Shadow Chasers (pilot)

First Aired November 14, 1985 - 96 minutes

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Guest Cast
  • Hermione Baddeley (Melody Lacey)
  • Avery Schreiber (Jordan Kerner)
  • Marcia Strassman (Stella Pence)
  • Suzy Gilstrap (Randy)
  • Bobby Fite (Billy Pence)
  • Grace Zabriskie (Mary Komatar)
  • David Knell (Wick)
  • Corki Grazer (Liz)
  • Robert Winley (Henry Jones)


  • Bart Burns (Mr. Reed)
  • Yuliis Ruval (Miss Matlovsky)
  • Deborah Nishimura (G.I. seismologist)
  • Milton Murrill (Desk Clerk)
  • Adrian Richard (Clerk)
  • Gwen Van Dam (Mrs. Reed)
  • Frank Avila (Bellhop)
Written by: Kenneth Johnson & Brian Grazer
Directed by: Kenneth Johnson
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Episode Synopsis

Doctor Jonathan MacKensie is waylaid one day by his department chairperson, Doctor Juliana Moorhouse; influenced by her insinuations as to what would happen to his anticipated research grant if he didn't see things her way, he is "persuaded" to take over the directorship of her newly established Paranormal Research Unit that would investigate unexplainable phenomena, starting with reports of poltergeist activity in a little town in northern California.

Once in Fartham, his reluctant investigation leads him to a dark cemetery and a fateful meeting with Edgar ('Call Me Benny, Edgar's Just For the Press') Benedek, who is also prowling around the tombstones on the scent of the same story. Unbeknownst to Jonathan at the time (or ever, for that matter), Jordan Kerner (editor of the National Register, a supermarket rag for which Benny is a star contributor) has made a strong suggestion to Benny that he scare up some academic connections to add credibility to his lurid stories about the paranormal and the occult. Benny is the first person we see jump to the conclusion that Jonathan is "the" MacKensie of Georgetown, and although disappointed to find out that this is not the case - association with a Nobel Laureate would have really given his story a much-needed air of authenticity - decides good-naturedly that the son will be okay, too. Jonathan's less than thrilled to hear this, needless to say. Although the bombastic, self-aggrandizing author (Benny introduces himself by pulling a copy of his latest best-seller, Ghosts & Other Mysteries, out of his knapsack) immediately grates on Jonathan's nerves, he recognizes that this peculiar man is considerably more experienced in the investigation of paranormal phenomena than he is (or ever wishes to be) and a partnership is born.

The inhabitants of Briarwood Road feared their neighbor, Robert Pence, a professional occultist who claimed to derive his dark powers from his infamous ancestor Angelica Pence, a Salem witch. When Pence died in a mysterious fire, the neighbors stayed behind locked doors and drawn curtains while Pence's young son, Billy, futilely begged for their aid. Now those same neighbors are being plagued by mysterious and threatening phenomena, as though Pence were reaching out from beyond the grave to exact his revenge. Before long, Jonathan and Benny are on the trail of what's really behind the seemingly paranormal attacks, but not before their own lives are threatened by the same circumstances that took Pence's life.

Summary written by: M.D. Bloemker

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