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Three junior-high pals build an antenna that pulls in outer-space versions of 1950s TV shows, and receive something threatening as well: a newscast revealing alien plans to land in ... See full summary »

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Andy (as Matthew Laborteaux)
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Jimmy
Jim Gatherum ...
George (as Jimmy Gatherum)
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Himself
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Alien (as Debbie Carrington)
Daniel Frishman ...
Alien
Patty Maloney ...
Alien
Kevin Thompson ...
Alien
Vance Colvig Jr. ...
Vaudevillian #1 (as Vance Colvig)
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Vaudevillian #2 (as Mousie Gardner)
Don Davis ...
Vaudevillian #3
Happy Hall ...
Vaudevillian #4
Jack Spoons ...
Vaudevillian #5
Whitey Roberts ...
Vaudevillian #6
Angelo Rossitto ...
Vaudevillian #7 (as Angelo Rossito)
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Three junior-high pals build an antenna that pulls in outer-space versions of 1950s TV shows, and receive something threatening as well: a newscast revealing alien plans to land in Hollywood. Written by Anonymous

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Spielberg has two or three ideas, and this episode uses them all
28 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A really poorly executed version of E.T. and Close Encounters. High school kids soup up a TV antennae and find aliens obsessed with 1950's TV comedy shows. That's it. The aliens harmlessly come to Earth and the high school boys show them around Hollywood. Fifteen minutes of goofiness while the aliens seek out Milton Berle, etc. It's done the way that Spielberg has of trying to push your buttons, this time with cuteness and warmth. Sometimes in his career he does it, but wow, this one is such a blunder. Dunderheaded, chortling oh-so-cute aliens (dwarfs in costumes like ET- potatoes with rubber-nose-mustache-glasses on). I guess that's how Spielberg made his career, by using the main tropes of science fiction and freshening them up a bit, but sometimes, like here, it seems he thinks that all he has to do is just use them and the magic will work. I did love the old Vaudevillians. They're great. You get about two minutes of those guys around the twenty minute mark. Otherwise it is super bad. Sloppy.


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