24 user 4 critic

On the Air 

In the 1950s, a group of television performers attempt to put together a live variety program and often find disastrous results.


Mark Frost, David Lynch






Learn more

More Like This 

Hotel Room (TV Mini-Series 1993)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Three-part mini-series set during three different eras in a single room of an odd hotel where employees never age. Every story has a slight twist to it, but the stories are mostly dialogue-heavy psychological or relationship dramas.

Stars: Clark Heathcliff Brolly, Camilla Overbye Roos, Griffin Dunne
Drama | Fantasy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The performer of Twin Peaks theme Julee Cruise's experimental concert film, which opens with a short intro where a man breaks up with his girl over the phone, which devastates her. The concert is set in her nightmarish subconscious mind.

Director: David Lynch
Stars: Laura Dern, Nicolas Cage, Julee Cruise
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A short film about the events following a murder.

Director: David Lynch
Stars: Jeff Alperi, Michele Carlyle, Stan Lothridge
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young boy plants some strange seeds and they grow into a grandmother.

Director: David Lynch
Stars: Dorothy McGinnis, Richard White, Virginia Maitland
DumbLand (TV Mini-Series 2002)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A series of 5-minute line animations (drawn in the rough style and with the minimalist plots of David Lynch's The Angriest Dog in the World comic strip) featuring an angry and violent Neanderthal, and his family and neighbors.

Stars: David Lynch
The Alphabet (1968)
Animation | Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A woman's dark and absurdist nightmare vision comprising a continuous recitation of the alphabet and bizarre living representations of each letter.

Director: David Lynch
Stars: Peggy Lynch
Absurda (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A journey into absurdity.

Director: David Lynch
Documentary | Animation | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A collection of visionary director David Lynch's short films from the first 29 years of his career is accompanied by a special introduction to each film by the director himself.

Director: David Lynch
Stars: Jeffe Alperi, Robert Chadwick, Catherine E. Coulson
Short | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A nameless woman (Marion Cotillard) enters her Shanghai hotel room to find a vintage record playing and a blue Dior purse that seems to come from nowhere. The security guards that search ... See full summary »

Director: David Lynch
Stars: Marion Cotillard, Gong Tao, Emily Stofle
Animation | Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A short continuously looping animation of six grotesque human figures vomiting.

Director: David Lynch
Short | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A Man approaches a Women in a field.

Director: David Lynch
Stars: Jack Fisk, Peggy Lynch
The 3 Rs (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

One-minute short film, used as a trailer for the Vienna International Film Festival (Viennale).

Director: David Lynch
Stars: Mindy Ramaker


Series cast summary:
Ian Buchanan ...  Lester Guy 7 episodes, 1992
Nancye Ferguson Nancye Ferguson ...  Ruth Trueworthy 7 episodes, 1992
Miguel Ferrer ...  Bud Budwaller 7 episodes, 1992
Gary Grossman ...  Bert Schein 7 episodes, 1992
Mel Johnson Jr. ...  Mickey 7 episodes, 1992
Marvin Kaplan ...  Dwight McGonigle 7 episodes, 1992
David L. Lander ...  Valdja Gochktch 7 episodes, 1992
Kim McGuire ...  Nicole Thorne 7 episodes, 1992
Marla Rubinoff ...  Betty Hudson 7 episodes, 1992
Tracey Walter ...  'Blinky' Watts 7 episodes, 1992
Raleigh Friend Raleigh Friend ...  Hurry Up Twin 7 episodes, 1992
Buddy Douglas Buddy Douglas ...  Buddy Morris / ... 7 episodes, 1992
Raymond Friend Raymond Friend ...  Hurry Up Twin 7 episodes, 1992
Irwin Keyes ...  Shorty the Stagehand 7 episodes, 1992
Everett Greenbaum Everett Greenbaum ...  ZBC Announcer / ... 7 episodes, 1992
Diana Bellamy ...  Ethel Thissle 2 episodes, 1992
Sydney Lassick ...  Mr. Zoblotnick 2 episodes, 1992
Richard Riehle ...  Dr. Winky 2 episodes, 1992
Charles Tyner ...  Professor R. Answer 2 episodes, 1992
Loren Janes ...  Executive 2 episodes, 1992


The year is 1957. The cast and crew of the Lester Guy Show are extremely apprehensive about their upcoming live television broadcast on the Zoblotnick Broadcasting Co. network. Lester Guy despises fellow cast member Betty Hudson for unknowingly becoming more popular than him and schemes to destroy her career. Only two of the seven episodes were written by David Lynch. Written by Jennifer Harrison

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis









Release Date:

20 June 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Na antenie See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lynch/Frost Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


(7 episodes)

Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


This series was a mid-season replacement in 1992. Seven episodes were made, but only 2 episodes were shown as scheduled, the 3rd episode was pre-empted in most of the US. See more »


Buddy Budwaller: Betty Hudson is a mistake. She's not an actress. She's not the star of the show. She's a receptionist waiting to happen.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

30 July 2004 | by hung_fao_tweezeSee all my reviews

I loved the show - my wife did not. But then again, I like Lynch and she does not.

This seems to be an original show but is actually a cross between the old 'Dick Van Dyke Show' and the movie 'My Favorite Year'. Well, at least to me. Despite that I still found a haven in this show. It was nice to know someone else besides myself appreciates this bizarre and surreal humor. And then I was upset it was canceled, but I can certainly see why. I don't think the characters got a chance to really develop except for Blinky. If you missed the first absolutely hilarious show, you may have been destined to be lost. Kind of reminds me of 'Twin Peaks' - you either started with it and became intrigues and hypnotized - or you were lost big-time, babe.

Anyway, as noted, the first show hooked me. I laughed hysterically, and still do to this day, at the amazing last minutes. I wish I could describe it, but that may spoil it. It might be indescribable anyway relying on many situational visual laughs (some good audio ones as well - it IS Lynch, afterall). I could see real potential to revolutionize something in comedy here - but alas. It didn't catch.

Yes, I would love to see the remaining unseen shows if the first few are any indication.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 24 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed