List of Are You Afraid of the Dark? episodes
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (December 2007)|
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||DVD release date|
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|YTV (Canada)||Nickelodeon (US)||YTV (Canada)||Nickelodeon (US)|
|1||13||October 31, 1990||August 15, 1992||June 19, 1991||November 14, 1992||May 18, 2006|
|2||13||September 25, 1991||June 19, 1993||January 22, 1992||October 2, 1993||November 28, 2006|
|3||13||October 28, 1992||January 8, 1994||January 20, 1993||April 16, 1994||April 24, 2007|
|4||13||November 17, 1993||October 1, 1994||January 19, 1994||January 21, 1995||November 13, 2007|
|5||13||October 7, 1995||April 20, 1996||February 26, 2008|
|6||13||February 27, 1999||May 15, 1999||April 19, 2008|
|7||13||April 2, 2000||June 11, 2000||August 19, 2008|
Season 1 (1991–1992)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original U.S. air date||Storyteller||Villains & Monsters|
|1||1||"The Tale of the Phantom Cab"||Ron Oliver||Chloe Brown||August 15, 1992||Frank||Flynn and Dr. Vink|
|While lost in the woods, Denny and Buzz Crocker come across a mysterious man named Flynn who unbeknownst to them is in fact a cab driver who died years ago as a result of a crash. Flynn helps lead them to someone who he says can help them get home, a very unusual man named Dr. Vink. On the way to Dr. Vink's cottage, Flynn inquires if they're any good at solving riddles, Denny and Buzz wondering why he would ask such a thing. Once Denny and Buzz arrive at Dr. Vink's cottage, they are also asked by him how they are at solving riddles. Dr. Vink tells the boys that if they want to get home that they must solve his riddles. His first riddle for the boys is an easier one "How far can you walk into the woods?" that Buzz is able to solve quickly with the answer being halfway. Then he presents a very tough riddle that he states nobody has been able to solve before: "What has no weight, can be seen by the naked eye, and if put in a barrel it will make the barrel lighter?". Denny and Buzz now have the opportunity to solve the it in order to call their parents, but Buzz is stumped. Vink informs them that they can get his help if the give him a specimen showing them somebody's hand he took that he put in a glass jar filled with water. They leave the cottage and go to where Dr. Vink says a taxi cab will pick them up in the woods. A cab shows up mysteriously and the driver turns out to be Flynn and he says he thought he would be seeing the boys again saying that he thought they would be the ones to solve Dr. Vink's riddle. Then shows them that it was his hand Dr. Vink took for not being able to solve the riddle in exchange for a generous tip for taking Vink to his cottage saying he was in an accident that killed him. Denny and Buzz still have a little bit of time before the cab crashes into the tree that has been happening for the last 40 years since Flynn died in the first one all those years ago. And now they must try their hand at solving the riddle in order to save themselves from the fatal crash as well as free all of Dr. Vink's victims' spirits so they can finally be at rest.|
|2||2||"The Tale of Laughing in the Dark"||Ron Oliver||Chloe Brown||August 22, 1992||Betty Ann||Zeebo the Clown|
|Zeebo the Clown, a corrupt circus performer, steals money from the circus and tries to escape from the authorities by hiding in the funhouse. However, it catches fire, presumably because of Zeebo's love for cigars, and he dies. Years later, Weegee, his little sister Kathy, and his friend Josh come across the rebuilt funhouse called Laughing in the Dark and Weegee asks Josh if he had ever been inside to which Josh replies that he hasn't. Josh walks closer to the funhouse encountering a strange man who claims he runs the place wondering why Josh doesn't believe in Zeebo saying Zeebo is waiting for whoever goes into the funhouse mentioning "pick the right door and you'll go free. Pick the wrong door and there he'll be". Weegee and Kathy are too scared to go inside keeping their distance because they think it is haunted by the ghost of Zeebo based on what kids have seen and heard inside fueling the urban legend of Zeebo's ghost. But Josh doesn't believe it to be true scoffing at the possibility of a ghost clown haunting the funhouse. The strange man asks Josh if he's going to go through and Josh says that he might another time to which the man says he'll be there and that he's always there. Weegee questions why Josh didn't go inside the funhouse if he doesn't believe in Zeebo claiming that Josh is just as scared of going inside as he and Kathy but not wanting to admit that he is afraid. Weegee subsequently dares Josh to go in and he accepts, deciding to prove that he went through by finding the clown dummy, which is modeled after Zeebo, and stealing its nose. So they go back to Playland in order for Josh to steal the nose to show he goes through as he says he is going to do. The strange man appears once again as Josh is nearing the entrance and he asks once more if Josh is going to go in and this time he replies that he is this time. Just before Josh goes inside, the strange man oddly states "it's the most fun in the park when you're laughing in the dark." He soon learns that the legend is indeed true when Zeebo comes back for revenge to regain his stolen nose.
Future Star: Christian Tessier as Josh
|3||3||"The Tale of the Lonely Ghost"||D. J. MacHale||Naomi Janzen||August 29, 1992||David||Beth|
|Amanda Cameron is a bookish teenage girl who goes to stay with her aunt Dottie and her rather spoiled and stuck up cousin Beth for the summer while her parents are away in Northern Canada for an archaeological dig for a couple months. Her cousin isn't exactly friendly to Amanda and she's told that she can only hang out with Beth and her friends if she spends a night alone in the house next door that's rumored to be haunted by the ghost of a young deaf girl. Beth ends up paying the price for her cruelty when she is trapped in the mirror and it's up to Amanda to help the ghost find her mother before it's too late.
