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Initial DVD release  May 23, 2000
Country  United States
6/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Fantasy
Language  English
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Director  Peter Hyams, Chuck Jones
Release date  August 14, 1992 (1992-08-14) (United States)February 12, 1993 (1993-02-12) (United Kingdom)
Writer  Tom S. Parker (screenplay), Jim Jennewein (screenplay), Tom S. Parker (story), Jim Jennewein (story), Richard Siegel (story)
Songs  Start Me Up
Cast  John Ritter (Roy Knable), Pam Dawber (Helen Knable), David Tom (Darryl Knable / Narrator), Heather McComb (Diane Knable), Jeffrey Jones (Spike), Eugene Levy (Crowley)
Similar movies  Witch's Night Out, Shock Treatment
Tagline  Something weird's on the air.

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Stay Tuned is a 1992 American adventure comedy film directed by Peter Hyams with animation by Chuck Jones and written by Jim Jennewain and Tom S. Parker based on a story by Jennewain, Parker, and Richard Siegel, and starring John Ritter, Pam Dawber, Jeffrey Jones, and Eugene Levy.


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Tim Burton was originally chosen to be the director due to his art and style, but left to direct Batman Returns.

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The film's primary protagonists are Roy Knable (John Ritter), a couch potato, struggling Seattle plumbing salesman, and former fencing athlete, and his neglected wife Helen (Pam Dawber), a vitamin product senior manager. After a fight (which involved Helen smashing the family television screen with one of Roy's fencing trophies as a wake-up call to reality), Mr. Spike (Jeffrey Jones) appears at the couples' door, offering him a new high-tech satellite dish system filled with 666 channels of programs one cannot view on the four big networks (CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox). What Roy does not know is that Spike (later referred to as "Mephistopheles of the Cathode Ray") is an emissary from hell who wants to boost the influx of souls by arranging for TV junkies to be killed in the most gruesome and ironic situations imaginable. The 'candidates' are sucked into a hellish television world, called Hell Vision, and put through a gauntlet where they must survive a number of satirical versions of sitcoms and movies. If they can survive for 24 hours, they are free to go, but if they get killed, then their souls will become the property of Satan (the latter usually happens).

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The dish eventually sucks Roy and Helen into this warped world. They are pursued by Spike, who enters some shows, along with the Knables, to halt their advance. Roy and Spike continue to fight throughout several shows, even in a cloak-and-dagger scenario where Roy displays his long-buried talent as a fencer. Through tenacity and sheer luck, the Knables keep surviving, and their young son Darryl (David Tom) recognizes his parents fighting for their lives on the TV set. His older sister Diane (Heather McComb) and he are able to provide important assistance from the real world. This infuriates Spike to the point that he makes good on Roy's contract, releasing him, but not Helen, as she was not in the system under contract.

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Roy re-enters the system to save Helen, bringing his own remote control with him, allowing them to control their journey. After being pursued by Spike through several more channels, Roy finally confronts his enemy in a Salt-N-Pepa music video, manages to get a hold of Spike's remote, and uses it to save Helen from being run over by a train in a Western movie. By pressing the "off" button on the remote, they are evicted from the TV set moments before it sucks their neighbor's abusive Rottweiler into the TV and it destroys itself, leaving the dog trapped in the TV world for the rest of its life. In the end, Spike gets eliminated by the Rottweiler on the command of Crowley (Eugene Levy), a vengeful employee he banished to the system earlier, and is then succeeded in his executive position by Pierce (Erik King), a younger upstart employee. Roy, who has learned a valuable lesson after his adventure, has dramatically cut back on his TV viewing, quit his job as a plumbing salesman, and opened his own fencing school and advised one of his students that watching too much TV can get you into trouble.


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  • John Ritter as Roy Knable
  • Pam Dawber as Helen Knable
  • Jeffrey Jones as Spike
  • David Tom as Darryl Knable
  • Heather McComb as Diane Knable
  • Bob Dishy as Murray Seidenbaum
  • Eugene Levy as Crowley
  • Erik King as Pierce
  • Don Calfa as Wetzel
  • Susan Blommaert as Ducker
  • Don Pardo as Game Show Announcer
  • Lou Albano as Ring Announcer
  • George Gray as Mr. Gorgon
  • Faith Minton as Mrs. Gorgon
  • Laura Harris as Girlfriend #1
  • Andrea Nemeth as Girlfriend #2
  • Kristen Cloke as Velma
  • Gianni Russo as Guido
  • Dave Ward as Peasant
  • Gene Davis as Frankensteinfeld
  • Jerry Wasserman as Cop
  • Shane Meier as Yogi Beer Kid
  • Serge Houde as Yogi Beer Dad
  • John Pyper-Ferguson as Inmate #2
  • Kevin McNulty as Inmate #3
  • Salt as Herself
  • Pepa as Herself
  • DJ Spinderella as Herself
  • Michael Patrick Hogan as Duane
  • Jimi Defilippis as Garf
  • Ernie Anderson as 30 Something to Life Announcer (uncredited)
  • April Winchell as Cartoon Wife (voice, uncredited)
  • Reception

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    The film was not screened for film critics. The film received mixed reviews.

