Academy-Award winning director, screenwriter and producer Steven Spielberg had, by 1985, already captivated audiences with the cinematic successes of Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Color Purple, Back to the Future, to name only a few. With Amazing Stories, Spielberg and NBC brought high production fiction to network television. It won five Emmy Awards during its two-year series.
As with nearly all of Spielberg’s work, John Williams composed the musical score. He created the show’s epic theme music (plus bumpers for commercial breaks and closing credits) and complete scores for two episodes. The show placed a priority on its soundtrack. WIlliams and other great composers (including Alan Silvestri and Danny Elfman) delivered scores with the compositional depth usually reserved for feature movies on the big screen.
On March 25, 2019, Apple announced Apple TV+, its video subscription service which features original programming from eminent storytellers and filmmakers. Spielberg spoke at the Apple event to reintroduce Amazing Stories and talk about his inspiration and vision for the 10-episode new series.
“It’s the universal human trait to search for meaning. So in these disconnected stories, we think the audience will find that one compelling narrative that will make the first season of Amazing Stories into a single thematic experience for them.”