A meek, unhappy and frustrated husband with a nagging wife and incorrigible sons finally finds solace in his new TV set that "comes alive" with the use of a magic remote control and gives ... See full summary »

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Walter Poindexter
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A meek, unhappy and frustrated husband with a nagging wife and incorrigible sons finally finds solace in his new TV set that "comes alive" with the use of a magic remote control and gives him the chance to replace his family with various TV characters. But then reality hits. Written by Anonymous

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The wife's name (Grendel) is the name of the monster in the Anglo-Saxon epic poem 'Beowulf'. See more »

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Ride of the Valkyries
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The Wildest Episode Of The Season
30 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The outrageously-exaggerated characters in the Poindexter family in this episode are a real hoot to watch - extremely funny. Sydney Lassick was "Walter Poindexter" is a great character, someone whose face you'll instantly recognize but you don't know his name. He plays a brutally-henpecked guy, whose wife "Grendel" is like the woman in "Throw Momma Off The Train." His two kids are also characterizations: the spoiled, evil brat little fat kid and his older brother, the hare Krishna. Then there are all the viscous dogs Walter has to contend with every time he comes home. All of this is very funny material.

Walter's only escape from this Family From Hell is his television set and when his wife sells that to buy a hooker's outfit, he goes looking for a new set. What he gets is unbelievable - a modern "space age" set in which he remote turns his life in TV chaos. The story just goes insane with a ton of cameo appearances by television stars well-known when this program aired in 1984.

Lassick really gives it his all in this episode, which turns bizarre but fun for TV trivia fans. You see everybody from Barbara Billingsley of "Leave It To Beaver" to exercise guru Richard Simmons. A wild, insane episode.


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