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Tales from the Darkside is an anthology TV series from the 1980s produced by George A. Romero. Similar to The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, The Outer Limits, and Tales From The Crypt, each episode was an individual short story that ended with a plot twist
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The series begins each episode with a montage of images—in this case, several shots of a forest and countryside which fade to a negative image as the title appears—accompanied by Paul Sparer's foreboding voice-over:

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.

Each episode would also end with a second voice-over during the closing credits:

The darkside is always there, waiting for us to enter - waiting to enter us.
Until next time, try to enjoy the daylight.

Moderate success of Creepshow lead to inquires about a series. Legal issues/ownership rights made that impossible so Tales From The Darkside was born. Some episodes of the series were written by or adapted from the works of famous authors. Stephen King's short stories "Word Processor of the Gods" and "Sorry, Right Number" were among them. Works by Frederik Pohl, Harlan Ellison, Clive Barker, Michael Bishop, Robert Bloch, John Cheever, Michael McDowell and Fredric Brown were also featured.

The series begins each episode with a montage of images—in this case, several shots of a forest and countryside which fade to a negative image as the title appears—accompanied by Paul Sparer's foreboding voice-over:

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.

Each episode would also end with a second voice-over during the closing credits:

The darkside is always there, waiting for us to enter - waiting to enter us.
Until next time, try to enjoy the daylight.

Moderate success of Creepshow lead to inquires about a series. Legal issues/ownership rights made that impossible so Tales From The Darkside was born. Some episodes of the series were written by or adapted from the works of famous authors. Stephen King's short stories "Word Processor of the Gods" and "Sorry, Right Number" were among them. Works by Frederik Pohl, Harlan Ellison, Clive Barker, Michael Bishop, Robert Bloch, John Cheever, Michael McDowell and Fredric Brown were also featured.