Amazing Stories (1985–1987)
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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 ... Self
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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References The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950) See more »


Written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston
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Spielberg has two or three ideas, and this episode uses them all
28 September 2014 | by johnjohnson68510See all my reviews

A really poorly executed version of E.T. and Close Encounters. High school kids soup up a TV antennae and find aliens obsessed with 1950's TV comedy shows. That's it. The aliens harmlessly come to Earth and the high school boys show them around Hollywood. Fifteen minutes of goofiness while the aliens seek out Milton Berle, etc. It's done the way that Spielberg has of trying to push your buttons, this time with cuteness and warmth. Sometimes in his career he does it, but wow, this one is such a blunder. Dunderheaded, chortling oh-so-cute aliens (dwarfs in costumes like ET- potatoes with rubber-nose-mustache-glasses on). I guess that's how Spielberg made his career, by using the main tropes of science fiction and freshening them up a bit, but sometimes, like here, it seems he thinks that all he has to do is just use them and the magic will work. I did love the old Vaudevillians. They're great. You get about two minutes of those guys around the twenty minute mark. Otherwise it is super bad. Sloppy.

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10 November 1985 (USA) See more »

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