Just Our Luck

“Don’t have a thing in common, we don’t see eye to eye. We couldn’t be more different if we tried…”

I’m sure the honchos at ABC thought they could catch lightning in a bottle (literally) in the fall of 1983 with their new sitcom Just Our Luck, but in retrospect, they probably realize how silly they were trying to beat down The A-Team.

The Mr. T-led juggernaut hit TVs in January of that year, and when it came time to offer up a sacrificial lamb– oops! We mean ‘competitor’ to The A-Team, the brass at ABC pinned all their hopes on a comedy about a 3,000 year old genie who helps a dull California weatherman spice up his life.

Well that didn’t go so well, did it?

In all fairness, Just Our Luck did have its moments. T.K. Carter played Shabu, genie to such historical greats as Napoleon and Cleopatra. When weatherman Keith (Richard Gilliland) accidentally knocked over that lamp at the flea market, out popped Shabu, and the (pseduo) comedic hijinks were off and running.

The problem, though (aside from being on opposite The A-Team and not being terribly funny) was that the NAACP caught wind of the show and had a few choice words for its creators… and the words weren’t nice. Upset with both the subservient black character and his, um, ‘urban’ dialect, they called foul. The showrunners did make some concessions, but by then it was too late.

After just 12 episodes, Just Our Luck faded into 80s sitcom obscurity.

Have no fear, though… that’s why we’re here– to give the forgotten shows a few moments back in the limelight.

It may have been short-lived, but Just Our Luck came from the 80s just like The Cosby Show and, yes, that dratted A-Team.

We ♥ Just Our Luck.


~ by weheart80s on November 10, 2011.

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