|Also known as||Weird Television|
|Genre||Syndicated Television Program|
|Created by||Chuck Cirino, Todd Stevens, Arthur Maturo|
|Written by||Eric Trueheart, David Floyd, Dave Nichols, Shadoe Stevens|
|Directed by||Chuck Cirino, Paul Marshal|
|Starring||Skylaire Alfvegren, Franklin Ruehl and Eric Trueheart|
|Voices of||Shadoe Stevens|
|Theme music composer||Chuck Cirino|
|Composer(s)||Shark Bait, Tinfed, Chuck Cirino|
|Country of origin||USA|
|Executive producer(s)||Chuck Cirino, Todd Stevens, Arthur Maturo, Dewey Reid|
|Editor(s)||Chuck Cirino, Paul Marshal|
|Production company(s)||Weird TV Inc.|
|Distributor||MG Perin, Unapix Entertainment Productions, Weird TV Inc.|
|First shown in||USA|
|Original release||1994 – 1996|
|Followed by||"Weird TV" (2003)|
|This is Weird TV|
Weird TV or Weird Television was a programme that aired in 1995 on Canadian late-night TV, as well as American stations such as KCOP, Channel 13 in Los Angeles; KTZZ (now KZJO), Channel 22 in Seattle, and Columbus, Ga. NBC affiliate WLTZ, Channel 38.
Cirino was the one constant of every show. He pops up in his landcruiser for a few seconds, setting up new segments of the show in his own eccentric way. He is known as the "comfort zone" of the show, as the subtitles during these segments tell you.
- Weird America, a segment of the show in which the crew flies out to unusual events all across the country. For example, "Car Hunt", where a full-sized, remote-controlled car is let loose in the Nevada desert and is hunted down with high-powered weapons, "just like big game", according to Cirino.
- Shadoevision, a continuing science-fiction thriller hosted by Shadoe Stevens.
- The Dr. Ruehl show, where noted "phenomenologist" Dr. Franklin Ruehl talks about viewers of the latest cases of strange phenomena.
- Video Dave's UFO Clip of the Week, where Dave Aaron reports on the latest extraterrestrial sightings from around the world.
- Newsweird, which features strange news from around the globe.
- Weird music videos, such as those for Monster Magnet's Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Skunk Anansie's Selling Jesus.
Another segment of the show includes stand-alone video pieces that are produced specifically for the show, as well as other video pieces sent in by viewers themselves.
- Zatar the Mutant King, played by David Floyd. Zatar wears a dark cloak and a pair of heavy goggles. He carries "his sugar" with him at all times. Because his mother consumed too much sugar during her pregnancy, he was born with the power to mutate at will, defeating his enemies by becoming his enemies.
- Trash: Francis & Buzz – Two deformed hand puppets converse.
- Weird Love – A man discovers that his girlfriend is a were–caterpillar
- Mobius in the world of the Living Dead
- Babe in a Bottle(subtitled) – A tiny woman and a doctor.
- Limbo Lounge - Sammy Davis Jr., Sulu and a transvestite perform a night club act.
- Hog Man's Pork n' Bean Emporium – A strange man sells pork n' beans from a drive-up window.
The show was banned in Philadelphia and Wisconsin for broadcasting a stop-motion animated short about a squirrel defecating massively.
- The shows (now defunct) website www.weird.tv was nominated for 3 Webby Awards in 2006, under the categories of Best Humor, Best Use of Animation or Graphics and Best Weird.
- "Chuck Cirino Producer Director". Retrieved January 27, 2011.
- "Weird TV" (2003) at the Internet Movie Database
- on YouTube
- Packman, Jason (November 8, 1995). "'Weird TV' a surreal assault to the senses". Archived from the original on November 2, 2004. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
- "Weird TV – Car Hunt". YouTube. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
- weirdtv. "About weirdtv". YouTube. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
Pushing the envelope of so-called moral acceptability Weird TV was banned in Philadelphia and Wisconsin for broadcasting a stop-motion animated squirrel taking a dump.
- "Chuck Cirino Bio". Retrieved January 27, 2011.
- Scott Beale (April 21, 2006). "Weird TV Nominated For 3 Webby Awards". Retrieved January 27, 2011.
- Weird TV Info
- Article about Weird TV with quotes from Chuck Cirino and Arthur Maturo Archived November 2, 2004, at the Wayback Machine.