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Tales from the Darkside
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Premiere pilot
October 29, 1983
September 30, 1984
Finale July 23, 1988
Host Paul Sparer
Network/Provider First-run syndication
Style 30-minute horror anthology
Company Laurel Entertainment, Inc.,
Tribune Entertainment
Seasons 4
Episodes 90
Origin USA

Tales from the Darkside is a horror anthology that aired in syndication. Each episode featured an intro narration by Paul Sparer followed by a standalone story. The show was produced by horror film maker George A. Romero, and was somewhat of a TV show version of his film Creepshow. After the show ended in 1988, two projects came out of its ashes: a theatrical film (Tales from the Darkside: The Movie) and another horror anthology TV series (Monsters).

An attempt was made by Joe Hill (son of Stephen King) to get the series rebooted in the 2010s, but was eventually turned in a comic series when no network would pick it up. In 2019, an actual Creepshow series was made with many of the same contributors.



Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One September 30, 1984 August 4, 1985 23 + 1
Season Two September 29, 1985 July 13, 1986 24
Season Three September 28, 1986 May 17, 1987 22
Season Four September 27, 1987 July 23, 1988 20


Title Release Date
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie May 4, 1990


DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Season Sets  (Region 1)
The First Season February 10, 2009 purchase 3
The Second Season October 27, 2009 purchase 3
The Third Season April 27, 2010 purchase 3
Feature Film  (Region 1)
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie September 25, 2001 purchase 1

External Sites