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60 - The Once and Future King

Original title : The Once and Future King
First Aired : 27.09.1986 (USA)
Director : Jim McBride
Writing credits : George R.R. Martin, Bryce Maritano
Cast : Jeff Yagher (Elvis/Lookalike), Lisa Jane Persky (Sandra), Red West (Boss), Paul Eiding (Sam Phillips), Bank Harper (Marion Keisky), Brian Hatton (Bill), Mitch Carter (Scotty), Cynthia Sanders (Waitress), Nancy Throckmorton (Barmaid)

The Story : An Elvis impersonator is transported to the 1950s where he meets the real Elvis who thinks that the impersonator is his long dead brother.

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61 - A Saucer of Loneliness

Original title : A Saucer of Loneliness
First Aired : 27.09.1986 (USA)
Director : John Hancock
Writing credits : David Gerrold, Theodore Sturgeon
Cast : Shelley Duvall (Margaret), Richard Libertini (Man On Beach), Nan Martin (Mother), Myrna White (Psychiatrist), Michael Zand (Clerk), Brick Karnes (Boyfriend), James Edward Thomas (Hank Charles), Bruno Aclin (Officer), Laura Harlan (Waitress), Geoff Witcher (Anchorman), Mary Ingersoll (Reporter #1), David Grant Hayward (Reporter #2), Shannon Lee Avnsoe (Reporter #3), J. Omar Hansen (Reporter #4), Mari Gorman (Jill), Andrew Masset (Young Man), Edith Diaz (Religious Woman)

The Story : A quiet waitress sees a glowing UFO, which gives her a message that everyone wants to know. She refuses to reveal exactly what the message is.

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62 - What Are Friends For?

Original title : What Are Friends For?
First Aired : 04.10.1986 (USA)
Director : Gus Trikonis
Writing credits : J. Michael Straczynski
Cast : Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Tim), Fred Savage (Jeff Mattingly), Tom Skerritt (Alex Mattingly), Lukas Haas (Mike), Joy Claussen (Allyson Conrad), Michael Ennis (Ross Conrad), Johnny Green (Larry), Jennifer Roach (Cindy), David Selberg (Doctor)

The Story : A friendless boy finds the perfect playmate in the woods behind his house.

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63 - Aqua Vita

Original title : Aqua Vita
First Aired : 04.10.1986 (USA)
Director : Paul Tucker
Writing credits : Paul Chitlik, Jeremy Bertrand Finch
Cast : John D. LeMay (Ted), Harry Stephens (Young Man), Cynthia Kania (Young Woman), Mimi Kennedy (Christine), Joseph Hacker (Marc), Barbara Horan (Shauna), Bob Delegall (Sales Manager), Martin Doyle (News Editor), Christopher McDonald (Delivery Man)

The Story : Aging women become addicted to Aqua Vita, which will keep them young forever, but at great cost.

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64 - The Storyteller

Original title : The Storyteller
First Aired : 11.10.1986 (USA)
Director : Paul Lynch
Writing credits : Rockne S. O'Bannon
Cast : Glynnis O'Connor (Dorothy), Parley Baer (Grandfather Frost), Morgan Saint John (William), Patricia Allison (Mrs. Dockweiller), Nike Doukas (Heather), Billy Anton (Nathaniel), Tony Anton (Daniel), David Faustino (Mica Frost), Bill Sak (Doctor), Frank Moon (Man with Scar), Robert Britton (Bus Driver), Ellen Albertini Dow (Old Woman), Melissa Clayton (Pig-Tailed Girl), Billy Joe Wright (Farmboy)

The Story : In the early 20th century a young woman takes a job as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse. One of her students, Mica, secretly takes extra books home to read. When the teacher confronts him, she finds that the boy is reading the books to his ailing grandfather - who claims to be more than a hundred and forty years old!

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65 - Nightsong

Original title : Nightsong
First Aired : 11.10.1986 (USA)
Director : Bradford May
Writing credits : Michael Reaves
Cast : Lisa Eilbacher (Andrea Fields), Kip Gilman (Ace), Antony Hamilton (Simon Locke)

The Story : A young DJ working the graveyard shift at a radio station rediscovers a record album by her boyfriend who disappeared five years ago. When he suddenly appears again, she is surprised and upset.

