Tales from the Darkside - Season 4

(ended 1988)




Episode Guide

  • Basher Malone
    Basher Malone
    Episode 20
    A wrestler seeking one great opponent finds himself tricked into fighting a demon from Hell.
  • Barter
    Episode 19
    A mother tries to get a reprieve from her noisy drums-practicing son by making a deal with an ammonia-seeking alien.
  • Hush
    Episode 18
    A babysitter is called in to take care of a sick boy. As a game, the two make up a pretend creature out of household parts, one that eats sounds. The creature comes to life, sucking the sound and the life out of everything in the house.
  • Going Native
    Going Native
    Episode 17
    An alien is sent to Earth to study the nature and behavior of human beings. The alien, who resembles a normal Earth female, meticulously studies photographs of still life from large cities, simultaneously fascinated with and disgusted by the disarray and degeneration depicted in the pictures. The alien joins a therapeutic support group in an effort to better understand the seemingly contradictory humans. As she develops personal relationships with each group member, she begins to further understand the origin of and reasons for the behavior of humans, albeit from an outside observer's vantage point. The other members of the group see the alien as distant and detached, a condition that they assume is rooted in a self-denial complex. As the alien speaks at one of the group meetings, she suddenly realizes that she has been experiencing the exact same feelings as the humans that she has been studying. She has become human-like through assimilation, trapped within the emotional shell of another species, and she cannot escape the grasp that this has on her.moreless
  • Family Reunion
    Family Reunion
    Episode 16
    Janice, a young mother, swears to a social worker, Trudy, that her husband Robert kidnapped their son Bobby six months ago and she hasn't seen either of them since. Trudy agrees to find the father and son, but discovers that everything isn't what she was led to believe.
  • Do Not Open This Box
    An aged inventor and his wife come into possession of a box marked "Do not open this box." The wife opens it and finds it empty. The next day a man comes to claim the box and the lady makes up a story about losing the box. The man begins giving them nice things in exchange for eventually getting the box back. The couple begin living the sweet life thanks to the stranger but when they finally give the box back, the man tells them that it contained a human soul - since the box was opened the soul has escaped and now the man needs a replacement.moreless
  • The Cutty Black Sow
    The Cutty Black Sow
    Episode 14
    On her deathbed, Jamie's great grandmother tells him the tale of a Celtic demon, the Cutty Black Sow, that comes to claim the soul of anyone dying that night, and Jamie vows to protect her soul from the beast.
  • The Apprentice
    The Apprentice
    Episode 13
    Sarah McBride is hired by a Puritan museum but ends up mysteriously going back in time where she is forced to work as a near slave in the past.
  • The Deal
    The Deal
    Episode 12
    Screenwriter Tom Dash unwittingly makes a deal with the Devil and finds he must get out of it by finding a new victim or offer up his soul.
  • Love Hungry
    Love Hungry
    Episode 11
    Betsy, an overweight woman, receives an anonymous package with an earpiece that will supposedly help her diet. It transmits the "voices" of her food as is being eaten, but Betsy still has problems and the next gift is a pair of glasses that let her "see" her food as well...
  • Payment Overdue
    Payment Overdue
    Episode 10
    Michael, a heartless collection agent, finds out that Jeanette doesn't quite understand the rules of going into debt, and has some unpleasant problems as a result.
  • Sorry, Right Number
    Katie receives a mysterious phone call from a woman warning about her husband's death...but he isn't dead yet. katie ignores the phone call, and her husband dies when she doesn't get him to the hospital in time. At the funeral, a despairing Katie calls up herself...and finds herself talking to...herself. She tries to warn her past self, despite knowing that it won't do any good, then collapses in despair.moreless
  • Seymourlama
    Episode 8
    Much to his parents' frustration, a spoiled young boy, Seymour, is declared the High Lama by a group of monks.
  • The Yattering and Jack
    A normal, everyday, plain-as-day man is plagued by a demon, the Yattering, but seems oblivious to its mischief.
  • The Grave Robber
    The Grave Robber
    Episode 6
    In this comedic episode, two treasure hunters discover a lost Egyptian tomb and accidentally revive a mummy. The mummy, Tapok, doesn't try to strangle them, but rather challenges the male explorer to a game of strip poker. The explorer loses, and with each piece of clothing he loses he takes on more of Tapok's wrappings until finally Tapok transfers his curse and leaves with the other explorer.moreless
  • No Strings
    No Strings
    Episode 5
    A mobster who has finally defeated his old rival hires a reluctant puppeteer to string up his rival and make it dance for him. The mobster is unaware that puppet and puppeteer both have agendas of their own...
  • The Moth
    The Moth
    Episode 4
    Sybil, a woman on the verge of death, is obsessed weith the thought that after she dies her soul will dwell within a moth, and she begs her mother to hold the moth until she can be restored to life.
  • The Spirit Photographer
    Despite the discouragement of his friend, a middle-aged photographer, Algernon, tries to captures spirits on film.
  • Mary, Mary
    Mary, Mary
    Episode 2
    A woman who lives with mannequins because she is unable to deal with real people gets a rude awakening.
  • Beetles
    Episode 1
    An Egyptologist working on a sarcophogus ignores a curse and meets a horrific fate when he ignores it.