Future Star: Laura Bertram as Amanda
|4||4||"The Tale of the Twisted Claw"||D.J. MacHale||Chloe Brown||September 12, 1991||David||Miss Clove|
|One night, Dougie and his friend Kevin decide to play a trick on Miss Clove, an old woman who lives in a creepy house. On Halloween night, they trick-or-treat at her house only to find that she has a special treat for them. They receive a magical twisted claw that can grant them three wishes apiece. They soon find out that the wishes come true but at a terrifying price. The story is based on "The Monkey's Paw." Note: This is the Halloween pilot episode.|
|5||5||"The Tale of the Hungry Hounds"||D.J. MacHale||Anne Appelton||September 19, 1992||Kristen||The Deceased Aunt's Spirit|
|Amy is a teenager who goes to visit her relatives and her cousin Pam. One day while lurking in the attic, Amy and Pam discover their late aunt's old horse-riding jacket in an old trunk. When Pam puts on the jacket, she becomes possessed by the spirit of their dead aunt and must feed her hungry dogs in order to rest in peace.
Guest Star: Mia Kirshner as Pam
|6||6||"The Tale of the Super Specs"||Ron Oliver||Chloe Brown||September 26, 1992||Gary||Black-Clothed Figures|
|Weeds loves April Fool's Day and has planned numerous pranks for everyone that he knows. After buying a pair of "Super Specs" from Sardo's store they give his girlfriend Marybeth the power to see beings from another dimension who live among humans. Soon everywhere she looks she sees strange figures covered in black...
Future Star: Eugene Byrd as Weeds
|7||7||"The Tale of the Captured Souls"||D. J. MacHale||Anne Appelton||October 3, 1992||Kiki||Peter Kirlan III|
|Danny (short for Danielle) and her parents vacation at a house overseen by an unusual young man named Peter, who keeps mirrors all over the house and hates having his picture taken and looking into mirrors. Danny soon learns the truth behind Peter's strange behavior and seemingly eternal youth.|
|8||8||"The Tale of the Nightly Neighbors"||Jacques Payette||Chloe Brown||October 10, 1992||Betty Ann||The Brauns|
|When a new family moves in next door to Emma and her brother, the kids can't get over their strange behavior. They notice that their new neighbors seem to only come out at night and they always wear black. When several people start to get sick, they come to the conclusion that their new neighbors are vampires.|
|9||9||"The Tale of the Sorcerer's Apprentice"||D.J. MacHale||Stephen Zoller||October 17, 1992||Betty Ann||Goth and Dr. Oliver|
|Dean is a high school outcast who falls under the spell of an evil wizard named Goth. His friend Alix is the only one that seems to know what's going on, and it's up to her alone to not only save Dean but stop him from releasing the spirit of the evil sorcerer.|
|10||10||"The Tale of Jake and the Leprechaun"||D.J. MacHale||Nick Webb||October 24, 1992||Eric||Erin|
|Young Jake is excited to be part of a play called "Will o' the Wisp," a story about an elf saving a boy by changing him into a leprechaun. Soon Jake notices some unusual changes like he's really changing into a leprechaun himself.|
|11||11||"The Tale of the Dark Music"||Ron Oliver||Chloe Brown||October 31, 1992||Eric||The|
|After moving with his mother and his sister Christina to a new house, Andy starts to discover some weird things in the basement that only seem to appear whenever music is played. It seems that years ago his uncle made a pact with a creature inside the cellar. While listening to the radio Andy will soon learn the secret of the dark music.|
|12||12||"The Tale of the Prom Queen"||Jean-Marie Comeau||Chloe Brown||November 7, 1992||Kristen||None|
|In 1956, a young girl was the victim of a hit and run accident while waiting for her boyfriend to pick her up for the prom. Years later, three kids attempt to find the truth behind the urban legend and end up getting the shock of their lives. They are given a chance to right a wrong that lead to both Judy and Ricky death.|
|13||13||"The Tale of the Pinball Wizard"||D.J. MacHale||Louise Lamare||November 14, 1992||Gary||Mr. Olson|
|Ross is a teenage boy who loves to play pinball at the local mall. Short on cash, he asks his friend Mr. Olson for a job in his repair shop. While asking Mr. Olson for a job, Ross discovers a pinball machine in the back of the store. Mr. Olson asks Ross to watch after the store while he is at lunch and tells him specifically not to touch the pinball machine in the back. Despite Mr. Olson's warning, Ross plays the game, loses track of time, and gets locked inside the mall after closing. But what's worse is that the characters from the pinball game have entered the real world. Ross must now defeat a wicked witch, a group of zombies, and a terrifying man who wishes to be king in order to save Princess Sophie and himself.|
Season 2 (1993)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original U.S. air date||Storyteller||Villains|
|14||1||"The Tale of the Final Wish"||D.J. MacHale||Chloe Brown||June 19, 1993||Kristen||The Sandman|
|Jill is a 13 year-old girl who still loves unicorns, fairy tales, and "Happily Ever After", even though her peers have long since grown out of them. One night, she wishes that she could live in a fairy tale world forever. After her wish is granted, she finds that living in a fairy tale isn't as happy as she'd once imagined.