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66 - The After Hours

Original title : The After Hours
First Aired : 18.10.1986 (USA)
Director : Bruce Malmuth
Writing credits : Rockne S. O'Bannon, Rod Serling
Cast : Chip Heller (Workman), Lori Michaels (Mother), Edan Gross (Boy), Albie Selznick (Mannequin #1), Deborah Bennett (Mannequin #2), Terry Farrell (Marsha Cole), Ned Bellamy (Mysterious Man), Ann Wedgworth (Store Attendant)

The Story : A woman goes to a mall for a doll, but encounters strange things after the closing hours...

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67 - Lost and Found

Original title : Lost and Found
First Aired : 18.10.1986 (USA)
Director : Gus Trikonis
Writing credits : George R.R. Martin, Phyllis Eisenstein
Cast : Akosua Busia (Jenny Templeton), Cindy Harrell (Kathy), Leslie Ackerman (Raye Birk)

The Story : A young college student has been losing personal items for some time. The mystery is resolved when she finds two time-travelers in her closet.

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68 - The World Next Door

Original title : The World Next Door
First Aired : 18.10.1986 (USA)
Director : Paul Lynch
Writing credits : Lan O'Kun
Cast : George Wendt (Barney Schlesinger), Jeffrey Tambor (Milton), Victoria Bass (Lucille), Bernadette Birkett (Katie Schlessinger), Tom Finnegan (Steve), Dinah Lenney (Francine), Jon Menick (Henry the Butler)

The Story : A hen-pecked man with a boring life and a secret yearn to build inventions finds a secret door in his basement that leads to a parallel world. In that world, his counterpart is a rich famous inventor in a Victorian-style setting who is equally bored with his life.

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69 - The Toys of Caliban

Original title : The Toys of Caliban
First Aired : 04.12.1986 (USA)
Director : Thomas J. Wright
Writing credits : George R.R. Martin, Terry Matz
Cast : Alexandra Borrie (Mandy Kemp), David Greenlee (Toby Ross), Anne Haney (Mary Ross), Richard Biggs (Resident Physician), Earl Bullock (Minister), Richard Mulligan (Ernest Ross)

The Story : An elderly couple keeps their mentally disabled son isolated because he can "bring" anything he sees in a picture.

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70 - The Convict's Piano

Original title : The Convict's Piano
First Aired : 11.12.1986 (USA)
Director : Thomas J. Wright
Writing credits : Patrice Messina, James Crocker
Cast : Joe Penny (Frost), Norman Fell (Eddie O'Hara), Tom O'Brien (Mickey Shaughnessy), John Hancock (Dr. Puckett), Cristen Kauffman (Ellen)

The Story : A wrongfully imprisoned piano player discovers an old piano that can transport him to other decades in the past.

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71 - The Road Less Traveled

Original title : The Road Less Traveled
First Aired : 18.12.1986 (USA)
Director : Wes Craven
Writing credits : George R.R. Martin
Cast : Cliff DeYoung (Jeff McDowell), Margaret Klenck (Denise McDowell), Jaclyn-Rose Lester (Megan), Christopher Brown (III) (grunt), John Zarchen (jock), Clare Nono (Susan)

The Story : A man who dodged the Vietnam draft sees how life would have been like if he hadn't.

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72 - The Card

Original title : The Card
First Aired : 21.02.1987 (USA)
Director : Bradford May
Writing credits : Michael Cassutt
Cast : Susan Blakely (Linda Wolfe), Virginia Kiser (Miss Foley), William Atherton (Brian Wolfe), Ken Lerner (Salesman), Beverly Eilbacher (Receptionist), Coleby Lombardo (Evan Wolfe), Zachary Bostrom (Matthew Wolfe), Frank Mangano (Tow Truck Driver)

The Story : A compulsive spender accepts "The Card" to keep up her habit. Unfortunately stringent penalties kick in for late payments.

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73 - The Junction

Original title : The Junction
First Aired : 21.02.1987 (USA)
Director : Bill Duke
Writing credits : Virginia Aldridge
Cast : William Allen Young (John Parker), Chris Mulkey (Ray), Michael Alldredge (Schmidt), John Dennis Johnston, John Walcutt (Les), Karen Landry (Sarah), James Lashley (Bobby), Joe Unger (First Rescuer), Ann Doran (Mrs. Clarke), Tanya Boyd (Melissa), Dianna Patton (woman), Bobby Hosea (stretcher bearer), Christopher Kriesa (second rescuer), William Frankfather (Reverend Bailey)

The Story : A modern-day miner has an argument with his wife and then goes off to work in the local mine. A collapse traps him, but he finds another survivor - a miner who claims to be from 1912. The two men figure out that somehow they have become connected through time.

