For tropes associated with other worlds, see OtherworldTropes. For the anime fan fiction series, see FanFic/TheOtherworldSeries. For the Urban Fantasy series of novels, see ''Literature/TheOtherworld''.

''Otherworld'' was a science fiction series that aired on Creator/{{CBS}} in 1985. It followed the Sterling family, who got TrappedInAnotherWorld when they went on a tour of the Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt, during a rare conjunction of planets. They ended up in a world called Thel, that is under an [[ANaziByAnyOtherName authoritarian regime]] with apparently no means to returning home.

Even worse the family quickly get on the wrong side of Kommander Nuveen Kroll, a high-ranking officer in this government when they flag him down on a highway for some help. He tries to arrest the family, and they are forced to overpower him and take his access crystal that allows them to access any government computer system in the Otherworld, giving them their one edge to keep ahead of his relentless pursuit of them. Unfortunately, recovering that crystal after that embarrassing incident is enough for him for that officer to maintain that pursuit after branding them as wanted terrorists.

Now, that family must keep on the move, encountering that world's bizarre various cultures that have developed in the regime's enforced regional isolation zones as they to find a way home.

The show did not do well in the ratings and lasted only eight episodes before being canceled.

As of this writing, episodes can be found [[http://www.otherworldonline.org/cast.php online]]. (Thanks, [[http://io9.com/5568844/family-fun-while-stuck-in-the-totalitarian-otherworld io9]] and commenter [[http://io9.com/comment/24847058 se7a7n7]]!)
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!!This show provides examples of:
* ALittleSomethingWeCallRockAndRoll
* DoAndroidsDream: [[spoiler: In the episode "Rules of Attraction". The older son Trace falls in love with a young girl named Nova (which means "new" in Latin). Invoked when Nova tries to convince Trace to stay with her after he finds out she is an android.]]
* GangstaStyle: The laser guns are all designed to, improbably, be held upside-down: you hold onto the grip and the rest of the gun hangs beneath it. Who knows how you're supposed to aim it like that, but it was used to deliberately show that they're in a strange other world.
* LadyLand: One episode involved them trapped in such a zone, where men were little more than sex toys for militant women.
* LikeRealityUnlessNoted: Some of the zones that the protagonists find themselves in are ''extremely'' similar to those of suburban America, just with more laser beams. This allows them to blend in more easily, fortunately.
* MechanisticAlienCulture: The Church of Artificial Intelligence filled this role for the AlternateUniverse where the heroes, an American family on vacation in Egypt, [[TrappedInAnotherWorld founded themselves stranded]]. It was the state religion of a totalitarian government that enforced strict conformity through the Zone Troopers. More like this trope is what they were striving for though, than what they actually achieved.
* NuclearFamily
* SternChase: Kommander Nuveen Kroll's pursuit of the Sterling family
* TrappedInAnotherWorld
* WholePlotReference: "Mansion of the Beast" is totally a straight "Beauty and the Beast" plot, with a BeastMan who only wants love but doesn't know how to get it kidnaps the mother of the family.
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