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Writers:
Steven Spielberg (developer)
Joshua Brand (developer)
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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
29 September 1985 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
In the extraordinary worlds of Amazing Stories! See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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A good series, but not always as amazing as the title would suggest. See more (30 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast [32])

Charles Durning ... Assistant to the Boss / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)

Douglas Seale ... Mike Malloy / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)

Louis Giambalvo ... Dr. Templeton / ... (2 episodes, 1986)
Sharon Spelman ... Mom / ... (2 episodes, 1986)

J.J. Cohen ... Bert / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)

Paul Bartel ... Detective Watts / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1987)

Jeff Cohen ... Eddie / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Dana Gladstone ... George Gershwin / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1987)

Taliesin Jaffe ... Mark / ... (2 episodes, 1986)

Tracey Walter ... Blaze / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Joshua Rudoy ... Billy / ... (2 episodes, 1986)

Royal Dano ... 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)

Brad Bird ... Family Dog / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1987)
Arnold Johnson ... Johnny / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)

JoAnn Willette ... Angela / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)

Gary Riley ... Jimmy / ... (2 episodes, 1985)
Billy Beck ... Caretaker / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)

John McCook ... Jerry Lane / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1987)

Michael Horse ... Indian / ... (2 episodes, 1986)
Larry Spinak ... Arnold Skamp / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)

Jed Mills ... Marshall / ... (2 episodes, 1986)
Jonathan Luria ... Cameraman / ... (2 episodes, 1986)
Ben Kronen ... Bald Man / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)

Pamela Guest ... Assistant Director / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Lynn Kuratomi ... Nurse #2 / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1987)

Conrad Dunn ... Gas Station Attendant / ... (2 episodes, 1986)
Wade Mayer ... Airline Representative #2 / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Eve Smith ... Old Woman (2 episodes, 1985-1986)

Tom Willett ... Funeral Director / ... (2 episodes, 1986)

Series Directed by
Lesli Linka Glatter (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Phil Joanou (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Steven Spielberg (2 episodes, 1985)
Paul Bartel (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Thomas Carter (2 episodes, 1986)
Joe Dante (2 episodes, 1986)
Joan Darling (2 episodes, 1986)
Todd Holland (2 episodes, 1986)
Norman Reynolds (2 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Writing credits
Steven Spielberg (28 episodes, 1985-1987)
Joshua Brand (24 episodes, 1985-1986)
John Falsey (24 episodes, 1985-1986)
Mick Garris (9 episodes, 1985-1987)
Richard Matheson (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Stu Krieger (3 episodes, 1986)
Brad Bird (2 episodes, 1985-1987)
Gail Parent (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Kevin Parent (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Earl Pomerantz (2 episodes, 1985)
Paul Bartel (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Richard Christian Matheson (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Tom McLoughlin (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Michael De Guzman (2 episodes, 1986)

Series Produced by
Steven Spielberg .... executive producer (45 episodes, 1985-1987)
Steve Starkey .... associate producer (32 episodes, 1985-1987)
David E. Vogel .... producer (26 episodes, 1985-1987)
Stephen Semel .... associate producer (24 episodes, 1985-1987)
Joshua Brand .... supervising producer (22 episodes, 1985-1986)
John Falsey .... supervising producer (22 episodes, 1985-1986)
Skip Lusk .... associate producer (10 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Original Music by
Bruce Broughton (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Billy Goldenberg (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Georges Delerue (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Steve Bartek (2 episodes, 1985-1987)
Danny Elfman (2 episodes, 1985-1987)
Craig Safan (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
John Williams (2 episodes, 1985)
Ralph Burns (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Brad Fiedel (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
David Shire (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
John Addison (2 episodes, 1986)
John Mayer (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Cinematography by
Robert M. Stevens (18 episodes, 1985-1987)
John McPherson (14 episodes, 1985-1987)
Charles Minsky (6 episodes, 1986-1987)
 
