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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:

* AdultFear: In "Inside the Closet," Gale is a young college student moving into a questionable professor's apartment. [[spoiler: She gets killed by a monster living in the professor's closet, which turned out to be ''his pet''. He intended to have this girl move in with him so he could feed her to his monster. The next morning, he dismisses her death and keeps it secret when her mother, worried where her daughter disappeared to, calls to find her. [[NightmareFuel Then, it's implied that she was not the first or last victim of his monster in the end.]]]]
* 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".
** Anyone stuck in "The Last Car".
* 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"
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler: Linda in "Parlour Floor Front"]], she act like TheIngenue and wants her husband and herself to live a loving life together in a big house, but [[spoiler:[[MoralEventHorizon she kills her cat and pretends she lost her unborn baby to force a man out of her apartment complex by blaming his voodoo practices for ruining her life. She then cause him to be]] DrivenToSuicide by making him feel guilty for something ''he didn't do''. Then she tries to steal a ring she gave to him from his coffin. [[TooDumbToLive Despite being told to not steal anything from his coffin due to a curse, she does it anyway.]] [[KarmicTwistEnding Her former tenant then returns as a spirit and kills her for the stolen ring]].]]
* BittersweetEnding: "Miss May Dusa." Double as TearJerker and ''possibly'' TogetherInDeath.
* BottleEpisode: "No Strings", which consists of five characters (one of whom is dead [[spoiler:sort-of]]), one puppet, and one set (a storage room, where a puppet stage has been set up).
** In "Wrong Number," we focus on one character dealing with a haunted telephone in an apartment room and a boarded up apartment next-door with the phone .
* BreatherEpisode: "Distant Signals", which deals with a mysterious investor (later revealed to be an alien) getting the director of an unpopular detective CutShort 1960s series called "Max Paradise" to film the last episodes. Really, that's as far as this episode gets in terms of conflict, getting those episodes made.
* ChessWithDeath: "The Grave Robbers" challenge the mummy to a game of poker in exchange for their freedom.
* 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.
* CreepyChild: Every so often an episode would feature one of these. The most notable ones being in "The New Guy" and "The Last Car".
* CreepyDoll / TheDollEpisode: "The Geezenstacks." The dolls themselves don't do anything, but the UncannyValley is in full effect.
* CruelTwistEnding: HOO boy...
* DarkerAndEdgier: If you compare it to TheTwilightZone yeah.
* DatingCatwoman: [[spoiler: After constantly fighting with each other over a man's soul, the angel and devil hook up at the end of "Let the Games Begin."]]
* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:Algernon]], the titular "[[spoiler:Spirit Photographer]]". ...at least, by the end of it.
* DeadGuyOnDisplay: Mob boss Eddie makes one for [[KickTheDog his partner]]. He even [[MoralEventHorizon makes it put on a show to entertain himself]].
* DealWithTheDevil: "I'll Give You A Million", "Printer's Devil", "The Deal."
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler: The witch in "The Moth" had a BatmanGambit and took her mother's body after she died.]]
* DoesNotLikeMen: Florence Bravo, from the episode of the same name.
* DirtyCoward: Harold in "The Grave Robbers." He would gladly leave his girlfriend behind in the mummy's tomb to save his own ass. [[spoiler: He gets left behind instead when the mummy proves to be smarter than he looks.]]
* 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.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Horace X, in "The False Prophet", comes across as a DomesticAbuser and a rapist when he tries coming onto Cassie.
--> '''Horace X''': Touch me Cassie. Touch me now.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Richard Hagstrom in "Word Processor of the Gods". ''[[spoiler:Literally.]]''
* EatenAlive: [[spoiler: The fate of anyone who angers the sentient apartment building in "My Own Place".]]
* {{Expy}}: "Barter" centers around a small family obviously themed after the family from ''ILoveLucy''.
* EvilOldFolks: [[spoiler: The couple in "Anniversary Dinner"]] act kind and caring, but they [[spoiler: [[ImAHumanitarian eat people]].]]
* EvilVsEvil: "The Grave Robbers" against the cursed, AffablyEvil mummy.
* FateWorseThanDeath: When it's not under AndIMustScream the endings will sometimes fall under this.
** The protagonist in "Lifebomb" gets a device from his insurance company that will never let him die...''ever''.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Mob Boss Eddie in "No Strings" may have a polite attitude, but he [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness uses people and throws them away like cleanex.]]
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: The fate of "The Spirit Photographer."]]
* 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.
* GoodIsNotSoft: [[spoiler: The angel that punishes the {{Jerkass}} debt collector in "Payment Overdue".]]
* GoryDiscretionShot: ''Baker's Dozen'' amongst others
* HeWhoMustNotBeNamed: The Gribbler.
* HellIsThatNoise: The machine in "Hush" delivers a ''soul-sucking scream'' of a sound whenever it drains the noise of something.
* HenpeckedHusband: The protagonist of "Pain Killer."
* HornyDevils: The demon in "Let the Games Begin"
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: [[DumbBlonde Cassie]] in "The False Prophet" believes in ''everything'' [[{{Yandere}} Horace X]] says. [[spoiler: This later proves to be her undoing.]]
* HumansAreBastards: The moral in "Going Native".
* ImAHumanitarian: [[spoiler: The couple in "Anniversary Dinner"]] lure in an unsuspecting girl and eat her as the main course.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: [[spoiler: The CruelTwistEnding of "The False Prophet."]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler: The fate of [[AssholeVictim Eddie]] in "No Strings"]]
* IronicEcho: [[DraggedOffToHell You're]] [[ThisIsntHeaven getting]] [[OhCrap warmer.]]
