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Rate "The Uncle Devil Show"
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Episode 10.2 - The Uncle Devil Show

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Original Air Date: November 29, 1985
Stars: Murphy Dunne, Gregory Mier, Joel Polis, Wendy Phillips
Writer: Don Todd
Director: David Steinberg

Mom and Dad don't realize that the video their child is watching demonstrates magic tricks like turning parents into lizards and giving dogs four eyes.



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Funny and demented little six minute show about parents who say one thing, but do the opposite. The little boy and Uncle Devil take advantage of their passive attitudes. Sometimes I wonder about the stuff my kids watch and listen to. I monitor a lot of it but they consume too much for me to keep up with. Could an Uncle Devil show have slipped by me?

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This is an absolutely brilliant short. The writing here is funny, dark, and socially damning. Uncle Devil is the most
benign-looking, Mr. Rogers-type of host. Any parent walking through a room would take one glance at this man and
assume their child was watching something safe. But like all shows designed for children, what kind of messages are
they planting in young, susceptible minds? These days, most of the shows aimed at children are nothing more than
thinly-veiled ads designed to sell your youngster either toys or something to rot out their teeth while giving them a
nice short-term buzz. Sometimes the shows go beyond simple advertising and try to push social, political, or religious
agendas. Uncle Devil has a clear agenda and it does not involve the parents in any way, shape or form. By appearing
harmless and relying on parental laziness, he has managed to completely slip under the parental supervision radar.
This episode is a warning to parents to MAKE SURE YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOUR CHILD IS WATCHING! Remember
folks, they don't call it television "programming" for nothing.


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Holy shite! I actually remember watching this as a kid, but I thought it was part of the anthology show Monsters. Well, the message, as posted above, is clear and very pertinent, which makes this a true Zone -- conveying a very important message in the science fiction/fantasy format. The execution is a bit hokey, which is why I did not think it was a part of TZ. The 'hokeyness' drops it a couple notches for me.

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whitsbrain wrote:
Could an Uncle Devil show have slipped by me?


Well, do you have any cockroaches running amok or a 4-eyed dog at home? :wink:

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Malarcanus wrote:
This is an absolutely brilliant short. The writing here is funny, dark, and socially damning. Uncle Devil is the most
benign-looking, Mr. Rogers-type of host. Any parent walking through a room would take one glance at this man and
assume their child was watching something safe. But like all shows designed for children, what kind of messages are
they planting in young, susceptible minds? These days, most of the shows aimed at children are nothing more than
thinly-veiled ads designed to sell your youngster either toys or something to rot out their teeth while giving them a
nice short-term buzz. Sometimes the shows go beyond simple advertising and try to push social, political, or religious
agendas. Uncle Devil has a clear agenda and it does not involve the parents in any way, shape or form. By appearing
harmless and relying on parental laziness, he has managed to completely slip under the parental supervision radar.
This episode is a warning to parents to MAKE SURE YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOUR CHILD IS WATCHING! Remember
folks, they don't call it television "programming" for nothing.


Great analysis, Malarcanus!

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A four from me. it's too short to garner any real story from it although the message is still alarmingly clear. Check what your kids watch!

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The best part of this short segment I think is when Uncle Devil says in a both funny and sinister way, "do you have a little doggy?" and then subsequently seeing the dog with four eyes, the crappy effects towards the end let it down a bit however. 6/10


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I love Uncle Devil! :evil:

Murphy Dunne is so non threateningly sincere, as Malarcanus pointed out, he is the perfect devil. This was a fun little segue between The Shadow Man and Opening Day. Sure, it's 80s cheesy, a little preachy, but it has just enough evil tongue in cheek that I appreciate it and the family units it was jibing. As once quoted by Whit, quality over quantity has its own merit - and in my book - this 6 minutes has its merits.

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