Weird Science

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  • Approved
  • 1994
  • 5 Seasons
  • 6.8  (3,388)

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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WS4
18. WS4
July 25, 1998
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.
Genie Junior
17. Genie Junior
July 25, 1998
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.
Night of the Swingin' Steves
16. Night of the Swingin' Steves
July 18, 1998
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.
Wicked Wish
15. Wicked Wish
July 18, 1998
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.
School Spirits
14. School Spirits
July 11, 1998
When ghost faculty members haunt Farber High, the boys try convincing Scampi not to build the new library over the teacher's lounge by using some old Jack Nicholson.
Magic Comet Ride
13. Magic Comet Ride
July 11, 1998
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.
The Genie Detective
12. The Genie Detective
April 11, 1997
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.
I, Chettus
11. I, Chettus
March 21, 1997
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.
Stalag 16
10. Stalag 16
March 14, 1997
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.
Future Bride
9. Future Bride
March 7, 1997
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.
Bee In There
8. Bee In There
February 23, 1997
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.
Show Chett
7. Show Chett
February 16, 1997
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.
Man's Best Friend
6. Man's Best Friend
February 9, 1997
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.
Forbidden Janet
5. Forbidden Janet
February 2, 1997
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 Had a Little Cram
4. Gary Had a Little Cram
January 26, 1997
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.
Boys on the Hide
3. Boys on the Hide
January 19, 1997
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.
Girl Talk
2. Girl Talk
January 12, 1997
Lisa wants to have a girlfriend she can talk to and Gary and Wyatt try to but it's just not good enough. Lisa becomes friends with one of the waitresses at Java Man but she feels bad lying to her about the fact that she's a magical genie. So she decides to tell her that she's a genie but she didn't keep the secret and blabs it to everyone she knows. Now Lisa has to zap everybody's memory and has to zap her former friend's memory too.
I Dream of Gene
1. I Dream of Gene
January 5, 1997
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.
Description

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.

Weird Science is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (99 episodes). The series first aired on August 6, 1994.

Where to Watch Weird Science

Weird Science is available for streaming on the UMS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Weird Science on demand at Amazon and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    August 6, 1994
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (3,388)