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Tales from the Cryptkeeper
Genre Animated, horror, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Starring John Kassir (voice)
Elizabeth Hanna (voice)
Dan Hennessey (voice)
Country of origin  Canada
 United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 39
Running time 22 minutes
30 minutes with commercials
Original channel ABC (1993)
CBS (1994, 1997)
First shown in September 18, 1993
Original run – December 6, 1997

Tales from the Cryptkeeper was an animated series aimed at children made by Nelvana Limited and Warner Bros. Pictures. It was shown on TVO, ABC, YTV and is still shown near Halloween on Teletoon. It was based on the live-action television show, Tales from the Crypt, which aired concurrently on HBO. Being directed at children, Tales From the Cryptkeeper was significantly milder than the live-action HBO version.

The series was canceled on December 10, 1994. In 1997 the show returned to the air as New Tales from the Cryptkeeper. The animation was different from that of the previous episodes.



List of episodes

Season One (1993)

  • 1. While The Cat's Away (September 18, 1993) – Two brothers, desperate for cash to pay for new dirtbikes, plan to rob an abandoned mansion, where The Cryptkeeper has set up a monstrous security system to get rid of intruders.
  • 2. Nature (September 25, 1993) – After two brothers torment ants at a picnic, they are shrunk by a mysterious ray, and are forced to face the trials and tribulations of the insect world.
  • 3. Pleasant Screams (October 2, 1993) – a Latin teacher and one of his students find themselves trapped in the twisted nightmares of another student.
  • 4. Gone Fishing/A Little Body of Work (October 9, 1993) – In "Gone Fishing" a boy tries to warn his abusive uncle of the fish that are out for revenge against the fishermen that torment them. In "A Little Body of Work", two hoodlums challenge nerdy Kevin to a race on the Mustang he's renovating, but the Mustang helps Kevin win when the hoodlums try to sabotage it.
  • 5. The Sleeping Beauty (October 23, 1993) – A narcissistic prince and his put-upon sidekick star in a terrifying retelling of Sleeping Beauty where the slumbering princess is really a bloodthirsty vampire.
  • 6. The Works, In Wax (October 16, 1993) – a boy named Craig discovers a machine called The Fright Chamber that turns wax figures to life.
  • 7. Cave Man (October 30, 1993) – Peter, the son of a scientist, befriends a caveman that has been encased in ice for millions of years, but the friendship turns sour when the caveman can't adapt to the modern world.
  • 8. Hyde and Go Shriek (November 6, 1993) – A group of bullies fear for their lives when the nerd they pick on creates a potion that turns him into a monster.
  • 9. Fare Tonight (November 13, 1993) – Best friends Mildred and Camille create a homemade vampire detector and use it to hunt for bloodsuckers...only to learn that one of them is right under their nose.
  • 10. Gorilla's Paw (November 20, 1993) – An unpopular kid named Walter steals a gorilla's paw in order to be a part of a secret club—and discovers that the gorilla's paw can make wishes with twisted results.
  • 11. This Wraps It Up (December 4, 1993) – On a field trip to the pyramids, a girl named Naomi becomes the object of her classmates' never-ending ridiculing because she is the only female there. But when a mummy unleashes a curse on everyone, the kids turn to Naomi to defeat the mummy and break the spell.
  • 12. Grounds for Horror (December 11, 1993) – Summer campers befriend an invisible being named Hoser, who plays pranks on a no-nonsense counselor.
  • 13. Ghost Ship (December 18, 1993) – With the help of his friend Mike, Ben steals his father's yacht and sinks it, leaving the two stranded in the ocean—until a ship haunted by pirates comes to their rescue.

Season Two (1994)

In this season, the Cryptkeeper was continually feuding with his rivals, the Vaultkeeper and the Old Witch, who were continually trying to steal the show from him, only to have their plans backfire on them.

