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Episodes

The Ewok Adventure | Caravan of Courage (1984)

2/21/2020
George Lucas's story for this made-for-TV spin-off from the Star Wars films involves a spacecraft that crash lands on Endor. The mother and father spend the film looking for their two children, a fourteen-year-old named Mace Towani and his four-year-old sister, Cindel, not knowing that they've been taken in by the kindly Ewoks whose village lies a bit of a distance away from the crash site. Cindel befriends the Ewoks instantly, but Mace is not too sure about their intentions, concentrating...

Duration:00:14:53

The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) | Steve Binder (with David Acomba)

2/14/2020
The Star Wars Holiday Special is a two-hour made-for-TV musical variety show movie that aired on November 17. 1978 on CBS for its November sweeps period.). Variety shows were hot on TV in the 1970s and this effort would serve as a ratings bonanza, putting the hottest cultural phenomenon of the last year in front of as many eyeballs as they could on a Friday night when kids could stay up to watch TV. The Force was not with this one. Chewbacca's family living in a giant treehouse on Kashyyyk....

Duration:00:27:09

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) | Nicholas Meyer

2/7/2020
The final of the Star Trek films to feature the entire original cast, Star Trek VI draws many parallels to the end of the Cold War between the United States (represented here by the Federation) and the Soviet Union (the big bad Klingons). An explosion occurs on the Klingon moon known as Praxis (an allusion to the nuclear disaster of Chernobyl), which makes the Klingon race face possible extinction, as their way of life crumbles, rendering them a superpower no longer (akin to the breakup of...

Duration:00:23:04

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) | William Shatner

1/31/2020
Star Trek V starts off with the crew taking over the reins of new Enterprise starship, and their first impromptu mission requires them to travel to the near desolate planet of Nimbus III, where a rogue Vulcan known as Sybok (Laurence Luckinbill) has placed several key ambassadors as hostages in order to draw a starship to the planet. His plans are to hijack the ship and crew, taking them on an odyssey to the Great Barrier, a place that no other ship has successfully breached. His mission is...

Duration:00:25:03

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) | Leonard Nimoy

1/24/2020
Star Trek IV starts with our heroes on planet Vulcan, loading up to go home and face punishment from the Federation for their hijacking of the Enterprise and its subsequent destruction, as well as the sabotage of the Excelsior. As they approach Earth, they find that a giant space probe is threatening to destroy the planet, emitting a signal that those on Earth are baffled how to respond to. It is determined that the probe is sending messages in the language of humpback whales, which have...

Duration:00:27:45

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) | Leonard Nimoy

1/17/2020
Star Trek III starts off with the weary Enterprise crew returning home after their near-death battle with Khan, and the actual death of Spock, whose body had been torpedoed to the Genesis world, which was a newly transformed planet, formerly without life. While all involved are a bit worse for wear, the biggest effect on a crew member seems to be with Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley), who is exhibiting strange behavior that suggests he may be cracking from the experience, babbling something about...

Duration:00:24:21

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) | Nicholas Meyer

1/10/2020
With Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the series took a swing in the exact opposite direction from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, putting things on a raw emotional level. This is a sequel, not of the first film, but of an original "Star Trek" episode, "The Space Seed", also starring Ricardo Montalban in the Khan role. Now, it is 15 years later, and Khan and his men are marooned on a desert planet which is slated as an experiment in the Federation's Genesis project. This project is actually a...

Duration:00:31:25

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) | Robert Wise

1/3/2020
Fast approaching Earth is a cloudlike alien entity that has destroys all that approaches its nebulous form. The not-quite-fully-refitted Enterprise is the closest vessel available in its approach toward Earth. Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) pushes his way to take over the mission over the man he picked for his successor as the captain, Willard Decker (Stephen Collins). Kirk makes every attempt to reason with this living entity, who goes by the moniker, V’ger. V’ger abducts the Enterprise’s...

Duration:00:29:58

Dragnet (1987) | Tom Mankiewicz

12/27/2019
In this semi-spoof sequel to the classic TV show, "Dragnet", Dan Aykroyd isn't playing Jack Webb's character, Joe Friday, in this film, but rather, his nephew, with the same name and personality. He's assigned a roguish new partner named Pep Streebeck (Tom Hanks) with which to fight crime with, though he's of a new breed of a police officer, not really respecting the rule of law that Sergeant Friday does to his core. Their first case together sees them trying to crack a slew of recent...

Duration:00:22:30

Get Smart, Again! (1989) | Gary Nelson

12/20/2019
In this "Get Smart" sequel movie made for network television, KAOS makes a comeback in a world that hasn't been terrorized by them since CONTROL took them down and put themselves out of the international terror business. Recurring "Get Smart" actor Bernie Kopell returns as Maxwell Smart's (Don Adams) main nemesis Conrad Siegreid, who leads the new KAOS after it has been bought out in a corporate takeover and is now encountering budget cuts requiring a quick influx of cash. Siegried launches...

