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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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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 .... re-recording mixer (7 episodes, 1992)
Jim Fitzpatrick .... 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
Duane Journey .... key grip (7 episodes, 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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Also Known As:
30 min (7 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »
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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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic Lynch-madness, 12 November 2004
Author: Andreas Moss from Tromso, Norway

What would it be like if David Lynch made a sitcom? A comedy?

On The Air explains it. Fantastic. I've seen all seven episodes and I some of it is exactly about that unique thing we like about David Lynch. This show didn't get much of a chance, because it was aired daytime in summertime(worst time for a program to be aired) because ABC according to Lynch hated it. I feel that it was a great show having seen the whole thing, but its not flawless. The main error here is that David Lynch(and Mark Frost) wasn't involved enough in it.. They were busy with Twin Peaks at the time probably. Of course, the characters and plot for the series is pure Lynch.. the first episode is amazing. The characters are crazy, stereotyped and full of absurd depth.

The following episodes are quite good in themselves too, but for some reason there's a different writer for each episode here, so the series seems to change direction from episode to episode.. Some of the later episodes I found even a bit too silly.

But David Lynch came back on the last episode and wrote it, and EVERYTHING is right again. Lynch manages to throw some mystery into it again and its so amazing! All the episodes has its charm though.. Its a lovely show.. and if you like David Lynch and you like funny and absurd stuff, this is a safe shot. 8 out of 10 overall. The first two and number seven where Lynch is more directly involved

deserves a 9 out of 10.

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