The Gary Coleman Show
|The Gary Coleman Show|
Gary Coleman could be somewhere on Earth right now helping kids.
|Original release:||September 18—December 11, 1982
Julie McWhirter Dees
|Executive producer(s):||William Hanna|
|Music composed by:||Hoyt Curtin|
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 that spanned one season. 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.
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.
|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|
- Gary Coleman as Andy LaBeau
- Jennifer Darling as Angelica
- Sidney Miller as Hornswoggle
- Calvin Mason as Spence
- LaShana Dendy as Tina
- Jerry Houser as Bartholomew
- Julie McWhirter Dees as Lydia
- Lauren Anders as Chris
- Geoffrey Gordon as Haggle
- Steve Schatzberg as Mack
In popular culture
- In the Comic Book Men episode "Holy Zap Copter," Walt thought The Gary Coleman Show was the most outlandish cartoon.