Series Film Editing by
Steven Kemper (15 episodes, 1985-1987)
Joe Ann Fogle (12 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Casting by
Johanna Ray (20 episodes, 1985-1987)
Jane Feinberg (10 episodes, 1985-1986)
Mike Fenton (10 episodes, 1985-1986)
Valorie Massalas (10 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Production Design by
Rick Carter (30 episodes, 1985-1987)
 
Series Art Direction by
Richard B. Lewis (14 episodes, 1985-1986)
Lynda Paradise (12 episodes, 1985-1986)
Margie Stone McShirley (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Catherine Mann (17 episodes, 1985-1987)
Richard B. Goddard (7 episodes, 1985-1986)
Gregory Garrison (3 episodes, 1985)
Tom Bugenhagen (2 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Costume Design by
Jane Ruhm (6 episodes, 1986-1987)
 
Series Makeup Department
Michael Westmore .... makeup artist / special make-up / ... (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Greg Cannom .... alien creatures creator / mummy creatures creator (2 episodes, 1985)

Matt Rose .... special makeup effects artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Joan Bradshaw .... unit production manager (14 episodes, 1985-1986)
Kevin Donnelly .... unit production manager (12 episodes, 1985-1987)
Zane Radney .... unit production manager (4 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerry Ketcham .... second assistant director / first assistant director (26 episodes, 1985-1987)
David L. Beanes .... first assistant director (14 episodes, 1985-1986)
John Liberti .... first assistant director (11 episodes, 1985-1986)
Carla Reinke .... second assistant director / assistant director / ... (7 episodes, 1986-1987)
Martha M. Elcan .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Art Department
Jaroslav Gebr .... special artwork (1 episode, 1985)
Yvonne Nagel .... special artwork (1 episode, 1985)
Henry Alvarez .... sculptor (1 episode, 1986)
James D. Bissell .... main title design (1 episode, 1986)
Ron Cobb .... main title design (1 episode, 1986)
David Russell .... storyboard artist (1 episode, 1986)
Paul Sonski .... set designer (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Sound Department
John Stacy .... sound editor (24 episodes, 1985-1987)
Michael C. Moore .... sound (21 episodes, 1985-1986)
John B. Schuyler .... boom operator (9 episodes, 1985)
Hank Garfield .... sound (7 episodes, 1986-1987)
Robert R. Rutledge .... sound editor / supervising sound effects editor (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
James LaRue .... sound (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Bob Newlan .... sound editor (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Richard L. Anderson .... supervising sound effects editor / supervising sound editor (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Paul E. Miller .... utility sound (2 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Special Effects by
Wayne Rose .... special effects (21 episodes, 1985-1986)
William H. Schirmer .... special effects supervisor (18 episodes, 1986-1987)
Steven James .... headless special effects / mechanical designer / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Richard J. Landon .... alien design and creation: Stan Winston Studios / headless special effects (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Shane Mahan .... alien design and creation: Stan Winston Studios / headless special effects (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Dave Nelson .... alien design and creation: Stan Winston Studios / headless special effects (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
John Rosengrant .... alien design and creation: Stan Winston Studios / headless special effects (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Tom Woodruff Jr. .... alien design and creation: Stan Winston Studios / headless special effects (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Randy Roberts .... main title producer (24 episodes, 1985-1986)
William Reilly .... motion control technician (23 episodes, 1985-1986)
Jim Michaels .... visual effects producer (3 episodes, 1986-1987)

