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Perversions of Science is an American science fiction/horror anthology television series that ran on the cable channel HBO for one season from June 7 to July 23, 1997. It is a spin-off of the horror series Tales from the Crypt also shown on HBO,[1] and its episodes are based on EC Comics's Weird Science, Weird Fantasy, and Incredible Science Fiction comic book series.

Perversions of Science
GenreScience fiction
Horror
Based onWeird Science
by William Gaines
Voices ofMaureen Teefy
Theme music composerDanny Elfman
Composer(s)J. Peter Robinson
Ernest Troost
Frank Becker
Chris Boardman
Eric Colvin
Mark Mothersbaugh
Mark Snow
Dan Wool
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Richard Donner
David Giler
Walter Hill
Joel Silver
Robert Zemeckis
Producer(s)Gilbert Adler
Running time22 minutes (approx.)
Production company(s)EC Comics
HBO
DistributorHBO
Chum Television (Canada)
Release
Original networkHBO
Original releaseJune 7 (1997-06-07) –
July 23, 1997 (1997-07-23)
Chronology
Related showsTales from the Crypt

Contents

FormatEdit

The format of Perversions of Science is very similar to Tales From The Crypt, the show was introduced by a sexualized CGI female robot named Chrome (voiced by Maureen Teefy) and then an individual episode would start. After the episode was complete, Chrome would conclude Perversions of Science by making a comment about the episode.[1]

Most episodes focused on a part of science fiction such as alien invasion or space/time travel.

The show featured a mix of established talent and young up-and-comers. For instance, "Panic" starred a young Jason Lee and Jamie Kennedy opposite of Harvey Korman.

EpisodesEdit

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Source Directed by Written by Original air date[2]
11"Dream of Doom"Weird Science #12 (1)Walter HillDavid S. GoyerJune 7, 1997 (1997-06-07)

A 40-year-old divorced but childless professor (Keith Carradine) cannot wake from his dreams. Each time he wakes up, he finds himself in another dream.

Also starring Adam Arkin, Lolita Davidovich, and Gretchen Palmer.
22"Anatomy Lesson"Weird Fantasy #12 (As A Lesson in Anatomy!)Gilbert AdlerKevin RockJune 7, 1997 (1997-06-07)

The son (Jeremy London) of a small town coroner (Jim Metzler) has the desire to kill. A strange bearded man (Jeff Fahey) always interferes with his plans.

Also starring Joanna Gleason and Devon Odessa.
33"Boxed In"Original StoryWilliam ShatnerChris Miller & Kevin RockJune 7, 1997 (1997-06-07)
A space pilot (Kevin Pollak) has spent years in an eroding fighter with a female android (Heather Elizabeth Parkhurst). He has kept his promise to be faithful to his fiance named Dulcine (Melanie Shatner) who is also the daughter of an Admiral (William Shatner). When he finally gets to see her, he notices that the Admiral has fitted her with an electronic chastity belt.
44"The Exile"Weird Fantasy #14William MaloneDavid J. SchowJune 11, 1997 (1997-06-11)

A scientist (Jeffrey Combs) who kills people in his experiments is arrested and tried. When rehabilitation fails at the hands of the prison psychiatrist (David Warner), he is sentenced to be "exiled."

Also starring Ron Perlman, Christopher John Fields, Brian Brophy, and Jeff Corey.
55"Given the Heir"Weird Science #16Ramón MenéndezMark VerheidenJune 18, 1997 (1997-06-18)

A woman (Yancy Butler) re-shapes her body to perfection. She then participates in an experiment where she is sent ten years into the past where she meets a man (William McNamara) obsessed with perfection.

Also starring David Leisure and Paul Williams.
66"Planely Possible"Weird Fantasy #21Russell MulcahyPeter AtkinsJune 25, 1997 (1997-06-25)

A grieving widower (George Newbern) volunteers to be the subject of an experiment by an ex-NASA scientist (Vincent Schiavelli) where he will be sent to another plane of existence where his murdered wife (Elizabeth Berkley) may still be alive.

Also starring Joyce Brothers.
77"Panic"Weird Science #15 (4)Tobe HooperAndrew Kevin WalkerJuly 2, 1997 (1997-07-02)

In the 1930s, Bob (Jason Lee) and John (Jamie Kennedy) are among a number of people at a Halloween costume party trying to deal with the panic caused by a fictionalized version of the Orson Welles Mercury Theatre production of The War of the Worlds as people start turning up dead.

Also starring Laraine Newman, Harvey Korman, Edie McClurg, and Chris Sarandon.
88"Snap Ending"Weird Science #18Sean AstinKevin RockJuly 9, 1997 (1997-07-09)
The captain (Jennifer Hetrick) and her mixed gender crew (Wil Wheaton, Sean Astin and Kathleen Wilhoite) of a spaceship have trouble controlling their anxieties when they are sent to study a new planet and their ship soon goes under lockdown when a unknown viral infection happens that also starts their ship's self-destruct sequence.
99"Ultimate Weapon"Incredible Science Fiction #32Dean LopataGilbert Adler & Jeannette LewisJuly 16, 1997 (1997-07-16)
A shapeshifting alien from outer space assumes a human form (Paolo Seganti) in order to mate with a native earth-person (Heather Langenkamp) who is also dealing with her moody husband (Mitchell Whitfield), her drunk girlfriends (Kim Myers and Maria Chin), and her visiting parents (Jennifer Darling and Steve Kahan).
1010"The People's Choice"Weird Science #16Russell MulcahyScott NimerfroJuly 23, 1997 (1997-07-23)

In the near future, a suburban family (Patrick Cassidy and Maxine Bahns) gets caught between groups of warring robots. When one of their robots is damaged every night, a robot repairman suggests that they buy a new one: a red, white, and blue patriot.

Also starring Barry Williams and Richard Riehle.

Home mediaEdit

As of 2019, the series has not been released on DVD in the United States. However, on March 23, 2001 it was released in Japan (Region 2, NTSC) by Pioneer Entertainment where it has since gone out of print subsequently becoming sought after by collectors.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Show Summary". Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  2. ^ "List of Episodes". TV.com. Retrieved December 8, 2013.

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