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Eerie, Indiana
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The Complete Series DVD cover
Genre Horror
Science fiction
Created by José Rivera
Karl Schaefer
Starring Omri Katz
Justin Shenkarow
Mary-Margaret Humes
Francis Guinan
Julie Condra
Jason Marsden
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 19 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) John Cosgrove
Terry Dunn Meurer
Cinematography John Hora (pilot only)
Jonathan West
Editor(s) Alan Baumgarten
Terry Blythe
Tom Meshelski
Jon Poll
Camera setup Single-camera
Production company(s) Unreality, Inc.
Cosgrove/Meurer Productions
Hearst Entertainment
Original network NBC
Original release September 15, 1991 (1991-09-15) – April 12, 1992 (1992-04-12)
Followed by Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension

Eerie, Indiana is an American horror science fiction television series that originally aired on NBC from September 15, 1991, to April 12, 1992. The series was created by José Rivera and Karl Schaefer, with Joe Dante serving as creative consultant.

A total of nineteen episodes were produced. The final episode aired for the first time in 1993, when the series was syndicated on The Disney Channel. The show was rerun on The Disney Channel from October 7, 1993 to late March 1996. In 1997, the show generated a new fan base, when the Fox Kids Network aired the series on Saturday mornings from January to September, gaining something of a cult following despite its short run. The renewed popularity of the series encouraged Fox Kids to produce a spin-off Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension, lasting only one season in 1998.


The series revolves around Marshall Teller, a teenager whose family moves to the desolate town of Eerie, Indiana, population of 16,661. While moving into his new home, he meets Simon Holmes, one of the few normal people in Eerie. Together, they are faced with bizarre scenarios, which include discovering a sinister group of intelligent dogs that are planning on taking over the world, and meeting a tornado hunter who is reminiscent of Captain Ahab. They also confront numerous urban legends such as Bigfoot and a still-living Elvis Presley. Although the show was host to a plethora of jokes, it also featured a serious tone.

After thirteen episodes, one of which did not air during the network run, the series was retooled with Jason Marsden's "Dash X" added to the cast and Archie Hahn's Mr. Radford is revealed to be an imposter, with John Astin revealed to be the "actual" Mr. Radford. The final produced episode was a tongue-in-cheek, fourth wall breaking sequence of events depicting Dash X's attempts to take over as star of the show.


  • Marshall Teller, played by Omri Katz, is the protagonist of the series. With the help of his sidekick and best friend, Simon Holmes, he manages to unravel the many mysteries that plague Eerie, Indiana. Before moving to Eerie, Indiana, he and his family once lived in the city filled with pollution and crime, which he likes. Though occasionally arrogant, Marshall is also intelligent, resourceful and quick-thinking, qualities that come in handy during his investigations. He is sometimes torn between hanging out with Simon and following his burgeoning instincts about girls. Marshall constantly compares Eerie to where he grew up in New Jersey, which is the epitome of 'normal' in his mind. He is a fan of the New York Giants.
  • Simon Holmes, played by Justin Shenkarow, is Marshall’s best friend. Due to the constant arguing between Simon’s parents, he chooses to spend most of his free time hanging out with Marshall. Prior to Marshall's arrival, Simon was a lonely child, as most of his peers in Eerie shun him. Similar to Marshall, Simon believes that something is afoul in Eerie. In the episode "America's Scariest Home Video", it is revealed that Simon has a younger brother, Harley Schwarzenegger Holmes, who was never mentioned before and never appears again.
  • Edgar Teller, played by Francis Guinan, is Marshall's father. Edgar works at "Things Incorporated", a product testing company, for a living. According to Marshall, it was Edgar's idea to leave New Jersey, and move to Eerie. During the course of the series, it is revealed that Edgar interned at the Smithsonian Institution before entering the University of Syracuse to do his undergraduate work in archeology. He later received a scholarship from NASA to attend M.I.T., where he worked on his thesis, "Matter: What is it Exactly?". As Edgar is a scientist, many fans believe that his name was a subtle nod towards Edward Teller, an American nuclear physicist who helped develop the Hydrogen Bomb.
  • Marilyn Teller, played by Mary-Margaret Humes, is Marshall's mother. Marilyn operates her own party planning business at the Eerie Mall. Ironically, as shown in "Foreverware", Marilyn is not an organised person. In episode "Who's Who", she is briefly adopted as a mother by Sara Bob, who is trying to create a perfect family.
  • Syndi Marie Priscilla Teller, played by Julie Condra, is Marshall's older sister. At the time in which Marshall introduces Syndi to the audience, she is practicing for her Drivers Ed. Test. Marshall often ridicules his sister for the awkward spelling of her name. Syndi aims to be a reporter and spends time with the Eerie police and fire department to gain experience. "The Loyal Order of Corn", was the only episode in the series Syndi was absent for.
  • Dash X, played by Jason Marsden, is a character shrouded in mystery. First introduced in the episode "The Hole in the Head Gang", Dash claims that he woke up in "Weirdsville" without any knowledge to how he got there. Dash has no memory of parents, hometown, past or his real name. Since Dash has no home, he is forced to live on the streets and eat out of Dumpsters. Dash is commonly referred to as "The Kid with the Grey Hair". People would later go on to call him the "Sneaky Kid with the Hair" and "The Kid with No Name". On some occasions, Dash would help Marshall and Simon solve some of Eerie's mysteries, most notably by helping them infiltrate the Loyal Order of Corn cult. Dash X gave himself his name in the episode "The Loyal Order of the Corn", as a reference to the mysterious '-' and '+' markings on his hands which were shared by the extra-terrestrial leader of the cult. Dash X wonders if the cult leader, played by Ray Walston is his father, but the leader ruefully and cryptically remarks, "If only it were that simple," before returning to his homeworld.

