Amazing Stories (1980s) Episode Guide


Steven Spielberg

copyright 1987, 1993 Michael L. Brown
copyright 1995, 1996, 1999 Loren Heisey

This story guide has been compiled from information obtained from TV Guide and the actual air tape. It has been pulled together to give you a reference guide to all of the stories that have aired on NBC. It does not contain any information on stories that have not aired, ie, possible script ideas, etc. The exception is on the notes page.

The following pages contain the title, air date and time, edited length, cast and crew credits. The crew credits only con- tain the major personnel.

Guide originally by Michael L. Brown (Mr Video Productions ). Synopses and U.S. availability of the episodes were added by Loren Heisey. The most recent version of this guide can be found at https://innermind.com/myguides/ This document can be freely copied and distributed, as long as no fee is collected for anything other than shipping and copy- ing.

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Revision date: September 3, 1999


Table of Contents


Chronological Episode Listing

      First Season
    
       1 - Ghost Train                    9/29/85    7:00    24:37
       2 - The Main Attraction           10/06/85    7:00    24:38
       3 - Alamo Jobe                    10/20/85    7:00    24:36
       4 - Mummy Daddy                   10/27/85    7:00    24:34
       5 - The Mission                   11/03/85    7:00    46:01
       6 - The Amazing Falsworth         11/05/85    8:00    24:36
       7 - Fine Tuning                   11/10/85    7:00    24:37
       8 - Mr. Magic                     11/17/85    7:00    24:37
       9 - Guilt Trip                    12/01/85    7:00    24:32
      10 - Remote Control Man            12/08/85    7:00    24:39
      11 - Santa '85                     12/15/85    7:00    24:36
      12 - Vanessa In The Garden         12/29/85    7:00    24:30
      13 - The Sitter                     1/05/86    7:00    24:36
      14 - No Day At The Beach            1/12/86    7:00    24:25
      15 - One For The Road               1/19/86    7:00    24:37
      16 - Gather Ye Acorns               2/02/86    7:30    24:38
      17 - Boo!                           2/16/86    7:00    24:37
      18 - Dorothy And Ben                3/02/86    7:30    24:38
      19 - Mirror, Mirror                 3/09/86    7:00    24:20
      20 - Secret Cinema                  4/06/86    7:00    24:37
      21 - Hell Toupee                    4/13/86    7:00    24:37
      22 - The Doll                       5/04/86    7:00    24:36
      23 - One For The Books              5/11/86    7:00    24:33
      24 - Grandpa's Ghost                5/25/86    7:00    24:25
    
      Second Season
    
      25 - The Wedding Ring               9/22/86    7:30    23:40
      26 - Miscalculation                 9/29/86    7:30    22:32
      27 - Magic Saturday                10/06/86    7:30    23:34
      28 - Welcome To My Nightmare       10/13/86    7:30    22:31
      29 - You Gotta Believe Me          10/20/86    7:30    23:32
      30 - The Greibble                  11/03/86    7:30    23:39
      31 - Life On Death Row             11/10/86    7:30    23:32
      32 - Go To The Head Of The Class   11/21/86    7:00    46:07
      33 - Thanksgiving                  11/24/86    7:30    23:35
      34 - The Pumpkin Competition       12/01/86    7:30    23:07
      35 - What If...?                   12/08/86    7:30    22:25
      36 - The Eternal Mind              12/29/86    7:30    23:50
      37 - Lane Change                    1/12/87    7:30    23:23
      38 - Blue Man Down                  1/19/87    7:30    23:35
      39 - The 21-Inch Sun                2/02/87    7:30    23:18
      40 - Family Dog                     2/16/87    7:30    23:35
      41 - Gershwin's Trunk               3/13/87    7:00    23:38
      42 - Such Interesting Neighbors     3/20/87    7:30    23:27
      43 - Without Diana                  3/27/87    7:30    22:37
      44 - Moving Day                     4/03/87    7:30    23:35
      45 - Miss Stardust                  4/10/87    7:30    23:52
                

Alphabetical Episode Listing

      39 - 21-Inch Sun, The               2/02/87    7:30    23:18
       3 - Alamo Jobe                    10/20/85    7:00    24:36
       6 - Amazing Falsworth, The        11/05/85    8:00    24:36
      38 - Blue Man Down                  1/19/87    7:30    23:35
      17 - Boo!                           2/16/86    7:00    24:37
      22 - Doll, The                      5/04/86    7:00    24:36
      18 - Dorothy And Ben                3/02/86    7:30    24:38
      36 - Eternal Mind, The             12/29/86    7:30    23:50
      40 - Family Dog                     2/16/87    7:30    23:35
       7 - Fine Tuning                   11/10/85    7:00    24:37
      16 - Gather Ye Acorns               2/02/86    7:30    24:38
      41 - Gershwin's Trunk               3/13/87    7:00    23:38
       1 - Ghost Train                    9/29/85    7:00    24:37
      32 - Go To The Head Of The Class   11/21/86    7:00    46:07
      24 - Grandpa's Ghost                5/25/86    7:00    24:25
      30 - Greibble, The                 11/03/86    7:30    23:39
       9 - Guilt Trip                    12/01/85    7:00    24:32
      21 - Hell Toupee                    4/13/86    7:00    24:37
      37 - Lane Change                    1/12/87    7:30    23:23
      31 - Life On Death Row             11/10/86    7:30    23:32
      27 - Magic Saturday                10/06/86    7:30    23:34
       2 - Main Attraction, The          10/06/85    7:00    24:38
      19 - Mirror, Mirror                 3/09/86    7:00    24:20
      26 - Miscalculation                 9/29/86    7:30    22:32
      45 - Miss Stardust                  4/10/87    7:30    23:52
       5 - Mission, The                  11/03/85    7:00    46:01
      44 - Moving Day                     4/03/87    7:30    23:35
       8 - Mr. Magic                     11/17/85    7:00    24:37
       4 - Mummy Daddy                   10/27/85    7:00    24:34
      14 - No Day At The Beach            1/12/86    7:00    24:25
      23 - One For The Books              5/11/86    7:00    24:33
      15 - One For The Road               1/19/86    7:00    24:37
      34 - Pumpkin Competition, The      12/01/86    7:30    23:07
      10 - Remote Control Man            12/08/85    7:00    24:39
      11 - Santa '85                     12/15/85    7:00    24:36
      20 - Secret Cinema                  4/06/86    7:00    24:37
      13 - Sitter, The                    1/05/86    7:00    24:36
      42 - Such Interesting Neighbors     3/20/87    7:30    23:27
      33 - Thanksgiving                  11/24/86    7:30    23:35
      12 - Vanessa In The Garden         12/29/85    7:00    24:30
      25 - Wedding Ring, The              9/22/86    7:30    23:40
      28 - Welcome To My Nightmare       10/13/86    7:30    22:31
      35 - What If...?                   12/08/86    7:30    22:25
      43 - Without Diana                  3/27/87    7:30    22:37
      29 - You Gotta Believe Me          10/20/86    7:30    23:32
                

