I discovered that the NBC app had Amazing Stories, which I loved as a kid, so I checked out an episode called “remote control man.” The plot is your typical 80s anthology series loser wuss guy beaten down by his cartoonishly nagging wife, bratty kid and mean boss. TV is his only escape, but his wife sells it to buy shoes.
He buys a new TV that the salesman promises the guy will really like. Long story short, he can “change channels” and change his shitty family to TV stars. He keeps a hot blonde around for fucking, and changes her to June Cleaver when it’s time to make breakfast. His kids are Face from the A-team and Arnold from Diff’rent Strokes. I’m not making this up.
Things quickly spiral out of control, and pretty soon some badguys come for Face.
One of them gets turned into Richard Simmons, and then Hulk shows up.
Pretty soon the house is flooded with celebrities and a bunch of contestants from Let’s Make a Deal,” and they all tell him he should turn off his tv and spend time with his family. He does, as if suddenly realizing how lucky he is. Which he’s not, because his wife and kids are all written as irredeemable pieces of shit. His fat younger son turned on the garbage disposal while his dad’s hand was stuck in it in the beginning of the episode, hoping to mutilate him, and his wife smashes his stuff with an axe.
He keeps the magic remote, though. So I’d imagine at some point he probably came to his senses and turned them off for good.