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74 - Joy Ride

Original title : Joy Ride
First Aired : 21.05.1987 (USA)
Director : Gil Bettman
Writing credits : Cal Willingham
Cast : Robert Knepper (Alonzo), Brooke McCarter (Gregory), Heidi Kozak (Deena), Tamara Mark (Adrienne), Burr Middleton (Policeman), Danny Spear (Patrolman), Randy Hall (Fireman)

The Story : Four teens take a recently deceased man's classic car for a joyride. But the driver acts increasingly irrational during the ride...

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75 - Shelter Skelter

Original title : Shelter Skelter
First Aired : 21.05.1987 (USA)
Director : Martha Coolidge
Writing credits : Robin Love, Ron Cobb
Cast : Joan Allen (Sally Dobbs), Joe Mantegna (Harry Dobbs), Jon Gries (Nick), Tamara Taylor (News Caster)

The Story : A survivalist traps himself in his bomb shelter when a nuclear blast finally comes.

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76 - Private Channel

Original title : Private Channel
First Aired : 21.05.1987 (USA)
Director : Peter Medak
Writing credits : Edward Redlich
Cast : Julie Araskog (Yuppie Woman), Scott Coffey (Keith Barnes), Andrew Robinson (Williams), Claudia Cron (Gloria), Louise Fitch (Mrs. Feldman), Joan Foley (Trish), Roger Nolan (Yuppie Man), Rebeccah Bush (Clerk), Alex Daniels (Host), Jackson Hughes (Paul), Juliette Sorci (Little Girl)

The Story : On board an airplane, a lightning storm transforms a boy's walkman into a telepathic tuning device that informs him that the man sitting next to him is carrying a bomb.

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77 - Time and Teresa Golowitz

Original title : Time and Teresa Golowitz
First Aired : 10.07.1987 (USA)
Director : Shelley Levinson
Writing credits : Alan Brennert, Parke Godwin
Cast : Gene Barry (Prince of Darkness), Paul Sand (Bluestone), Grant Heslov (Binki), Kristi Lynes (Teresa Golowitz), Gina Gershon (Laura), Beau Dremann (Bob), Wallace Langham (Nelson), J.D. Roth (Boy at Party), Laurel Green (Girl), Heather Haase (Mary Ellen Cosgrove)

The Story : A Broadway composer accepts an offer from the Prince of Darkness and returns to his high school years to see his crush again. It's not as pleasant as he expected and soon, he sees a classmate who met a tragic end that night. He uses the opportunity to prevent the classmate's suicide.

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78 - Voices in the Earth

Original title : Voices in the Earth
First Aired : 10.07.1987 (USA)
Director : Curtis Harrington
Writing credits : Alan Brennert
Cast : Martin Balsam (Professor Donald Knowles), Jenny Agutter (Jacinda Carlyle), Eve Brenner (Old Woman), Theodore Lehmann (Old Man), Dennis Haskins (Bledsoe), Christopher Lofton (Middle-Aged Man), C'esca Lawrence (Young Woman), Sandra Ganzer (Girl), Wortham Krimmer (Ghost)

The Story : In the far future. an expedition returns to a desolate barren Earth where a scientist begins to see the ghosts of those who died years ago.

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79 - Song of the Younger World

Original title : Song of the Younger World
First Aired : 17.07.1987 (USA) - 12.12.1988 (FRANCE)
Director : Noel Black
Writing credits : Anthony Lawrence, Nancy Lawrence
Cast : Peter Kowanko (Tanner Smith), Jennifer Rubin (Amy), Vincent Rebholz (Buchanan), Paul Benedict (The Hoakie), Roberts Blossom (Mordecai Hawkline)

The Story : In 1916 a girl and a young man from a reformatory for wayward boys fall in love and try to get away from her father, the superintendent. He finds out and doesn't approve of their love, locking away his daughter and punishing the boy. Luckily, the girl has a secret plan to escape so she can be forever with the love of her life.

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80 - The Girl I Married

Original title : The Girl I Married
First Aired : 17.07.1987 (USA) - 12.12.1988 (FRANCE)
Director : Philip DeGuere
Writing credits : J.M. DeMatteis
Cast : James Whitmore Jr. (Ira Richman), Linda Kelsey (Valerie), Dennis Patrick (Marvin Weingrod), Andrea Aal (younger Valerie), Robert Zappa (Bartender)

The Story : An attorney and his wife have successful careers. They feel something is lacking in their marriage. Soon, they encounter younger versions of their mates.

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