Eerie, Indiana

Season 1 Episode 1

Forever Ware

Aired Sunday 7:30 PM Sep 15, 1991 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Forever Ware
The Tellers are welcomed to Eerie by Betty Wilson, who invites Marilyn to attend a demonstration of Foreverware, a very special type of plastic container: It's guaranteed keep anything fresh... Forever.

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  • Tupperware parties are so sinister nowadays

    Marshall and his family are new to Eerie Indiana, one of their neighbours comes around to say hello and to introduce them to the Foreverware Tupperware. It turns out it can keep more than just food fresh forever.

    As an Introduction it's nice to have something that just jumps right in there with a surreal version of The Burbs almost. Where as keeping young by coffin or hyperbolic chambers isn't new, the idea and imagery of a giant Tupperware container is just bizarre. That is what is great about this show, it isn't afraid to be surreal, in fact it relishes in it. The Tupperware party is also very freaky as all of them seem to be from the 60s or 70s. Marshall's Mum is obviously signing up for more than Tupperware.

    So not the strongest episode but introduces many elements that run through the series and the twins are just great. I need to watch the boxset in full again though cos I'm sure they pop up now and again.moreless
  • the family movies in to eerie, indiana and are greeted by a nice freshly preserved family!

    I loved this show as a kid, and am enjoying now that I am older and have it on tv. What a funny idea preserving people in tupperware. I wonder if someone actually tried this.

    On a serious note, there is a great blending of comedy and horror in this series, and this is definately an example of such, altho I can\'t be sure if it was meant to be. The premise is laid out well, and we can expect the unexpected in future episodes. I really wish this series had been given more of a chance, but there were a bunch of similar shows out at the time.moreless
Belinda Balaski

Belinda Balaski

Winifred Swanson

Guest Star

Nathan Schultz

Nathan Schultz

Bertram Wilson

Guest Star

Nicholas Schultz

Nicholas Schultz

Ernest Wilson

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Marshall's father's sweatshirt during the first scene simply reads TECH.

    • During the opening credits a small clip of the 1922 silent vampire film Nosferatu. It's the shot of a long shadow creeping up a staircase.

    • There are actually two towns in Indiana named Erie, but no Eerie.

    • The wildly swaying bridge featured in the opening credits of all episodes is taken from newsreel footage of the collapse of the infamous Tacoma Narrows Bridge which fell near the city of Tacoma, Washington on November 7th, 1940.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Betty: Welcome to the Foreverware family! Will that be cash or check?

    • Bertram: Our mother has been sealing us in Foreverware since our dad died in 1964.
      Ernest: She wants to preserve us so we never grow up and leave her.

    • Marshall: (Voice Over) Dad works for Things Incorporated, a product testing company. Dad's job is one of the reasons we moved here, because, statistically speaking, Eerie is the most normal place in the country. Statistics lie.

    • The Foreverware song:
      For wives and mothers everywhere.
      Our goal has always been.
      To seal the freshness in forever.
      For any dish that you prepare,
      For each and every meal,
      We have the perfect deal.

      The muffins that you made today
      Will still be fresh in early May,
      Your coffee cake, your cinnamon ring
      Will last at least until next spring
      It work on almost everything!

    • Marshall: I was scared to death, but if I didn't do something quick, my family was going to wind up as human leftovers!

    • Marshall: Alright, here's the key to the evidence locker. You know what to do if I don't come back.
      Simon: I go straight to the President. And if I can't get through to him, I tell your mom and dad.
      Marshall: Check.

    • Marshall: Normally I wouldn't be afraid of pancakes, but back in Jersey, breakfast was always a serve-yourself bowl of cereal. Mom had me worried.

    • Marshall: A kid's gotta grow up fast in Eerie, or he might not grow up at all.

    • Ernie (or is it Bert?): You don't know what it's like being trapped in the seventh grade for thirty years
      Bert and Ernie: It's a living hell.

    • Marshall: Personally, I don't think anyone who spells Cindy S-Y-N-D-I should be allowed to operate a motor vehicle.

    • Marshall: (During his opening monologue) To whom it may concern: If you're reading this document, it means I'm either dead or have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. My name is Marshall Teller. Not long ago, I was living in New Jersey just across the river from New York city. It was crowded, polluted, and full of crime. I loved it. But my parents wanted a better life for my sister and me, so we moved to a place so wholesome, so squeaky clean that you could only find it on TV. Unfortunately, I knew nothing could be further from the truth. Sure, my new home town looks normal enough; but look again. What's wrong with this picture? The American dream come true, right? Wrong. Nobody believes me, but this is the center of weirdness for the entire planet.
      Elvis: Thank you, little paper boy.
      Marshall: Eerie, Indiana. My home sweet home. Still don't believe me? You will.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The Foreverware story was later returned to in the book 'Return to Foreverware'. 'Return to Foreverware' is the first book in the Eerie, Indiana series of books by Mike Ford.

    • The show premiered at 7:30 pm and it sticked to that timeslot until episode 10, "The Lost Hour".


    • 666: This number has long been regarded as the Mark of the Beast. A bad omen to many, as well as signifying evil. It's no coincidence the number appears in Eerie's Population sign: 16,661. In this state it's still a palindrome, being the same read forwards and backwards.

    • Tupperware: The name as well as the idea of Forever Ware is an allusion to Tupperware, a plastic container that was used to keep food fresh. It was created in 1945. Tupperware parties soon ensued, and it became a national fad during the early 1950s.

    • Pillsbury, Crocker, Swanson, Stouffer: These are the names of the ForeverWare wives. They are all brand names of companies which advertised quickly made meals during the 1950's and 60's.

    • Tupperware: "Forever Ware" is a not-too-subtle reference to Tupperware and the "Tupperware parties" that were common in the 1960's.

    • Bert & Ernie: The Wilson twins are named Bertram and Ernest.

      Bert and Ernie are two of Jim Henson's most famous puppets, which were created for "Sesame Street", the children's program on PBS. They dressed alike and often had spoke for one another.

    • The Donna Reed Show: Upon seeing the mess in the kitchen, Marshall says "Where's Donna Reed when you need her?"

      "The Donna Reed Show" was a stereotypical white-bread sitcom which aired on ABC from 1958 to1966.