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->''"Man lives in the sunlit world of what he believes to be reality.''
->''But, there is, unseen by most, an underworld --''
->''a place that is just as real, but not as brightly lit... '''A DARKSIDE'''."''
-->-- '''OpeningNarration'''

''Tales from the Darkside'' is an anthology TV series from TheEighties produced by George A. Romero. Similar to ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', ''Creator/RodSerling's Series/NightGallery'', ''Series/TheOuterLimits'' and ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'', each episode was an individual short story that ended with a plot twist. Unlike these other series, ''Tales from the Darkside'' centered mostly on horror stories. However, some episodes would more likely be considered science fiction or fantasy-based, and other episodes were more comical and lighthearted in tone. It's also known for its {{Cruel Twist Ending}}s.

In 1990, [[Film/TalesFromTheDarksideTheMovie a movie based on the show]] was released.
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!!Tropes in this series:

* AffablyEvil: The couple in "Anniversary Dinner" who [[spoiler: kill and then [[ImAHumanitarian eat their guest in a soup]].]] They continue acting like sane people while doing so.
* AliensStealCable: "Distant Signals"
* TheAllegedComputer: Subverted in "The Word Processor of the Gods". Writer Richard Hagstrom receives a homemade word plrocessor from his nephew Jonathan. The machine struggles with mundane text processing, but when it's commanded to [[RealityWarper rewrite Richard's life]], the results are astounding. [[spoiler:Especially with the last change Richard types up before it finally breaks down ''in flames''.]]
* AndIMustScream: The end of "A Choice of Dreams" has a [[AssholeVictim mobster's]] brain [[BrainInAJar being kept alive after it's removed]] and forced to experience nightmares forever.
** The end of "Levitation". Just imagine... having the levitation trick done on you... [[spoiler: only for the magician to have a heart attack, and can't bring you down... and prevent you from floating into the sky...]]
** Implied with "The Geezenstacks".
* AnthropomorphicFood: "Love Hungry", but the ending itself ''is'' NightmareFuel!
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Timmy's dad from "Monster In My Room."]]
** If there is a character the show doesn't want you to feel sympathy towards, when they get whats coming to 'em, then they usually fall under this category.
* BackFromTheDead: An interesting case in "Let the Games Begin": in order to settle who gets Harry's soul, the angel (in the form of Harry's best friend) and the devil (in the form of Harry's sister-in-law) resurrect his corpse in order to have him choose.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The episode "The Milkman Cometh" features a mysterious figure whose silhouette is shaped like a milkman granting wishes of anyone who leaves a note for him. The main character of the episode, a struggling father, begins to take advantage of the wishes despite his family and others who had their wishes backfire begging him to stop. At the end of the episode, he begs to the silhouetted figure to grant him a second child. While his face isn't shown to the viewer [[spoiler: it's revealed that the Milkman isn't human and that the second child was conceived because the Milkman raped the wife]].
* BearsAreBadNews: "Ursa Minor"
* BittersweetEnding: "Miss May Dusa." Double as TearJerker and ''possibly'' TogetherInDeath.
* CircusOfFear: "The Circus", aptly enough. The ringmaster thinks it fulfills a purpose, though, and isn't happy about the {{jerkass}} reporter threatening to shut them down.
* CreepyDoll / TheDollEpisode: "The Geezenstacks." The dolls themselves don't do anything, but the UncannyValley is in full effect.
* CruelTwistEnding: HOO boy...
* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:Algernon]], the titular "[[spoiler:Spirit Photographer]]". ...at least, by the end of it.
* DealWithTheDevil: "I'll Give You A Million", "Printer's Devil", "The Deal."
* DoesNotLikeMen: Florence Bravo, from the episode of the same name.
* DisproportionateRetribution: A hallmark of various supernatural beings on the series, but more so with a certain episode. "Halloween Candy" is a story about a rather grumpy old man who refuses to give out candy on Halloween. He is frightened to death by a malevolent being that he refused to give candy to. I know he wasn't exactly the nicest guy, but wow, killing someone for not giving candy?
