Weird Science (TV series)

Weird Science
Based on Weird Science by John Hughes
Developed by Tom Spezialy
Alan Cross
Starring John Mallory Asher
Michael Manasseri
Vanessa Angel
Lee Tergesen
Country of origin USA
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 88 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Leslie Belzberg
John Landis
Robert K. Weiss
Producer(s) Adam Barr
Ed Ferrara
Robert Lloyd Lewis
Peter Ocko
Running time 23 min. (per episode)
Production company(s) St. Clare Entertainment
Universal Television
Original network USA Network
Original release March 5, 1994 (1994-03-05) – July 25, 1998 (1998-07-25)

Weird Science is a mid-1990s American comedy series made for television, based on the 1985 film of the same name.


The series follows the adventures of Gary Wallace (John Mallory Asher) and Wyatt Donnelly (Michael Manasseri), two socially inept high school students in an unspecified town in California (unlike the movie, which was set in Illinois). Together, using Wyatt's computer, they try to create a computer simulation of a perfect woman in order to practice communicating with women. However, a freak lightning storm brings the computer simulation to life, creating a real woman named Lisa (Vanessa Angel)  a drop-dead gorgeous genius with the powers of a "magic genie".[1] The show followed in the tradition of 1960s fantasy sitcoms like Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie, combining a sitcom format with supernatural stories.

In the pilot episode, Gary claims that creating Lisa is possible because he "saw it in a John Hughes movie", referring to the original Weird Science movie.



Weird Science was produced by St. Clare Entertainment in association with Universal Television. Premiering on March 1, 1994, the show ran for five seasons on the USA Network for a total of 88 episodes. However, new episodes ceased airing in 1997 with the final six still unaired. They would eventually air in the United States the following year on the Sci-Fi Channel; the show was also reran briefly on what was then the Fox Family Channel in 2001.

The theme song for the series was "Weird Science" by Oingo Boingo, the same as that used in the movie (though they received no on-screen credit for the series).

John Hughes had no involvement with the television version of his film. The creators and showrunners of the series were Tom Spezialy and Alan Cross.

Kari Lizer, one of the staff writers, who later went on to create The New Adventures of Old Christine, said, "Weird Science turned out to be the best job because it made me realize I was more than an actress who could write monologues for herself. It turned me into a real writer because I had to write about things that weren’t close to home."[2]

Seth Green was one of the finalists for the part of Gary.[3] He later had a guest appearance in season 2 episode 1, "Lisa's Virus".

DVD releases

On January 1, 2008, A&E Home Video released the complete first and second seasons of Weird Science on DVD in Region 1.[4]

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The Complete Seasons 1&2 26 January 1, 2008


  1. "Weird Science". CBS Interactive.
  2. "Moms of Reinvention".
  3. DVD commentary for the pilot of Weird Science.
  4. "Weird Science DVD news: Announcement for Weird Science - The Complete Seasons 1 & 2 -".
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