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November 30, 2008

Amazing Stories

Lately, Netflix added the television show Amazing Stories to their instant viewing selection. This was a show from 1985, created by Stephen Spielberg, and it's very unusual in that every episode is a brand new, unrelated story. Kind of like The Twilight Zone, but without a common host. They are fanciful stories, and they really are mostly a ton of fun. I loved this show when I was younger, and now it's fun because my kids really enjoy it, too. It reminds me of the days when the whole family would watch a show together, and it could be equally appealing to adults and children alike. Pixar is really one of the only companies that tries to do this anymore.

Does anyone remember this show?

Posted by jason on November 30, 2008 07:36 PM


I remember it. Wasn't there an episode about a WWII plane and a drawing?

Also, wasn't that the show where there was this terrible tragic accident and some actors died, including a Vic somebody or other?

Posted by: kathiek on November 30, 2008 09:15 PM

hmmm. don't remember it.

Posted by: Jessica on November 30, 2008 09:17 PM

I remember that one. We just saw it recently. The landing gear got stuck and the gunner couldn't get out of his little gun place and he drew a cartoon of the landing gear and it came to life and saved him.

Posted by: mers on December 1, 2008 01:12 AM

where do you watch them? i thought you were a mac guy, and macs aren't compatible with instant play.

Posted by: paul on December 1, 2008 02:40 AM

Thanks, mers! I remember I liked that one, even if I couldn't remember the whole story.

Posted by: kathiek on December 1, 2008 04:46 PM

I was born in 1984.

So, yes, I remember it vividly.

Posted by: snakeman on December 1, 2008 05:08 PM

I remember the series - the intro in particular. It was one of my favorites for a while, along with Tales from the Dark Side and the 1980s Twilight Zone series.

What's weird is I can't remember any specific episodes, except for one — "The Family Dog." It was animated, and I was disappointed by it.

Posted by: Mike on December 1, 2008 10:37 PM

I had never even heard of this show before visiting you, Jase. It is cool though. I think it is funny that your kids love old movies and TV so much.

Paul, Mac people can use the instant play feature of netflix now. Get with the program. Also, anyone can have the instant stuff streamed to their TV through a Ruku box.

Posted by: Collin on December 1, 2008 11:01 PM

it's not available for me.


Posted by: paul on December 2, 2008 02:34 AM

Be careful about signing up for the Mac beta of "watch instantly." I discovered that this forces you to use Microsoft's crappy Silverlight technology on any computer that you "watch instantly" on. It's choppy on any computer, from my old Dell 1.8GHz P4 to my new (work) Mac Pro.

Posted by: Mike on December 2, 2008 08:34 AM

Paul, I got this link from mike and it works great for me. I use it on my macbook and my imac.


Posted by: Collin on December 3, 2008 03:58 AM

thank you, for the great post

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