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Season: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Year: 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 0: Trick or Treat (Pilot)

29 October 1983
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.

Barnard Hughes ... Gideon Hackles
I.M. Hobson ... Mr. Bindle

Max Wright ... Mr. Bundle
Joe Ponazecki ... Atticus Kimble
Knowl Johnson ... Billy Kimble
Brenda Currin ... Sarah Kimble

Eddie Jones ... Victor Muldoon
Patrick Wilcox ... Timothy Muldoon

Eevin Hartsough ... Bessie
Nancy Ellen Sutherland ... Bessie's Mom
Jessica Rene Carroll ... Rickert Daughter (as Jessica Carroll)
Joshua Miller ... Rickert Son
Frances Chaney ... Witch
Bill McNulty ... Pirate

Ed French ... Devil
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Jeff Cohen ... Timmy Muldoon (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 1: The New Man

30 September 1984
A reformed alcoholic is visited by his young son. Unfortunately, he doesn't have a young son.

Vic Tayback ... Alan Coombs
Chris Hebert ... Jerry

Kelly Jean Peters ... Sharon Coombs
Paul Jenkins ... Roger Johnson

Billy Jayne ... Petey Coombs (as Billy Jacoby)
Jon Jacobs ... Brad
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Patrick Macnee ... Himself - Host (only UK version)

Season 1, Episode 2: I'll Give You a Million

7 October 1984
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.

Keenan Wynn ... Duncan Williams
Michael Freeman ... Richards
George Petrie ... Jack Blaine (as George O. Petrie)

Bradley Fisher ... The Devil (as Brad Fisher)
Catherine Battistone ... Jenny the Maid
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 1, Episode 3: Pain Killer

14 October 1984
Harvey Turman suffers from both back pain and his nagging wife Nadine. Dr. Roebuck finds nothing physically wrong, concludes that the problem is caused by latent anger toward Nadine, & suggests uxoricide to kill ALL Harvey's pain.

Farley Granger ... Doctor Roebuck
Peggy Cass ... Nadine Turman
Lou Jacobi ... Harvey Turman
Fay Sappington ... Mrs. Anne Tracey
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 1, Episode 4: The Odds

21 October 1984
Bookie Tom Vale never refuses a bet. Bettor Bill Lacey only bets long shots and beats impossible odds each time. Lacey's latest bet is that Vale will die of natural causes by 8:00 am tomorrow.

Danny Aiello ... Tommy Vale

Tom Noonan ... Bill Lacey
Robert Weil ... Horace Chadway
Anthony Bishop ... Phil the bartender
William Magerman ... Drunk
Mario Todisco ... Mafioso
Michael Quill ... Lacey's Man
Dave Johnson ... Announcer
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)
Cynthia Windham ... Woman #1 (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 5: Mookie and Pookie

4 November 1984
Mookie and Pookie are twins. Computer whiz Mookie is terminally ill. But not even death can sever the bond that exists between the two siblings when his knowledge of technology follows him into the afterlife.

Justine Bateman ... Susan 'Pookie' Anderson

Tippi Hedren ... Ruth Anderson
George Sims ... Harold Anderson
Ron Asher ... Kevin 'Mookie' Anderson
Neil Kinsella ... Delivery Man
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 1, Episode 6: Slippage

11 November 1984
When graphic designer Rich Hall fails to receive timely news about the outcome of a job interview, he begins to discover that he is slowly ceasing to exist.

David Patrick Kelly ... Richard Hall

Philip Casnoff ... Chris Wood

Kerry Armstrong ... Elaine Anderson Hall
Harriet Rogers ... Mrs. Hall
David Lipman ... Mr. Blake
Ruth Miller ... Secretary
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 1, Episode 7: Inside the Closet

18 November 1984
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.

Fritz Weaver ... Dr. Fenner
Roberta Weiss ... Gail Aynsley
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Patrick Macnee ... Himself - Host (only UK version)

Season 1, Episode 8: The Word Processor of the Gods

25 November 1984
Struggling writer Richard Hagstrom receives an upgraded computer from his computer-whiz nephew Jonathan right before Jonathan dies in an accident. Thanks to Jonathan, this word processor has the power to grant any wish that Richard desires.

