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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 .... 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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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 »
Buddy Budwaller:Betty Hudson is a mistake. She's not an actress. She's not the star of the show. She's a receptionist waiting to happen.See more »


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one of the craziest guilty pleasures you haven't seen on TV, 6 May 2007
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Thanks to online video sites, On the Air, one of David Lynch's most obscure projects, can be seen in all its unedited, short-lived glory. Needless to say, it's like the big gag-reel Trojan horse of Lynch's career. Meaning that he somehow slipped this in, let it loose, and while it didn't really make a gigantic impact, for those who've seen it there's simply nothing else like it. Well, actually, that comment pertains mostly if you've yet to see something even MORE off-kilter that Lynch has done that hasn't been one of his more popular pieces. At the same time, he and Mark Frost accomplish so much in the realm of just sheer giddy slapstick/random/7th grade meets art school satire, to make one big brilliant heap of stupidity. It's not too much of a wonder the show lasted as short as it did; if it had gone on longer, there remains the distinct possibility it could've run its course very fast as a "replacement" show in a mid-season.

Where else but On the Air will you see an infidelity drama made askew by the actor getting propelled out the set window and the woman singing a children's song with a tiny music watch as cavemen walk randomly across with the one actor still reading his lines the faithful husband, not to mention with all viewers turning their sets on the sides with viewers everywhere from little old ladies to a guy with a horse in his living room? Maybe that sounds like a stretch, but really that's just five minutes of the show. It's really a random mess in some ways, but it's clear that Lynch intends it to be nothing more than sheer abstraction lollapalooza in the guise of an absurd mind-f***er. It should also be of note that it might put off some who aren't really ready for the onslaught of total adherence to mindless (yet somehow very smart) assortments of comedy; random cut-aways to statistical facts about bozeman's simplex (funniest scene of the show); the follies of getting the electric chair (thanks to cute little Snaps the dog); siamese twins!; a director who sounds like the backwards guy from Twin Peaks talking, uh, sideways.

So get ready to hear a Mr. Peanuts song, and a good (or of course bad) zinger a second, and if you're open for it to laugh until you cry on the floor. This doesn't make it necessarily anything "great", but if it somehow ever gets a DVD release, it has the makings for being even more of a cult show than Twin Peaks.

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