Crew Credits

      Supervising Producers: (1-21, 24)  Production Executives:
          Joshua Brand                       Kathleen Kennedy
          John Falsey                        Frank Marshall
    
      Developed by: (1-24)               Producer:
          Steven Spielberg                   David E. Vogel
          Joshua Brand
               &
          John Falsey
    
      Executive Producer:                Story Editor:
          Steven Spielberg                   Mick Garris (1-21, 24)
                                             Peter Z Orton (22-23, 25-45)
    
      Producer:                          Theme:
          David E. Vogel                     John Williams
    
      Associate Producers:
          Steve Starkey (1-17, 19-39, 41-45)
          Skip Lusk (1-3, 6-10, 15, 18-20)
          Stephen Semel (3, 4, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16-18, 21-39 41-45)
          Cleve Reinhard (40)
          Cheryl Bloch (42, 44)
    
      Fireside Story-teller:
          Ray Walston
                

Cast and Story Season 1

       1. Ghost Train
          A grandfather has grave misgivings about the new country home
      his  son  has  built  for the family: it's on the site of a train
      accident that occurred 75 years before.
          Starring
                Robert Blossoms              Old Pa
                Scott Paulin                 Fenton
                Gail Edwards                 Joleen
                Luke Haas                    Brian Globe
          Co-starring
                Renny Roker                  Dr. Steele
          With
                Hugh Gillin                  Conductor
                Sandy Ward                   Engineer
          Teleplay by
                Frank Deese
          Story by
                Steven Spielberg
          Directed by
                Steven Spielberg
    
       2. The Main Attraction
          A self-worshiping high school all-star sports jock thinks  he
      has  election  as  king of the prom with his pick of the queen in
      the bag. However a meteor shower throws a monkey  wrench  in  his
      plans.
          Starring
                John Scott Glough
                Lisa Jane Persky
          Co-starring
                Richard Bull                 Mr. Hiller
                Barbara Sharma               Mrs. Bender
                Tom Napier                   Wylie
                Bill Allen                   Cliff Ratte
                Nicholas Mele                Scientist #1
                Joan Foley                   Scientist #2
                Brad Bird                    Scientist #3
                Dominick Brascia             Billy Johnson (Fat Kid)
          With
                Isabelle Walker              Francine
                Eric Briskotter              Stan
                Michael Joshua Cramer        Kid
                Megan Wyss                   Girl #1 Blonde
                Piper Cochrane               Darcy Cook Girl #2
                Larry Spinak                 Geek
          Teleplay by
                Brad Bird
                    &
                Mick Garris
          Story by
                Steven Spielberg
          Directed by
                Matthew Robbins
    
       3. Alamo Jobe
          Alamo Jobe fighting alongside Colonel Travis, Jim Bowie,  and
      Davy  Crockett  for the glory of Texas - and the entertainment of
      tourists.
          Starring
                Kelly Reno                   Alamo Jobe
          Co-starring
                William Boyett               Colonel Travis
                Lurene Tuttle
                Richard Young                Davy Crockett
          With
                Robert V. Barron             Curator
                Michael Cavanaugh            Storekeeper
                Benjie Gregory               Sam
                Dick Yarmy                   VCR/Man #2
                Pattie Pierce                Tour Guide
                Chip Lucia                   Dad
                Jon Van Ness                 Jim Bowie
          Teleplay by
                Joshua Brand
                John Falsey
          Story by
                Steven Spielberg
          Directed by
                Michael Moore
    
       4. Mummy Daddy
          An actor who's playing a mummy in a horror film comes  unrav-
      eled  after  learning  that  his wife has gone into labor, and he
      rushes to be with her - without removing his costume.
          Starring
                Tom Harrison                 Harold
                Bronson Pinchot              Director
                Brion James                  Willie Joe
                Tracey Walter                Ezra
                Larry Hankin                 Jubal
          Co-starring
                Lucy Lee Flippen             Librarian
                William Frankfather          Mayor
                Arnold Johnson               Town Sage
                Michael Zand                 Ra Amin Ka
          With
                Len Lesser                   Old Grave Robber
                Billy Beck                   Old Blind Man
                Brian Bradley                Actor
                Joann Willette               Ruta Mae
                Pamela Seamon                Assistant Director
                Eldon Ratliff                Freckle-faced Boy
                Dalton Cathey                Doctor
                Oliver Dear                  Young Grave Robber
                Susan Dear                   Harold's Wife
                Bill Martin                  Guard
          Teleplay by
                Earl Pomerantz
          Story by
                Steven Spielberg
          Directed by
                William Dear
    
