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Series / Tell Me a Story

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Tell Me A Story is a thriller anthological series airing on the streaming service CBS All Access.

The show, based on a Spanish series of the same name, adapts popular fairytales into a realistic setting, entertwining three of them throughout the season.

Season 1, which began airing on October 31, 2018, used The Three Little Pigs, Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood.

Season 2, which started on December 5, 2019, adapted Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast.


The series was canceled after two seasons. According to the creators, season 3 would have adapted Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel. The CW acquired the rights to the show and started airing it for the broadcast audience on July 28, 2020.

Both seasons contain examples of:

Season 1 contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Heroism: The "wolf" in the Three Little Pigs adaptation is a man named Jordan who's seen his girlfriend die during a jewelry robbery perpetrated by three robbers in pig masks.
  • Asshole Victim: Ethan.
  • Ax-Crazy: Nick/Josh is eventually revealed to be this.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The "three little pigs" are three robbers who ignite the ire of the "wolf" when one of them ends up killing his girlfriend during a jewelry robbery.
  • Crusading Widower: Jordan.
  • Fridge Brilliance: The third "little pig" - and Jordan's girlfriend's killer - is a cop.
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  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge

Season 2 contains examples of:

  • Bait-and-Switch: How it seems set to reveal Veronica murdered her husband only for it to come out it was her son in a twisted attempt to "help" his mother.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Olivia, Taylor and Derek are all truly twisted killers.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: Simone realizes Derek is the killer when he mentions her finding the evidence in the air vent, which she never told anyone.

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