TV Episodes The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes  

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List of the best Tales from the Darkside episodes, as determined by voters like you. With all the amazing episodes of the show that exist, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Tales from the Darkside episodes of all time are. One of the creepiest TV shows ever, Tales from the Darkside also ranks high on shows that are too scary for TV. Fans of Tales from the Darkside are very passionate about the show, and there are often debates over which episodes are the greatest. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is.

Episodes here include everything from "Trick or Treat" to "Hush." What is the best Tales from the Darkside episode of all time? Look below and find out.

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Halloween Candy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Oct 27 1985 A mean old man harboring an intense hatred for the celebration of Halloween is left alone by his son to hand out candy to the neighborhood children. The old man initially ignores the ...more

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Inside the Closet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Nov 18 1984 Richard Hagstrom is dismayed with the way life has treated him (a rude son, a shrewish wife). His nephew Jonathan gives him a birthday present: a homemade word processor. Hagstrom soon discovers ...more

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The Last Car is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Feb 23 1986 Stacey is on her way home from college and rides the last car on a train. She is soon perplexed by the bizarre behavior of her fellow passengers, including a woman who knows her name despite the ...more

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Anniversary Dinner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Anniversary Dinner Feb 03 1985 A warlock and a witch get into a battle over a $10 million lottery ticket when each claims that the spirits gave them the winning number.

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Seasons of Belief is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Seasons of Belief Dec 29 1986 On Christmas Eve, a couple decide to preoccupy their restless children by telling them a fable concerning a massive, winged creature called ""The Grither"". The children ...more

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A Case of the Stubborns is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
A Case of the Stubborns Dec 02 1984 A couple inadvertently buy a magic lamp that contains a genie. Unfortunately, the genie is anything but amiably. Confined in the lamp for thousands of years and still trapped, he refuses to ...more

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The Greezenstacks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
The Greezenstacks Oct 26 1986 A little girl, Audrey, discovers she can control her family by manipulating her doll family, the Geezenstacks, within her dollhouse.

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The Cutty Black Sow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
The Cutty Black Sow May 08 1988 On her deathbed, Jamie's great grandmother tells him the tale of a Celtic demon, the Cutty Black Sow, that comes to claim the soul of anyone dying that night, and Jamie vows to protect her soul ...more

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Baker's Dozen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Baker's Dozen Nov 23 1986 Ruby Cuzzins, a New Orleans baker, sells ""magic"" cookies and gives unscrupulous Henry adman a sample of her wares. Convinced, Henry tries to get her to go into business ...more

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Ursa Minor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Ursa Minor Dec 01 1985 When Joan finds a new teddy bear in her son's room no one seems to know where it came from. Then night after night huge claw marks are found on the walls and the sounds of something very large ...more

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The Milkman Cometh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
The Milkman Cometh Jan 25 1987 A man, Garry, hears from his neighbor a bizarre tale of how the unseen neighborhood milkman grants wishes to anyone who leaves their request in the empty bottles to be picked up. Garry tries it ...more

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Sorry, Right Number is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Sorry, Right Number Nov 22 1987 Katie receives a mysterious phone call from a woman warning about her husband's death...but he isn't dead yet. Katie ignores the phone call, and her husband dies. At the funeral, a despairing ...more

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The Circus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
The Circus Sep 28 1986 A skeptical journalist travels on assignment to a sideshow. Seated in a small theatre, he is greeted by a perverse caretaker/M.C. who promises (in seemingly generic fashion) to unearth strange, ...more

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Madness Room is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Madness Room May 05 1985 Fast-talking politician Bo Gumbs finds himself in serious trouble when he arrives for a meeting and waits at a nearby hotel.

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The Devil's Advocate is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Nov 10 1985 A hate-style radio host, Mandrake, spews out venom at anyone who calls in. He soon discovers, however, after receiving calls across all of time that he is dead but that the ...more

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Do Not Open This Box is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Do Not Open This Box May 15 1988 An aged inventor and his wife come into possession of a box marked ""Do not open this box."" The wife opens it and finds it empty. The next day a man comes to claim the box ...more

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I Can't Help Saying Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Oct 05 1986 A young girl develops a talent for seeing the fate of those about to die and develops the habit of saying ""Goodbye"" to them when she does, and her family grows increasingly

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Bigalow's Last Smoke is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Bigalow's Last Smoke Jun 09 1985 An elderly woman's family considers committing her to a retirement community, but grandma has one last wish that will help the family understand exactly what she goes through.

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Family Reunion is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Family Reunion May 22 1988 Janice, a young mother, swears to a social worker, Trudy, that her husband Robert kidnapped their son Bobby six months ago and she hasn't seen either of them since. Trudy agrees to find the ...more

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Hush is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Hush Jul 10 1988 A babysitter is called in to take care of a sick boy. As a game, the two make up a pretend creature out of household parts, one that eats sounds. The creature comes to life, sucking the sound ...more

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Levitation is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
May 19 1985 Henry, a greedy developers, stumbles upon a Chinese laundry that offers a unique service - it can ""wash out"" guilt. Henry employs their services but soon finds there is a

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Black Widows is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Black Widows Nov 02 1986 Audrey Webster is concerned about her reclusive mother, but when she pursues the matter discovers exactly why her mother stays away from others, and what awaits Audrey on her own upcoming ...more

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Love Hungry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
poplovecz7 added Love Hungry Feb 21 1988 Betsy, an overweight woman, receives an anonymous package with an earpiece that will supposedly help her diet. It transmits the ""voices"" of her food as is being eaten, but ...more

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I'll Give You a Million is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
I'll Give You a Million Oct 07 1984 Harvey goes to Dr. Roebuck with back pains and Roebuck prescribes a miraculous cure. It's not until later that Harvey finds the price he must pay...