Guest Star: Bobcat Goldthwait as The Sandman
|15||2||"The Tale of the Midnight Madness"||D.J. MacHale||Chloe Brown||June 26, 1993||Frank||Nosferatu and Dr. Vink|
|A movie theater on the brink of closure due in large part by a new multiplex that recently opened in town gets a revival courtesy of Dr. Vink, who offers a rare copy of the 1922 film Nosferatu for screening -- as long as they agree to show his other films one night a week. When the arrogant manager refuses to honor his deal with Vink, strange things begin to happen.|
|16||3||"The Tale of Locker 22"||David Winning||Chloe Brown||July 3, 1993||Kristen||None|
|Julie, a young French immigrant who's having trouble fitting in at her new school, is followed by the ghost of a hippie girl. After finding the girl's necklace in her locker, Julie is able to time travel to 1968 and witness the chemistry lab accident that took the young girl's life, and given the opportunity to change history. She does with the help of her new friend, Chris, who makes Candy's teacher, Mr. Shaffner, in the past realize what could've happened if he and Julie weren't there to prevent it.|
|17||4||"The Tale of the Thirteenth Floor"||Michael Keusch||Anne Appelton||July 10, 1993||Betty Ann||Leonid, Olga, and Raymond|
|Karen and her adopted brother Billy like to spend all their free time playing hockey on the empty 13th floor of their apartment building. One day, the regular elevator operator disappears and they find that the floor is now being used by a company to manufacture toys and games. However the toys that they're creating aren't exactly from this world and it's later revealed that Karen is actually Olga's daughter whom she, Leonid and Raymond had been trying to rescue.|
|18||5||"The Tale of the Dream Machine"||David Winning||Darren Kotania||July 17, 1993||Written by Kiki; told by Gary due to Kiki's laryngitis||The typewriter|
|Aspiring writer Sean Hackett finds an old typewriter in his house that once belonged to a writer who mysteriously vanished. He uses the typewriter to write a few short stories, but soon finds that whatever he types comes to life as it's read. Things seem harmless enough until he writes a story for English class that puts his best friend in danger.|
|19||6||"The Tale of the Dark Dragon"||D.J. MacHale||Allison Lea Bingeman||July 24, 1993||David (for Gary's birthday, borrowing Sardo)||The dark dragon potion|
|A teenage boy buys a potion from Sardo's magic shop hoping to make himself cooler since he was in an accident that caused him to have to wear a brace on his leg. He soon finds himself changing into a better-looking and more confident person, but also discovers that the potion has some very bad side effects.|
|20||7||"The Tale of the Frozen Ghost"||Ron Oliver||Naomi Janzen||August 14, 1993||Kristen||None|
|A spoiled rich kid and his babysitter head off to his aunt's house in the country where they discover the ghost of a boy who froze to death haunting the place during the cold weather.
Guest Star: Melissa Joan Hart as Daphne
|21||8||"The Tale of the Whispering Walls"||D.J. MacHale||Allison Lea Bingeman||July 31, 1993||Betty Ann||Master Raymond|
|While driving back home from a carnival, a babysitter and the two children she's looking after get lost. When their car breaks down, she goes inside a house to call for help. Trouble begins when she disappears and the kids soon find out that while they aren't the only ones in the house, they're the only ones that are alive. Their only hope in escaping comes in the form of a helpful female ghost who must right the wrongs of her former master's crimes.|
|22||9||"The Tale of the Full Moon"||Ron Oliver||Ron Oliver||August 21, 1993||Frank||Gordon the werewolf|
|Two young pet detectives trying to figure out where all the neighborhood cats are disappearing to find a clue when looking into the backyard of a neighbor (who also happens to be dating the mother of one of them). He seems to have a rather large collection of cat collars hidden in his backyard. They begin to suspect that he's a werewolf but unfortunately no one believes them.|
|23||10||"The Tale of the Shiny Red Bicycle"||David Winning||Cassandra Schafhausen||August 28, 1993||David||None|
|Five years ago, a boy named Ricky Hagerty drowned after he and his red bicycle fell into the river after the side railing of the bridge broke. His best friend Mike Buckley tried to save him but failed. Ever since that day, Mike has felt guilty for what happened and often had nightmares about trying to save Ricky from his demise. Mike begins to see Ricky's ghost and red bicycle everywhere, and soon learns that his old friend is trying to help him avoid making the same mistake twice. Mike rescues his brother when he uses Ricky's former bicycle.|
|24||11||"The Tale of the Magician's Assistant"||Ron Oliver||Cassandra Schafhausen||September 11, 1993||Gary||Nazrak|
|Todd starts doing the one thing that he's wanted to do since his father died -- further his interest in magic. He becomes an assistant to the great magician Shandu and learns the rules of being a magician: 1. Only let the audience see what you want them to see, 2. Never touch another magician's wand unless he hands it to you, 3. Never get caught in your own reflection, and 4. Always leave the audience wanting more. But trouble ensues when Todd makes an unwise decision to take Shandu's wand and use it for himself.|
|25||12||"The Tale of the Hatching"||D. J. MacHale||Chloe Brown||September 25, 1993||David||Mr. and Mrs. Taylor and the lizard master|
|Two siblings, Jazz and Augie, are sent to boarding school while their parents are away. They immediately notice that the school is quite different and has some rather strange rules: only calm, soothing tones are allowed inside the school and the students are given something to eat for desert called 'spunge'. Jazz and Augie soon discover the dark secret of the school. That is, the headmaster and his wife have been members of a species who have been nurturing eggs for many years and the eggs would eventually hatch and populate the world with lizard people.
Note: This is one of the first episodes to use big creature effects, which was done for the giant lizard creature.
|26||13||"The Tale of Old Man Corcoran"||Ron Oliver||Scott Peters||October 2, 1993||Kiki||Marshall McClain and the other dead kids|
|Two siblings Jack and Kenny move from a tough city into a calm new neighborhood where they befriend a group of hide 'n' seekers. The group likes to play their game in a graveyard rumored to be haunted by the ghost of the old caretaker. They soon find out that it might not be just a rumor.
Note: This is Nathaniel Moreau and Rachel Blanchard's final episode. In "The Tale of the Midnight Ride," Gary mentions that they moved away.
Season 3 (1994)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original U.S. air date||Storyteller||Villains|
|27||1||"The Tale of the Midnight Ride"||D. J. MacHale||Darren Kotania||January 8, 1994||Tucker||Brad and the Headless Horseman|
|When Ian Matthews moves to Sleepy Hollow he learns that some of the folks still believe in the old legend of Ichabod Crane and the headless horseman. He soon learns that it's not just a legend and soon comes face to faceless with the Headless Horseman himself.
