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Weird Science is a mid-1990s comedy series that aired on the USA Network. The show is based on the 1985 John Hughes' movie of the same name. The series has John Mallory Asher taking on the part of Gary Wallace, originally played by Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Manasseri as Wyatt Donnelly, originally played by IIan Mitchell-Smith, and Vanessa Angel as the computer created drop dead gorgeous Lisa, originally played by Kelly LeBrock in the movie. Lee Tergesen assumes the role of Chett Donnelly, Wyatt's militant brother, originally played by Bill Paxton.

Lisa, who is created on Wyatt's computer, acts as the boys' personal genie once she comes alive. She has the ability to grant them any wish they choose, but she can also deny a wish at her will. One problem... no wish can be unturned by Lisa, no matter how badly it is going.

There were both subtle changes and moments of more obvious poetic license from the movie version. One example is the socially inept Gary and Wyatt are now residing in California rather than Illinois.

Film director John Hughes was not involved in the TV series. Tom Spezialy and Alan Cross, who had most recently worked on the FOX comedy series Parker Lewis Can't Loose, were the creative forces behind the Weird Science TV series. Hughes is referenced in the pilot episode when the Wyatt character acknowledges that he knows a woman can be created via computer because it happened in a John Hughes movie. This, of course, was a homage to the original film.

Weird Science aired for 88 episodes, from March 1994 to July 1998, and many find the TV series cast to be more likeable and fun than the original film actors, although the movie version tends to be remembered much more and maintains pop culture relevancy. The series was one of the USA Network's first original programming successes, setting up the network as destination for original programming for decades to come.

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6 Seasons, 99 Episodes - Canceled
March 5, 1994
Science Fiction, Comedy
6.9/10
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  • When trying to solve a problem with everybody at school, Lisa zaps up some aliens to help out. But the aliens soon plan on takeover the school.

  • After exchanging a kiss in a Japanese movie, Lisa tricks Chett into thinking that she's pregnant. Chett soon starts taking care of Lisa buying her gifts and stuff. Chett wishes that he was having the baby when Lisa is in labor and comes out as pure energy floating up to the universe.

  • The Steve aliens from Chett-a-nator try and convince Lisa to be their Queen again. So Lisa files a complaint against them calling upon Agents Scolder and Molly to return.

  • Wyatt's mom tries to be the fairest of them all by using a magic mirror to get rid of all of the pretty girls in town including Lisa.

  • Lisa goes on a Star Wars journey to learn more about being a good genie. Meanwhile, the boys try to figure out what's in a black box Lisa left for them.

  • Lisa plays a virtual reality game called Genie Detective in the 1930's. Chett comes to her office telling her he's dying from a poison and needs her help to find out who gave it to him. They track down clues leading to Wyatt as a crocked bookie, Gary a jockey and Scampi as a horse vet.

  • The guys come to school and find everyone in togas. Lisa tells them she sent Chett back to ancient Rome. He's altered history so the boys have to go back and fix what he had done. He's completely contaminated the time period with lots of modern things, including his jeep, a beer hat and many other things.

  • Chett poses a reporter to embarrass Principal Scampi. When Chett's disguise starts slipping, Scampi chases Chett all the way home and into a holodeck that Lisa set up for the boys. The two of them are thrust into the Stalag 16 simulation, where they are U.S. soldiers in a German POW camp, like Hogan's Heroes.

  • Wyatt has a series of really bad dates so Lisa zaps up a Bride Detector to find his future wife. Wyatt's future wife is in Java Man and tries flirting with her. Chett tries fixing the Bride Detector to make Lisa think she is his future wife, but Lisa is aware of this the whole time. Wyatt loses his future wife when he becomes too serious about marriage. After all that, the detector didn't even work.

  • Lisa hears this and zaps the boys back in time to spend time with them. To teach them how to play ball. However, Gary ends up in his mom's body while Wyatt ends up in his dad's body. Gary's dad thinks something is going on between Wyatt's dad and his wife when they see them both coming out of port-o-potty with his wife's bra in hand. They try convincing Al that it's true by smearing honey over Gary's chest to attract bees, but Mrs. Donnelly sees this and is horrified. So now Wyatt and Gary must show both of them the bee sting on Gary's mom's chest.

  • Lisa makes Chett dance at a local strip club and soon becomes an instant star. He heads to Las Vegas and is hired by a female owner to strip at a club. Chett gets tired of stripping and wants to dance for a show, but the owner reminds him that he signed a contract so now she gives him crappy jobs. Chett dances at a private home and it turns out its Lisa. Soon Lisa helps out Chett get out of his contract by faking his death.

  • Chett begins to bond with dog when stuck in a mountain. Lisa sees how nice Chett and the dog get along, so she turns the dog into a man.

  • Wyatt finally meets his perfect girl for him in a virtual reality game. When Chett and Gary get a hold of the helmet they create their own dream girls, but it's just the same girl reformed.

  • Gary sees his fellow seniors applying for colleges and isn't sure about his application. He asks Lisa for a boost and becomes a track star using a magical helmet that makes him break records and make several colleges find interest in him.

  • Scampi is honored at school, but when his portrait is defamed he feels humiliated. Lisa feels bad for him and lets him have a wish for more power. His office turns into his headquarters as he searches for the culprits.

  • Lisa wants someone to talk to so she searches the world for genies and meets Gene, a genie from Texas. Chett gets jealous and sneaks a camera in Gene's teapot. Gene's owner returns to claim Gene and Lisa is upset by this.

  • Lisa miniaturizes herself, Gary, Wyatt, and a space ship to take a ride inside of Chett to get invitations to an underground rave.

