Episode 614: San Francisco International
First aired: Comedy Central on 19 November 1994
|A bad pilot, in more ways than one.|
How did the idea work out? Not too good.
The TV show was picked up for series by NBC, but Pernell Roberts was replaced by Lloyd Bridges in the process. So, not great for Adam Cartwright. And, not all that great for the show itself. Yeah, it made it to series, but only sort of.
Remember when NBC used to take shows that weren't strong enough to stand on their own week after week and group them together? Like the NBC Mystery Movie? Or The Bold Ones?
|Tab Hunter is the villain.|
Well, San Francisco International Airport (as the series was finally named) took turns with three other shows. McCloud was one of them. Night Gallery was another. The other one was about a psychiatrist. It was called The Psychiatrist. It's okay if you don't remember that one.
Or this one, actually, because it wasn't a good show. The best thing to come out of it was that there was an easy tie-in with Lloyd Bridges and an airport when Airport! was made a few years later, but nothing beyond that.
|Stealing airplanes solves everything!|
The movie was a mess.
Our Hero fakes an emergency on an airplane just to get a Congressman's attention, while Tab Hunter and his Merry Crew of Misfits kidnap a pilot's wife so they can steal money from a plane, while some snot-nosed teenager gets all upset because mommy and daddy are splitting up so he steals a plane, and, oh, I don't know, but something else was going on, but it was hard to follow, but anyway the crooks get captured by Clu Gulager disguised in sunglasses and Our Hero talks the kid down, and Lloyd Bridges lives happily ever after. The end.
Mike & the Bots have some fun with this one. And, they had some fun in the Host Segments, too. Lots of extra characters make appearances for the Host Segments.
|Everybody thought Mike's Urkel was funny...||... until Torgo showed up and said it wasn't.|
Really bad TV movie, sort of lame but sort of inspired Host Segments, and really fun riffing.
What's not to like?