Bruce Davison ... Richard Hagstrom
Karen Shallo ... Lina Hagstrom
Patrick Piccininni ... Seth Robert Hagstrom
Bill Cain ... Tom Nordhoff (as William Cain)
Jon Shear ... Jonathan (as Jon Matthews)
Miranda Beeson ... Belinda
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 1, Episode 9: A Case of the Stubborns

2 December 1984
Dressed in black, a very subdued mother and son (Christian Slater, age 15) sit down to breakfast on a hot summer morn, after Grandpa passed away last night in his bed upstairs. But cantankerous Grandpa shows up for breakfast too, lily in the lapel of his best suit, astonished that there's no plate set up for him ! The more folks insist he play dead and dignified, the more persnickety and odoriferous he becomes.

Eddie Bracken ... Grandpa Titus Tolliver

Bill McCutcheon ... Dr. Snodgrass

Tresa Hughes ... Voodoo Woman

Christian Slater ... Jody Tolliver

Brent Spiner ... Reverend Peabody
Barbara Eda-Young ... Ma Tolliver
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)
Cynthia Windham ... Woman #1 (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 10: Djinn, No Chaser

13 January 1985
Mental patient Danny Squires tells his unseen psychiatrist the story of how his wife Connie purchased an old lamp, rubbed it, and brought an ill-tempered genie into their lives.
Charles Levin ... Danny Squires

Colleen Camp ... Connie Squires

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... The Djinn, Jan Bin Jan
Nate Esformes ... Mohandus Mukhar
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 1, Episode 11: All a Clone by the Telephone

20 January 1985
The life of failed TV screenwriter Leon is taken over by a voice that emanates from inside his answering machine.

Harry Anderson ... Leon

Marcie Barkin ... Dolores

Dick Miller ... Seymour Furman
Tom Newman ... Quentin Karp
David Eastman ... The Driver
Catherine Battistone ... Person on Telephone (voice)
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 1, Episode 12: In the Cards

27 January 1985
Soft-hearted Catherine makes a living as a tarot card reader but faces a crisis of conscience in the process.

Dorothy Lyman ... Catherine

Carmen Mathews ... Madame Marlena
Teri Keane ... Esther
Wood Romoff ... Isaac (as Woody Romoff)
Johann Carlo ... Iris
Rosanna Carter ... Mrs. McNeill
Arthur Pierce ... Mugger
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Frank Aragon ... Frankie (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 13: Anniversary Dinner

3 February 1985
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.

Alice Ghostley ... Elinor Colander
Mario Roccuzzo ... Henry Colander
Fredrica Duke ... Sybil
Michael Cedar ... Mark
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 1, Episode 14: Snip, Snip

10 February 1985
Warlock Abe North and hairdresser Anne MacColl do battle over a winning lottery ticket.

Carol Kane ... Anne MacColl

Bud Cort ... Abe North
Ed Kenney ... The Announcer
Paul Micale ... Phil
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 1, Episode 15: Answer Me

17 February 1985
Commercial actress Joan Matlin is constantly annoyed by the sound of a ringing phone coming from the apartment next door.

Jean Marsh ... Joan Matlin
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 1, Episode 16: The Tear Collector

24 February 1985
A young woman who can't stop crying meets a mysterious man who collects tears.

Jessica Harper ... Prudence

Victor Garber ... Ambrose Cavender
Linda Lee Johnson ... Gretchen

Eric Bogosian ... Junkie
Kay Walbye ... Young Woman

John Rothman ... Young Man
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 1, Episode 17: The Madness Room

5 May 1985
A wealthy couple finds an extra room in their house with the help of a Ouija board.

Stuart Whitman ... Edward Osborne
Nick Benedict ... Michael Fox
Therese Pare ... Cathy Osborne
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 1, Episode 18: If the Shoes Fit...

12 May 1985
Gubernatorial candidate Bo Gumbs fervently believes that politics is nothing more than entertainment, and he shows his true colors graphically during his campaign.

Dick Shawn ... Bo Gumbs
Harry Goz ... Louie Farnum
John Zarchen ... Peter

Catherine Anne Hayes ... Mimi (as Catherine A. Hayes)
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 1, Episode 19: Levitation

19 May 1985
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.

Joe Turkel ... Kharma (as Joseph Turkel)
Brad Cowgill ... Frank
Cynthia Frost ... Flora
Anthony Thompkins ... Ernie
John Marzilli ... The Carny
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 1, Episode 20: It All Comes Out in the Wash

26 May 1985
Unsavory real estate developer Carl Gropper pays Chinese laundry man Chow Ting to perform an expensive special service: washing away all of Gropper's sins.

