Nov 14, 2013
NBC Experiment in Television: The Cube
A Man (Richard Schaal, a regular guest star on tv sitcoms) awakens in a square white room covered in a four-by-four grid. He doesn't remember how he got there, or much about his life before.
A Priest gives him an orb that is supposed to tell the Man the meaning of the Cube, but it doesn't work; it contains strawberry jelly. A Professor tells him that he's acting in a play.
Finally the Man has had enough. He yells at his captors: whatever else they do to him, he knows that the's real.
A panel opens, and a psychiatrist invites the Man out. He's won! He walks down the hall to the psychiatrist's office to sign some papers. "I'm here!" he exclaims. "I'm real! If I cut myself, I bleed." The Man actually does cut himself on a letter opener, and puts his finger to his mouth, and tastes strawberry jelly, not blood. And he's back in the Cube again.
The Cube was written and directed by Jim Henson of Muppet fame. It has never been rerun, or released on video, but you can see clips on youtube.