Amazing Stories (1985–1987)
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A meek, unhappy and frustrated husband with a nagging wife and incorrigible sons finally finds solace in his new TV set that "comes alive" with the use of a magic remote control and gives ... See full summary »

Director:

Bob Clark

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sydney Lassick ... Walter Poindexter
Nancy Parsons ... Grendel
Philip Bruns ... Mr. Beasley
Jeff Cohen ... Ralph (as Jeff B. Cohen)
David Stone David Stone ... Maheshwara
Shawn Weatherly ... Beauty Pageant Contestant
Kristian Alfonso
Lyle Alzado ... Self
Dirk Benedict ... Face
Barbara Billingsley ... June Cleaver
Gary Coleman ... Arnold Jackson
Leann Hunley
Jim Lange ... Self
Ed McMahon ... Self
LaWanda Page ... Aunt Esther Anderson
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A meek, unhappy and frustrated husband with a nagging wife and incorrigible sons finally finds solace in his new TV set that "comes alive" with the use of a magic remote control and gives him the chance to replace his family with various TV characters. But then reality hits. Written by Anonymous

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Trivia

The wife's name (Grendel) is the name of the monster in the Anglo-Saxon epic poem 'Beowulf'. See more »

Connections

References Richard Simmons: Get Started (1985) See more »

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Turkey in the Straw
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A decent idea but horribly written
23 June 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This episode of "Amazing Stories" has all the subtlety of a stripper appearing at a Baptist barbecue! It is yet another example of why "Amazing Stories" will never be considered a classic--which is amazing considering the show was produced by Steven Spielberg. Instead of being interesting and compelling, it just comes off as ridiculous and cartoonish.

The show is about a very henpecked man, Mr. Poindexter. Poindexter's wife and sons are caricatures of human beings and were just terribly written. The wife is violent and abusive as are the sons--and are so far over the top it ruins the show. It's sad because in stark contrast is Poindexter--a likable and interesting shmoe who is being abused by his horrid family. When the hellish wife gets rid of Poindexter's TV, he buys another one--and it has a magical remote control. The magical remote turns his family members into various TV characters--most of which end up being among the more annoying and talentless folks from television of the era.

In many ways, this is a crap version of a funny old "Twilight Zone" episode involving a camera that takes pictures of the future. But this old "Twilight Zone" was FUNNY and although the characters were silly, they were not like cartoon characters nor were they grating idiots.

Overall, a shabbily written story that was written, I assume, by a 6 year-old. The concept could have worked but the show simply was badly written, loud and annoying.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1985 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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