Vince Edwards ... Henry Gropper

James Hong ... Chow Ting
Ellen Winthrop ... Ginger
Philip Roth ... Sam Larchmont (as Phil Roth)
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Patrick Macnee ... Himself - Host (only UK version)

Season 1, Episode 21: Bigalow's Last Smoke

9 June 1985
Chain smoker Frank Bigalow is imprisoned in a simulacrum of his apartment, then forced to quit smoking and punished each time he lights up.

Richard Romanus ... Frank Bigalow

Sam Anderson ... Dr. Synapsis
Howard Dayton ... Matthews
Catherine Battistone ... Talk Show Hostess
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 1, Episode 22: Grandma's Last Wish

16 June 1985
Given one last wish to enliven her days before she is moved into the Tranquil Gardens retirement home, elderly Grandma sees to it that her self-centered family finds out what it's like to grow old.
Jane Connell ... Grandma

Kate McGregor-Stewart ... May Rollins
Paul Avery ... Frank Rollins

Kelly Wolf ... Greta Rollins

Gregory Itzin ... Newton (as Greg Itzin)
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 1, Episode 23: The False Prophet

4 August 1985
A young woman depends on an astrology machine to help her make all her decisions.

Ronee Blakley ... Cassie Pines
Justin Deas ... Heat Jones
Ann Hillary ... Wanda Sue
Bill Fiore ... Horace X (voice)
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: The Impressionist

26 September 1985
Nightclub impressionist Spiffy Remo is blackmailed into helping the government establish communication with Hoffgosh, a seemingly hostile alien who holds the secret to nuclear fusion.

Chuck McCann ... Spiffy Remo / Mr. Personalities
Bobby Di Cicco ... Dr. Coe

Jack Andreozzi ... Pudgy
Claudia Templeton ... Hoffgosh
Gene Borkan ... Angel
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 2, Episode 2: Lifebomb

6 October 1985
A CEO working himself to death receives an offer of a special service designed to keep him alive.

Bill Macy ... Ben Martin
Robert Riesel ... Henry Harris

Samantha Harper ... Mrs. Lianne Martin
Geneva Simmons ... Donna Kern

Lainie Miller ... Nurse
Patsy Whitecotton ... Kellie
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 2, Episode 3: Ring Around the Redhead

13 October 1985
Death Row inmate Billy Malone tells a journalist of how he survived an earthquake and found a portal to another dimension. Out of that portal popped young Keena, whose ensuing relationship with Billy seals his fate.

John Heard ... Billy Malone

Penelope Ann Miller ... Keena (as Penelope Miller)
Caris Corfman ... Adele
Greg Thornton ... Jimbo

John Snyder ... Guard
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 2, Episode 4: Parlour Floor Front

20 October 1985
After Linda, a landlady, speaks to her tenant, Mars Gillis, who she wants to move out of the parlour floor front apartment, bad things start happening all over the apartment she and her husband live in, and suspect it's Mars's voodoo.

Adolph Caesar ... Mars Gillis

Rosetta LeNoire ... Miss Gillis

Donna Bullock ... Linda
John Calonius ... Doug
Tiffani Caesar ... Annette
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 2, Episode 5: Halloween Candy

27 October 1985
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.
Roy Poole ... Mr. Killup
Tim Choate ... Michael Killup
David Varnay ... Medical Examiner (as David K. Varnay)
John Edward Allen ... Goblin
Gary Pratt ... Children
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 2, Episode 6: The Satanic Piano

3 November 1985
Struggling composer Pete Bancroft is contacted by strange Wilson Farber, who has invented a piano that can read minds and may be able to help Bancroft in his career.

Michael Warren ... Pete Bancroft

Lisa Bonet ... Justine
Philip Roth ... Wilson Farber (as Phil Roth)
Felice Orlandi ... Tony
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 2, Episode 7: The Devil's Advocate

10 November 1985
A hate-filled host of a radio call-in shows discovers where his anger and cynicism leads.

Jerry Stiller ... Luther Mandrake
Todd Oleson ... Engineer
Patrick Farrelly ... Telephone Caller (voice)
Karen Shallo ... Telephone Caller (voice)
Barbara Holmes ... Telephone Caller (voice)
David Early ... Telephone Caller (voice) (as David L. Early)
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 2, Episode 8: Distant Signals

17 November 1985
Mr. Smith is a cult follower of the failed 60's TV show MAX PARADISE and approaches Hollywood studio executives about recreating it, despite the reluctance of its now-alcoholic leading man Van Conway.