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The Moth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
The Moth Oct 18 1987 Sybil, a woman on the verge of death, is obsessed with the thought that after she dies her soul will dwell within a moth, and she begs her mother to hold the moth until she can be restored to

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A New Lease On Life is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
A New Lease On Life Jan 26 1986 A man is overjoyed to find a nice apartment with all the modern conveniences at an incredibly cheap price. The eccentric landlady asks nothing more than for the man to provide her with plenty of ...more

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No Strings is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
No Strings Oct 25 1987 A mobster who has finally defeated his old rival hires a reluctant puppeteer to string up his rival and make it dance for him. The mobster is unaware that puppet and puppeteer both have agendas ...more

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The Word Processor of the Gods is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
The Word Processor of the Gods Nov 25 1984 In the backwoods, a family patriarch dies...only to come back, unaware that he's dead. The townspeople are up in arms, but the old man is too stubborn to admit he's dead, despite his rigor ...more

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It All Comes Out in the Wash is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
It All Comes Out in the Wash May 26 1985 Mr. Bigalow, a lifelong cigarette smoker, wakes up to find that his windows have bars on them and his door is sealed shut. A mysterious figure appears on Bigalow's television, informing him that ...more

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Everybody Needs a Little Love is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Everybody Needs a Little Love Feb 22 1987 Robert, a lonely divorced man, fixated on a mannequin, but the question soon becomes - is the mannequin alive?

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Effect and Cause is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
poplovecz7 added Effect and Cause Dec 08 1985 Kate wakes up and discovers that for unknown reasons, her life is now running backwards.

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The Casavin Curse is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
The Casavin Curse Jul 13 1986 A family finds themselves cursed because of their great grandfather killing his wife, and the curse won't die until they all die too and there is no one else to carry on his name.

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The Old Soft Shoe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
The Old Soft Shoe Feb 16 1986 Salesman Chester checks into a motel and makes an off-hand pass at a woman. She rejects him, but soon another, jealous woman shows up to haunt him.

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Answer Me is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
poplovecz7 added Answer Me Feb 17 1985 Prudence is a young woman who can't stop crying, but finds a peculiar way to make a profit when she meets Ambrose Cavender, a man who collects tears.

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A Serpent's Tooth is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
A Serpent's Tooth Nov 16 1986 A kibbitzing mother, Pearl, warns her unlistening family but her warnings start to come true.

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Snip, Snip is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Snip, Snip Feb 10 1985 Joan is apartment-sitting for a friend but finds herself tormented by a phone that won't stop ringing.

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Heretic is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Heretic Nov 09 1986 A rich art collector buys a stolen painting from a thief. The painting portrays a man before the Spanish Inquisition. The collector, Harte, is soon visited by a mysterious man who begs him to ...more

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The Trouble with Mary Jane is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
The Trouble with Mary Jane Nov 24 1985 Two occultists are offered $50,000 if they can rid a girl of the multiple demons possessing her, but they soon find themselves in over their heads.

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Auld Acquaintances is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Auld Acquaintances Mar 01 1987 Two long-lived witches, Elizabeth and Mary, vie once more over an amulet in the modern day that they agreed to share hundreds of years ago.

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The Shrine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Feb 09 1986 A young woman, Christine, returns home to find her mother cold and distant, and living isolated from everyone else. The woman soon discovers that her mother has summoned up...Chrissie - ...more

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Strange Love is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Strange Love May 11 1986 Dr. Carrol visits the Alcotts and discovers that they are vampire and that wife Marie wants an escape.

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Red Leader is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Red Leader Feb 15 1987 A crooked tycoon makes a deal with the Devil in return for power and wealth.

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Florence Bravo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Florence Bravo Oct 19 1986 The ghost of a feminist torments the woman who buys her home.

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The Tear Collector is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
The Tear Collector Feb 24 1985 Cathy Osborne brings her husband up to a previously-unknown room in their house and along with her friend Michael, relates the tale of how the room is the ""madness room"" ...more

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Comet Watch is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Comet Watch Jan 12 1986 Englebert Ames, an astronomer, is watching Hailey's Comet and is in for a shock when Sir Edmond Hailey himself arrives - he's been riding ""his"" comet all these years trying ...more

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If the Shoes Fit... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
If the Shoes Fit... May 12 1985 A teenager enraptured with magicians goes to a flee-bitten circus to seek out one of the greater: Kharma. However, Kharma now does cheap magic for the crowds, and none of the great illusions the ...more

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The Satanic Piano is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
The Satanic Piano Nov 03 1985 Pete Bancroft is a talented pianist who has lost his inspiration, but is contacted by a mysterious inventor who gives him a piano that lets him play as never before simply by thinking of the ...more

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The Unhappy Medium is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
poplovecz7 added The Unhappy Medium May 18 1986 The family of a dead preacher show up for a reading of the will but discovers he left them nothing specific. Rather, he warns them on his video-taped will that he will send them a sign.

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Printer's Devil is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Printer's Devil Feb 02 1986 Junior Harman is a third-rate writer who discovers that his new agent, Mr. Kellaway, can make things happen for him. All it requires is a little blood - a few animals, the occasional bum... ...more

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Grandma's Last Wish is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tales From The Darkside Episodes
Jun 16 1985 Cassie Pines is a woman travelling on her own who believes in astrology, tea leaves...everything. She comes into a diner with a most unusual mechanical fortune teller named Horace X. ...more