Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre

Showtime (ended 1987)




Episode Guide

    • The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers
      Overcoming fear is a problem for most people, but there once was a boy whose problem was his complete lack of fear! Peter Macnicol stars as that boy in this amusing production narrated by Vincent Price. The king played by Christopher Lee promises the boy treasure and a beautiful princess if he can defeat an evil sorcerer who has haunted the kings castle. The boy meets an ominous mute hunchback, a headless man and ghosts galore and finally the sorcerer himself (in a duel to the death fight). Yet, he still has no fear, until the surprise conclusion.moreless
    • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
      Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      In her effort to be "fairest in the land," a jealous and evil queen attempts to be rid of her beautiful stepdaughter, Snow White, who takes refuge in the forest cottage of the seven dwarfs. The queen, disguised by magic as an old peddler woman, tempts Snow White with a poisoned apple, which puts her into an enchanted sleep until a handsome prince and the seven dwarfs wake her.moreless
    • The Dancing Princesses
      The Dancing Princesses
      Season 6 - Episode 3
      An ovearbearing king learns from his daughters that being overprotective is as unwise as being to permissive. The trouble starts when he learns that his 6 daughters dancing slippers nearly worn to bits Every morning (which is very costly). He wonders how they accomplish this when he locks them in their room every night. Where do they possibly go dancing?.The secret isnt discovered until a wise soldier shows up at the palace and follows them by aid of an invisable cloak to a stunning fantasy world where the girls dance the night away with their dream men.This is one of the finest episodes of Faerie tale Theatre!moreless
    • The Little Mermaid
      The Little Mermaid
      Season 6 - Episode 2
      Pam Dawber makes a deal with a sea witch after rescuing a human from drowning . She wants to become human -- the witch agrees to give her legs , but the prince must fall in love with her or she is doomed to be seafoam forever on the sea. The Witcha lso takes away her voice and warns her with every step she atkes will feel like she is walking on knives. Even with all odds against her This Little Mermaid must follow her heart no matter where it may lead.moreless
    • Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp
      Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      Sometimes getting everything you wish isnt everything you wished for. It certainly isnt in the fantastic tale of Aladdin where he is left in a cave to die with nothing but an oil lamp! But Lo and behold rubbing it produces a fantastic Blue Genie, who will grant him every wish-- even the wish to marry the princess! but the evil Moraccan Magician attempts to get in the way by staeling the lamp! an absouloutley stunning version From Tim Burton.moreless
    • The Nightingale
      The Nightingale
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      Cathay, a kingdom with harmony and peace. A simple kitchen maid, whose mother is very sick, learns of magical faeries and a root that can cure even the worst diease. She also comes across a beautiful bird, the nightingale, that she soon falls in love with its song. The emperor, is unpleased to learn that his great and vast palace does not completly please the poets, rather a simple bird, the nightingale, does. His royal court gets the bird, with the help of the kitchen maid, and the emperor is very pleased. After a while, an artificial bird is given to the emperor as a gift. He banishes the other the nightingale. But when the artificial bird breaks, he suddenly becomes deathly ill. It's up to the nightingale to save him, but will she after he banished her?moreless
    • Rapunzel
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      From high atop a tower, a beautiful young woman lets down her hair - and let's in love. That's the time-honored story of Rapunzel. Shelly Duvall, producer of the entire Faerie Tale Theatre series of which Rapunzel is a part, stars as the maiden. Jeff Bridges is the prince who climbs to Rapunzel's balcony via her long, long hair and Gena Rowlands is the lovely but wicked witch who tries to keep them apart.moreless
    • Sleeping Beauty
      Sleeping Beauty
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      Christopher Reeve and Bernadette Peters star in this charming adaption of the classic story, an evil witch puts a curse on a beautiful princess which entails that by her 16th birthday she will stick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die. The curse is somewhat lifted by a good fairy so that instead of death it is sleep. When the evil curse comes true the good fairy puts a spell on the castle to place everyone asleep until the princess is awakened by love's first kiss.moreless
    • Cinderella
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      Cinderella is once again helped to the ball by her fairygodmother ( this time played by the hilarious Jean Stapleton) as the story of Cinderella unfolds and how she loses her glass slipper-- this one has an amusing twist at the end -- that shows even fairy godmothers are vindictive.
    • Little Red Riding Hood
      Little Red Riding Hood
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      Little Red Riding Hood encounters a surprise on the trip to grandma's -- he has big eyes - big ears and a set of sparkling razor sharp teeth. He has decided to take an extra liking to "Miss Hood" as he accompanies her on her trip throught he forrest. He hasn't counted on the cunning and sweet Granny nor has he thought about what danger he might be in from Miss hoods admirer -- all in all the vain wolf learns that humans are just as cunning.moreless
    • Hansel and Gretel
      Hansel and Gretel
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      A mean and selfish stepmother convinces her husband that if they are to keep from starving he must abandon his children in the woods. Lost and hungry, the children come across a wonderful gingerbread cottage covered with candy and icing. However, what they do not know is that the house is owned by an evil witch who uses it to trap boys and girls lost in the woods. She captures the children with the intent on baking them up in her oven-- but Gretel decides to try some home cooking herself.moreless
    • The Snow Queen
      The Snow Queen
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      Gerda and Kay have been best friends forever. When a goblin, who controls the problems in the universe eyes them, he showers a sinister snow over Kay, forces him to see the worst in everyone he loves. Kay and Gerda get in an argument over whether the Snow Queen exists and after Kay slips from a rooftop, he meets her and she takes him to her palace to save him from the goblin's spell. In an endless search for Kay, Gerda encounters talking trees, a theif and the Lady of Summer(the Snow Queen's sister). Soon, Gerda is under the spell of the Lady of Summer and realizes she must save Kay. In the end, they learn a valuble lesson in friendship.moreless
    • The Emperor's New Clothes
      The Emperor's New Clothes
      Season 4 - Episode 7

