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Tales From the Cryptkeeper

All Episodes 1993 - 1999
TV-PG

  • Ended
  • ABC (US)
  • 1993-09-18T00:00:00Z
  • 30 mins
  • 14 hours, 10 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction
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 1999 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 2000, CBS dropped their entire Saturday morning children's show schedule. Since then, the show has aired in Canada and elsewhere in the world.

39 episodes

1x01 While the Cat's Away

  • Series Premiere

    1993-09-18T13:00:00Z — 22 mins

Two brothers plan to rob an abandoned mansion, where The Cryptkeeper has set up a monstrous security system to get rid of intruders.

1x02 Nature

  • 1993-09-25T13:00:00Z — 22 mins

After two brothers torment ants at a picnic, they are shrunk by a mysterious ray and are forced to face the trials and tribulations of the insect world.

1x03 Pleasant Screams

  • 1993-10-02T13:00:00Z — 22 mins

A teacher and one of his students find themselves trapped in the fantasies of another student whom they have tormented.

In ""Gone Fishin',"" Randy seems to find his uncle's fishing hobby distasteful, but Uncle Ned claims that ""if you take the bait, you pay the price"" -- a lesson that Ned's soon to learn from the fish. In ""A Little Body of Work,"" Eddie and Herman challenge Kevin to a race in the Mustang he's rebuilding. The hoodlums go to great lengths to win the race, only to have their devious plan revealed by Kevin's Mustang.

1x05 The Works...in Wax

  • 1993-10-16T13:00:00Z — 22 mins

A boy discovers that statues in his favourite wax museum come to life.

1x06 The Sleeping Beauty

  • 1993-10-23T13:00:00Z — 22 mins

In a terrifying retelling of the classic fairytale, a self-absorbed prince and his nerdy put-upon twin brother quest to wake the slumbering princess, whom, little do they know, is really a bloodthirsty vampire.

1x07 Cave Man

  • 1993-10-30T13:00:00Z — 22 mins

The son of a scientist befriends a Neanderthal that has been encased in ice for millions of years, but the friendship turns sour when the caveman can't adapt to the modern world.

1x08 Hyde and Go Shriek

  • 1993-11-06T14:00:00Z — 22 mins

A group of bullies fear for their lives when Wendell drinks a potion that turns him into a werewolf.

1x09 Fare Tonight

  • 1993-11-13T14:00:00Z — 22 mins

Two paranormal enthusiasts create a homemade vampire detector and use it to hunt for bloodsuckers only to learn that one of them is right under their nose.

1x10 Gorilla's Paw

  • 1993-11-20T14:00:00Z — 22 mins

In a classic retelling of W. W. Jacobs' The Monkey's Paw, an unpopular kid steals a gorilla's paw in order to be a part of a secret club, and discovers that the gorilla's paw can grant wishes with twisted results.

1x11 This Wraps It Up

  • 1993-12-04T14:00:00Z — 22 mins

A girl becomes the object of her classmates' never-ending ridiculing because of her tallness. But when a mummy unleashes a curse on everyone, the kids turn to her to defeat the mummy and break the spell.

1x12 Grounds for Horror

  • 1993-12-11T14:00:00Z — 22 mins

Summer campers befriend an invisible being who plays pranks on a strict no-nonsense counselor.

1x13 Ghost Ship

  • 1993-12-18T14:00:00Z — 22 mins

Ben and his friend Mike go for a joyride on Ben's father's new yacht and sink it, leaving the two stranded in the ocean until a phantom ship haunted by pirates comes to their rescue.

2x01 Game Over

  • Season Premiere

    1994-09-10T13:00:00Z — 22 mins

Two boys pay for skipping school to play video games when the characters come to life.

The Vaultkeeper and the Old Witch meet at the beach and swap stories. In ""Cold Blood, Warm Heart,"" the Old Witch tells the tales of two lakes that are haunted by monsters. In ""The Spider and the Flies,"" the Vaultkeeper tells the story of a city that is haunted by a spider.

In "The Avenging Phantom," a young boy named Jimmy wishes he can get revenge on his tormentors like his comic book superhero, "The Avenging Phantom," and gets his wish, but with dire consequences. In "Myth Conceptions", an archaeologist discovers the tomb of Medusa and learns the hard way why others before him have died trying to find it.

2x04 All the Gory Details

  • 1994-10-01T13:00:00Z — 22 mins

A pair of newspaper reporters try to track down an old mad scientist.

2x05 The Weeping Woman

  • 1994-10-08T13:00:00Z — 22 mins

Camille and Mildred from "Fare Tonight" return, this time, to investigate the sightings of a woman's ghost who haunts a local inn.

2x06 Dead Men Don't Jump

  • 1994-10-15T13:00:00Z — 22 mins

The Witch, The Cryptkeeper, and The Vaultkeeper return to tell the tale of a boy who challenges a monster to a basketball game that could mean the end of his life if he loses.

