''Stay Tuned'' is a 1992 comedy starring Creator/JohnRitter, Pam Dawber, Creator/JeffreyJones, and Creator/EugeneLevy. The plot revolves around Ritter's character Roy Knable, who is a couch potato, former fencer and plumbing supply salesman down on his luck. Dawber plays his neglected wife Helen, who after a fight throws one of Roy's old fencing trophies into the TV. 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, while their kids figure out what's going on, and attempt to rescue them from the real world.

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

* AmericanGothicCouple: In the animated segment.
* 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: 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 the ''Star Trek'' spoof when Spike plays Worf and Data.
** 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.
* BlackComedy: 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.
** One of the blackest examples doesn't involve the main cast. Two old men are sitting around when one shouts that he's lost feeling in his arm, and the other says he can't see anything. They both die, and the title of the show pops up; [[Series/DiffrentStrokes Different Strokes]].
* ByTheHair: A female wrestler does this to Helen, which triggers the above mentioned BerserkButton.
* TheCameo: During the animated segment, Chuck Jones' face is on a stamp.
* CameraAbuse: About as literally as you can get in the ''Wayne's World'' parody, when the camera hits Roy in the face on two ExtremeCloseUp moments. Then comes the EyeScream attempt.
* 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.
* CoversAlwaysLie: [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a7/Stay_Tuned_Poster.jpg That dog on the original poster?]] Not in the movie.
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: Murray Seidenbaum was all too happy to escape his depressing home life into the world of the TV, becoming a FilmNoir crime lord by the time Roy and Helen meet him. The best part is that, if things get too hairy, he has his remote with him and can just change the channel.
* DatedHistory: UWF was an acronym for "Underworld Wrestling Federation", which is the same parody as WWF was an acronym for "World Wrestling Federation"... before it changed its name to WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) 10 years after the film came out. Had the movie been filmed in the present day, UWF would have been "UWE" for "Underworld Wrestling Entertainment". [[Creator/UweBoll Which would have been hilarious in hindsight.]]
* 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 a Public Dick.
* DontTryThisAtHome: Helen stops to [[NoFourthWall look at the camera and say this]] before she and Roy push a hair dryer into a bathtub in order to kill an evil robotic cat. Though she could be addressing the in-universe TV audience.
* 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, while Helen, as a "trespasser", was SOL, forcing Roy to go back in and save her.]]
* ExorcistHead: An exercise instructor does this in an exercise show called "The Exorcisist."
* EyeScream: Red-Hot-Poker-In-The-Eye Cam.
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: Roy and Helen can still die, despite being inside the TV.
* FreezeFrameBonus: Some of the stuff seen when the Knables' kids change channels- like buildings exploding, "AM Netherworld", and Frankenstein's Monster on stage.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: One of the electronic notice boards in the Hell-Vision control room says stuff like "Remember, Tuesday is Saddam Hussein Appreciation Day" and "Remember, Just Say Yes".
* 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", who was noted missing early on in the film. It's why he relishes the freedom that the TV offers him.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Near the end of the movie when Spike tries to avoid becoming dog chow, who should show up but [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Crowley]], the same man he promoted to "field work"? Cue "OhCrap" from Spike. Could potentially be a TheDogBitesBack situation, since Crowley ''definitely'' fits the description of abused lackey.
* IfYouDieICallYourStuff: Pierce does this after Crowley gets even with Spike.
-->'''Pierce''': ''(with his own remote in hand and sitting in Spike's chair)'' I call his parking space.
* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: When Seidenbaum gets gunned down by another gangster during the "Noir" sequence, he passes on his [[HandyRemoteControl remote control]] to Roy and Helen, telling them they still have a chance to get out together, just before dying.
* ImprovisedWeapon: After her BerserkButton gets pressed, Helen grabs a nearby microphone stand and knocks out the two wrestlers with it.
* InstantHomeDelivery: GenreSavvy Roy makes use of this trope during the "cartoon mouse" sequence.
* ItsNotSupposedToWinOscars: Invoked. Pierce is disgusted by Godzilla just stomping on the Seidenbaums - because it has no subtext. Spike retorts that Satan isn't interested in anything deep, he just wants cheap entertainment.
* 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 HipHop 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 about UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution, 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!
* PapaWolf: ''Extremely'' downplayed example. While Roy doesn't kick anyone's ass over it, he does express disgust towards Duane and Garf's fawning over his daughter, Diane (in a magazine).
-->'''Garf''': And your daughter's pompoms, they're delectable too, man.\\
'''Roy:''' You creeps!
* {{Parody}}: While the movie tends to play itself straight at the beginning and end, loads of them appear when Roy and Helen are 'in' the dish.
* ParodyCommercial: At one point there is a WesternAnimation/{{Yogi Be|ar}}er commercial concerning beer for children. Not to mention the "Max Hell" cassette tapes, which blow the head of the listener clean off. 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.
* PlayfulHacker: Darryl. At the beginning of the film, he hijacks broadcast signals to make some money with it. A line from a neighbor indicates he has done this before.
* PocketProtector: In a usual nod to Creator/ClintEastwood. [[spoiler:It costs Roy his remote but saves his life.]]
-->'''Roy''': [[spoiler:''(To Spike, who thinks he killed him)'' You missed, partner.]]
* ProWrestlingIsReal: Justified, given that each channel is essentially a more sadistic version of its 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. He's actually more of a Senior Executive than the bona fide "Boss" of Hell, who's referred to in dialogue as Mr. Spike's boss.
* SavageWolves: Wolves attack Roy, Helen and Crowley.
* 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''.
** Mrs. Seidenbaum getting stepped on by Godzilla is a reference to ''WesternAnimation/BambiMeetsGodzilla''.
* 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.)''
* SubvertedKidsShow: There's a segment where Roy and Helen try and evade a mechanical cat in the style of ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' (Chuck Jones himself did the animation). 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.
* 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.