Amazing Stories (1985–1987)
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The Sitter 

A Jamaican babysitter uses voodoo to tame a pair of mischievous, stir-crazy boys.


Joan Darling


Steven Spielberg (developer), Joshua Brand (developer) | 4 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Mabel King ... Jennifer Mowbray
Seth Green ... Lance Paxton
Joshua Rudoy ... Dennis Paxton
Wendy Phillips ... Barbara Lynn Paxton
Fran Ryan ... Mrs. Abbott
Suzanne Snyder ... Patti
Michael Horse ... Indian


A Jamaican babysitter uses voodoo to tame a pair of mischievous, stir-crazy boys. Written by Anonymous

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5 January 1986 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The needlework that miss Jennifer stitching matches that painting the kids have done to Ms. Paxton's briefcase. See more »


References Sudden Impact (1983) See more »

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About as subtle as a nudist hanging out at a Baptist barbecue! However, it still manages to be fun.
23 June 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This episode is about what I would expect for "Amazing Stories"--a very broadly written show with cartoon-like characters. Part of this is due to the show only being in a half hour time slot--but even then, the writing could have been so much better had there been the least bit of subtlety about it. I think part of the problem is lazy writing and part is that the shows were generally geared more towards kids than adults. Kids would love to see the antics of these kids--adults would just find it all terribly written and silly.

A mother has two hellions. These boys are completely unrealistic-- as no kids are really this creatively bad. You see a series of sitters come and go as their exasperated mother tries to find one who won't quit. Finally, a Jamaican sitter arrives and uses voodoo magic to get them under control. How she handles the boys IS pretty cool--it's just too bad that the entire production wasn't more subtle.

While I hated some of the show because of the juvenile writing, it still was reasonably fun to watch and the final 2/3 of the show quite enjoyable.. Seeing bad things happen to the boys was all good fun--perhaps good enough to make the writing lapses bearable.

By the way, the older of the two brats is played by Seth Green.

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