* JackassGenie: Subverted. [[spoiler: The genie in "Djinn, No Chaser" was only acting like a {{Jerkass}} because he wanted to be free from his prison.]]
* JumpScare: Too many to count. The most notable ones would be in "Halloween Candy."
* JustAMachine: Cassie's friend argues that Horace X is this, but she knows he's real.
* KarmaHoudini: The robber in "Miss May Dusa" [[spoiler: gets away with murdering two people by accident and leaves the store the protagonist was in without punishment.]]
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: In some episodes we follow a VillainProtagonist who has been doing awful stuff and getting away with it for ''years''. They eventually get what's coming to them by the end of the episode, along with a valuable lesson.
* KarmicDeath: Usually present in the KarmicTwistEnding.
* KarmicTwistEnding: If the character we follow is a Jerkass or extremely annoying then this is the kind of ending that awaits them. Surprisingly, the show has as many as these as they do CruelTwistEnding.
* KickTheDog: The debt collector in "Payment Overdue" loves to inform people that their rent is overdue and kick them out on the streets. One of these many people included a poor, dying woman who begged for more time. [[LackOfEmpathy She ignored her pleas anyway.]] [[spoiler: She gets [[KarmicTwistEnding what she deserves in the end when she is put in the poor woman's place]].]]
** Linda in "Parlour Floor Front" frequently blames accidents that happen to her on her voodoo practicing tenant. [[spoiler: She would eventually [[MoralEventHorizon talk him into killing himself by guilt tripping him.]] She also steals her ring back from his coffin despite leaving it with him on purpose. [[KarmicTwistEnding However, his ghost returns and kills her for the ring.]]]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch: The VillainProtagonist that loses to the BigBad will usually get this.
* KillTheCutie: If the protagonist is ever an [[IncorruptiblePurePureness innocent]] [[ShrinkingViolet na´ve]] girl, don't expect her to live.
* 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''.
* TheLostLenore: The Mummy in "The Grave Robbers" had a crush on a girl in his past, but he [[CannotSpitItOut never admitted his feelings for her]] before [[MonsterSobStory becoming the cursed guardian of the tomb]]. [[{{Jerkass}} Harold]] [[KickTheDog mocks him]] for it, but his girlfriend takes pity on him. [[spoiler: The mummy gets over it when he escapes from the tomb and moves on with [[KickTheSonOfABitch Harold's girlfriend]].]]
* 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.]]
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: The doctor in "Pain Killer" offers to cure his patients if they commit murders for him.
* MurderousMannequin: Appeared in at least one episode.
* MyBelovedSmother: The main protagonist of "The Serpent's Tooth."
* NeverMessWithGranny: The {{Jerkass}} family learn this lesson the hard way at the end of "Grandma's Last Wish."
* NotSoDifferent: Both [[JerkassWoobie characters]] in "Snip, Snip" are abused by others, have unfair lives, and resort to Dark magic to get what they want. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, one of them proves to be EvilerThanThou.]]
* NotSoImaginaryFriend: Teddy in "Ursa Minor"
* NothingIsScarier: In "Inside the Closet," [[spoiler: We last see Gale being dragged away by the monster back inside the closet. It's clear that she's dead before the monster takes her, but it still ''takes her corpse back with it''.]]
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: An angel has appeared in "Let the Games Begin" and "[[spoiler: Payment Overdue]]."
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: One episode featured them.
* OhCrap: Whenever the TwistEnding happens.
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler: The fate of the protagonist in "Snip, Snip."]]
* PantyShot: At about [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDiGQd-NZHk&NR=1 7:12]] in this clip, from "Inside the Closet."
* PrettyInMink: The episode "The Old Soft Shoe" starts with a lady in a fox coat showing up at a motel, and a guy tries to hit on her (after he assured his wife on the phone was just getting his car towed). The lady in the fur brushes him off, [[spoiler:and she lives through the episode unlike that guy]].
** Another episode starts with a gal in a bus stop wearing a white and brown rabbit fur jacket.
* PuppetPermutation: Two variations (both technical subversions) occur in "No Strings": a mob boss wishes to string up his "business partner" (that he killed) and have him be used in a private one-man puppet show [[spoiler:and the partner's spirit possesses a puppet (and then his own corpse) during the climax]].
* {{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.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Linda's husband ditches her [[spoiler: when he realizes that she's a BitchInSheepsClothing. Turns out that this was the right thing to do when she suffers a KarmicTwistEnding.]]
* SecretTestOfCharacter: [[spoiler: The twist of "Payment Overdue".]]
* ShrinkingViolet: The protagonist in "Mary, Mary."
* SparedByTheAdaptation: The original short story version of "Hush" has [[spoiler:[[TheBadGuyWins everyone die and the machine exit out into the world to make everything quiet]]]]. In the episode, however, [[spoiler:Jennifer and Buddy live and [[DeathByAdaptation the machine is tricked into killing itself]]]].
* 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]]".
* TakenForGranite: [[spoiler: The fate of the protagonist in "The Serpent's Tooth."]]
* ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight: "Monsters in My Room" and "Inside the Closet"
* TitleDrop: Let's see... there's "Distant Signals", "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.
* {{Yandere}}: Horace X.
* YourCheatingHeart: A common trope in the series. The cheater usually gets what's coming to them.
* 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.
** The Serpent's Tooth from the episode of the same name can make anything the wearer says come true.

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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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