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I'm trying to identify a science fiction TV show I saw in the early-to-mid 1980s or late 1970s. This story was a self-contained episode, so it was probably part of a Twilight Zone-like anthology series.

In the story, a man wakes up from cryogenic suspension in a future hospital. He is generally rude and makes unwanted passes at the nurses. He is anxious to leave the hospital, but the doctors tell him he must stay for more medical tests.

A nurse wheels his gurney into an elevator to take him to a lab upstairs. In the elevator's reflective ceiling, he (and the viewer) learn that he is just a head! He screams, realizing that his head had been frozen without his body.

The closing shot shows his head on a lab shelf with other heads. He is shouting for help as the other heads try to introduce themselves to the new guy.

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  • Cold Lazarus? If so, this is a duplicate. (On reflection, some of the details are different...) Aug 6, 2012 at 11:39
  • It wasn't Cold Lazarus. This show was broadcast much earlier and the main character was a head, not a brain. Aug 6, 2012 at 15:31
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    Ok, thx. (Just FYI, Cold Lazarus was also a head, the questioner did not remember it correctly.) Aug 7, 2012 at 5:18
  • I remember this movie and most of the title, The Second Life of Doctor ( )? I just can't remember the doctors name in the title. PLEASE DISREGARD THIS IS NOT THAT MOVIE!
    – user11314
    Dec 12, 2012 at 18:36
  • Arrgh. I've seen this to, but my memory gets me nowhere Jan 24, 2013 at 21:53

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Welcome Back Mr. Fox (1986) TV short

I too vividly remember this. The reflection on the elevator showing the head with the life support machine was memoable and creepy. A stunning plot twist! I had been looking for this for years and finally found it!!!

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  • Do you remember any details that might assist in finding this book?
    – AJL
    Sep 29, 2015 at 20:20
  • Awesome! I come back here periodically checking to see if anyone has figured this one question out! Thank you! Jan 14, 2016 at 19:16
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    I am the Writer-Director of "Welcome Back Mr. Fox". Any Fans who want to text me about their impressions of or questions about WBMF I would be happy to connect with you @ [email protected]. Walt Apr 13, 2020 at 4:24
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This sounds a lot like The TV show "Tales from the Crypt" to me. It ran began in 1989 and lasted for a little under ten years.... I think. Anyway, my guess would be the Tales from the Crypt.

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    I can't find anything on the web to suggest that...what's your evidence?
    – AncientSwordRage
    Jan 25, 2014 at 20:27
  • I'm pretty sure it's not "Tales from the Crypt". And, even if it was... which episode? Apr 8, 2014 at 21:46
  • As you say, a 'guess'. You need to provide some type of evidence to support it.
    – Stan
    Apr 8, 2014 at 23:15

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