In Honor of the Departed: ‘The Gary Coleman Show’ (video)

[3 June 2010]

By John Lindstedt

When a celebrity passes, we are often shown the same images in the news cycle over and over: Dennis Hopper on a motorcycle, Michael Jackson moonwalking, that famous Farrah Fawcett poster. Sure, they’re iconic and all, and necessary for those who have absolutely no idea who the departed is, but those of us who are pop culture inclined need not be informed that Gary Coleman once said, “What you talkin’ about, Willis?”

No, there are those who require something more. Give us the deep cuts, the projects that didn’t make the highlight reel in the A&E Biography. And that’s how you end up with The Gary Coleman Show, a terrible animated program for children that is best enjoyed in the form of YouTube excerpts. A Hanna-Barbera production from 1982, the series follows the adventures of an apprentice angel (voiced by Coleman) who is sent to Earth to help others in order to get his wings. It’s just another case of networks exploiting Coleman’s initial popularity before he was tossed aside, but what it lacks in quality, it more than makes up for in kitsch value.

Published at: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/post/126400-in-honor-of-the-departed-the-gary-coleman-show-video/