Guest star: Arthur Holden as Ichabod Crane's Ghost
|28||2||"The Tale of Apartment 214"||Scott Peters||Scott Peters||January 15, 1994||Kiki||Madeline|
|After moving into a new apartment complex with her newly divorced mother Stacy finds herself without any friends. Soon however, she befriends an older woman named Madeline that lives on a nearby apartment and they soon start to spend quite a bit of time together. But when Stacy breaks a promise to visit Madeline on one specific afternoon Madeline is enraged and comes after Stacy. Soon after Stacy apologizes for what happened, Madeline realizes she can't prevent her from making new friends. To make it up to her, Stacy convinces her mother to move into the apartment that Madeline used to occupy.|
|29||3||"The Tale of Watcher's Woods"||David Winning||Gregory Kennedy||January 22, 1994||Sam||The old hags and the watcher|
|Long ago, three girls attending camp got lost in the woods never to be seen or heard from again leaving only their whistles behind. At the same exact time, a camper went crazy and started babbling about a "Watcher" lurking within the woods creating the nickname Watcher's Woods. When Kelly and Sarah, two present-day campers, get lost in the woods they soon discover that there's definitely something evil lurking within.
Guest Star: Jewel Staite as Kelly
|30||4||"The Tale of the Phone Police"||Jean-Marie Comeau||David Preston||January 29, 1994||Tucker on a phone||The Phone Police|
|Two prank-phone callers learn that the telephone is a serious matter and should not be used as a toy when a group of vigilantes called the Phone Police bust anyone who does not follow the rules of the phone. Not only can the Phone Police put you in jail, they can erase your entire existence.|
|31||5||"The Tale of the Dollmaker"||David Winning||David Preston||February 5, 1994||Betty Ann||The dollhouse|
|A young girl named Melissa goes to the countryside to spend a summer with her uncle and aunt and her best friend Susan. However, upon arriving she discovers that Susan's family has moved back to the city and that Susan is missing. Soon Melissa discovers that a mysterious dollhouse in the attic of Susan's house may be responsible for her friend's disappearance. To set things right, Melissa must go inside the dollhouse and rescue Susan.|
|32||6||"The Tale of the Bookish Babysitter"||Iain Patterson||Teleplay By: David Preston
Story By: Cliff Bryant & Alice Elliot
|February 12, 1994||Betty Ann||The witch, the knight, and the king's ghost|
|Ricky is a young man who is obsessed with TV and video games. One night he is put under the care of a babysitter named Belinda who has a reputation for making children interested in reading. This is due to the fact that Belinda can make any book come to life. Literally.|
|33||7||"The Tale of the Carved Stone"||Ron Oliver||Susan Kim||February 19, 1994||Gary||Brother Septimus|
|Alison Denny moves to a new town and desperately wants to fit in and find friends but is having trouble getting them to accept her. When she buys a carved stone from Sardo's Magic Mansion she discovers that it allows her to go back to a time when another family was living in her new home.
Guest Star: Frank Gorshin as Brother Septimus
|34||8||"The Tale of the Guardian's Curse"||D.J. MacHale||Chloe Brown||February 26, 1994||Tucker||Dr. Capel-Smith|
|Josh and Cleo's family vacation is canceled for the millionth time when Dr. Capel-Smith stops their father from being on the way out of the museum and finds a mummy buried there. There's a legend of a curse for anyone who digs it up, but only Josh believes it. They help research the Ring of Eternity and the Elixir of Life that were supposed to be found with the remains of Mina the Egyptian queen. But when they go to pick up some pictures and find both they then find that the mummy appears to have come to life. Also things get even more complicated when their house is ransacked by someone else who wants the power for their own, later revealed to be Dr. Capel-Smith himself.
Note: James Carroll Jordan who portrays Dr. Capel-Smith is credited as James W. Carroll in this episode.
Guest Star: Danny Cooksey as Josh
|35||9||"The Tale of the Curious Camera"||Ron Oliver||Susan Kim||March 19, 1994||Betty Ann||The gremlin in the camera|
After getting his portraits back from the basketball team, Matt finds that he didn't show up in the photos. To make it up to him the photographer gives him an antique camera because it has apparently chosen him. Matt soon learns that anything or anyone he takes a picture of will have something bad happen to it whether he wants it or not.Guest Star: Eddie Kaye Thomas as Matt
|36||10||"The Tale of the Dream Girl"||David Winning||David Preston||March 26, 1994||Sam||None|
|A teenager Johnny thinks he's just met the girl of his dreams when he puts on a mysterious ring that won't come off. Trouble begins when he learns that years ago she was killed in a car accident and he believes she wants to lure him to an early grave. When Johnny seeks his sister Erica's help, he learns the truth of his own death from the accident and his girlfriend was trying to help him cross over.|
|37||11||"The Tale of the Quicksilver"||Michael Keusch||Wendy Brotherlin||April 2, 1994||Kiki||The demon|
|Aaron and Doug know something is strange about their new house when things start shaking and rearranging themselves for no reason. Aaron, whose belongings at school also move, dreams he sees someone who looks just like his beautiful classmate Connie trying but failing to ward off a hideous-looking demonic creature with magic. He learns that her twin sister Laura died the year before when the candles she was lighting for a spell set the room on fire. Doug is suffering the same kind of fever Laura did before she tried to rid the house of the resident demon that nobody else believed existed. They have to figure out a way to stop it from claiming another life.
Guest Star: Tatyana Ali as The Quicksilver, Laura Turner/Connie Turner
Note: The Demon in this episode is credited as a zombie.
|38||12||"The Tale of the Crimson Clown"||Ron Oliver||Darren Kotania||April 9, 1994||Gary||The crimson clown|
|After stealing the money his older brother Mike had saved up for their mother's birthday present, a young bratty boy Sam learns a lesson when an evil clown doll comes to life and starts terrorizing him.
