"Fantasy" was all that the title implied: Ordinary people from all over the United States would write in to have their wishes granted on national television. Although some of the fantasies were downright fatuous (e.g. one man wanted to twist his ankles inward on national television), and some of the musical acts were equally silly and at times contrived (e.g. one group who called themselves the "Rhythm Rascals," who played old-timey music and purported they performed at Disneyland's Diamond Horseshoe Revue, was actually three groups who previously appeared on the program combined into one group), "Fantasy" was definitely at its best when it focused on human interest stories, such as reuniting long-lost family members or friends and helping those who could not afford basic family needs (e.g. one Chicago area teen's parents were financially unable to get him braces, and the "Fantasy" staff helped make that a reality). Despite the aforementioned goofiness of some of the contestants' ... Written by
William Bennett Warfield
The show where dreams come true
Did You Know?
"Fantasy" was one of the first shows from Columbia Pictures television to carry the following byline beneath the torch lady logo at the end of the show: "A unit of The Coca-Cola Company." Coke purchased Columbia Pictures in June 1982 and owned the studio until August 1987, when Coke spun Columbia off into its own independent company again, this time known as Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Inc. This arrangement lasted until September 1989, when current owner Sony Corporation purchased Columbia outright. (Under Sony's aegis, Columbia Pictures Television continued under that name until September 1996, when the company became Columbia TriStar Television. 5 1/2 years later, in January 2002, the company assumed its current identity as Sony Pictures Television.) See more