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Amazing Stories
The Amazing Stories interitle.
Genre Anthology, fantasy, horror, science fiction
Created by Steven Spielberg (uncredited)
Developed by Steven Spielberg, Joshua Brand, John Falsey
Directed by Various
Theme music composer John Williams
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 45
Executive producer(s) Steven Spielberg
Original channel NBC
Original run September 29, 1985 – April 10, 1987
Related shows Family Dog

Amazing Stories is a fantasy, horror, and science fiction television anthology series created by Steven Spielberg. It ran on NBC from 1985 to 1987. It was somewhat erratically screened in Britain by BBC1 and BBC2 - billed in the Radio Times as "Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories" - with episodes airing at any time from early on Sunday morning to weekday evenings to very late at night; it later received a more coherent run on Sci-Fi.

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, however, and the network did not renew it after the two-year contract expired.

The series title licensed the name of Amazing Stories, the first dedicated science fiction magazine.[1]


Home video/DVD/reruns

A selection of the original series episodes were released in the VHS format in 1993; these were titled "Book One" through "Book Five" in the US. In Japan and Europe episodes were cut together as movies and released in 8 volumes during the late 80s, early 90s. A 3-tape VHS (PAL) set was released in the UK in 2001.

The Complete First Season (DVD) was released on July 18, 2006 in the US. The second season of the series has not been released on DVD in the US as of yet, but is available in Japan (Region 2, NTSC) and was released there on July, 8th 2009. The full series was also released on DVD in Germany (Region 2, PAL) with both english and german dubbed audio as 11 single DVDs or a boxset containing all episodes, which was released on November 20, 2009.

Three of the episodes (The Mission, Mummy Daddy and Go to the Head of the Class) were packaged together as an anthology film and released theatrically in Australia on September 17, 1987. It later appeared on LaserDisc in Japan as "Amazing Stories: The Movie" shortly afterwards.

As of 2006, the SciFi channel in the United States showed episodes on an irregular schedule. The MoviePlex channel also shows the series as a collection of "movies," which are blocks of three episodes.

As of 2009, NetFlix offers both seasons of Amazing Stories in streaming video or via mail.


The series list below is annotated with the Book numbers as they appeared in the US release on VHS; the Japanese LaserDisc and UK VHS (PAL) releases are indicated with volume numbers. Note that Vol. 7 and 8 are switched for the UK VHS release:

Season One (1985-1986)

# Title Director Airdate US VHS
Japan LaserDisc
Europe VHS
1x01 "Ghost Train" Steven Spielberg September 29, 1985 Vol. 2
1x02 "The Main Attraction" Matthew Robbins October 6, 1985 Vol. 4
1x03 "Alamo Jobe" Michael D. Moore October 20, 1985
1x04 "Mummy Daddy" William Dear October 27, 1985 Vol. 1
1x05 "The Mission" Steven Spielberg November 3, 1985 Book One Vol. 1
1x06 "The Amazing Falsworth" Peter Hyams November 3, 1985 Book Three Vol. 2
1x07 "Fine Tuning" Bob Balaban November 10, 1985 Book Five Vol. 7
1x08 "Mr. Magic" Donald Petrie November 17, 1985 Book Four Vol. 6
1x09 "Guilt Trip" Burt Reynolds December 1, 1985
1x10 "Remote Control Man" Bob Clark December 8, 1985
1x11 "Santa '85" a.k.a "One Amazing Night" Phil Joanou December 15, 1985 Vol. 8
1x12 "Vanessa in the Garden" Clint Eastwood December 29, 1985
1x13 "The Sitter" Joan Darling January 5, 1986
1x14 "No Day at the Beach" Lesli Linka Glatter January 12, 1986 Book Three
1x15 "One For the Road" Thomas Carter January 19, 1986
1x16 "Gather Ye Acorns" Norman Reynolds February 2, 1986
1x17 "Boo!" Joe Dante February 16, 1986
1x18 "Dorothy and Ben" Thomas Carter March 2, 1986 Vol. 4
1x19 "Mirror, Mirror" Martin Scorsese March 9, 1986 Book Four Vol. 6
1x20 "Secret Cinema" Paul Bartel April 6, 1986
1x21 "Hell Toupee" Irvin Kershner April 13, 1986
1x22 "The Doll" Phil Joanou May 4, 1986 Vol. 5
1x23 "One For the Books" Lesli Linka Glatter May 11, 1986 3-tape-set
1x24 "Grandpa's Ghost" Timothy Hutton May 25, 1986

Season Two (1986-1987)

