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Tales from the Darkside

Tales from the Darkside

Opening narration:
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.

Closing narration:
The darkside is always there, waiting for us to enter, waiting to enter us. So until next time, try to enjoy the daylight.

This four-season anthology series featured the efforts of Stephen King, Harlan Ellison, George Romero, Robert Bloch, John McDonald, Clive Barker, and Tom Savini among others, and a cast of up-and-coming and veteran actors alike.

Episode Info

Final: 4x20 -- Basher Malone (Jul/23/1988)

A fight manager is losing his bad influence, as his villainous wrestlers are all beaten by "good guy" Basher Malone. He launches one last fight to do away with the goody-two-shoes by pitting him against a fighter sent straight from Hell who gains his strength from Basher's weakness.
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4x7: The Yattering and Jack recap: It’s Christmas in the home of pickle salesman Jack Polo. Before he returns home, a wave of invisible destruction sweeps through his home, knocking over cards and books and causing the aquarium water to boil. Jack comes in, singing cheerfully, and the mirror in the hallway shatters. He casually says that it cracked because the foundation settled and proceeds on his way. In the mirror, a demon briefly appears. Jack enters the living room and sees the destruction, and dismisses it as raccoons. He says, “Que sera sera,” but then notices that the fish in the aquarium have boiled... again. He blames it on the thermostat and a book flies off the shelf. Jack says that he was planning on rearranging them anyway and laughs cheerfully... read more.

3x2: I Can't Help Saying Goodbye recap: Karen is watching her older sister Libby kiss her boyfriend Max Smith in the next room. Max, an asthmatic, is the new choir director and Libby met him there. Karen is reporting what’s going on to her mother Flora, who is happy Libby has found someone. She talks about how she found her husband, a construction worker who died the day that Karen was born... read more.

2x12: Monsters in My Room recap: A third-grade boy, Timmy, goes to his room at night and gets ready for bed. He turns on the light and peers in the closet, and then checks under the bed. Once he’s satisfied, he closes his bedroom door and kneels down to say his prayers... read more.

2x8: Distant Signals recap: An awkward young man in an expensive suit, Mr. Smith, arrives at the office of agent Lew Feldman. Smith wants to speak to Feldman’s client, famous director Gil Hurn, and offers Feldman $35,000 in bullion just to arrange the meeting. Smith explains that he represents a group of foreign investors interested in bring back an old series from twenty years ago: Max Paradise. It was Hurn’s first directorial work and the show was canceled with six episodes remaining... read more.

2x6: The Satanic Piano recap: Famed musician Peter Bancroft is in his studio trying to compose a new song without success. He puts on some of his music. His daughter Justine comes in and plays his composition and admits she likes it, but Pete insists that it stinks. Justine jazzes up the song and then asks him to help her with her song, one she wrote about him and how much she loves him. Pete’s manager, Tony, arrives and tells him that his company isn’t going to pay him more. Pete snaps at Justine as she plays and insists that he wants as much money as the other big stars. Tony warns him that the record company doesn’t like the new tracks and Pete threatens to walk. Tony gives in and congratulates Justine on her song. Once Tony leaves, Pete tells his daughter that she’ll have to wait. She wonders what’s wrong with getting older and Pete comments that she sounds like her mother. An angry Justine walks off, insisting she’s not her mother... read more.
Recurring Guests

Catherine Battistone as Telephone Voice (8 eps)
John Marzilli as Motu (4 eps)
Karen Shallo as Lina Hagstrom (3 eps)
Neil Kinsella as Delivery Man (3 eps)
Patrick Farrelly as Telephone Caller #1 (3 eps)
Richard Kuhlman as Jonathan (2 eps)
Vic Tayback as Alan Coombs (2 eps)
John Rothman as Young Man (2 eps)
Tom Newman as Quentin Karp (2 eps)
Carolyn Seymour as Aisha (2 eps)

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Warning: Tales from the Darkside guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Anthology | Drama | Fantasy | Horror/Supernatural | Sci-Fi
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: Syndicated ( USA)
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: October 29, 1983
Ended: July 23, 1988
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