UHF on VHS. Starring ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, Kevin McCarthy, Michael Richards, David Bowe, Victoria Jackson. With Billy Barty, Fran Drescher, Trinidad Silva. Directed by Jay Levey. 1989.
From the VHS box:
It’s crazy. It’s zany. It’s hysterical. It’s TV according to “Weird Al” Yankovic.
RAIDER OF THE FALLEN ARCHES, ALMOST RAMBOW, TOWN TALK WITH GEORGE, CONAN THE LIBRARIAN, WHEEL OF FISH, GONE WITH A WHIM, GANDHI II
George Newman is a daydreamer whose hyperactive imagination keeps him from holding a steady job… until he becomes the general manager of Channel 62, a local television station his uncle wins in a poker game.
Unfortunately, the station is about one week away from bankruptcy. In a moment of desperation, George makes janitor Stanley Spadowski the star of a dull children’s show and stumbles onto a ratings goldmine… who else would treat lucky kids to a drink from a high-pressure hose? “Stanley Spadowski’s playhouse” is just weird enough to attract an audience!
Before long, endless reruns have been replaced with bizarre programming that could only have come from one place: George Newman’s unique imagination. Shows like “Wheel of Fish,” “Name That Stain,” “Conan the Librarian,” “The Wonderful World of Phlegm,” and “Raul’s Wild Kingdom,” where poodles learn to fly from third story windows!
But as Channel 62s ratings start to rise, so does the wrath of TV mogul R.J. Fletcher, who wants to buy the station and turn it into a parking lot.
Can Channel 62 come up with the money it needs to stay on the air? George Newman’s imagination is the only place to find out!
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