Woops!

Tagged: TV

Tv series (1996). Witt/Thomas Productions with Touchstone Television for Fox Network. Created by Gary Jacobs. Produced by Drew Brown and Gil Junger. Directed by Terry Hughes. Writers include Ross Abrash, Harold Kimmel and Mark Nutter. Cast includes Fred Applegate, Lane Davies, Cleavant Derricks, Meagen Fay, Marita Geraghty, Evan Handler. 13 25-minute episodes. Colour.

Children playing with a remote-controlled toy car somehow cause the accidental launch of a nuclear missile which precipitates a nuclear World War Three. Mark Braddock (Handler) – whose diary entries provide a narrative voice-over – is an ex-schoolteacher who survives the war and makes his way to a sheltered valley where he meets five other survivors: homeless man Jack Connors (Applegate), stockbroker Curtis Thorpe (Davies), biologist Dr Frederick Ross (Derricks), stereotypical feminist Alice McConnell (Fay) and beautiful but dumb young blonde woman Suzanne Skillman (Geraghty). These six are apparently the last living people in the world (though two others eventually appear, a teenage delinquent and Santa Claus), with Ross the last Afro-American. The series deals with the group's attempts to begin rebuilding civilization while facing such radiation-spawned problems as hallucinogens, Amnesia, a gigantic Mutant spider and a monstrously overgrown turkey (see Great and Small). In the unaired eleventh episode, a strange electrical storm in the valley causes Ross to temporarily regress to a child (see Rejuvenation).

This attempt at mingling black Humour with off-the-wall farce in a Post-Holocaust setting failed fairly quickly, with the final three episodes never broadcast. Woops! is not well remembered. [GFi/DRL]

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