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20 June 1992 (USA) See more »
In the 1950s, a group of television performers attempt to put together a live variety program and often find disastrous results. Full summary »
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"On The Air" is by far the most hilarious show ever aired. I've never forgotten it after 13 years. See more (22 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 15 of 20)

Ian Buchanan ... Lester Guy (7 episodes, 1992)
Nancye Ferguson ... Ruth Trueworthy (7 episodes, 1992)

Miguel Ferrer ... Bud Budwaller (7 episodes, 1992)

Gary Grossman ... Bert Schein (7 episodes, 1992)

Mel Johnson Jr. ... Mickey (7 episodes, 1992)

Marvin Kaplan ... Dwight McGonigle (7 episodes, 1992)

David L. Lander ... Valdja Gochktch (7 episodes, 1992)
Kim McGuire ... Nicole Thorne (7 episodes, 1992)

Marla Rubinoff ... Betty Hudson (7 episodes, 1992)

Tracey Walter ... '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)

Irwin Keyes ... Shorty the Stagehand (7 episodes, 1992)
Everett Greenbaum ... ZBC Announcer / ... (7 episodes, 1992)

Series Directed by
Jack Fisk (2 episodes, 1992)
Lesli Linka Glatter (2 episodes, 1992)
Series Writing credits
Mark Frost (5 episodes, 1992)
David Lynch (5 episodes, 1992)
Robert Engels (3 episodes, 1992)

Series Produced by
David Lynch .... producer / executive producer (7 episodes, 1992)
Robert Engels .... co-executive producer (6 episodes, 1992)
Mark Frost .... executive producer (6 episodes, 1992)
Deepak Nayar .... producer (6 episodes, 1992)
John Wentworth .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1992)
Series Original Music by
Angelo Badalamenti (2 episodes, 1992)
Series Cinematography by
Ronald Víctor García (3 episodes, 1992)
Series Film Editing by
David Siegel (3 episodes, 1992)
Series Casting by
Johanna Ray (2 episodes, 1992)
Series Production Design by
Okowita (2 episodes, 1992)
Series Art Direction by
Gregory Van Horn (1 episode, 1992)
Series Set Decoration by
Bob Kensinger (7 episodes, 1992)
Series Costume Design by
Amy Stofsky (1 episode, 1992)
Series Makeup Department
Heba Thorisdottir .... makeup artist / makeup assistant (7 episodes, 1992)
Annette E. Fabrizi .... key hair stylist (2 episodes, 1992)
Carla Rosetto Fabrizi .... key makeup artist (2 episodes, 1992)
Series Production Management
Lisa C. Cook .... production supervisor (6 episodes, 1992)
Ken Scherer .... chief operating officer: Lynch/Frost Productions, L.P. / executive in charge of production (2 episodes, 1992)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lisanne Sartor .... dga trainee (7 episodes, 1992)
Simon Barron .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 1992)
Scott Cameron .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1992)
Series Art Department
Walter Cahall .... art department assistant / art department coordinator (2 episodes, 1992)
Keith Cox .... construction coordinator (2 episodes, 1992)
Jon Kazunaga .... construction foreman (2 episodes, 1992)
David E. Robinson .... lead painter (2 episodes, 1992)
Series Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (7 episodes, 1992)
Jim Fitzpatrick .... sound re-recording mixer (4 episodes, 1992)
Richard Thomas .... sound effects editor (3 episodes, 1992)
Richard Taylor .... supervising sound editor (2 episodes, 1992)

