Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
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The Secret 

Orphan boy Theodore is adopted by the Colberts, who are an eccentric rich couple with a very dark secret. They aren't the only ones.


J. Michael Riva (as Michael Riva)


Steven Dodd (creator), Doug Ronning (screenplay)




Episode cast overview:
Larry Drake ... Tobias
Grace Zabriskie ... Mrs. Colbert
Mike Simmrin ... Theodore
Georgann Johnson ... Miss Hagstead
Stella Hall Stella Hall ... Miss Heather
William Frankfather ... Mr. Colbert
John Kassir ... Crypt Keeper (voice)
Nicolas Ostrogovich Nicolas Ostrogovich ... Joey
Jordan Metzner ... Orphan
Gary Schwartz ... Werewolf (voice)


Orphan boy Theodore is adopted by the Colberts, who are an eccentric rich couple with a very dark secret. They aren't the only ones.

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Release Date:

31 July 1990 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Larry Drake makes his second appearance in the series, having played an escaped mental patient in Tales from the Crypt: And All Through the House (1989). See more »


Crypt Keeper: Finally, the kid gets the upper hand... or should I say, the upper paw. Just when Mom and Pop were about to satisfy their sweet tooth, Theodore decides to wolf down something besides sweets!
Crypt Keeper: Well, that's all for now, kiddies. As one cow said to the other as they headed off to slaughter, "'til next we meat!".
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References Silver Spurs (1936) See more »


Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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We all have our secrets. Right Boils and Ghouls!
26 March 2006 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

"The Secret" the last episode of season 2 of "Tales from the Crypt" is one of the most memorable and one of my favorites. An orphan who is kicked out of his shelter is adopted by a rich couple, who then feed the boy to a rich and pampered lifestyle, but yet he remains sheltered and he begins to get suspicious when he notices every night his parents disappear and always return in the morning. Finally one night the boy lurks out on his own to become an eager beaver, well not exactly a beaver!! Both find out one another's secrets. I don't want to make this comment a spoiler, because some people still haven't seen this episode, so watch for yourself this is one of the better Crypt episodes the plot takes such a great twist in the end.

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