Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)

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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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Famed horror writer Stephen King contributed two stories to the series: "Word Processor of the Gods" and "Sorry, Right Number." Both have subsequently been reprinted in the author's anthology works. 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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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Operation Double 007 (1993) See more »

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great series..worth watching at least once a week!
31 March 2003 | by (RHODE ISLAND) – See all my reviews

Although I was in my early teens when I watched tales from the darkside, if left an impression on me. As a matter of fact, I still remember the first TFDS episode. The Halloween episode in which a rich old, whom everone in the town owns money to, has fun with his debtor's children by making them search for the outstanding notes in his creepy mansion. If a child found the outstanding-notes, that families debts would be wiped off. Of course, none of the children every found them...running out of the house scared out of their minds....until a real witch shows up! Needless to say, the old miser is paid a visit by the devil himself! I still rmemeber it to this day. Anyway, TFDS has dozens of episodes with eerie endings. If you like the late 80's tv series MONSTERS, you would also enjoy "tales from the darkside". It is just too bad that they don't show it any more....

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