Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Season 1 Episode 3

The Tale of the Lonely Ghost

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Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Aug 29, 1992 on Nickelodeon
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Amanda is a teenage girl who goes to stay with her aunt and cousin, Beth, for the summer. Her cousin isn't exactly friendly to Amanda, and she's told that she can only hang out with Beth and her friends if she spends a night alone in the house next door that's rumored to be inhabited by the spirit of a preteen girl.moreless

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  • Freaky

    9.5
    Starting off, Amanda goes to Aunt Dotty's place for the summer. Her cousin Beth was like a hippy in the 90's. More like a bull in the china shop. Amanda was kind of preppy. I wondered why no one would buy the house next door. When Amanda and Beth are alone, Beth is just so controlling and tricks Amanda, who isn't dumb as she look. There is nothing wrong with Nanny either. Beth is just trying to scare Amanda. I knew that Beth wasn't going to let her in. She's rude especially to Nanny and that locket that she had was precious I knew it. The ghost in the mirror, Amanda had to scream. I would too. In the end, Beth got a taste of her own medicine. Ah, David is so sweet.moreless
  • Not creepy but stereotypical

    9.2
    Oh come on! I don't really think this episode was the best, but it was classic but not scary. A story has to be scary and the ghost? Come on you got to be kidding me. Amanda is so sweet and innocent and Beth is like so punky and bossy. Yeah there are two stereotypes. Aunt Dotty was very "I love Lucy." The house looks so dark and desserted, no wonder no one wanted to buy the house. Beth's friends are so like hippie-like and very vivid and punky for real. As for the HELP ME, Who's cleaning it all up?moreless
  • Though unoriginal, it was still a decent episode.

    8.0
    The Tale of the Lonely Ghost was slightly boring and barely held my attention. Not really one of the greatest episodes, but still a decent one to say the least. You can feel the girl's pain (I mean Amanda, not the ghost) and the pain of Nanny. This episode held many decent actors, but I wish the direction for the episode would have been better and the writing a bit more original. When the other girl becomes stuck in the mirror, it could have been a cool, two-part episode in which the second storyline covers what she encounters and how they got her out. Or, maybe, the little ghost could have been trapped in the mirror the whole time instead of being dead. A good episode, but rather boring and unoriginal.moreless
  • Thsi episode is great.

    9.7
    Amanda is sent to her cousin's Beth house as her parents had to travel to study stones. Beth & Amanda don't get along well. But Beth tells Amanda that if she wants to hang with her and her firends, she has to go through an initiation; A night alone in the house next door said to be haunted by a ghost. Beth also has a nanny who seems to have been driven crazy by the ghost next door. So Amanda begins the initiation. The ghost died in her bedroom and that's where Amanda had to go. In the ghost's room she saw writing on the wall, it said 'HELPME' backwards, and in the mirror, Amanda saw the ghost of the girl!moreless
  • During the summer a girl is made to go spend her vacation with her Aunt in a northern town...only to find there is a strange ghost of a lonely girl haunting a certain home and an old lady who avoids it for reasons unknown.moreless

    10
    THEE best episode of "Are you Afraid of the Dark?" and certainly one of the scariest, this is what made the show great. It is surpringly one of the earliest episodes, though admittedly the first few seasons were the best. The concept was thrilling and the follow through with the plot gripping. The girl girl and her habit of writing "EMPLEH" all over the walls was terryfying for kids, I remember being scared out of my pants back then, so I'm surprised it was used in this children's show. What made the episode great was also how sad the whole story line was, a real tear jerker. Definetly a must watch of the series.moreless

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