Bill Kent .... digital artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Ray Saniger .... stunts (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Bob Herron .... stunts (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Rod Weaver .... best boy electric (44 episodes, 1985-1987)
E. Scott Mayhugh .... best boy grip (21 episodes, 1986-1987)
Kris Krosskove .... first assistant camera (3 episodes, 1986)
Jeffrey Kaplan .... video assist operator (2 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Animation Department
James Beihold .... layout artist (1 episode, 1987)
Ken Bruce .... principal assistant animator (1 episode, 1987)
Chris Buck .... animation supervisor (1 episode, 1987)
Tim Burton .... animation designer (1 episode, 1987)
Randy Cartwright .... animator (1 episode, 1987)
Fred Cline .... background artist (1 episode, 1987)
David Cutler .... principal animator (1 episode, 1987)
Lou Dellarosa .... principal assistant animator (1 episode, 1987)
Ruth Edelman .... ink and paint key personnel: Australia (1 episode, 1987)
Russ Edmonds .... principal animator (1 episode, 1987)
Ralph Eggleston .... principal animator (1 episode, 1987)
Tony Fucile .... principal animator (1 episode, 1987)
Adam B. Gordon .... ink and paint key personnel: Australia (1 episode, 1987)
Haroldo Guimarães .... assistant animator (1 episode, 1987)
Klay Hall .... principal assistant animator (1 episode, 1987)
Terrey Hamada .... principal assistant animator (1 episode, 1987)
Karen Hansen .... ink and paint supervisor (1 episode, 1987)
Tim Hauser .... assistant animator (1 episode, 1987)
Ron Hughart .... principal assistant animator (1 episode, 1987)
Dan Jeup .... principal animator (1 episode, 1987)
Mark Kausler .... principal animator (1 episode, 1987)
Susan Kroyer .... principal animator (1 episode, 1987)
Susan Lantz .... principal assistant animator (1 episode, 1987)
Greg Manwaring .... animator (1 episode, 1987)
Duncan Marjoribanks .... principal animator (1 episode, 1987)
Rob Minkoff .... animator (1 episode, 1987)
Rich Moore .... principal assistant animator (1 episode, 1987)
Kendall O'Connor .... color consultant (1 episode, 1987)
Denese Oates .... ink and paint key personnel: Australia (1 episode, 1987)
Andrew Phillipson .... background artist (1 episode, 1987)
Philip Phillipson .... background artist (1 episode, 1987)
Darrell Rooney .... layout artist (1 episode, 1987)
Alan Smart .... principal assistant animator (1 episode, 1987)
David Stephan .... principal assistant animator (1 episode, 1987)
Jill Stirdivant .... color modeler (1 episode, 1987)
Brigitte Strother .... color modeler (1 episode, 1987)
Gregg Vanzo .... principal animator (1 episode, 1987)
Dennis Venizelos .... background artist (1 episode, 1987)
Lauralei Wethy .... ink and paint key personnel: Australia (1 episode, 1987)
Tanya T. Wilson .... principal assistant animator (1 episode, 1987)
Kirk Wise .... principal animator (1 episode, 1987)
 
Series Casting Department
Craig Campobasso .... casting associate (33 episodes, 1985-1987)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joseph Roveto .... costume supervisor / costume supervisor: men (28 episodes, 1985-1987)
Jane Ruhm .... costume supervisor (20 episodes, 1985-1986)
Carol Hybi .... costume supervisor (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Sanford Slepak .... costume supervisor (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Gilda Texter .... costume supervisor (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
 
Series Editorial Department
James Garrett .... assistant editor (13 episodes, 1985-1987)
Raúl Dávalos .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Music Department
John Williams .... composer: theme music / composer: theme (43 episodes, 1985-1987)
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (21 episodes, 1986-1987)
Fred Paroutaud .... orchestrator (2 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Other crew
James D. Bissell .... title designer (45 episodes, 1985-1987)
Ron Cobb .... title designer (45 episodes, 1985-1987)
Kathleen Kennedy .... production executive (45 episodes, 1985-1987)
Frank Marshall .... production executive (45 episodes, 1985-1987)
Mick Garris .... story editor (22 episodes, 1985-1986)
Peter Z. Orton .... story editor (22 episodes, 1986-1987)
Richard Matheson .... creative consultant (7 episodes, 1986-1987)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
30 min (45 episodes)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix:
Dolby (1986-1987) | Stereo (1985-1986)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG (some episodes) | Australia:M (some episodes) | Iceland:16 (tape 6) | Iceland:12 (tapes 1-3 and 5) | Iceland:L (tapes 4, 7 and 8) | Netherlands:6 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | UK:12 (one episode) | UK:15 (some episodes) | UK:PG (some episodes) | UK:U (some episodes) | USA:PG-13 (video compilation)

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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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (2008)See more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A good series, but not always as amazing as the title would suggest., 19 June 2008
Author: Tommy Nelson from Long Beach, California

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

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