Fame (1982–1987)
Leroy narrowly escapes being failed out of school with the help of an elderly tap dancer and a little boy.


Gwen Arner


Christopher Gore (created by), Michael A. Hoey

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Debbie Allen ... Lydia Grant
Lee Curreri ... Bruno Martelli
Erica Gimpel ... Coco Hernandez
Albert Hague ... Mr. Benjamin Shorofsky
Carlo Imperato ... Danny Amatullo
Carol Mayo Jenkins ... Elizabeth Sherwood
Valerie Landsburg ... Doris Schwartz
Gene Anthony Ray ... Leroy Johnson
Lori Singer ... Julie Miller (credit only)
Morgan Stevens ... David Reardon
Arte Johnson ... Cliff Armbruster
Ann Nelson ... Mrs. Berg
Vernon Washington ... Charlie Washington
Bronwyn Thomas Bronwyn Thomas ... Michelle / Fame Dancer
Christopher Lewis Christopher Lewis ... Lewis Washington


Through the school, the students are asked to perform in the Actors Fund benefit concert in two weeks time. The request comes via Cliff Armbruster, the show's emcee, who used to be a serious actor but who has resorted to acting in television commercials to make a living in this, the latter stages of his long career. Many of the teachers want to use the opportunity of Cliff being at the school to provide first hand information to the students about show business. However, they may regret doing so when he provides information that is contrary to their beliefs, especially focusing in on the business side of the equation sometimes at the expense of artistic quality. But an encounter Cliff has specifically with Coco may provide greater insight to Cliff's words. Meanwhile, Elizabeth is on the verge of failing Leroy if only because he has stalled on turning in his term paper, the subject for which he has no ideas. An adolescent boy lurking around the school, he who wants to learn modern ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

13 January 1983 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lewis Washington: All I know is tap and there ain't no call for that no more. I want you to teach me the other kinds of dancin'.
Leroy Johnson: Why?
Lewis Washington: So I can make my dad proud.
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References Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (1950) See more »


That First Step
Music and Lyrics by Bill Burch and Kathy Burch
Sung by Valerie Landsburg
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