Eerie, Indiana: Better weird than dead

The nineties cultural vacuum had barely kicked off when Eerie, Indiana adopted the corn-fed TV formula of the day and injected it with a healthy dose of DARQUE. What resulted was something along the lines of Blossom meets Twilight Zone.

This television artifact was first aired in 1991, and quickly won its place in cult history, despite it’s brief life on the air. For an example of what you’re in for look no further than the first episode, featuring man-size Tupperware put to unnatural use:

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15 Responses to “Eerie, Indiana: Better weird than dead”

  1. Ulorin Vex Says:

    Omg I used to love eerie indiana! I had a childhood crush on the guy with the – x on his hands. lol

  2. Damien Says:

    THAT made me weird.

  3. Chesney Says:

    Haha! I loved Eerie, Indiana! Oh man, I can’t believe I forgot about it. I remember some heart transplant episode where whoever got the transplant started becoming the person they got the transplant from? Ah yes…part of what made me weird as well.

  4. James Roden Says:

    That show did a good job making me weird, too.

    Anybody remember the second episode when the dogs in the city were preparing a revolt against the humans?

    “Soon we shall solve the mystery of the door knob!”

  5. Knot Says:

    I posit that Eriee Indiana and the Adventures of Pete and Pete were primary sources of Weird for most of the generation of Americans who were children in the early 90s. We all owe those shows a debt.

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  7. D Says:

    Never saw it. Thanks for the link.

    This was in 1991? I think that was the year of Twin Peaks. TV-wise, little else registered for me.

  8. Jerem Morrow Says:

    PLUS: Joe Dante directed? If I’d only known then!

  9. Melody Says:

    I loved that show. I recently referenced this episode in a conversation with some friends and no one had any idea what I was talking about. I’m so glad other people remember it too. Absolutely amazing.

  10. Mil von H Says:

    Yeah, Twin Peaks was on air the same year, although I wasn’t allowed to watch it… because, ya know, that could have made me weird or something ;)

  11. Gala Says:

    Yup, this show helped to make me weird, too. I think there are box sets available on Amazon — very tempting. My favourite episode was the one where the optometrist was hypnotising all the kids. So cool.

  12. nadyalev Says:

    Gala, that one was the most memorable for me too! I never looked at those creepy devices for figuring out what lens works best for you the same way again.

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  14. Jason Says:

    I found a warning label on a big plastic container that reminded me of this episode. I just had to share.

  15. pakbehl Says:

    HAHA! I remember this show! Takes me back, I didn’t watch it alot, not nearly as much as The Adventures of Pete and Pete and the like, but man those were simpler times. Let your freak flag fly