Woops! is an American post-apocalyptic sitcom that aired on the Fox network from September 27 to December 6, 1992. The series was created by Gary Jacobs, and produced by Witt/Thomas Productions in association with Touchstone Television.
|Created by||Gary Jacobs|
|Written by||Ross Abrash|
|Directed by||Terry Hughes|
|Narrated by||Evan Handler|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (3 unaired)|
|Executive producer(s)||Gary Jacobs|
Paul Junger Witt
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Heartfelt Productions|
|Distributor||Buena Vista Television|
|Original release||September 27 –|
December 6, 1992
The series centered around the six survivors of a world nuclear holocaust. The six of them live together in an abandoned farm house while trying to survive and re-establish civilization. Thirteen episodes were made, but only ten were aired before Fox canceled the series. In July 2002, TV Guide named Woops! the 42nd-worst TV show of all time, and referred to as a "post-apocalyptic Gilligan's Island".
- Mark Braddock (Evan Handler), formerly a schoolteacher, and the narrator of the show by writing in his journal. The pilot episode focuses on Mark, showing him finishing his classes and making a deposit at a drive up window at the bank when a flash of light (the nuclear attack) occurs, and everything is turned to ruins except for Mark and his automobile, which was a Volvo. (The joke being that Volvos have a reputation for being well-built, reliable, and safe cars.)
- Jack Connors (Fred Applegate), formerly a homeless man and a great practical joker. Jack revealed he survived the nuclear war because he was sleeping under an expressway overpass, whose structure protected him. Jack considered his finding the farm advantageous, as he is no longer homeless.
- Alice McConnell (Meagen Fay). Her character was a progressive feminist stereotype. She reveals she worked in an old bookstore which had been built in the 1960s and equipped with a fallout shelter which was converted into the basement. She ran out of register tape and went to the basement to get a fresh roll, thus being spared when the attack occurred.
- Frederick Ross (Cleavant Derricks), formerly a research biologist. His excellent knowledge of science is vital to the survival of the community. Although he considered it ironic that he was possibly the only black man to have survived the nuclear war and occasionally mused over the possible loss of a black female companion, he genuinely enjoyed his white friends and living on the farm.
- Suzanne Skillman (Marita Geraghty), a hair salon employee, a dumb blonde stereotype, although it was clear her hair color was brunette.
- Curtis Thorpe (Lane Davies), formerly an aggressive venture capitalist. He finds adjusting to farm life difficult as most of the business skills he had before are not needed on the farm, although he was surprisingly athletic, having played track & field at Harvard.
Every episode of Woops! was directed by Terry Hughes.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||"Pilot"||Terry Hughes||Gary Jacobs||September 27, 1992||001|
|Mark tells of how during a military parade, some kids were fooling around with their remote-control toy car which caused a nuclear warhead to launch and all the world's powers to open fire. At the time of this happening, Mark had just gotten off work and was making a deposit at the bank when in a flash of light, the nuclear holocaust happened. Now driving through a barren wasteland, Mark stumbles upon a fertile valley containing a farm that house five other survivors. However, the six constantly bicker and do not get along as a community, until a gigantic mutated spider threatens the farm. The survivors have to work as a team to be able to fend off the spider.|
|2||"It's a Dirty Job"||Terry Hughes||Bill Bryan||October 4, 1992||002|
|The survivors decide that they should reproduce in order to increase the population, but Mark is suffering from impotence. Mark believes his impotence may be a sign the survivors need to know each other better before they can introduce children to their community.|
|3||"Root of All Evil"||Terry Hughes||Mark Nutter||October 11, 1992||004|
|The group creates their own makeshift currency.|
|4||"Days of Berries and Roses"||Terry Hughes||TBA||October 18, 1992||005|
|The survivors find hallucinogenic berries.|
|5||"The Rise and Fall of Alice McConnell"||Terry Hughes||TBA||October 25, 1992||003|
|A crystal causes Alice's bustline to grow much larger. She seems to be enjoying her new status as the object of men's attention as opposed to Suzanne, but Mark reminds her that by giving in to being considered an sex object, she may be ruining what she has worked for her whole life – for women to gain respect.|
|6||"The Election"||Terry Hughes||Gary Jacobs||November 1, 1992||008|
|Curtis and Mark square off in a campaign for the Leader of the Farm.|
|7||"Curtis Unglued"||Terry Hughes||Richard Day||November 8, 1992||006|
|Curtis becomes devastated after the loss of his necktie. When it is found again and he puts it on, he somehow believes he is in the year 1986, before the nuclear holocaust happened. Mark and Alice have to somehow restore Curtis' memory so he can remember what has happened.|
|8||"Dumb Love"||Terry Hughes||TBA||November 15, 1992||010|
|The group finds out Suzanne is in love, and the men clamor amongst themselves to see who is the one she has fallen for. When they find out she is in love with Jack, he is glad, but she cannot stand the fact he loves to go exploring and push his shopping cart around to collect things he finds on his expeditions when he ought to be paying attention to his girlfriend. The song "My Guy" is the theme played all throughout this episode. Meanwhile, mutated squash has grown, which comes in all colors and makes a sound akin to "mach" when squeezed.|
|9||"The Thanksgiving Show"||Terry Hughes||Harold Kimmel & Ross Abrash||November 22, 1992||007|
|After a turkey is found on the farm, it grows into a gigantic turkey after eating radioactive grain. After it abducts Alice, Jack proposes a one-man rescue of her.|
|10||"Say It Ain't So Santa"||Terry Hughes||Mark Nutter||December 6, 1992||012|
|Christmas is approaching, but it is not the same as the nuclear holocaust has ruined much of the world's evergreen tree population. While cleaning out the chimney, the group finds Santa Claus (Stuart Pankin) has visited the group, but appears depressed. Santa later reveals to the group that he is suffering survivor's guilt as his workshop at the North Pole had a fallout shelter, but the door slammed shut and Mrs. Claus and all the elves were unable to get inside.|
|11||"The Nuclear Family"||Terry Hughes||TBA||Unaired||009|
|The group finds a teenage delinquent has been living near the farm, and his attitude has been only worsened by the nuclear holocaust.|
|12||"The Littlest Pathologist"||Terry Hughes||TBA||Unaired||011|
|An electrical storm reverses Fredrick's aging process.|
|13||"Daydreams Come and Me Wan' Go Home"||Terry Hughes||TBA||Unaired||013|
- The Last Man on Earth, a 2015 post-apocalyptic comedy that also aired on FOX, but with greater success.
- "Television Obscurities - 10 Of The Most Outlandish TV Concepts Ever". tvobscurities.com. 2004-01-01. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
- From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Woops!"]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2017-06-26.