The only animated episode of the show that's also a backdoor pilot. It has three segments: A family takes out their frustrations on their poor dog, watches their Christmas home movie and sends the dog to guard dog school after a burglary.



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Episode cast overview:
Skip Binford (voice)
Miss Lestrange (voice)
Billy Binford (voice)
Brooke Ashley ...
Buffy Binford (voice)
Family Dog (voice)
Burglar (voice)
Stanley Ralph Ross ...
Burglar (voice)
Security Guard (voice)


In this animated episode of three interrelated stories, a middle-class, suburban family is seen through the eyes of their put-upon dog. Written by Anonymous

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16 February 1987 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The short-lived animated CBS series Family Dog (1993) was spun off from this episode. See more »


Skip Binford: [after Miss Lestrange brings the dog back from her dog training school] So? What's the big deal? I mean he doesn't look like a quivering, snarling, white-hot ball of canine terror to me.
[Miss Lestrange snaps her finger and the dog starts to bark. She snaps her finger again and the dog stops]
Miss Lestrange: Cash or charge?
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Spin-off Family Dog (1993) See more »

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It seems to have NOTHING to do with "Amazing Stories" but it's very good.
23 June 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode of "Amazing Stories" is nothing like any other and it really doesn't seem to fit the show's format in the least. I assume the network didn't know where to air this pilot and just stuck the "Amazing Stories" label on it as an afterthought. How is it so different? It's a cartoon!

"Family Dog" is the life of a dog from its point of view. So, as the family yells at it and behave towards the dog, the dog's motivations are explored in this cute cartoon. It's made up of three interrelated stories and apparently the network folks liked it enough that they okayed a series--one that took a very long time to debut and which ultimately failed--probably because the idea was good but not enough to sustain a series. Still, in its original form it's cute, well animated and clever. And, by the way, the third segment involving burglars is by far the best--and it's very funny.

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