       5. The Mission
          Luck may be running out for the crew of a World War II bomber
      with  crippled  landing  gear  and its tail gunner trapped in his
      compartment.
          Starring
                Kevin Costner                Captain
                Casey Siemaszko              Jonathan
                Kiefer Sutherland            Static
          Co-starring
                Jeffrey Jay Cohen            Jake
                John Philbin                 Bullseye
                Gary Mauro                   Sam
                Glen Mauro                   Save
          With
                Terry Beaver                 Officer
                David Grant Hayward          Mechanic #1
                Peter Jason                  Commander
                Karen Kopins                 Liz
                Anthony La Paglia            Mechanic #2
                Gary Riley                   Tail Gunner
                Ken Stovitz                  Lamar
                Nelson Welch                 Father McKay
          Teleplay by
                Menno Meyjes
          Story by
                Steven Spielberg
          Directed by
                Steven Spielberg
    
       6. The Amazing Falsworth
          A magician has mind-reading powers that conjure up visions of
      murder.
          Special guest star
                Gregory Hines                Falsworth
          Guest star
                Richard Masur                Trent Tinker
          Co-starring
                Don Calfa                    Messenger
          With
                Suzanne Bateman              Gail
                Robert Lesser                Young Man
                Joseph G. Medalis            Jimmy
                Sally Stark                  Older Woman
                Nori Morgan                  Showgirl
          Teleplay by
                Mick Garris
          Story by
                Steven Spielberg
          Directed by
                Peter Hyams
    
       7. Fine Tuning
          Extraterrestrial video transmissions picked up on a  science-
      project  receiver  have  a  familiar air about them: the aliens -
      some of whom are headed for Earth - are imitating characters from
      the golden age of television.
          Starring
                Matthew Laborteaux           Andy
                Gary Riley                   Jimmy
                Jimmy Gatherum               George
          Special guest apperance
                Milton Berle                 Himself
          With
                Debbie Carrington            Alien
                Daniel Frishman              Alien
                Patty Maloney                Alien
                Kevin Thompson               Alien (Ricky)
                Vance Colvig                 Vaudevillian #1
                Moasie Gardner               Vaudevillian #2
                Don Davis                    Vaudevillian #3
                Happy Hall                   Vaudevillian #4
                Jack Spoons                  Vaudevillian #5
                Whitey Roberts               Vaudevillian #6
                Angelo Rossito               Vaudevillian #7
                Tom Amundsen                 Tour Guide
                Charlie Cirillo              Tourist
                Bryan Gordon                 Father
                Starr Hester                 Waitress
                Peter Kwong                  Weatherman
                Titus Napoleon               Used Car Salesman
          Teleplay by
                Earl Pomerantz
          Story by
                Steven Spielberg
          Directed by
                Bob Balaban
    
       8. Mr. Magic
          A fading illusionist who gets to  linger  in  the  spotlight,
      thanks to a deck of old cards, just when it seems time for him to
      pack it in.
          Starring
                Sid Caesar
                Leo Rossi                    Murray
          Co-starring
                Larry Gelman                 Harry
                Julius Harris                Joe
                Tim Herbert                  Jack
                Eda Reiss Merin              Dora
          With
                Larry Cedar                  Danny
                Nick Lewin                   Young Magician
                Hugh Warden                  Johnny
          Writer
                Joshua Brand
                John Falsey
          Directed by
                Donald Peterie
    
       9. Guilt Trip
          Suffering from overwork, Guilt takes a  vacation  cruise  and
      falls in love with Love.
          Starring
                Dom DeLuise                  Guilt
                Loni Anderson                Cupid
                Charles Durning
          Also starring
                Carol Arthur                 Mother
                Gordon Jump                  Father
                Abbe Lane                    Enchantress
                Charles Nelson Reilly        Father McClintley
          Co-starring
                Rick Ducommun                Larry
                Fritz Feld                   Maitre D
                John Fiedler                 Man On Boat
                Nancy Nelson                 Female Newscaster
                Beverly Sanders              Susan
          With
                John DiAquino                Large Man
                Ben Kronen                   Bald Man
                Jeanne Jensen                Sweet Woman
                C. J. Hunt                   Robert The Waiter
                Louis Silvers                Waiter #2
                Michael R. DeLuise           Boyfriend
                Kristi Blackburn             Daughter
          Writer
                Gail Parent
                Kevin Parent
          Directed by
                Burt Reynolds
    
      10. Remote Control Man
          Henpecked Walter Poindexter finds solace in a unique TV  that
      features especially lifelike images.
          Starring
                Sydney Lassick               Walter Poindexter
                Nancy Parsons                Grendel
          Co-starring
                Philip Bruns
                Jeff B. Cohen
                David Stone
                Shaun Weatherly
          Special cameo appearances (alphabetical)
                Kristian Alfonso
                Lyle Alzado
                Dirk Benedict
                Barbara Billingsley
                Gary Coleman
                Leann Hanley
                Jim Lange
                Ed McMahon
                Lawanda Page
                Richard Simmons
                Jake Steinfeld
          With
                Charlie Dell                 Salesman
                Sid Haig                     Thug
                Steve Liebman                Underling #1
                Jocko Marcellino             Thug #1
                Rod McCary                   M.C.
                Eve Smith                    Old Woman
                Bill Wiley                   Underling #2
          Teleplay by
                Douglas Lloyd McIntosh
          Story by
                Steven Spielberg
          Directed by
                Bob Clark
    
      11. Santa '85
          A little boy comes to the aid of Santa who's in  the  slammer
      for breaking and entering, and helps restore the Christmas spirit
      in a skeptical sheriff.
          Starring
                Douglas Seale                Santa
                Pat Hingle                   Sheriff Horace Smyvie
                Gabriel Damon                Boy
                Marvin J. McIntyre
                Francis Bay                  Mrs. Santa Claus
          Co-starring
                Stephen Lee                  Dad
                Joan Welles                  Mom
          With
                Dick Balduzzi                Drunk Santa #1
                Gerry Gibson                 Drunk Santa #2
                William McDonald             Drunk Santa #3
          Teleplay by
                Joshua Brand
                John Falsey
          Story by
                Steven Spielberg
          Directed by
                Phil Joanou
          This story was re-run on 12/22/86 as ``Santa '85/'86''.
      Because of network difficulties, it was 1:20 shorter than the
      original airing.
    
