1 9 7 9 (USA)
10 x 60 minute episodes
Debuting on CBS on 25 September 1979, California Fever presented roller skating, disco dancing, surfing, rock music, skateboarding, hot-air ballooning, more disco dancing, more rock music and joy riding along the San Andreas Fault.
In short, it was teenybopper heaven with 17-year-olds Vince Butler (Jimmy McNichol), Ross Whitman (Marc McClure) and Laurie Newman (Michele Tobin) – who attended Westside High School and hung out together at Sunset Beach in California – and Rick (Lorenzo Lamas) who ran the local hangout that served snacks and rented bikes, surfboards and rollerskates.
The kids formed a rock band (called Four on the Floor), bopped around a lot, ran into trouble and ran away from trouble. Vince also ran a three-watt underground radio station – called K-Fever – from the back room of Rick’s Place. Vince was the “Ghost of the Coast at the top of the dial”.
Any California-set show worth its saltwater back then featured awesome cars. California Fever was no exception, as Vince cruised around in a cool Trans Am – with the license plate IM CRUSIN – and mechanic-supreme Ross puttered around in a mostly inoperable topless green and yellow truck dubbed “The Grossmobile.”
Ross also won $500 by dancing for 11 hours and 13 minutes in a marathon at the Solar System Disco.
13 episodes were produced, but only 10 aired before CBS gave the order to pull the plug in mid-December 1979. Jimmy McNichol sang the theme tune.