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Thunder Alley
Genre Sitcom
Created by Carmen Finestra
David McFadzean
Matt Williams
Directed by Robby Benson
Andy Cadiff
Pat Doak
Barnet Kellman
John Rago
Starring Edward Asner
Felicity Huffman
Diane Venora (replaced Huffman)
Robin Riker (replaced Venora)
Jim Beaver
Lindsay Felton
Haley Joel Osment
Andrew Keegan
Composer(s) Howard Pearl
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 27
Production
Executive producer(s) Carmen Finestra
Dan Guntzelman
David McFadzean
Matt Williams
Producer(s) Bob Burris
Tim Doyle
Barry Gold
Dan Guntzelman
Gayle S. Maffeo
Michael Ware
Running time 30 mins.
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run March 9, 1994 – July 4, 1995

Thunder Alley was an American sitcom which ran aired from March 9, 1994 to July 4, 1995 on ABC.

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Synopsis

The show starred Edward Asner as retired race-car driver Gil Jones. The pilot episode featured Felicity Huffman in the role of Bobbi Turner, Gil's daughter. When ABC picked up the series, Huffman was replaced[1] with actress Diane Venora. Venora played the role for eight episodes before she was replaced by Robin Riker, who played the role for the remainder of the series.[2] The series also starred future Academy Award-nominee Haley Joel Osment.

The story involved Bobbi returning after a divorce to live with her father. In tow were her three children: Claudine (Kelly Vint); Jenny (Lindsay Felton); and Harry {Haley Joel Osment). The new family quintet lived in Gil's home above Thunder Alley, the specialty racing garage Gil operated. Rounding out the cast was Gil's dim-witted mechanic sidekick, Leland DuParte (Jim Beaver). In the show's second season, Andrew Keegan joined the cast as Jack Kelly, a local boy who helped around the garage.

The show had significantly good ratings, helped in part by its being paired with the hit Home Improvement from the same producers.[3] Nonetheless, in the spring of 1995, ABC dropped almost all of its family-oriented programming in a move toward edgier material. As part of ABC's family programming, Thunder Alley, despite its recent status as the thirteenth highest-rated show in the country, was canceled.[4]

Production notes

Thunder Alley was created and executive produced by Matt Williams, Carmen Finestra, and David McFadzean for Wind Dancer Productions and Touchstone Television. The director of a majority of episodes was Robby Benson.

Award nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1995 Young Artist Awards Nominated Best Performance: Young Actor in a TV Comedy Series Andrew Keegan
Best Performance by an Actress Under Ten in a TV Series Lindsay Felton

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