Supertrain, Like The Love Boat, But on a Train

NBC Executive #1: Hey, this Love Boat thing with its luxury mode of transportation and anthologized stories loosely connected by the characters all being on that luxury mode of transportation is hot right now, here in the year 1979. But it’s on ABC. How can we do the exact same show without getting sued?
NBC Executive #2: Uh…giant train? Trains are huge right now, in the year 1979.
NBC Executive #1: Great, make it happen!
NBC Executive #2: I was kidding.
NBC Executive #1: No, no, picture this: we’ll call it Supertrain, and it will be about a train so big that it has to run over two adjacent sets of tracks…
NBC Executive #2: I’m not sure that’s a thing that’s physically possible or exists.
NBC Executive #1:…and it’s so big there’s a sexy gym and sexy disco on board!

Only nine episodes ever aired of Supertrain, at the time the most expensive TV series ever produced. Great theme song though, and I’m pretty sure I’d be the belle of the ironic hipster ball if I showed up in a Supertrain logo TV shirt. Make it happen, Busted Tees.

Brian Boone

From the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Northwest, I contribute to the Retroist, write for trivia publications, and blog about music in a humorous fashion. I feel about "Back to the Future" the way you feel about "Star Wars." Also, I'm married and have a child (sorry ladies, orphans).

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.