With the release of the Goosebumps movie, I have been re-visiting some episodes (I was a fan of the books and the show). While watching some of my favorite episodes, I was reminded of another TV series I really enjoyed as a child : Eerie, Indiana.
This short-lived show (only 19 episodes) aired for the first time in 1991 but gained more popularity when re-runs were broadcasted on Fox Kids. Eerie, Indiana also aired in the mid-nineties in my country and that’s when I discovered it.
Marshall Teller and his family move from New Jersey to Indiana, in a small town called Eerie. But Eerie is not your average country town. It is, as Marshall puts it, “the center of weirdness for the entire planet”. Strange events occur on a weekly basis in Eerie, Indiana and it is up to Marshall and his friend Simon to investigate and gather evidence.
Re-watching shows you used to love as a child is tricky as you often end up disappointed. However, this was not the case with Eerie, Indiana. The show holds up quite well, even by today’s standards. Of course, I started watching out of nostalgia but ended up watching all 19 episodes in the span of 2 days and fell in love with the show again.
Eerie, Indiana is superior to Goosebumps in my opinion. The acting is quite good for a children television series and the stories are interesting. The most recognizable face in the show is Omri Katz, best known for playing the main character in Hocus Pocus.
One of the strongest point of the show is its great atmosphere : it is Twin Peaks for kids ! Having the episodes being partly narrated by Marshall, as he writes in his journal, is a great choice and really gives a good rhythm to the stories. The show also has a lot of references to horror pop culture, which put a smile on my face every time !
I watched the show online but loved it so much, I ordered the Eerie, Indiana DVD Boxset. Though the entire series is worth watching, here are three episodes I recommend :
Episode 1 | Foreverware : A great introduction to the series in which Marshall and Simon must investigate a very special type of container that keeps things…and people…fresh forever ! This episode was imaginative and fun and is a great start to the series.
Episode 8 | Dead Letter : Marshall finds an old letter and upon opening it, a young man appears and harasses Marshall until he delivers the letter. A classic tale of tragic lovers and ghosts. This episode also guest stars a young Tobey Maguire.
Episode 13 | The Broken Record : Marshall’s friend is struggling with a verbally-abusive father until he discovers a rock band and his behavior changes dramatically. This is a heavy subject for a children television series and they handled it quite well. Also, the concept of secret messages recorded on vinyl records is incorporated in the story in a very smart manner.