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''Thriller'' was an American GenreAnthology TV Series that aired in the 1960s and lasted for two seasons on Creator/{{NBC}}. The show was primarily focused around horror and suspense stories which were presented by Creator/BorisKarloff, who would act as the show's HorrorHost, as well as starring in several episodes. Many of the show's episodes were written by Creator/RobertBloch, who also adapted several of his own stories. One of the best remembered things about the series was its musical score, which could be genuinely scary, and won the show an Emmy Award. The show is not to be confused with Main/{{Thriller}}, Music/{{Thriller}}, or a British TV show from the 70s with the exact same name.

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''Thriller'' was an American GenreAnthology TV Series that aired in the 1960s and lasted for two seasons on Creator/{{NBC}}. The show was primarily focused around horror and suspense stories which were presented by Creator/BorisKarloff, who would act as the show's HorrorHost, as well as starring in several episodes. Many of the show's episodes were written by Creator/RobertBloch, who also adapted several of his own stories. One of the best remembered things about the series was its musical score, which could be genuinely scary, and won the show an Emmy Award.

The show is not to be confused with Main/{{Thriller}}, Music/{{Thriller}}, the Main/{{Thriller}} genre, the Music/MichaelJackson album/song/video ''Music/{{Thriller}}'', or a British TV show from the 70s with the exact same name.



* MirrorMonster: "Hungry Glass" combines this with OurGhostsAreDifferent.

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* MirrorMonster: "Hungry "The Hungry Glass" combines this with OurGhostsAreDifferent.


* TheFilmOfTheBook: Several episodes are adapted from short stories.
* TheGrimReaper: A portrait of him appears in "The Grim Reaper".
* {{Grimmification}}: Often the episodes were based on short stories, and were usually darker than the original. The original "The Incredible Doctor Markesan," a short story called,"Colonel Markesan," has a happy ending, where the hero manages to escape and burn down the house, destroying the undead creatures. In the TV show adaptation, however, Markesan is destroyed, which ''should'' technically free his captives and allow the hero to escape with his life [[spoiler: but the final scene shows his wife was not so lucky.]]

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* TheFilmOfTheBook: Several episodes are adapted from short stories.
stories by authors such as Creator/RobertBloch, Creator/JosephPayneBrennan, Creator/RobertEHoward and Creator/CornellWoolrich.
* TheGrimReaper: A portrait of him appears in in, well, "The Grim Reaper".
* {{Grimmification}}: Often the Some episodes were based on short stories, and stories were usually darker than the original. Examples:
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The original "The Incredible Doctor Markesan," a short story called,"Colonel Markesan," has a happy ending, HappyEnding, where the hero manages to escape and burn down the house, destroying the undead creatures. In the TV show adaptation, however, Markesan is destroyed, which ''should'' technically free his captives and allow the hero to escape with his life [[spoiler: but the final scene shows his wife was not so lucky.]]


* BreatherEpisode: "Mr. George," which almost reads like a fairy tale, features an orphan girl being rescued by her abusive guardians, who are planning on killing her for the inheritance, by the ghost of a family friend. It does not stop the ending from being a TearJerker, however.

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* BreatherEpisode: BreatherEpisode:
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"Mr. George," which almost reads like a fairy tale, features an orphan girl being rescued by from her abusive guardians, who are planning on killing her for the her inheritance, by the ghost of a family friend. It does not stop the ending from being a TearJerker, however.



* TheFilmOfTheBook: Several episodes are adapted from short stories.



* OrpheanRescue: Mr. Smith in "The Weird Tailor" is already dabbling in black magic when he loses his son. His attempt to bring him back take him to a {{blind| seer}} psychic, a used car dealer with a sinister book, and the titular {{Domestic Abuse}}r tailor.


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* RescuedFromTheUnderworld: Mr. Smith in "The Weird Tailor" is already dabbling in black magic when he loses his son. His attempt to bring him back take him to a {{blind| seer}} psychic, a used car dealer with a sinister book, and the titular {{Domestic Abuse}}r tailor.

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* DrivenToSuicide: In "The Cheaters", a {{Jerkass}} scientist creates glasses that let you see someoneís true self. When he looks into the mirror while wearing the glasses, he sees his true self. [[{{Understatement}} He doesnít take it well,]] and his maid finds him to have hung himself. Unfortunately, he didnít destroy the glasses, setting the episodeís plot into motion.

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* FakeOutOpening: TheTeaser of "Rose's Last Summer" shows Creator/MaryAstor's over-the-hill actress in a full-on drunken freakout, but her history with alcohol is only a background issue in a story about Rose acting as a double for an elderly heiress.


* OrpheanRescue: Mr. Smith in "The Weird Tailor" is already dabbling in black magic when he loses his son. His attempt to bring him back take him to a {{blind| seer}} psychic, a used car dealer with a sinister book, and the titular DomesticAbuser tailor.

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* OrpheanRescue: Mr. Smith in "The Weird Tailor" is already dabbling in black magic when he loses his son. His attempt to bring him back take him to a {{blind| seer}} psychic, a used car dealer with a sinister book, and the titular DomesticAbuser {{Domestic Abuse}}r tailor.


''Thriller'' was an American GenreAnthology TV Series that aired in the 1960s and lasted for two seasons on Creator/{{NBC}}. The show was primarily focused around horror and suspense stories which were presented by Creator/BorisKarloff, who would act as the show's HorrorHost, as well as starring in several episodes. Many of the show's episodes were written by Creator/RobertBloch, who also adapted several of his own stories. One of the best remembered things about the series was its musical score, which could be genuinely scary, and won the show an Emmy Award. The show is not to be confused with Main/{{Thriller}}, Music/{{Thriller}}, or another TV show from the 70s with the exact same name.

