The Waverly Wonders
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The Waverly Wonders
The Waverly Wonders
Created byWilliam Bickley
Michael Warren
StarringJoe Namath
Kim Lankford
Charles Bloom
Tierre Turner
Ben Piazza
Country of originUnited States
Original English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9 (5 unaired)
Running time30 minutes
Production Lorimar Productions
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 7 -
October 6, 1978
Joe Namath (top center) and The Waverly Wonders

The Waverly Wonders is an American sitcom starring Joe Namath that aired Fridays at 8:00 pm on NBC from September 7 to October 6, 1978.


Conceived as a vehicle for Namath (who had retired from the Los Angeles Rams after the 1977 NFL season), the show focused on the misadventures of Joe Casey, a washed-up professional basketball player who now taught history at Waverly High School (in Eastville, Wisconsin) and coached the school's basketball team, the Waverly Wonders.

Casey wasn't much of a teacher (he knew nothing about history) and his team wasn't much on the court (they hadn't won a game in three years); about the only decent player they had was a girl, Connie (Kim Lankford). Other "Wonders" included Tate (Charles Bloom), Faguzzi (Joshua Greenrock) and Parks (Tierre Turner). Ben Piazza co-starred as stodgy former coach George Benton, who served as a foil to Casey.



Up against Donny and Marie on ABC and Wonder Woman on CBS, The Waverly Wonders drew poor ratings. A total of nine episodes were produced. However, only three were shown from September 22 through October 6, 1978.[1][2][3] Less than two months after The Waverly Wonders failed, a new show with a similar premise -- The White Shadow -- started its three-year run as a 60-minute comedy-drama on CBS.

Namath never starred in another TV series, although he did do guest spots on such programs as The Love Boat and Fantasy Island.

Larry Hagman was originally offered the role of Joe Casey, but instead chose to play J.R. Ewing on Dallas.[4]


  1. ^ McNeil, Alex. Total Television: The Comprehensive Guide to Programming from 1948 to the Present. 4th ed. New York: Penguin, 1996.
  2. ^ (4 October 1978). ABC Racks Winnings In Latest Nielsens, Fort Walton Beach Playground Daily News (Associated Press) (The show was in the basement of the Nielsen rating for the week of September 25-October 1, 1978: "The six programs at the bottom of the ratings were new this season -- NBC's "Waverly Wonders" and CBS' "American Girls," tied for 62nd")
  3. ^ Hanauer, Joan (12 October 1978). NBC juggles lineup as ratings booster, Salina Journal (Associated Press) (episode which aired the week of October 2-8, 1978 was the fourth-least watched prime time program of the week)
  4. ^ A Few Facts About Larry Hagman, Eddie Deezen,, 27 November 2012

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