The BEST Episodes of Tales From the Cryptkeeper

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 10, 2021

Network: ABC (US)

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.

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Gorilla's Paw

#1 - Gorilla's Paw

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 20, 1993

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.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Laura Shepherd
Writers: James Thomton
Uncle Harry's Horrible House of Horrors

#2 - Uncle Harry's Horrible House of Horrors

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 12, 1994

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.

star 10.00
1 votes

#3 - Hunted

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 19, 1994

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

star 10.00
2 votes
This Wraps It Up

#4 - This Wraps It Up

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 4, 1993

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.

star 9.33
3 votes
Fare Tonight

#5 - Fare Tonight

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 13, 1993

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.

star 9.00
3 votes
Directors: Laura Shepherd
Writers: David Finley
Grounds for Horror

#6 - Grounds for Horror

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 11, 1993

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

star 9.00
2 votes
The Haunted Mine

#7 - The Haunted Mine

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 22, 1994

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

star 9.00
2 votes
The Brothers Gruff

#8 - The Brothers Gruff

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 5, 1994

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.

star 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Laura Shepherd
Writers: Peter Sauder
Growing Pains

#9 - Growing Pains

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 29, 1994

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.

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Laura Shepherd
Writers: Libby Hinson
Hyde and Go Shriek

#10 - Hyde and Go Shriek

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 6, 1993

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

star 8.50
4 votes
Directors: Laura Shepherd
Game Over

#11 - Game Over

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 10, 1994

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

star 8.40
5 votes
The Wax

#12 - The Wax

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 16, 1993

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

star 8.33
6 votes
A Little Body of Work

#13 - A Little Body of Work

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 9, 1993

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.

star 8.00
6 votes
Directors: Laura Shepherd
Writers: David Hines, Jeffrey Hause
Cave Man

#14 - Cave Man

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 30, 1993

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.

star 8.00
6 votes
Directors: Laura Shepherd
Writers: Ed Naha
The Sleeping Beauty

#15 - The Sleeping Beauty

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 23, 1993

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.

star 7.83
6 votes

#16 - Nature

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 25, 1993

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.

star 7.71
21 votes
Directors: Laura Shepherd
Writers: Juan Carlos Coto
The Weeping Woman

#17 - The Weeping Woman

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 8, 1994

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

star 7.33
3 votes
Gone Fishin'

#18 - Gone Fishin'

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 9, 1993

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.

star 7.33
6 votes
Directors: Laura Shepherd
Writers: David Hines, Jeffrey Hause
While the Cat's Away

#19 - While the Cat's Away

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 18, 1993

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

star 7.28
32 votes
Directors: Laura Shepherd
Writers: Manny Coto
Sharon Sharalike

#20 - Sharon Sharalike

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 9, 1999

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.

star 7.00
1 votes
Directors: Rick Marshall
Writers: J.D. Smith
Imaginary Friend

#21 - Imaginary Friend

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 16, 1999

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.

star 7.00
2 votes
Directors: Mike Crunyescha
Writers: Kim Thompson
The Avenging Phantom

#22 - The Avenging Phantom

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 24, 1994

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.

star 6.67
3 votes
Pleasant Screams

#23 - Pleasant Screams

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 2, 1993

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

star 6.57
7 votes
Directors: Laura Shepherd
All the Gory Details!

#24 - All the Gory Details!

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 1, 1994

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

star 6.33
3 votes
Myth Conceptions

#25 - Myth Conceptions

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 24, 1994

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.

star 6.00
2 votes