Amazing Stories (TV Series 2020– )

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Amazing Stories (TV Series 2020– )

Reimagining the anthology from visionary Steven Spielberg, "Amazing Stories," executive produced by Spielberg, will transport the audience to worlds of wonder through the lens of today's most imaginative filmmakers, directors, and writers.
USA
IMDb  6.2 /10
Metacritic   51%
Creators
Creator Adam Horowitz
Creator Edward Kitsis
Information
Release Date2020-03-06
Runtime52mins
GenreAction, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Content RatingTV-PG (TV-PG)
Awards
CompanyAmblin Television, Universal Television
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Joe Harris 1 episode, 2020
Tuka Myrtle Hall 1 episode, 2020
Sam Taylor 1 episode, 2020
Lieutenant Theodore Cole 1 episode, 2020
Sara Jordan 1 episode, 2020
Mary Ann Whitaker 1 episode, 2020
Dylan Harris 1 episode, 2020
Sterling Johnson 1 episode, 2020
Alia Jordan 1 episode, 2020
Evelyn Porter 1 episode, 2020
Michael Harris 1 episode, 2020
Wayne Wilkes 1 episode, 2020
Elijah Whitaker 1 episode, 2020
Lee Easton 1 episode, 2020
Jake Taylor 1 episode, 2020
Paula Porter 1 episode, 2020
Helen Harris 1 episode, 2020
Bill Kaminski 1 episode, 2020
Sterling's Grandma 1 episode, 2020
Dr. Mary Koh 1 episode, 2020
Coach Riley 1 episode, 2020
Nina Bowman 1 episode, 2020
Cody 1 episode, 2020
William 1 episode, 2020
Lance 1 episode, 2020
DJ Williams 1 episode, 2020
Milburg 1 episode, 2020
Henry Barrett 1 episode, 2020
Bryce Harris 1 episode, 2020
Mrs. Wilkes 1 episode, 2020
Erica 1 episode, 2020
Dred Carpenter
Dred Carpenter
Woman at Sideshow 1 episode, 2020
Pauline 1 episode, 2020
Francesca 1 episode, 2020
Alexandra 1 episode, 2020
Pauline's Nurse 1 episode, 2020
Officer McPherson 1 episode, 2020
Brady 1 episode, 2020
Jasper 1 episode, 2020
Grandfather Warren 1 episode, 2020
Inez 1 episode, 2020
Sheriff Parker 1 episode, 2020
Kenny 1 episode, 2020
Mildred 1 episode, 2020
Girl on Phone 1 episode, 2020
Fallyn Brown
Fallyn Brown
10 year old Alia 1 episode, 2020
Bruh #1 1 episode, 2020
Police Chief McClarty 1 episode, 2020
Shopkeeper 1 episode, 2020
Sybil 1 episode, 2020
Dev 1 episode, 2020
Bruh #2 1 episode, 2020
Jesse 1 episode, 2020
TV News Anchor 1 episode, 2020
Little Sam 1 episode, 2020
Woman in Shop 1 episode, 2020
Ramos 1 episode, 2020
Bartender at Speakeasy 1 episode, 2020
Deputy Sheriff #1 1 episode, 2020
Milo 1 episode, 2020
Deputy Sheriff #2 1 episode, 2020
Maya 1 episode, 2020
Paul Flanagan II
Paul Flanagan II
Jenkins - Auto Body 1 episode, 2020
Prom Girl 1 episode, 2020
Photographer 1 episode, 2020
Principal 1 episode, 2020
Worker with Gun 1 episode, 2020
Prom Guy 1 episode, 2020
ER Nurse 1 episode, 2020
Driver of Caprice 1 episode, 2020
Guard #1 1 episode, 2020
Male Nurse 1 episode, 2020
Teenage Girl on Phone 1 episode, 2020
Eric Esquer
Eric Esquer
FBI Agent 1 episode, 2020
Team Medic 1 episode, 2020
Deborah Bowman
Deborah Bowman
Director 1 episode, 2020
Pastor Turrentine 1 episode, 2020
Diceman 1 episode, 2020
Slacker 1 episode, 2020
Teenager 1 episode, 2020
Black American Woman 1 episode, 2020
Netta Brielle
Netta Brielle
Soloist Singer 1 episode, 2020
Customer 1 episode, 2020
Jacqueline Collins
Jacqueline Collins
Announcer with Pistol 1 episode, 2020
Barber 1 episode, 2020
Chukwudi Hodge
Chukwudi Hodge
Rapper 1 episode, 2020

