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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 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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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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Watch the first two episodes, then stop
1 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For years I was unhappy with the cancellation of On the Air. True, the last of the 3 episodes shown was abysmal, but the first two were hysterically funny, brilliant and original. I didn't think it could have just collapsed altogether after such a great start.

Years later, I saw the rest of the series, and yes, it could all collapse, because after those first two brilliant episodes, the show became dreadful. It really went from being a weird take-off of dumb sitcoms to just being a dumb sitcom with some weirdness in it. It just wasn't funny. A couple of episodes were decent, many were just pure tedium, and none matched those first two.

I have to say it: On the Air deserved to be canceled. But the first two episodes are as funny as anything that has ever been on television.


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