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13 x 30 minute episodes
TV weatherman Keith Burrows (Richard Gilliland) gets a green bottle at a knickknack stand and finds he’s inherited a genie (T.K. Carter). “I am Shabu, your genie. I must serve you for 2000 years or your death, whichever comes first”.
What’s more, Shabu is black. That’s just what Keith needs in 1983 – a slave!
Furthermore, Keith is a lousy weatherman. In the words of his gorgeous program director Meagan Huxley (Ellen Maxted), “You just stick on the screen. Like old gum. You have no personality, no style, no sex appeal, no charisma. No offence”.
Then Shabu does his number and presto! Keith’s a dynamic weatherman who’s so sharp and sexy the program director falls madly in love with him.
Unfortunately for Keith, she was engaged to station manager Nelson Marriott (Rod McCary).
The sight of a black man calling a white man “master” was just too much for many African Americans, and ABC received many complaints from civil rights groups and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).