** Or how about the episode "Season Of Belief?" A couple have an extended JerkAss moment where they terrify their young children with a scary story on Christmas Eve, even getting another family member to play along with the joke. At the end they smile, say they were only joking...[[spoiler:and out of nowhere, the very monster they were talking about appears and crushes their skulls. Okay, sure, the parents weren't being very nice, and [[ArsonMurderAndJayWalking told their six-year-old daughter there was no Santa]], but did that really make them deserve to die?]]
*** Not to mention that their children [[spoiler: are now orphans... ''very'' traumatized orphans. It really is disproportionate retribution all around (especially considering that the kids didn't even do anything).]]
** Or how about the first episode "Trick or Treat"? An old man who holds the debts of pretty much every family in town offers to forgive everyone if their children can find their debts inside his haunted house on Halloween. The twist? [[spoiler:He winds up in Hell]] for being greedy. Come on, he lived during TheGreatDepression, a time where everyone learned the value of a dollar. He just never dropped the habit of being very frugal with his money.
*** On the other hand, the jerk was having a lot of laughs scaring and taunting those poor kids half to death with his haunted house.
**** And he was pretty much of a loan shark, lording it over the rest of the town and setting terms the poor townsfolk (poor due to him, it should be noted) could never satisfy.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Richard Hagstrom in "Word Processor of the Gods". ''[[spoiler:Literally.]]''
* {{Expy}}: "Barter" centers around a small family obviously themed after the family from ''ILoveLucy''.
* GoingNative: In fact, the episode was called ''Going Native'', about an alien disguised as a human doing research on earth culture but finding herself experiencing more emotions uncommon to her people.
* GoryDiscretionShot: ''Baker's Dozen'' amongst others
* KillerTeddyBear: The episode "Ursa Minor".
* LaserGuidedKarma: A staple in most episodes, with such examples as ''Trick or Treat'', but the most flagrant examples being ''Baker's Dozen'' and ''Seasons of Belief''.
* MamaBear: From "Ursa Minor." The mother, learning that her daughter's teddy bear is terrorizing the house, stabs the bear to death. The trope repeats, however, when [[spoiler: the bear's mother attacks.]]
* MurderousMannequin: Appeared in at least one episode.
* PantyShot: At about [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDiGQd-NZHk&NR=1 7:12]] in this clip, from "Inside the Closet."
* PrettyInMink: One episode started with a lady in a fox coat (might overlap with FurAndLoathing, but the fur was real).
* {{Satan}}: Appears in a few episodes. Depending on the overall tone of the story, he'll either be portrayed tongue-in-cheek or genuinely sinister.
* SurprisinglyHappyEnding: "Let the Games Begin": Harry gets to live and [[spoiler: the angel and devil become an item]].
** "Djinn, No Chaser": The genie has become a lot more nicer and complacent [[spoiler:after being freed by means of a can opener]].
** "Word Processor of the Gods": Just before the titular device goes kaput, [[spoiler:Richard manages to rewrite reality so that his nephew, Jonathan, is brought back to life... and is his ''son'', along with Belinda (Jon's mother) being Richard's wife]].
** "The Spirit Photographer": [[spoiler:Algernon was DeadAllAlong, but gets to move on after the titular device is proven to have worked.]] As a bonus, [[spoiler:he's ''happy'' over this development]].
* TakeThat: "If the Shoe Fits". AKA: "The One The Equates Politicians to [[spoiler: Clowns]]".
* ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight: "Monsters in My Room"
* TitleDrop: Let's see... there's "The Geezenstacks", "Let the Games Begin", "I Can't Help Saying Goodbye", "Levitation", "The Cutty Black Sow", "Basher Malone"... really, I could go on for a while.
* TogetherInDeath: Episode "Miss May Dusa", although way more cruel.
* YourMindMakesItReal: ''Possibly'' the case in "Seasons of Belief," though it's pretty hard to tell if it's this trope at work, or if the creature always existed and the parents didn't know.

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-->''"The Darkside is always there--waiting for us to enter, waiting to enter us. Until next time, try to enjoy the daylight."''
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