The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)
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Joy Ride/Shelter Skelter/Private Channel 

Joy ride: The joy ride that two couples take in a stolen car is disrupted by the car's deceased owner, who isn't done with the car yet. Shelter SkelterR: Two men race to a private fallout ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alonzo (segment "Joy Ride") (as Rob Knepper)
Greg (segment "Joy Ride")
Adrienne (segment "Joy Ride")
Deena (segment "Joy Ride")
Burr Middleton ...
Policeman (segment "Joy Ride")
Danny Spear ...
Policeman (segment "Joy Ride")
Randy Hall ...
Fireman (segment "Joy Ride")
Harry Dobbs (segment "Shelter Skelter")
Sally Dobbs (segment "Shelter Skelter")
Nick Gatlin (segment "Shelter Skelter") (as Jonathan Gries)
Adam Raber ...
Jason Dobbs (segment "Shelter Skelter")
Deidre Dobbs (segment "Shelter Skelter")
Lauren Levinson ...
Wendy (segment "Shelter Skelter") (as Lauren Levian)
Diana Lewis ...
Reporter (segment "Shelter Skelter")
Tamara Taylor ...
Newscaster (segment "Shelter Skelter")


Joy ride: The joy ride that two couples take in a stolen car is disrupted by the car's deceased owner, who isn't done with the car yet. Shelter SkelterR: Two men race to a private fallout shelter at the onset of a nuclear blast. For months they battle cabin fever and loneliness until one decides to venture out of the shelter and faces a horrific landscape of destruction and darkness ... yet everything is not as it may seem. Private Channel: An accident turns an obnoxious young man's radio headset into a receiver of other people's thoughts. Written by Good2Go

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21 May 1987 (UK)  »

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The second segment's title is based on the book "Helter Skelter" by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry about the Charles Manson murders and Vincent Bugliosi's role in their prosecution. Jon Gries, who plays Nick Gatlin, actually starred in _Helter Skelter (1976), a movie about the trials, while Manson was played by Steve Railsback, who starred in "Dead Run". See more »


Narrator: [opening narration for "Private Channel"] Modern technology has staged a revolution in the art of isolation. Turn up the volume on your headphones, and the world outside drops away. Sixteen-year-old Keith Barnes has lived in this public seclusion for some time now. But tonight, the tiny radio on which he depends to keep people out is about to start pulling them in, thanks to a very special frequency that can only be picked up... in the Twilight Zone.
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References Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956) See more »

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Only One Is Provocative
30 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

In Joy Ride we have a group of teenagers who are out looking for trouble and find a vintage car and take it for a spin. What happens is that the car takes over the psyche of the driver. While he is a bit of a loose cannon, he becomes even more dangerous, actually shooting a policeman in the face. In "Shelter Skelter," Joe Mantegna plays a totally committed survivalist who builds a state of the art bomb shelter. He is estranged from his wife because of his obsession. He ignores his daughter and embraces his son, but fate takes over and he and an employee of his end up in his shelter after an apparent nuclear attack. What transpires is frantic and depressing. It's hard to find anything redeeming about the guy. The final episode involves an another unlikeable person, a red headed young man who seems to be totally self-centered and tiresome. But he does have a kind of sixth sense that comes into play.

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