Scary children's TV

by brianleach1048576 | created - 27 Feb 2014 | updated - 28 Feb 2014 | Public

Children's TV episodes or films which had a particularly scary moment in them. In my opinion, picked from my childhood.

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1. Lost in Space (1965–1968)
Episode: The Sky Is Falling (1965)

Not Rated | 50 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

A small, crab-like robot heralds the arrival of a family of colonists from an alien race called the Taurons. John believes that they are peaceful settlers, but Smith insists that they are the vanguard of an invading army.

Director: Sobey Martin | Stars: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen

Votes: 157

Robot with a claw on it. Able to dematerialise and rematerialize into the spaceship. Dr. Smith is petrified by it.

2. Doctor Who (1963–1989)
Episode: Spearhead from Space: Episode 4 (1970)

TV-Y | 25 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

With UNIT's investigation being blocked by the Replica of Scobie, the Doctor and Liz visit Madame Tussaud's to try and find out more as Channing prepares to activate the Autons.

Director: Derek Martinus | Stars: Jon Pertwee, Caroline John, Nicholas Courtney, Hugh Burden

Votes: 426

The mannequins that come to life and the Nestene monster trying to throttle the doctor.

3. Doctor Who (1963–1989)
Episode: Terror of the Autons: Episode Two (1971)

TV-PG | 25 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Attempting to find out where Jo encountered the Master, the Doctor heads to the circus where he falls foul of Rossini.

Director: Barry Letts | Stars: Jon Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney, Roger Delgado, Katy Manning

Votes: 281

The plastic chair which suffocates a man.

4. Doctor Who (1963–1989)
Episode: Terror of the Autons: Episode Four (1971)

TV-PG | 22 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor discovers the plastic daffodils are designed to fire a spray that asphyxiates people, causing havoc prior to the Nestene's arrival, but before he can alert anyone he and Jo are captured by the Master.

Director: Barry Letts | Stars: Jon Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney, Roger Delgado, Katy Manning

Votes: 284

The daffodil which almost suffocates Joe Grant.

5. The Tomorrow People (1973–1979)
Episode: The Blue and the Green: An Apple for the Teacher (1974)

TV-PG | 23 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

John and Stephen find themselves with two mysteries to investigate - the possibility that Stephen's new teacher Elizabeth M'Bondo is a Tomorrow Person and some worryingly accurate paintings of alien planets.

Director: Roger Damon Price | Stars: Elizabeth Adare, Nicholas Young, Peter Vaughan-Clarke, Philip Gilbert

Votes: 17

The children divided by whether they have a blue or green badge.

6. Doctor Who (1963–1989)
Episode: The Sea Devils: Episode One (1972)

TV-PG | 25 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor and Jo visit the Master at his island prison where the Doctor becomes curious about a number of ships sinking in the area.

Director: Michael E. Briant | Stars: Jon Pertwee, Roger Delgado, Katy Manning, Edwin Richfield

Votes: 317

Stranded on the oil platform with a sea devil on the loose.

7. Star Trek: The Original Series (1966–1969)
Episode: Charlie X (1966)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Captain Kirk must learn the limits to the power of a 17-year-old boy with the psychic ability to create anything and destroy anyone.

Director: Lawrence Dobkin | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Walker Jr., DeForest Kelley

Votes: 3,272

The teenager with the power to do anything he pleases.

8. Star Trek: The Original Series (1966–1969)
Episode: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The flight recorder of the 200-year-old U.S.S. Valiant relays a tale of terror--a magnetic storm at the edge of the galaxy!

Director: James Goldstone | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Gary Lockwood, Sally Kellerman

Votes: 4,199

Gary Mitchell who's ESP powers are increasing exponentially and kills one of his crewmates.

9. Space: 1999 (1975–1977)
Episode: End of Eternity (1975)

50 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

While exploring a cavern in an asteroid, the Alphans release Balor, a sadistic alien who has achieved immortality.

Director: Ray Austin | Stars: Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Barry Morse, Peter Bowles

Votes: 194

An immortal alien provides his answer to existence, insanity.

10. UFO (1970–1973)
Episode: Ordeal (1971)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Following a wild night out with a girl called Sylvia, Foster is receiving a refreshing sauna bath at the SHADO health farm. Drifting into semi-consciousness, he comes to to find he has been... See full summary »

Director: Ken Turner | Stars: Gary Myers, Georgina Moon, Jeremy Wilkin, Michael Billington

Votes: 95

Foster is abducted by the aliens and forced to breathe the liquid they use.

11. UFO (1970–1973)
Episode: The Dalotek Affair (1971)

TV-PG | 47 min | Action, Sci-Fi

A meteorite lands on the Moon following an abortive UFO attack and the Moonbase's video and radio links with SHADO fail. Foster suspects that Dalotek, a private mining company with a nearby... See full summary »

Director: Alan Perry | Stars: Frank E. Stranges, Keith Alexander, Michael Billington, Tracy Reed

Votes: 93

The communication jamming device put on the moon by the aliens

12. UFO (1970–1973)
Episode: The Man Who Came Back (1971)

TV-PG | 47 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Craig Collins returns after his craft crash-landed in a jungle . Two whole months of his travels are unaccounted for, but he has become much rougher, stronger and sharper, though only ... See full summary »

Director: David Lane | Stars: Dolores Mantez, Wanda Ventham, Derren Nesbitt, Ed Bishop

Votes: 88

One of the SHADO operatives is mentally brainwashed and controlled by the aliens.

13. Space: 1999 (1975–1977)
Episode: Force of Life (1975)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

A wandering energy force inhabits the body of Alpha technician Anton Zoref, turning him into an energy absorbing being.

