Faerie Tale Theatre (1982–1987)
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Goldilocks and the Three Bears 

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A spirited young girl disobeys her parents and runs off to the wood for the afternoon. She visits a seemingly empty house, eats from three bowls of porridge, sits in three chairs, wrecking ... See full summary »


Gilbert Cates


Rod Ash, Mark Curtiss





Episode credited cast:
Tatum O'Neal ... Goldilocks
Hoyt Axton ... Forest Ranger
Alex Karras ... Papa Bear
Brandis Kemp ... Mama Bear
Carole King ... Goldilocks' Mother
John Lithgow ... Goldilocks' Father
Donovan Scott ... Cubby Bear
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shelley Duvall ... Herself - Host


A spirited young girl disobeys her parents and runs off to the wood for the afternoon. She visits a seemingly empty house, eats from three bowls of porridge, sits in three chairs, wrecking one, then falls asleep in the littlest bed. When caught, she learns an important lesson about respecting other entities' rights to privacy and another lesson about being truthful. Written by Charles Dill

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Release Date:

9 January 1984 (USA) See more »

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Faerie Tale Theatre See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the only episode of Faerie Tale Theatre that originally aired in January. See more »


Ranger: Actually, this is not a social visit.
Papa Bear: If it's about those stolen picnic baskets, we have nothing to do with that.
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Alternate Versions

A few things were cut from the DVD version, as well as subsequent airings after the VHS/LD release. There was one scene (about 30 seconds) between the mention of the blackberry bushes and the hunt for them, with Bill trying to fix Cubby's chair and mistaking a rolling pin for one of the legs. Also, during the charades game, Bill originally had a line in response to Betty's guess: "Where in gravy did you get Ivanhoe? Nobody says Ivanhoe. Sit down, Ma!" On the other hand, the DVD features a cast list in the end credits not present on the VHS/LD, and although the older writing credit said "written by" with an "and" separating the two names, for some reason the DVD version changes to "teleplay by" with an "&". See more »


References The Yogi Bear Show (1961) See more »

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A tongue in cheek retelling of the famous tale we all know!
6 April 2001 | by gerry-russell-139See all my reviews

Tatum O'Neil seemed sort of like a surfer's girlfriend in this episode and pulled it off really well as the spoiled little brat who trespasses on the property of three grizzly residents. Her parents (who oddly enough have no names) are portrayed by Carole King and John Lithgow ("Third Rock From the Sun"). They seem to be the perfect heads of a very disfunctional family who totally ignore their daughter's needs and that's probably why she was always getting into trouble. Alez Kerras ("Webster") Brandis Kemp and Donovan Scott are Bill, Betty and Cubby--the three bears and Ms. Kemp is unfortunately the only one who brings a lively personality to the trio. Although it is flawed (but what film isn't?) this is a fun, enjoyable romp through childhood memories with the creative guidance of Miss Shelley Duvall.

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