YMMV / Tales from the Darkside

  • Bizarro Episode:
    • "If the Shoe Fits". And that's saying something.
    • "Barter", which is essentially half "Tales" goodness and half "I Love Lucy".
  • Crazy Awesome: The mummy in "The Grave Robbers". When he challenges the robbers to a game of poker he outsmarts them by counting the cards the whole time. The mummy is freed after winning the game and places the robber in his position as the cursed guardian of the tomb. For extra points the mummy also takes his girlfriend.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The mummy from the episode "The Grave Robbers" is well liked for being a Crazy Awesome Affably Evil Magnificent Bastard. The fact that he's played by Top Cat also helps.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • "Love Hungry" is about this lady who buys a magic hearing aid and pair of glasses as a weight loss treatment and begins to see and hear her food talking to her, that episode aired in 1988, 21 years later we got The Annoying Orange, even funnier, two of the fruits she made friends with were an apple and a pear making this even funnier.
      • Many people are starting to compare this episode to 2016's Sausage Party.
    • "The Grave Robbers" is about a mummy fighting against people who stole from his tomb. The mummy would eventually regain his human side, his only cherished memory is that of a girl in his past who he lost, and he gained an interest in the main protagonists love interest because she resembled the woman he loved.. A few years later The Mummy (1999) was made and introduced a character with the same story. However, that mummy was unsuccessful at the end of his story, while the one in Tales won.
    • "A New Lease On Life" wouldn't be the last horror anthology episode with an evil building haunting an innocent protagonist.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Both protagonists in "Snip, Snip."
  • Magnificent Bastard: The Mummy in "The Grave Robbers" successfully pulls a Batman Gambit and traps the Dirty Coward Jerkass in the tomb forever. Now the robber takes the mummy's place as the cursed guardian of the tomb. To make it all the more sweeter, the mummy gets to be free and takes the robber's girlfriend. The Bad Guy Wins ending has never been so epic.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Linda in "Parlour Floor Front" crosses it by Killing her cat, lying that her unborn child was killed by a curse, and causing Mars to be Driven to Suicide. This was all to get Mars to move out of her apartment building because she disliked him. She suffers a Karmic Twist Ending for her cruelty.
    • Gale's landlord from "Inside the Closet" passes it when it was revealed that he took her in his home to feed his pet monster. Throughout the episode she pleads for him to help her and argues that there's something inside the closet trying to harm her, but he dismisses her intentionally. After his monster kills her and her mother calls him out of fear that something has happened to her daughter, he lies about her whereabouts to cover his tracks. He gets away with murder and it's implied that Gale was not the first or last victim for his monster.
  • Most Annoying Sound: In-universe and out, the constant phone rings in "Answer Me." Although, they are only there to create fear in the audience.
  • Nightmare Retardant:
    • The series finale. Seriously, a momma's boy wrestler (said momma is his manager) fights a demon from hell.
    • The monster from "Inside the Closet."...it looked like an aborted Muppet...
    • The Cutty Black Sow in ... "The Cutty Black Sow". ...seriously, look me in the eye and TELL me it doesn't look like a black-furred ALF.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Every episode will make you wonder if anyone or anything is trying to kill you.
  • Squick: "A Case of the Stubborns" is about an old man who refuses to believe he's dead and resumes living a normal life with his daughter and grandson Jody, or tries to. However, he fails to notice that he's decaying and starting to fester over time. He finally realizes he's no longer alive when he sneezes off his nose. Then, we're treated to a Gross-Up Close-Up of his nose.
    Jody: If that ain't proof... I don't know what is.
  • The Woobie: Mars Gillis. He's Driven to Suicide when he thinks that he's killed a baby, when he never did. He later gets revenge by killing Linda for making him kill himself after she caused his suffering to begin with.