Darren McGavin ... Van Conway

Lenny von Dohlen ... Mr. Smith

David Margulies ... Gil Hurn
Joseph Bova ... Lew Feldman (as Joe Bova)
Sheila King ... Amy
John Bennes ... Loomis
Dog Thomas ... Grip
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 2, Episode 9: The Trouble with Mary Jane

24 November 1985
Mrs. Nugent enlists the aid of bumbling occult students Jack and Nora Mills to exorcise Aisha Candisha, the demon who is possessing her now-goat-footed daughter Mary Jane. The price? Fifty thousand dollars.

Season 2, Episode 10: Ursa Minor

1 December 1985
Richard and Joan's birthday gift for their daughter Susie is a large stuffed teddy bear ... or is it?
Marilyn Jones ... Joan

Timothy Carhart ... Richard (as Tim Carhart)
Jamie Ohar ... Susie

Malachy McCourt ... Dr. Stilliman
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 2, Episode 11: Effect and Cause

8 December 1985
Artist Kate Collins is afraid to recycle her old canvasses by painting over them because she thinks doing so is bad karma. She soon learns that she has the power to change reality.

Susan Strasberg ... Kate Collins
Ben Marley ... David
Judith-Marie Bergan ... Janet

Gary Hershberger ... Jeff
Jay Scorpio ... Paramedic #1
Chip Heller ... Paramedic #2
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 2, Episode 12: Monsters in My Room

22 December 1985
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.

Greg Mullavey ... Biff

Seth Green ... Timmy
Beth McDonald ... Helen
Elia Braca ... Nana
Paula Trueman ... Aunt Teresa
Leona Cyphers ... Horrible Witch
George Kyle ... Boogie Man
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 2, Episode 13: Comet Watch

12 January 1986
An amateur astronomer makes a surprising discovery about Halley's Comet after a young woman falls out of his telescope.

Fritz Weaver ... Sir Edmund Halley

Anthony Heald ... Englebert Ames

Kate McGregor-Stewart ... Charlene Ames

Sarah Rush ... Lara Burns
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 2, Episode 14: Dream Girl

19 January 1986
A theatrical director finds herself trapped along with her colleagues in a dreamlike world created by a stagehand.

Carolyn Seymour ... Andrea Caldwell / Director

Jon Cedar ... Syd Grossinger

Lou Cutell ... Otto Schrog
Shannon Kriska ... Didi
Dawson Mays ... Joe D'Amico
Catherine Battistone ... Person on Telephone (voice)
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 2, Episode 15: A New Lease on Life

26 January 1986
Archie Fenton moves into the St. George Apartments, where the lease has caveats: he must take out the trash every night, and he must not hang pictures on the walls. These aren't the only strange things about the St George.

Marie Windsor ... Madame Angler
Robert Rothman ... Archie Fenton
Ben Frank ... Al
Robert Sutton ... Mac
Patricia Pelham ... Helen Tanner
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 2, Episode 16: Printer's Devil

2 February 1986
An author uses animal sacrifices to become successful.

Larry Manetti ... Junior P. Harmon
Charles Knapp ... Alex Kellaway
Kate Charleson ... Brenda Hardcastle
Tony Montesion ... Julio (as Tony Montesian)
Michael Freeman ... Harry Guilford (voice)
Catherine Battistone ... Ms. Garcia / Secretary (voice)
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 2, Episode 17: The Shrine

9 February 1986
Cecilia Matthews has turned her daughter Christine's bedroom into a shrine. But Christine didn't die; she merely suffered a nervous breakdown, has recovered, and is coming for a visit. But there's a new tenant.

Lorna Luft ... Christine Matthews

Coleen Gray ... Cecilia Matthews
Virginya Keehne ... Chrissie (as Virginia Keehne)

Janet Wood ... Toni
Larry Gilman ... Chuck Matthews
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 2, Episode 18: The Old Soft Shoe

16 February 1986
A traveling salesman has a weird date in a motel.

Paul Dooley ... Chester Caruso

John Fiedler ... Arthur the hotel manager
Kathy McLain ... Carol
Dorothy Parke ... Glenda
Patrick Farrelly ... Sheriff
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 2, Episode 19: The Last Car

23 February 1986
A young woman taking a train home for Thanksgiving learns that this will be her final ride.

Begonya Plaza ... Stacey (as Begoña Plaza)
Mary Carver ... Mrs. Crane
Louis Guss ... Old Man
Scooter Stevens ... Boy
Bert Williams ... Conductor
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 2, Episode 20: A Choice of Dreams

4 May 1986
Mobster Jake Corelli has terminal cancer. A stranger promises him his choice of dreams and power over death. The price is ten million dollars.

