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Amazing Stories(TV show/series, 1985-1987)

Scripted Reality in 2 seasons with 45 episodes

Amazing StoriesRating: 3.7/5 (with 90 votes) 763
Amazing Stories is an American anthology television series created by Steven Spielberg, that originally ran on NBC in the United States from September 29, 1985, to April 10, 1987. The series was nominated for 12 Emmy Awards and won five. The first-season episode "The Amazing Falsworth" earned writer Mick Garris an Edgar Award for Best Episode in a TV Series. It was not a ratings hit (ranking 40th in Season 1 and 52nd in Season 2), however, and the network did not renew it after the two-year contract expired. The 1987 science fiction film Batteries Not Included was originally intended as a story for Amazing Stories, but Spielberg liked the idea so much that he decided to make it a theatrical release. The series title licensed the name of Amazing Stories, the first dedicated science fiction magazine created by Hugo Gernsback in April 1926. The title sequence was made by computer-generated imagery (CGI) firm, Robert Abel and Associates. On March 6, 2020, a revival of Amazing Stories premiered on Apple TV+ ..."> ()
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Awards & Nominations for Amazing Stories

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

About Amazing Stories

A truly amazing, fantastical, science fiction, funny and odd, and sometimes scary, sad and endearing anthology series presented by Steven Spielberg with guest appearances by many famous actors, actresses, and directors.

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Amazing Stories Seasons and Episodes

09/22/1986Season 2 - 21 episodes
The second season of this anthology series continues unique tales of fun, adventure and excitement!
#1 | 09/22/1986The Wedding Ring
2.9/5 (with 4 votes)
A wax museum dresser takes a ring from a statue. The ring transforms his overworked wife into a femme fatale.
#2 | 09/29/1986Miscalculation
2.9/5 (with 4 votes)
Nerdy collegiate Phil unsuccessfully tries every trick in the book to meet girls. Then he discovers a potion that makes gorgeous magazine pin-ups spring to life. Unfortunately, he can't guess the right ratio to use, so his experiments backfire in a freaky way.
#3 | 10/06/1986Magic Saturday
2.6/5 (with 4 votes)
Marky adores hearing his grandfather tell wondrous tales of hitchhiking through the universe and playing baseball with him on Saturdays. So when old "Stormin' Norman" takes ill, the boy invokes a magic spell to let his grandpa play one last magical ball game.
#4 | 10/13/1986Welcome to My Nightmare
2.1/5 (with 4 votes)
Horror films are Harry's life, but when the movie-obsessed teenager suddenly steps into a blood-curdling scene from Psycho (1960), he desperately seeks escape to the real world.
#5 | 10/20/1986You Gotta Believe Me
2.7/5 (with 5 votes)
Convinced that his vivid nightmare of a Boeing 747 crashing into his house is a horrific premonition, Earl Sweet desperately tries to alter fate.
#6 | 11/03/1986The Greibble
1.9/5 (with 4 votes)
A housewife has a very real nightmare. She encounters a large creature that has a taste for inanimate objects.
#7 | 11/10/1986Life on Death Row
3.5/5 (with 4 votes)
An inmate is struck by lightning. He is given miraculous healing powers that spark a last-minute attempt to save him from the electric chair.
#8 | 11/21/1986Go to the Head of the Class
3.6/5 (with 5 votes)
A teacher's bizarre discipline causes two students to seek revenge with a spell culled from a rock song played backwards. Unfortunately something goes wrong when they cast the spell. When they attempt another spell to fix the problem they accidently remove the head of their teacher.
#9 | 11/24/1986Thanksgiving
3.5/5 (with 4 votes)
When a dry well yields treasures, a man cashes in, while his stepdaughter repays the kindness of the “hole people.”
#10 | 12/01/1986The Pumpkin Competition
2.5/5 (with 3 votes)
An old spinster who is tired of losing a pumpkin competition recieves special advice from an agricultural professor.
#11 | 12/08/1986What If...?
2.8/5 (with 2 votes)
Ignored by his self-absorbed, social-climbing parents, 5-year-old Jonah Kelley wanders his lonely, sterile house and then the outside world, searching for someone who will see him, while things and people disappear in his wake.
#12 | 12/29/1986The Eternal Mind
2.8/5 (with 3 votes)
Applying experiments with chimps to himself, a dying scientist transfers his mind into a computer. But his unique survival after physical death brings unexpected heartaches.
#13 | 01/12/1987Lane Change
3.3/5 (with 2 votes)
One stormy night on a deserted highway, a distraught wife driving toward an impending divorce glimpses her past through the windshield after picking up a mysterious woman who ran out of gas.
#14 | 01/19/1987Blue Man Down
3.7/5 (with 3 votes)
Two police officers try to break up a supermarket robbery, but the younger officer is killed. A new female partner helps the other officer avenge his friends death. He later discovers that his new partner is the ghost of an officer who died 12 years earlier.
#15 | 02/02/1987The 21-Inch Sun
2.8/5 (with 2 votes)
A sitcom scriptwriter, who's suffering from writer's block, discovers that his house plant has miraculously gained sentience and a funny bone after being left in front of a TV while old sitcoms were playing. The plant ghostwrites for him.
#16 | 02/16/1987Family Dog
4.0/5 (with 9 votes)
The only animated episode of the show that's also a backdoor pilot. It has three segments: A family takes out their frustrations on their poor dog, watches their Christmas home movie, and sends the dog to guard dog school after a burglary.
#17 | 03/13/1987Gershwin's Trunk
2.8/5 (with 2 votes)
A broadway lyricist seeks inspiration by contacting the spirit of Gershwin through a psychic.
#18 | 03/20/1987Such Interesting Neighbors
2.5/5 (with 2 votes)
Rattlesnakes, howling coyotes, sudden earthquakes and time warps jar the Lewis family in their new home, and all the bizarre incidents seem linked to the Hellenbecks, their weird next-door neighbors.
#19 | 03/27/1987Without Diana
2.8/5 (with 2 votes)
An elderly couple have never stopped believing that their daughter, who went missing in the woods 40 years ago, will somehow appear to them one last time before they die.
#20 | 04/03/1987Moving Day
2.5/5 (with 2 votes)
When Alan Webster's parents tell him that they have to move, the 17-year-old student is understandably upset - but not nearly as much as when he learns their destination is the planet Alturus, 85 billion miles away.
#21 | 04/10/1987Miss Stardust
2.5/5 (with 2 votes)
An extraterrestrial threatens to destroy the earth unless the "Miss Stardust" beauty-pageant promoter allows entrants from other planets.
09/29/1985Season 1 - 24 episodes

Additional Information

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Production country: United States of America (USA)
Derivative works/Adaptions: "Amazing Stories" (TV show/series, 2020-)
Original language: English (EN)
Spoken languages: English (EN)
Translated into 14 languages: Bosnian (BS), Czech (CS), German (DE), Greek (EL), English (EN), Spanish (ES), French (FR), Italian (IT), Korean (KO), Portuguese (PT), Romanian (RO), Russian (RU), Ukrainian (UK), Chinese (Mandarin) (ZH)
Status: Ended
First episode released on: 09/29/1985
Last episode released on: 04/10/1987
Executive Producer: Steven Spielberg
Film Editor: Steven Kemper
Composer: David Newman
Alternative titles in other countries (from previews, ads etc.):
"Fantastische Geschichten"
"Παράξενες Καταστάσεις"

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