The Weird Al Show

Season 1 Episode 1

Bad Influence

Aired Saturday 11:00 AM Sep 13, 1997 on CBS
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Bad Influence

Al meets a guy named Spike who has an "exclusive" club. Spike tells Al he might be able to be a member, and he asks to come to his cave to make sure he is cool enough. Spike tricks Al into doing a lot of stupid things, such as tearing off a pant leg, dipping his arms in hot melted chocolate, and shaving off one of his eyebrows. Later on, a guy named Seymour comes over who is in the club. Seymour sees how stupid Al looks, and doesn't get into the club. Spike has tricked Al into acting like a jerk in front of everybody. But in the end, Al figures out why he must think for himself.


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  • Where was cable television when we needed it? The Weird Al Show was a short lived, zany program which kids and adults could both enjoy. However broadcasting during a time of "save our kids" mentality, it was doomed to fail.moreless

    Help Us Nickelodeon!!!

    What was The Weird Al Show? It was fun!

    While we certainly need educational and informative programming for our children, let's not forget about fun!

    Weird Al Yankovic's vision showcased up and coming musical artists and let us forget about reality for just a while.

    This, the pilot episode featured The Barenaked Ladies as the musical guest. It's nice to know that Weird Al didn't cave in a simply introduce them as BNL. While it may have been more "politically correct", I can't see a reason to hide the name of musical group which is mentioned on the radio.

    Anyway, Weird Al tried to bring his "off the wall" brand of humor to television and unfortunately the confines of network television suffocated those ideas.

    Still, with all of this in mind, this is a great program for kids and adults alike!

    In this first episode we have such guest stars as Downtown Julie Brown, Patton Oswalt and Kevin Weisman. Is the acting good? Of course not! Then again, it isn't really supposed to be!

    We're introduced to some of the Weird Al "standards" such as the "Eyeball" chair (a chair made of huge eyeballs), Harvey The Wonder Hamster and "Al's Mailbag".

    Of course there's a lesson to be learned in the show about peer pressure, and that trying to be "cool" really isn't cool at all, but to be honest, the show would have been better had Al just been allowed to entertain and leave the "lessons" on the back burner.

    The Bottom Line:

    There's plenty of "Al" for fans to enjoy this short lived Saturday Morning show, and now with it on DVD, there's extensive and interesting commentary by Al himself, and others. It's too bad that this show could not have aired on Nickelodeon. Perhaps with a bit more freedom we could have had a few more seasons of entertainment to enjoy. Still even with all of the Network restraints, this is certainly funny stuff!

    With Harvey The Wonder Hamster, Al's dubbed 1950's educational films and "hip" music, I can honestly say that I love this show, my eleven year old loves this show and my teenage children love this show! What more of a demographic could you hope for?moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Hooded Avenger: Some people never learn how to think for themselves. They just do whatever people tell them is cool, no matter how ridiculous that may be.

    • Show Announcer: Since when is it cool to blow off your friends? I think that Spike is a BAD INFLUENCE!

    • Al: (Looking in his Mailbag) Oh. Well, this is interesting. Must be some kind of semiprecious stone. Maybe even a moon rock! Let's see. (Opens the letter) "Dear Al, I found this in my nose--" GAHH!

    • Al: (To Bobby) Why don't I show you this short educational film, and then maybe you'll think twice before you decide to hurt yourself again.

    • Bobby: Hey, Al, what happened to you?
      Al: Oh, yeah! I look really moby, don't I?
      Bobby: I don't know. Does moby mean "like a dork?"

  • NOTES (3)


    • Bungalo of Style

      This program on Al's TV is a parody of the old MTV show hosted by Cindy Crawford, House of Style.

    • Al: I am way moby!

      The term "moby" is a reference to Weird Al Yankovic's record label, "Way Moby."

    • Al: The other day, I was out playing 43-Man Squamish with some of my friends...
      43-Man Squamish is one of the most famous articles in Mad Magazine, in which squamish is an overly complicated sport designed for amateurs. Since its publications, many attempts at creating Squamish-games have actually been attempted.