      12. Vanessa In The Garden
          An artist on the brink of major success is devastated by  the
      death  of  his  wife, his artistic inspiration - until he finds a
      way for her to live on in his work.
          Starring
                Harvey Keitel                Artist
                Sondra Locke                 Artist's Wife
                Beau Bridges                 Teddy
          Co-starring
                Margaret Howell              Eve
                Thomas Randall Oglesby       Dr. Northrup
                Jamie Rose                   Mrs. Northrup
          With
                Milton Murrill               Waiter
          Writer
                Steven Spielberg
          Directed by
                Clint Eastwood
    
      13. The Sitter
          Two overactive boys get the best of every baby sitter in town
      -  until they meet Jennifer Mowbray who employs voodoo to restore
      domestic tranquility.
          Starring
                Mabel King                   Jennifer Mowbray
                Seth Green                   Lance
                Joshua Rudoy                 Dennis
                Wendy Phillips
          Co-starring
                Fran Ryan                    Mrs. Abbott
          With
                Suzanne Snyder               Patti
                Michael Horse                Indian
          Teleplay by
                Mick Garris
          Story by
                Joshua Brand
                John Falsey
          Directed by
                Joan Darling
    
      14. No Day At The Beach
          Unsuccessful in his attempts to be one of the guys, GI Arnold
      Skamp  tries  to  be a hero during an amphibious assault in World
      War II Italy.
          Starring
                Charlie Sheen                Casey
                Larry Spinak                 Arnold Skamp
                Ralph Seymour                Ira
                Philip McKeon                Stick
                Leo Geter                    Evergreen
                Tom Hodges                   Tiny
          Co-starring
                Ray ``Boom Boom'' Mancini    Irish
                Luca Josef Bercovici         Granville
          With
                Jed Mills                    Sergeant
                Keth Joe Dick                Sergeant
          Teleplay by
                Mick Garris
          Story by
                Steven Spielberg
          Directed by
                Leslie Linka Glatter
    
      15. One For The Road
          A band of Depression-era bar  regulars  trick  fellow  patron
      Mike Malloy into signing an insurance policy, in hopes that he'll
      soon drink himself to death and they'll collect the money.
          Starring
                James Cromwell               Francis
                Geoffrey Lewis               Dan
                Joe Pantoliano               Joe
                Al Ruscio                    Tony Maroni
                Douglas Seale                Mike Malloy
          Special appearance by
                Royal Dano                   Salvation Army Officer
          With
                Mark Tymchyshyn              O'Farrow
                Mike Finneran                Customer
                Matt Amott                   News Kid
          Writer
                James D. Bissell
          Directed by
                Thomas Carter
    
      16. Gather Ye Acorns
          An 18-year-old dreamer who  collects  rare  comic  books  and
      autographed  pictures  takes the advice of a tree troll to follow
      his heart to wealth and happiness.
          Starring
                Mark Hamill                  Jonathan
                David Rappaport              Troll
                Louis de Banzie              Alma
                Mary Jo Deschanel
          Special appearance by
                Royal Dano                   Elmer
          Co-starring
                David Friedman               Jonathan Age 12
                Joanna Merlin                Mariel/Wealthy Lady
                Frank Schuller               Treadwell
                William Dear                 David
          With
                Forest Whitaker              Jerry
                John Carlyle                 Auctioneer
                Conrad Dunn                  Gas Station Attendant
                Kelly Henson                 Sister
                Brian Parker Smith           Brother
          Teleplay by
                Stu Krieger
          Story by
                Steven Spielberg
          Directed by
                Norman Reynolds
    
      17. Boo!
          Death couldn't evict a couple  from  the  house  they  built:
      they've  been  ghosts  in the attic for 30 years, and now they're
      dying to get rid of the porno star and her husband  who've  moved
      in.
          Starring
                Eddie Bracken                Ghost/Husband
                Evelyn Keyes                 Ghost/Wife
                Bruce Davison                Richard
                Andrea Marcovicci            Barbara
                Robert Picardo               Porno Movie Maker
                Wendy Schaal                 Porno's Wife
          With
                Taliesin Jaffe               Scott
                Heidi Zeigler                Deena
          Written by
                Lowell Ganz
                Babaloo Mandell
          Directed by
                Joe Dante
    
      18. Dorothy And Ben
          Two coma patients - a 7-year-old girl and an old man - form a
      bizarre but touching friendship.
          The hospital doctors attending Ben  Dumfy  naturally  suspect
      faulty  equipment  when  brain-wave monitors suddenly show normal
      patterns. After all, Ben has been in a coma for decades. But  the
      instruments  aren't lying, and Ben awakens to learn he's missed a
      radio episode of "Fibber McGee and Molly" - by 40 years.
          Even odder is a disembodied voice Ben  hears,  a  voice  that
      leads  him  into  the private room of young Dorothy, who has been
      unconscious for two weeks following  a  bicycle  accident.  Ben's
      intrusion  alarms Dorothy's watchful parents - until they realize
      that Ben can apparently communicate with Dorothy.
          Starring
                Joe Seneca                   Ben Dumfy
                Lane Smith                   Dr. Caruso
                Louis Giambalvo              Dr. Templeton
                Kathleen Lloyd               Samantha
                Joe Regalbuto                Merle
                Natalie Gregory              Dorothy
          With
                Rick Andosca                 Dr. Haller
                Alice H. Sachs               Dr. Fredricks
                Judith Durand                Dr. #1
                Lynn Kuratomi                Nurse #2
                Kay Bess                     Nurse #1
          Teleplay by
                Michael de Guzman
          Story by
                Steven Spielberg
          Directed by
                Thomas Carter
    
