Titel: Just Our Luck
Nederlandse/Belgische titel: -
Uitgebracht: Nederland, 7 juni 1986 / België, -
Genre: Fantasy / Komedie | 30 min. | … jaar |
Productiemaatschappij: Lawrence Gordon Productions | Budget: …
Oorspronkelijk uitgebracht: USA, 20 september 1983 - (13 episodes)
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Keith Burrows (Richard Gilliland) is a young TV weatherman working at KPOX-TV Channel 6 in Venice, California. One day while jogging on the boardwalk, he passes a flea market and bumps into one of the tables causing an old green bottle to fall off and crack. Burrows is forced to buy the bottle and brings it home with him. Later that night, his cat breaks the bottle and releases Shabu, a 3,000 year-old genie. The genie tells Burrows that he had been imprisoned in the bottle for 196 years and offers to serve Burrows for 2,000 years or until his death, in Shabu's words, “whichever comes first”.
Although the grateful Shabu decides to abide by the traditional role of a genie, he is somewhat disappointed by Burrows' modest lifestyle, having lived in royal palaces with historical figures such as Cleopatra, King Arthur and Napoleon Bonaparte. Much of the show's humor came from Shabu using his powers to play practical jokes on Burrows and generally causing him embarrassment in daily life. He did, however, sometimes help Burrows with social and work related problems. In one episode, he helps liven up a party thrown to impress the station manager so Burrows could keep his job. At times, Shabu's efforts would backfire. In the episode “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Burrows”, for example, Shabu gives Burrows “a jolt of self confidence”, causing him to become extremely egotistical, self-centered and obnoxious.
The pair would frequently interact with Burrows co-workers at KPOX-TV; program director Meagan Huxley (Ellen Maxted), her fiancee and station manager Nelson Marriot (Rod McCary), weatherman Professor Bob (Hamilton Camp) and Burrows' neighbor Chuck (Richard Schaal). Jim Dexter (Leonard Simon), a news anchorman, was introduced later in the season.
Just Our Luck is a short-lived American sitcom which aired on the American Broadcasting Company in the fall of 1983. Created by brothers Lawrence and Charles Gordon, it was considered a modernized version of the classic 1960s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. The series stars Richard Gilliland as a mild-mannered TV weatherman for KPOX-TV, and T. K. Carter as a hip, fun-loving 3,000-year-old genie who is freed by Gilliland after being imprisoned in his bottle for nearly two centuries.
The series was produced by Lorimar Productions, and initially promoted by ABC as one of its new ambitious comedies along with Webster. Just Our Luck was created to compete against The A-Team on NBC but earned low ratings for much of its run. It was poorly received by critics, however, and was the subject of controversy when the NAACP charged the show with promoting negative stereotypes of African-Americans. The NAACP originally campaigned to have the show removed but later settled for a degree of creative control in the show's development. This included changes to Carter's dialogue, the hiring of black staff writers and the addition of Leonard Simon to the cast. The show was cancelled after three months.