The BEST Episodes of Amazing Stories

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 12, 2020

Network: NBC

Amazing Stories is a fantasy, horror and science fiction anthology series created by Steven Spielberg. It originally ran for two seasons on NBC from 1985 to 1987 and featured an all-star roster of guest stars and directors. The series was nominated for 12 Emmy Awards and won five.

The Mission

#1 - The Mission

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 3, 1985

During World War II, men in an air force bomber are caught in a no win scenario when their belly gunner (an amateur artist) is trapped in his seat and the plane has no wheels for landing.

star 8.02
153 votes
Writers: Menno Meyjes
Go to the Head of the Class

#2 - Go to the Head of the Class

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 21, 1986

A teacher's bizarre discipline causes two students to seek revenge with a spell culled from a rock song played backwards. Unfortunately something goes wrong when they cast the spell. When they attempt another spell to fix the problem they accidently remove the head of their teacher.

star 7.67
76 votes
Directors: Robert Zemeckis
Writers: Bob Gale, Tom McLoughlin
Thanksgiving

#3 - Thanksgiving

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 24, 1986

Nora and her father Calvin are farmers who are digging a well for water. The two lower a flashlight on a rope down the hole. Suddenly something pulls on the rope. When they pull it up, they see that the flashlight has been replaced with a gold ingot. Calvin goes to town with it while Nora sends down another package to the "hole people" containing ham and a dictionary. When she pulls it back up she receives gold and jewels and a note thanking her, saying the 'ham' was very tasty, and asking for more things. She sends down chicken and gets even more gold. Calvin returns in a tow truck. On a tow cable, he sends down a container filled with flashlights. When he pulls it up, he discovers they have been destroyed. Calvin is upset and decides to go down into the hole. He gets a gun and puts on a gas mask and army suit. He lowers himself down and tells Nora to bring him up after 10 minutes. Nora brings him up but all that comes up is the suit, stuffed with gold and jewelry and coins.

star 7.62
78 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Pierre R. Debs, Robert C. Fox
Grandpa's Ghost

#4 - Grandpa's Ghost

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired May 25, 1986

A man tries to reconcile his grandmother with the death of his grandpa. The ghost of the old man only appears in the presence of his wife.

star 7.55
47 votes
Directors: Timothy Hutton
Writers: Michael de Guzman
Family Dog

#5 - Family Dog

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 16, 1987

In an animated episode, the antics of a family are seen through the point of view of the family dog.

star 7.53
51 votes
Directors: Brad Bird
Writers: Brad Bird
The Wedding Ring

#6 - The Wedding Ring

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 22, 1986

A wax museum dresser takes a ring from a statue. The ring transforms his overworked wife into a femme fatale.

star 7.46
85 votes
Directors: Danny DeVito
Writers: Stu Krieger
Mr. Magic

#7 - Mr. Magic

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 17, 1985

A fading illusionist has a last shot at greatness thanks to a deck of magic playing cards.

star 7.41
99 votes
Directors: Donald Petrie
Writers: John Falsey, Joshua Brand
One for the Road

#8 - One for the Road

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 19, 1986

During the Depression, several bar patrons hope to get insurance money by tricking a man into signing a policy with the hope that he will drink himself to death.

star 7.41
61 votes
Directors: Thomas Carter
Writers: James D. Bissell
The Amazing Falsworth

#9 - The Amazing Falsworth

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 5, 1985

A psychic showman realizes that during a performance that someone in the audience wants to commit murder. Frightened, he calls the police, and the detective shows up to investigate.

star 7.38
138 votes
Writers: Mick Garris
Dorothy and Ben

#10 - Dorothy and Ben

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 2, 1986

After 40 years in a coma, Ben Dumpfy awakens and discovers that he can communicate with a seven-year-old girl who is in a coma after a bike accident.

star 7.32
56 votes
Writers: Michael de Guzman
Ghost Train

#11 - Ghost Train

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 29, 1985

Trains of ages past are about to crash into the present world of a young boy.

star 7.30
289 votes
Writers: Frank Deese
The Sitter

#12 - The Sitter

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 5, 1986

Two young boys get the best of every sitter in town, until they meet one who uses voodoo to settle them down.

star 7.23
65 votes
Writers:
The Doll

#13 - The Doll

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 4, 1986

A lonely bachelor is fascinated by a doll he bought for his niece.

star 7.21
58 votes
Directors: Phil Joanou
Writers: Richard Matheson
Mummy Daddy

#14 - Mummy Daddy

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 27, 1985

An actor, Harold, who stars in a mummy film finds himself in serious trouble from frightened people when he leaves the set in full costume to reach his pregnant wife who is about to give birth. Unfortunately, matters become even more complicated when a local mummy, Ra Amin Kamin, comes to life and starts trying to kill Harold. In the end, Harold gets to the hospital in time and Ra Amin Kamin finds himself the new star of the movie...

star 7.20
142 votes
Writers: Earl Pomerantz
Life on Death Row

#15 - Life on Death Row

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 10, 1986

An inmate is struck by lightning. He is given miraculous healing powers that spark a last-minute attempt to save him from the electric chair.

star 7.17
76 votes
Directors: Mick Garris
Writers: Rockne S. O'Bannon
Miscalculation

#16 - Miscalculation

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 29, 1986

A high school student searching for a date accidently spills chemicals on a magazine and conjures up a dog. He tries desperately to create a beautiful woman, but things go terribly wrong.

star 7.14
77 votes
Directors: Tom Holland
Writers: Michael McDowell
One for the Books

#17 - One for the Books

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired May 11, 1986

An elderly custodian suddenly gains incredible knowledge.

star 7.14
50 votes
Writers: Richard Matheson
Welcome to My Nightmare

#18 - Welcome to My Nightmare

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 13, 1986

A horror movie buff's obsession with the girl next door lands him in a terrifying scene from Psycho.

star 7.05
75 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Todd Holland
Without Diana

#19 - Without Diana

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 27, 1987

A father meets his long lost daughter who appears to him exactly as she appeared forty years ago.

star 7.05
40 votes
Writers:
The Eternal Mind

#20 - The Eternal Mind

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 29, 1986

A dying scientist volunteers to be the first person to merge with a computer.

star 7.05
43 votes
Directors: Michael Riva
Writers: Gary Stevens, Julie Moskowitz
No Day at the Beach

#21 - No Day at the Beach

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 12, 1986

A GI tries to be a hero during an amphibious assault in Italy during World War II.

star 7.02
56 votes
Writers:
Mirror, Mirror

#22 - Mirror, Mirror

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 9, 1986

A popular horror novelist is terrorized by a strange figure in his bathroom mirror.

star 7.02
58 votes
Writers: Joseph Minion
Blue Man Down

#23 - Blue Man Down

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 19, 1987

Two police officers try to break up a supermarket robbery, but the younger officer is killed. A new female partner helps the other officer avenge his friends death. He later discovers that his new partner is the ghost of an officer who died 12 years earlier.

star 7.00
41 votes
Writers: Daniel Lindley, Jacob Epstein
The Main Attraction

#24 - The Main Attraction

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 6, 1985

A high school football player is magnetized by a fallen meteorite.

star 6.96
246 votes
Writers: Brad Bird
The 21-Inch Sun

#25 - The 21-Inch Sun

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 2, 1987

A television writer is given an opportunity to write a sitcom. The source of inspiration for the sitcom comes to the man from his plants.

star 6.95
42 votes
Directors: Nick Castle
Writers: Bruce Kirschbaum