  • Wyatt stars in the school musical about pirates. Lisa's wish goes awry and ends up turning all the dummies into real pirates who takeover the school and capture Principal Scampi. Chett stops by to pick up Wyatt and ends up becoming the new pirate king.

  • After receiving too many memory-wipes, Chett develops a callous that no longer allows his memory to be erased by Lisa. Now Chett knows that Lisa is a genie and tries to bully and buy is own genie from the guys. But instead of a genie, he gets one ticket to the insane asylum.

  • Gary and Wyatt are off the Genie Cyber-Court when both fight over Lisa. Gary has B.F. Jackie as his lawyer while Wyatt has Abe Lincoln as his. Who will win the custody of Lisa, Gary or Wyatt?

  • Lisa gives the school a technological upgrade but ends up putting Gary and Wyatt in a bad sci-fi movie plot from the 80's. A Future Scampi is taking hormones from zombie teenagers. Gary and Wyatt are considered outcast and Future Scampi assembles a team of hall monitors to hunt them down.

  • Wyatt wishes that his family could be closer and have better family values. But Lisa's wish creates a world where Wyatt's family has very strong ties similar to the Corleones. In this world, the Donnellis fix neighborhood Little League games and takes money from lemonade stands. However, Al Wallace tries to take on the Donnellis and Gary and Wyatt find themselves fighting against each other in this war.

  • Gary, Wyatt and Lisa decide to go clubbing after hours and Lisa makes them "creatures of the night" by turning them into vampires. Except they crave for Yoo-Hoo instead of blood. The guys get new powers and meet a group of real vampires. Principal Scampi and Chett become vampire hunters determined to stop the vampires.

  • Gary starts dating a girl whose family hates him. Gary wishes that her family would love him but the wish works too well when everybody in the family wants to date him. Meanwhile, Chett goes into the future.

  • Gary and Wyatt get credit for saving a plane from crashing. They get an award from the President of the United States at a big formal ball. Lisa decides to crash the party Cinderella style and ends up sparking a relationship with the President.

  • It's Lisa's second birthday, but Lisa feels sad that she doesn't have any family or friends to invite. Wyatt and Gary try helping by creating fake memories of her family. Her party goes well until her secret agent dad, a barbarian queen for a mom, and her private detective brother, a chimp named Chad show up. Things get weirder when Ripsaw the Gladiator, Lisa's old boyfriend, proposes and Lisa accepts. Now the only way to stop Lisa from getting married is by Gary beating Ripsaw in a fierce game of miniature golf.

  • Wyatt wishes that Chett could see what his life would be like without Wyatt around. So Lisa zaps a world where Wyatt wasn't born, where Chett is off to college and Gary is the big man on campus. But Lisa can't bring herself and Wyatt back from the alternate planet and their only option is for Chett and Gary to make their own genie.

  • Wyatt finds his old toy, the Cyborg Sam action figure, in Chett's old stuff. Apparently, Chett had stolen it many years before and Lisa tries to help Wyatt have fun with his toys again, so she brings Cyborg Sam to life.

  • On Halloween Lisa gets possessed by Cyber-Demon, an evil creature from the internet. Now Cyber-Demon has control of Lisa and her powers and is sucking everyone's brain juice to feed itself. Now it's up to Gary and Wyatt to save her with help from the mysterious "Repairman."

  • Wyatt and Gary are making a film entitled Night of the Blood-Sucking Zombie Sophomores. To help out Lisa zaps real zombies to act in the movie that try to eat out Principal Scampi's brain.

  • After Gary and Wyatt wish that they could time travel, the wish goes bad and they end up stuck in 1969 along with Lisa. But after being six months in the past, Lisa thinks she's a hippie and forgets everything else before that. Wyatt, Gary and Chett go across the country to Woodstock to fix Lisa's memory and meet the future president.

  • Gary sucks all the intelligence from everyone at Farber High, using a magic brain vacuum. The power from the students creates an orb that wants to takeover the world.

  • Wyatt and Gary enlist the help of Chett to steal Principal Scampi's computer to get Lisa out of his computer.

  • Gary and Wyatt fight over Valerie, a hot girl they met at a carnival. Lisa zaps the boys into the carnival funhouse opening mysterious doors until they stop fighting. In the end, Valerie disses them both leaving with an evil funhouse clown.

  • Wyatt shoots Principal Scampi a buddy dart, so he would lay off his back. Wyatt gets sick of Scampi so he decides to break up with him. Principal Scampi then becomes Phantom Scampi, who lives in Farber High and protects Wyatt secretly.

  • The alien race known as Steve kidnaps Chett and replaces him with an android. The Android Chett kidnaps Lisa to be Steve's queen. Wyatt and Gary now need to rescue Lisa and Chett.

  • Gary meets a girl named Cori on the internet. Wyatt and Lisa pose as Gary and make a date with her. But Gary has told her that he looks like a magazine model and even sent her a scanned photo of a model. Lisa solves the problem by creating a puppet that Gary can control. But Gary learns that Cori likes the puppet more than the real Gary.

  • Wyatt and Chett get turned into The Yankee Dudes, a powerful wrestling team, when Lisa's spell goes awry. They become a top pair of wrestlers in the pro-wrestling world and must face the German wrestler, Der Blitzkrieger.

  • Lisa gives the guys the opportunity to meet Dr. Frankenstein. But Dr. Frankenstein isn't enthused that two teenage boys have done a better job at creating life then he did. So he decides to take all of Lisa's energy and use it as the basis for his "Bride of Frankenstein." Gary and Wyatt, trapped with Dr. Frankenstein, must figure out how to bring Lisa back to life.

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