Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Nickelodeon (ended 2000)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 7 : Ep 13

    The Tale of the Night Nurse

    Aired 6/11/00

  • S 7 : Ep 12

    The Tale of the Many Faces

    Aired 6/4/00

  • S 7 : Ep 11

    The Tale of the Laser Maze

    Aired 5/28/00

  • S 7 : Ep 10

    The Tale of the Last Dance

    Aired 5/21/00

  • S 7 : Ep 9

    The Tale of the Photo Finish

    Aired 5/14/00

  • Cast & Crew
  • Rachel Blanchard

    Kristen (Seasons 1-2)

  • JoAnna Garcia

    Samantha (Seasons 3-5)

  • Elisha Cuthbert

    Megan (Season 6+)

  • Vanessa Lengies

    Evangeline "Vange" (Season 6+)

  • Jacob Tierney

    Eric (Season 1)

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  • Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a show based on a group of kids called The Midnight Society. Members meet in a location in the woods and take turns telling their own spooky tales. The series aired on Nickelodeon in the United States as part of their SNICK lineup in 1992. It lasted for 5 seasons until it was canceled in 1996. Later on, it returned to Nickelodeon's SNICK block with a new cast for two seasons from 1999-2000.moreless

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    • Gary: (Intro) We're called The Midnight Society. Separately, we're very different. We like different things. We got to different schools, and we have different friends. But one thing draws us together... the dark! Each week, we gather together to share our fears and our strange and scary tales. It's what got us together, and it's what keeps bringing us back. This is a warning to all who join us, you're going to leave the world of the light, and step into... the world of the supernatural.

    • Eric: Yeah, but can he tell a good story? Frank (Turns violently toward the voice): Who said that!?

    • Frank: (Opening line to story) Denny and Buzz were brothers. Denny was big, strong and smart. Buzz was... well kind of a geek. He wanted to prove himself to his big brother. What neither guy knew, was that on this hiking trip, Buzz was gunna get the chance.

    • Denny: Who lives here, the seven dwarves?

    • Buzz: I'm sorry I got us lost, Denny. Denny: Don't worry, I'll smack you when we get home.

    • Dr.Vink: Vink's the name. Dr. Vink. Buzz: Dr. Fink? Dr. Vink: Vink, with a va-va-va.

    • Dr. Vink: I am not a nutbag!

    • Dr. Vink: Who wants tea? (Silence) Dr. Vink: I do! (Raises his hand)

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    Notes (239)

    • This story was told by Nick

    • This episode aired first, but did not serve as the pilot episode that the creators pitched to the network. They pitched The Tale of the Twisted Claw, and it got picked up before it made it to air. The creators made more episodes and this was the first to air in the U.S.

    • Throughout the entire series, aired episodes differed between Canada, France, and the United States. Canada aired original broadcasts, while some US episodes were "Americanized," adding more US references. Meanwhile, in France, campfires are not allowed.

    • The season one DVD of Are You Afraid of the Dark? has a slightly different introduction than the other DVD releases. In season one, the introduction is extended to feature several scenes from the series - interestingly, all the scenes are from seasons one through five, which was the lifespan of the original Midnight Society.

    • The funhouse of this episode was filmed in La Ronde which is an amusement park in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is currently owned by Six Flags.

    • Though the second episode of the season, this episode is third on the season one DVD.

    • Eric teases Kristen about her fear of clowns, calling it "Bozo-phobia." The fear of clowns is actually called Coulrophobia.

    • Though the third episode of the season, this episode is second on the season one DVD.

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    Trivia (149)

    • Frank is one of the only characters whose last name is learned. Gary addresses him as Frank Moore.

    • Denny's hat periodically disappears from his head, returning scenes later.

    • This story is told by Frank as his Initiation story.

    • Before naming their story, all members say, "Submitted for the approval of The Midnight Society, I call this story..."

    • For someone to become a new member of The Midnight Society, the votes of the current members have to be unanimous.

    • Dr. Vink shows the brain of a wild boar in this episode. Wild boars are often linked to Dr. Vink in some way.

    • This is the first of five initiation stories on the show.

    • Dr. Vink makes repeat appearances throughout the show, but only if Frank is the storyteller.

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    Allusions (42)

    • Friday the 13th
      Buzz: "Maybe it's a maniac killer in a hockey mask who's gonna slash us!"
      He is referring to horror film villain, Jason, of the Friday the 13th series. Jason is always seen wearing a hockey mask.

    • The Lone Ranger
      Denny asks, "Where are we, Tonto?"
      This is a reference to the Lone Ranger's Native American friend, Tonto. Tonto, helped lead the Lone Ranger in the right direction, which as Denny points out, Buzz did not.Tonto also means "fool" or "stupid" in Spanish.

    • Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
      Denny asks, "Who lives here, The Seven Dwarves?"
      This is a reference to the c Brothers Grimm fairy story, Snow White, which involves dwarves who live in a small cottage in the woods.

    • Bozo the Clown
      Zeebo the Clown sounds very similar to the popular, Bozo the Clown.
      Eric jokes that the fear of clowns is called "Bozo-Phobia," which is another reference to the famous clown.

    • Zeebo the Clown
      To be part of Beth's group, Beth tells Amy that she must prove she's not a "Zeeb." Zeeb is a term derived from the antagonist of the previous episode, Zeebo the Clown.

    • The Monkey's Paw
      "The Tale of the Twisted Claw" is based on the short story of that title by W.W. Jacobs.

    • Elvis Presley
      Kristen's hound dog is named Elvis. The famous singer Elvis Pressley had a song titled "Hound Dog."

    • Mrs. Toll rushing out the door obviously being late for work, running into the mailman, and causing him to fall and drop all his mail is a reference to Dagwood Bumstead from┬áthe comic strip Blondie.

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  • Fan Reviews (178)
  • Top Shows - First thrilling, scary show to stay up late for

    By anastasia1243, Feb 08, 2014

  • Nocturnal youth club avid in story telling.

    By twilightboy, Nov 26, 2006

  • I love being afraid of the dark!

    By Jaykeson, Jun 23, 2012

  • Great stories!

    By T_VFan, May 01, 2012

  • Wow this show is great

    By Shinigami124, Aug 15, 2008

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