Recurring characters

  • Mr. Radford (the imposter - revealed as Fred Suggs) - (Archie Hahn)
  • Mr. Radford (the real one) - (John Astin)
  • Winifred Swanson and Mother - (Belinda Balaski)
  • Sergeant Knight - (Harry Goaz)
  • Mayor Winston Chisel - (Gregory Itzin)
  • The Anchorman - (Doug Llewelyn)
  • Elvis Presley - (Steven Peri)
  • Bertram Wilson - (Nathan Schultz) (Dan Stanton - adult)
  • Ernest Wilson - (Nicholas Schultz) (Don Stanton - adult)
  • Harley Schwarzenegger Holmes - (Christian and Joseph Cousins)
  • Lodgepoole - (Henry Gibson)


A total of nineteen episodes of Eerie, Indiana were produced before the show's cancellation. The episode "The Broken Record" was the only episode which did not air before the show's retooling and was omitted during the show's initial run on NBC. The episode aired for the first time on television when the series was syndicated on The Disney Channel in 1993.

The show's producers planned to make an episode entitled "The Jolly Rogers", which featured a group of pirates in search for buried treasure in the Teller house.

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
1 "Foreverware" Joe Dante José Rivera & Karl Schaefer September 15, 1991 (1991-09-15) 1001
Marshall's mother, Marilyn, hosts a neighborhood party of Forever Ware, Tupperware style plastic containers that can keep anything fresh — and Marshall discovers that this extends to human life.
2 "The Retainer" Joe Dante José Rivera & Karl Schaefer September 22, 1991 (1991-09-22) 1002
Marshall's friend Steve dreads visiting the Eerie, Indiana orthodontist (Vincent Schiavelli) and is fitted for a retainer that gives him the power to read dogs' minds.
3 "The ATM with the Heart of Gold" Sam Pillsbury Matt Dearborn September 29, 1991 (1991-09-29) 1003
Simon, feeling left out with no friends but Marshall, comes across an ATM that gives him money to be more popular -- which also causes Eerie, Indiana to sink into a financial depression.
4 "The Losers" Joe Dante Story by : Gary Markowitz & Michael R. Perry
Teleplay by : Gary Markowitz
October 6, 1991 (1991-10-06) 1004
Marshall and Simon investigate a string of disappearances when Marshall's dad loses his briefcase.
5 "America's Scariest Home Video" Sam Pillsbury Karl Schaefer October 20, 1991 (1991-10-20) 1006
Stuck having to baby-sit Simon's younger brother on Halloween, Marshall and Simon fool around with their video camera. However, Simon's bratty brother manages to trade places with a mummy while left unattended, then proceeds to literally "break the fourth wall" in the monster movie by wrecking the set and harassing the film crew. Simon and Marshall learn the mummy is actually a famous actor who is doomed to keep reshooting that mummy movie, and agrees to get Simon's little brother back to them in exchange for them getting him into a happier film.
6 "Just Say No Fun" Bryan Spicer Michael R. Perry October 27, 1991 (1991-10-27) 1008
Simon gets his eyes checked at the school nurse's office — and comes out with huge horn-rimmed glasses with the power to make its wearer boring and disinterested in fun.
7 "Heart on a Chain" Joe Dante José Rivera November 3, 1991 (1991-11-03) 1007
Marshall and a classmate, Devon (Cory Danziger) fall for the new girl, Melissa (Danielle Harris) who needs a heart transplant. When Devon dies in a gruesome accident, Melissa receives Devon's heart — and her personality changes almost overnight. Is Melissa acting out because she feels guilty over Devon's death or does Devon's spirit live on in his transplanted heart, which is now in Melissa's body?
8 "The Dead Letter" Tim Hunter James L. Crite November 10, 1991 (1991-11-10) 1009
Marshall finds an old letter in the basement of the library — and is haunted by a boy named Trip McConnell (Tobey Maguire) who won't leave until Marshall delivers the letter.
9 "Who's Who" Tim Hunter Julia Poll November 17, 1991 (1991-11-17) 1011
A young artist (Shanelle Workman) in a dysfunctional family of slovenly males begins to change her life for the better when she uses an Eerie brand pencil to draw her masterpieces — and ends up stealing Marshall's mother when she draws a picture of her and signs it.
10 "The Lost Hour" Bob Balaban Vance DeGeneres December 1, 1991 (1991-12-01) 1010
Marshall doesn't like the Indiana practice of ignoring daylight saving time, and sets his clock back an hour anyway. When he wakes up the next day, he finds himself all alone — save for a runaway teenage girl (Nikki Cox) and a group of garbage collectors who want the two of them dead.
