Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
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Seasons of Belief 

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.


Michael McDowell


Michael Bishop (story), Michael McDowell


Episode cast overview:
E.G. Marshall ... Father
Margaret Klenck Margaret Klenck ... Mom
Sky Berdahl Sky Berdahl ... Jimbo
Jenna von Oÿ ... Stefa (as Jenna von Oy)
Mark Capri ... Uncle Michael
Paul Sparer Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)


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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.

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E.G. Marshall was 72 at the time this show was first broadcast. Margaret Klenck, playing his wife, was 11 days short of 34. That's a 38 year difference, which would make more sense if he was playing the children's grandfather. See more »


Uncle Michael: [after seeing the Grither kill the parents] My God in heaven, what was that?
Stefa: It was the...
Jimbo: No! Don't say his name!
Stefa: It wasn't Santa Claus.
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Tales from the Darkside Theme
Composed by Donald Rubinstein
Written by Erica Lindsay
Co-written by Donald Rubinstein
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Well Done. One of the best "Tales From The Darkside" episodes, a nice plot with a clever and twisted end!
14 March 2007 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

This episode "Seasons of Belief" has to be one of the best episodes of "Tales From The Darkside", due to it's great acting and wonderful plot with a twist at the end. You have TV and movie legend the old vet himself E.G. Marshall(most memorable for his role in 1982's Creepshow)as a traditional father who along with his wife and two kids one boy and one girl who all plan on enjoying Christmas Eve together. Yet after the children open one gift each, they get bored and the E.G. character decides to tell them a story for entertainment. However this little tale is not a Christmas tale at all, but a fright story that at first the kids find funny only to later be frightened by it. The Marshall character tells of a tale of a creature thought to be a myth named Grither who once was on a corner of the North Pole, and the kids are given the terrible descriptions and told that each time the name Grither is mentioned he moves closer to their house! The pace of this episode goes so good that you think this creature is only a myth by the way it's told by the Marshall character only to feel the shock when you find out it's real and the ending is such a surprise twist that it is such a shock! This "Tales From The Darkside" episode works so well due to it's setting at the Christmas season, and a nice plot build up that is scary while leading up to surprise and a clever twist ending. And last but not least you have fine acting from a traditional one like E.G. Marshall.

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29 December 1986 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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