      19. Mirror, Mirror
          A best-selling horror novelist is terrorized by a hooded fig-
      ure  in his bathroom mirror after he tells a TV audience that his
      literary creations don't bother him in the least.
          Starring
                Sam Waterston                Novelist
                Helen Shaver                 Karen
          Special guest appearance
                Dick Cavett                  Himself
          Co-starring
                Tim Robbins                  Jordanis Phantom
          With
                Dana Gladstone               Producer
                Valorie Grear                Jail Attendant
                Michael C. Gwynne            Jail Attendant
                Peter Lacangelo              Limo Driver
                Jonathan Luria               Camerman
                Harry E. Northup             Security Guard
                Glenn Scarpelli              Jeffrey Gelb
                Jack Thibeau                 Tough Guy
          Teleplay by
                Joseph Minion
          Story by
                Steven Spielberg
          Directed by
                Martin Scorsese
    
      20. Secret Cinema
          A young woman who comes to suspect that her life is  secretly
      being filmed - as a slapstick serial.
          Starring
                Eve Arden                    Jane's Mother
                Paul Bartel                  Dr. Shreck
                Griffin Dunne                Dick
                Penny Peyser                 Jane
                Mary Woronov                 Nurse
          Co-starring
                Richard Paul                 Mr. Krupp
                Barry Dennen                 News Dealer
          With
                Justin Darby                 Boy
                Alix Elias                   Lady Customer
                Gary Goodrow                 Doorman
          Written by
                Paul Bartell
          Directed by
                Paul Bartell
    
      21. Hell Toupee
          A new hairpiece hides a previously peaceful  man's  baldness,
      but uncovers an urge to murder the first lawyer he sees.
          Starring
                Tony Kienitz                 Harry
                Cindy Morgan                 Beth
                Stanley Brock                Mitchell
          Co-starring
                Gary Allen                   Mr. Simon
                James Avery                  Chief Hanson
                Mitch Kreindel               Floyd King
                Ken Olfson                   Clifford Monroe
          With
                E. Hampton Beagle            Murray Bernstein
                Fredric Cook                 Officer Schmidt
                Cal Gibson                   Guard
                Jonathan Luria               Officer Montgomery
                Thomas F. Maguire            Guard
                John McCook                  M.C.
                Robert Tessier               Woodsman
                Jack Wells                   Mr. Zahl
          Written by
                Gail Parent
                    &
                Kevin Parent
          Directed by
                Irvin Kershner
    
      22. The Doll
          A lonely bachelor finds the handmade doll he bought  for  his
      niece holds a mysterious fascination for him.
          Starring
                John Lithgow                 John Walters
                Annie Helm                   Mary Dickenson
                Sharon Spelman
                John Christopher Jones
                Rainbow Phoenix              Doris
                    And
                Albert Hague                 as Mr. Liebemacher
          Written by
                Richard Matheson
          Directed by
                Phil Joanou
          Emmy Award
                John Lithgow: 1985/86 Guest performance in a dramatic
      series
    
      23. One For The Books
          The case of an elderly custodian who begins to pick  up  more
      than  refuse  in  the classrooms he cleans - he becomes fluent in
      French, and knowledgeable about many scholarly subjects.
          Starring
                Leo Penn                     Fred
                Joyce Von Patten             Eva
                    And
                Nicolas Pryor                as Dr. Fetlock
          With
                John Alvin                   Professor Rand
                Gary Berghev                 Professor Gilbert
                Rodney Kageyama              Dr. Barth
                Ben Kronen                   Professor Smith
                Pamela Seamon                Ms. Harris
                Jack Slater                  Mr. Wilson
          Teleplay by
                Richard Matheson
          Directed by
                Lesli Linka Glatter
    
      24. Grandpa's Ghost
          A man tries to reconcile his grandmother to the death of  his
      grandpa  -  except  the old man keeps appearing when the grandson
      isn't around.
          Starring
                Andrew McCarthy              Edwin
                Herta Ware                   Helen
                Ian Wolfe                    Charlie
          Teleplay by
                Michael de Guzman
          Based On A Short Story by
                Timothy Hutton
          Directed by
                Timothy Hutton
                

Cast and Story Season 2

      25. The Wedding Ring
          The wedding ring taken by a wax-museum dresser from a  statue
      transforms  his  overworked  wife into a femme fatale, not unlike
      the ring's previous owner - who killed her three husbands.
          Starring
                Rhea Perlman
                Danny DeVito
                Louis Giambalvo              Haggerty
                Bernadette Birkett           Tine
                David Byrd
                Tracey Walter                as Blaze
          With
                Jacqueline Cassel            Woman
                Fred Scialla                 Loner
          Teleplay by
                Stu Krieger
          Story by
                Steven Spielberg
          Directed by
                Danny DeVito
    
      26. Miscalculation
          A young man who's never enjoyed success with girls  discovers
      a way to bring magazine pinups to life.
          Starring
                Jon Cryer
                Joann Willette
                Jeffrey Jay Cohen
          Co-starring
                Lana Clarkson                Ms. Allure
                Galyn Gorg                   Ms. Eyeful
                Catherine Gilmour            Ms. Awesome
                Elisabeth de Turenne         Ms. Laura
                Rebecca Schaeffer            Miss Crowningshield
                Wynonna Smith                Cashier
                Penelope Sudrow              Mousy Girl
          With
                Harry Woolf                  Dr. Blitz
                Al Lampkin                   Cop #1
                Alden Millikan               Cop #2
          Teleplay by
                Michael McDowell
          Directed by
                Tom Holland
    
      27. Magic Saturday
          An Ancient Chinese spell enables  a  10-year-old  to  give  a
      magic  Saturday  to his ailing grandfather, a teller of fantastic
      tales and fancier of Saturday baseball games with his grandson.
          Starring
                M. Emmet Walsh               Grandpa
                Taliesin Jaffe               Mark
                David Crowley
                Caren Kaye                   Dorothy
          Co-starring
                Jeff B. Cohen                Eddie
          With
                David Arnott                 Umpire
                David Donnelly               Boy #2
                Jeff Kinder                  Boy #1
          Written by
                Richard Christian Matheson
          Directed by
                Robert Markowitz
    
