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[[caption-width-right:300:Something weird's on the air.]]

{{The one w|ith}}here [[Series/ThreesCompany Jack Tripper]] is TrappedInTVLand with Series/{{M|orkAndMindy}}indy and has to escape or they'll both die.

To be more precise, ''Stay Tuned'' is a 1992 comedy starring JohnRitter, Pam Dawber, Jeffrey Jones, and Creator/EugeneLevy. The plot revolves around Ritter's character Roy Knable, who is a couch potato and plumbing supply salesman down on his luck. Dawber plays his neglected wife Helen, who after a fight throws one of Roy's Fencing Trophies into the Television. This action prompts Jones in his role as [[{{Satan}} Mr. Spike]], to appear at their front door, with an offer to Roy for a new satellite dish system, filled with [[NumberOfTheBeast 666]] channels of every program you can't get on the four big networks (CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX).

Soon after installation, Roy and Helen are sucked into the satellite dish parked in the back yard and are blasted through a cornucopia of television and movie roles with a fatal twist. [[DealWithTheDevil If they can survive for 24 hours they can leave]], but if they die their souls become property of Mr. Spike. As the two trek through the various landscapes, they are pursued by Mr. Spike at some points in an effort to thwart their advance.

Not to be confused with the cult PC game StayTooned.
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!!This film contains examples of:

