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FOX (ended 1995)



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Welcome to the VR.5 guide at TV.com. What if you could peer into the deepest subconscious dreams of another person with a simple phone call? Sydney Bloom can, and an adventure both terrifying and beautiful begins in "VR.5". "VR.5", or Virtual Reality Level 5, is a region of cyberspace that hobbyist Sydney Bloom (Lori Singer) stumbles into with her homemade VR gear. She discovers by accident that she can draw people into a virtual landscape wherein events can subconscious effect the person's waking behavior, and can reveal information that the person may be hiding even from themselves. Seeking the aid of VR guru Dr. Frank Morgan (Will Patton) she hones her skills, and draws the attention of an invisible security organization, "the Committee", and finds her unique ability to enter the subconscious mind of people over the phone harnessed to the Committee's agenda. To avoid becoming lost in her newfound skill, she keeps the counsel of her childhood friend Duncan (Michael Easton) - part Zen master, part pop-culture maeven. His knowledge of philosophical systems helps to balance her instinctive rooting in technology. During the course of her "assignments" for the Committee, she loses Dr. Morgan, only to be assigned the mysterious Oliver Sampson (Anthony Stewart Head) as her controller. Also during the process, she discovers disturbing bits and pieces of the mystery behind the death of her father (David McCallum) and her sister, a mystery that left her mother (Louise Fletcher) catatonic, and somehow ties into VR.5. The series has been released on VHS in the US by Rhino Video. There are seven volumes with two episodes on each tape. Here is a list of the different volumes: Vol. 1: "Pilot Episode" Vol. 2: "Sisters" and "Dr. Strangechild" Vol. 3: "Love and Death" and "Escape" Vol. 4: "Escape" and "Facing the Fire" Vol. 5: "Simon's Choice" and "Send Me an Angel" Vol. 6: "Control Freak" and "The Many Faces of Alex" Vol. 7: "Reunion" and "Parallel Lives" Please note that the episode "5D" is unfortunately not included in any of the volumes. Instead, the episode "Escape" appears on both Vol. 3 and Vol. 4.

Anthony Stewart Head

Anthony Stewart Head

Oliver Sampson [episodes 5 - 13]

Lori Singer

Lori Singer

Sydney Bloom

Michael Easton

Michael Easton


Will Patton

Will Patton

Dr. Frank Morgan [epiodes 1 - 4]

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  • VR.5 excitement on tv

    This series kept you on your toes ,it was filled with excitement ,you never knew what to expect. Loved it!
  • This Science fiction show featuring a woman techno-geek as the lead was ahead of its time, and thus was greatly underappreciated by just about everyone.

    VR.5 was a dark and twisted show that featured Lori Singer, perhaps my least favorite actress in the world (so you know it's the story that got me) as the isolated, orphaned, computer-geek everywoman who accidentally discovers she has access to a whole virtual world and the subconscious minds of other people via her computers. In so doing, she begins to find out more about her suppressed past and discovers the now obligatory conspiracy which she begins to crusade against. The cast included Michael Easton as her best friend Duncan, sort of her anchor/life-line back to reality, and a pre-'Buffy' Anthony Stewart Head as Oliver Sampson, a very smarmy, enigmatic character who changes greatly over the course of the season. Look for it on DVD and watch it.moreless
  • Wow what an show that was ahead of time..

    Ok I so loved this show that I named my daughter after the main charector. This show just rock, just as VR5 was ahead of it time and cutting edge so was the show. I am crushed that it never made it, and to leave us hanging was curel. Now in a time where we are almost all ditgal and VR5 would and probably is a reality I think this show would make an awsome come back if someone would take the chance and bring it back to TV. We had a great following back when it aired and I am sure it would be greater now. I loved ever bit of it, it was greatly written with twist and the cast and crew where top. Here is hoping and forever a fan!moreless
  • One of the greatest shows I watched when I was little. Totally worth your time!

    This show was a total suprise to me as he brought the effects and story that no other show had in its time. Sydney use her home made computer to go into other persons subconscious and see what are they like from the inside. One reason for wathcing this show is amazing plot and story about women who lost her father and sister, and whose mother is vegetating after overdosing with pills. If you are a girl then second reason for waching VR5 is Duncan, Sydney's too cute and sexy, but little lost, childhood friend.

    Guess the idea of computer freak who read peoples mind wasn't too popular in its time so unfortunatly show was cancelled after only 12 episodes. And it was cancelled in the middle of the story. Ending is really left open.

    I'm kinda still hoping that someday someone is going to rivave this show and I'll find out what happened with Sydney Bloom and the rest of the Bloom family.moreless
  • Intriguing concept, great cast - of course it got cancelled!

    This one was of my favourites as a teenager, and would have to go down as one of the most tragic cancellations on TV considering the great cliff-hanger they ended the first (and what ended up being the last) series on. What happened to Syd? Would she ever get it together with Oliver? What conditioner did Duncan use on his hair? None of these questions were answered.

    However improbable the concept, it was still a neat idea, and the ongoing mystery of Syd's family kept me hooked til the bitter end. It also marked my introduction to Anthony Stewart-Head, who of course then went on to make the role of Giles on "Buffy" his own.moreless

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