Stay Tuned (1992) - Rotten Tomatoes

Stay Tuned (1992)




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John Ritter and Pam Dawber star as Roy and Helen Knable, a suburban American couple having marital problems. Roy has become a couch potato, and a resentful Helen wants him to ditch the remote. When the demonic Spike (Jeffrey Jones) offers Roy a deal on the ultimate satellite TV system, Roy doesn't realize that he's just signed away his soul. Roy and Helen are sucked into their own television, where they endure a gauntlet of Hellish television shows such as "Northern Overexposure" and "I Love Lucifer." When their kids Darryl (David Tom) and Diane (Heather McComb) realize that their parents are on the twisted television, they set out to rescue them. Among other elements, Stay Tuned contains an original cartoon short by Looney Tunes legend Chuck Jones. The film was the debut of writing team Tom S. Parker and Jim Jennewein, who would stay in the wacky comedy genre with a whopping four major releases in 1994.

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Eugene Levy
as Crowley
David Tom
as Knable
Bob Dishy
as Seidenbaum
Joyce Gordon
as Mrs. Seidenbaum
Erik King
as Pierce
George Gray
as Mr. Grogan
as Rap Artist
Don Calfa
as Wetzel
Ken Douglas
as Skeletal Worker
Dale Wilson
as Guy Squirly
Don Pardo
as Game Show Announcer
Captain Lou Albano
as Ring Announcer
Faith Minton
as Mrs. Gorgon
A.C. Peterson
as Wrestling Referee
Laura Harris
as Girlfriend #1
Bill Croft
as Torpedo
John Bear Curtis
as Torpedo #2
Ken Kramer
as Innkeeper
Gordon Masten
as Executioner
Colleen Winton
as Anchor Woman
Terry Lewis
as Max Hell Man
Rebecca Toolan
as Crying Widow
Shane Meier
as "Yogi Beer"
Serge Houde
as "Yogi Beer"
P. Lynn Johnson
as "Silencer of the Lambs"
Steve Adams
as "30 Something to Life"
John Pyper-Ferguson
as "30 Something to Life"
Kevin McNulty
as "30 Something to Life"
Todd Duckworth
as "3 Men and Rosemary's Baby"
Robert Wisden
as "3 Men and Rosemary's Baby"
Peter Yunker
as "3 Men and Rosemary's Baby"
Roselyn Royce
as "Three's Company Spoof"
Jonathon Pallone
as Heavy Set Guard
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Critic Reviews for Stay Tuned

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (1)

Not diabolical enough for true black comedy, too scary and violent for kids lured by its PG rating and witless in its sendup of obsessive TV viewing, Stay Tuned is a picture with nothing for everybody.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

A silly, evil, and fun premise that works as a Saturday morning flick. [Full review in Spanish].

June 22, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Peter Hyams, who has flopped in virtually every genre, despite a strong visual sensibility fleetingly in evidence here, seems devoid of comic ideas at each heavyhanded turn.

June 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Simply crashes upon takeoff, going nowhere in a hurry, sniffing around for pop culture overkill and domestic depression insight it never makes a genuine play to explore.

August 16, 2012 | Rating: D | Full Review…

As a 1992 state of the art video sci-fi satire, not bad.

October 14, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Has its moments...a second-rate screenplay is given a first-rate treatment by underrated director/cinematographer Peter Hyams.

July 28, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Stay Tuned

RI.P John Ritter. It is a nice movie with some LOLs scenes. Also an interesting I dea what if you suddenly get stucked in TV.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer


"Stay Tuned" is a great one of a kind movie. Roy Knable (John Ritter) and Helen Knable (Pam Dawber) are captured inside a television set after they are mischievously tricked by a salesman named Spike (Jeffrey Jones). Roy and Helen have to find a way to survive 24 hours of the hellish Tv by completing several tasks and finding a television screen in whatever situation that they are currently in. Their journey inside the television will take them to many places and adventures such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, The French Revolution, a game show, and even a cartoon where they are both rats. "Stay Tuned" is a hilarious comedy movie. It's funny just about the whole time. John Ritter, Pam Dawber, and Jeffrey Jones all put on great performances. If you like innovative and hilarious comedy movies, I recommend getting "Stay Tuned." The movie never gets old no matter how many times you see it, so you might be staying tuned longer than you think. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000. Always thought this was an awesome retro'ish and innovative movie for its time, and still love it.

Jason Owens
Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

John Ritter and Pam Dawber take a trip through television Hell (Jeffrey Jones is the Devil) to rescue their children. It's hilarious and has several parodies of popular television programs. My favorite was the crash-test dummy testing.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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