      28. Welcome To My Nightmare
          A teen-age horror-film buff's fantasies about the  girl  next
      door land him in a terrifying scene from the movie "Psycho".
          Starring
                David Hollander              Harry
                Steve Antin                  Bud
                Sharon Spelman               Mom
                Robyn Lively                 Kate
                Christina Applegate          Holly
                Parker Jacobs
          With
                Robert L. Gibson             Dad
                Sharon Powers                Attendant
                Cheryl McWilliams            Kate's Mom
          Written by
                Todd Holland
          Directed by
                Todd Holland
    
      29. You Gotta Believe Me
          A man with a desperate message after waking from a  nightmare
      about a jetliner crashing into his house rushes to the airport to
      avert disaster.
          Starring
                Charles Durning              Earl
                Mary Betten                  Nancy
                Ebbe Roe Smith
                Wil Shriner
                John Roselius
          Co-starring
                Jennie Sadler                Female Airline Rep #1
                Lance Nichols                Guard #2
                Richard Burns                Controller #1
                Gregory Wagrowski            Man #1 (Salesman)
          With
                Joel Lawrence                Pilot
                Eve Smith                    Old Woman
                Tim Russ                     Security Guard #1
                Wade Mayer                   Male Airline Rep #2
                Rosemarie Castellano         Fashionable Woman
                Erinn Canavan                Child
                Cassandra Gava               Red Bag Lady
          Teleplay by
                Stu Krieger
          Story by
                Steven Spielberg
          Directed by
                Kevin Reynolds
    
      30. The Greibble
          A fastidiously  clean  housewife  encounters  a  nightmare  -
      except she rarely dreams and then not in color - in the form of a
      large, garishly colored furry creature with a taste for inanimate
      objects.
          Starring
                Hayley Mills
          Co-starring
                Dick Miller                  Fred
                Justin Mooney                Bobby
          With
                Don McLeod                   Greibble
                Frank Welker                 Greibble Voice
                Jim Jansen                   Man in Commercial
          Teleplay by
                Mick Garris
          Story by
                Steven Spielberg
          Directed by
                Joe Dante
          The Greibble Designed and Created by
                Rob Bottin
    
      31. Life On Death Row
          An inmate attempting to escape from death  row  is  stuck  by
      lightning,  which  gives him miraculous healing powers and sparks
      an eleventh-hour effort to save him from the electric chair.
          Starring
                Patrick Swayze               Eric David Peterson
                James T. Callahan
                Kevin Hagen
                    and
                Hector Elizondo              Meadows
          Co-starring
                Nicholas Love                Bradshaw
                Hawthorne James              Fowler
                Arnold Johnson               Johnny
                Paul Eiding                  Doctor
          With
                Jed Mills                    Marshall
                George Jenesky               Warden's Guard
                John Hamelin                 Priest
                Alan Fine                    Inmate
                Roberto Contreras            Trustee
                T.J. Worzalla                Casey
          Teleplay by
                Rockne S. O'Bannon
          Story by
                Mick Garris
          Directed by
                Mick Garris
    
      32. Go To The Head Of The Class
          An overbearing teacher's bizarre discipline  draws  two  stu-
      dents  to  seek  revenge by means of a spell gleaned from a rock-
      and-roll record played backward.
          Starring
                Christopher Lloyd            Professor B.O. Beanes
                Scott Coffey                 Peter Brand
                Mary Stuart Masterson        Cynthia Simpson
          Co-starring
                Tom Breznahan                Cusimano
                Billy Beck                   Caretaker
          Teleplay by
                Mick Garris & Tom McLoughlin
                  and
                Bob Gale
          Story by
                Mick Garris
          Directed by
                Robert Zemeckis
          Headless Special Effects Created by
                Stan Winston
          Headless Special Effects
                John Rosengrant
                Tom Woodruff
                Richard Landon
                David Nelson
                Steve James
                Shane Mahan
          Recorded in DOLBY Surround Sound  (A Network TV First)
    
      33. Thanksgiving
          When their dry well yields a gold coin and a note written  in
      hieroglyphics, a man and his teen-age stepdaughter have contrast-
      ing reactions: he rushes off to cash in on the  wealth,  and  she
      reciprocates the beneficence of the "hole people".
          Starring
                David Carradine              Calvin
                Kyra Sedgwick                Dora Johnson
          Teleplay by
                Pierre R. Debs
                     &
                Robert C. Fox
          Directed by
                Todd Holland
    
      34. The Pumpkin Competition
          Determined not to lose the pumpkin competition for  the  23rd
      straight  year,  a  miserly woman haggles with a botanist for his
      secret, which produces more than just a colossal pumpkin.
          Starring
                Polly Holliday               Elma
                June Lockart                 Mildrid
                J.A. Preston                 Prof. Bertram Carver
          Co-starring
                Ritch Brinkley               Mayor Chestor A. Barnsworth
                Britt Leach                  Ernie
                Ann Walker                   Ma
                Joshua Rudoy                 Billy
          Written by
                Peter Z Orton
          Directed by
                Norman Reynolds
    
      35. What If...?
          A young boy wonders what if his parents  didn't  return  from
      one of the many social gatherings they attend.
          Starring
                Jake Hart                    Jonah Kelly
                Clare Kirkconnell            Pamela Kelly
                Tom McConnell                Raymond Kelly
                Ric Cane                     Crosswalk Man
                Susan Swift                  Marsha
                Sherry Landrum               Woman in Station Wagon
                Dennis Haskins               Man in Station Wagon
          Co-starring
                Ann Bell                     Pregnant Woman
          With
                Michael Horse                Male Friend
                Diane Lewis                  Female Friend
                Laurel Green                 Woman
          Written by
                Anne Speilberg
          Directed by
                Joan Darling
          Program playing on TV (audio only)
                Amazing Stories  ``The Sitter''
    
