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Blue Thunder TV Show

TV Series Summary for Blue Thunder

Television Show Summary

This 80's TV was based on the 1983 movie by the same name. The show features the LAPD Blue Thunder unit, which operated a high tech helicopter.

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TV Show Plot For Blue Thunder

Following the success of the 1983 film version of Blue Thunder, this series was released on ABC in 1984.

James Farrentino starred as Blue Thunder helicopter pilot Lieutenant Frank Chaney. His co-pilot 'JAFO' onderlove was played by a young future Saturday Night Live star Dana Carvey. The TV series also starred former NFL players Bubba Smith and Dick Butkus.

Only 11 episodes of this ill-fated spin-off were aired on ABC in 1984 before it was cancelled. The success of another helicopter action series Airwolf on CBS was part of the reason for the failure of this show.

Despite it's single season run, the show was released on DVD by Sony Pictures on August 22, 2006.

Cast of Blue Thunder TV Show

Dick Butkus - Richard ''Ski'' Butowski
Bubba Smith - Lyman ''Bubba'' Kelsey
James Farentino - Lieutenant Frank Chaney
Sandy McPeak - Captain Edward Braddock
Dana Carvey - Clinton C. ''JAFO'' Wonderlove
Ann Cooper - J.J. Douglas

Trivia for the TV Show Blue Thunder

Gil Gerard was the original choice for the pilot on the TV series Blue Thunder.

80's TV Show Facts:

The TV Show Blue Thunder was televised from 01/06/1984 to 04/16/1984, on the ABC network.

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