Blue Thunder (1984)

Status: Ended

Airdate: 1984-01-05

Runtime: 49 minutes

Rating(s): 6.2

Genre(s): Action & Adventure, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Language(s): English

Description

Blue Thunder is a 1984 ABC television series based on the movie of the same title featuring the Blue Thunder helicopter. The series uses the converted AĆ©rospatiale Gazelle helicopter and large portions of stock footage from the 1983 film. A ground unit named "Rolling Thunder" backed up the helicopter in the television series. This was a large support van with a desert camouflage off-road vehicle stored inside. The television series cast includes James Farentino, Dana Carvey, and former professional American football players Bubba Smith and Dick Butkus. The series was canceled by ABC after they felt the similar Airwolf on CBS would win the ratings battle. Also, the series aired at the same time as the CBS soap opera Dallas on Friday nights, and lost. Eleven episodes were made before the series was cancelled.

Episode Title Rating Airdate Skipped Watched
Normal Episodes 11
Season 1 11
S01E01
Second Thunder
6.7
S01E02
A Clear and Present Danger
6.8
S01E03
Arms Race
6.8
S01E04
Revenge in the Sky
6.8
S01E05
Trojan Horse
7.1
S01E06
Skydiver
7.1
S01E07
Clipped Wings
7.1
S01E08
Payload
6.9
S01E09
The Long Flight
7.1
S01E10
Godchild
7.2
S01E11
The Island
6.7
Specials 1
Cast 5
Dick Butkus - Richard Butowski
Dana Carvey - Clinton Wonderlove
James Farentino - Frank Chaney
Bubba Smith - Lyman Kelsey
Sandy McPeak - Captain Braddock
Production 4
David Moessinger - Executive Producer
Donald A. Baer - Producer
Jeri Taylor - Producer
Roy Huggins - Executive Producer
Network 1
ABC

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