* ActorAllusion: At one point, Roy Knable stumbles through a channel onto the set of the [[Series/ThreesCompany television show]] that catapulted John Ritter to fame in the 1970s. Two women dressed as Chrissy Snow and Janet Wood shout "Where have you been?", a snippet of the ThemeSong plays, and Roy screams in terror, trips over the couch, and changes the channel.
* ArtShift: In a live action movie oddly enough, the Looney Tunes-esque parody made and provided by none other than the legendary animator, Creator/ChuckJones.
* [[AsHimself As Themselves]]: Salt 'n' Pepa and DJ Spinderella in the music video.
* AttractiveBentSpecies: Roy thinks Helen is "pretty sexy" for a mouse when they get stuck in a cartoon.
* BigNo: Roy Knable says it in Star Trek spoof when Spike plays Worf and Data.
** Also invoked by Helen and their kids after [[spoiler:Roy was [[PocketProtector seemingly shot]] by Spike near the end of the film]].
* BerserkButton: Do NOT mess with Helen's hair, or her husband to a lesser degree.
* BlackHumor: Lots. The premise is that Hell routinely traps people in tv and tries to kill them off, and it's a comedy, after all. The Knables run into other contestants, several of whom die in comedic ways.
* CandidCameraPrank: One of the TV shows they enter is a parody of this type of show.
* CassandraTruth: Their son Darryl figures out that the two are in TV Land, but his sister Diane (initially) doesn't listen to him.
* ChainedToARailway: This happens to [[spoiler:Helen near the end of the movie]].
* ChekhovsGun: Roy's Fencing Trophy / Ability early in the movie.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Mr. Spike as a Network Executive.
* DealWithTheDevil: Roy accepting the new Satellite Dish, and later when Mr. Spike tells them they can leave after 24 hours.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The entire ''Roy Knable, [[DoubleEntendre Private Dick]]'' segment.
** At least he's not [[CrossesTheLineTwice a Public Dick]].
* DontTryThisAtHome: Helen stops to [[NoFourthWall look at the camera and say this]] before she and Roy push a hair drier into a bath tub in order to kill an evil robotic cat.
** Though the NoFourthWall moment is justified, naturally.
* ElectrifiedBathtub: Roy and Helen try to defeat a robotic cat this way when stuck as cartoon mice.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: All the seemingly harmless shows are designed in some form or another to kill its human visitors.
* ExactWords: Spike uses this to his advantage, when Roy and Helen survive the requisite twenty-four hours. The deal in the contract was that the undersigned would be let loose if they survived a whole day... [[spoiler: but Helen didn't sign the satellite contract; only Roy did, so he was the only one that Spike was obligated to release.]]
* EyeScream: Red-Hot-Poker-In-The-Eye Cam.
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: Roy and Helen can still die, despite being inside the dish.
* GenreSavvy: "We're safe here, nobody ever dies in cartoons", "I've watched enough cartoons, how would an animated character handle this?" Both said by Roy during the section where they are animated mice.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "This is one clever pussy."
* HalfheartedHenchman: Levy's character Crowley especially after Spike "demotes" him into field work.
* HandyRemoteControl: The remote given to Roy, which allows him to change "channels", and also for the remote that Mr. Spike possesses, which allows them to finally escape.
* HeelFaceTurn: Crowley.
* HenpeckedHusband: Murray Seidenbaum, a previous "customer".
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Near the end of the movie when Spike trying to avoid becoming dog chow. Who should show up but [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Crowley]], the same man he promoted to "field work"? Cue "OhCrap" from Spike.
* IfYouDieICallYourStuff: An intern does this after Crowley gets even with Spike.
-->'''Intern''': (With his own remote in hand and sitting in Spike's chair) I call his parking space.
* InstantHomeDelivery: GenreSavvy Roy makes use of this trope during the "cartoon mouse" sequence.
* MediumShiftGag: At one point Roy and Helen are in a cartoon as mice.
* MouseHole: In the animated sequence, a mouse hole is a portal to the next channel.
* MusicVideo: Features near the end with a Cameo by then-popular Hip-Hop group [[GirlGroup Salt 'N' Pepa]].
* NoticingTheFourthWall: When they realize that they are inside TV land.
* OffWithHisHead: Almost attempted on Roy. Even worse is that he and Helen are in a show, which is aptly named ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Off with His Head!]]''
* OhCrap: Roy and Helen have a few of these when they come across things attempting to kill them. Most notably the RoboCat.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Crowley. He shows us by example when he, Roy, and Helen are attacked by wolves who lunge at Crowley and bite him, losing his leg in the process.
-->'''Roy:''' Crowley!\\
'''Crowley:''' ''[with reassurance]'' I'm already dead! Save her!
* {{Parody}}: While the movie tends to play itself straight at the beginning and end, Loads and Loads of them appear when Roy and Helen are 'in' the dish.
* ParodyCommercial: At one point there is a WesternAnimation/YogiBear commercial concerning Beer for Children.
** Possibly related to, or at least suggested by, the Hamm's Beer commercials starting in the 1950s, which ''did'' feature a cartoon bear (not Yogi, though). The commercials were eventually discontinued (though not until at least the 1970s) due to the AnimationAgeGhetto implications of appearing to market beer to children.
* ParodyNames: Most of the shows and movies have slightly tweaked names.
* PocketProtector: In a usual nod to Clint Eastwood. It's costs Roy his remote but saves his life.
-->'''ROY''': (To Spike who thinks he killed him) You missed, partner.
* ProWrestlingIsReal: Justified, given that each channel is essentially a more sadistic version of it's RealLife counterpart. Roy assumes at first that it's all a show and no one gets hurt in wrestling...and gets a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Helen gives a small one to Roy when she fails to convince him to give up TV.
--> '''HELEN''': Fine! Watch TV!
--> '''ROY''': [[ComicallyMissingthePoint Thanks, sweetheart. Could you move just to-?]]
--> '''HELEN''': This is unbelievable! You couldn't listen to me for two minutes without that stupid television being on! When I married you, you were a doer. Now all you are is a watcher!
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: "Eye...warship...satin?"
** "Excrement!"
* {{Satan}}: Mr. Spike, for the purposes of the story... however, he's more of a Senior Executive than the bona fide "Boss" of Hell, who's referred to in dialogue as Mr. Spike's boss.
** Actually, The Devil is the one who watches the shows. The entire point of the network is to provide Satan with entertainment with live souls.
* SavageWolves: Wolves attack Roy, Helen and Crowley
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: When Roy finally beats Spike and makes his way back to Helen. However he doesn't have time to untie her as the train barrels toward them.
--> '''Helen''': Roy what do you do when you want the the TV to go away? You turn it...\\
'''BOTH''': OFF! ''(Roy hits the off button on the remote a second before the train plows into them.)''
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: [[invoked]] In a very twisted sense when it becomes apparent Roy and Helen might survive the deal.
* ShoutOut: Loads of these too, considering the source material. The most obvious example is when Roy changes the channel onto the set of ''Series/ThreesCompany''.
* StatusQuoGameShow: The sadistic game show, ''You Can't Win'', which was also the former {{Trope Namer|s}}.
* SubvertedKidsShow: There's a small bit where animated versions of the couple try and evade a mechanical cat in the style of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry''. Also the parody commercial mentioned above.
* ThatsAllFolks: Roy says this to end the ''[=RoboCat=]'' cartoon segment before exiting through the door, in a nod to Porky Pig's line from ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: "He's going to hit me with a train AND blow me up?!"
* TrappedInTVLand: The main premise for most of the movie.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The HTV segment is only the most blatant example. Combined with some severe TechnologyMarchesOn... remember when a satellite dish the size of a hot tub and a remote control the size of a bar of cooking chocolate were the bleeding edge? ... No? Darn whippersnappers.
* UpToEleven: "Dynamite? He's going to hit me with a train ''AND'' blow me up???"
* VerbalBackspace:
-->'''Roy''': Whoever left the gate open is grounded for a week.\\
(neighbor's vicious dog jumps at them, gets beamed away by the satellite dish)\\
'''Roy''': Check that. Whoever left the gate open gets double their allowance.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Spike to Crowley.
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