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In 1993, in the era of television reinvention following the earthquake of Twin Peaks, ABC aired a 6-hour miniseries executive produced by Oliver Stone and Bruce Wagner -- Wild Palms
. Featuring a monster cast (James Belushi, Dana Delaney, Robert Loggia, Angie Dickenson, Kim Cattrall, Ernie Hudson, Nick Mancuso, Bebe Neuwirth and Brad Dourif, just to name a few) and with episodes directed by the likes of Kathryn Bigelow and Phil Joanou, it was a near-future cyberpunkish surreal Television Event that the New York Times described as "nothing so much as an acid freak's fantasy, drenched in paranoia and more pop-culture allusions than a Dennis Miller monologue.
Based on a comic strip by Bruce Wagner which appeared in Details Magazine from 1990 to 1992 (examples can be seen here
), Wild Palms explores a world of virtual reality, modern religions, hallucinogenic drugs, and media saturation.
If this has you intrigued, you can watch it online:
1) Everything Must Go (90m) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
2) The Floating World (45m) 1 2 3 4
3) Rising Sons (45m) 1 2 3 4
4) Hungry Ghosts (45m) 1 2 3 4
5) Hello, I Must Be Going (45m) 1 2 3 4