The BEST Episodes of Tales From the Cryptkeeper
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Mar 7, 2020
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.
#1 - 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.
#2 - 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.
#3 - 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.
#4 - 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.
#5 - 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.
#6 - 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.
#7 - 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.
#8 - 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.
#9 - 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.
#10 - 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.
#11 - The Works...in Wax
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 16, 1993
A boy discovers that statues in his favourite wax museum come to life.
#12 - 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.
#13 - 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.
#14 - 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.
#15 - 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.
#16 - 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.
#17 - 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.
#18 - 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.
#19 - Unpopular Mechanics
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 30, 1999
Randall, who loves to invent destructive mechanical gadgets, gets his comeuppance as his appliances suddenly turn on him.
#20 - 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.
#21 - 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.
#22 - 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.
#23 - 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.
#24 - All Booked Up
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 4, 1999
Book-hater Greg is forced by a mysterious librarian to endlessly relive a bunch of classic stories.
#25 - Cold Blood, Warm Hearts
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 17, 1994
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.