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Lost Signals: Eerie, Indiana (1991)

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As the predecessor to Fox Kid’s Goosebumps franchise in the mid to late 90s Eerie, Indiana is a belovedly bizarre tv show that starred Omri Katz (who is perhaps best known to most of us here as Max Dennison from Hocus Pocus). Originally developed in partnership with horror icon Joe Dante, the show merged the conspiracy theories of X-Files with the mundane oddities of a subdued David Lynch.

The show begins with Marshall Teller (Katz), who has recently moved to Eerie and finds himself at odds with this new home. Like many kids, Teller sees the world a little differently than most. Thankfully, he’s not alone on his journey through the strange with a colorful cast that includes crazy scientists, zombies, cults devoted to corn and John Astin (Gomez from The Addams Family) as the eccentric Mr. Radford. Also of note is Jason Marsden’s performance as Dash X which stands out as one of the best in the series. Interestingly enough Marsden and Katz would team up again during Hocus Pocus, with Marsden providing the voice for Thackery Binx.

Though it was short-lived (only 19 episodes aired), the tone of the series was similar to Twin Peaks which had premiered only a year prior. Offering a surprisingly diverse range of mysteries for its pint sized protagonists to solve, the show was perhaps at its best when a touch of the supernatural came into play. Case in point, America’s Scariest Home Videos finds Marshall and his sidekick Simon stuck at home on Halloween babysitting Simon’s younger brother. When his brother inadvertently zaps himself into a monster movie (and said monster gets zapped out) they boys must find a way to rescue Simon’s brother while sending the monster (a mummy) back where he belongs.

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  • Andrew

    I love this show. its too bad it ended before they finished with the Dash X storyline.
    the sequel show wasn't anywhere near as good. Eerie, Indiana: the Other Dimension. The first episode set up an interesting idea that just went nowhere.

  • Strange Kid

    @Andrew: There was a sequel?! Too bad it sucked. Dash X was always an interesting character, I was disappointed as well that they kind of let that last storyline go like they did.

  • Belle Dee

    There's an episode with Tobey Maguire where he plays a ghost. I love that episode, I get teary eyed every time I watch it.

  • Strange Kid

    @Belle: Spider-Man was on Eerie? Too cool! I'll have to see if I can find that episode on Youtube.

  • Belle Dee

    Yeah, and I didn't remember that it was him until I watched it again a few years ago. Looks like it is on Youtube, the episode is called 'The Dead Letter'.

  • Strange Kid

    @Belle: Schweet! Thanks, Belle!

  • http://www.timothygault.com Tim

    One of my absolute favorite shows growing up. I still like to watch the complete series at least once a year for nostalgic and entertainment purposes. Why do we all have to grow up?

    • http://www.strangekidsclub.com Rondal

      Ah, but here at Strange Kids Club no one has to grow up. Hope you stick around, Tim!