  • 14. Game Over (September 10, 1994) – Two boys pay for skipping school to play video games when the characters come to life.
  • 15. Cold Blood, Warm Heart / The Spider and the Flies (September 17, 1994) – The Cryptkeeper and an old witch meet at the beach to swap stories: in "Cold Blood, Warm Heart", a man and a woman find that they have a lot in common while investigating rumors of two monsters dwelling in two different lakes; in "The Spider and the Flies", citizens do everything they can to appease a giant spider that's terrorizing the city.
  • 16. The Avenging Phantom / Myth Conceptions (September 24, 1994) – In "The Avenging Phantom," a young boy named Jimmy wishes he can get revenge on his tormentors like his comic book hero, The Avenging Phantom and gets his wish, but with dire consequences. In "Myth Conceptions", an archaeologist discovers the tomb of Medusa and learns the hard way why others before him have died trying to find it.
  • 17. All the Gory Details (October 1, 1994) – A pair of newspaper reporters try to track down an old mad scientist.
  • 18. The Weeping Woman (October 8, 1994) – Camille and Mildred from "Fare Tonight" return, this time, to investigate the sightings of a woman's ghost who haunts a local inn.
  • 19. Dead Men Don't Jump (October 15, 1994) – The Witch, The Cryptkeeper, and The Vault Guard return to tell the tale of a boy who challenges a monster to a basketball game that could mean the end of his life if he loses.
  • 20. The Haunted Mine (October 22, 1994) – A boy's aunt visits, which leads to a trip inside an abandoned mine filled with unusual shapes and a dark secret.
  • 21. Growing Pains (October 29, 1994) – The Old Witch takes over telling this episode's story after turning the Cryptkeeper into a scarecrow. In this installment, a plant enthusiast named Wendell (from "Hyde and Go Shriek") falls for Rose, a new girl at school with a rather "weedy" family secret.
  • 22. The Brothers Gruff (November 5, 1994) – A boy named Eddie is followed home by a troll after crossing a bridge. Now it's up to him and his friend Sheldon, who knows almost everything about monsters, to defeat the troll when it kidnaps Eddie's older brother.
  • 23. Uncle Harry's Horrible House of Horrors (November 12, 1994) – The Vault Guard tells the story of a superstitious young boy and his skeptical uncle, the latter of whom has his views of the supernatural challenged when the two of them go to a carnival and take a ride through a frighteningly realistic haunted house.
  • 24. Hunted (November 19, 1994) – A heartless hunter in the Amazon is soon the hunted when a shapeshifting monster named Onnaya starts pursuing him after freeing the captured animals.
  • 25. Chuck (and Melvin) and the Beanstalker (December 3, 1994) – Chuck and Melvin (the narcissistic prince and his sidekick from "The Sleeping Beauty") return; this time in a horrifying retelling of "Jack and the Beanstalk" where they must steal the treasure of a giant Cyclops named Beanstalker.
  • 26. Transylvania Express (December 10, 1994) – Two surfer dudes, none other than Mike and Ben, get on a train headed for Transylvania, where they must fight back against vampires.

Season Three (1999) ("New Tales From The Cryptkeeper")

Season three was the first (and last) season to not air on ABC. Instead, Tales From the Cryptkeeper aired on CBS to coincide with the game show, Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House. Due to the adoption of a content ratings system and new FCC regulations over more educational content in children's cartoons, the CBS version now has a TV-Y7 rating and an E/I badge (signifying that the show has educational content) at the beginning of the episode. Also, each episode has a moral that the characters learn the hard way, thanks to The Cryptkeeper interacting with the characters (often posing as a store clerk) in the beginning of the episode.

