Nightmare Cafe

NBC (ended 1992)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 6

    Aliens Ate My Lunch

    Aired 4/3/92

  • S 1 : Ep 5

    Sanctuary for a Child

    Aired 3/27/92

  • S 1 : Ep 4

    The Heart of the Mystery

    Aired 3/20/92

  • S 1 : Ep 3

    Fay & Ivy

    Aired 3/13/92

  • S 1 : Ep 2

    Dying Well is the Best Revenge

    Aired 3/6/92

  • Cast & Crew
  • Robert Englund


  • Jack Coleman

    Frank Nolan

  • Lindsay Frost

    Fay Peronivic

  • Lochlyn Munro


  • Angela Bassett


  • show Description
  • A mysterious and mystical all-night cafe gives second chances to deserving people. It's staffed by Fay and Frank, two people who made bad choices in life and whose paths crossed with the cafe in the first episode. There's also Blackie, another enigmatic figure who has been working with the cafe longer. Together, the three use the powers over time and space that the cafe grants them to help the worthy and punish the evil, just as they themselves have been helped. First seen on a darkened dock, the cafe would eventually begin transporting itself to different locations wherever it was needed. This 1993 effort by noted horror director Wes Craven was short-lived, canceled after only six episodes. It was Robert Englund's first role after he finished his run as Freddie Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street series of motion pictures (although he would revisit that role one last time a decade later).moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Frank: Did you see anything in there? Fay: Like what? Frank: Like...a hidden camera. I turned on the TV, and there you were. Fay: There I was, what?! Frank: There you were, changing into your waitress uniform. Fay: What color underwear do I have? Frank: I get it - you're Lois Lane, I'm Superman? Fay: What color?! Frank: White. Fay: Everybody wears white underwear. That's no test.

    • Frank: I ended up living in Alaska on an iceberg. Fay: Really? Frank: Yeah. 'Course, I was married at the time to a penguin.

    • Frank: (After Fay does some agressive stunt driving) Where'd you learn how to drive like that? Fay: You haven't met my mother.

    • Telephone recording: We're sorry. The area code from which you are calling is not serviced by the telephone company. Please hang up and dial again.

    • Frank: (seeing himself onscreen)Who is that? Fay: (remembering their earlier Superman conversation) That's Clark Kent. I hear he just got canned from the Daily Planet. Why don't you enjoy the movie and I'll get you another cup of coffee. In Ohio.

    • Fay: Hey, careful, mister! I wrote the book on guys like you! Frank: "Friendly Men and How to Avoid Them"?

    • Blackie: Do you believe in second chances, hmm? It's human nature, isn't it? But for a second chance, would you face your worst nightmare? The very thing that frightens you most, or drove you to the brink of disaster, hmm? Or would you then... See those good folks? Well, they're about to get a second chance. And you know what? I bet they blow it.

    • Fay: Where's Frank? Blackie: He took Angela home. I think they're going steady. Fay: Does he have any idea what he's getting himself into?! Blackie: (in a Southern accent) I assume his papa had a talk with him years ago.

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    Notes (2)

    • This episode is full of well-known faces, before they became well-known. Brandon Quintin Adams later appears as Jesse Hall in the 1st and 2nd "The Mighty Ducks" films. Angela Bassett goes on to play a number of memorable roles in several films, including "Strange Days" and "What's Love Got To Do With It?". And William B. Davis, only a year later, goes on to play one of his most familiar roles, The Cigarette Smoking Man on The X-Files.

    • This episode has a series of "where are they now" style end credits which include identifying the regular and guest cast members and their roles.

    Allusions (2)

    • Frank tells Fay he saw her changing on the TV. Fay: What color underwear do I have? Frank: I get it. You're Lois Lane on Superman? A reference to 1978's Superman: The Movie where Lois Lane tests Superman's x-ray vision with a similar question.

    • Episode title: "Dying Well is the Best Revenge." This is a variation on a quote attributed to early 17th century poet George Herbert, "Living well is the best revenge."

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • The Nightmare Cafe gives a second chance to Frank & Faye. Robert England is spectacular as always. The character that was the common bond who bought it in the last scene of the 1st episode just brought it all home. The rest are just as good!

    By JacquelineLaCro, Dec 22, 2009

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