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Stay Tuned (1992)

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A husband and wife are sucked into a hellish television set and have to survive a gauntlet of twisted versions of shows they find themselves in.


Peter Hyams


Tom S. Parker (screenplay), Jim Jennewein (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ritter ... Roy Knable
Pam Dawber ... Helen Knable
Jeffrey Jones ... Spike
David Tom ... Darryl Knable / Narrator
Heather McComb ... Diane Knable
Bob Dishy ... Murray Seidenbaum
Joyce Gordon ... Sarah Seidenbaum
Eugene Levy ... Crowley
Erik King ... Pierce
Don Calfa ... Wetzel
John Destry John Destry ... Sackler (as John Blackwell Destrey)
Susan Blommaert ... Ducker
Maurice Verkaar Maurice Verkaar ... Another Buyer
Ken Douglas Ken Douglas ... Skeletal Worker
Gerry Nairn Gerry Nairn ... Newscaster


The Knables are having marriage problems: Roy is a lousy plumbing supplies salesman by day and couch potato by night, and his wife, Helen, is a successful senior product manager for a vitamin company. Roy watches too much TV every night and Helen just cannot stand it. Then one night, Helen offers Roy a night to save their relationship: a romantic getaway without phones, their children, and especially no TV. Unfortunately, when Roy's hooked on the big screen, there's no going back. This frustrates and angers her and Helen decides to smash the family console with one of Roy's trophies as a wake-up call to reality. A heartbroken-to-disoriented Roy then hears the doorbell and finds out that it's a mysterious salesman named Spike who offers him the "ultimate getaway" from all the hate, frustration, and failures: a new remote controller and a new state-of-the-art satellite TV. Roy accepts the new TV by signing a free trial contract not knowing that he just sold his soul to the devil himself... Written by Artemis-9

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Everybody wants to be on television. Just not this kind of television. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some off-color humor and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

14 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ba Ma Bemanid See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


All the shows shown on HVTV the Knables either watched or were in:
  • Three Men and Rosemary's Baby
  • Sadistic Hidden Videos
  • You Can't Win
  • Underworld Wrestling League
  • Autopsies of the Rich and Famous
  • Max Hell (commercial)
  • Northern Overexposure
  • Thirty Something To Life
  • The Silencer of the Lambs (commercial. Silence of the Pets sold separately)
  • Meet The Mansons
  • Unnamed cartoon
  • Different Strokes
  • My Three Sons of Bitches
  • Saturday Nite Dead - Duane's World sketch
  • Roy Knable: Private Dick
  • The Exorcisist
  • Yogi Beer (commercial)
  • Home Shoplifting Channel
  • Off With His Head
  • Unnamed western themed show (both 3:10 to Yuma and Clint Eastwood's The Man With No Name are referenced)
  • HV ONE News
  • Star Trek - The Next Generation spoof
  • Unnamed car commercial featuring Roy as a crash test dummy
  • Hockey Game: Angels vs. Devils
  • Driving Over Miss Daisy
  • Three's Company spoof
  • Unnamed medieval period show
  • H:TV Start Me Up (Salt N Pepa music video)
  • Fall TV Lineup (shown during ending credits)
  • Beverly Hills 90666
  • I Love Lucifer
  • The Golden Ghouls
  • Murder She Likes
  • Facts of Life Support
  • Fresh Prince of Darkness
  • Unmarried With Children
  • David Dukes of Hazard
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The awning on the horse carriage. See more »


[Roy Knable arrives inside a castle]
Spike: My, my. Now you'll never get back to Kansas.
[Roy looks behind him and sees that his remote is shattered into pieces]
Spike: [raising his sword] En garde.
[Roy gets a wooden stick]
Spike: Oh, no sword. Have to talk to that prop man.
[breaks the stick]
Spike: Right about now, your wife is probably catching that train... right between the eyes. And you let it happen.
Darryl Knable: [hurling one of Roy's swords towards the HVTV dish] Here it comes, Dad!
[the sword gets sucked in the dish]
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, the HVTV Fall Lineup is shown, including:
  • I Love Lucifer
  • The Golden Ghouls
  • Murder She Likes
  • David Dukes of Hazard
  • Facts of Life Support
  • Beverly Hills, 90666
  • Fresh Prince of Darkness
  • Unmarried with Children
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Spoofs The Facts of Life (1979) See more »


The Mic Stalker
Performed by Dr. Ice
Courtesy of Zomba Music Recording Corp.
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Doesn't anybody recognize the significance of this movie?
4 January 2007 | by robin-hill-2See all my reviews

The things that Ritter's character found 'hellish' back in '92 are now common fare - e.g. stabbing each other in the back (figuratively) in 'The Apprentice', 'Survivor', etc.; paternity tests on 'Maury'; revealing the adultery of spouses (and nude wrestling) on 'Springer'; not to mention Jackass, Southpark or Borat.

I think the word is prescient.

I have often thought over the years about how this movie was so outrageously impossible when it was made, but how, within a few years how mainstream much of the portrayed content had become.

I think this is a movie - although a low budget comedy (dare I use the descriptor "B"?) - that should be recognized for its historical significance, and perhaps studied in sociology courses about the effect of media on society (or more exactly - the effect of media on media).

The significance of this movie has been overlooked.

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