of Hornswoggle.

Casey Kasem went uncredited for narrating the premise of the show in the opening theme song, as well as continuity for commercial breaks for the original NBC run. In reruns on Cartoon Network, the narration was removed.

Despite Coleman not playing himself as the name of the series suggests, he did eventually play himself in animated form as an adult in 2001 for the Night of the Living Doo TV special.

Production

Development

Coleman was signed onto NBC to star in a cartoon series for them, which Hanna-Barbera took the job of producing, but not before Joseph Barbera had to pitch and receive ideas from a 14-year-old Coleman himself, which Barbera found extremely unpleasant, as the first hour of the meeting involved Coleman telling Barbera how Space Ghost should be rerun more, and being critical of how he didn't like Godzilla and that Scooby-Doo had gotten stale.[1]

Music

The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin, credited as musical director, with supervision from Paul DeKorte.

Episodes

Title Number Original air date
"Fouled Up Fossils" / "Going, Going, Gone" 1x01 September 18, 1982
"You Oughtta' Be in Pictures" / "Derby Daze" 1x02 September 25, 1982
"Hornswoggle's Hoax" / "Calamity Canine" 1x03 October 2, 1982
"Cupid Andy" / "Space Odd-Essey" 1x04 October 9, 1982
"Hornswoggle's New Leaf" / "Keep On Movin' On" 1x05 October 16, 1982
"Mansion Madness" / "Wuthering Kites" 1x06 October 23, 1982
"In the Swim" / "Put Up or Fix Up" 1x07 October 30, 1982
"Haggle and Double Haggle" / "The Royal Visitor" 1x08 November 6, 1982
"The Future Tense" / "Dr. Livingston, I Presume" 1x09 November 13, 1982
"Haggle's Luck" / "Head in the Clouds" 1x10 November 20, 1982
"Teacher's Pest" / "Andy Sings the Blues" 1x11 November 27, 1982
"Easy Money" / "Take My Tonsils -Please-" 1x12 December 4, 1982
"The Prettiest Girl in Oakville" / "Mack's Snow Job" 1x13 December 11, 1982

Cast

In popular culture

  • In the Comic Book Men episode "Holy Zap Copter", Walt thought The Gary Coleman Show was the most outlandish cartoon.

References

  1. ^ Evanier, Mark (May 28, 2010). "Gary Coleman, R.I.P.". News From ME. Retrieved May 29, 2021.