Note: Gary was inspired to come up with the story after Tucker stole a poem he wrote for Sam.
|39||13||"The Tale of the Dangerous Soup"||D.J. MacHale||Chloe Brown||April 16, 1994||Frank||The gargoyle and Dr. Vink|
|Dr. Vink is back and now running his own restaurant "The Wild Boar". After staff members continually decide to just quit at the drop of a hat two employees soon discover why. Dr. Vink makes his famous soup with a special ingredient that he gets from his employees' fear. However the two accidentally release the creature that gathers the fear and give it the ability to prey upon anyone.
Guest Star: Neve Campbell as Nonnie Walker
Season 4 (1994–1995)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original U.S. air date||Storyteller||Villains|
|40||1||"The Tale of Cutter's Treasure (Part 1)"||D.J. MacHale||Chloe Brown||October 1, 1994||Gary and Frank||Captain Jonas Cutter|
|Two brothers Rush and Max unleash the spirit of a ruthless pirate captain named Jonas Cutter after unlocking an antique treasure chest in Sardo's Magic Mansion.
Guest Star: Charles S. Dutton as Jonas Cutter
|41||2||"The Tale of Cutter's Treasure (Part 2)"||D.J. MacHale||Chloe Brown||October 1, 1994||Gary and Frank||Captain Jonas Cutter|
|When Cutter kidnaps Max, it is up to his older brother Rush to save him and avenge the death of their great-grandfather killed by Cutter himself. To do so, he must seek the help of Dr. Vink, whose knowledge of Cutter's past may prove to be vital. Note: This is the only time that Dr. Vink is an ally to the protagonist.|
|42||3||"The Tale of the Renegade Virus"||Ron Oliver||Andrew Mitchell & Gerard Lewis||October 8, 1994||Gary||The virus|
|Simon's latest prank in a series played between him and his friend Evan goes too far when Evan is late for school but he seems to have forgiven him. He even lets Simon have the first chance to try out a new virtual-reality program both have been waiting to try. But instead of experiencing fencing Simon finds himself trapped in a world where he must outwit an intelligent computer-virus. The virus has reprogrammed the system so that if Simon doesn't get out of the life-like setting where nothing works in his favor it will take over his brain to wreak havoc outside the computer.|
|43||4||"The Tale of the Quiet Librarian"||David Winning||Susan Kim||October 15, 1994||Kiki||Ms. MacGregor|
|A forgotten book forces two bitter rivals to work together to avoid the clutches of the ghost of a librarian who insists that "silence is golden" and punishes anyone who breaks the rule by trapping their sound in a mysterious box.|
|44||5||"The Tale of the Water Demons"||Ron Oliver||Scott Peters||October 22, 1994||Tucker||The victims' ghosts|
|Two cousins deliver food to an old captain who lives by the lake. After seeing treasures from an old sunken boat being displayed in his home they find out that he is being stalked by water demons (who are actually the drowned victims of a yacht that hit the rocks and sank in 1964, who want their jewelry back) whenever he falls asleep. When one of the boys secretly steals one of the captains items they start to be followed by the demons as well. The boy learns a valuable lesson in being responsible for his actions, when his cousin is mysteriously taken underwater.|
|45||6||"The Tale of the Long Ago Locket"||David Winning||Gerald Wexler||October 29, 1994||Sam||The British|
|While walking through the park a love-lorn teen finds himself walking directly into a Revolutionary War battle. He meets a Minuteman who beseeches his help in delivering a locket to his true love. They must avoid the enemy in the process.
Guest Star: Boy Meets World/Batman Beyond 's Will Friedle as Jimmy Armstrong
|46||7||"The Tale of the Silent Servant"||Jean-Marie Comeau||Wendy Brotherlin||November 5, 1994||Betty Ann||The scarecrow|
|Two cousins, Anne and Jared bring a scarecrow to life with a magic spell and use it to do their chores on a farm. At first it's great their new servant puts up a fence they were supposed to spend the entire day building. But they find that it has its drawbacks when they order it to make a baseball dugout and it tears apart their new fence for wood getting them in trouble. Things get seriously wrong when one of them accidentally orders it to kill.
Guest star: Tyler Labine as Mark
|47||8||"The Tale of the Room for Rent"||Will Dixon||Lucy Falcone||November 12, 1994||Sam||The pilot ghost|
|Jessie's grandfather wants to earn some extra money so he decides to rent out the extra room in his house. One night Jessie sees a man enter the local psychic's house through the ceiling. When she returns home she's shocked to find that the not only is the room of their house rented out but the new tenant is the ghostly man that she saw. It turns out this man is actually the ghost of a pilot who died in World War II and wants to get revenge on the man he believes killed him and stole his girlfriend: Jessie's grandfather. It is up to Jessie and her neighbor to convince him to move on.|
|48||9||"The Tale of the Ghastly Grinner"||Ron Oliver||Ron Oliver||November 19, 1994||Betty Ann||The Ghastly Grinner|
|Ethan wants to be a comic book artist but his submissions are constantly rejected and his lazy parents don't believe he has the talent for it. One day he's invited to a comic shop where he gets the only copy of the comic "The Ghastly Grinner" a comic book featuring a Joker-esque clown villain who turns his victims into drooling giggling idiots by staring them into their eyes. Things get an unexpected dark turn when he accidentally brings the supervillain to life by microwaving the comic after it gets wet.|
|49||10||"The Tale of the Fire Ghost"||Jean-Marie Comeau||Scott Peters||December 10, 1994||Tucker||The fire ghost|
|While celebrating their dads birthday at the firehouse he works at Jimmy and Roxanne end up being left alone when a call comes in and the firefighters must take off to stop a fire. They soon find that they're not exactly the only occupants of the firehouse. There's a fire ghost who's seeking revenge.|
|50||11||"The Tale of the Unfinished Painting"||David Winning||Lucy Falcone||January 7, 1995||Gary||Mrs. Briar|
|A girl who loves to draw (played by Jewel Staite) starts spending time at an art gallery owned by the strange Mrs. Briar finishing up paintings that have never been completed. But she soon finds out that once you sign your name to a painting you're trapped inside of it for life.|
|51||12||"The Tale of the Closet Keepers"||Iain Paterson||Teleplay By: David Preston
Story By: Michael Kevis
|January 14, 1995||Kiki||The zookeepers|
|A deaf girl gets kidnapped by some strange men and thrown in a futuristic cell. Shes later joined by a boy that she knows. It's revealed that they've been put into a human zoo on an alien planet where kids from countries all over the world are being held as the main exhibit. She and the boy must put their differences aside to thwart the zookeepers and get the children home safely.|
|52||13||"The Tale of Train Magic"||D.J. MacHale||Gerald Wexler||January 21, 1995||Frank||Ray Lawson|
|Tim loves trains and everything about them just like his father who used to work at a train station did. After an electric train is mysteriously sent to him he puts it on the track with the rest of his collection and watches it go. But at 7:13 PM he finds himself sucked into the mysterious town train which is actually Train 713, a train that crashed and killed everyone aboard years ago.
