Tales From the Cryptkeeper

ABC (ended 1997)
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  • show Description
  • To capitalize on the merchandising craze brought forth by HBO's series, "Tales from the Crypt," they invented this Saturday morning cartoon. Much like the series (and EC comics) that the cartoon was based on, the show featured different child characters weekly who ended up in twisted situations, but with a little more morality play than the HBO series. Still hosting was The Cryptkeeper, and in the second season, The Vaultkeeper and The Old Witch (both narrators from the comic series) had come in to upstage The Cryptkeeper. After two seasons, the show disappeared from ABC's lineup, but resurfaced on CBS in 1997 with new episodes, under the title "New Tales from the Cryptkeeper." The Vaultkeeper and the Old Witch were now absent as hosts, and the Cryptkeeper kept popping up within the context of the story more than in the previous seasons. In 1998, CBS dropped their entire Saturday morning children's show schedule. Since then, the show has aired in Canada and elsewhere in the world, but has not been seen again in the USA. Several episodes from the first series were released on VHS by "Sony Wonder," and several episodes of the "All New" series have been released on DVD.moreless

  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 13

    Too Cool for School

    Aired 12/6/97

  • S 3 : Ep 12

    Monsters Ate My Homework

    Aired 11/29/97

  • S 3 : Ep 11

    It's for You

    Aired 11/22/97

  • S 3 : Ep 10

    Town Gathering

    Aired 11/15/97

  • S 3 : Ep 9

    All Booked Up

    Aired 11/8/97

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tara Strong

    Tara Charendoff

  • John Kassir

    The Cryptkeeper (Voice)

  • Marc Donato


  • Nathaniel Siegler


  • Valentina Cardinelli


  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Cryptkeeper: So remember crypt kiddies, be kind to animals. They may be someone you know.

    • Chuck: Uh, Melvin? What do beanstalkers eat?

      Melvin: Beans.

      Chuck: Whew, that's a relief.

      Melvin: Human beans.

    Notes (29)

    • Contains 3 episodes, All Booked Up, Unpopular Mechanics, and Town Gathering.

    • The first DVD of this series.

    • Aired on ABC, Color, Aired in the USA and Canada

    • In 1995, Scholastic books released a paperback adaption of these two stories as the first in a series of novelizations.

    • Im sorry for this synopis, but i never saw this one, and translated it from a german site.

    • Differences from the tale and the episode Bold Text= Episode Regular text= Tale -The prince gets killed -Prince defeats the beast -The prince brings a geeky friend -The princes' only friend (that he brings) is his sword. -S.B. is a geek -S.B. is a princess looking lady.

    • Story adapted from Haunt of Fear #20.

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    Trivia (10)

    • Cryptkeeper sighting: Returning home from his vacation.

    • Cryptkeeper sighting: Walking on the beach to find a can of Ned.

    • Cryptkeeper sighting: Ticket taker.

    • Why didnt he just get his dad to come over from work or wherever his dad was?

    • Cryptkeeper sighting: Sitting in the bar.

    • Cryptkeeper sighting: Being the host of the game show.

    • This episode marks the return of the series after a five year absence. This season aired on CBS (not ABC) and was retitled "New Tales From The Cryptkeeper.

    • In the previous seasons of the series, The Cryptkeeper appeared at the beginning and end of the episodes to narrate the tale. For the return of the series, he takes on a more active role in the stories, generally shrouded in shadows while interacting with the characters. In this episode, The Cryptkeeper plays a mailman.

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    Allusions (9)

    • Episode title: Pleasent Screams
      This is a play on what people say to kids when there going to bed, Pleasent Dreams.

    • -: No Quote or speaker, refers to the whole thing
      This is based upon the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty. There is alot of things different. Look in the notes section for whats different.

    • Peter: Unfreezing the caveman
      This is like the episode of Scooby-Doo titled Scooby's Night With a Frozen Fright. This is the one where one doctor unfreezes a caveman and it strarted to "live".

    • Walter: -
      The Monkey's Paw, a story by W.W. Jacobs, which one character gets hold of a magical money paw which gives him 3 wishes.

    • Movie Quote: "Game over man... game over!"
      I belive this is a short version of that quote.

    • -: Relation to the title
      The title, The Brothers Gruff, relates to a bart of a story which I read a few years ago (its not the navy one). If I rember everything, a blind man was out in the middle of the road and it was storming, and the blind man was trying to get a ride or stop them. They didnt belive him. Im not sure if this is anything close to what I read, but i know it had a blind man on the road.

    • Beanstalker: No quote
      This is like the old story Jack and the Beanstalk. The giant is replaced with a plant like 'man'.

    • The Twilight Zone: Living Doll

      The doll's line "I'm Sharon Sharalike. You are not nice, I don't like you." might be an allusion to Talky Tina from the original Twilight Zone tv series who repeats the line "My name is Talky Tina and..." followed by "I don't think I like you." and "you better be nice to me."

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  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • A pretty decent sequel to one of the most amazing horror series ever!

    By frosty_ice, Nov 19, 2011

  • Its prime really wasn't that great, but this show was semi-popular when it first aired. Now it just seems very outdated. The special effects are horrible, as are the stories. For a horror show, this instills more laughter than screams.

    By Canadinbcn, Jul 21, 2005

  • A lame show about stories that are neither suspenseful, scary, nor worth your time!

    By knuckles_sonic8, Jul 15, 2005