      36. The Eternal Mind
          A dying scientist discovers a way to merge a human being with
      a computer and offers to be the first human test subject.
          Starring
                Jeffrey Jones                John Baldwin
                Katherine Borowitz           Katherine Baldwin
          Co-starring
                Gregory Wagrowski            Ben Oltman
                Robert Axelrod               Frank
          With
                Paul Tauger                  Technician #1
                Aaron Seville                Technician #2
          Written by
                Julie R. Moskowitz
                     &
                Gary Stevens
          Directed by
                Michael Riva
    
      37. Lane Change
          Traveling a deserted highway, a woman facing a  divorce  sees
      her  past through the windshield after she picks up a woman who's
      run out of gas.
          Starring
                Kathy Baker                  Charlene ``Charlie'' Benton
                Priscilla Pointer            Older Charlie
          With
                Cletus Young                 Father
                Misty Forrest                Little Girl
          Written by
                Ali Marie Matheson
          Directed by
                Ken Kwapis
    
      38. Blue Man Down
          A cop who blames himself for his partner's death gets a boost
      of confidence from a mysterious new partner.
          Starring
                Max Gail                     Duncan Moore
                Kate McNeil                  Patty O'Neil
                Chris Nash                   DeSoto
          Co-starring
                Sal Viscuso                  Captain Redmond
                Eddie Zammit                 Maurici
                Michael Villella             Dr. Levin
                Frank Doubleday              Beckloff
          With
                Tad Horino                   Market Owner
                Jay Ingram                   Lieutenant
                Mark Erickson                Atwood
                Charlie Hawke                Herrington
                Lynn Kuratomi                TV Reporter #1
                Richard Epcar                TV Reporter #2
                Robert Benedick              TV Reporter #3
                Robert Louis Cameron         Cop #1
                Debby Lynn Ross              Hostage
          Teleplay by
                Jacob Epstein
                     &
                Daniel Lindley
          Story by
                Steven Spielberg
          Directed by
                Paul Michael Glaser
    
      39. The 21-Inch Sun
          An aspiring sitcom writer facing an impossible  deadline  has
      good  reason  to  love Lucy, his spider plant: it absorbs TV rays
      and types a script that makes his career blossom.
          Starring
                Robert Townsend              Billy Burliss
                Michael Lerner
                Craig Richard Nelson         Dick Castel
                Roberrt Starr
          Co-starring
                Bridget Sienna               Woman Actor
                Alan Solomon                 Actor
                Richard Chudnow              Castel's Assistant
                Jeremy Iacone                Italian Man
                Alec Murdock                 2nd Man
                Caroline Parton              Woman
          With
                Charlene Nelson              Production Assistant
                Jim Nelson                   2nd Assistant
                Jean Pflieger                Personal Secretary
                Lisa London                  Secretary #1
          Written by
                Bruce Kirschbaum
          Directed by
                Nick Castle
    
      40. Family Dog
          An animated episode from the point of view of the family  dog
      offers a canine perspective of life in suburbia.
          With the Voices of
                Stan Freberg                 Skip Binford
                Annie Potts                  Mrs. Binford
                Mercedes McCambridge
                Scott Menville
                Brooke Ashley
                Brad Bird
                Marshall Efron
                Stanley Ralph Ross
                Jack Angel
          Written by
                Brad Bird
          Directed by
                Brad Bird
          Animation Produced by
                Brad Bird
                   and
                Alexander V. King
          Animation Designed by
                Tim Burton
    
      41. Gershwin's Trunk
          Following a split with his partner, a Broadway lyricist seeks
      inspiration  for  his  new musical in Gershwin's trunk after con-
      tacting the spirit of the composer through a psychic.
          Starring
                Bob Balaban                  Jo-Jo Gillespie
                Lainie Kazan                 Sister Teresa
                John McCook                  Jerry Lane
                Dana Gladstone               George Gershwin
                Hurd Hatfiled                Logan Webb
                Paul Bartel                  Detective Watts
          Co-starring
                Irene Olga Lopez             Carmen
                Danny Ponce                  Pepi
                Pamela Galloway              Trish Charlton
          With
                Barbara Turvett              Girl #1
                Alan Bardsley                Boy #1
                Pattie Brooks                Girl #2
                Christopher Blande           Boy #2
          No credit
                Carrie Fisher                Laurie McNamara
          Written by
                John Meyer
                    &
                Paul Bartel
          Directed by
                Paul Bartel
    
      42. Such Interesting Neighbors
          The Lewises think the Hellenbecks are interesting neighbors -
      and that they may be causing some puzzling "repeats in time".
          Starring
                Frederick Coffin             Al Lewise
                Marcia Strassman             Nel Lewise
                Ian Fried                    Randy Lewise
                Victoria Catlin              Ann Hellenbeck
                    &
                Adam Ant                     as Ted Hellenbeck
          With
                Ryan McWhorter               Brad Hellenbeck
          Teleplay by
                Mick Garris
                    and
                Tom McLoughlin
          Based Upon The Story by
                Jack Finney
          Directed by
                Graham Baker
    
      43. Without Diana
          40 years after Diana died tragically  at  age  8,  a  man  is
      visited  by  his  departed  daughter, whose reappearance provides
      comforts the impending death of his beloved wife.
          Starring
                Billy Green Bush             George Willoughby
                Dianne Hull                  Kathryn Willoughby
                Gennie James                 as Diana Willoughby
          With
                Fredric Cook                 Dr. Wittenberg
                Rick Andosca                 Policeman
          Written by
                Mick Garris
          Directed by
                Leslie Linka Glatter
    
      44. Moving Day
          A teen-ager is distressed after he learns that his family  is
      bound for a new home - on a planet 85 billion miles away.
          Starring
                Stephen Geoffreys            Alexander Webster
                Dennis Lipscomb              Mr. Webster
                Mary Ellen Trainor           Mrs. Webster
                Kristen Vigard               Karen
          With
                Bill Wesley                  Big Boy
          Written by
                Frank Kerr
          Directed by
                Robert Stevens
          What Mrs. Webster says backwards
                ``I love you Alexander.''
    
