1 9 8 0 (USA)
10 x 60 minute episodes
This short-lived ABC comedy featured a gang of young Los Angeles construction workers out to have a good time, on the job and off.
Lucy (Susan Buckner) was the only woman on the crew, and just “one of the guys”. Randy (Philip Brown) was the college graduate; Buzz (Doug Barr), the complete extrovert; and Martin “Hunk” Kincaid (Tim Rossovich), the . . er . . resident hunk.
Others around the construction site were Norm Jenkins (Dolph Sweet), the older guy whose wife, Dottie (Alice Hirson), wished he would slow down; Bulldog (Noble Willingham); Hanrahan (Gary Allen), the foreman; and Darlene (Sue Ane Langdon), the buxom owner of the gang’s favourite hangout, imaginatively named “Darlene’s Place”.
Just about everything about the series was either predictable – such as the plots and dialogue – or incomprehensible, such as the locations, plots and dialogue. To make matters worse, it was an hour long.
When The Whistle Blows was one of the first US comedies to film with a single camera and no laugh track.
Martin “Hunk” Kincaid
Sue Ane Langdon