Future Star: Gregory Smith as Tim
Season 5 (1995–1996)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original U.S. air date||Storyteller||Villains|
|53||1||"The Tale of the Dead Man's Float"||D.J. MacHale||Will Dixon||October 7, 1995||Stig||The pool zombie|
|Zeke is good at chemistry but not at girls. When he befriends Clorice she teaches him how to swim at the school pool. However the pool has a secret: It was built on top of a graveyard and is haunted by the angry ghost of a body that was previously buried there and who takes vengeance upon anyone who dares to swim in the pool. "home".
Guest Star: Jay Baruchel as Joe
|54||2||"The Tale of the Jagged Sign"||Will Dixon||Susan Kim||November 4, 1995||Kiki||None|
|A young girl Claudia goes to visit her relatives at the boarding house for the elderly that they own. She's bored at first but soon learns the legend of a ghost who haunts a special spot of a mountain in the woods. Her time spent away from home gets even more unusual when she actually sees the ghost himself. It's up to Claudia and her friend to help the ghost reunite with his love before it's too late.|
|55||3||"The Tale of Station 109.1"||Ron Oliver||Scott Peters||November 11, 1995||Stig||None|
|Chris is obsessed with death. His brother, Jamie, tries to get him to snap out of it by locking him in a hearse and turning up the radio full blast on the station 109.1. When Chris goes to the station, a squawky-voiced disc jockey named Roy mistakes him for a dead man and puts him in line to go to the afterlife while a disturbed man is trying to find his way "home". Jamie realizes his mistake when the disturbed man he sees is a ghost and they rush to save Chris. When the ghosts reject Chris for he is too young to die, DJ Roy faces his boss' wrath.
Guest Stars: Ryan Gosling as Jamie and Gilbert Gottfried as DJ Roy
|56||4||"The Tale of the Mystical Mirror"||Craig Pryce||David Wiechorek||November 18, 1995||Betty Ann||Ms. Valenti|
|Employees from a boutique are disappearing and no one knows why. Soon after getting a job there Cindy discovers the truth. Ms. Valenti the owner is really centuries old and with the help of a magic mirror is using her youthful employees to stay young.|
|57||5||"The Tale of the Chameleons"||Iain Patterson||Mark D. Perry||December 2, 1995||Betty Ann||The chameleon|
|After Janice is bitten by a chameleon at the local pet store it follows her and her friend Sharon home. The chameleon soon tries to take over Janice's life, following the saying among chameleons- 'Bite you once bite you twice a little water pay the price.' Seems that if a chameleon bites you twice and water touches you you switch places with the creature.
Guest Stars: Tia and Tamera Mowry as Janice/The Chameleon
Note: The lizards used for the chameleons are played by iguanas.
|58||6||"The Tale of Prisoner's Past"||Ron Oliver||Alan Kingsberg||December 9, 1995||Tucker||None|
|Scott and his step-brother Jason hate each other and can't seem to get along. After fighting on their school field trip to a famous prison they accidentally release the spirit of One-Eyed Jack an ex-prisoner who died many years ago, and follows them home. They finally have to learn to cooperate in order to get the ghost to rest in peace.
Guest Star: Christopher Castile as Jason
|59||7||"The Tale of C7"||David Winning||David Preston||December 30, 1995||Sam||None|
|A family moves into an old inn with the intentions of fixing it up and re-opening it. But when the old jukebox is pulled out and fixed, it starts to play a long-forgotten song late at night, summoning a restless spirit from the nearby lake.
Note: This was the last episode to be directed by David Winning.
|60||8||"The Tale of the Manaha"||Will Dixon||Gerald Wexler||January 13, 1996||Tucker||The shaman|
|Jonah is teased by his fellow campers and counselor. While hiking in the woods Jonah stumbles upon an enchanted cave with a mysterious statue on top of a rock. Jonah moves the statue and it summons a powerful native Shaman who warns Jonah to leave the woods or face the MANAHA mythical creatures who feed on human flesh. Jonah refuses and the Manaha are released upon the campers. Now the group must trust each other to escape the Shaman and his troop of Manaha.
