My top 25 Tales from the Darkside episodes

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1. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: Do Not Open This Box (1988)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Charles is a meek inventor living with his greedy nagging wife Rose. The mail brings them a misdirected box saying "Do Not Open This Box". Then the postman comes looking for it and says there will be Hell to pay if he doesn't get it back.

Director: Jodie Foster | Stars: Eileen Heckart, William LeMassena, Richard B. Shull, Fay Gold

Votes: 162

2. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: Trick or Treat (Pilot) (1983)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Town miser Gideon Hackles spends Halloween hiding IOU's in his house, which he then rigs as haunted and invites local kids to search for the IOU's so he can scare them. This year, he gets his comeuppance.

Director: Bob Balaban | Stars: Barnard Hughes, I.M. Hobson, Max Wright, Joe Ponazecki

Votes: 415

3. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: I Can't Help Saying Goodbye (1986)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Asthmatic Max Smith is dating Libby and plans to marry her, until he learns that her sister Karen appears to be able to make people die by touching their faces and saying goodbye.

Director: John Strysik | Stars: Brian Benben, Loren Cedar, Alison Sweeney, Helen Duffy

Votes: 168

4. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: The Last Car (1986)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A pretty university student named Stacey (Begona Plaza) waits to board a train that will take her home for Thanksgiving. However Stacey soon discovers there is something unusual and terrifying about the last car of this train.

Director: John Strysik | Stars: Begonya Plaza, Mary Carver, Louis Guss, Scooter Stevens

Votes: 260

5. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: A Case of the Stubborns (1984)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Jodie and his mum are grief-stricken by the passing away of Jodie's grandfather, but they soon find themselves with a lot more to be upset about when he gets determined not to stay dead.

Director: Gerald Cotts | Stars: Eddie Bracken, Bill McCutcheon, Tresa Hughes, Christian Slater

Votes: 361

6. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: Halloween Candy (1985)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Nasty old Mr Killup uses Halloween to taunt kids. This year, he's in for a surprise, from which even his long-suffering son Michael cannot save him.

Director: Tom Savini | Stars: Roy Poole, Tim Choate, David Varnay, John Edward Allen

Votes: 291

7. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: Seasons of Belief (1986)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

On Christmas Eve, a father ends his two children's boredom by holding them spellbound with a scary story about a fearsome beast known as the Grither.

Director: Michael McDowell | Stars: E.G. Marshall, Margaret Klenck, Sky Berdahl, Jenna von Oÿ

Votes: 262

8. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: The Milkman Cometh (1987)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Ruth Cooley is curious as to the reason why her husband Garry leaves unusual written requests in their mailbox for the mail carrier to fulfill.

Director: John Strysik | Stars: Robert Forster, Seymour Cassel, Shannon Wilcox, Chad Allen

Votes: 159

9. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: Inside the Closet (1984)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

What is scurrying around inside the closet of the upstairs room that grad student Gail Aynsley rents from veterinary school dean Dr. Fenner? Gail doesn't know, but she is determined to find out and Dr Fenner isn't telling.

Director: Tom Savini | Stars: Fritz Weaver, Roberta Weiss, Paul Sparer, Patrick Macnee

Votes: 439

10. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: The Moth (1987)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Dying Sybil uses her last hours on Earth to curse her enemies and plan for the afterlife, much to the chagrin of her mother.

Director: Jeffrey Wolf | Stars: Debbie Harry, Jane Manning, Paul Sparer

Votes: 146

11. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: Levitation (1985)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Two young hecklers goad once-great circus magician Kharma into reviving his legendary wireless levitation trick, which he abandoned years ago because it went horribly wrong.

Director: John Harrison | Stars: Joe Turkel, Brad Cowgill, Cynthia Frost, Anthony Thompkins

Votes: 228

12. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: No Strings (1987)

TV-14 | 23 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Mobster Eddie Minelli plans a private performance by a famous puppeteer, but with a ghoulish new puppet: the bloody remains of Don Paulie, the man Eddie has just murdered.

