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Stay Tuned

Released on: 14 Aug 1992 • Rated: PG • Runtime: 88 min

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Director: Peter Hyams
Writer: Tom S. Parker, Jim Jennewein, Richard Siegel
Actors: John Ritter, Pam Dawber, Jeffrey Jones

Plot: A husband and wife are sucked into a hellish television set and must survive the gauntlet of twisted versions of shows in which they find themselves.

Box Office Gross: $10,736,401

Awards: 2 nominations








Alright folks, buckle up because we’re about to dive into the wild and wacky world of 90s nostalgia with “Stay Tuned”! This gem from 1992 starring the late, great John Ritter is like taking a rollercoaster ride through your TV set, and trust me, it’s a trip you won’t soon forget.


Picture this: you’re an average Joe, stuck in a dead-end job, bored out of your mind, and feeling like life’s just passing you by. Sound familiar? Well, meet Roy Knable (John Ritter), the epitome of suburban ennui. But fear not, because when a mysterious stranger (played by Jeffrey Jones) offers him and his wife Helen (played by Pam Dawber) a state-of-the-art satellite TV system, things start looking up. That is until they get sucked into the television itself, landing smack dab in the middle of Satan’s own twisted TV network, “Hellvision”.


Now, let’s talk characters. John Ritter shines as the lovably clueless Roy Knable, whose knack for finding himself in absurd situations is both hilarious and endearing. Pam Dawber brings her A-game as Helen, the voice of reason in this whirlwind adventure. And let’s not forget Jeffrey Jones as the devilishly charming Spike, who’s like a used car salesman crossed with the Prince of Darkness himself. Together, they make for one heck of a trio as they navigate through a maze of TV show parodies and pop culture references.


As for the cinematography, “Stay Tuned” is a visual feast for the eyes. From the neon-lit streets of Hellvision to the pixelated landscapes of various TV shows, each scene is packed with vibrant colors and imaginative set designs. Director Peter Hyams truly captures the essence of 90s television, blending nostalgia with a healthy dose of surrealism.

Humor and Satire

But what really sets “Stay Tuned” apart is its razor-sharp humor and biting satire. This isn’t just a movie about getting lost in the world of television; it’s a commentary on the absurdity of media consumption and the dangers of becoming too engrossed in our screens. The film gleefully skewers everything from infomercials to soap operas, game shows to horror flicks, with enough wit and charm to keep you laughing from start to finish.


In conclusion, “Stay Tuned” is a hidden gem of 90s cinema that deserves a spot in your movie night rotation. With its hilarious premise, memorable characters, and eye-popping visuals, it’s a nostalgic trip down memory lane that’s sure to leave you grinning from ear to ear. So grab some popcorn, kick back, and prepare to get sucked into the ultimate TV marathon. Just remember to stay tuned… literally!

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