Abe Vigoda ... Jake Corelli
David Chandler ... Michaelson
Ralph Monaco ... Angelo
David Glen ... Ross

Tracy Kolis ... Marie Corelli

Dominic Chianese ... Correlli's Father
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 2, Episode 21: Strange Love

11 May 1986
A doctor makes a house call and finds his patients are vampires
Harsh Nayyar ... Edmund Alcott

Marcia Cross ... Marie Alcott

Patrick Kilpatrick ... Dr. Philip Carrol
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 2, Episode 22: The Unhappy Medium

18 May 1986
Televangelist Farley Bright, the founder of the Church of the Bright Tomorrow, has died recently. Three greedy relatives gather for the reading of his will. But Farley hasn't finished communicating with them yet.

Connie Stevens ... Caroline Bright
Carolyn Ann Clark ... Jenny (as Carolyn Clark)

Richard Kuhlman ... Jonathan Reed
Peter Miller ... Farley Bright
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 2, Episode 23: Fear of Floating

25 May 1986
At an Army recruiting station in Arizona, Arnold Barker asks for protection from the Cooper's, who are trying to hold him hostage as "The Human Balloon" in their circus. But the Cooper's are nearby and have a different story to tell.

Sherman Howard ... Arnold Barker (as Howard Sherman)
Anne Lange ... Cpl. Marcia Smith

Leon Russom ... Sgt. Buzz Caldwell

Yeardley Smith ... Betty Ann Cooper / Good Time Rita
John Ridge ... Mr. Cooper
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 2, Episode 24: The Casavin Curse

13 July 1986
Beautiful Gina Casavin claims to be under the spell of a decades-old family curse, because everyone with whom she falls in love dies mysteriously.

Joe Cortese ... Nicholas Casavin
Catherine Parks ... Gina Casavin

Scott Lincoln ... Dr. Jeffrey Webster

Julie Ariola ... Miranda Dean
John Brandon ... Lt. Wright
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 3


Season 3, Episode 1: The Circus

28 September 1986
Newspaperman Bragg debunks charlatans as a way of "staying sane." His latest quarry is the obscure circus of Dr. Nis. When Bragg visits, Dr. Nis tries to prove its authenticity.

William Hickey ... Dr. Nis
Kevin O'Connor ... Bragg

Ed French ... Creature / Vampire
Jacques Sandulescu ... Nanoosh

David Thornton ... Werewolf (as David Thorton)
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 2: I Can't Help Saying Goodbye

5 October 1986
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.

Brian Benben ... Max Smith
Loren Cedar ... Libby

Alison Sweeney ... Karen
Helen Duffy ... Flora
LaGloria Scott ... Susie Allen
Paul Sparer ... Narrator

Season 3, Episode 3: The Bitterest Pill

12 October 1986
Based on a story by renowned sci-fi writer Frederick Pohl. Twelve-year-old Jonathan Bender is mercilessly and cruelly dominated by his callous parents. After Mom wins the lottery in spite of her stupidity, they are assailed by money-seekers, including a very dubious old acquaintance who is now the miraculously clever inventor -- he baldly claims -- of pills that will transform anyone into an unthinkably powerful intellect. When Dad throws him out, scattering the pills on the floor, little Jonathan is assigned the task of cleaning up.

Mark Blankfield ... Tinker
Joe Carafello ... Harlan Bender (as Joseph Carafello)
Catherine Battistone ... Margery Bender
Jason Horst ... Jonathan
John Marzilli ... Officer Kopec
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 4: Florence Bravo

19 October 1986
Dr. David McCall is cheating on his emotionally unstable wife Emily, who is visited by the specter of Florence Bravo, who murdered her own adulterous husband.

Lori Cardille ... Emily McCall

David Hayward ... Dr. David McCall
Carol Levy ... Juliann Hanratty
Lauren Klein ... Florence Bravo
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 5: The Geezenstacks

26 October 1986
Sam Hummel notices eerie parallels between events in the life of his own family, and events in the lives of his daughter Audrey's dolls, the Geezenstacks.

Craig Wasson ... Sam Hummel

Tandy Cronyn ... Edith Hummel

Larry Pine ... Uncle Richard
Lana Hirsch ... Audrey Hummel
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)
Stephanie Cassel ... Real Estate Agent (uncredited)

Season 3, Episode 6: Black Widows

2 November 1986
On her wedding night, a young bride learns a secret about the women in her family.

Margaret O'Brien ... Mildred Webster

Theresa Saldana ... Audrey Webster

Paul Eiding ... Reverend Joy

Joe D'Angerio ... Robert
Howard Dayton ... Salesman
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 7: Heretic

9 November 1986
Arrogant art "dealer" Harte buys an expensive 16th century tempura painting from an art fence, then lands in a Court of Inquisition to face judgment for his act.

