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A short-lived [[GenreAnthology Anthology Series]] from Creator/{{NBC}} that aired in the summer of 2008, ''Fear Itself'' is similar to ''Series/MastersOfHorror'', but with less notable directors. (Michael Eisner's son, anyone?) A few of the directors from ''Masters of Horror'' made the transition, at least, among them John Landis, Brad Anderson and Stuart Gordon.

The show didn't finish airing [[CutShort its first season]], but at least it had a cool theme song: "Lie Lie Lie" by Music/SystemOfADown's Serj Tankian.
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!!''Fear Itself'' provides examples of:
* AllHallowsEve: The setting of both "The Spirit Box" and "The Circle".
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: The geeky roomate is in love with the main character in "New Year's Day" while she is in love herself with another guy who is not interested in her. [[spoiler: They eventually get TogetherInDeath.]]
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler: "Community".]]
* BatmanGambit / ThanatosGambit: "Eater".
* BittersweetEnding:
** We do genuinely get one in "Skin & Bones". [[spoiler: The wendigo is dead and the wife and kids are saved. But half of our named characters are dead too. And of course the wendigo, being a spirit, is certainly not really destroyed, just gone back out into the wilderness somewhere.]]
** In "Eater" [[spoiler: the last surviving cop, having been disarmed, wounded and cornered in a closet with no escape route, takes the decision to eat and powder herself in rat poison. Thus when the [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot unstopable cannibal serial killer-Voodoo sorcerer]] kills her shortly after by biting her throat off he is poisoned and dies.]]
* BlackMagic: "The Circle"
* BloodyHandprint: Many in "New Year's Day"
* BreatherEpisode: "Something with Bite" is mostly comedic and completely devoid of the mandatory DownerEnding.
* CannotSpitItOut: "In Sickness and in Health" is a ''classic'' example.
* CellPhonesAreUseless: Seemingly played straight in "New Year's Day" and then subverted - [[spoiler: The main character was [[DeadAllAlong a zombie all along]] so while she still remembered how to dial her friends phone numbers she couldn't articulate the words well enough to communicate with them]].
* CrimeAfterCrime: "Chance".
* CruelTwistEnding: Roughly two-thirds of their twists. One of them was ''so'' horrible, we almost considered renaming the trope "The Family Man Twist"!
* CursedWithAwesome: "Something with Bite".
* DarkIsEvil: "The Circle". And an EldritchAbomination to boot.
* DoesNotLikeGuns: The PrivateDetective from "Spooked".
* DownerEnding: Standard.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: "New Year's Day"]]
* FawltyTowersPlot: "Chance".
* FreakyFridayFlip: "Family Man".
* [[FriendlyNeighbourhoodVampire Friendly Neighbourhood Werewolves]]: "Something with Bite".
* GenreSavvy: Bannerman in "Eater"- literally, given her love of serial killer films. [[spoiler:It's not enough to save her, but it allows her to take the killer down with her.]]
* GroundhogDayLoop: The ending of [[spoiler: "The Circle"]].
* HauntedHouse: "Spooked".
* HollywoodVoodoo: "Eater".
* HowWeGotHere: "Community", "New Year's Day" (via {{flashback}}s).
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: "Something with Bite" - [[spoiler: turns out, the gruesome murders were being done by an ordinary man who wished to attract the attention of a real werewolf to bite and turn him. The main character promptly rips him off to shreds.]]
* ImAHumanitarian: "Eater" and "Skin & Bones".
* IronicNurseryTune: Occurs in "Family Man": ''Amazing Grace/How [[strike:sweet]] creepy the sound/that [[strike:saved]] fucked a wretch/like meeeeee...''
* JacobMarleyApparel: "Spooked", "The Spirit Box".
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: "The Circle".
* KarmicTwistEnding: "The Spirit Box".
* KidDetective: "The Spirit Box".
* KillEmAll: "[[spoiler:Eater]]" to the ''max''; absolutely '''NOBODY''' survived ''that'' one!
* TheKillerInMe: "[[spoiler:In sickness and in health]]"
* LooksLikeOrlock: The main vampire in "The Sacrifice". Possibly because [[AgeWithoutYouth he's damn old]] - the newest ones look like they were just before death but with fangs.
* MandatoryTwistEnding: Apparently, you can't air an anthology series nowadays ''without'' having these.
* MissingMom: "The Spirit Box". She died of cancer.
* OffscreenTeleportation: The zombie roomate in "New Year's Day" is one of the biggest offenders ever seen in TV. True, he's following her, but how did he get past that closed door blocked by a piece of furniture from the inside without touching either? And that's only one of them.
* OnlySaneMan: Bobby in "Community".
* OuijaBoard: "The Spirit Box"
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: "The Sacrifice" - They're fairly standard, only capable of being killed by fire, being stabbed in the heart, or being beheaded. Daylight either renders them dormant or actually harms them, as the vampire didn't attack during the day. One bite is also enough to convert a victim, leading to the necessity of killing them when the feeding is done.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: "Something with Bite" - After a while, you can transform only when you want it. And it makes you [[YouSexyBeast a total sex god]].
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: In "New Year's Day", the ZombieApocalypse is started by an accident in a chemical plant, and all dead raise regardless of how they died. They also keep a lot of their previous memories.
* PastLifeMemories: "Echoes".
* ProfessionalKiller: The main character in "Echoes" believes he was a proffessional hitman in a past life.
* QuipToBlack
* RabidCop: The main character of "Spooked".
* ReincarnationRomance: "Echoes".
* RewritingReality: Attempted in "The Circle". [[spoiler: It results in a GroundhogDayLoop, forcing the characters to [[AFateWorseThanDeath live that horrible night again and again]].]]
* TheRoaringTwenties: "Echoes".
* SerialKiller: "Family Man", "In Sickness and In Health" and "Eater"
* ShoutOut: One of the characters in "The Circle" is [[Creator/StephenKing a successful horror writer that sets his works in Maine]].
* StepfordSuburbia: "Community".
* SpiritualSuccessor: Part ''Series/MastersOfHorror'', part ''Series/TheTwilightZone''
* SplitPersonalityTakeover: "Chance".
* StockEpisodeTitles: Roughly half of the episodes have these. The other half just ''seems'' like they have them...
* TomatoInTheMirror: "[[spoiler:New Year's Day]]"
* TomesOfProphecyAndFate: The titular "The Circle".
* TownWithADarkSecret: The "Community" from the episode of the same name.
* {{Wendigo}}: The antagonist of the final episode to air, "Skin & Bones".
* WhatAnIdiot: The writer in "The Circle" tells the girls to make light by ''setting the furniture on fire.''
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: This was originally intended to be Season 3 of ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' but Showtime chose not to renew the show. Starz (who acquired the show as a result of buying the show's distributor) ended up selling the rights to Lionsgate and this was the result.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: As it's primarily set in a church, "In Sickness And In Health" naturally has a ''lot'' of this.
* WritersBlock: The writer in "The Circle" is apparently going through a bad case of this. In reality, [[spoiler: he always sucked as a writer and his only successful work was actually written by a witch in exchange of him leaving his wife for her. After he refuses, the witch writes a RealityWarper book to unleash her revenge on him.]]
* YouAreWhoYouEat: The HollywoodVoodoo cannibal in "Eater" can adopt the image of a person after eating its heart.
* ZombieApocalypse: "New Year's Day"
* ZombieInfectee: Anita in "The Circle".
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