The Ray Bradbury Theater: The Happiness Machine TV Show
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  • I really love how the resolution is done because it's not antagonistic or forced
  • Overall, this was one of the better Ray Bradbury stories from this series in my opinion

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      Elliott Gould and Mimi Kuzyk star in an intriguing half hour episode of The Ray Bradbury Theater called The Happiness Machine. From July 1992, these two actors portray the Affmanns. As Leo, Gould wakes up one day and suddenly sees joy out in the world. He then tries to spread the sunshine to his family, including his wife, Lena.

      Leo begins to wonder what happiness should look like,


      taste like, and feel like. He retreats to the garage and sets out to create that as some sort of artwork which he calls the happiness machine. Upon announcing this to his family, Leo collapses.

      The story takes a twist when Lena tries the happiness machine. She actually likes it at first, only then she becomes very sad, frightening the children. Her subsequent speech to Leo is ...


      • fantastic. It’s a bit about reality and fantasy, of real life and dreams. It’s quite a speech and even a plea to Leo to voluntarily get rid of the machine, which she believes is a detriment.

        The face off between Leo and Lena is really great and in part that’s due to the talents of Gould and Kuzyk. They are both strong in their portrayals, and they are

        equals in this marriage. It really gives the scene and their differences a chance to shine through in an intriguing manner.

        I really love how the resolution is done because it’s not antagonistic or forced. It’s really the evolution of the marriage and even attitudes about life.

        The kids bounce in and out of scenes and do okay.

        Overall, this was one of the better Ray Bradbury stories from this series in my opinion.




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