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Struck by Lightning (TV series)

Struck by Lightning
Genre Situation comedy
Written by Michael Russnow
Directed by Joel Zwick
Starring Jeffrey Kramer (Stein)
Jack Elam (Frank)
Jeff Cotler
Bill Erwin
Millie Slavin
Richard Stahl
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 3 (8 unaired)
Producer(s) Michael Friedman
Cinematography Keith C. Smith
Running time 30 min.
Production company(s) Paramount Television
Distributor CBS
Original channel CBS
Picture format Film
Audio format Mono
Original run September 19, 1979 (1979-09-19) – October 3, 1979 (1979-10-03)

Struck by Lightning is a 1979 American television sitcom about Frankenstein's monster, which aired on CBS.

Like Working Stiffs, another 1979 CBS sitcom, this show was canceled after only three episodes were aired in the United States, although all completed episodes did end up being shown in England on ITV in 1980.


  • Premise 1
  • Episode list 2
  • Trivia 3
  • Availability 4
  • References 5


Ted Stein (Jeffrey Kramer) is a science teacher who inherits a spooky old New England inn inhabited by its hulking, good-naturedly homicidal caretaker Frank (Jack Elam). It turns out that Ted is the descendant of the original Dr. Frankenstein and Frank is the Monster who needs a special serum every 50 years to stay alive, and he wants Ted to recreate it for him ("If you don't, I'll die," he explains, "Let me put it another way, if you don't, you'll die"). Ted agrees to stay and continue his ancestor's experiments while keeping Frank's identity a secret.

Episode list

Eleven episodes were made, but only the first three were aired in America.

Title Air date
1 "Struck by Lightning" 1979.09.19
2 "Toot Toot Tutor Goodbye" 1979.09.26
3 "The Movie" 1979.10.03
4 "Frank Meets the Press" --
5 "Happy Birthday Frank" --
6 "The Main Event" --
7 "Frank the Crank" --
8 "Rich Frank, Poor Frank" --
9 "Looking Out for Number 2" --
10 "Frank the VIIIth" --
11 "My Mystery Guest" --


Elam claimed in an interview in Variety that he accepted the role of Frank after being told by the producers that he would not have to wear monster make-up because his naturally gnarled and bulgy-eyed appearance was already perfect for the part.


As of this writing, Struck by Lightning has not been released on home video.


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