# Title Director Airdate US VHS
Japan LaserDisc
Europe VHS
2x01 "The Wedding Ring" Danny DeVito September 22, 1986 Book One Vol. 2
2x02 "Miscalculation" Tom Holland September 29, 1986 Vol. 3
2x03 "Magic Saturday" Robert Markowitz October 6, 1986 Vol. 8
2x04 "Welcome to My Nightmare" Todd Holland October 13, 1986
2x05 "You Gotta Believe Me" Kevin Reynolds October 20, 1986 Vol. 8
2x06 "The Greibble" Joe Dante November 3, 1986 Vol. 3
2x07 "Life on Death Row" Mick Garris November 10, 1986 Book Three Vol. 5
2x08 "Go to the Head of the Class" Robert Zemeckis November 21, 1986 Book Two Vol. 1
2x09 "Thanksgiving" Todd Holland November 24, 1986 Vol. 5
2x10 "The Pumpkin Competition" Norman Reynolds December 1, 1986 Book Five Vol. 7
2x11 "What If...?" Joan Darling December 8, 1986
2x12 "The Eternal Mind" J. Michael Riva December 29, 1986
2x13 "Lane Change " Ken Kwapis January 12, 1987 3-tape-set
2x14 "Blue Man Down" Paul Michael Glaser January 19, 1987 Book Four Vol. 6
2x15 "The 21 Inch Sun" Nick Castle February 2, 1987 Vol. 8
2x16 "The Family Dog" Brad Bird February 16, 1987 Book Two Vol. 4
2x17 "Gershwin's Trunk" Paul Bartel March 13, 1987 3-tape-set
2x18 "Such Interesting Neighbors" Graham Baker March 20, 1987 3-tape-set
2x19 "Without Diana" Lesli Linka Glatter March 27, 1987 Book Five Vol. 7
2x20 "Moving Day" Robert Stevens April 3, 1987 Vol. 3
2x21 "Miss Stardust" Tobe Hooper April 10, 1987


In 1999 Varese Sarabande released a CD containing a rerecording of the scores for the episodes "The Mission" and "Dorothy and Ben" John Williams and Georges Delerue respectively) plus Williams's opening and closing themes, performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by John Debney.

In 2006-2007, Intrada released three volumes of original music from the series, covering the impressive lineup of composers who worked on it and featuring all of the most noteworthy scores (with the exception of Danny Elfman and Steve Bartek's "The Family Dog," because the masters could not be found - a brief suite is on Music for a Darkened Theatre: Vol. 2, however).

Other than Williams, Bruce Broughton is the only composer to be represented on all three volumes. The running times below indicate the cumulative time for each score rather than the time of each track.

Volume 1 (2006)


Amazing Stories Main Title - John Williams (1:02)

Ghost Train - John Williams (15:45)

Alamo Jobe - James Horner (10:01)

Gather Ye Acorns - Bruce Broughton (18:37)

The Doll - Georges Delerue (10:09)

The Amazing Falsworth - Billy Goldenberg (8:47)


Amazing Stories Bumper #1 - John Williams (:04)

Moving Day - David Shire (13:41)

Without Diana - Georges Delerue (12:39)

Mummy, Daddy - Danny Elfman & Steve Bartek (13:26)

Vanessa In The Garden - Lennie Niehaus (13:23)

Welcome To My Nightmare - Bruce Broughton (16:04)

Amazing Stories End Credits - John Williams (:29)

Amblin Logo - John Williams (:15)

Volume Two (2006)

CD 1:

Amazing Stories Main Title ­Alternate #1 - John Williams (1:03)

Boo! - Jerry Goldsmith (12:13)

What If...? - Billy Goldenberg (12:32)

Dorothy And Ben - Georges Delerue (10:10)

The Main Attraction - Craig Safan (12:09)

Such Interesting Neighbors - David Newman (17:13)

Thanksgiving - Bruce Broughton (12:14)

CD 2:

Amazing Stories Bumper #2 - John Williams (:04)

Hell Toupee - David Shire (13:41)

One For The Road - Johnny Mandel (8:40)

The Remote Control Man - Arthur B. Rubinstein (12:53)

The Greibble - John Addison (15:43)

No Day At The Beach - Leonard Rosenman (11:04)

Santa ’85 - Thomas Newman (13:05)

Amazing Stories End Credits - John Williams (:29)

Amblin Logo (Christmas Version) - John Williams (:15)

Volume Three (2007)

CD 1:

Amazing Stories Main Title ­Alternate #2 - John Williams (1:03)

Go To The Head Of The Class - Alan Silvestri (26:58)

The Wedding Ring - Craig Safan (12:51)

Mirror, Mirror - Michael Kamen (24:56)

Mr. Magic - Bruce Broughton (12:50)

CD 2:

Amazing Stories Bumper #1 - John Williams (:04)

Secret Cinema - Billy Goldenberg (7:56)

Life On Death Row - Fred Steiner (13:57)

The Pumpkin Competition - John Addison (14:29)

Grandpa's Ghost - Pat Metheny (11:06)

The Mission - John Williams (29:55)

Amazing Stories End Credits - John Williams (:29)

Amblin Logo (Alternate) - John Williams (:15)


One episode of the show, "The Family Dog", was spun off into its own series. Six years after Amazing Stories finished its run, Family Dog ran on CBS for ten episodes before being pulled off the schedule.

See also

Several video movies were released consisting of two or more episodes from the series. They include:

  • Amazing Stories: Book One
  • Amazing Stories: Book Two
  • Amazing Stories: The Movie


  1. ^ Bennetts, Leslie (July 31, 1984). "Spielberg to Produce Adventure Series for NBC". The New York Times. 

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