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The Weird Al Show a Way Moby Forgotten Show

On September 1997 the Weird Al show premiered on CBS on Saturday morning. It ran against Pinky and the Brain, Eerie Indiana, and I think Hang Time and The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show.

CBS had a pretty forgettable lineup which also included The New Ghostwriter Mysteries, Wheel 2000, and Sports Illustrated for Kids’. My local affiliate also showed old reruns of Fudge from ABC and Beakman’s World. Well that is what they showed on KCBS. The lineup on the Wikipedia isn’t that accurate or does not really reflect what my local affiliate showed. Most of the time his show got preempted by sports it would usually be shown in the late afternoon like at 2:30 PM.

Although I was 13 when the show premiered I had listened to Dr. Demento in the summer of 1995. I was familiar with some of Al’s songs, and I was getting into novelty music.

I’m going to talk about the first aired episode “Bad Influence”. It seems to be the episode I remember most. I think I saw that episode at least 2 times. This episode was not meant to be the first one shown. The episode is the third in the production number. The first episode that was meant to be aired was “He ain’t Heavy He’s My Hamster”, but it aired as the tenth episode.

The things I liked about this show were the fake commercials.

Bobby The inquisitive boy usually led Al to show him some old type of instructional parody film.

The Barenaked Ladies make an appearance, and performed “Shoe Box”. I love that song! It was on the first “Friends” soundtrack.

I think the show could have survived if it had more publicity. Not many people knew about the show. It also would have done better if it was on a better network. A network that was more focused on children’s programming either broadcast or cable. CBS was just producing a forgettable line up to meet the E/I rules set by the FCC. I think his show might have thrived on a channel like Fox on the Fox Kids block, Nickelodeon, or MTV.

The show had a lot of guest stars, including Hanson, David Bowie and Al’s parents.

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pikachulover Posted on Sep 27, 2017 at 07:25 PM

CaseyJones that was a funny clip.

CaseyJones Posted on Sep 27, 2017 at 03:01 AM

This is my fav memory of the show

pikachulover Posted on Sep 24, 2017 at 10:09 AM

I used to have to hunt that show down on KCBS. I re-watched the episode Bad Influence a few months ago on the smart tv. Still as enjoyable as the first time I saw it.

Hoju Koolander Posted on Sep 24, 2017 at 03:00 AM

As you know, we were watching the same stations growing up and I only caught The Weird Al Show 2-3 times in it's original run, even though I was a big fan with all of his albums (except Polka Party). Luckily I rented the DVD set from Netflix a few years ago and got to watch the whole series. It was super quirky and fun, like the Nickelodeon version of his movie UHF.

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