Science Fiction Theatre (1955–1957)
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The Strange Lodger 

A scientist's new TV ratings device can tell what channel a person's watching just by aiming an antenna at their house. He's perplexed when it registers a channel 84--a channel that doesn't... See full summary »

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... Host / Narrator
... Dr. Jim Wallaby (as Peter Hanson)
Jan Shepard ... Maggie Dawes
Charles Maxwell ... Bill North
... Bud (as Daniel White)
Frances Pasco ... Mrs. Garby
... Mr. Rohrbach
... FCC Agent Brummer
George Gilbreth ... Message Code Unscrambler (as George Gilbreath)
... Agent Ross
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A scientist's new TV ratings device can tell what channel a person's watching just by aiming an antenna at their house. He's perplexed when it registers a channel 84--a channel that doesn't exist--coming from the apartment of an elderly gentleman. A government UFO investigator becomes involved, convinced the old man isn't receiving information, but transmitting it to an alien craft. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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8 February 1957 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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A video tape recorder is used. The first such tape recorder was developed in 1953, quickly became available to TV studios, and would have been cutting edge technology when this episode was made. See more »

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They're Watching What You're Watching
26 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

A couple guys are cruising around with their invasive television device. It tells them what people are watching in the privacy of their own homes. Suddenly, they become aware that some old guy is watching Channel 84, which did not exist at this time. They, of course, bring in the heavy hitters from the government. What else would a pack of John Birchers do if they found out we weren't watching normal television. Not only is he weird, he is sending messages from an encyclopedia article on zebras. Well, there you go. They even break into his little apartment and try to dismantle his TV. I am finished with this series and will be glad to get away from the raging McCarthyism and nuclear fear that infested it. In other words, there was complete faith in the government and everything it did to its citizens. The episode is unremarkable.


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