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.
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Revision date: September 3, 1999
Table of Contents
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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