Amazing Stories (1985–1987)
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Fine Tuning 

Three high-school kids build an antenna that can catch signals from outer space. They learn that the aliens are big fans of 1950s American television and are coming to Hollywood to meet some of their favorite Earth stars.


Bob Balaban


Steven Spielberg (developer), Joshua Brand (developer) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Labyorteaux ... Andy (as Matthew Laborteaux)
Gary Riley ... Jimmy
Jim Gatherum Jim Gatherum ... George (as Jimmy Gatherum)
Milton Berle ... Himself
Debbie Lee Carrington ... Alien (as Debbie Carrington)
Daniel Frishman ... Alien
Patty Maloney ... Alien
Kevin Thompson ... Alien
Vance Colvig Jr. Vance Colvig Jr. ... Vaudevillian #1 (as Vance Colvig)
Paul 'Mousie' Garner ... Vaudevillian #2 (as Mousie Gardner)
Don Davis Don Davis ... Vaudevillian #3
Happy Hall Happy Hall ... Vaudevillian #4
Jack Spoons Jack Spoons ... Vaudevillian #5
Whitey Roberts Whitey Roberts ... Vaudevillian #6
Angelo Rossitto ... Vaudevillian #7 (as Angelo Rossito)


Three junior-high pals build a TV super antenna that can even pull in outer-space channels. The aliens seem to be huge fans of 1950s American television, especially comedy, since they've made their own versions of classic TV shows and sitcoms from the era. The kids also catch an alien newscast about the aliens' plans to sand a team of their astronauts to land in Hollywood in 1985 and meet their favorite stars and maybe even take them back to their home planet. The kids decide to find the aliens and help them achieve this dream. Written by Anonymous

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10 November 1985 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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References Bonanza (1959) See more »


Written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston
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Cute, funny and imaginative episode that's sci-fi fantasy.
4 March 2019 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

This "AS" episode from season one of "NBC's" Sunday night hit called "Fine Tuning" is one that's fun and directed in a clever like way bringing dreams and fantasy to the forefront. Set in California near Hollywood a high school boy working on a science project finds that his TV signal is able pick up many things and one is it's able to transmit aliens from outer space into the TV set and they are portraying characters and acts from 1950's TV shows. Overall neat and funny to see these little creatures in modern day 1985. Overall clever and imagination like episode that entertained in a fantasy type of way.

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