Wild Palms is set in a futuristic Los Angeles, and its not the dying metropolis of Blade Runner, but a sunny utopia. Two shadowy groups known as "the fathers" and "the friends" are in a covert war over the use of technology. Although Wild Palms did not anticipate the internet, it did foresee a society under increasing media consolidation. The "fathers" are corporate elitists
Jim Belushi gives the performance of his life as Harry Wyckoff, a corporate lawyer living an average upper middle class life with his wife Grace (Dana Delaney) and their two kids. His life changes after a politician-media mogul Anton Kruetzer, played by Robert Loggia, in a totally over the top performance, offers Harry the chance to run a TV network. That's the basic plot. Through the course of the series Harry gradually finds out most of his reality is fiction. Harry's character arc has a strange trajectory from an everyman hero to a new age media prophet. Scientology also looms in the background with the the film's emphasis on spirituality and technology.
There's quite a bit going on. Unlike modern television which uses linear storytelling (with exceptions of course), Wild Palms still looks (and feels) subversive with its use of vivid imagery and fractured narratives - thus standing as a unique moment in TV history well worth revisiting.