Director: David Odell | Stars: T.J. Castronovo, Barry Dennen, Cameron Milzer, Bradley Fisher

Votes: 136

13. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: The Yattering and Jack (1987)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Happy-go-lucky salesman Jack Polo receives a yuletide visit from the 3.5-foot-tall Yattering, a snarling horned demon that wants to claim Jack's soul.

Director: David Odell | Stars: Phil Fondacaro, Antony Carbone, Tom Newman, Danielle Brisebois

Votes: 159

14. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: The Cutty Black Sow (1988)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Young Jamie receives, and takes seriously, a deathbed warning from his great-grandmother to guard against the legendary Cutty Black Sow.

Director: Richard Glass | Stars: Huckleberry Fox, Paula Trueman, Mary Griffin, Timothy Landfield

Votes: 183

15. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: Anniversary Dinner (1985)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Henry and Elinor Colander are preparing to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with a special dinner. Hiker Sybil has just broken up with her boyfriend, so they invite her to join them.

Director: John Strysik | Stars: Alice Ghostley, Mario Roccuzzo, Fredrica Duke, Michael Cedar

Votes: 267

16. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: Love Hungry (1988)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Desperate to lose weight in order to please an old boyfriend from high school, compulsive eater Betsy Cowland uses mysterious, and possibly unsafe, products that she receives in the mail.

Director: John Strysik | Stars: Sharon Madden, Larry Gelman, Diana Hale, John Romo

Votes: 159

17. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: Lifebomb (1985)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A CEO working himself to death receives an offer of a special service designed to keep him alive.

Director: Frank De Palma | Stars: Bill Macy, Robert Riesel, Samantha Harper, Geneva Simmons

Votes: 172

18. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: Hush (1988)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

On a seemingly "ordinary night", a teenage babysitter, and a young boy, are terrorized by the boy's latest invention, that's gone awry: a "noise eater", which -- in reality -- sucks the life out of its victims!

Director: Allen Coulter | Stars: Nile Lanning, Eric Jason, Bonnie Gallup, Paul Sparer

Votes: 161

19. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: Black Widows (1986)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

On her wedding night, a young bride learns a secret about the women in her family.

Director: Karl Epstein | Stars: Margaret O'Brien, Theresa Saldana, Paul Eiding, Joe D'Angerio

Votes: 148

20. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: Seymourlama (1987)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

On a bitter cold night, Henry & Ellen Strand's home is visited by exotic Himalayan strangers who claim that son Seymour Strand has been chosen to replace the recently deceased Llama of their faraway country Lo Pu.

Director: Bruce Dolin | Stars: Divine, J.D. Roth, Kathleen Doyle, David Gale

Votes: 133

21. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: My Ghostwriter - The Vampire (1987)

TV-14 | 23 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Hack horror writer Peter Prentice receives an offer from Vampire Count Jeffrey Draco: nine hundred years of authentic vampire stories to use as material - in exchange for sanctuary in Peter's home.

Director: Frank De Palma | Stars: Jeff Conaway, Roy Dotrice, Jillie Mack, Chi Chi Navarro

Votes: 134

22. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: I'll Give You a Million (1984)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Wily millionaire Duncan Williams engages his longtime acquaintance Jack Blaine in a cat & mouse game ... by offering Jack one million dollars for his mortal soul.

Director: John Harrison | Stars: Keenan Wynn, George Petrie, Michael Freeman, Bradley Fisher

Votes: 313

23. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: Monsters in My Room (1985)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Biff doesn't understand children well and winds up at odds with his new wife Helen's young son Timmy, whose life is already complicated by the monsters that Timmy finds in his bedroom.

Director: James Steven Sadwith | Stars: Greg Mullavey, Seth Green, Beth McDonald, Elia Braca

Votes: 206

24. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: The Old Soft Shoe (1986)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A traveling salesman has a ghostly date with an attractive woman in a motel, which turns ominous.

Director: Richard Friedman | Stars: Paul Dooley, John Fiedler, Kathy McLain, Dorothy Parke

Votes: 165

25. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: The Grave Robber (1987)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Two archaeologists turned grave robbers are forced to play strip poker with an angry mummy that protects the tomb they broke into.

Director: Jeff Schiro | Stars: Arnold Stang, Polly Draper, Daren Kelly, Ed Kovens

Votes: 134



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