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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Watch TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE MARATHON Hosted by RICH LITTLE with Commercials


WGN Channel 9 promo:

In a Halloween Special that aired in September/October of 1986, Canadian-American impressionist and voice actor Rich Little hosted a TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE marathon where four previously aired episodes where shown with Little doing impressions in between them.

I haven't seen the full special, but I try to recreate the broadcast with the videos in this post. The info about the special I wrote here is taken from the video descriptions and comments posted. Some info may be wrong.

This first video was recorded from WPIX 11 in New Jersey or New York and contains commercials, political ads and ends with Rich Little's impression of Alfred Hitchcock as he intros the marathon. I'm not sure what the first episode shown was.

This second video was recorded on October 31th, 1986 over WGN-TV on a Friday night at 8pm EST. Most but not all of Little's remaining wraparounds are in this video which also includes several Chicago-centric ads and nine o'clock news footage. All other recordings on this tape were from local Denver TV and all date to within a month or two of the broadcast.

Rich Little imitates Jack Nicholson (3rd picture down in the TV Guide ad at top) as he hosts the episode "MONSTER IN MY ROOM" which was edited out. He also appears as Boris Karloff to intro/outro the final episode "TRICK OR TREAT" also edited out. Then closes out the marathon as himself. Little's Stephen King impression (possibly 2nd pic idk) is missing. I'm not sure what other actors/characters were also mimicked. I'm guessing maybe Vincent Price in the 1st pic?



This video is the full TFTD "MONSTER IN MY ROOM" episode without ads watch below or at archive.org:


@garbage_pail_flix remixed this video that contains TFTD episode "TRICK OR TREAT" edited with commercials and Rich Little's Boris Karloff impression taken from the above videos. Watch below or at archive.org.




Or watch the full TFTD "TRICK OR TREAT" episode without ads below. I created the custom VHS cover above:


Watch the other 2 TFTD episodes that also take place on Halloween below, first is "HALLOWEEN CANDY"...


...Followed by THE CUTTY BLACK SOW:


Halloween and more episodes streaming on Shudder promo:




The official Volume 7 VHS release of TFTD (vhs cover above) contains "TRICK OR TREAT" plus the following two episodes, "IN THE CARDS"...


...and "A CASE OF THE STUBBORNS"...


...or watch any episode from all 4 seasons of TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE at: https://archive.org/details/PDTV0156


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