Roberts Blossom ... Inquisitor

Bruce MacVittie ... Harte
Michael O'Hare ... Jimmy

Alan Scarfe ... Mysterious Man

Dominic Marcus ... Inquisitor's Assistant
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 8: A Serpent's Tooth

16 November 1986
Disappointed with her unappreciative children, Pearl King enlists the aid of a serpent's tooth talisman that has potent powers and produces instant results.

Renée Taylor ... Pearl King (as Renee Taylor)
Louis Quinn ... Myron

JoAnn Willette ... Madlene King
Brett Marx ... Marc King
Ron Sloan ... Barry

Jared Rushton ... Richie
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 9: Baker's Dozen

23 November 1986
Elderly cookie baker Ruby Cuzzins teams up with ad exec Henry Hogan to profit from her baking skills with a plan that includes greed, spousal abuse, and voodoo.

Mabel King ... Ruby Cuzzins

Larry Manetti ... Henry Hogan
Vernon Washington ... Aloysius Cuzzins
Therese Pare ... Helen Hogan
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 10: Deliver Us from Goodness

30 November 1986
Julian Cantrell's bid for mayor in an Alabama town is undermined by his saintly wife Valeria's miraculous behavior. So she decides to change her ways and break the Ten Commandments in order to help Julian get elected.
Kaiulani Lee ... Mrs. Valeria Cantrell
Mary Louise Wilson ... Ruby
Albert Macklin ... Young Priest

Steve Vinovich ... Julian Cantrell
Bill McIntyre ... Mr. Tabbitt

Jane Adams ... Charlotte Rose Cantrell
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 11: Seasons of Belief

29 December 1986
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.

E.G. Marshall ... Father
Margaret Klenck ... Mom
Sky Berdahl ... Jimbo

Jenna von Oÿ ... Stefa (as Jenna von Oy)
Mark Capri ... Uncle Michael
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 12: Miss May Dusa

18 January 1987
Jimmy James is playing his saxophone in the New York City subway when he meets an enigmatic woman named May Dusa, who claims to suffer amnesia and to have caused several accidental deaths.
Sofia Landon Geier ... Miss May Dusa (as Sofia Landon)
Gary Majchrazak ... Jimmy James
Yolanda Childress ... Bag Lady
Steve Tracy ... Robber (as Steve R. Tracy)
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 13: The Milkman Cometh

25 January 1987
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.

Robert Forster ... Garry Cooley

Seymour Cassel ... Howard

Shannon Wilcox ... Ruth Cooley

Chad Allen ... Sandy
Barbara Sloane ... Edna
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 14: My Ghostwriter - The Vampire

1 February 1987
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.

Jeff Conaway ... Peter Prentice

Roy Dotrice ... Vampire Count Jeffrey Draco

Jillie Mack ... Jayne
Chi Chi Navarro ... Carla, Cleaning Lady
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 15: My Own Place

18 February 1987
A young man gets a great deal on a New York apartment, then discovers he has a mysterious roommate.

Perry Lang ... Sandy Darhaus
Harsh Nayyar ... Ram

Nancy Travis ... Laura
Bina Sharif ... Maya

Caryn West ... Cynthia
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 16: Red Leader

15 February 1987
A corrupt business man is offered a top position in Hell by the devil.

Joe E. Tata ... Alex Hayes
Carmine Caridi ... Jake Caine
Brioni Farrell ... Amanda Caine
Peter Bromilow ... Red Leader
Joseph Della Sorte ... Minion
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 17: Everybody Needs a Little Love

22 February 1987
A divorced man dotes upon a mannequin.

Jerry Orbach ... Roberts

Richard Portnow ... Curtis
Philip Lenkowsky ... Detective (as Phil Lenkowsky)
Don Peoples ... Lt. Mann
Teresa L. Jones ... Estelle
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 18: Auld Acquaintances

1 March 1987
Two accused witches covet a talisman for its powers but can't have it all the time. So they agree to take turns keeping it for one year at a time... through the centuries.
Sally Gracie ... Mary Hobbs

Linda Thorson ... Elizabeth Eaton
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 19: The Social Climber