Peter Bergren .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Thomas DeGorter .... supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Arthur Brewer .... special effects coordinator (1 episode, 1992)
Patricia Brewer .... special effects assistant (1 episode, 1992)
Gary D'Amico .... special effects coordinator (1 episode, 1992)
Robert Short .... animatronic dog effects (1 episode, 1992)
Series Stunts
Jeff Smolek .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 1992)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Archer .... best boy electric (1 episode, 1992)
Scott Browner .... first assistant camera (1 episode, 1992)
John Buckley .... gaffer (1 episode, 1992)
Don Davis .... first assistant camera: additional camera (1 episode, 1992)
Sean Doyle .... camera operator (1 episode, 1992)
Kimman Harmon .... second assistant camera (1 episode, 1992)
Paul Hughen .... second camera operator (1 episode, 1992)
Fred R. Jochheim .... best boy grip (1 episode, 1992)
Jeffrey A. Johnson .... best boy grip (1 episode, 1992)
Duane Journey .... key grip (1 episode, 1992)
Tommy Klines .... first assistant camera (1 episode, 1992)
Greg Luntzel .... second assistant camera (1 episode, 1992)
Tom Marvel .... best boy electric (1 episode, 1992)
Lloyd Moriarity .... key grip (1 episode, 1992)
Allen Navratil .... still photographer (1 episode, 1992)
Larissa Supplitt .... camera loader (1 episode, 1992)
Monte Swann .... video technical director (1 episode, 1992)
Wendy Van Dyke .... second assistant camera (1 episode, 1992)
Rick A. West .... gaffer (1 episode, 1992)
Series Casting Department
Elaine J. Huzzar .... casting associate (2 episodes, 1992)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mayes C. Rubeo .... assistant costume designer / costumer (2 episodes, 1992)
Series Editorial Department
Deborah Gavlak .... assistant editor / assistant film editor (6 episodes, 1992)
Nancy Shumovich .... post-production assistant / post-production coordinator (2 episodes, 1992)
Series Music Department
Angelo Badalamenti .... conductor / orchestrator (2 episodes, 1992)
Rickio Woods .... assistant music editor (2 episodes, 1992)
Series Transportation Department
Rudy Limauro .... transportation captain (1 episode, 1992)
Greg Van Dyke .... transportation coordinator (1 episode, 1992)
Series Other crew
Desdemona Bandini .... production assistant / production associate (7 episodes, 1992)
Nowell Grossman .... production accountant / production coordinator (6 episodes, 1992)
Sabrina S. Sutherland .... production coordinator (6 episodes, 1992)
Joshua Weisel .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1992)
Cori Glazer .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1992)
Craig MacLachlan .... production associate (2 episodes, 1992)
Gaye Pope .... unit publicist (2 episodes, 1992)
Debby Trutnik .... assistant: David Lynch (2 episodes, 1992)
Lori Tulli-Mitchell .... assistant: Mark Frost (2 episodes, 1992)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
30 min (7 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Buddy Morris, dressed as a bellboy and played by Buddy Douglas, is a reference to the classic "Call for Philip Morris!" ad campaign.See more »
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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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
"On The Air" is by far the most hilarious show ever aired. I've never forgotten it after 13 years., 16 May 2005
Author: werenotfugazi from United States

When I accidentally caught the pilot episode of "On The Air" on ABC in 1992, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I was 13 years old at the time and up to this point, no TV show had ever made me laugh out loud. It just wasn't something I did, even when I thought something was funny. Then came "On The Air."

Watching this show for the first time was like taking a trip to some other universe. I couldn't stop laughing, and I'm talking about that annoying, over the top, tears in the eyes laughing. It was totally and completely out of control! It felt GREAT! I had never seen anything even remotely similar to this before and I knew in the first few minutes that I had just discovered my new favorite show. I'm still kicking myself for having missed the opportunity to record it.

I waited faithfully every week for "On The Air" to come on channel 4. Then one week, after only 3 episodes, "On The Air" did not air. In it's place was some stupid game show or something. I don't remember, I was too upset. I paned and started combing the TV Guides to see if maybe the show had been moved to another day or time. Alas, it was not to be. My new favorite show had been ripped out from under without any warning. I NEVER forgot this show after that, and until I found the posts on this site today, I literally thought I could very well be the only person on Earth who remembered this show.

With any luck, the show will eventually be released on DVD in attempts to recoup the losses. I'll be the first in line to buy a set. Why would a station dump such a good show? The only thing I can figure is that, and to use a classic cliché, it was simply way ahead of it's time. If this show were new today (and probably on a network like FOX) it's pretty obvious that it would be a much bigger success. Maybe we should start a petition to re-run the show? Does anyone know how to do this?

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