Eerie, Indiana - The spooky Midwest town
featured on the occult drama EERIE, INDIANA/NBC/1991-92. The town's
newest resident, 13-year-old Marshall Teller (Omri Katz) soon discovers just how
different his new home really is.
Marshall lives at 999 Normal Avenue, Eerie, Indiana 70777 with
his mother, Marilyn Teller (Mary-Margaret Humes), a party planner
who has a store at the local mall; his inventor father,
Edgar Teller (Francis Guinan) who invented an ATM with a personality
that dispenses extra money to people it likes, and his sister, Syndi Marie Priscilla
Teller (Julie Condra), the lifestyle editor of the school newspaper.
Marshall attends B.F. Skinner Junior High School. and likes to
listen to the Pit Bull Surfers, a rock metal band. Riding his
bicycle (which he pedals 12.6 miles per day), Marshall explores the
town of Eerie, Indiana with his 10-year-old friend and next-door neighbor
Simon Holmes (Justin Shenkarow). As Marshall said, "He's just a
kid...He's the only friend I've made since moving
here. He's also the only one who believes me about Eerie."
Dash X (Jason Marsden) is an other of Marshall's friends.
According to him "See, three months ago, I wake up here in
Weirdsville, Indiana and I don't remember anything. How I got here.
Who I am. Nothing. Zip. Zero. Not even my own name...No mom. No dad.
It's just me looking out for myself. I crash wherever I can and I
dumpster dive for food." People around town called Dash X the "Kid
With the Grey Hair, "Kid With No Name," and "Sneaky Kid With the
|"My name is
Marshall Teller. Not too long ago, I was living in New Jersey,
just across the river from New York City. It was crowded,
polluted, and full of crime -- and I loved it. But my family
wanted a better life for my sister and me. So we moved to a
place so wholesome, so squeaky-clean, you could only find it
on TV. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.
Sure, my new hometown 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: Eerie Indiana, My Home Sweet
Item: Elvis lives on my paper
Thank you little paper boy
|Item: Bigfoot eats out of my
trash. Even man's best friend is eerie. Still don't believe
me? You will.
-- Series Opening Narration
Residents of Eerie, Indiana include Bartholomew
J. Radford (John
Astin), the operator of World O' Stuff (he was tied and held in the
basement by an imposter
Fred Suggs), Winifred Swanson and her mother
(Belinda Balaski), Sergeant Knight (Harry Goaz), Fred Suggs,
aka Mr Radford (Archie Hahn), Winston Chisel, the Mayor of
Eerie (Gregory Itzin), as the local Anchorman (Doug Llewelyn),
Elvis (Steven Peri), and Wilson Twins, Bertram and Ernest (Dan and
The major streets in Eerie are 13th Avenue, Edgar Allen Poe
Boulevard, Elizabeth Barrett Browning Boulevard, Front Street, Normal Avenue, Main Street and Maple Street. From the air, the city of
Eerie is the exact same shape as the Bermuda Triangle.
Breakdown of the major businesses in
||Bank of Eerie
Eerie Savings and Loans
||Eerie General Hospital
Happy Brothers Ambulance & Mortuary
||Eerie Indiana Canine Arrest Team
||Dragon of the Black Pool Chinese restaurant,
Eerie Bait Shop and Sushi Bar (555-8888)
Happy Brothers Yogurt
Eerie Bus Terminal and Supper Club,
||Eerie Mall (where Marshall's mom works)
World O'Stuff (Sells the Eerie Inquirer - the largest selling magazine
in US - and the
Eerie Examiner that Marshall delivers as a paperboy)
||B.F. Skinner Junior High School
||Eerie Bingo Parlor
Loyal Order of Corn Lodge
Old Hitchcock Mill
The World O'Stuff store in Eerie ("where all your dreams come true")
was open 24 hours. It offered one-stop shopping for everything a
person could need, including soft drinks like Cornade and Cornade
Light. The one drawback to the store's shopping plan was the its E-Z
credit card. The fine print on the card (on a microdot) reads: "If
buyers don't pay in full in cash, the Donald Incorporated gets to
repossess their souls."
Each episode, Marshall chronicles his days in Eerie, Indiana with a
voiceover comment. Here are a few samples:
"Eerie Indiana, day 0. When you're 13 going on family outings is
about as cool as getting caught still sleeping with Mr. Blanky...I
don't have a dog named Toto. But if I did right about now I'd be
telling him - Toto, I don't think we're in Indiana any more."
"That's my family. They're all too busy to see what's going
on. Mom just started her own party planning service down at the
Eerie mall. My sister Syndi is practicing for her driver's test.
Personally, I don't think anybody who spells 'Cindy' S-y-n-d-i
should by allowed to operate a motor vehicle. 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 entire country. Statistics lie."
"It's easy to believe almost anything when you consider just how big
the universe is. It's even easier to believe the
unbelievable here in my little corner of the universe. That's
why when Professor Nigel Zircon rolled into town with his
traveling museum of the parabelievable, Simon and I were the first
"Back in New Jersey we had blizzards, the occasional hurricane, but
it was Equal Opportunity weather. It went after everybody. But here
in Eerie, Indiana, I couldn't help feeling that bad weather was
after me personally. Especially tornados. Tornados are 200 mile an
hour windstorms with minds of their own. But here in Eerie, instead
of taking shelter in their basements, people celebrated something
called Tornado Day."
"It seems like every town has a haunted house and a creepy story
that goes with it. Kids all dare each other to go inside, but nobody
ever does, because a friend-of-a-friend knows a guy that went in -
and never came out. Every town has one, but here in Eerie, Simon and
I have counted over 50 haunted structures. Today we were checking
out number 51."
"Sometimes it gets tough battling the forces of Eerie by myself,
even with a little help from Simon, but I always thought I could
count on Mom and Dad for a dose of normality. But then Dad joined
The Loyal Order of Corn, Eerie's version of the Moose Lodge, and
started spending all his free time there which drove Mom crazy. I'd
never even noticed the place. It kind of makes me wonder what else I
"I wasn't the only one who thought this Harvest King hoopla was for
the birds. I hadn't seen that weird kid with the grey hair since our
little adventure with the ghost of Grungy Bill. I could tell he
wasn't somebody to mess with. It seems we were the only two guys not
buying lottery tickets. Why - did he know something I didn't? The
Harvest King gets all sorts of dorky prizes, but then he must go out
into the woods during a full moon until he catches a glimpse of the
mysterious Eerie Wolf. What I wanted to know was - how come there's
no such thing as an ex-Harvest King?" (Note: If the harvest king
sees the Eerie Wolf, Eerie gets a big harvest, 13 years of good
luck, and low taxes.)
"Back in Jersey Halloween was my favorite holiday. When else can a
non-adult wear a disguise and roam around after dark forcing people
to give you candy for no good reason and then trash their house if
they don't. But here in Eerie things are different. There's no
telling who or what you'll bump into around these parts. Simon and I
had to be prepared for anything."
TRIVIA NOTE: The series was shortly
revised as EERIE, INDIANA: THE OTHER DIMENSION/FOX/1998 - with new
episodes and a new cast - as part of the FOX Saturday morning lineup
from February-May. The new show starred Mitchell Taylor
(Bill Switzer) and his best friend, Stanley Hope (Daniel Clark). Also
in the cast were Mitchell's parents (Bruce Hunter and Deborah Odell)
and his sister Carrie (Lindy Booth).
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