In the 1950s, a group of television performers attempt to put together a live variety program and often find disastrous results.

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Cast

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 Lester Guy (7 episodes, 1992)
Nancye Ferguson ...
 Ruth Trueworthy (7 episodes, 1992)
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 Bud Budwaller (7 episodes, 1992)
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 Bert Schein (7 episodes, 1992)
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 Mickey (7 episodes, 1992)
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 Dwight McGonigle (7 episodes, 1992)
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 Valdja Gochktch (7 episodes, 1992)
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 Nicole Thorne (7 episodes, 1992)
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 Betty Hudson (7 episodes, 1992)
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 'Blinky' Watts (7 episodes, 1992)
Raleigh Friend ...
 Hurry Up Twin (7 episodes, 1992)
Buddy Douglas ...
 Buddy Morris / ... (7 episodes, 1992)
Raymond Friend ...
 Hurry Up Twin (7 episodes, 1992)
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 Shorty the Stagehand (7 episodes, 1992)
Everett Greenbaum ...
 ZBC Announcer / ... (7 episodes, 1992)
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 Ethel Thissle (2 episodes, 1992)
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 Mr. Zoblotnick (2 episodes, 1992)
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 Dr. Winky (2 episodes, 1992)
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 Professor R. Answer (2 episodes, 1992)
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 Executive (2 episodes, 1992)
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The year is 1957. The cast and crew of the Lester Guy Show are extremely apprehensive about their upcoming live television broadcast on the Zoblotnick Broadcasting Co. network. Lester Guy despises fellow cast member Betty Hudson for unknowingly becoming more popular than him and schemes to destroy her career. Only two of the seven episodes were written by David Lynch. Written by Jennifer Harrison

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20 June 1992 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This series was a mid-season replacement in 1992. Seven episodes were made, but only 2 episodes were shown as scheduled, the 3rd episode was pre-empted in most of the US. See more »

Quotes

Lester Guy: Yes, well, what do they know in South Dakota?
Buddy Budwaller: They know what they like.
Lester Guy: If they knew what they liked, they wouldn't be in South Dakota.
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Oh boy, it's Blinky Vision
22 January 2004 | by (L A.) – See all my reviews

I didn't get to see this show when it was on television but I have a copy of the episodes on vhs, and I can certainly understand why On The Air didn't stay on the air for very long - it's original, for one thing, David Lynch's surreal and slapstick answer to the sitcom. Seek it out if you can, you will definitely not be sorry.


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