Tales from the Darkside: Season 1, Episode 22

Grandma's Last Wish (16 Jun. 1985)

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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.

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Jane Connell ...
Grandma
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May Rollins
Paul Avery ...
Frank Rollins
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Greta Rollins
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Newton (as Greg Itzin)
Paul Sparer ...
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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.

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Why is this such a low rated episode?
17 February 2009 | by (Long Beach, California) – See all my reviews

Tales from the Darkside had horror, comedy and fantasy themed episodes. Most episodes were horror themed, or they were very morbid, but this is one of the minority episodes. It's a comedy episode, that's also somewhat a fantasy, and it's played out so over the top. It's an amusing way to spend thirty minutes, and where it may not be a series classic, it's also not a bad episode by any means.

Grandma is getting to be too much. She's a burden on her family, and they decide to put her in an old folks home, but before she leaves, they want her to have a great last week, and a final wish. With a silent wish she begins her last week with her family. During this week, her family begins to go downhill and hurt themselves in strange ways, leading to a somewhat predictable, but fun twist.

The performances here are good for what they are. Other than the grandmother, the rest of the family is over the top crazy, but it's for a humorous effect. This isn't a scary episode, nor is it trying to be, but it fits in to the Darkside motif with it's somewhat mean spirited ending and it's quality is on par with some of the lesser, but still good Darkside episodes.

So why is this such a low rated episode? It's just a matter of opinions, and I felt this was an enjoyable 25 minutes.

My rating: *** out of ****. 25 mins. TVPGV


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