There was a short lived series in the 80s about a family that is traveling together in the future dystopian society. I can only remember one scene and it has bugged me for years. The scene is one in which the teenage son joins the villain army as a ruse. When his loyalty is tested (by being asked to place his hand in a flame) he passed. The flame turned out to be cold.

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    What language was it in? Can you remember anything about the family members? Hoe many, how old were they etc. What were they on the run for?
    – Mr Lister
    May 26, 2016 at 19:39
  • possible duplicate of scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/140142/… (which is newer but has an accepted answer)
    – Otis
    Oct 17, 2016 at 17:37

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You're remembering the episode "The Zone Troopers Build Men" from the 1985 show Otherworld, about a family lost on a parallel Earth that has a mix of different types of societies in different "zones", including some with futuristic technology. The scene in question can be seen starting at around 18:30 in the video below:

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    check out Sarek! (Mark Lenard)
    – NKCampbell
    May 26, 2016 at 21:20

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