Remember that one day when you could wake up without an alarm? When you would get your favorite bowl of cereal and sit between the hours of 8 and 12? This is a blog dedicated to the greatest time of our childhood: Saturday mornings. The television programs you watched, the memories attached to them, and maybe introducing you to something you didn't realize existed. Updated every weekend.
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).
Teen Wolf, 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 by Matthew 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 from Southern
Star Productions. 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. Along with
his father, Harold (James Hampton, reprising his role from the movie), 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.) was often 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 film, 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, this time with Scott’s cousin, Todd (Jason Batman), discovering 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 2009, Jeff 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.
Family Secret” (9/13/86) –The Howard family photo album gets mixed in with
Pam’s books, which exposes them as werewolves.
the Doghouse” (9/27/86) – Mrs. Seslick calls the dog catcher on Pam’s dog
Daisy, but Grandpa ends up taken by accident instead.
Buster” (9/27/86) – A werewolf hunter comes to town just as Grandpa sets out to
hunt some turkeys in the woods.
(10/4/86) – Howard puts Scott in charge of the hardware store so he can earn
money for a guitar, but Stiles’ help ends up causing him more problems along
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
“Up a Family
Tree” (10/18/86) – A family reunion brings complications in trying to keep the
family secret safe from the neighbors.
(10/25/86) – A film crew comes to Wolverton to film a typical werewolf horror
film, which upsets Scott.
“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.
All-American Werewolf” (11/22/86) – The Howards are selected to be on a
television contest called “The All-American Family”.
Spell” (11/29/86) – A new family moves to town and turns everyone but the
Howards into zombies.
Punks Out” (12/6/86) – Scott finds acceptance for his wolf side as he and Boof enter
into the punk scene.
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) – Scott and Stiles have to rescue the school’s werewolf
mascot costume from Upson High.
“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 difficult.
“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 secret.
“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.
Cousins” (11/7/87) – Scott visits his cousin and tries to help Todd come out of