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''Amazing Stories'' is a 1980s TV series produced by Creator/StevenSpielberg for Creator/{{NBC}}. This GenreAnthology series is similar to ''Franchise/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).

Despite all this, the series didn't do that well in the ratings. It lasted from September 1985 to April 1987 for a total of [[ShortRunner 45 episodes in two seasons]]. Still, a {{revival}} [[http://deadline.com/2015/10/amazing-stories-remake-bryan-fuller-nbc-universal-tv-1201592586/ was announced in 2015]].

!!Amazing Tropes:
%%* AdventuresInComaland: "Dorothy and Ben".
* AfterlifeExpress: "Ghost Train" has an old steam engine arrive to take a boy's grandfather to the afterlife.
* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: The main character of "Vanessa in the Garden" burns his priceless paintings in a drunken rage, jeopardizing his art career.
%%* AliensStealCable: "Fine Tuning".
* AngryGuardDog: The last act of "Family Dog" has the dog being trained to become one. It works too well, as it follows the burglars to their lair and becomes their AttackAnimal.
* 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.
%%* AssholeVictim: Calvin in "Thanksgiving".
* 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...
* BlackWidow: Mentioned as the previous ring owner in "The Wedding Ring". Makes you wonder if she imprinted on the ring or was the victim of the ring too.
%%* 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/{{K|nightRider}}ITT 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".
%%* ClothesMakeTheManiac: "The Wedding Ring".
* CoincidentalAccidentalDisguise: "Mummy Daddy". The actor protagonist is in a mummy costume, and there's also a real mummy lurching around.
* DeadManWalking: "The Mission". The gunner's bubble won't retract and the landing gear has been destroyed, meaning when the plane lands, it's going to be ''very'' messy.
%%* DeadPersonImpersonation: [[spoiler: "Grandpa's Ghost".]]
* DeepSouth: The movie the actor is making in "Mummy Daddy" is being shot in this reigon.
* 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."
%%* 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" uses this against her two trouble-making young charges.
%%* HumiliationConga: To the main character in "Main Attraction".
* ImAHumanitarian: [[spoiler: "Thanksgiving", assuming whatever down there is human.]]
* KnifeNut: The first sign something's wrong with Lois in "The Wedding Ring".
* LargeHam / SadistTeacher: B.O. Beanes in "Go to the Head of the Class," played to perfection by Creator/ChristopherLloyd.
%%* LaserGuidedKarma: What happens to Calvin in "Thanksgiving" and Brad in "The 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"; see above under Hollywood Voodoo.
%%* 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" has a man dressed as a mummy and later features a real mummy who has been kept in a sarcophagus.
* MySkullRunnethOver: "One for the Books" has a man unwillingly soak up all the knowledge in a university library, during him into rambling distracted mess.
* 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.
** Even through his bandages, the poor actor in "Mummy Daddy" flashes an hilariously epic one after the ShamingTheMob moment listed below.
* OppositesAttract: "Guilt Trip" has Guilt and Love personified falling in love with each other.
%%* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: "Family Dog." [[ExecutiveMeddling Except not.]]
* PopCultureSymbology: The episode ''Go To The Head Of The Class'' features a necromantic spell hidden on lyrics of Michael Jackson's ''Thriller'' - in order to hear it, you need to play an LP of the song backwards.
* PrecisionFStrike: A TV-friendly version. In "Family Dog," the husband blames his wife for buying "cheap damn dog food" which gives the dog gas.
%%* RoadSignReversal: "Mummy Daddy"
%%* RoyalBrat: The kids in "The Sitter".
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation: "Family Dog" is noteworthy in that, while the era was already taking effect on feature films ([[WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail some]] of [[WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime which]] even shared the same [[Creator/StevenSpielberg producer]]), this was the first example of high-quality animation created for television.
* SavingChristmas: "Santa 85" has Santa end up in jail and a boy has to help break him out so he can deliver presents.
%%* SelectiveMagnetism: "The Main Attraction".
* ShamingTheMob: Subverted in "Mummy Daddy", with a young child saying to the lynch mob that the costumed actor looks like a good mummy, but.. "..we better not take any chances! String 'em up!"
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: "Family Dog," an entirely animated episode directed by Creator/BradBird. On top of being animated, it also has no overt fantasy elements.
* 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 sat on the finished episodes for years before burning them off over the course of five weeks during the summer of 1993, he was probably 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[=/=]SuddenlyBilingual: "One for the Books" has a man unwillingly get all the knowledge in a library crammed into his head, with this as a result.
* ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight: Summoned by the babysitter in "The Sitter".
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: "Life on Death Row". [[spoiler:Thankfully, the inmate [[BackFromTheDead gets better]] with help from the friends he has healed.]]
* TrappedInTVLand: A horror movie fan makes the mistake of wishing life were more like the movies in "Welcome to My Nightmare".
%%* TrumanShowPlot: "Secret Cinema"
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: "Mummy Daddy" is inspired by an incident in which Boris Karlof, in full Frankenstein makeup, had to leave the set of a ''Frankenstein'' film when his wife went into labor.
* VisualPun: In "Thanksgiving", [[spoiler: what's left of Calvin does indeed look like a turkey in silhouette]].
%%* WealthyEverAfter: The end of "Gather Ye Acorns."
%%* 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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