8 March 1987
A shoemaker's assistant discovers that he can live other people's lives by putting on their shoes.

Albert Hague ... Anthony
Robert Romanus ... Rob the Apprentice

Talia Balsam ... Gail

Leslie Chain ... Laura Grant

Irene Roseen ... Maid
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 20: The Swap

3 March 1987
In the Louisiana bayou, loathsome-looking Bubba is the son of an infamous conjure woman. His wife Annabelle is cheating on him with their handsome handyman Claude. But Bubba has a solution to the problem.
Charles Ludlam ... Bubba
Maria Manuche ... Anna Belle
James Wlcek ... Claude Altoose (as Jim Wlcek)
Timothy Jenkins ... Judge Jean Baptiste
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 21: Let the Games Begin

10 May 1987
Harry Carson suffers a heart attack and dies in a hotel room, prompting an angel and a devil to battle each other for possession of Harry's soul.
David Groh ... Angel / Aldo Anderson
Jane Summerhays ... Devil / Doris Kramer

Earl Hindman ... Harry Carson
Willie Reale ... Bellhop
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 22: The Enormous Radio

17 May 1987
A new radio lets a couple overhear their neighbors' private conversations.

Christine Estabrook ... Irene

John Rothman ... Jim

Kate O'Toole ... Clare
Peter Webster ... John
Frank Ammirati ... Max
Patrick Farrell ... Radio (voice)
Catherine Gaffigan ... Radio (voice)
Chet London ... Radio (voice)
Karen Shallo ... Radio (voice)
Kit Le Fever ... Radio (voice)

Beth Broderick ... Radio (voice)
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 4


Season 4, Episode 1: Beetles

27 September 1987
Archaeologist Arthur Hartley is accused of stealing expensive artifacts from a museum, is warned of a curse that befalls those who touch the artifacts, but won't be stopped in his quest for wealth.
Rod McCary ... Arthur Hartley
Sirri Murad ... Hammid Bey
Donald MacKechnie ... Detective Richards

Colm Meaney ... Constable
Angelo Grisanti ... Bert
Neil Kinsella ... Sid
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 4, Episode 2: Mary, Mary

4 October 1987
A lonely single woman hides behind a mannequin.

Margaret Whitton ... Mary Jones
A.C. Weary ... David
Fred Burstein ... Scott
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 4, Episode 3: The Spirit Photographer

11 October 1987
A man invents a camera which can make ghosts disappear and use it in a room haunted by a violent spirit.
Frank Hamilton ... Algernon Colesbury
Richard Clarke ... Harry Bainbridge
Terres Unsoeld ... Lenore
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 4, Episode 4: The Moth

18 October 1987
Dying Sybil uses her last hours on Earth to curse her enemies and plan for the afterlife, much to the chagrin of her mother.

Deborah Harry ... Sybil (as Debbie Harry)
Jane Manning ... Mother
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 4, Episode 5: No Strings

25 October 1987
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.
T.J. Castronovo ... Eddie Minelli (as T.J. Castronova)

Barry Dennen ... Aldo D
Cameron Milzer ... Tiffany

Bradley Fisher ... Nicky (as Brad Fisher)
Derek Loughran ... Don Paulie's Corpse
John Marzilli ... Motu (voice)
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 4, Episode 6: The Grave Robber

1 November 1987
Two grave robbers play strip poker with a mummy.

Arnold Stang ... Tapok

Polly Draper ... Aileen

Daren Kelly ... Dr. Harold Gormley
Ed Kovens ... Ahmed
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 4, Episode 7: The Yattering and Jack

8 November 1987
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.

Phil Fondacaro ... The Yattering
Antony Carbone ... Jack Polo (as Tony Carbone)
Thomas Newman ... Beelzebub

Danielle Brisebois ... Amanda Polo
Barbara Shapiro ... Caroler
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 4, Episode 8: Seymourlama

15 November 1987
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.

Divine ... Ambassador Chia Fung

J.D. Roth ... Seymour Strand

Kathleen Doyle ... Ellen Strand
David Gale ... Henry Strand
Cathy Lipinski ... Madame Wu
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 4, Episode 9: Sorry, Right Number

22 November 1987
A woman is troubled by a mysterious phone call and tries desperately to help the person on the other end of the line.
Deborah Harmon ... Katie Weiderman
Arthur Taxier ... Bill Weiderman
Rhonda Dotson ... Dawn
Katherine Britton ... Polly
Brandon Stewart ... Jeff
Nicole Huntington ... Connie
Catherine Battistone ... Phone (voice)
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 4, Episode 10: Payment Overdue