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''Thriller'' was an American GenreAnthology TV Series that aired in the 1960s and lasted for two seasons on Creator/{{NBC}}. The show was primarily focused around horror and suspense stories which were presented by Creator/BorisKarloff, who would act as the show's HorrorHost, as well as starring in several episodes. Many of the show's episodes were written by Creator/RobertBloch, who also adapted several of his own stories. One of the best remembered things about the series was its musical score, which could be genuinely scary, and won the show an Emmy Award. The show is not to be confused with Main/{{Thriller}}, Music/{{Thriller}}, or another a British TV show from the 70s with the exact same name.

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* ScaryScarecrows: The father-in-law of a murderous swindler animates one in "The Hollow Watcher."

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* DealWithTheDevil: The protagonist of "The Devil's Ticket" makes one. It turns out [[DownerEnding about as well as you'd expect]].


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''Thriller'' was an American GenreAnthology TV Series that aired in the 1960s and lasted for two seasons on NBC. The show was primarily focused around horror and suspense stories which were presented by Creator/BorisKarloff, who would act as the show's HorrorHost, as well as starring in several episodes. Many of the show's episodes were written by Creator/RobertBloch, who also adapted several of his own stories. One of the best remembered things about the series was its musical score, which could be genuinely scary, and won the show an Emmy Award. The show is not to be confused with Main/{{Thriller}}, Music/{{Thriller}}, or another TV show from the 70s with the exact same name.

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''Thriller'' was an American GenreAnthology TV Series that aired in the 1960s and lasted for two seasons on NBC.Creator/{{NBC}}. The show was primarily focused around horror and suspense stories which were presented by Creator/BorisKarloff, who would act as the show's HorrorHost, as well as starring in several episodes. Many of the show's episodes were written by Creator/RobertBloch, who also adapted several of his own stories. One of the best remembered things about the series was its musical score, which could be genuinely scary, and won the show an Emmy Award. The show is not to be confused with Main/{{Thriller}}, Music/{{Thriller}}, or another TV show from the 70s with the exact same name.

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* OrpheanRescue: Mr. Smith in "The Weird Tailor" is already dabbling in black magic when he loses his son. His attempt to bring him back take him to a {{blind| seer}} psychic, a used car dealer with a sinister book, and the titular DomesticAbuser tailor.


* ComicBookAdaptation: Virtually every sci-fi or fantasy series received a comic book version, and ''Thriller'' was no exception. After the show's cancellation, Gold Key decided to keep its comic going; it was retitled ''Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery'' and ran for decades, outliving Karloff himself (though he continued to "host" the comic, postmortem, into the 1980s, a fact the master of horror would have appreciated).

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* ComicBookAdaptation: Virtually every sci-fi or fantasy series received a comic book version, and ''Thriller'' was no exception. After the show's cancellation, Gold Key Creator/GoldKeyComics decided to keep its comic going; it was retitled ''Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery'' and ran for decades, outliving Karloff himself (though he continued to "host" the comic, postmortem, into the 1980s, a fact the master of horror would have appreciated).


* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: "The Cheaters"

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* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: "The Cheaters" Cheaters".



* PhonyPsychic: Karloff himself plays a stage psychic in "The Predictions". He starts getting genuine visions of the future, [[CassandraTruth to the belief of no one]].

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* PhonyPsychic: Karloff himself plays a stage psychic in "The Predictions". Prediction". He starts getting genuine visions of the future, [[CassandraTruth to the belief of but no one]].one believes him]].

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* PhonyPsychic: Karloff himself plays a stage psychic in "The Predictions". He starts getting genuine visions of the future, [[CassandraTruth to the belief of no one]].


* TheBadGuyWins[=/=]DownerEnding: [[spoiler:"The Remarkable Mrs. Hawks", "The Devil's Ticket", "La Strega" and "Papa Benjamin".]]

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* TheBadGuyWins[=/=]DownerEnding: [[spoiler:"The Remarkable Mrs. Hawks", Hawk", "The Devil's Ticket", "La Strega" and "Papa Benjamin".]]



** Also used as a twist in "The Remarkable Mrs. Hawks", a modern retelling of the Circe legend. We are initially lead to believe that Mrs. Hawks is merely toying with her victims (men that she has turned into pigs) in order to teach them a lesson. Even after we realize she is much more sinister than she appears, we are also lead to believe that Capt. Ulysses will rescue her victims and defeat her, just like the original Ulysses. [[spoiler: Not only does he end up a pig, Mrs. Hawk ends up selling him, as well as the father and two sons she enchanted, to the slaughterhouse. The episode ends with her meeting her next victim.]]

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** Also used as a twist in "The Remarkable Mrs. Hawks", Hawk", a modern retelling of the Circe legend. We are initially lead to believe that Mrs. Hawks Hawk is merely toying with her victims (men that she has turned into pigs) in order to teach them a lesson. Even after we realize she is much more sinister than she appears, we are also lead to believe that Capt. Ulysses will rescue her victims and defeat her, just like the original Ulysses. [[spoiler: Not only does he end up a pig, Mrs. Hawk ends up selling him, as well as the father and two sons she enchanted, to the slaughterhouse. The episode ends with her meeting her next victim.]]

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