Amazing Stories: Season 1, Episode 24

Grandpa's Ghost (25 May 1986)

TV Episode  |  PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
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Edwin's grandpa died in his sleep last night. So why is the old man still hanging around the apartment, playing the piano and swapping stories with Edwin's grandma?

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Edwin's grandpa died in his sleep last night. So why is the old man still hanging around the apartment, playing the piano and swapping stories with Edwin's grandma? Written by Anonymous

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Aside from being dead, Charlie is in great spirits and has never looked better!
23 June 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a very sweet episode and I was impressed by Timothy Hutton's deft direction of the show. The real star, though, was Ian Wolfe--a fine old actor who is probably most famous for an appearance in one of the original "Star Trek" episodes but who was in films for many decades. Here he plays Charlie--an elderly man who is enjoying a visit from his grandson. However, despite being in great mental health for his age, he is old...and soon dies. However, despite being very dead, Charlie's wife continues to enjoy spending time with him. What gives? Is Charlie a ghost or has grandma lost her mind?!

This is an episode best seen with some Kleenex nearby. I didn't feel all that teary but the show is bound to provoke a lot of feelings with us about our own morality, our parents or our grandparents. Not a perfect episode (the ending was just plain odd) but a sweet one.


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