TV Whiz Kids (CBS 1983-1984, Matthew Laborteaux, Todd Porter) Published 2 years ago on April 20, 2017 As the 80’s dawned, consumers began to get hip to the idea of home computers. The film WarGames was a massive hit in the summer of ’83, helping make the idea of home computers acceptable to a technology-fearing public. Thus, a home-computing fad was sparked by the media, and the popularity of the subject paved the way for Whiz Kids. This hour-long series was kind of like a technological-age riff on Nancy Drew or The Hardy Boys. It was built around Richie, a teenage genius who lived in suburban L.A. and spent much of his free time on his talking home computer (which was named RALF). Richie was also an aspiring detective, using his “hacking” skills and his friends—Ham, Jeremy and Alice—to solve mysteries around town. And when kid power wasn’t enough, they would turn to local reporter Farley or policeman Neil Quinn. Irene was Richie’s divorced mom, who subscribed to a computer dating service (you can imagine the fun Richie had with that), and Cheryl was Richie’s little sister. In true kid sister form, Cheryl yearned to join Richie’s snoop squad, but she usually ended up consoling herself with the company of her robot, Herbie. A later addition to the cast was Carson Marsh, an intelligence agent who headed the ‘Athena Society.’ He helped the kids by using his connections to get them secret information for their cases, as well as bailing them out when they got into jams. Unfortunately, the Whiz Kids couldn’t solve the case of how to keep your show on for longer than a season, and the cancellation virus arrived in June of 1984 after 18 episodes. Whiz Kid Alice (Andrea Elson) quickly rebooted and went on to star in TV’s E.T. sitcom, Alf. production details USA / CBS – Universal / 18×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 5 October 1983 – 2 June 1984 cast Matthew Laborteaux as Richie Adler Todd Porter as Hamilton Parker Jeffrey Jacquet as Jeremy Saldino Max Gail as Llewellen Farley, Jr. Andrea Elson as Alice Tyler Melanie Gaffin as Cheryl Adler A Martinez as Lieutenant Neal Quinn Madelyn Cain as Irene Adler Linda Scruggs as Ms. Vance Dan O’Herlihy as Carson Marsh (1984) CBSMatthew LaborteauxSciFiTV Advertisement advertisement and this just in TV14 hours ago This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper (ITV 2000, Alun Armstrong, Richard Ridings) Period crime drama serial. The story behind Assistant Chief Constable George Oldfield’s tracking down of the evil incarnate that is... TV14 hours ago The Comedy Trail: A Shaggy Dog Story (BBC-1 1999, Ronnie Barker, Victoria Wood) A five minute trailer made by the BBC to celebrate their comedy output, with over 40 of the biggest names... TV14 hours ago The Frost Report (BBC-1 1966, David Frost, John Cleese) Sketch based series hosted by David Frost and broadcast live. Each episode looked at a different topic including the famous... TV14 hours ago Broaden Your Mind (BBC-2 1968, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor) Sketch series tackling many different subjects and billing itself as an Encyclopedia of the Air. The big name writers on... TV14 hours ago Monroe (ITV1 2011, James Nesbitt, Sarah Parish) Medical drama series Monroe (which comes from the pen of the always excellent Peter Bowker) follows neuro surgeon Gabriel Monroe... search EPISODES Episodes1 day ago Elementary: The Further Adventures (Season 7 Premieres CBS Thurs 23 May 2019) The Further Adventures: Holmes and Watson’s new careers as consultants for Scotland Yard in London take them inside the tabloid... Episodes1 day ago The Name of the Rose Premieres Thurs 23 May on Sundance Opening with a double bill of episodes, The Name of the Rose is based on Umberto Eco’s highly acclaimed novel... Episodes1 day ago This is Farrah Fawcett Special airs Thurs 23 May on ABC ABC News presents a two-hour prime-time special on America’s golden girl Farrah Fawcett. From that iconic red bathing suit poster... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 months ago Shazam! | 2019 | Zachary Levi, Asher Angel A boy is given the ability to become an adult superhero in times of need with a single magic word.... Movies2 months ago Dumbo | 2019 | Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans... Movies2 months ago The Man Who Killed Don Quixote | 2018 | Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce Toby, a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself... mytvtonight mytvtonight devoted to all things film and tv.