Series / Out of This World

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Short Version: That show you vaguely remember about the alien girl who could freeze time.

Evie Garland, the main character, is half-alien, which gives her a variety of special powers, which get her in and out of trouble on this syndicated half-hour Sitcom which ran from 1987 to 1991. She lives with her human mother Donna, and only communicates with her Anterian alien father Troy via a crystal on her desk (voiced by Burt Reynolds).

All Anterians have a variety of powers, including the ability to "Gleep", or to will simple, non-mechanical objects into existence. As Evie is only half-Anterian, her powers are less refined than a full-blooded Anterian. Evie's main power is the ability to freeze and unfreeze time by placing her fingers or palms together, respectively. Later in the show, on her sixteenth birthday, she gets the ability to teleport.

Donna and Evie must keep her powers a secret from various nosy side-characters, which include the oblivious Mayor Kyle Applegate, the dim-witted Buzz Belmondo, and Evie's high school sweetheart Chris Fuller. Donna's brother Beano is also a frequently recurring guest, and the only other character to know Evie's secret.

The show is extremely similar in format to the later Sabrina the Teenage Witch and probably second only to Small Wonder in the "Oh, that's what that show was called!" hall of fame.

The show had a very convoluted production and broadcast history. During the first season, it initially aired as part of "Prime Time Begins at 7:30", a syndication package created by NBC in the fall of 1987, which consisted of five sitcoms that each aired once a week, and were produced and distributed by various production companies and distributors contracted by NBC. Besides Out of This World, the series included Marblehead Manor, which starred Paxton Whitehead as long suffering butler Albert Dudley and revolved around his interactions with the members of the staff of the titular mansion as well as the mansion's owners; She's the Sheriff, a comeback vehicle for Suzanne Somers which cast her as Hildy Granger, a widow who inherits her late husband's position as county sheriff, much to the chagrin of her deputy, Max Rubin (George Wyner), who both resented having a woman in the position and actually wanted the job for himself; an adaptation of You Can't Take It with You starring Harry Morgan; and a revival of the short lived NBC series We Got It Made, which starred Teri Copley as Mickey Mackenzie, an attractive 20-something who applies for a housekeeping job in Manhattan and is immediately hired by two bachelors who share a two-bedroom apartment and are very taken by her beauty—conservative attorney David Tucker (Matt McCoy) and goofy, idealistic salesman Jay Bostwick (Tom Villard), much to the initial chagrin of their respective girlfriends, beautiful attorney Claudia Jones (Stepfanie Kramer) and less attractive kindergarten teacher Beth Sorenson (Bonnie Urseth), who were not initially amused by the idea of an attractive housekeeper living with them.

The package was aimed at attracting viewers to NBC stations in the half-hour preceding prime time (8:00 p.m. in the Eastern and Pacific Time Zone, 7:00 p.m. elsewhere), and was conceived as a result of the FCC's loosening of the Prime Time Access Rule, legislation passed in 1971 that required networks to turn over the 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) time slot to local stations to program local or syndicated content; and the relaxation of the Financial Interest and Syndication Rules, which had prevented networks from producing content from their own syndication units to fill the void. Unfortunately, however, the experiment was largely a failure, with every program being regularly pummeled in the ratings by the Wheel of Fortune/Jeopardy! combo, or barring that, were forced to compete with either talk shows, such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, court shows, such as The People's Court, or news magazines, such as Entertainment Tonight. Marblehead Manor, We Got It Made, and You Can't Take It with You were all cancelled at the end of their inaugural seasons, with She's the Sheriff lasting one more season in weekend syndication before its cancellation. Out of This World, of course, ran for three additional seasons, airing mainly on weekends, and was the most successful of the five series.

Not to be confused with Eric Chahi's legendary French side-scrolling adventure game masterpiece, also known as Another World. Also not to be confused with The Jam Handy Organization's surreal short film about bread, which would eventually be riffed on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

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