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Teen Angel
Teen Angel promo shot of Corbin Allred and Mike Damus
Format Sitcom/Fantasy
Created by Al Jean
Mike Reiss
Starring Mike Damus
Corbin Allred
Maureen McCormick
Katie Volding
Jordan Brower
Conchata Ferrell
Ron Glass
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 17
Production
Running time 22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 26, 1997 – February 13, 1998

Teen Angel is an American sitcom that was created by Al Jean and Mike Reiss of The Simpsons fame. The show aired on ABC's TGIF Friday night lineup from 1997 to 1998.

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Synopsis

Teen Angel followed a high school boy, Steve Beauchamp (Corbin Allred), and his recently-deceased best friend, Marty DePolo, (Mike Damus) who, after dying from eating a six-month-old hamburger from under Steve's bed on a dare, hangs around as a kind of dimwitted guardian angel to Allred's character. Ron Glass played God's cousin, Rod. Maureen McCormick, who played Steve's mother, Judy, left the series halfway through its run.

Marty, as a supernatural being, would frequently break the fourth wall. One example being prior to the opening credits of the episode "Grumpy Young Men", Marty explained the absence of Steve's mother and the return of his father to the viewers.

The series was created and placed in the TGIF lineup by ABC in an attempt to capitalize on the success on another ABC supernatural series, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. The series, however, failed to gain an audience and was canceled by ABC after 17 episodes.[1][2]

Cast

Episodes

Ep # Title Air date
01 Marty Buys the Farm September 26, 1997
Marty passes on after eating a 6 month old burger under Steve's bed. Steve goes into a deep depression, since not only is his best friend gone, but his father has recently left, and he's picked on constantly at school. His mother, sister, and aunt attempt to help, but God's cousin, Rod, sends Steve Marty as his guardian angel, or "Teen Angel", as Marty dubs himself. Marty helps Steve conquer his fear of talking to girls, failing tests, and being unpopular here, and throughout the series.
02 Date with an Angel October 3, 1997
Steve has a crush on one of the most popular cheerleaders, Jessica Fishman. But Marty is afraid she'll reject him, so when Steve calls her, Marty pretends to be Jessica and sets up a date with Steve. To save face, Marty morphs into Jessica for the date, and chaos ensues when the real Jessica turns up.
03 Sings Like an Angel October 10, 1997
As a joke, Marty grants Steve a beautiful singing voice for choir tryouts. Soon Steve has almost every solo or duet part and the prettiest duet partner, Edie. But during the huge talent competition, Marty is called upon to help an old woman to a better place and can't be there for Steve or his voice.
04 Wrestling with an Angel October 17, 1997
Wishing to seem more powerful, Steve tries out for the wrestling team. Unwilling to let his friend be pummeled, Marty wins the match for him. When the whole school is counting on Steve to win, Steve is counting on Marty to help him out.
05 Honest Abe and Popular Steve October 24, 1997
Marty starts bringing in historical figures to help Steve with his life (Abraham Lincoln to write his history papers, Cleopatra to give him love advice so he can date Homecoming Queen Amy Kosover, Pablo Picasso to design "Steve for Class President" campaign posters, etc.) The Head decides that since Marty has done such a good job with Steve that it's time for him to move on to famous jerk rock star, Sammy Noah (guest star Dee Snider).
06 I Love Nitzke October 31, 1997
In an attempt to make Aunt Pam like Mr. Nitzke, Steve's driver's ed instructor, Marty swipes some of Cupid's arrows. However, his poor aim causes Judy, Pam, and Katie to all fall for Mr. Nitzke, making Steve uncomfortable when they all insist on coming to the Halloween Dance with him.
07 One Dog Night November 7, 1997
Sabrina tracks down her cat, Salem, who has swallowed her magic "time ball" to blast everyone back to 1976. Meanwhile, Judy is bemoaning the lack of a man in her life, but when Marty turns the family dog into the loyal and loving "Bob," she gets more than she asked for. And, Marty tries to create his own magic with Sabrina.
08 Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog November 14, 1997
Marty gives Steve's science class frog the power of speech -- with a British accent (guest star Tim Curry) -- and the two become attached to their amphibian friend. When his new biology teacher (guest star Yeardley Smith) insists he must dissect his frog or fail the class, Steve is put into a very tight situation.
09 Feather's Day November 28, 1997
Katie's troop is camping, and she has lost her required tribal feather. Steve snags one of Marty's wing feathers when Marty's not looking to give Katie. What he doesn't know is the feather grants the holder anything they desire. (Guest star Zachery Ty Bryan appears as himself, when Katie's friend wishes for it.)
10 Steve & Marty & Jordan & Uncle Lou December 5, 1997
Marty wants to tag along wherever Steve goes with new best pal, Jordan. But when Steve insists he not, Marty reunites with his uncle Lou in Heaven.
11 Living Doll December 17, 1997
Marty brings Katie's doll to life to babysit her when Steve has a date, but there's trouble when Katie's doll is over-affectionate with Steve in front of his girl.
12 Grumpy Young Men January 9, 1998
Steve's mom has left, and Steve's dad, Casey (Tommy Hinkley), has rejoined the family, bringing along his father (Jerry Van Dyke). Steve tries to sneak into a dance club, with the help of a Marty-grown mustache, but in the morning the mustache continues to expand, and Steve ages considerably. Meanwhile, Marty discovers that Grandpa can see him.
13 Who's the Boss January 16, 1998
When Katie, Pam, and Casey are gone for the weekend, Steve throws a 16th birthday party for Marty, inviting friends, and Marty inviting dead celebrities. The family, however, comes home early to a mess, and Steve learns a lesson about telling the truth.
14 The Play's the Thing January 23, 1998
Life gets tenser for those around Steve, as they are seeing more of him appearing to talk to thin air, when Marty helps Steve get the lead in the school play. In the end they were chasing balloons.
15 Back to DePolo January 30, 1998
Marty discovers he can time travel and attempts to stop himself from eating the "Death Burger." But when he doesn't, Steve calls him a chicken, and eats the burger himself. Repeated attempts to keep the burger away fail, and soon everyone in the whole house has eaten it once.
16 The Un-Natural February 6, 1998
Marty gives Casey a perfect pitch at a carnival toss, convincing the former pitcher erroneously that he's still got "the gift" and tries out for a pro baseball team. Marty also reunites Grandpa with Grandma, who's in heaven, so Grandpa can finally move on.
17 Look Ma, No Face February 13, 1998
Marty finds out that Nia, the girl he liked when he was living, liked him back. He devises a scheme to call himself Vlad from Bulgaria, puts on makeup, a wig, and sunglasses, and pretends to be alive for just one date with Nia. However, the Head has forbidden him from this outing, but what the Head doesn't know can't hurt him....right?

Award nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1998 Young Artist Award Nominated Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Leading Young Performer Mike Damus
Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Leading Young Performer Corbin Allred
Best Family TV Comedy Series
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See also

References

  1. ^ Lowry, Brian (2000-04-14). "‘TGIF’? Well, ABC’s Not So Sure Anymore". The Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/2000/apr/14/entertainment/ca-19340. Retrieved 2008-08-31.  
  2. ^ Houran, James; Lange, Rense (2001). Hauntings and Poltergeists: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Beloff, John. McFarland. p. 90. ISBN 0-786-40984-3.  

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