Out of This World (TV series)

This article is about the U.S. television series. For the British television series of the same name, see Out of This World (UK TV series).
Out of This World

Title screen
Genre Fantasy sitcom
Created by John Boni
Bob Booker
Directed by Bob Claver
Scott Baio
Selig Frank
Stan Harris
Russ Petranto
Jack Regas
Renny Temple
Starring Maureen Flannigan
Donna Pescow
Doug McClure
Joe Alaskey
Steve Burton
Christina Nigra
Buzz Belmondo
Tom Nolan
Voices of Burt Reynolds
Opening theme "Swinging on a Star"
Composer(s) Kevin Kiner
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 96
Executive producer(s) Bob Booker
Producer(s) John Boni
Barbara Booker
Gail Honigberg
Laura Levine
Mike Scully
Bruce Taylor
George Yanok
Running time 22 mins.
Production company(s) Bob Booker Productions
Distributor MCA TV
Original network Syndication
Original release September 17, 1987 (1987-09-17) – May 25, 1991 (1991-05-25)

Out of This World is an American fantasy sitcom about a teenage girl who is half alien, which gives her unique superhuman powers. It first aired in syndication from September 17, 1987 and ended on May 25, 1991.

During its first season, the series was originally part of NBC's Prime Time Begins at 7:30 campaign, in which the network's owned-and-operated stations would run first-run sitcoms in the 7:30-8 pm time slot to counter-program competing stations' game shows, sitcom reruns and other offerings. Out of This World was rotated with the original series Marblehead Manor and She's the Sheriff, a syndicated revival of the 1983 sitcom We Got It Made, and a television adaptation of the play You Can't Take It with You. NBC ended the experiment after the 1987-88 season due to the low ratings put up by three of the series, with Out of This World being one of the two that were renewed (the other being She's the Sheriff). After its first season the series was largely moved to weekend time slots, where it remained until its cancellation following the fourth season.

Show summary

The series revolves around Evie Ethel Garland, a young girl who discovers on her thirteenth birthday that her father is an alien named Troy, from the planet Antareus, who married her mother and "merged lifeforms" to create Evie. Evie's half-alien heritage gives her superhuman abilities. Most of the episodes revolve around Evie misusing her powers and causing some trouble, which she spends the rest of the episode trying to fix. Only Evie and her family know about her alien father and her powers, and many episodes depict Evie trying to hide her secret from other characters. The series ended on a cliffhanger in the Season 4 finale, where Troy came to visit and Donna took his place by accident and ended up in Antareus, leaving Troy stranded on Earth.


The cube

Evie is able to communicate with Troy through a special "genetic" communication device known as the "cube", which he gave to her when she turned thirteen. The cube effectively functions as a telephone line to Antareus — it can even be used to leave Troy an "answerphone" message, as seen in the episode "My Little Evie". There are no controls on the cube; Evie simply calls for her father and the cube activates when he answers, deactivating when he "hangs up". Sometimes when Troy uses his powers whilst talking through the cube, a beam of energy is emitted directly from the cube.

Evie and Donna normally keep the cube around the house, out of sight (often in Evie's bedroom), sometimes telling people it is an ornament or a talking clock. When the cube is activated, the top half of it opens up on a hinge, a magenta light pulses inside, and a "spacey" sound effect plays. The lights in the room usually dim, although not always. Troy's voice is heard clearly through the cube with reverberation.

Originally, even though everyone was able to hear Troy through the cube, Evie was the only one Troy could hear as the cube was genetic. This rule changes in the first episode of season 2, "Evie's Birthday Wish". At the end of the episode, Evie wishes her mother could talk to Troy like she can. As a result, Troy can now hear Donna and they can now talk back and forth. It is unknown whether the rest of Evie's family could also talk to Troy, but there have been other aliens that Troy could hear through the cube, as seen in Season 4 Episode 5 "Evie's Guardian Angel". An Antaerian is sent to Earth to protect Evie and Donna, and he can speak to Troy.

Guest stars

The series featured several celebrities who made cameo appearances on the show, occasionally as themselves. In chronological order of appearances:


Season 1

  1. Evie's Thirteenth Birthday
  2. Playing with the Power
  3. The Nightmare
  4. Till Then
  5. Evie, Get Your Basketball
  6. Every Beano Has His Day
  7. Evie and the Young Astronauts
  8. Fifties Mom
  9. Dueling Mayors
  10. Baby Talk
  11. Beano's New Diet Clinic
  12. Uh, Oh... Here Comes Mother
  13. The Anniversary
  14. To Tell the Truth
  15. Pen Pals
  16. Broadway Danny Derek
  17. Mosquito Man: The Motion Picture
  18. The Russians Are Coming
  19. Aka Dad
  20. Illness
  21. The Box Is Missing
  22. Boy Crazy
  23. The Three Faces of Evie
  24. I've Got a Secret