  • 27. Sharon Sharalike (October 2, 1999) – Shauna, a teenage girl known for her selfishness, steals her little sister's doll, Sharon Sharalike—and soon learns that the doll doesn't like it when its owners don't share.
  • 28. Imaginary Friend (October 9, 1999) – Two teen boys (Leo and Jamie) torment a nine year-old named Mary Anne who has an imaginary friend who gets back at the boys for their actions.
  • 29. Waste Not, Haunt Not (October 16, 1999) – Two boys (Richard and Stephen) improperly dispose of toxic waste from their science project into a bog, which creates a bog monster.
  • 30. Unpopular Mechanics (October 23, 1999) – A boy named Randall gets his comeuppance for building destructive appliances when his inventions turn on him.
  • 31. Competitive Spirit (October 30, 1999) – A boy named Victor tricks his rival into thinking a ghost exists in the mountains, but a real mountain spirit comes after Victor for his deceptive ways.
  • 32. Trouble in Store (November 6, 1999) – Two boys (Derek and Rob), who plan on robbing a department store, get locked in the store during closing hours, and discover that the mannequins don't take kindly to those who steal from their "home".
  • 33. So Very Attractive (November 13, 1999) – An insecure girl named Julia buys a beauty cream from an abandoned drugstore that makes her an irresistible force to everything in the world—including the dead.
  • 34. Drawn And Quartered (November 20, 1999) – An aspiring artist named Ralph finds a magic pencil that brings his drawings to life to get back at the bullies who torment him.
  • 35. All Booked Up (November 27, 1999) – A boy who hates to read gets trapped in a library where he goes inside the dark world of classic literature.
  • 36. Town Gathering (January 8, 2000) – Erin, a girl known for making up stories, must convince her mother that a group of businessmen are actually aliens bent on eating the townspeople.
  • 37. It's For You (January 15, 2000) – A boy named Gary gets his own phone line for Christmas and abuses his privilege by making crank calls- until he makes one to a mysterious old woman who begins to stalk him over the phone.
  • 38. Monsters Ate My Homework (January 22, 2000) – A boy named Evan tells his teacher that monsters ate his homework as an excuse as to why he doesn't have it. All goes well until real monsters come after Evan for his homework.
  • 39. Too Cool For School (January 29, 2000) – Two girls mess around with the objects in the school science lab, and inadvertently create dinosaur-frogs after refusing to clean up frog eggs and a serum containing dinosaur DNA off the floor.


  • United Kingdom: CITV mid 1990s
  • United States: ABC (first season, schedule: 8:30 AM ET/PT), CBS, later seasons
  • Canada: Global's (Kids TV) (first and second seasons aired from 1993 until 1994, same schedule as ABC and CBS)
  • France: Télétoon (all seasons during the 90's and the 20's)
  • Greece: ANT1 – at around 8:45 an 9 AM on Saturdays and Sundays (first and second seasons aired in 1995)
  • Italy: Italia 1 (aired in the mid-1990s)
  • Romania: - Minimax (first season aired in mid 2002, the second season around 2003,and the third season premiered in 2005 and was running until December 2008; Pro TV (from 2003 to 2007);Kanal D (in 2008,just 3 episodes from the first season;show canceled) and Pro Cinema (still running, the second season). Also, due to some sources, the show will return soon on Minimax and will be broadcast by Animax.)


  • Catalan: Els Contes del Guardià de la Cripta
  • French: Crypte Show
  • German: Geschichten aus der Gruft
  • Greek: Ιστορίες άπο των Κρύπτη (Istories apo ton Krypti) – one of several that do not
  • Italian: Brividi e polvere con Pelleossa (used for the first and second seasons)
  • Romanian: Povestiri din cripta
  • Spanish (South America): "Los cuentos de la cripta" (only aired in that region on Spanish channel Magic Kids)
  • Hungarian: Kriptamesék

DVD releases

Season Releases

In 2007, kaBOOM! Entertainment of Toronto, Canada, released the Complete First Season on DVD.[1]

DVD Name Region Release Date # of Episodes Bonus Features
New Tales From the Cryptkeeper: Vol. 1: Stacks of Fear 1 September 28, 2004 3 Stay Safe Halloween Tips
DVD Name Region Release Date # of Episodes Bonus Features
Tales From the Cryptkeeper: Pleasant Screams: The Complete First Season 1 September 18, 2007 14
DVD Name Region Release Date # of Episodes Bonus Features
Tales From the Cryptkeeper: All the Gory Details: The Complete Second Season 1 September 16, 2008 15


  1. ^ David Lambert, Tales from the Cryptkeeper - North-of-the-Border Release Already Out For Animated Complete 1st Season, "tvshowsondvd.com," October 13, 2007, http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Tales-Cryptkeeper-Season-1-Pleasant-Screams/8250

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