Guest Star: Michael Greyeyes as the shaman
Note: Manaha is a synonym for a wendigo, but closely resembles Bigfoot in this episode.
|61||9||"The Tale of the Unexpected Visitor"||Jacques Laberge||Alan Kingsberg||January 20, 1996||Kiki||The alien kid and its mother|
|Using the equipment of Jeff's father, who's working on a special space project two friends send some of their music into space. This apparently attracts the attention of an alien creature who has received their message.|
|62||10||"The Tale of the Vacant Lot"||Lorette LeBlanc||Gerald Wexler||January 27, 1996||Kiki||Marie|
|When Catherine a young girl who feels inferior to her peers comes across an empty lot owned by a mysterious woman named Marie she is offered anything she wants; to Catherine's surprise Marie doesn't seem to want anything important in return so the girl keeps on returning to get free items until she eventually finds out that nothing comes without a price.|
|63||11||"The Tale of a Door Unlocked"||Ron Oliver||Scott Peters||February 3, 1996||Gary||The toy door|
|Justin visits Sardos Magic Mansion and buys a miniature door from Sardo that's supposed to let him see the future. He sees an unfamiliar girl trapped in a fire. But soon a new girl Ashley arrives at school and looks exactly like the girl that Justin saw in the fire. It's up to him to save her from the future.|
|64||12||"The Tale of the Night Shift"||D.J. MacHale||Chloe Brown||February 10, 1996||Sam||The walking dead and the vampire|
|Amanda starts volunteering during the nightshift at the local hospital. But the hospital seems to have more than just a new volunteer. Someone or something is feeding on the hospital's patients and employees draining them of their blood and turning them into walking blood-thirsty zombies.
Guest Star: Emmanuelle Chriqui as Amanda
|65||13||"The Tale of Badge"||Iain Patterson||Wendy Brotherlin||April 20, 1996||Gary||Badge|
|Gwen is constantly being upstaged by her brother even on her birthday. Her grandmother Willy gives her a special necklace and a magical flute that holds the key to a family secret. When her brother accidentally releases an evil creature named Badge it's up to Gwen to use her musical gift to save her family and herself.
Note: This was the last episode to use the original credit music before the series' revival 3 years later.
Season 6 (1999)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original U.S. air date||Storyteller||Villains|
|66||1||"The Tale of the Forever Game"||Iain Patterson||Mark D. Perry||February 6, 1999||Tucker||Nathaniel and the Burden Beast|
|Peter finds himself trapped in the woods leaving him his friend and sister as pawns in a life-or-death game.
Guest Star: Kyle Downes as Nathaniel
|67||2||"The Tale of the Zombie Dice"||Adam Weissman||Maggie Leigh||February 27, 1999||Vange||Mr. Click|
|A strange arcade owner challenges kids to a dice game in which the losers are shrunk down and shipped to other countries as pets.|
|68||3||"The Tale of the Virtual Pets"||Iain Patterson||Alice Eve Cohen||February 20, 1999||Vange||The Diggers|
|A computer-illiterate girl named Kate must rescue her friends from being brainwashed by cyberspace aliens called Diggers who are disguised as Tamagotchi-style virtual pet toys that need information to live.|
|69||4||"The Tale of Jake the Snake"||Mark Soulard||Alan Kingsberg||March 20, 1999||Tucker||Jake "The Snake" Desmond|
|During ice hockey try-outs, Wiley finds a hockey stick that belonged to Jake "The Snake". The stick appears to be magical, since he plays very well in every game he uses it. However, something strange is happening to Wiley; his skin is starting to scale and he's seeing mice as food. He learns that the stick is cursed; the more goals the user of the stick gets, the more and more the become like a snake.|
|70||5||"The Tale of the Misfortune Cookie"||Adam Weissman||Mark D. Perry||February 13, 1999||Andy||The Bad Side|
|Tired of his boring life and slaving away at his parents' failing Chinese restaurant, David is given his grandfather's box of magic fortune cookies that send the boy into an alternate reality where he's a rich and famous comic book artist but is also a stranger to his parents whose restaurant is now a town hit and his sister who is now an abusive punk girl living with her petty thug boyfriend and on the run from a Chinese warrior dressed in black.|
|71||6||"The Tale of the Gruesome Gourmets"||Lorette LeBlanc||Michael Koegel||March 13, 1999||Megan||None|
|Brothers Tommy and David think their chubby, overly-cheerful new neighbors are snacking on people after several neighbors go missing.|
|72||7||"The Tale of the Hunted"||Lorette LeBlanc||Gaylen James||March 27, 1999||Andy||The Hunters|
|When a hunter's daughter named Diana goes after a legendary wolf known as "The Blaze," she wakes up from a bizarre dream in a wolf's body and must learn what life is like as a hunted animal.|
|73||8||"The Tale of Vampire Town"||Mark Soulard||Allison Lea Bingeman||April 24, 1999||Quinn||Dreyfus the Vampire and Stanley|
|Adder a self-proclaimed teenage vampire hunter gets more than he bargained for when he convinces his parents to travel to Wisteria for a vacation where some local townspeople think he's a vampire and start to hunt him.
Guest Star: Kyle Downes as Adder. Downes had previously appeared in the episode "The Tale of the Forever Game" as a different character.
|74||9||"The Tale of the Wisdom Glass"||Jacques Laberge||Mark D. Perry||April 3, 1999||Quinn||The people in the Cyberworld|
|Friends Allan and Jimmy are in for a cyber shock after they steal a computer game called "The Wisdom Glass" and find themselves transported to a strange game-world where they end up on trial for the theft of the game.|
|75||10||"The Tale of the Walking Shadow"||Lorrete LeBlanc||Matthew Cope||April 10, 1999||Megan||Adrian|
|Ross is cast in the stage presentation of Macbeth, referred to as The Scottish Play due to a popular theater taboo he finds that the theater is haunted by the actors and actresses who died before they could finish the play.