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    Stephen Holden of The New York Times called the film a "cleverly plotted movie" based on a "nifty satiric concept" but said that "most of its takeoffs ... show no feel for genre and no genuine wit."

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    Rita Kempley of the Washington Post called the film "wonderfully silly" and a "zippy action spoof."

    Variety reported the film was "not diabolical enough for true black comedy, too scary and violent for kids lured by its PG rating and witless in its sendup of obsessive TV viewing...a picture with nothing for everybody"; it noted that the "six-minute cartoon interlude by the masterful Chuck Jones, with Ritter and Dawber portrayed as mice menaced by a robot cat...has a grace and depth sorely lacking in the rest of the movie."

    Time Out called it "pointless 'satire'" with the "emotional depth of a 30-second soap commercial."

    The film currently holds a 46% "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

    Box office

    The movie was not a box office success.


    Some movie and TV show parodies include:

  • Wayne's WorldDuane's Underworld in a twisted zombie sketch show Saturday Night Dead (a parody of Saturday Night Live)
  • The Silence of the LambsSilencer of the Lambs commercial, a couple binds and gags their kids to keep them quiet during a car trip
  • Three Men and a Baby, Rosemary's BabyThree Men and Rosemary's Baby
  • The Dukes of HazzardDavid Dukes of Hazzard
  • Driving Miss DaisyDriving Over Miss Daisy
  • Northern ExposureNorthern Overexposure
  • Lifestyles of the Rich and FamousAutopsies of the Rich and Famous
  • The ExorcistThe Exorciseist
  • Murder, She WroteMurder, She Likes
  • Leave It to BeaverMeet the Mansons
  • thirtysomethingthirtysomething-to-life (in prison)
  • Beverly Hills, 90210Beverly Hills, 90666
  • I Love LucyI Love Lucifer
  • The Golden GirlsThe Golden Ghouls
  • Married... with ChildrenUnmarried With Children
  • Fresh Prince of Bel-AirFresh Prince of Darkness
  • The Facts of LifeFacts of Life Support
  • My Three SonsMy Three Sons of Bitches
  • Diff'rent StrokesDifferent Strokes (about two elderly men literally having strokes)
  • World Wrestling FederationUnderworld Wrestling Foundation (includes a cameo by former professional wrestler/manager Lou Albano)
  • Star Trek: The Next GenerationDeath Trek: The Next Generation (additional minor reference to William Shatner of the original Star Trek series)
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb – This reference is made during a scene in Spike's control center. The center is modeled after the War Room and also features a Dr. Strangelove impersonator.
  • Looney TunesRooney Tunes, a cartoon, animated by Chuck Jones, depicting Roy and Helen as mice trying to evade a mechanical cat
  • Home Shopping ClubHome Shoplifting Channel
  • Also, at one point after temporarily escaping Spike, Roy Knable stumbles through a channel and trips over a familiar-looking couch in a familiar-looking apartment. Over the familiar theme of a familiar (and wildly popular) '70s TV show, two familiar-looking women, one brunette and the other blonde with pony-tails, enter. They easily mistake Roy for the guy who (plausibly) lives with them (since he looks exactly like their roommate) and ask "Where have you been?". Roy screams in terror and changes the channel. (This parody was included obviously as an inside joke to Ritter's role of Jack Tripper on Three's Company, his most famous role.)
  • Soundtrack

    The soundtrack to the film is made up entirely of hip hop songs with the exception of the last two tracks, which were themes composed by Bruce Broughton. Tracks in bold are used in the movie.

    Track listing

    1. Start Me Up - Salt-n-Pepa (4:45)
    2. The Choice Is Yours - Black Sheep (3:22)
    3. Taste - Cherokee & Auto (4:07)
    4. Xodus - X-Clan (4:22)
    5. Strobelite Honey - Black Sheep (3:07)
    6. Message From the Boss - Ultramagnetic MC's (4:47)
    7. The Mic Stalker - Doctor Ice (2:57)
    8. Bad, Bad, Bad - Kool Moe Dee (4:48)
    9. Darryl's Dad - Bruce Broughton (1:17)
    10. Stay Tuned (Main Theme) - Bruce Broughton (2:07)

    Score album

    Broughton's score was released in 2011 by Intrada.

    1. Main Title 2:57
    2. Meet Darryl 1:03
    3. The Dish 2:56
    4. A Bumpy Ride 2:12
    5. Sayonara, Mrs. Seidenbaum 0:33
    6. Field Work 0:55
    7. Gordon Bashing 2:04
    8. It Ate My BMX 2:01
    9. Wolf Attack 0:45
    10. That’s My Bike! 2:53
    11. Offering To Help 1:47
    12. You Have Tits 1:35
    13. Aim The Dish 0:30
    14. Off With Your Wig 3:34
    15. Darryl Breaks Through 0:52
    16. Redemption 1:31
    17. Roy Goes Back 1:10
    18. The 3:10 To Yuma 1:55
    19. Roy Gets Shot 0:53
    20. Crashing In 0:32
    21. The Big Sword Fight 1:19
    22. Turn It Off! 1:50
    23. So What Can I Tell You... 0:53
    24. The Game Show 1:29
    25. TV Theme Medley 3:32
    26. Roy Knable, Private Dick 3:26
    27. We’re Cartoons 6:42


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