Kurt Vonnegut's Monkey House

Showtime (ended 1993)


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Kurt Vonnegut's Monkey House is a 1991 series from Showtime that featured Vonnegut himself hosting televised versions of some of his stories. The stories first appeared in his book Welcome To The Monkey House. In particular, the film features recreations of the stories Next Door, The Euphio Question, and All The King's Horses. Typical of Vonnegut's other works, the stories are darkly humorous and filled with quirky characters. The science fiction undertones are reminiscent of The Twilight Zone and Ray Bradbury's works. For instance, the title story involves an overpopulated, futuristic world in which the world government is trying to curb the population through optional suicide parlors and mandatory birth control that takes the pleasure out of sex. All of Vonnegut's writings involve the lone rational mind trying to survive a senseless and bureaucratic world, and this collection captures some of his most peculiar and creepy expressions of those very themes.