Favorite Alan Smithee Film (Television Movie or Series Episode)

by jalapenoman | created - 05 Feb 2015 | updated - 11 Feb 2015 | Public

Alan Smithee is not a real person and he has never directed a movie! When a director feels that creative control of a film has been taken away from him, he places the name "Alan Smithee" on the film as a pseudonym (with approval of the Director's Guild).

Which of these films/episodes that the director was ashamed to claim do you think was the best? If you haven't seen any, which film actually sounds interesting enough for you to give it a watch?

Discuss here: http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000088/flat/239908125

Note: This list only contains television episodes, specials, and made-for-tv movies. Documentaries, short films, and feature length theatrical and straight to video movies will appear on other polls.

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1. A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001–2002)

TV-PG | 46 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

Genius detective Nero Wolfe and his right-hand man: Archie Goodwin, solve seemingly impossible crimes, in 1950's New York.

Stars: Timothy Hutton, Maury Chaykin, Colin Fox, Bill Smitrovich

Votes: 1,481

Episodes "Motherhunt (Part One and Part Two)

2. The O.J. Simpson Story (1995 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Biography, Drama

Dramatizes some of the more tawdry events in the relationship between O.J. Simpson and his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, up to and including his arrest for Brown's murder.

Director: Jerrold Freedman | Stars: Bobby Hosea, Jessica Tuck, David Roberson, James Handy

Votes: 188

3. The Birds II: Land's End (1994 TV Movie)

R | 87 min | Horror

Birds go berserk and turn against mankind.

Director: Rick Rosenthal | Stars: Brad Johnson, Chelsea Field, James Naughton, Jan Rubes

Votes: 1,382

4. Call of the Wild (1992 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 97 min | Adventure, Drama

A young boy heads off to the Yukon after hearing tales about the Gold Rush, and he forms an unwavering friendship with a heroic Alsatian dog called Buck.

Director: Michael Toshiyuki Uno | Stars: Ricky Schroder, Gordon Tootoosis, Duncan Fraser, Richard Newman

Votes: 330

5. The Cosby Show (1984–1992)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

The goings-on in the life of a successful African-American family.

Stars: Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Votes: 29,909

Episode: "You Can't Stop the Music"

6. Red Shoe Diaries (1992–1999)

TV-MA | 30 min | Drama, Romance

Jake yearns to understand the secret life of his late fiancee. To find the answer, he solicits the most heartfelt, passionate, and intimate entries in other women's diaries. These are their stories...

Stars: David Duchovny, Anthony Addabbo, Audie England, Brad Fisher

Votes: 828

Episode "Accident's Happen"

7. Tiny Toon Adventures (1990–1995)

TV-G | 21 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

The wacky adventures of the new young hip generation of Warner Brothers Looney Tunes characters, most of them descendants of the original classic toon cast.

Stars: Charlie Adler, John Kassir, Tress MacNeille, Joe Alaskey

Votes: 11,095

Episode "Strange Tales of Weird Science"

8. The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A collection of tales which range from comic to tragic, but often have a wicked sense of humor and an unexpected twist.

Stars: Robin Ward, Charles Aidman, Richard Mulligan, William Atherton

Votes: 9,344

Episode: "Paladin of the Lost Hour"

9. MacGyver (1985–1992)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The adventures of a secret Agent armed with almost infinite scientific resourcefulness.

Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill, Robin Mossley

Votes: 33,844

Episodes: "Pilot" and "The Heist"

10. Fade-In (1968 TV Movie)

M | 93 min | Drama, Western

A sophisticated Hollywood film editor, on location for a film she is working on, falls for a local cowboy who is hired to work on the film.

Director: Jud Taylor | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Barbara Loden, Patricia Casey, Noam Pitlik

Votes: 73

12. Ginban Kaleidoscope (2005– )

24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Sakurano,who is a figure skater gets kicked out of a big skating competition. Simultaneously, a Pete a Canadian guy dies while trying an air stunt. Sakurano discovers that he has been ... See full summary »

Stars: Ayako Kawasumi, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Jûrôta Kosugi, Hiroko Suzuki

Votes: 71

2005 episode "Shinderera"

13. The Disciples (1999 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 86 min | Action

Martial-arts experts (Eva Mendez, Will Yun Lee) protect a famous baseball pitcher turned defector from Cuban mercenaries trying to kidnap him.

Director: Kirk Wong | Stars: Ice-T, Erin Daniels, Eva Mendes, Greg Lauren

Votes: 626

14. Firehouse (1996 TV Movie)


A film about the dealings of a crew at a firehouse. The group is attacked by an assassin and eventually must accept that the firehouse is to be consolidated with a rescue unit.

