Thunder in Paradise

Jim 1990s

Aired: 1994 (Syndicated)Thunder in Paradise

DAD: Randolph J. “Hurricane” Spencer (Hulk Hogan) / Widower

DAD’S JOB: Florida Soldier of Fortune

KIDS: stepdaughter Jessica Whitaker (Robin Weisman, eps 1-3; Ashley Gorrell, eps 4-22)(10)

WHERE’S MOM?: Megan Whitaker Spencer (Felicity Waterman) Died off-screen after the pilot episode

STAND-IN “MOM”:   Kelly LaRue (Carol Alt) / bartender

Imagine if Michael Knight from Knight Rider had a boat instead of a car, and also a daughter.

Hurricane Spencer and his buddy Bru Brubaker (Chris Lemmon) are soldiers of fortune. They live somewhere near the set of Flipper in Florida, and work missions out of a futuristic boat named “Thunder.”

In the pilot episode, Hurricane was forced into marrying snooty, rich Megan Whitaker in order to pay off bank loans for his boat. She conveniently died off-screen when the series was picked up for syndication. After episode 3, he’s a TV Single Dad to Jessica.

Stepdaughter Jessica has an Uncle Edward (Patrick Macnee), who owns the resort island where Hurricane and Bru keep their boat. Kelly LaRue is the bartender at Uncle Edward’s resort, and she watches Jessica while Hurricane and Bru are doing missions. Just imagine how many times Jessica and / or Kelly get kidnapped during each episode. Yep.