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Scott Howard (Michael
J. Fox) thought all he had to worry about was puberty and playing
for the worst team in high school basketball. However, he soon discovered the
family secret: he was a werewolf. But, he quickly came to terms with that fact
when he learned that his wolf form (which he could shift into and out of at
will, no full moon required) made him the best player on the team, and quickly
brought The Beavers to near-victory. Plus, the most popular girl in school,
Pamela Wells (Lorie Griffin), finally
noticed him much to the chagrin of her boyfriend, Mick McAllister (Mark Arnold).
After a confrontation with Mick, Scott decided to curb the wolf and played the
championship game as himself and that the girl he really cared about was his
best friend, Boof (Susan Ursitti).
produced by Atlantic
Releasing Corporation, came about due to the success of their 1983
film, Valley Girl. They wanted to make a comedy that
would cost almost nothing (the budget was $1 million) and could be filmed
quickly. It was one of the first movies written by Jeph Loeb, and co-written
Weisman. The project came together fully when Fox, who had a filming
break from his TV series Family Ties, accepted the lead role. Directed by Rod Daniel,
the film was released on August 23, 1985 and ended up grossing $80 million in
the box office. It debuted in second place behind Fox’s other hit movie that
year, Back to the Future, which he filmed after Teen Wolf. To cash in on Future, international releases of Teen Wolf either had a time element
incorporated into its title (Garato do
Futuro, or Boy from the Future in
Brazil) or by having Scott’s name translated as “Marty,” such as in Italy.
Scott with Boof, Harold, Grandpa and Lupe.
The movie proved popular enough to warrant an
animated spin-off the following year. Like the movie, Scott Howard (Townsend
Coleman) was able to change into a werewolf at will. Unlike the movie, Scott’s
duality was kept a secret from everyone except his family and best friends Boof
(Jeannie Elias) and Stiles (Don Most). The Howard family was expanded
considerably: not only just living with his father, Harold (James Hampton,
reprising his role from the movie), but Scott had gained a sister, Lupe (who didn’t
yet know if she possessed the family trait), and his grandparents from
Transylvania, who stayed in werewolf form most of the time. Grandpa Howard
(Stacy Keach, Sr.) proved an embarrassment to the family as he tended to act
like a large dog, while Grandma Howard (June Foray) dabbled in magic and
fortunetelling. Nosy neighbor, Mrs. Seslick (Foray), knew about the Howard
family’s “condition” but was constantly unable to prove it to anyone else.
Stiles drops by.
Boof’s unrequited crush on Scott from the movie was
kept intact while Scott lamented for popular girl (now a cheerleader), Pam, who
still dated Mick (Craig Sheffer). Mick, who
was older due to a prison stint and went to a different school in the film, was
now a senior in the same school and a frequent bully of Scott. Without having
the wolf to profit off of with t-shirts and novelty items emblazoned with “Teen
Wolf”, Stiles was toned down to be more of a wolf wannabe. Even the town’s name
was changed from Beacontown to Wolverton, a town notable for werewolf sightings.
A sequel, Teen
Wolf Too, was released on November 20, 1987. The movie, written by R. Timothy Kring and directed by
Christopher Leitch, essentially
followed the same story as Scott’s cousin, Todd (Jason Batman), discovered his
ability to transform in college. The biggest difference was that the sport in
question was boxing instead of basketball. Only Hampton and Mark Holton as Chubby reprised
their roles from the first film, and the sequel was universally panned. As
promotion for the film, the character of Todd was featured in the series’ final
episode and was the only time Todd and Scott would meet on any screen.
A Teen Wolf 3
was planned starring Alyssa
Milano until it fell through. Another attempt at the sequel was
later recycled into the 1989 movie Teen Witch. In
Davis developed a live-action adaptation of the movie for MTV. Teen Wolf premiered in 2011 as a darker
and edgier version of the film. Social outcast Scott McCall (Tyler Posey)
was bitten by a werewolf and became one, having to balance his night life with
his normal life and keep his friends safe from his other half. The series
contained a lot of gruesome elements intermixed with dark comedy, keeping it
somewhat in line with the original film. Image Comics released a comic
based on the show its debut year.
“Teen Wolf’s Family Secret” (9/13/86) –The Howard family photo album
gets mixed in with Pam’s books, which exposes them as werewolves.
“Grandpa’s in the Doghouse” (9/27/86) – Mrs. Seslick calls the dog
catcher on Pam’s dog Daisy, but Grandpa ends up taken by accident instead.
“The Werewolf Buster” (9/27/86) – NO SYNOPSIS AVAILABLE.
“Shopworn Wolf” (10/4/86) – NO SYNOPSIS AVAILABLE.
“The Beast Within” (10/11/86) – The Howards are suddenly unable to
control their transformations and are afraid they are the town monster being
reported on the news.
“Up a Family Tree” (10/18/86) – A family reunion brings complications
in trying to keep the family secret safe from the neighbors.
“Wolf Pride” (10/25/86) – NO SYNOPSIS AVAILABLE.
“Wolf of My Dreams” (11/1/86) – Scott becomes infatuated with a
character on television he believes is a fellow teen wolf.
“Leader of the Pack” (11/8/86) – Scott tries to figure out a way to
get rid of a biker gang causing trouble in town.
“The Curse of the Red Paw’ (11/15/86) – The Howards head to
Traynsylvania to reconnect to their past and check out a castle they inherited.
“The All-American Werewolf” (11/22/86) – The Howards are selected to
be on a television contest called “The All-American Family”.
“Under My Spell” (11/29/86) – A new family moves to town and turns
everyone but the Howards into zombies.
“Teen Wolf Punks Out” (12/6/86) – NO SYNOPSIS AVAILABLE.
“Teen Wolf’s Curse” (9/19/87) – Grandma’s rival puts a curse on the
family that causes anyone they touch to become a werewolf.
“It’s No Picnic Being Teen Wolf” (9/26/87) – Scott is tasked with
keeping an eye on Grandpa on the same weekend as the school picnic.
“Toot Toot Tut Tut and All That Rot” (10/3/87) – NO SYNOPSIS
“Down on the Farm” (10/10/87) – The Howards volunteer to work on a
farm for a week, but the animals sensing their true natures makes things
“Diary of a Mad Werewolf” (10/17/87) – The Howards learn the stolen
town statue contains a diary from one of their relatives that may contain their
“Teen Wolf Come Home” (10/24/87) – On an errand for his father, Scott
falls down a manhole and loses his memory in another town.
“Scott and the Howlers” (10/31/87) – Scott performs on a talent show
with his band leading to his discovery by a record label and the choice of leaving
his friends behind.
“Howlin’ Cousins” (11/7/87) – Scott visits his cousin and tries to
help Todd come out of his shell.