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Muffy Tepperman
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Amazing Stories is a fantasy, horror, and science fiction television anthology series created by Steven Spielberg. It ran on NBC from 1985 to 1987.The series was nominated for 12 Emmy Awards and won five.

The thing about Amazing Stories for me is I watched them on Sunday nights and couldn't wait for that intro to start. Watching them now....they are like mini 80's movies.......and I vaguely remembered them. I was only 8 in 1985.

Season 1 is available on DVD. I choose some screen clips to entice you guys into watching some:

The Main Attraction:
Cool teen story.....the arrogant jock becomes attractive in ways he never dreamed possible....starring "Big John" from Can't Buy Me Love and the lead guy in Fast Forward.
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Fine Tuning:
3 pals make an antenna that brings more then they bargained for....starring Matthew Laborteaux from Little House and Deadly Friend and Dave from Summer School
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Remote Control Man:
reality tv takes on new meaning........Starring Chunk!! and tons of 80's tv stars
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stay tuned more to come..............

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Chunk as punk.... im getting these!
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Muffy Tepperman
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Jay Lee! that makes me freaking excited....honestly though the shows are great....with so many stars of the time........I guess Season 2 has been released in other countries. But i'm currently watching them on Netflix.
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I remember watching fragments of it, back in the day! That pic with the aliens looks somewhat familiar. Im gonna look around for it.

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Ok, thanks to Muffy and those screen clips,
i´m finally going to watch season 1 [Cool]

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Yeah, I have only watched a few episodes, but it's because of Tepperman that I did. I somehow missed this show when it aired originally. I have them and plan to watch 'em, but just haven't taken the time yet.
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more enticement..........

The Mission:
WWII mission quickly becomes life or death starring Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Costner,and Casey Siemaszko
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Boo:
Two ghosts are dying to get rid of the porn star and her husband that moved into their house.......starring The Cowboy from Innerspace and the beautiful Wendy Schaal from Where the Boys Are 84'

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i have never heard of this show. it's so cool, muffy, that you were able to post the screen shots and list the people by telling us what else they were in, that totally helped me and peaked my interest. [Smile]

i think my family would like to see this.

muffy - season 1 is on netflix to watch instantly! i know what i am doing this weekend. [Wink]

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Amazing Stories Trivia:

Steven Spielberg created and produced "Amazing Stories". He even wrote the scripts for episode #5, "The Mission" and episode #25, "The Wedding Ring".

The series title, "Amazing Stories" came from the name of the predominant sci-fi magazine of the 1940s and 1950s that Steven Spielberg read as a child!

Amazing Stories had some pretty good competition for an audience when it first came on the air. "MacGyver" was on ABC in the same time slot and "Murder She Wrote" was on CBS!

Amazing Stories was a critical success. It garnered 12 Emmy nominations and won five of them. It wasn't a success with audiences though. It was "pure" science fiction and didn't depend on special effects, killing, or horror. Many of the scripts were great but a large enough percentage of the audience wanted those other things mentioned so Amazing Stories only survived its initial two year contract.

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Season 1, Episode 1: Ghost Train

Original Air Date—29 September 1985

Opa Globe is convinced it is his destiny to board a train he inadvertently caused to crash 75 years ago, and tells his nine-year old grandson the old Highball Express will careen through their house.

Roberts Blossom ... Opa Globe
Scott Paulin ... Fenton
Gail Edwards ... Joleen
Lukas Haas ... Brian Globe

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Season 1, Episode 2: The Main Attraction

Original Air Date—6 October 1985

Athletic teenage hunk Brad Bender thinks he is too cool for nerdy classmate Shirley, who is crazy over him, until, to his horror, a meteor shower's power suddenly turns him into a human magnet.

John Scott Clough ... Brad Bender
Lisa Jane Persky ... Shirley
Richard Bull ... Mr. Hiller
Barbara Sharma ... Mrs. Bender

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Season 1, Episode 3: Alamo Jobe

Original Air Date—20 October 1985

A buckskin-clad teenager fighting fiercely in the battle at the Alamo suddenly faces intense fear and confusion as he stumbles through the smoke and carnage out the front gate and finds himself mystifyingly in 20th-century San Antonio.

