The Best Episodes Directed by Frank Depalma

Better Living Through Morganite (2)

#1 - Better Living Through Morganite (2)

Earth 2 Season 1 - Episode 13

At the biosphere, the petrifying geo-lock came within 100 meters of the camp. The colonists need the reversing code. Morgan attempts to reverse geo-lock before all is lost.

star 7.81
199 votes
Objects are Closer Than They Appear

#2 - Objects are Closer Than They Appear

Chicago Hope Season 4 - Episode 19

After the mysterious death of a seemingly healthy 15 year-old Dr. Wilkes decides to investigate. A lesbian wants her lover to die with dignity and fights her family to get her wishes.

star 7.64
11 votes
Beetles

#3 - Beetles

Tales from the Darkside Season 4 - Episode 1

An Egyptologist working on a sarcophagus ignores a curse and meets a horrific fate.

star 6.85
26 votes
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The New Man

#4 - The New Man

Tales from the Darkside Season 1 - Episode 1

A recovering alcoholic is disturbed to find a young boy who shows up at his office claiming to be his son Jerry. The man is further angered when the boy shows up at his house. While the other family members carry on as if Jerry is a regular member of the family, the man insists that he has never seen the boy before in his life. The man's wife assumes that he has begun drinking again and is harboring delusions brought on by his inebriated state. The family, disgusted by the father's unwillingness to acknowledge Jerry as his son, ultimately leaves him. Driven back to drinking by the ordeal, the previously sober father ends up in a state of emotional ruin. In the final scene, Jerry visits another man, claiming to be HIS son, as the nightmarish pattern continues.

star 6.81
162 votes
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The Casavin Curse

#5 - The Casavin Curse

Tales from the Darkside Season 2 - Episode 24

A family finds themselves cursed because of their great grandfather killing his wife, and the curse won't die until they all die too and there is no one else to carry on his name.

star 6.69
15 votes
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My Ghostwriter - The Vampire

#6 - My Ghostwriter - The Vampire

Tales from the Darkside Season 3 - Episode 14

Hack writer Peter, writing worse and worse vampire stories, buys a coffin for inspiration and finds it occupied by Count Draco. Peter manages to protect himself, and the two strike a deal: Draco will supply new inspiration based on his life experiences, and Peter will write the books. Peter becomes wealthy, but refuses to share the proceeds. With the aid of Peter's secretary, Draco manages to get the drop on the writer and kill him, and the vampire and secretary strike up a new arrangement.

star 6.58
12 votes
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All a Clone by the Telephone

#7 - All a Clone by the Telephone

Tales from the Darkside Season 1 - Episode 11

Leon, a hapless TV writer, buys an answering machine that has a mind of its own - it initially helps him out by providing him with new material, but Leon soon finds that it's taking over his life.

star 6.32
63 votes
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A Serpent's Tooth

#8 - A Serpent's Tooth

Tales from the Darkside Season 3 - Episode 8

A kibbitzing mother, Pearl, warns her unlistening family but her warnings start to come true.

star 6.31
12 votes
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It All Comes Out in the Wash

#9 - It All Comes Out in the Wash

Tales from the Darkside Season 1 - Episode 20

Henry, a greedy developers, stumbles upon a Chinese laundry that offers a unique service - it can ""wash out"" guilt. Henry employs their services but soon finds there is a unpleasant price to pay.

star 6.04
52 votes
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Lifebomb

#10 - Lifebomb

Tales from the Darkside Season 2 - Episode 2

Ben Martin, a rich businessman, is contacted by a special medical firm, ""Lifebomb"" which offers him an expensive policy that will let him live forever. They give him an implanted device which, every time he ""dies,"" activates and places him in a cocoon until the corporation can arrive and revive him. His wife soon leaves him and since Ben is close to death, the Lifebomb goes off constantly. Tired of life, he finds that he is trapped since Lifebomb refuses to call off the policy so that they can make money off of him.

star 5.79
57 votes
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Their Divided Self

#11 - Their Divided Self

Monsters Season 1 - Episode 16

One stormy evening, Dr. Blackman tries to counsel two successful professional comedians, who also happen to be conjoined twins that won't stop bickering and trying to kill each other.

star 3.57
7 votes
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