14 February 1988
A callous collection agent discovers that she herself has an overdue payment involving Rita Valdez, a client who took drastic steps to end her financial woes.
Maura Swanson ... Jeanette Simpson
Lewis Arlt ... Michael Nelson

Wanda De Jesus ... Telephone (voice) (as Wanda DeJesus)
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 4, Episode 11: Love Hungry

21 February 1988
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.
Sharon Madden ... Betsy Cowland
Larry Gelman ... Elmo Shroud
Diana Hale ... Landlady
John Romo ... Delivery Man
Catherine Battistone ... Voice-Over (voice)
Neil Kinsella ... Voice-Over (voice)
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 4, Episode 12: The Deal

28 February 1988
Starving screenwriter Tom Dash claims he would give anything to sell a script in Hollywood. His acquaintance Donald has the means to help him give anything.

Allen Garfield ... Donald / Kingsley Diamond / Michael Rudnick / The Devil

Bradley Whitford ... Tom Dash

Robert Costanzo ... Vincent Dessari
Elyssa Paternoster ... Cassie Smith
Kristine Greco ... Vincent's Secretary

Jon Jacobs ... Jerome (voice)
Manziana Garfield ... Diablo the Dog
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 4, Episode 13: The Apprentice

1 May 1988
College sophomore Sarah McBride accepts a job at Colonial Village, a tourist attraction that recreates Puritan life in 1692 Salem and allows nothing from the 20th century. But things aren't quite what they seem.
Wayne Tippit ... Magistrate Thomas Branford

Haviland Morris ... Sarah McBride
Katherine Elizabeth Neuman ... Jane Branford
Gary Lahti ... Peter
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)
Martin Marinaro ... Tourist (uncredited)

Season 4, Episode 14: The Cutty Black Sow

8 May 1988
Young Jamie receives, and takes seriously, a deathbed warning from his great grandmother to guard against the legendary Cutty Black Sow.

Huckleberry Fox ... Jamie
Paula Trueman ... Great Grandma
Mary Griffin ... Gloria (as Mary Alison Griffin)
Timothy Landfield ... Father

Sharon Ullrick ... Mother
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 4, Episode 15: Do Not Open This Box

15 May 1988
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.

Eileen Heckart ... Rose Pennywell
William LeMassena ... Charles Pennywell (as William Le Massena)
Richard B. Shull ... Postman
Fay Gold ... Clarissa Sanderson
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 4, Episode 16: Family Reunion

22 May 1988
Janice Perry claims that her husband Robert has kidnapped their son Bobby, but Robert maintains that the boy needs to be cured of an illness. After all, Bobby hasn't been himself lately.

Stephen McHattie ... Robert Perry
Daniel Terrence Kelly ... Bobby

Patricia Tallman ... Janice Perry
Marilyn Rockafellow ... Trudy
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 4, Episode 17: Going Native

19 June 1988
An alien on Earth who is studying humans in a therapy group envies them and wants to be one.

Kim Greist ... Claire

John Aprea ... Lee
Cynthia David ... Amy

Richard Kuhlman ... Mark
Pamela Kenny ... Janine
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)
Loren Cedar ... Libby (uncredited)

Alison Sweeney ... Karen (uncredited)

Season 4, Episode 18: Hush

10 July 1988
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!
Nile Lanning ... Jennifer
Eric Jason ... Buddy
Bonnie Gallup ... Beth Warren
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 4, Episode 19: Barter

17 July 1988
Harried housewife Ruthie receives a visit from bizarre salesman Klaatzu, whose mechanical device may help her shut out the sound of her son Nicky's constant drum-playing... in a way that Ruthie never imagined.

Jack Carter ... Klaatzu

Jill Jaress ... Ruthie
Michael Santiago ... Nicky
Miguel Alamo ... Little Nicky
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 4, Episode 20: Basher Malone

24 July 1988
Professional wrestler Basher Malone fights Trog, a demon wrestler summoned by unscrupulous promoter Tippy Ryan for a private match in Tippy's gym.

Vic Tayback ... Tippy Ryan
Marie Denn ... Ma Malone
Marlene Casamento ... Ursula
Steve Strong ... Basher Malone

Scott St. James ... Announcer

Magic Schwarz ... Trog
Jack 'Wildman' Armstrong ... Lockjaw Lukasig
Brinke Stevens ... Cindy
Gregory Uhland ... Hurt wrestler
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

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