UHF (1989)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

George has just been appointed manager of a failing UHF television station and luckily finds his janitor a natural for a kiddie show. Soon George turns the station around with his programming format and has to face a rival station's less-than-ethical tactics of competition. Starring "Weird" Al Yankovic, this comedy features plenty of spoofs on the entertainment and advertising industries. Also appearing are Stanley Brock, Michael Richards, Kevin McCarthy and the ever-effervescent Emo Philips.

Rating: PG (violence)
Genre: Television, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jay Levey, Weird Al Yankovic
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 4, 2002
Orion Pictures Corporation


as George Newman

as R.J. Fletcher

as Stanley Spadowski

as Uncle Harvey

as Raul Hernandez

as Noodles

as Richard Fletcher

as Pamela Finklestein

as Aunt Esther

as Head Thug

as Killer Thug

as Joe Earley

as Gandhi

as FCC Man

as Bartender

as Spatula Husband

as Kipper Kid

as Spatula Wife

as Spatula Neighbor

as Sy Greenblum

as Crazy Ernie

as Bartender

as Earl Ramsey

as Joel Miller

as Little Weasel

as Teri's Father

as Teri's Mother

as Phyllis Weaver

as Big Edna

as Little Old Lady

as Animal Deliveryman

as Whipped Cream Eater

as Conan the Librarian

as Timid Man

as Boy with Books

as Fletcher Cronie #1

as Fletcher Cronie #2

as Thug #3

as Thug, Thug #4

as Guide #1

as Guide #2

as Mud Wrestler

as Mud Wrestler

as Promo Announcer (voi...

as Promo Announcer (voi...

as Promo Announcer (voi...

as Promo Announcer (voi...

as Promo Announcer
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for UHF

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for UHF

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The individual parts may be greater than the sum of the whole, but man, are those parts funny.

Full Review… | November 22, 2014
Under the Radar

It's agreeably goofy, and it feels like something anyone could do, even if that's not the case.

Full Review… | November 10, 2014
The Dissolve

Weird Al's film hasn't aged a bit...

Full Review… | April 30, 2012
Cinema Crazed

Has everything but the kitchen sink, and while it doesn't always hit the sweetest notes of inspiration, it maintains a lovable spiritedness and offers the odd gut-buster. And dumb guy humor. UHF has some of the best dumb guy humor around.

Full Review… | August 26, 2009

I liked it even after all those years

March 8, 2008

Audience Reviews for UHF

'Weird Al' Yankovic is primarily a comedic songwriter and parody musician, but in his first instance of movie stardom, he shines brighter than ever. During the eighties the absolute best parody films were made, including Leslie Nielsen's "Spy Hard" and "Naked Gun", Mel Brooks' History of the World Part One, and a bevy of other films that were both cheesy and highly enjoyable. Yankovic is best known for his re-workings of popular songs, and here he takes stabs at other films, including "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" and "First Blood." Besides all the mentions of famous films, there are some very original laughs to be had with Yankovic's off brand and zany humor. His acting is surprisingly focused and his character comes off as charmingly befuddled throughout. Besides a controlled performance from Yankovic there is a highly talented cast assembled: Fran Drescher pre-Nanny fame shows up as the outspoken secretary turned reporter, Michael Richardson pre-Seinfeld busts out as a kooky janitor turned children's TV show host, and Victoria Jackson plays Weird Al's responsible girlfriend. The premise of the film isn't all that out there, as Weird Al plays George Newman, a down and out man at the middle road in his life eventually getting the manager's position at a local UHF station. He makes the station popular with weird shows that generate a lot of buzz, but he has to stop the maniacal competitor who is trying to buy the station out from under them. It's sweet, spontaneous, and pretty much the epitome of classic comedy film, so if you haven't given it much credence beforehand, do so now.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


If you love weird Al songs, you have to see this movie! It's so much fun, it has a bunch of movie and TV spoofs featuring him, within another funny story as well. It's cool.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

goofy and very hysterical, you have to be in the right mood to watch it because its so silly, but hey that's Weird al in a nutshell

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

UHF Quotes

– Submitted by Stephen R (6 months ago)
– Submitted by Ted J (2 years ago)
– Submitted by Ted J (2 years ago)
– Submitted by Jared T (2 years ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss UHF on our Movie forum!