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''Amazing Stories'' is a 1980s TV series produced by Creator/StevenSpielberg for Creator/{{NBC}}. This GenreAnthology series is similar to ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', although with a distinctly larger proportion of happy endings. The show had very impressive visual effects for the time. Of course, given Spielberg's involvement, ''that's'' not surprising. It also had episodes directed by people who hardly ever do television (Creator/RobertZemeckis, Creator/ClintEastwood, Creator/MartinScorsese, etc).

The series lasted from September 1985 to April 1987 for a total of [[ShortRunner 45 episodes in two seasons]].

!!Tropes:
* AdventuresInComaLand: "Dorothy and Ben".
* AfterlifeExpress: "Ghost Train".
* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: Main character of "Vanessa in the Garden" burns his priceless paintings in a drunken rage, jeopardizing his art career.
* AliensStealCable: "Fine Tuning".
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: "Guilt Trip", in which the personification of Guilt is forced to go on vacation for messing up on the job, and meets and falls in love with the personification of Love.
* BeautyContest: In "Miss Stardust", one is crashed by an alien (Music/WeirdAlYankovic) who threatens to destroy Earth unless the contest lives up to its name Miss Galaxy and allows contestants from other planets to participate (and ideally win). To make matters trickier, the new entrants aren't HumanAliens...
* ButtMonkey: Jane in "Secret Cinema".
* TheCameo: "Remote Control Man" is a ''huge'' conglomerate of television favorites. It has everyone from [[Series/TheATeam Face]] to [[Series/KnightRider KITT]] to [[Series/DiffrentStrokes Arnold]], with almost all of them played by their original actors.
* ChekhovsHobby: The characters habit of saving his old junk in "Gather Ye Acorns" ends up benefiting him gracefully by the end.
* ChekhovsSkill: Jonathan's cartooning in "The Mission".
* CoincidentalAccidentalDisguise: "Mummy Daddy".
* [[spoiler: DeadPersonImpersonation]] : "Grandpa's Ghost".
* DeepSouth: The setting for "Mummy Daddy".
* DeusExMachina: Happens a number of times, but the most extreme example is possibly "The Mission".
* DisposableVagrant: The main plot of "One for the Road".
* DodgyToupee: "Hell Toupee".
* TheDollEpisode: "The Doll". Largely avoids the creepiness common with the trope, though.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: "You Gotta Believe Me"
* EarnYourHappyEnding: A number of episodes, such as "Gather Ye Acorns." A rather literal example in "Secret Cinema."
* EditedForSyndication: Five "movies" consisting of ''Amazing Stories'' episodes edited together were released to local stations in the late '80s.
* EvilHand: An evil wig in "Hell Toupee".
* FingerTwitchingRevival: During a comatose wakeup in "Dorothy and Ben".
* FreakyFridayFlip: "Magic Saturday".
* GrowingUpSucks: "Gather Ye Acorns".
* GuardianEntity: In "Boo!"
* TheHermit: "Gather Ye Acorns".
* HeroicSacrifice: "Dorothy and Ben".
* HollywoodVoodoo: "The Sitter".
* HumiliationConga: To the main character in "Main Attraction".
* LaxativePrank: Happens in "The Sitter".
* LosingYourHead: "Go to the Head of the Class" has SadistTeacher B.O. Beanes, after accidentally being killed, coming back to life with his head separate from his body because the picture used in the resurrection spell got torn in two.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: "The Wedding Ring"
* LovePotion: "The Wedding Ring"
* MadeOfIron: "One For The Road"
* MagicalNanny[=/=]MagicalNegro: "The Sitter"
* MarketBasedTitle: TheBBC billed this as ''Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories,'' InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt (although Spielberg actually has "story by" credit on less than half the episodes, and only one - "Vanessa In The Garden" - is solely credited to him).
* MirrorMonster: "Mirror, Mirror"
* MonsterIsAMommy: Inverted/parodied in "Mummy, Daddy", where an actor trapped in a highly constricting mummy costume frantically attempts to reach the hospital where his wife is giving birth. His task is further complicated by two things: a hostile band of backwoodsmen and a real mummy.
* MoodWhiplash: As each episode is done very differently this happens often and can catch people off guard. One episode will be whimsical and comedic, then the next will be dark and serious.
* {{Mummy}}: "Mummy Daddy"
* MySkullRunnethOver: "One for the Books"
* NotSoPhonyPsychic: "The Amazing Falsworth" is a play on this, where people believe he's an act but he really can read minds.
* OhCrap: "The Amazing Falsworth" is one big episode of this. Falsworth does his mind-reading act and winds up picking up on the thoughts of a serial killer. Worse, he was blind-folded at the time, so he doesn't know who the killer is.
* OppositesAttract: "Guilt Trip"
* PlayingAgainstType: Both in front of and behind the camera with "Vanessa In The Garden," a period fantasy romance starring as a bereaved artist... Harvey Keitel, and directed by Creator/ClintEastwood (his only dramatic television work as a director to date).
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: "Family Dog"
* RoadSignReversal: "Mummy Daddy"
* RoyalBrat: The kids in "The Sitter".
* SadistTeacher: B.O. Beanes in "Go to the Head of the Class," played to perfection by ChristopherLloyd.
* SavingChristmas: "Santa 85"
* SelectiveMagnetism: "The Main Attraction"
* ShamingTheMob: Subverted in "Mummy Daddy"
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: "Family Dog," an entirely animated episode directed by Creator/BradBird.
* {{Spinoff}}: ''Family Dog'', although picked up by CBS instead of NBC. The series was notably done without the input of Creator/BradBird, who intended the original episode to be a stand-alone outing and didn't feel the concept could support a series. (Given its TroubledProduction and the fact that CBS cancelled it after five of the ten produced episodes aired, he was right.)
* StageMagician: The main subjects of "Mr. Magic" and "The Amazing Falsworth".
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: In "Family Dog", Ms. Lestrange promises to turn the dog into "a quivering, snarling, white-hot ball of canine terror." Later, when the dog attacks burglars, one exclaims, "He's turned into a quivering, snarling, white-hot ball of canine terror!"
* SuddenIntelligence: "One for the Books"
* SuddenlyBilingual: "One for the Books"
* ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight: Summoned by the babysitter in "The Sitter"
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: "Life on Death Row"
* TrappedInTVLand: A horror movie fan makes the mistake of wishing life were more like the movies in "Welcome to My Nightmare".
* TrumanShowPlot: "Secret Cinema"
* WhatHaveIBecome: "Mirror, Mirror"
* WhyWontYouDie: The characters in "One for the Road" keep trying to kill the DisposableVagrant with lots of alcohol, kerosene, and walks in the freezing cold, but he just won't keel over. [[spoiler: He never does.]]
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: "You Gotta Believe Me" and "Mirror, Mirror"
* YourMindMakesItReal: "The Mission"
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