A local public station gets a new owner. The station becomes a hit, with all sorts of hilarious sight gags and wacky humor.



(as Al Yankovic),

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George Newman (Yankovic) is a normal man. Problem is, he's also a daydreamer, who can't keep hold of a steady job. His uncle decides George will be the perfect man to manage Channel 62, a station which is losing money and viewers fast. George's imagination is put to good use and he starts thinking up bizarre shows such as "Wheels of Fish" and "Raul's Wild Kingdom". The ratings start to soar again, but not everyone is happy. Written by Film_Fan

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TV the way it was meant to be seen. In a movie theater. See more »


Comedy | Drama


PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 July 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Vidiot from UHF  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)


$6,157,157 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the first "Uncle Nutsy's Clubhouse" scene, Uncle Nutsy ('Weird Al' Yankovic) instructs Bobbo The Clown/Bob (David Bowe) to look up, down, then at "Mr. Frying-Pan," Bowe's lip was split when the pan accidentally made contact with his face. It was supposed to stop short, so Bowe's reaction is his actual discomfort at his lip being split and bleeding (which was hidden by his red clown makeup on his lips). After the scene was completed it was decided that this take was excellent, and no further takes were shot. See more »


When interviewing the shop teacher, the amount of blood on George's shirt changes from shot to shot after being sprayed by the stump. See more »


R.J. Fletcher: Hey wait, Just one minute. What do you think you are doing?
George Newman: [as Harvey signed the contract to save U-62] WE DID IT, THE STATION IS OURS!
[Everybody cheers]
Uncle Harvey: Wow, Look at that!
R.J. Fletcher: [Anger] YOU CAN'T DO THIS! We have an agreement, Remember? An oral contract. I'll sue them!
Uncle Harvey: Oh, Blow off your nose. Schruffbag.
FCC Man: R.J. Fletcher. Uh, Are you R.J. Fletcher?
R.J. Fletcher: Who do you think I am?
FCC Man: I am John Vector of the FCC. I notice that your station is late for filing for it's contract renewal. I know this is punishable by ...
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Referenced in The Weird Al Show: Talent Show (1997) See more »


Written by Steve Jay (as Stephen Jay)
Published by Donna-Dijon Music Publications, Inc.
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Programming for all to enjoy, and it ain't even sweeps
2 July 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

Weird Al Yankovic's only excursion into film making proved to be a solid effort on his part. With an off-beat story such as this, the frizzy haired patron of pop polka proves his acting is adequate enough to carry a film such as this. While I feel there could have been more Weird Al songs, the comedy wasn't lacking. Michael Richards had his best role ever as Stanley Spadowski the janitor. All of the children's show sequences were hilarious. While this film isn't for all, it was certainly a movie which I can enjoy on many occasions. 6.8/10

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