      Theres a sucker born every minute -- as two con men ( Art Carney and Alan Arkin) find as they ride into a seaside empire ruledby the vainest emperor going. The duo set up a scheme to rob the emperor of his jewels and robes! -- as they come peddling a magical cloth that any person who is truly stupid cannot see! A humorous comedy with a great moral for the entire family.

    • The Three Little Pigs
      The Three Little Pigs
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      If you work hard you can overcome the most formidable obstacles. Thats the morale of this most popular of fairy tales. Billy Crystal and Valerie Perrine are in trouble when they come up against Big Bad Wolf Jeff Goldblum. Billys older brothers just miss ending up on the wolfs plate by the hair of there chiny chin chins when he blows there houses of straw and sticks away. Billy the more practical pig, takes his time and constructs his house out of sturdy brick. when the cigar chompping wolf arrives- he huffs and puffs but cant blow Billys house down.moreless
    • Jack and the Beanstalk
      Jack and the Beanstalk
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      Now in this delightful production of Jack and the Beanstalk, a marvelous script and magical special effects are used to recreate the adventure. Dennis Christopher is the idealistic hero who trades a cow for magic beans, then climbs the resulting beanstalk and stumbles onto an incredible adventure.
    • The Pied Piper of Hamelin
      The Pied Piper of Hamelin
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      Eric Idle plays a wandering piper who is hired by a selfish mayor to rid his town of rats. The piper is good to his word and leads the rats to a watery grave.However when he asks for payment the mayor reniggs, thus causing the piper tp play his pipe for an alternate result -- this time leading all the children out of Hamelin never to be seen again.moreless
    • The Princess and the Pea
      The Princess and the Pea
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      Prince Richard is looking for something to complete his life. The royal fool (jester) helps him decide that he needs a wife, with a demanding mother and a dumbfounded father, that's all he needs in his life, until Alecia comes along. She is kind and gentle, and persists that she's a princess. Richard has had it with the demands of his mother and hates all of the princess presented to him, so he decides to marry Alicia. The mother however, is not so sure Alicia, so she puts her to a test to see if she is a real princess which has HILARIOUS consequenses! Liza Minelli is classicly funny as Alecia. "The Princess and the Pea" is great family fun!moreless
    • Pinocchio
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      A magical blue fairy brings a marionette named Pinocchio to life in order to grant a woodcutter's wish. Now Pinocchio must prove himself kind and loving in order to become a real, live boy. But if he is bad, which sometimes he is, his nose will grow and only until he realizes his mistake will it shrink back to a valid size.moreless
    • Rumpelstiltskin
      Season 1 - Episode 2

      Boasting about one's daughter is one thing, but telling the king she can spin straw into gold is quite another- especially when the penalty for failure is death! What will the millers daughter do? Will she call on the assistance of a strange little man who in exchange for spinning straw into gold -- wants her first born child! The only way to save herself from a terrible fate is to guess the little man's name.