Kelly Reno ... Alamo Jobe
William Boyett ... Colonel Travis
Lurene Tuttle ... Harriet Wendse
Richard Young ... Davy Crockett

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Season 1, Episode 4: Mummy Daddy

Original Air Date—27 October 1985

An actor (Tom Harrison) dressed as a mummy races from location-filming of a horror movie through a primeval Southern swamp to reach his wife, who is about to give birth. But the locals believe in the eerie legend of Ra Amin Ka, and when they encounter the panicked, bandaged performer, they are positive he is the real deal.

Tom Harrison ... Harold
Bronson Pinchot ... Director
Brion James ... Willie Joe
Tracey Walter ... Ezra

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Season 1, Episode 5: The Mission

Original Air Date—3 November 1985

A courageous young World War II gunner and aspiring cartoonist, trapped in the belly of a B-17 aircraft, has only his imagination as a force that might be able to save him.

Kevin Costner ... Captain
Casey Siemaszko ... Jonathan
Kiefer Sutherland ... Static
J.J. Cohen ... Jake
John Philbin ... Bullseye
Karen Kopins ... Liz

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Season 1, Episode 6: The Amazing Falsworth

Original Air Date—5 November 1985

A nightclub audience gasps at The Amazing Falsworth's psychic powers, but the shock is his alone when the blindfolded performer picks up the vibes of a serial killer in the room.

Gregory Hines ... Falsworth
Richard Masur ... Trent Tinker
Don Calfa ... Messenger

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Season 1, Episode 7: Fine Tuning

Original Air Date—10 November 1985

Three junior-high pals build an antenna that pulls in outer-space versions of 1950s TV shows, and receive something threatening as well: a newscast revealing alien plans to land in Hollywood.

Matthew Laborteaux ... Andy
Gary Riley ... Jimmy
Jim Gatherum ... George
Milton Berle ... Himself

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Season 1, Episode 8: Mr. Magic

Original Air Date—17 November 1985

Old-timer Lou Bundles, once a world-famous magician, is now fumbling every trick, and desperately purchases an amazing old deck of cards at a small magic shop in hopes of going out in a spectacular display of legerdemain.

Sid Caesar ... Lou Bundles
Leo Rossi ... Murray

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Season 1, Episode 9: Guilt Trip

Original Air Date—1 December 1985

Overworked and exhausted, the emotion Guilt in human personification takes a fateful cruise and falls in love with Love.

Dom DeLuise ... Guilt
Loni Anderson ... Love
Charles Durning ... Assistant to the Boss
Carol Arthur ... Mother

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Season 1, Episode 10: Remote Control Man

Original Air Date—8 December 1985

An unhappy and frustrated husband with a nagging wife and an incorrigible son, finally finds solace in his new TV set that "comes alive" with the use of a magic remote control.

Sydney Lassick ... Walter Poindexter
Nancy Parsons ... Grendel
Philip Bruns
Jeff Cohen ... Ralph
Kristian Alfonso
Dirk Benedict ... Face

I won't go on because everyone can look "Amazing Stories" up.. I just wanted to give everyone a quick look at the first 10 episodes.

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I just figured out to stream Netflix through my Wii, so I will be checking these out soon!
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good job, Veronica [Smile]

and thanks for starting the breakdown val-dude. are you going to watch it as well?

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Ronnie.. I just ordered Amazing Stories Season 1 for $7.99 plus $2.98 shipping.. that can't be right? But for that bargain .. I'll be receiving something in about a week.
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nice bargain!

i usually check netflix to add things in my queue and it's always nice to find that i can watch it instantly, rather than buy it.. especially if i have never watched it before. i don't mind watching things on the computer because my husband has a samsung tv monitor connected to my laptop, sitting nicely on my desk. [Smile]

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I so need to do what Veronica is doing.. I have a wii upstairs. I only have Directv OnDemand in my basement though and it is a limited supply of flicks at best.

How much is Netflix per month?

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valley, it depends on which package you sign up for...you can choose to have one to several movies out at one time. i believe the single movie package is around 9 dollars a month? not sure. but regardless, you get to enjoy the "instant watch" feature, and there are also a ton of tv shows (entire seasons) that they let you stream as well.

when i want to watch netflix in my room, i add the show or movie to my instant watch queue from the den and use our PS3 to watch, which is hooked up in the bedroom.

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