2x07 The Haunted Mine

  • 1994-10-22T13:00:00Z — 22 mins

A boy goes to visit his aunt, which leads to a trip inside an abandoned mine filled with unusual shapes and a dark secret.

2x08 Growing Pains

  • 1994-10-29T13:00:00Z — 22 mins

The Old Witch takes over telling this episode's story after turning the Cryptkeeper into a scarecrow. In this installment, a plant enthusiast named Wendell (from "Hyde and Go Shriek") falls for Rose, a new girl at school with a rather "weedy" family secret.

2x09 The Brothers Gruff

  • 1994-11-05T14:00:00Z — 22 mins

A boy named Eddie is followed home by a troll after crossing a bridge. Now it's up to him and his friend Sheldon, who knows almost everything about monsters, to defeat the troll when it kidnaps Eddie's older brother.

During a trip to the carnival, a boy's birthday is being spoiled by his skeptical uncle, but the latter of whom soon has his views of the supernatural challenged when they take a ride through a frighteningly realistic haunted house.

2x11 Hunted

  • 1994-11-19T14:00:00Z — 22 mins

A heartless hunter in the Amazon is soon the hunted when a shapeshifting monster named Onnaya starts pursuing him after freeing the captured animals.

Chuck and Melvin (the narcissistic prince and his brother from "The Sleeping Beauty") return; this time in a horrifying retelling of "Jack and the Beanstalk" where they must steal the treasure of a giant Cyclops named Beanstalker.

2x13 Transylvania Express

  • 1994-12-10T14:00:00Z — 22 mins

Two surfer dudes, none other than Mike and Ben, accidentally get on a train headed for Transylvania, where they must fight back against vampires.

3x01 Sharon Sharalike

  • Season Premiere

    1999-09-09T13:00:00Z — 21 mins

Selfish Shauna, unwlling to share even her most neglected toys with he younger sister Katie, spitefully hides Sharon Sharalike, the new doll that they've just recieved. But Shauna learns a lesson when she hears Sharon crying in the dead of night and comes to disover that the doll has mysteriously come to life.

3x02 Imaginary Friend

  • 1999-09-16T13:00:00Z — 22 mins

To relieve boredom while awaiting the grande opening of Laserland, teens Leo and Jamie decide to play ""welcome wagon"" by taunting the new neighbor, 9-year-old Mary Anne. But Mary Anne's new, ghostly ""imaginary friend"" turns the table on the bullies, escalating when Leo snatches the girl's beloved kitten, Boo.

3x03 Waste Not, Haunt Not

  • 1999-09-23T13:00:00Z — 21 mins

When brothers Richard and Stephen improperly dispose of the toxic waste from their failed Science Fair Project in a nearby bog, it comes back to haunt them in the form of a Bog Blob.

3x04 Unpopular Mechanics

  • 1999-09-30T13:00:00Z — 22 mins

Randall, who loves to invent destructive mechanical gadgets, gets his comeuppance as his appliances suddenly turn on him.

3x05 Competitive Spirit

  • 1999-10-07T13:00:00Z — 22 mins

Vincent tells Tom a ghost story about a Mountain Spirit In order to spook out his main competitor before the big ski race, but the spirit really exists and comes to torment Vincent for his deceptive ways.

3x06 Trouble in Store

  • 1999-10-14T13:00:00Z — 21 mins

Derek and Rob, trying to steal from Rodman's Department Store, get locked in the store overnight as the mannequins come to life.

3x07 So Very Attractive

  • 1999-10-21T13:00:00Z — 21 mins

Julia, obsessed with the idea of being more beautiful, puts on a miracle cream that fulfills her wish but causes her to attract the unwanted attention of all sorts of creatures.

3x08 Drawn & Quartered

  • 1999-10-28T13:00:00Z — 21 mins

Aspiring artist Ralph finds a magic pencil that allows him to put life into his drawings and take revenge on the bullies who have been harassing him, but revenge isn't as sweet as he thought.

3x09 All Booked Up

  • 1999-11-04T14:00:00Z — 21 mins

Book-hater Greg is forced by a mysterious librarian to endlessly relive a bunch of classic stories.

3x10 Town Gathering

  • 1999-11-11T14:00:00Z — 22 mins

Erin, who has a reputation for making up stories, discovers that no one will believe her when she discovers that the people proposing a new business deal to her mother are actually aliens planning to make a meal out of the townsfolk.

3x11 It's for You

  • 1999-11-18T14:00:00Z — 22 mins

For Christmas, Gary recieves a phone line for his bedroom with the proviso that he doesn't ""abuse the privilege."" Naturally, Gary immediately begins making prank calls, but he soon finds the tables turned when one of the people he called begins stalking him via telephone. Gary pays the caller a visit and discovers Mrs. Emma Needham, an old lady who soon proves that she's not as nice she initially appeared...

3x12 A Monster Ate My Homework

  • 1999-11-25T14:00:00Z — 21 mins

After Evan gets away with telling his teacher the ultimate lie that a monster ate his homework, he gets a visit from some monsters inquiring after the missing homework, and about having him for dinner.

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