Blue Thunder is a 1984 ABC television series based on the movie of the same title featuring the Blue Thunder helicopter.

The series uses the converted Aérospatiale Gazelle helicopter and large portions of stock footage from the 1983 film. A ground unit named "Rolling Thunder" backed up the helicopter in the television series. This was a large support van with a desert camouflage off-road vehicle stored inside.

The television series cast includes James Farentino, Dana Carvey, and former professional American football players Bubba Smith and Dick Butkus. The series was canceled by ABC after they felt the similar Airwolf on CBS would win the ratings battle. Also, the series aired at the same time as the CBS soap opera Dallas on Friday nights, and lost.

Eleven episodes were made before the series was cancelled.

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Series Cast

  1. James Farentino

    James Farentino

    Frank Chaney

    11 Episodes

  2. Dana Carvey

    Dana Carvey

    Clinton Wonderlove

    11 Episodes

  3. Sandy McPeak

    Sandy McPeak

    Captain Braddock

    11 Episodes

  4. Dick Butkus

    Richard Butowski

    11 Episodes

  5. Bubba Smith

    Bubba Smith

    Lyman Kelsey

    11 Episodes

  6. Darleen Carr

    Darleen Carr

    1 Episode

  7. Troy Evans

    1 Episode

  8. Kelly Preston

    Kelly Preston

    Amy Braddock

    1 Episode

  9. Robert DoQui

    1 Episode

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Last Season

Season 1

1984 | 11 Episodes

Season 1 of Blue Thunder premiered on January 6, 1984.

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Blue Thunder


Status Canceled


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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