On Disc

at Amazon

Truly amazing, fantastical, funny and odd, and sometimes scary, sad and endearing stories are portrayed. Many famous actors, actresses and directors make guest appearances.
Reviews
Popularity
1,865 ( 162)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



2   1  
1987   1986   1985  
Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Fantasy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A horror anthology series where the viewer is taken through ghost stories, science fiction adventures and creepy, unexplained events.

Stars: Paul Sparer, Catherine Battistone, John Marzilli
The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)
Sci-Fi | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A collection of tales which range from comic to tragic, but often have a wicked sense of humor and an unexpected twist.

Stars: Robin Ward, Charles Aidman, Richard Mulligan
Monsters (1988–1990)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A horror anthology about a family of monsters watching a different horror story every week on their TV. Each tale is separate, often cautionary with occasional dark humor and irony and features various deadly creatures.

Stars: John Bolger, Pamela Dean Kelly, Michael J. Anderson
Night Gallery (1969–1973)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Host Rod Serling presents tales of horror illustrated in various paintings.

Stars: Rod Serling, Larry Watson, Joanna Pettet
Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
Comedy | Crime | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Tales of horror based on the gruesome E.C. comic books of the 1950s.

Stars: John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer
The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

An anthology series of insightful science fiction tales.

Stars: Bob Johnson, Ben Wright, William Douglas
The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A modern revival of the classic eponymous 1960s sci-fi horror anthology show. Episodes often have twist-endings and involve aliens. Sometimes, story from one episode continues in a later episode.

Stars: Alex Diakun, Eric Schneider, Garvin Cross
The Twilight Zone (2002–2003)
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

This second remake of the classic series presents tales of suspense, fantasy, science fiction and horror.

Stars: Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Piven, Olivia d'Abo
Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Four horror/sci-fi segments directed by four famous directors, each of them being a new version of a classic story from Rod Serling's landmark television series The Twilight Zone (1959).

Directors: Joe Dante, John Landis, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, Vic Morrow
Masters of Horror (TV Series 2005)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Anchor Bay has amassed some of the greatest horror film writers and directors to bring to you the anthology series, "Masters of Horror". For the first time the foremost names in the horror ... See full summary »

Stars: Karen Austin, J. Winston Carroll, Miho Ninagawa
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Updated remakes of classic stories originally produced by the Master of Suspense.

Stars: Bernard Behrens, Cynthia Belliveau, David B. Nichols
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama and comedy about people of different species committing murders, suicides, thefts and other sorts of crime caused by certain motivations; perceived or not.

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Assistant to the Boss / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
...
 Mike Malloy / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
...
 Dr. Templeton / ... (2 episodes, 1986)
Sharon Spelman ...
 Mom / ... (2 episodes, 1986)
...
 Bert / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
...
 Detective Watts / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
...
 Eddie / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Dana Gladstone ...
 George Gershwin / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
...
 Mark / ... (2 episodes, 1986)
...
 Blaze / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Joshua Rudoy ...
 Billy / ... (2 episodes, 1986)
...
 Elmer / ... (2 episodes, 1986)
Rick Andosca ...
 Haller / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Gregory Wagrowski ...
 Ben Oltman / ... (2 episodes, 1986)
Fredric Cook ...
 Dr. Wittenberg / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
...
 Family Dog / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1987)
Arnold Johnson ...
 Johnny / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
...
 Angela / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
...
 Jimmy / ... (2 episodes, 1985)
Billy Beck ...
 Caretaker / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
...
 Jerry Lane / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
...
 Indian / ... (2 episodes, 1986)
Larry Spinak ...
 Arnold Skamp / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
...
 Marshall / ... (2 episodes, 1986)
Jonathan Luria ...
 Cameraman / ... (2 episodes, 1986)
Ben Kronen ...
 Bald Man / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
...
 Assistant Director / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Lynn Kuratomi ...
 Nurse #2 / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
...
 Gas Station Attendant / ... (2 episodes, 1986)
Wade Mayer ...
 Airline Representative #2 / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Eve Smith ...
 Old Woman (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Edit

Storyline

Truly amazing, fantastical, funny and odd, and sometimes scary, sad and endearing stories are portrayed. Many famous actors, actresses and directors make guest appearances.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

anthology | See All (1) »

Taglines:

As one experience ends... Another adventure begins. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 September 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(45 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(1986-1987)| (1985-1986)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

*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 »

Connections

Referenced in Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A good series, but not always as amazing as the title would suggest.
19 June 2008 | by (Long Beach, California) – See all my reviews

Steven Spielberg produced, wrote, came up with ideas for and even directed episodes of Amazing Stories, so naturally this would have to be the greatest anthology ever right? Unfortunately wrong. Some episodes are just fantastic, but all too often it was a mixed bag. In fact, that might have been it's downfall is it was way too mixed. Some episodes were light comedies, some were dramas, some were horror, and one was even animated, which made this a similar, but not as good 80s version of the Twilight Zone (which also was around).

Normally I'd like having a mixture of stories in an anthology show, but they just didn't fully work here. Some of the more fantastical dramatic episodes felt like they would be better being shown late on night on the Lifetime network, like the episode "Ghost Train", which was directed by Spielberg himself. In that episode, it gave the message of hope, and gave us a fantasy story, but overall it was just a build up to the ending which didn't blow me away anyways. The horror episodes tended to work better than the drama, but there were far more dramatic ones, and they grow tiring to watch. Acting wise, this anthology got some big stars, similar to the original Twilight Zone. Kevin Costner, Kiefer Sutherland, Milton Berle, Dom Deluise, Harvey Keitel, Beau Bridges, Charlie Sheen, Forrest Whitaker, Tim Robbins, John Lithgow, Rhea Perlman, Danny Devito, Patrick Swayze, Christopher Lloyd, June Lockhart, Kathy Baker, Weird Al Yankovich and many other well knowns have been in episodes of the show. It's fun to see well known actors in almost every episode of the series. Great directors have also had part in episodes including Spielberg himself, Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Bob Clark, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, Paul Bartel, Joe Dante, Robert Zemeckis, Danny Devito and even Martin Scorsese. I'd actually recommend this more to fans of the directors and/or the 80s than anyone else.

Amazing Stories was sometimes amazing, usually good, occasionally mediocre, and every once in a while a real stinker came out. But, this show has nostalgic value to me, and it's sort of fun to sit on boring afternoons and watch some episodes. John Williams' theme music for the show is sure to be caught in anyone's head who watches this, too.

My rating: Good show. 30 mins. per episode. TVPG


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What's your favorite episode? MWilley
What's your LEAST favorite episode? warstrikesback
'The Mission' easy solution DarkRealityX
Grandpa's Ghost justbeth82
Question about`The Mission`. jules2012
Santa '85 luske
Discuss Amazing Stories (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?