1 9 9 7 (USA)
10 x 30 minute episodes
This science fiction/horror anthology – a spin-off from Tales From The Crypt (1989 – 1996) – ran for just ten episodes on cable channel HBO in 1997. Episodes were based on the Weird Science, Weird Fantasy, and Incredible Science Fiction comic books by EC Comics.
Episodes were introduced by a computer-generated cybernetic female seductress named Chrome (voiced by Maureen Teefy), who accessed story files from her breastplate.
Chrome also concluded each episode with a comment about the story, usually laced with sexual innuendo and not-so-veiled double entendres (“Perfection like mine doesn’t come easy. Of course, I don’t like it when things come easy”).
Dream of Doom
40-year-old divorced but childless English professor Arthur Bristol (Keith Carradine) cannot wake from his dreams.
Each time he awakes, he finds himself in yet another dream, frequently featuring a topless Lolita Davidovich.
Doctor/Arthur’s Wife/Arthur’s Daughter/Hooker
Billy Rabe (Jeremy London), the psychotic son of small-town coroner Stan Rabe (Jim Metzler), has the desire to kill, but a strange bearded man (Jeff Fahey) always interferes with his plans.
On his eighteenth birthday, Billy decides to finally take down the mysterious stranger.
Little Billy Rabe
A space pilot (Kevin Pollak) has spent years in an eroding fighter with a female android named Emmy (Heather Elizabeth Parkhurst).
He has kept his promise to be faithful to his fiance, loopy space cadet Dulcine (Melanie Shatner), who is also the daughter of a pompous Admiral (played by Melanie’s real-life father, William Shatner).
When he finally gets to see her, he discovers the Admiral has fitted her with an electronic chastity belt.
So the pilot finally gives in and decides to have sex with his android, Emmy, instead.
William Shatner also directed the episode.
Heather Elizabeth Parkhurst
Set in the future, a sadistic amoral scientist (Jeffrey Combs of Re-Animator fame) who turns into a serial killer in his impurity-purging experiments is arrested and tried.
Brilliant psychiatrist Dr Nordhoff (David Warner) attempts to rehabilitate the prisoner – dubbed 50557 – who is also coached by 40132 (Ron Perlman), a successfully rehabilitated murderer himself, who is waiting to be placed back into a society he is now ready for.
Unfortunately, 50557 kills him too and is sentenced to be “exiled” from the world.
As 50557 is transferred down to the surface of the exile planet, a technician asks: “What about the inhabitants of the planet?”. Dr Nordhoff replies: “Oh, I wouldn’t worry. He’s just one man. How much damage could he possibly do?”
You can probably guess the rest.
Jae Woo Lee
Christopher John Fields
Given the Heir
Lisa Gerou (Yancy Butler) reshapes her body to perfection. She then participates in an experiment where she is sent ten years into the past where she meets Nick Boyer (William McNamara), a man also obsessed with perfection.
Unfortunately, he fails to understand the situation, and things go very wrong as the phrase, “Go fuck yourself” takes on a whole new meaning.
Grieving widower Walter (George Newbern) volunteers to be the subject of an experiment by an ex-NASA scientist (Vincent Schiavelli) where he will be sent to other planes of existence where his murdered wife, Ruth (Elizabeth Berkley) may still be alive. The other realities turn out to be the stuff of nightmares.
Famous psychologist and advice columnist Dr Joyce Brothers co-starred.
Therapist Bethany Wolf
Dr Joyce Brothers
In the 1930s, Bob (Jason Lee) and John (Jamie Kennedy) are among a number of people at a Halloween costume party trying to deal with the panic caused by the infamous radio broadcast of the Orson Welles Mercury Theatre production of The War of the Worlds.
All hell breaks loose, and people start turning up dead.
Bed Sheet Ghost
Kira Reed Lorsch
The captain (Jennifer Hetrick) of a small spaceship and her mixed-gender crew (Wil Wheaton, Sean Astin and Kathleen Wilhoite) have trouble controlling their anxieties when they are sent to study a new planet.
Their ship detects an unknown viral infection and activates lockdown mode – which also starts the self-destruct sequence.
Ship’s computer (voice)
Shapeshifting aliens assume a human form (Paolo Seganti) in order to mate with young Earth housewife Lou Ann Solomon (Heather Langenkamp), who is also dealing with her moody husband, Matt (Mitchell Whitfield), her drunk girlfriends Selena and Tess (Kim Myers and Maria Cina), and her visiting parents (Jennifer Darling and Steve Kahan).
Lou Ann Solomon
The People’s Choice
In the near future, a suburban family (Patrick Cassidy and Maxine Bahns) gets caught between groups of warring robots.
When one of their robots is damaged every night, a robot repairman suggests that they buy a new one: a red, white, and blue patriot.
Barry Williams (Greg from The Brady Bunch) co-starred.
Roger W. Morrissey
Debbie Lee Carrington