The BEST Episodes of Tales From the Cryptkeeper
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Oct 7, 2019
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
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
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
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
Summer campers befriend an invisible being who plays pranks on a strict no-nonsense counselor.
#5 - The Haunted Mine
Season 2 - Episode 9
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
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
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
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
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
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
A boy discovers that statues in his favourite wax museum come to life.
#12 - The Sleeping Beauty
Season 1 - Episode 7
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 - A Little Body of Work
Season 1 - Episode 5
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.
#14 - Nature
Season 1 - Episode 2
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.
#15 - The Weeping Woman
Season 2 - Episode 7
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
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
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
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 - Pleasant Screams
Season 1 - Episode 3
A teacher and one of his students find themselves trapped in the fantasies of another student whom they have tormented.
#20 - Cold Blood, Warm Hearts
Season 2 - Episode 2
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.
#21 - Unpopular Mechanics
Season 3 - Episode 4
Randall, who loves to invent destructive mechanical gadgets, gets his comeuppance as his appliances suddenly turn on him.
#22 - The Avenging Phantom
Season 2 - Episode 4
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.
#23 - The Spider and the Flies
Season 2 - Episode 3
The Vaultkeeper and the Old Witch meet at the beach and swap stories. In "The Spider and the Flies," the Vaultkeeper tells the story of a city that is haunted by a spider.
#24 - All the Gory Details!
Season 2 - Episode 6
A pair of newspaper reporters try to track down an old mad scientist.
#25 - Myth Conceptions
Season 2 - Episode 5
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.