1 9 9 3 – 1 9 9 4 (USA)
22 x 30 minute episodes
15-year-old Angela Doolan (Angela Goethals) is the “phenom” of the title. She’s a natural at tennis, “a child blessed by the hand of God – something that comes along once in a lifetime,” says her overbearing tennis coach, Lou Della Rose (William Devane).
Angela lives at 1728 Avalon Drive in Agora, California, with her divorced shorthand reporter mother, Dianne (Judith Light), sister, Mary Margaret (Ashley Johnson) and her insecure older brother, Brian (Todd Louiso).
Angela won the ‘Sixteen and Under championship’ of Southern California and is now struggling to cope with the demands of potential stardom while at the same time trying to be a normal teenage girl. Angela is a dream student and has been voted “most likely to join the order” by the nuns of her school (Miraculous Medal High).
Angela practices tennis 35 hours a week and dreams of winning Wimbledon.
Mary Margaret attends third grade at Miraculous Medal Elementary School. She wears Tom and Jerry socks, has a goldfish called Willie and hides her money in the head of her Cabbage Patch doll, Brian (named after her brother).
Brian, a hopeful art student, attends the Tim Pacaso Art Academy. He works at Hector’s Tacos and previously worked as the front-gate security guard at the Leisure Time Retirement Home.
Lou Della Rose owns the Lou Della Rose Tennis Academy in La Hoya. He first saw Angela at the Southern California Championships and offered her a full scholarship (she trains there on weekends). Tracy Austin was a former student whom Lou coached to win the US Open.
ABC axed the comedy after a single season.
Mary Margaret Doolan
Lou Della Rose