Directors: John McNaughton, Alan Smithee | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Lillo Brancato, Morris Chestnut, Edie Falco

Votes: 123

15. While Justice Sleeps (1994 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama

Jodie and Winn are best friends, but when Winn is suspected of abusing Jodie's young daughter, an all-out war in court begins that leaves Jodie fighting for justice.

Director: Ivan Passer | Stars: Cybill Shepherd, Tim Matheson, Karis Paige Bryant, Dion Anderson

Votes: 146

16. Bay City Story (1992 TV Movie)

97 min | Crime

Unsold series pilot about a TV reporter and his assistant who try to find a connection between the murder of a fellow news reporter and a prostitute.

Director: Alan Smithee | Stars: William Russ, Cheryl Pollak, Paul Regina, Paul Ghiringhelli

Votes: 25

17. The Owl (1991 TV Movie)

84 min | Action

After the violent murder of his family, a man becomes a vigilante dispensing his own kind of justice to people in need.

Director: Tom Holland | Stars: Adrian Paul, Patricia Charbonneau, Brian Thompson, Erika Flores

Votes: 217

18. Karen's Song (1987– )

30 min | Comedy

Karen Matthew's life is great with a good job as an editor and her daughter Laura starting college. Then she meets a much younger man, caterer Lewis. Some disapprove including Laura but her best friend Claire is very supportive.

Stars: Patty Duke, Lewis Smith, Teri Hatcher, Lainie Kazan

Votes: 9

Episode "Take Me Out To The Ballgame"

19. Riviera (1987 TV Movie)

120 min | Thriller

A former spy gets drawn into an adventure with mercenaries, Egyptian treasure hunters.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Sergei Rusakov, Patrick Bauchau, Elyssa Davalos, Daniel Emilfork

Votes: 23

Episode: "Code Of Vengeance II"

21. Dalton: Code of Vengeance II (1986 TV Movie)

120 min | Action, Adventure

Sequel to Code of Vengeance in which Vietnam vet-turned-loner David Dalton goes off this time in pursuit of his crazy former commanding officer and his trigger-happy paramilitary group, the... See full summary »

Director: Alan Smithee | Stars: Charles Taylor, Ed Bruce, Tony Frank, Alex Harvey

Votes: 14

22. Joan Rivers and Friends Salute Heidi Abromowitz (1988 TV Special)

Unrated | 55 min | Comedy

Fictional character, Heidi Abromowitz, is the butt of everyone's jokes.

Director: Alan Smithee | Stars: Joan Rivers, Shuko Akune, Elizabeth Ashley, Bobby Berosini

Votes: 40

23. Paper Dolls (1984)

60 min | Drama

This series which was initially a television movie about modelling. The character of Racine, the modelling agent, is there. As are the two young models, Taryn Blake, who has been modelling ... See full summary »

Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Dack Rambo, Mimi Rogers, Richard Beymer

Votes: 158

Episodes 2 and 4

25. McClain's Law (1981–1982)

60 min | Crime, Drama

Jim McClain was a cop and after being injured and deemed unfit for duty he was retired and for the past fifteen years was working on a fishing boat. One day he and his partner sell their ... See full summary »

Stars: James Arness, Marshall Colt, George DiCenzo, Carl Franklin

Votes: 56

Episode: "Requiem for a Narc"

26. Fun and Games (1980 TV Movie)

98 min | Drama

Carol Hefferman is an ambitious factory worker looking for promotion to an office job, but when she turns down her boss's lecherous advances he stands in her way. Could a chance meeting with a company lawyer help her out?

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Valerie Harper, Cliff De Young, Max Gail, JoBeth Williams

Votes: 18

27. City in Fear (1980 TV Movie)

150 min | Drama

A psycho-on-the-loose story, about a burned-out newspaper columnist and his circulation-hungry publisher who wants him to turn the killer into Page One news.

Director: Jud Taylor | Stars: David Janssen, Robert Vaughn, Perry King, Mickey Rourke

Votes: 141

28. Mrs. Columbo (1979–1980)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mrs. Kate Columbo, wife of the famous lieutenant, solves crimes as a reporter, while raising her little daughter.

Stars: Kate Mulgrew, Henry Jones, Lili Haydn, Don Stroud

Votes: 290

Episode: "Love, On Instant Replay"

29. The Challenge (1970 TV Movie)

74 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Gallery, a U.S. commando, and Yuro, an enemy commando, are sent to a no man's Pacific jungle island to capture a crashed U.S. space satellite. Whoever survives, wins. Their nations have agreed to this to avoid war, but they cheat.

Director: George McCowan | Stars: Darren McGavin, Broderick Crawford, James Whitmore, Skip Homeier

Votes: 192

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