Amazing Stories

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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age 10+

Spellbinding Spielberg series has some lessons, too.

NBC Drama 1985

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age 9+

a hidden treasure

Because this show's storylines- and hence its cast of characters- changes from episode to episode- parents may want to preview individual episodes, at least at random, before judging the suitability for children under 9. Having said that, this is an excellent series. When you see Steven Spielberg's name, you can usually count on the work being worth your time. This is no exception. The scenery and sets are excellent, the acting is usually very good, the music (written by John Williams) is very good, and the stories are very well-written, usually exciting enough to keep viewers wanting to come back for more. Some of the actors who appeared on the show were famous, like the late Sid Caesar. Others, such as Kevin Costner, got their start on this show. There was usually a moral in each episode as well. For example, there were 2 episodes set in World War II, both of whom had different characters and actors (one of which was filmed in black and white). In both episodes the character who was the least likely to become a hero saved the day for everyone. In another episode, where a 15 year old boy went from the Alamo to modern day San Antonio, he refused money when he delivered a message, reminding viewers that some things need to be done for their own sake, without being given money. The episode starring Sid Caesar had him playing a magician who was past his prime. His boss told him that it was time for him to retire, but he thought otherwise- that is, until he practiced at home. At that point he felt as well that he should retire, giving the message that there comes a time when you should leave what you've been doing and move on to something else. There was yet another episode where a couple ghosts scared newcomers out of the house, and the traditionalist family came back, sending the message that tradition sometimes is important. To say more would make this review too long, but you get the idea. Watch this show!

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