Amazing Stories (2020 TV series)

Amazing Stories is an American streaming television anthology series based on the 1985 television series of the same name created by Steven Spielberg. The series is produced for Apple TV+ and its executive producers for the series include Spielberg, Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Darryl Frank, and Justin Falvey. It premiered on March 6, 2020.

The name Amazing Stories is taken from the first science fiction magazine, which was launched in 1926 and has continued in various formats for decades.


Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date 
1"The Cellar"Chris LongJessica SharzerMarch 6, 2020
Dylan O'Brien, Victoria Pedretti, Micah Stock, Sasha Alexander, Gabriel Olds, and Cullen Douglas.
2"The Heat"Sylvain WhiteChinaka HodgeMarch 13, 2020
Hailey Kilgore, E'myri Crutchfield, and Shane Paul McGhie.
3"Dynoman and the Volt!"Susanna FogelPeter AckermanMarch 20, 2020
Robert Forster, Tyler Crumley, Kyle Bornheimer, and Alison Bell.
4"Signs of Life"Michael DinnerLeah FongMarch 27, 2020
Michelle Wilson, Sasha Lane, Josh Holloway and Linda Park
5"The Rift"Mark MylodDon Handfield and Richard RaynerApril 3, 2020

Note: This episode is adapted from a 2017 graphic novel of the same title by Don Handfield, Richard Rayner and Leno Carvalho (illustrator).

Edward Burns, Kerry Bishé and Austin Stowell

Production

Development

On October 23, 2015, it was announced that NBC was developing a reboot of the 1985 anthology television series Amazing Stories created by Steven Spielberg. Bryan Fuller was expected to write the pilot episode and executive produce alongside Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Universal Television. At that time, Spielberg was not expected to be involved with the series.

On October 10, 2017, it was announced that Apple Inc. had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. It was further announced that Amblin Television would serve as an additional production company for the series.

On February 7, 2018, it was reported that Fuller had stepped down as showrunner of the series over creative differences. It was unclear as to whether Fuller would have a different role in the production going forward but it was clarified that he had not delivered a script to Apple before his departure. Later that day, it was also reported that executive producer Hart Hanson was exiting the series as well. On May 22, 2018, it was announced that Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz had joined the production as executive producers and showrunners. On December 4, 2018, it was reported that Mark Mylod would direct an episode of the series executive produced by Edward Burns.

Casting

On December 4, 2018, it was announced that Edward Burns, Austin Stowell, and Kerry Bishé would guest star together in an episode. On October 11, 2019, it was announced that Robert Forster would appear on the show and would be his final role after his death in the episode "Dynaman and the Volt." On January 19, 2020, it was announced that Dylan O'Brien, Victoria Pedretti, Josh Holloway, and Sasha Alexander would also appear on the show.

Filming

Principal photography for the series began in November 2018 in Georgia, US. Filming took place in various locations around the state that month including Alto, Forsyth, Griffin, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, and Downtown Atlanta. In December 2018, the production was shooting in areas such as Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Kirkwood, and Flowery Branch. In January 2019, the series was working out of locations in Atlanta including the Starlight Drive-In Theatre, Emory University's Briarcliff campus and the Centennial Olympic Park.


Reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 42% based on 31 reviews, with an average rating of 4.83/10. The website's critical consensus states, "While Amazing Stories' aspirations are admirable, it feels more like a dated retread than a heartfelt reboot." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 50 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".