Out of Control (TV series)

Out of Control

Out of Control title screen
Created by Bob Hughes
Starring Dave Coulier
Jill Wakewood
Diz McNally
Marty Schiff
David Stenstrom
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8
Executive producer(s) Bob Klein
Bruce Littlejohn
Producer(s) Bob Hughes
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment Company
Original network Nickelodeon
Original release October 7, 1984 (1984-10-07) – May 1, 1985 (1985-05-01)

Out of Control is an American comedy television series that ran on Nickelodeon from 1984 to 1985, and was one the first series produced specifically for Nickelodeon.


Comedian Dave Coulier stars as the even-keeled host Dave, whose signature catchphrase was "Cut—it—out!"; which was a catchphrase Coulier would later bring to the comedy series Full House. The show also features a cast of kooky archetypal characters, such as the shrill, plastic-fantastic party-girl Diz Aster (Diz McNally), the clueless reporter Angela "Scoop" Quickly (Jill Wakewood), the caustic newshawk Hern Burford (Marty Schiff), Professor Gravity (who was later re-used in the radio sketch Ask Dr. Science), and Waldo, the bespectacled mad inventor (David Stenstrom). Also on the set was a box-like computer called the HA-HA 3200 that was supposedly the sketch and joke writer for the show.

The show featured comedy sketches on recurring themes by the Duck's Breath Mystery Theatre, appealing to viewers from the 5–12 age bracket, interspersed with animation by Spectre Productions.

Regular sketches

Guest stars included Bill Bixby (from The Incredible Hulk), Mouth Sounds author Fred Newman (who had a sound effects contest with Dave), comedian Bruce Baum (playing a fraud who collected clothing of celebrities), Joel Hodgson (playing an inept magician), and Dennis Miller (a man trying to survive in the desert).

Episode list

Episode Number Title Original Air Date
1 Hurry-Up October 7, 1984
2 Mouth-Off
3 Inventions
4 Science
5 Big Boss
6 The Ducks
7 Love
8 Fashion May 1, 1985



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