Duration:00:19:17

The Nude Bomb / The Return of Maxwell Smart (1980) | Clive Donner

12/13/2019
Maxwell Smart (Don Adams), the dimwitted super-spy from the hit TV series from the 1960s, "Get Smart" returned in 1980 for a brand new, racier adventure. Entitled The Nude Bomb, it has lost that title over the years in favor of the more TV-programming friendly The Return of Maxwell Smart. The gist of the film is that an agent from the super-terrorist organization, KAOS, is threatening to rid the world of all clothing if demands aren't met, using a bomb capable of destroying all forms of...

Duration:00:37:01

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988) | David Zucker

12/6/2019
The comedy writing team of Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and David Zucker brought this first of a trilogy, based on their short-lived 1982 TV show "Police Squad", of zany screwball comedies to Hollywood in 1988, offering plenty of sight gags, plays on words, pop culture sendups, and downright silly slapstick. Leslie Nielsen returns to star as Lt. Frank Drebin, who seems to have a high success rate in closing his cases despite being an overconfident buffoon. His latest case involves trying to...

Duration:00:23:50

Curse of the Pink Panther (1983) | Blake Edwards

11/29/2019
Ted Wass stars as New York City police sergeant Clifton Sleigh, who ends up getting selected by an Interpol computer that is choosing the second-best sleuth in the world to use to find the missing best sleuth, Inspector Clouseau. Except Sleigh isn't the best, as Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) deliberately sabotaged the computer to try to find the worst and assure the whereabouts of Clouseau remains a mystery. Meanwhile, Clouseau is still alive in the care of health spa operator...

Duration:00:20:13

Trail of the Pink Panther (1982) | Blake Edwards

11/22/2019
Trail of the Pink Panther is a film done nearly two years after the death of Pink Panther franchise star Peter Sellers, compiling the best clips and unused outtakes from prior films, along with new material to hang together a plot around the. That plot involves the theft of the infamous and priceless Pink Panther diamond from the fictional country of Lugash, and Chief Inspector Clouseau, at the request of the president of Lugash, is brought in yet again to investigate its whereabouts,...

Duration:00:20:34

Who’s Harry Crumb? | Paul Flaherty

11/15/2019
John Candy plays Harry Crumb, the bumbling son who never quite lived up to the reputation of his sleuthing father and grandfather in his family's long-standing detective agency. Instead of running the company, he's been relegated to being a lowly trainee as their Tulsa office. Ineptitude is just what the CEO of the company, Eliot Draisen (Jeffrey Jones), in Los Angeles wants from an investigator for reasons of his own. Draisen flies out Crumb to Los Angeles to crack the case involving the...

Duration:00:35:05

Fletch Lives (1989) | Michael Ritchie

11/8/2019
Fletch (Chevy Chase) quits his job as an investigative reporter when he learns he has inherited his aunt's expansive plantation estate in Louisiana called Belle Isle. Unfortunately, he arrives to find that the property is completely run down through many years of lack of upkeep, though there are offers for the land from mysterious sources. When the executor of the will ends up dead in Fletch's bed, he becomes the top suspect in the murder. He soon learns that the reason for foul play is...

Duration:00:13:51

Fletch (1985) | Michael Ritchie

11/2/2019
Chevy Chase plays a Los Angeles Times investigative reporter named Irwin M. Fletcher (he prefers to be called by his nickname, “Fletch”) under the pseudonym of Jane Doe. While working undercover trying to uncover the secret to a major beachside drug ring, Fletch is approached by a wealthy businessman named Alan Stanwyk (Tim Matheson) who thinks he is a transient and makes him an offer of $50,000 to kill him. The story is that he has bone cancer and doesn’t want to be around to enjoy the most...

Duration:00:22:43

Outrageous Fortune (1987) | Arthur Hiller

10/26/2019
Shelley Long plays prissy longtime acting student Lauren Ames who has never gotten an actual gig, finally finding some hope when she makes her way into a prestigious drama class led by an all-time great international acting coach. Bette Midler co-stars as Sandy Brozinsky, a mouthy, earthy waitress who also suddenly finds herself in the same class without any of the talent or desire to be there. The two have a personality clash immediately that only gets worse once it is discovered that they...

Duration:00:14:04

Real Men (1987) | Dennis Feldman

10/18/2019
James Belushi stars as Nick Pirandello, a crude smart-ass that just so happens to be one of the country's top CIA agents, who is ordered to recruit a mild-mannered suburban insurance salesman father, Bob Wilson (John Ritter), a lookalike for a recently iced agent, to join him on a secret mission that may have interplanetary implications that may result in the end of the world as we know it. But Bob is such a sweet-natured man, he needs a crash course in toughening up to the task, which Nick...

Duration:00:12:43

Spies Like Us (1985) | John Landis

10/12/2019
The plot of Spies Like Us involves the two most inept, low-level U.S. intelligence agents they could find to go on a mission as expendable decoys for the real agents. Emmett Fitz-Hume (Chevy Chase) and Austin Millbarge (Dan Aykroyd) were scouted by the CIA after cheating on their advanced placement exams, with a mission that sees them parachuting into Pakistan. From there, the bumbling duo ends up in Afghanistan, where they're mistaken for doctors there on a humanitarian mission for the...

Duration:00:17:42