Out of Control (TV series)

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Out of Control
Out of Control title screen
Created byBob Hughes
StarringDave Coulier
Jill Wakewood
Diz McNally
Marty Schiff
David Stenstrom
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26[1]
Executive producer(s)Bob Klein
Bruce Littlejohn
Producer(s)Bob Hughes
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment Company
Original networkNickelodeon
Original releaseOctober 7, 1984 (1984-10-07) – May 1, 1985 (1985-05-01)

Out of Control is an American comedy television series that ran on Nickelodeon from 1984 to 1985, and was one of the first series produced specifically for Nickelodeon. The series continued in reruns until 1991 (with a one-year break during 1987-88).


Comedian Dave Coulier stars as the even-keeled host Dave, whose signature catchphrase was "Cut-it-out!" (with accompanying gestures); which was a catchphrase Coulier would later bring to the comedy series Full House. The show also features a cast of kooky archetypal characters, such as the shrill, plastic-fantastic party-girl Diz Aster (Diz McNally), the clueless reporter Angela "Scoop" Quickly (Jill Wakewood), the caustic newshawk Hern Burford (Marty Schiff), Professor Gravity (who was later re-used in the radio sketch Ask Dr. Science),[citation needed] and Waldo, the bespectacled mad inventor (David Stenstrom). Also on the set was a box-like computer called the HA-HA 3200 that was supposedly the sketch and joke writer for the show.

The show featured comedy sketches on recurring themes by the Duck's Breath Mystery Theatre,[citation needed] appealing to viewers from the 5–12 age bracket, interspersed with animation by Spectre Productions.

Regular sketches[edit]

  • Let's Eat – a food segment where Dave goes out to restaurants across the country for what he hears to be "The World's Best". If it matches the claim, Dave presents the "Let's Eat Trophy" (a gold cup with novelty chattering teeth) to the owner or chef of the restaurant.
  • It's Probably True! – A news-like segment with real or fictional facts outlined.
  • How Not To Do Things – A do-it-yourself segment featuring inept participants with corresponding disastrous results.
  • It's Alive! – A segment that deals with animals and nature.
  • Are We There Yet? – A segment that displays real or fictional locations.
  • Profiles – A person (such as a stuntwoman, a hobo, a street mime, a bodybuilder or even a fountain fairy) is interviewed and showcases their profession.
  • Adult Education – A segment "where kids are the teachers and adults are there to learn". A young girl teaches a group of adults various topics that kids know.
  • Fast-Told Fairy Tales – A story segment where Diz gives her spin on classic fairy tales while being timed.
  • Hurry Up! – A segment where Dave answers a letter and uses a device called the "Hurry-Up Machine" to fast forward through a boring activity.

Guest stars included Bill Bixby (from The Incredible Hulk), Mouth Sounds author Fred Newman (who had a sound effects contest with Dave), comedian Bruce Baum (playing a fraud who collected clothing of celebrities), Joel Hodgson (playing an inept magician), and Dennis Miller (a man trying to survive in the desert). Also, Patrick "The Stick" Varnell, best known for the slasher comedy film Student Bodies, made a cameo appearance in the show's first episode; it was his only TV appearance.

Episode list[edit]

Episode Number Title Original Air Date
1 Hurry-Up October 7, 1984
2 Mouth-Off
3 Inventions
4 Science
5 Big Boss
6 The Ducks
7 Love
8 Fashion May 1, 1985



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