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Alive from Off Center

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Alive from Off Center
Also known asAlive TV
Presented by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons12
Running time28 minutes
Production companyKTCA-TV
Original release
Release1985 (1985) –
1996 (1996)

Alive from Off Center, renamed Alive TV in 1992,[1] was an American arts anthology television series aired by PBS between 1985 and 1996.[2][3][4]

Each week, the series featured experimental short films by a mixture of up-and-coming and established directors. Notable episodes included "As Seen on TV," starring comic actor Bill Irwin as an auditioning dancer who becomes trapped in a television, wandering among daytime dramas, MTV, and PBS's own Sesame Street and the atmospheric puppet melodrama "Street of Crocodiles," adapted by the Brothers Quay from the Bruno Schulz story.

Other installments included "Dances in Exile" directed by Howard Silver, a recorded dance piece with text by David Henry Hwang and choreography by Ruby Shang and another directed by Jonathan Demme.[citation needed]

Arguably the series' best-known episode was What You Mean We? a short film written by, directed by, and starring Laurie Anderson, which aired in 1986.[5] Anderson later came back to host the 1987 season of the series, assisted by the Clone (who was eventually renamed Fenway Bergamot with a slightly different body shape), a masculine version of Anderson created by digitally altering her image and obscuring her voice that had been introduced in What You Mean We? Most episodes of the 1987 season opened with a brief skit by Anderson and the clone by way of introducing that week's piece.

Actress Ann Magnuson subsequently co-hosted the 1988 season, after which the series had no regular hosts.[citation needed]


  1. ^ O'Connor, John J. (June 26, 1992) "Winning His Heart, Not to Mention His Gallbladder" The New York Times
  2. ^ "PBS". PBS. Archived from the original on December 26, 1996. Retrieved 2017-07-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ Inbaseline.com[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Film.com
  5. ^ Goodman, Walter (September 6, 1986). "TV: LAURIE ANDERSON PERFORMS". The New York Times.