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Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)

TV Series  |  TV-14  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
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A horror anthology series where the viewer is taken through ghost stories, science fiction adventures and creepy, unexplained events.

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Each episode of this TV series depicts a short, strange tale...with a twist! With eerie stories vaguely reminiscent of 'The Twilight Zone,' viewers learn to appreciate that things are often not as they seem. The usual plot formula is comprised of an initial normal, mundane situation that gradually begins to get off-kilter, with suspense building up to the final, chilling, surprise conclusion. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Release Date:

30 September 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Geschichten aus der Schattenwelt  »

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(92 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Episode 4.19, with its characters named Ruthie, a drum-playing Micky, and "Little Micky," is a thinly-disguised parody of I Love Lucy (1951). See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: Man lives in the sunlit world of what he believes to be reality. But... there is, unseen by most, an underworld, a place that is just as real, but not as brightly lit... a Darkside.
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Followed by Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990) See more »


Tales from the Darkside Theme
Composed by Donald Rubinstein
Written by Erica Lindsay
Co-written by Donald Rubinstein
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"The Twilight Zone" for the 1980s
23 July 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Tales From the Darkside" is an interesting anthology series which has been syndicated for as long as I can remember. Every now and then you can catch the episodes on WGN out of Chicago or on the Sci-Fi Channel. The series is a poor man's "Twilight Zone". I believe that all of the episodes were made in the mid-1980s and dealt with subjects very similar to those dealt with in Rod Serling's series. The special effects were usually sophomoric and so were the performances, but the suspense and sense of the "unworldly" usually kept me on the edge of my seat. The writing and direction of most of the episodes are clever and intelligent. However, there are several duds in the series. For the most part "Tales From Darkside" is an interesting supernatural series that has been overlooked, but is usually just as potent as "The Twilight Zone" or "The X-Files". The series was popular enough to spawn a theatrical movie in 1990, but the movie falls far short of the original television episodes. Overall I give the series 4 out of 5 stars.

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