Director: David Tomblin | Stars: Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Barry Morse, Ian McShane

Votes: 270

Anton Zoref is slowly overtaken by an alien lifeforce.

14. The Clangers (1969–1974)
Episode: The Visitor (1969)

Animation, Family, Sci-Fi

Add a Plot

Votes: 9

A TV set which sparks when soup is poured on it.

15. Thunderbirds (1965–1966)
Episode: Trapped in the Sky (1965)

TV-G | 53 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Hood plants a bomb aboard the Fireflash. Can International Rescue bring the airliner down without using its landing gear?

Director: Alan Pattillo | Stars: Sylvia Anderson, Ray Barrett, Peter Dyneley, Christine Finn

Votes: 159

The Hood, all that needs to be said.

16. Thunderbirds (1965–1966)
Episode: The Mighty Atom (1965)

TV-G | 49 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Hood takes a special interest in the technology being used to run atomic irrigation plants around the world. His first attempt at stealing the technology leads to an atomic explosion. ... See full summary »

Director: David Lane | Stars: Sylvia Anderson, Ray Barrett, Peter Dyneley, Christine Finn

Votes: 75

The radioactive cloud.

17. Lost in Space (1965–1968)
Episode: All That Glitters (1966)

Not Rated | 50 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Dr. Smith and Penny obtain a ring that will turn anything to platinum.

Director: Harry Harris | Stars: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen

Votes: 140

Dr. Smith can no longer eat.

18. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964–1968)
Episode: The Deadliest Game (1965)

52 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

The President of the United States is visiting a new underwater installation when a power interruption freezes all communication. To complicate the situation they discover there is some ... See full summary »

Director: Sobey Martin | Stars: Richard Basehart, David Hedison, Lloyd Bochner, Audrey Dalton

Votes: 37

The nuclear reactor going critical

19. The Time Tunnel (1966–1967)
Episode: One Way to the Moon (1966)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Doug and Tony escape death aboard the Titanic only to be hurled ten years into their future aboard a rocket bound for the moon. Problems arise which the astronauts blame on their unwilling ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Harris | Stars: James Darren, Robert Colbert, James T. Callahan, Ben Cooper

Votes: 153

Doug and Tony possibly trapped on the moon.

20. Doctor Who (1963–1989)
Episode: The Green Death: Episode Two (1973)

TV-PG | 26 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor and the Brigadier attempt to rescue Jo and Bert from the mine but Global Chemicals prove distinctly uncooperative.

Director: Michael E. Briant | Stars: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Nicholas Courtney, Jerome Willis

Votes: 292

The maggots.

21. Doctor Who (1963–1989)
Episode: The Dæmons: Episode Four (1971)

TV-PG | 24 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Master orders Bert to set a trap for the Doctor at the village while a concussed Jo makes for the cavern.

Director: Christopher Barry | Stars: Jon Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney, Roger Delgado, Katy Manning

Votes: 262

The Morris dancers and the maypole

22. Watership Down (1978)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home.

Director: Martin Rosen | Stars: John Hurt, Richard Briers, Ralph Richardson, Michael Graham Cox

Votes: 31,748

The rabbits dying in the old warren.

23. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Time Enough at Last (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A henpecked book lover finds himself blissfully alone with his books after a nuclear war.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Burgess Meredith, Vaughn Taylor, Jacqueline deWit, Lela Bliss

Votes: 4,779

The dropping of the spectacles.

24. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A man, newly recovered from a nervous breakdown, becomes convinced that a monster only he sees is damaging the plane he's flying in.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: William Shatner, Christine White, Ed Kemmer, Asa Maynor

Votes: 3,214

The gremlin

25. Star Trek: The Original Series (1966–1969)
Episode: The City on the Edge of Forever (1967)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

When a temporarily insane Dr. McCoy accidentally changes history and destroys his time, Kirk and Spock follow him to prevent the disaster, but the price to do so is high.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Joan Collins, DeForest Kelley

Votes: 3,972

The crew's helplessness as they find out history has been changed.

26. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: It's a Good Life (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

On an isolated family farm, a young boy with vast mental powers, but lacking emotional development, holds his terrified family in thrall to his every juvenile wish.

Director: James Sheldon | Stars: John Larch, Cloris Leachman, Don Keefer, Bill Mumy

Votes: 2,609

The child who has complete control over everything. Star Trek Charlie X is very similar to this.

27. UFO (1970–1973)
Episode: Sub-Smash (1970)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Sci-Fi

After an underwater UFO has attacked and sunk a freight ship in the ocean, Straker, Foster and SHADO lieutenant Nina Barry join a submarine crew to find out what they can. However, they too... See full summary »

Director: David Lane | Stars: Gary Myers, George Sewell, Ed Bishop, Michael Billington

Votes: 94

Straker and a few SHADO operatives are trapped in the submarine. Very claustrophobic.

28. Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

Approved | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A mysterious artifact is unearthed in London, and famous scientist Bernard Quatermass is called into to divine its origins and explain its strange effects on people.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: James Donald, Andrew Keir, Barbara Shelley, Julian Glover

Votes: 8,770

The spaceship.

29. The Time Travelers (1964)

Approved | 82 min | Sci-Fi

In 1964, a group of scientists create a portal that takes them to a barren, mutant inhabited, Earth in the year 2071.

Director: Ib Melchior | Stars: Preston Foster, Philip Carey, Merry Anders, John Hoyt

Votes: 1,978

When they find they are trapped 107 years in the future.

30. Star Trek: The Original Series (1966–1969)
Episode: Dagger of the Mind (1966)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Kirk and psychiatrist Helen Noel are trapped on a maximum security penal colony that experiments with mind control and Spock must use the Vulcan mind-meld to find a way to save them.

Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, James Gregory, DeForest Kelley

Votes: 2,561

The mind control device.



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