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Stay Tuned

4.1 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews

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Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Rating: PG
Release Date: 3-FEB-2004
Media Type: DVD

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Long before Pleasantville, this 1992 comedy featured a family taking its problems out of the real world and into the loopy fictions of television entertainment. John Ritter and Pam Dawber star as Roy and Helen Knable, a suburban couple with a host of marital problems, most of which have to do with Roy's couch-potato attachment to his TV's remote control. Things take a hellish turn when the devilish Spike (Jeffrey Jones) turns up at the Knable house offering Roy a great deal on the ultimate satellite-TV system.

Surprise, surprise: The contract signed by the less-than-cautious Roy actually requires a one-time payment of his soul. He and Helen find themselves sucked into their own television set, where they are kept on the run through such monstrous fare as "I Love Lucifer" and "Northern Overexposure." Eventually, their disenchanted kids (David Tom, Heather McComb) discover mom and dad are on TV, in a whole new sense of the term, and they set about rescuing them.

A genuine novelty, Stay Tuned is powered along by a chain of imaginative sequences, most memorably an original cartoon by Warner legend Chuck Jones that cleverly integrates Ritter and Dawber's characters. The script's implicit social satire about the overbearing nature of television on underachieving lives isn't lost on the lively cast or director Peter Hyams (Timecop), easily one of the most imaginative action filmmakers around. The old rivalry between television and movies carries on in this clever parody, and the feud has rarely been so much fun. With tons of supporting players, including SCTV legend Eugene Levy, Saturday Night Live announcer Don Pardo, and hip-hop performers Salt-n-Pepa. --Tom Keogh


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  • Actors: John Ritter, Pam Dawber, Jeffrey Jones, David Tom, Heather McComb
  • Directors: Peter Hyams
  • Writers: Jim Jennewein, Richard Siegel, Tom S. Parker
  • Producers: Arne Schmidt, David Nicksay, Gary Barber, James G. Robinson
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 23, 2000
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RF88
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,823 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stay Tuned" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
Pam Dawber and the late John Ritter are Helen and Roy Knable who end up in a world of television. Helen is so fed up with Roy's addiction to television that she ends up leaving him. Their kids stay with Roy and the kids themselves join their parents in the world of television. Roy finds himself in drag,as an animated mouse and in a black-and-white detective drama. What's even cooler is that Roy is on the set of Three's Company,Ritter's legendary classic sitcom. Two unknown actresses as Janet and Chrissy,walk into the apartment and ask Roy in unison,"Where have you been?". Ritter actually reprised his role of Jack Tripper for a short time! There's also Duane's Underworld on Saturday Night Dead,a parody of Saturday Night Live's Wayne's World. Duane and his sidekick,both ghouls,have Roy on the show and rave about Helen's physical beauty("Schwing!"). The Knables' kids get their mom and dad out of TV and back into the real world. Dawber's sitcom Mork & Mindy,a spinoff of Happy Days,ran on ABC from 1978 to 1982,during the tenure of Three's Company,another ABC sitcom(1977-1984). I dedicate this film to the memory of Ritter(9/17/48-9/11/03).
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Great movie! Starring John Ritter. My son seems to like movies from the 80's and 90's so much better than movies that come out now, he just watched this for the first time and he loved it. I think this is probably where they got the idea for the movie Click with Adam Sandler. It may not be quite the same story line, but it has some similarities, John Ritter buys a satellite dish and gets sucked into it, which makes him be in the shows on TV, he is supposed to last in there for 24 hours to be able to go back to the real world. There is a remote that allows him to be able to change the channel that he is on, quite funny when one of the shows is Three's Company, which John Ritter was actually on. His son tries to help get him out of there. Great entertainment.
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Since STAY TUNED (1992) is a spoof of television, who better for the leads than John Ritter and Pam Dawber.
Here they're the Knables, a married couple with two kids. Helen has a successful career while Roy is a traveling plumbing supply salesman. At home he's lost in TV land, perhaps as a way to cope with 9 to 5 misery. When "Spike" (Jeffrey Jones) shows up at his door with a free trial offer of a 44" TV with 900 lines of resolution, a giant satellite dish and 666 channels to choose from, Roy jumps at this golden chance, especially since Helen has, in a fit of anger, just destroyed the living room TV.

Roy doesn't know that the contract he signed is a deal with the devil and that he will soon be transported via the satellite dish into a satanic TV network where the object is to kill new "participants" within 24 hours. If he survives this tele-ordeal, which no one ever does, Roy will be sent home. But Helen is accidentally dragged over, so she must suffer along with her husband.

First stop is a game show called You Can't Win, where personal multiple choice questions place the Knables in an embarrassing position if they admit the truth. Example: Helen learns that Roy was at the bar watching sports when he should've been home celebrating their wedding anniversary. Later, Roy is dumped into a sub-zero Arctic inhabited by ravenous wolves, also he and Helen are transformed into cartoon mice being pursued by a robotic cat. The biggest laugh is when Roy becomes Jack Tripper on THREE'S COMPANY. When he realizes where he is, Roy/Ritter lets out a screech.

The Knables also have to endure a wrestling match to the death on Duane's Underworld. (Lou Albano is ring announcer here.) They're in a b&w film noir send-up and in a French Revolution epic where Roy's in drag.
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This movie was very cute. John Ritter gives a great performance. About a couple having their share of problems (mainly that Ritter ignores his wife and watches t.v. instead). She breaks the t.v., and he meets Spike, an agent of the devil that offers him a new satelite entertainment system, complete with 666 channels. The catch? He and his wife are sucked into the satelite dish, and have to survive 24 hours of dangerous programming. If not, Satan gets their souls. Excellent animation sequence by Chuck Jones. Genuinely funny! A must see for those who enjoy comedies with bizarre (yet interesting and well written) plots.
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Stay Tuned is about Roy and Helen Knable. Roy gets a new TV from Mr. Spike. The new TV has 666 channels that's filled with shows such as "Facts of Life Support" , "30 Something to Life", "Sadistic Hidden Videoes" , "Murder, She Likes" and commerical parodies. Roy and Helen has 24 hours to live through Hell's channels. Will they make it out alive? STAY TUNED!
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I first caught STAY TUNED on weekend afternoons when I didn't have anything better to do. Sure the movie was kind of cheesy and had a plot that was meant to be satirical and not realistic, but I always enjoyed watching. John Ritter was a great comic and like all great actors, was able to improve any material given to him.
Ritter plays Roy Knable, a traveling plumbing supply salesman who is suffering from a midlife crisis and slowly retreats into the world of television. One night a strange man (Jeffery Jones) shows up at his doorstep offering him that chance to preview a new satellite system. Knable can't refuse, sings a contract, and after an argument with his wife (Pam Dawber), the couple are sucked into the satellite system and begin living television shows. The big hitch is that the satellite station is a pet project of Satan and some of his demons and all the shows have a diabolical twist meant to kill the "participants" and steal their souls. The only way out of the contract that Knable signed is if they survive 24 hours in the tv programming world from Hell.
Besides Ritter, the movie provides some decent performances from Dawber and Jones (he seems to be the king of modern cheesy movies) and also a fine supporting turn from Eugene Levy.
The movie offers some comic parodies that are now outdated (Wayne's Underworld for instance) and some cheesy dialogue. Still, the show is fun to watch and Ritter is a total joy. Also, this film was made years before reality tv (the first season of MTV's REAL WORLD hadn't even aired yet) and it's satirical look at television viewing and making is even more relevant today than when it was more than a decade ago.
The DVD includes a brief featurette, theatrical trailers, and a list of cast information.
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