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Whiz Kids
October 5, 1983 - June 2, 1984



Richie Adler - Matthew Laborteaux

Hamilton Parker - Todd Porter
Jeremy Saldino - Jeffrey Jacquet

Llewellen Farley, Jr. - Max Gail

Alice Tyler - Andrea Elson
Cheryl Adler - Melanie Gaffin

Lt. Neal Quinn - A Martinez
Irene Adler - Madelyn Cain

Ms. Vance - Linda Scruggs

Carson Marsh (1984) - Dan O'Herlihy

 

This series revolved around the high-tech antics of Richie, Ham, Jeremy, and Alice, the "Whiz Kids." They lived in the suburban LA community of Calabasas, were all schoolmates at Canyon High School, and often got help in amateur detective work from Richie's talking computer, Ralf. With Richie's expert programming, Ralf provided clues, graphic images, answers to problems, and access to other computer info banks that were supposedly protected against unauthorized use.

Farley was their friend and information source, a reporter with the LA Gazette who sometimes asked them for help on stories he was working on and at other times got involved with cases on which they were already working. Farley's brother-in-law, Neal Quinn, who ran the police department's Mobile Data Terminals, also provided Farley and the kids with some help when they needed access to police information.l

 

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Episodes Known To Be In Existence
(listed in alphabetical order -- no further episode info is currently available):

AIRWAVE ANARCY
Air Date: 11-16-83
Writer: Joe Gannon
Director: James Sheldon
Guests: Guy Stockwell, April Clough, Allan Miller, Anthony James, Barbara Cason, Jody St. Michael, Jim Staskel
Synopsis: A criminal taps into the police computers and sabotages them so that they cannot properly respond when his accomplices commit a crime.


ALTAIRIA
Air Date: 4-28-84
Writers: Lynn Barker s: Jill Gordon
Director: Georg Fenady
Guests: Tammy Taylor, Scott Brady, Alex Kubik, Robert Sampson, Frank McCarthy
Synopsis: Richie and Farley quarrel when Farley suggests that Richie's new girl friend set him up when information about a prototype tank proves false.


AMEN TO AMEN-RE
Air Date: 1-28-84
Writer: Paul Magistretti
Director: Alf Kjellin
Guests: Kay Lenz, William Boyett, Frank McCarthy, Zelda Rubinstein, David Hooks, Eugene Robert Glazer
Synopsis: Richie solves a hieroglyphic inscription on a tomb, but it seems to be causing uncharacteristic behavior in all those who read it aloud.


CANDIDATE FOR MURDER
Air Date: 11-2-83
Writer: Bob Shayne
Director: Bernard Kowalski
Guests: Michael Young, James Luisi, Vonetta McGee, Tom Simcox, Robert Clotworthy
Synopsis: Lew can't understand why a Gazette photographer was assaulted after covering a gubernatorial candidate until Richie uses Ralf to enhance the pictures he took and finds a fugitive embezzler.


A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK
Air Date: 11-9-83
Writer: Philip DeGuere
Director: Vincent McEveety
Guests: Robbie Rist, Daryl Anderson, Darryl Hickman, Jackie Earle Haley, Jed Mills
Synopsis: A fellow student of Richie's is caught using the school computer to embezzle bank funds, but the fellow who catches him decides to use the kid's idea for himself.


DEADLY ACCESS
Air Date: 10-26-83
Writer: James Crocker
Director: Corey Allen
Guests: Gary Frank, Tricia O'Neil, Greg Mullavey, Richard Anderson, Jameson Parker, Jenny O'Hara
Synopsis: Richie uncovers a secret water project while testing the security of a chemical company for its security chief, who disappears after getting Richie's report.
NOTE: Jameson Parker brought the character of "A.J. Simon" over from DeGuere's other series, Simon & Simon. Matthew Laborteaux returned the favor by playing "Richie Adler" in the Simon & Simon episode "Fly the Alibi Skies."


FATAL ERROR
Air Date: 10-19-83
Writer: Tom Sawyer
Director: Corey Allen
Guests: David Ackroyd, Mabel King, Joanna Kerns, Luke Andreas
Synopsis: Richie learns that the computer game he has been play testing has a very different application for the convict who invented it, and who has $12,000 hidden away on the outside.

