Amazing Stories

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  • TV-PG
  • 1985
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.4  (6,386)

Amazing Stories is a television series from NBC that aired from 1985 to 1987. It is an anthology series that features different stories each episode, ranging from science fiction and fantasy to horror and comedy. The show was executive produced by Steven Spielberg, who also directed several episodes.

The series begins with a whimsical opening sequence featuring a cartoon train that symbolizes the journey viewers will take into the world of Amazing Stories. Each episode features a different story with a unique cast of characters, and the show's creators went to great lengths to make each episode feel like its own mini-movie.

One of the most notable aspects of Amazing Stories is its all-star cast. Several episodes feature well-known actors such as Danny DeVito, Kevin Costner, and Christopher Lloyd. In one episode titled "Go to the Head of the Class," Lloyd plays a high school teacher who takes revenge on a student who humiliates him in front of his class.

Another episode titled "The Mission" stars Kevin Costner as a World War II pilot who crash-lands on a mysterious island. The episode takes on an otherworldly tone as the stranded pilot meets a strange woman and a Japanese soldier who have been stranded on the island for years.

Danny DeVito stars in an episode titled "The Family Dog," which is a lighthearted and humorous story about a family who adopts a mischievous dog. DeVito provides the voice for the dog and his comedic timing is spot-on.

In addition to its talented cast, the show's production value is also noteworthy. Each episode was filmed with high-quality equipment and featured impressive special effects for its time. The show's use of practical effects and miniatures helped to create a sense of realism and immersion for viewers.

Amazing Stories also has a unique approach to storytelling. Each episode is designed to stand alone as a self-contained story, rather than being part of a larger narrative arc. This format allows each episode to explore a different theme or genre without being constrained by continuity or character development.

One of the most memorable episodes of Amazing Stories is titled "The Mirror, Mirror." The episode follows a woman who discovers a magical mirror that allows her to enter a parallel universe where she is more successful and glamorous. However, her new life comes at a supernatural cost, and she must find a way to break free from the mirror's spell.

Overall, Amazing Stories is a classic television series that has stood the test of time. Its innovative approach to storytelling, top-notch production value, and talented cast make it a must-watch for fans of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Whether you're a longtime fan or a newcomer to the series, Amazing Stories is sure to take you on a journey you won't soon forget.

Amazing Stories is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (45 episodes). The series first aired on September 29, 1985.

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Miss Stardust
21. Miss Stardust
April 10, 1987
"Weird Al" Yankovic stars as the Cabbage Man, an alien who threatens to destroy Earth unless the Miss Stardust beauty pageant accepts contestants from other planets.
Moving Day
20. Moving Day
April 3, 1987
Moving away is hard for any kid. But the pain is out of this world for outcast teen Alexander Webster, who learns that his new home is 85 billion miles away.
Without Diana
19. Without Diana
March 27, 1987
With his wife on her deathbed, an aging man reunites with the daughter he lost 40 years earlier. But the little girl hasn't aged a day.
Such Interesting Neighbors
18. Such Interesting Neighbors
March 20, 1987
The Lewise family is suspicious of the new neighbors, the Hellenbecks. They arrived in the middle of the night with no moving van, they don't have a car, and they don't know anything about the 20th century. Are the Hellenbecks... aliens?
Gershwin's Trunk
17. Gershwin's Trunk
March 13, 1987
A Broadway composer played by Bob Balaban gets some otherworldly inspiration when he enlists a psychic to channel the spirit of George Gershwin.
The Family Dog
16. The Family Dog
February 16, 1987
Future animation giant Brad Bird wrote and directed this classic episode about a suburban home as seen from the perspective of the family dog. Voice talents include Annie Potts and Oscar winner Mercedes McCambridge.
The 21 Inch Sun
15. The 21 Inch Sun
February 2, 1987
Robert Townsend stars as a talented but slow-working TV scribe who is given one day to write a sitcom. Although his creative well has almost run dry, his strange houseplant Lucy is overflowing with juicy ideas.
Blue Man Down
14. Blue Man Down
January 19, 1987
A cop who blames himself for his partner's death is reassigned to traffic duty. There, he reluctantly accepts a new partner with a mysterious past.
Lane Change
13. Lane Change
January 12, 1987
Driving on a lonely highway, Charlene picks up a stranded older woman who sees strange visions in passing vehicles. Kathy Baker stars as Charlene.
The Eternal Mind
12. The Eternal Mind
December 29, 1986
Jeffrey Jones does a bittersweet turn as a dying scientist and husband who gets a new lease on life when his thoughts are transferred to a computer.
What If...?
11. What If...?
December 8, 1986
A young boy longs for attention from his self-absorbed parents and wonders what would happen if Mom and Dad didn't come home from one of their many social engagements. His what-if musings soon yield bizarre consequences.
The Pumpkin Competition
10. The Pumpkin Competition
December 1, 1986
After 18 years of losing a local pumpkin contest to her rival, the miserly Elma is approached by a botanist who claims to have a formula for creating super-size vegetables.
9. Thanksgiving
November 24, 1986
Kyra Sedgwick and David Carradine star as a teenager and her mean stepfather, who get a Thanksgiving surprise in the form of a mysterious gold coin from their dried-up well.
Go to the Head of the Class
8. Go to the Head of the Class
November 21, 1986
A revenge plot goes awry when two students cast a deadly spell on an overbearing professor played by Christopher Lloyd. Robert Zemeckis directs this hour-long episode, which features eye-popping visuals from special-effects master Stan Winston.
Life on Death Row
7. Life on Death Row
November 10, 1986
While escaping from death row, inmate Eric David Peterson is struck by lightning and contracts miraculous healing powers. A pre-Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze stars.
The Greibble
6. The Greibble
November 3, 1986
When a mother cleans her son's room, she throws away a comic book featuring a monster called the Greibble, but it seems the hungry beast will not be discarded so easily. Hayley Mills stars as the mom.
You Gotta Believe Me
5. You Gotta Believe Me
October 20, 1986
Charles Durning shines as Earl, a man who rushes to the airport in his pajamas after having a plane-crash nightmare he believes to be prophetic.
Welcome to My Nightmare
4. Welcome to My Nightmare
October 13, 1986
It's a Wonderful Life meets Psycho in this tale of a teen horror-film fanatic who wishes his life were like the movies.
Magic Saturday
3. Magic Saturday
October 6, 1986
A 10-year-old boy uses an ancient Chinese spell to switch bodies with his sick grandfather so the old man can relive his former glories on the baseball field. M. Emmet Walsh gives a touching performance as Grandpa.
2. Miscalculation
September 29, 1986
Jon Cryer stars as a dorky high school student who spills chemicals on a picture of a dog and brings it to life. But this weird science gets much weirder when he tries the same trick on a magazine pinup.
The Wedding Ring
1. The Wedding Ring
September 22, 1986
Danny DeVito directs and stars as Herbert, a wax-museum costumer who steals a ring from a statue and gives it to his mousy wife (DeVito's real-life spouse, Rhea Perlman). But the ring, it seems, has magical transformative powers.
Where to Watch Amazing Stories
Amazing Stories is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Amazing Stories on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 29, 1985
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (6,386)