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Misfits of Science

1 9 8 5 – 1 9 8 6 (USA)
16 x 60 minute episodes

The Misfits of Science are a group of young weirdos with strange but handy abilities.

Johnny B (Mark Thomas Miller), for instance, is a former rock singer who got zapped by an amplifier on stage. Now he shoots lightning bolts (but has to periodically recharge).

Gloria (a pre-Friends Courteney Cox) is a pretty 17-year-old who can make objects move by concentrating hard. Then there’s Dr Elvin ‘El’ Lincoln (Kevin Peter Hall), a 7-foot-4 scientist who can shrink to the size of a doll.

These freaks are unhappy with their lot until Dr Billy Hayes (Dean Paul Martin) of the Human Investigation Team (HIT) moulds them into a crime-fighting unit.

The pilot episode also featured Mickey Jones as Arnold “Ice Man” Beifneiter who had the power to freeze anything he touched. His character was missing from the weekly series when it aired.

Handsome Dean Paul Martin (son of legendary actor and crooner Dean Martin) died in a military plane crash on 21 March 1987, aged 35.  Kevin Peter Hall died on 10 April 1991 (also aged 35) of AIDS-related pneumonia after contracting HIV from a blood transfusion.

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Dr Billy Hayes
Dean Paul Martin
Dr Elvin ‘El’ Lincoln
Kevin Peter Hall
John ‘Johnny B’ Bukowski
Mark Thomas Miller
Gloria Dinallo
Courteney Cox
Jane Miller
Jennifer Holmes
Dick Stetmeyer
Max Wright
Miss Nance
Diane Cary