    • Thumbelina
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      Carrie Fisher and William Katt are Thumb-Sized Lovers...Video magic transforms Carrie Fisher into the diminutive heroine of THUMBELINA, a girl so tiny she slept in a matchbox, so kind even fieldmice loved her, so beautiful she married a Prince. Raised by a kindhearted charwoman, Thumbelina is kidnapped and almost forced to marry first a Toad, then a crotchety Mole, played by Burgess Meredith. She manages, however, to escape to a beautiful garden kingdom where she meets a handsome equally tiny Prince, William Katt. This tale teaches us that everyone, no matter how unique, can find someone to love. Featuring production design based on the work of 19th century illustrator George Cruikshank. THUMBELINA is a marvelous fantasy that will enchant big and small alike.moreless
    • Puss 'n Boots
      Puss 'n Boots
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      The amusing story about a millers son who inherits a cat-- not just any cat, a cat who insists on wearing peoples clothing.But all the money is not wasted-- Puss has a plan to get his master (Ben Vereen) married to the lovely Princess Lovinia-- the only thing standing in the way is the evil ogre. Puss proves that cats are clever in this funny adaption of the Perrault story!moreless
    • The Tale of the Frog Prince
      The Tale of the Frog Prince
      Season 1 - Episode 1

      Robin Williams and Teri Garr star in this wonderful adaptation of The Frog Prince. Angered by the lack of an invitation to the christening, the prince's godmother goes into a rage and transformes the baby into a frog. A few years later the beautiful and vain princess loses her magic ball down the well, the frog takes pity on her and gets it out in exchange for a night in the castle, he will eat with her and sleep with her. She tries to blow him off but the king (RENE AUBERJOURNOIS) finds out and forces her to let the froggy stay. After a brilliant battle with a scorpion the princess kisses him and "POOF"" he turns back into a prince.

    • Grimm Party
      Grimm Party
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      Although not an actual Faerie Tale, this was very fun. It was a party with all the actors and actresses that made a contribution of their talents to lovely Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre. They talk about their experiences as some of the most beloved Faerie Tale characters. Jean Stapleton also talks about how she was in more episodes of Faerie Tale Theatre more than anybody else besides Shelley Duvall herself. Stapleton appeared as the fairy godmother in Cinderella and the Giant's Wife in Jack and the Beanstalk. Unfortunately, this exclusive party was never released on video, but only time can tell...moreless
    • The Princess Who Had Never Laughed
      Ellen Barkin is a forlorn princess yearning for laughs. Howard hessman is her stern father ( the king) Who demand sto be addressed as "your seriousness". Growing up without humor, the princess becomes more and more morose, finally locking herself in the royal bedchamber and refusing to leave. The king in desperation, decrees a royal laugh-off to make his daughter happy. Enter Howie Mandell as "Weinerhead Waldo" and his pet pig Boris.Together they show the princess what the funniest act in the kingdom really is.moreless
    • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
      Goldilocks and the Three Bears
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      It's probably the most famous story of trespassing in fiction. In this version, it's unquestionably the most entertaining. Tatum O'Neal stars as the mischievous but loveable heroine in this story of a child who invades the lives of three bears.
    • Beauty and the Beast
      Beauty and the Beast
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      "Love can make a man become a beast and love can also make an ugly man beautiful." This is the moving message Susan Sarandon and Klaus Kinski deliver in their memorable performances of Beauty and the Beast. Beast takes Beauty into a mysterious world of misty gardens and candlelit chambers, in this world the shy unselfish beauty comes to know the grotesque beast. The suspense builds as Beauty discovers that ugliness can mask great goodness, and that promises should always be kept ... no matter what the cost.moreless
    • Rip Van Winkle
      Rip Van Winkle
      Season 6 - Episode 1
      Rip Van Winkle is off in the Catskill mountains one day when he finds a gethering of ghost -- after drinking wine and socalizing falls afst asleep- to awake 20 years later! An interesting version of the Washington Irving Tale.