Note: Jay Baruchel (who would later appear in the movie Knocked Up) guest starred in this episode his third appearance on the show, albeit as a different character.
|76||11||"The Tale of Oblivion"||Jim Donovan||James Morris||April 17, 1999||Tucker||Kronos the Conqueror|
|Max buys a magic art kit from Sardo that has the power to create anything the person draws -- and make it vanish into a dimension where all that is forgotten resides.|
|77||12||"The Tale of the Secret Admirer"||Mark Soulard||Eric Weiner||May 8, 1999||Megan||Teddy|
|Shy Meggie is thrilled when she discovers she's got a secret admirer. But her excitement turns to fear when she realizes her secret admirer may be writing to her from beyond the grave and was once her mother's jilted lover who died in a metal shop explosion.|
|78||13||"The Tale of Bigfoot Ridge"||Lorette LeBlanc||Randy Holland||May 15, 1999||Tucker||The Aumbra|
|Dani and her brother Kirk search for her friend Gina who mysteriously skied off into an isolated area near their mountain home and find that she's been taken hostage by a ghost who only preys on people in darkness.
Guest Star: Hayden Christensen as Kirk
Season 7 (2000)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original U.S. air date||Storyteller||Villains|
|79||1||"The Tale of the Silver Sight, Part 1"||Mark Soulard||D.J. MacHale||April 2, 2000||N/A||The evil spirit|
|Gary, the President of the Midnight Society from the original episodes is back and needs the help of his brother Tucker and his friends to help track down the members of the First Midnight Society from way back in 1937 and help solve an ancient mystery and prevent an evil force from being unleashed on the world. This episode focuses on Tucker and Gary's search for 'The General' and his clue to the puzzle.
Guest Star: Degrassi's Ryan Cooley
|80||2||"The Tale of the Silver Sight, Part 2"||Mark Soulard||D.J. MacHale||April 2, 2000||N/A||The evil spirit|
|The Midnight Society splits up and goes in search of the original members who each hold a clue to the mystery. This episode focuses on Quinn's search for 'The Homecoming Queen' and Megan's search for 'The Tycoon'.|
|81||3||"The Tale of the Silver Sight, Part 3"||Mark Soulard||D.J. MacHale||April 2, 2000||Gary and Tucker's grandfather, Gene||The evil spirit|
|The Midnight Society continues to go in search of the original members who each hold a clue to the mystery. The final episode focuses on Vange and Andy's search for 'The Riddle Man'.|
|82||4||"The Tale of the Lunar Locusts"||Jim Donovan||Michael Koegel||April 9, 2000||Megan||The unborn alien babies|
|Jake meets a beautiful new girl at school who wants to wear his ring. Jake thinks she's great until he starts to see that there's something very strange about this girl and that his ring is the harbinger to an alien invasion.
Guest Star: Figure skater Tara Lipinski
|83||5||"The Tale of the Stone Maiden"||Adam Weissman||Mark D. Perry||April 16, 2000||Megan||The maiden statue|
|When Julie breaks up with her boyfriend, Kevin, he ends up missing -- until Julie finds out that her boyfriend's disappearance has something to do with a statue in the park that was originally supposed to have a mate.|
|84||6||"The Tale of Highway 13"||Jim Donovan||Ted Elrick||April 23, 2000||Quinn||None|
|Best friends Craig and Justin buy and renovate a 1969 muscle car (a Pontiac GTO) that belonged to two friends who died when they challenged a truck to a game of chicken on an abandoned highway.|
|85||7||"The Tale of the Reanimator"||Adam Weissman||Kenny Davis||April 30, 2000||Quinn||The reanimated zombie|
|Julie works for a plant store owner who creates a new formula that resurrects dead plants, but when the elixir is poured into the ground, she soon finds out that the formula is strong enough to bring a dead human back to life.|
|86||8||"The Tale of the Time Trap"||Jim Donovan||Jim Morris||May 7, 2000||Tucker||Bell the genie|
|Jason buys an ancient Persian victory box from Sardo's Magic Shop which houses a loud, tastelessly dressed genie who grants Jason's every wish...with dire consequences.
Guest Star: Jay Baruchel as Jason
Note: Jay Baruchel's fourth appearance.
|87||9||"The Tale of the Photo Finish"||Mark Soulard||Alan Kingsberg||May 14, 2000||Andy||Jasper Davis|
|Prep school students Chandler and Alex try out for a position with The Lions Society and the friendship is strained when Alex is chosen over Chandler. Things get worse when Alex's initiation calls for him to go inside an abandoned fraternity house said to be haunted by a boy who uses a camera to trap the snooty students who wronged him years ago and it's up to Chandler to help save his friend from the same fate.|
|88||10||"The Tale of the Last Dance"||Jim Donovan||Mark D. Perry||May 21, 2000||Andy||None|
|Tara plays the violin beautifully but her boyfriend doesn't care much for it. But someone else does. Someone who lives in the school and may not be human...|
|89||11||"The Tale of the Laser Maze"||Mark Soulard||Peggy Sarlin||May 28, 2000||Tucker||Drake|
|Ashley and Kara are athletic twin sisters who are always in competition with each other and find the ultimate game to test each other: a unique kind of laser tag in which the winners get cloned and sent to other planets to compete. Ashley and Kara must learn to work together if they stand any chance of escaping from Drake.|
|90||12||"The Tale of Many Faces"||Lorette LeBlanc||Alan Kingsberg||June 4, 2000||Vange||Madame Visage|
|A struggling teenage model named Emma finds employment with a stage actress who uses a magic book to steal the faces of her young workers and forces them to be faceless slaves.|
|91||13||"The Tale of the Night Nurse."||Mark Soulard||Mchael Koegel||June 11, 2000||Vange||None|
|Series finale. Nicki and AJ move into their grandparents' house where they see ghostly images of a girl who died the day after her birthday at the hands of her live-in nurse -- and now the nurse is after Nicki, who finds herself back in time to the day the girl died and must help rectify a mistake that lead to Emily's wrongful death. As Emily, Nicki discovers her medical bracelet that she accidentally dropped and shows it to the her live-in nurse, which helps avert her untimely death and allow Nicki to return home to the present.|
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