Season 2

  1. Evie's Birthday Wish
  2. Blast from the Past
  3. Career Crunch
  4. Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot?
  5. Evie's First Kiss
  6. Princess Evie
  7. Old Flame
  8. Guess Who's Coming to Earth
  9. Go West, Young Mayor
  10. Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind
  11. The Incredible Hunk
  12. Pupil's Court
  13. Evie's Two Dads
  14. The Secret of Evie's Success
  15. Honest Evie
  16. Evie Goes to Hollywood
  17. Two Many Evies
  18. Futile Attraction
  19. Beano the Kid
  20. Queens for a Day
  21. The Amazing Evie
  22. Whose House Is It, Anyway?
  23. Frisky Business
  24. Star Dog

Season 3

  1. Evie's Sweet Sixteen
  2. Cinderella Evie
  3. Bring Me the Head of Donna Garland
  4. A Froggy Day in Marlowe Town
  5. Eviegeist
  6. Evie's Driver's License
  7. Evie Goes for the Gold
  8. Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
  9. Around the World in 80 Minutes
  10. It's a Cruel World
  11. Evie/Stevie
  12. The Rocks That Couldn't Roll
  13. One in a Million
  14. Four Men and a Baby
  15. Evie's Double Trouble
  16. The Garden of Evie
  17. Evie's Magic Touch
  18. Cowboy Kyle, Man of Granite
  19. Evie's Secret Admirer
  20. Evie's Yuppie Love
  21. Diamond's Are Evie's Best Friend
  22. A Kinder, Gentler Mayor
  23. My Mother the Con
  24. Goodbye, Mr. Chris

Season 4

  1. New Kid on the Block
  2. My Little Evie
  3. Forget Your Troubles
  4. A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read
  5. Evie's Guardian Angel
  6. Best Friends
  7. I Want My Evie TV
  8. Come Fly with Evie
  9. Roomies
  10. Evie's High Anxiety
  11. Evie's False Alarm
  12. Marlowe Vice
  13. Evie's Latin Touch
  14. My Mom, and Why I Love Her
  15. Heck's Angels
  16. Would You Buy a Used Car from This Dude?
  17. Evie Nightingale
  18. All About Evie
  19. Mayor Evie
  20. Stump Your Neighbor
  21. Evie's Three Promises
  22. Too Late for Evie
  23. Educating Kyle
  24. Evie's Eighteen

Opening credits

The opening credits for the series incorporated special effects footage from the 1979-1981 series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. The theme song is Swinging on a Star.

International airings

Out of This World was first broadcast in the UK on the ITV network on April 9, 1990, until 1995.[1]

The show was aired on many TV stations in the Middle East, as well as Saudi TV Channel 2, with Arabic subtitles. It also aired in Canada on Toronto station CFMT (now Omni Television).

Critical reception

Discussing Out of This World, Roger Fulton stated "like many juvenile US sitcoms, the series was short on laughs and long on moralizing".[2] The book Television Without Pity contained a review of Out of This World that described the show as "quite possibly the worst sitcom ever made-it's a complete failure on every level". The review went on to criticise the show's scripts, acting and production, and unfavourably compared Out of This World to Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.[3] The Splitsider website called Out of This World "perhaps the worst sitcom ever, or at least the most '80s sitcom ever".[4]

DVD release

A DVD set with 35 episodes from seasons 1 and 2 was released in Germany on November 8, 2011.[5] The 6-disc set has a runtime of 875 minutes, but does not include all episodes due to music rights.[6]

In other media


  1. "BBC - Comedy Guide - Out Of This World". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2004-12-09. Retrieved 2013-09-03.
  2. Fulton, Roger (1995). Encyclopedia of TV science fiction. London: Boxtree. p. 392. ISBN 1-85283-953-8.
  3. Ariano, Tara; Bunting, Sarah D. (2006). Television Without Pity: 752 Things We Love to Hate (And Hate to Love) about TV. Quirk Books. p. 192. ISBN 1-59474-117-4.
  4. Boone, Brian (October 18, 2011). "Looking Back at the Terrible Syndicated Sitcoms of the Late 1980s". Splitsider. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  5. "Mein Vater ist ein Außerirdischer - Vol. 1 [6 DVDs]: Amazon.de: Donna Pescow, Maureen Flannigan, Joe Alaskey, Buzz Belmondo, Doug McClure: Filme & TV". Amazon.de. 2012-05-24. Retrieved 2013-09-03.
  6. "FSK - VV Programmteile". Fsk.de. Retrieved 2013-09-03.
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