Sunday Cinema – “Misfits of Science”



All this month we’re going to look at television series that may have been way before their time. Often these shows were canceled due to low ratings, not because of their content.

“Misfits of Science” came out as a mid-season release and lasted a whole 15 episodes before being canceled due to low ratings (it aired opposite “Dallas”). The final episode was never aired in the United States but did air in Germany & France.

Dr. Billy Hayes, a research scientist at Humanidyne – specializes in “human anomalies”. The anomalies range from a “shrinking man”, a telekinetic teen, and “Beef/Ice Man”, a scientist that cryogenically froze himself in 1937 after his love, Amelia Earhart, went missing. “Beef/Ice Man” was written out of the show after the pilot episode due to a lawsuit from Marvel Comics claiming rights to the name “Ice Man”. His memory lived on in the show as the vehicle the misfits drove around in was an ice cream truck (“Beef” needed to be kept cool otherwise he would die).

Of all the old series that television networks are considering a revival, we have the technology and the audience to make “Misfits of Science” a popular show…

Someone, it looks like, posted a clean DVD-quality copy of the double-episode pilot online…

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