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Truly amazing, fantastical, funny and odd, and sometimes scary, sad and endearing stories are portrayed. Many famous actors, actresses and directors make guest appearances.
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 Billy / ... (2 episodes, 1986)
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 Haller / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Gregory Wagrowski ...
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 Dr. Wittenberg / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
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 Family Dog / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1987)
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 Johnny / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
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 Angela / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
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 Jimmy / ... (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Caretaker / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
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 Indian / ... (2 episodes, 1986)
Larry Spinak ...
 Arnold Skamp / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
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 Marshall / ... (2 episodes, 1986)
Jonathan Luria ...
 Cameraman / ... (2 episodes, 1986)
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 Bald Man / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
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 Gas Station Attendant / ... (2 episodes, 1986)
Wade Mayer ...
 Airline Representative #2 / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Eve Smith ...
 Old Woman (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
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Truly amazing, fantastical, funny and odd, and sometimes scary, sad and endearing stories are portrayed. Many famous actors, actresses and directors make guest appearances.

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In the extraordinary worlds of Amazing Stories! See more »


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(45 episodes)

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(1986-1987)| (1985-1986)

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*batteries not included (1987) was originally intended to be an episode of this series until Steven Spielberg decided to expand it into a feature film. See more »

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Despite this being a Spielberg production, the show was incredibly uneven and often annoying.
23 June 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

If you are looking for an anthology program with all the magic and fine writing of "The Twilight Zone" or "The Outer Limits", you should keep on looking. "Amazing Stories" was a short-lived 80s series and after re-watching a bunch of episodes recently, I was actually surprised it lasted two seasons and wasn't canceled sooner. This is because although it was a Steven Spielberg production, the show was incredibly uneven. Many of the episodes were bad--poorly written and very broadly acted. I think perhaps much of this is because they were trying to create a show that would appeal much more to kids than adults--and so many episodes are just tedious and annoying. It's a real shame, as a few of the shows (such as the one starring John Lithgow) were magical and sweet. The idea of such a program COULD have worked. It's just a darn shame the writing was so bad and the appeal strictly limited to kids.

By the way, if you think I am wrong about the show, try re-watching a few episodes yourself. I thought the show was pretty good back in the 80s when it debuted but when seen today, they have clearly NOT aged well. The acting and subtlety seem more akin to "Family Matters" (that annoying Urkel show) or "Full House" than an anthology series. Also, the earlier episodes were a tad better and often featured top directors or famous actors directing (such as Timothy Hutton and Burt Reynolds). Later, the show fell into a more mundane pattern with less stars and a bit less entertainment.

Also, if you watch, pay attention to the heavily computer generated intro. In the mid-80s, it was DEFINITELY state of the art and amazing. By today, it looks incredibly dated and shabby. This is NOT a criticism--more a comment about how far CGI has come since then.


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