FATHER'S DAY
Air Date: 4-21-84
Writer: Craig Buck
Director: Hollingsworth Morse
Guests: John Reilly, Brad Savage, Peter Brown, Sharon Acker, Jim McKrell
Synopsis: A KGB agent is pursuing Alice's new boyfriend.


LOLLYPOP GANG STRIKES BACK
Air Date: 2-25-84
Writer: Lynn Barker
Director: Dennis Donnelly
Guests: Sylvia Sidney, Elisha Cook, Jr., Whitman Mayo, Lee De Broux, Kenneth Mars
Synopsis: Richie looks into why the Social Security system has declared Carson Marsh dead while Lew follows a gang of elderly heisters.


MAID IN THE U.S.A.
Air Date: 2-4-84
Writer: James Crocker
Director: Max Gail
Guests: June Lockhart, Alma Martinez, Reid Shelton, Victor Mohica
Synopsis: Mrs. Adler's new maid leaves bugs around the house just before a visit from Mr. Adler, who is supposed to be in town on government business.


MAY I TAKE YOUR ORDER PLEASE?
Air Date: 6-2-84
Writer: Tim Maschler
Director: Lawrence Levy
Guests: Charles Napier, Bart Braverman, Madison Arnold, Larry Gelman, Jourdain Fremin, Sandy Helberg, Linda Scruggs
Synopsis: Alice overhears two men planning an order while working at a fast food place, but no one believes her, so she sets out to do something about it herself.

THE NETWORK
Air Date: 1-7-84
Writers: Philip DeGuere & James Crocker
Director: Hollingsworth Morse
Guests: Hollingsworth Morse, Jim McMulla, John Carter, Mayf Nutter, Michael Boyle, Raymond Lynch
Synopsis: The FBI arrests Richie after trying to solve a challenge from a renowned hacker.


PROGRAMMED FOR MURDER (Premiere Episode)
Air Date: 10-5-83
Writers: Philip DeGuere & Bob Shayne
Director: Corey Allen
Guests: Douglas Dirkson, Jonathan Banks, James Whitmore Jr.
Synopsis: Richie and his friends discover a skeleton on property coveted by a development corporation.


RED STAR RISING
Air Date: 12-21-83
Writers: Andy Guerdat & Steve Kreinberg
Director: John Newland
Guests: William Hootkins, Christopher Stone, Jeannie Wilson, John Pleshette
Synopsis: Ralf mysteriously malfunctions and Richie becomes convinced that it is because of unusual electrical interference from a neighbor's satellite dish.


RETURN OF THE BIG ROCKER
Air Date: 11-23-83
Writer: Paul Magistretti
Director: Barry Crane
Guests: Marjoe Gortner, Sal Viscuso, Richard Minchenberg, Jourdain Fremin
Synopsis: Farley learns that a rock star long presumed dead is really alive, but not responsible for the glut of "unknown" new songs his old record company is releasing.


THE SUFI PROJECT
Air Date: 3-17-84
Writer: Don Boudry
Director: Georg Fenady
Guests: Pamela Susan Shoop, Keene Curtis, Gerald Hiken, M.C. Gainey
Synopsis: Lew asks for Richie's help in investigating the disappearance of a marine biologist who was using computers to communicate with dolphins.


WATCH OUT!
Air Date: 1-14-84
Writer: James Crocker
Director: Dennis Donnelly
Guests: Gerrit Graham, Belinda Montgomery, David Groh, Eddie Barth, Jeff Corey
Synopsis: Richie uses the TV-ratings meter at Ham's house to investigate how the system works and discovers proof that a consumer advocate's program has been sabotaged in the ratings.

THE WRONG MR. RIGHT
Air Date: 11-30-83
Writer: Phil Combest
Director: Michael Hamilton
Guests: Warwicks Sims, Scott Stevenson, Anthony Charnota
Synopsis: Farley investigates a computer dating service unaware that Richie has secretly signed up his mother for the same service.

 

 

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