      45. Miss Stardust
          An extraterrestrial threatens to destroy the earth unless the
      beauty-pageant promoter allows entrants from other planets.
          Starring
                Dick Shawn                   Joe Willoughby
                Laraine Newman               Joe's Secretary
                Rick Overton
                Jack Carter
                James Karen
                Jim Seidow
                Angel Tompkins
                    And
                ``Weird Al'' Yankovic        as The Cabbage Man
          With
                Gabe Cohen                   Mendelheim
                Anthony James                Businessman #1
                Robert Kim                   Businessman #2
                Wade Mayer                   Stage Manager
                Wendy Sherwood               Ms. Colorado
                Victoria Ellen Powells       Beauty #2
                Lisabeth Aubrey              Beauty #1
                Norman Friedman              Man
          Teleplay by
                Thomas Szollosi
                      &
                Richard Christian Matheson
          Based On The Published Short Story by
                Richard Matheson
          Directed by
                Tobe Hooper
          Aliens Designed and Created at Stan Winston Studio by
                Tom Woodruff Jr.
                John Rosengrant
                Shane Mahan
                Alec Gillis
                   and
                Richard Landon
                Steven James
                David Kindlon
                David Nelson
                Shannon Shea
                Lindsay MacGowan
                Matt Rose
                Matt Winston
                

Episode Availability

      This is how the episodes are available in the U.S. and Europe  at
      the  time this revision of the guide was done.  The movie, video,
      or laserdisc (LD) number is indicated.  The movies sometimes  air
      on local stations or cable stations like USA.
                                       U.S.             U.S.    Europe
                                      Sci-Fi     U.S.   video/  video/
                                      channel    movie   LD      LD
    
      39 - 21-Inch Sun, The              x                        7
       3 - Alamo Jobe                    x
       6 - Amazing Falsworth, The                  4      3       2
      38 - Blue Man Down                 x                4       6
      17 - Boo!                          x
      22 - Doll, The                     x         2              5
      18 - Dorothy And Ben               x         5              4
      36 - Eternal Mind, The             x
      40 - Family Dog                              3      2       4
       7 - Fine Tuning                   x                5       8
      16 - Gather Ye Acorns              x         6
      41 - Gershwin's Trunk              x         5
       1 - Ghost Train                   x         2              2
      32 - Go To The Head Of The Class             1      2       1
      24 - Grandpa's Ghost               x         5
      30 - Greibble, The                 x                        3
       9 - Guilt Trip                              3
      21 - Hell Toupee                   x
      37 - Lane Change                   x         6
      31 - Life On Death Row                       4      3       5
      27 - Magic Saturday                x                        7
       2 - Main Attraction, The          x         6              4
      19 - Mirror, Mirror                          4      4       6
      26 - Miscalculation                x                        3
      45 - Miss Stardust                 x
       5 - Mission, The                            1      1       1
      44 - Moving Day                    x                        3
       8 - Mr. Magic                     x                4       6
       4 - Mummy Daddy                             3              1
      14 - No Day At The Beach           x                3
      23 - One For The Books             x
      15 - One For The Road              x
      34 - Pumpkin Competition, The      x                5       8
      10 - Remote Control Man                      3
      11 - Santa '85                     x         2              7
      20 - Secret Cinema                 x
      13 - Sitter, The                   x         5
      42 - Such Interesting Neighbors    x
      33 - Thanksgiving                  x                        5
      12 - Vanessa In The Garden                   4
      25 - Wedding Ring, The             x         2      1       2
      28 - Welcome To My Nightmare       x
      35 - What If...?                   x
      43 - Without Diana                 x                5       8
      29 - You Gotta Believe Me          x         6              7
                

Miscellaneous Notes

       1.  The date given is the first airing date on NBC.  During  the
           first  season,  the stories aired on Sundays, except for one
           special on a Tuesday night.  During the second  season,  the
           stories  were first aired on Monday nights, with one special
           on a Friday.  The Monday time-slot started on 6/30/87,  dur-
           ing  reruns.   But, starting with story 41, the stories were
           moved to Friday nights.
       2.  The air time shown is based on the Central Time zone.
       3.  The time given is edited length, from beginning of the open-
           ing  to the final note of the Universal ending, without com-
           mercials.
       4.  The opening theme music was changed the first time, starting
           11/03/85.   The  opening  theme  music  was again changed on
           6/8/86 (possibly  6/1/86).   This  time  the  music  doesn't
           exactly sync, or time, with the visual opening.  On 6/15/86,
           the theme music reverted to what it was the second time.
       5.  During the second season, NBC started airing previews of the
           show before the show started.  But, the preview for story 37
           was actually the preview for story 38.
       6.  Story 32 was to have aired the week of Halloween  (11/27/86,
           7:00).   But  the postponed, by rain, last game of the World
           Series prempted it.
       7.  The title sequence was changed on 1/19/87.  The  co-starring
           list  was  shown  during  the  opening credits.  This format
           change only lasted for the one story.
       8.  The TV Guide that can be seen in the story ``Blue Man Down''
           is  the Aug 30-Sep 5, 1986, issue.  The cover story is: Help
           For Dallas  EXPLORING THE MYSTERY OF BOBBY'S RETURN.  In the
           story  ``Such  Interesting  Neighbors'', the TV Guide looked
           like an issue with a cover  picture  of  Jerry  Lewis.   The
           cover date is unknown, but it was before March 16, 1985.
       9.  The second season was to have 22 stories, making a total  of
           46.   But  Amblin  Entertainment  shut down production.  One
           story is still due NBC.  Two possible titles for this  story
           are ``Dream Girl'' and ``Trapped''.
      10.  All stories are in stereo and were aired in stereo.
      11.  Synopses were adapted from TV Guide listings.
      12.  Info on videos in Europe was  supplied  by  Torsten  Kracke.
           Each  of  the 8 videos available in the U.K. and the rest of
           Europe has a RRP (regular  retail  price)  of  9.99  british
           pound.   The  videos released in Germany were dubbed and the
           first one of the german videos came out on laserdisc.
                

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