Amazing Stories (1985–1987)
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A sitcom scriptwriter, who's suffering from writer's block, discovers that his house plant has miraculously gained sentience and a funny bone after being left in front of a TV while old sitcoms were playing. The plant ghostwrites for him.


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Episode cast overview:
Robert Townsend ... Billy Burliss
Michael Lerner ... Mr. Marvin
Craig Richard Nelson ... Dick Castel
Robert Starr
Bridget Sienna ... Woman Actor
Alan Solomon Alan Solomon ... Actor
Richard Chudnow Richard Chudnow ... Castel's Assistant
Jeremy Iacone Jeremy Iacone ... Italian Man
Alec Murdock Alec Murdock ... Man #2
Caroline Parton Caroline Parton ... Woman
Charlene Nelson ... Production Assistant
Jim Nelson Jim Nelson ... 2nd Assistant
Jean St. James ... Personal Secretary (as Jean Pflieger)
Lisa London ... Secretary #1


Struggling sitcom writer Billy Burliss is suddenly the toast of television, thanks to the typing tendrils of his script-writing spider plant, Lucy - which is fed only by the rays of a black-and-white TV set. Written by Anonymous

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2 February 1987 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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"I love Lucy"....well, at least HE does.
24 June 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Robert Townsend stars as Billy, a young guy who wants to be a screenwriter. However, he's finding it hard to break into the business. Finally, he gets a small chance--small because he has to complete a script in one evening!! He tries but fails and yet the next day, he finds a wonderful script sitting by his typewriter! Later, he discovers that his spider plant is typing it...seriously. The idea is ludicrous AND a bit of a rip-off of "Little Shop of Horrors"...without all the horrors! The bottom line is that this episode is cute...if you are 12 or younger. Otherwise, it's actually pretty embarrassing to watch a very talented guy like Townsend wasting his time with a script that comes off like a bad 60s sit-com, such as "My Mother the Car" or "Mr. Ed" when it comes to ludicrous ideas!

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