Perversions of Science

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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

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 comic book series.

Format[edit]

The format of Perversions of Science is very similar to Tales From The Crypt, the show was introduced by a sexualized 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.[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. "Panic", for instance, starred a young Jason Lee and Jamie Kennedy opposite Harvey Korman.

Episodes[edit]

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.
22"Anatomy Lesson"Weird Fantasy #12 (As A Lesson in Anatomy!)Gilbert AdlerKevin RockJune 7, 1997 (1997-06-07)
The son of a small town coroner (Jeremy London) has the desire to kill. A strange bearded man (Jeff Fahey), however, always interferes with his plans.
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, he is sentenced to be "exiled".
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.
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 where he will be sent to another plane of existence where his wife (Elizabeth Berkley) may still be alive.
77"Panic"Weird Science #15 (4)Tobe HooperAndrew Kevin WalkerJuly 2, 1997 (1997-07-02)
A number of people at a Halloween costume party try to deal with the panic caused by a fictionalized version of the Orson Welles Mercury Theatre production of The War of the Worlds.
88"Snap Ending"Weird Science #18Sean AstinKevin RockJuly 9, 1997 (1997-07-09)
The 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.
99"Ultimate Weapon"Incredible Science Fiction #32Dean LopataGilbert Adler & Jeannette LewisJuly 16, 1997 (1997-07-16)
Aliens from outer space assume human form in order to mate with a native earthperson (Heather Langenkamp).
1010"The People's Choice"Weird Science #16Russell MulcahyScott NimerfroJuly 23, 1997 (1997-07-23)
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.

Home media[edit]

As of 2016, 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.

References[edit]

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

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