11 "Marshall's Theory of Believability" Bob Balaban Matt Dearborn February 2, 1992 (1992-02-02) 1012
Nigel Zirchron (John Standing), a professor renowned as an authority on the supernatural, comes to Eerie to observe an extraterrestrial object he believes will land here. Marshall immediately sees an opportunity to blow the lid off the Eerie weirdness, but is the professor really all that he claims to be?
12 "Tornado Days" Ken Kwapis Michael Cassutt March 1, 1992 (1992-03-01) 1013
As the tornado "Old Bob" approaches Eerie, the citizens prepare for their annual tornado day picnic to appease him. But Marshall and Simon insist on staying home, and a tornado chasing meteorologist, Howard Raymer (Matt Frewer) gets deposited on the front lawn. Howard says he is a member of NOAA, and a prior mission in tracking Old Bob left several of his NOAA colleagues dead. Now Old Bob wants to kill Marshall in addition to Howard.
13 "The Hole in the Head Gang" Joe Dante Karl Schaefer March 1, 1992 (1992-03-01) 1014
Marshall and Simon investigate an old mill rumored to be haunted, only to discover that it's a hoax set up by a mysterious young man who doesn't want anybody nosing around ... until they accidentally uncover a rusted gun, containing the ghost of Grungy Bill (Claude Akins) — Eerie's worst bank robber.
14 "Mr. Chaney" Mark Goldblatt José Rivera March 8, 1992 (1992-03-08) 1015
Marshall is chosen to be the Eerie and Mr. Chaney (Stephen Root) as the "Harvest King" and must go face the Eerie wolf in the forest. Trouble is, none of the previous harvest kings have ever returned!
15 "No Brain, No Pain" Greg Beeman Matt Dearborn March 15, 1992 (1992-03-15) 1016
Marshall and Simon help out a homeless man (Paul Sand) after witnessing him being attacked by a woman (Anita Morris) with a ray gun. It is difficult, though, because all he does is mumble nonsense, and reassemble electrical appliances into bizarre contraptions.
16 "The Loyal Order of Corn" Bryan Spicer Michael Cassutt March 22, 1992 (1992-03-22) 1017
Marshall's father, Edgar joins a strange club called "The Loyal Order of Corn". Meanwhile, Dash X gets a job at the club and seeks answers about his past from the mysterious bartender (Ray Walston).
17 "Zombies in P.J.s" Bob Balaban Julia Poll April 12, 1992 (1992-04-12) 1018
Facing bankruptcy due to a possible audit, Radford welcomes a new partner — a pompous businessman known as The Donald (René Auberjonois), who brainwashes the town into buying on credit.
18 "Reality Takes a Holiday" Ken Kwapis Vance DeGeneres April 12, 1992 (1992-04-12) 1019
In this self-referential episode, Marshall finds a television script in the mail and suddenly finds himself behind the scenes of Eerie, Indiana where his friends and family are the actors and actresses on the show and everyone refers to him as Omri Katz.
19 "The Broken Record" Todd Holland José Rivera December 9, 1993 (1993-12-09) 1005
Todd, Marshall's shy, nerdy friend with a verbally abusive father (Tom Everett), suddenly turns into a rebellious punk rocker after listening to one of Marshall's favorite records, but is the music really to blame? Meanwhile, Edgar and Marilyn worry about Syndi taking part in a police ride-along.

* "The Hole in the Head Gang" is the first episode in which the episode titles are shown on screen.

Renewed popularity and spin-off series

In 1997, the show generated a new fan base, when Fox's children's programming block Fox Kids aired the series. The following year, a spin-off series was produced entitled, Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension. The series was filmed in Canada and focused on another, younger boy while still following the concept of the original show. The spin-off lasted one season. The first episode of the spin-off, "Switching Channels", features a crossover between the two shows via a TV set.

In 2012, the entire series was added to the Hulu website.

Reruns of the series began on August 2012 on the now-defunct Fearnet, airing weekend mornings on their "Funhouse" block.

DVD release

On October 12, 2004, Alpha Video released Eerie, Indiana: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1. The 5-disc box set features all nineteen episodes of the original series.

DVD name Ep # Release date
Eerie, Indiana: The Complete Series 19 October 12, 2004


Alex Hirsch cited the series as an influence on his own Gravity Falls series.

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See also

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