TV REVIEW: Tales of the Unexpected (Overview)

Tales of the Unexpected
(aka Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected)

Expect the Unexpected

By Woofer McWooferson

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Director: Various; Writers: ; Rating: NR; Run Time: 30 min; Genre: Horror | Thriller; Country: England; Language: English; Year: 1979-88

Tales of the Unexpected, also known as Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected, was a British television series in the vein of Ray Bradbury Theatre and airing from 1979 to 1988. Episodes were darkly comedic and often sarcastic, tinged with sinister undertones. Seasons 1 and 2 were called Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected, but as it grew to include stories written by others, it became simply Tales of the Unexpected for season 3.

Keep tuned to House of Tortured Souls as we go through all nine seasons to find the best it has to offer. Check out Tales of the Unexpected on IMDb and Wikipedia.

Season (or Series, as the Brits call it) breakdown:

Season: One
Episodes: 9
Original Air Dates: 24 March 1979 to 19 May 1979

Season: Two
Episodes: 16
Original Air Dates: 1 March 1980 to 14 June 1980

Season: Three
Episodes: 9
Original Air Dates: Split season: 9 August 1980 to 30 August 1980 and 9 November 1980 to 19 December 1980

Season: Four
Episodes: 17
Original Air Dates: Split season: 5 April 1981 to 26 July 1981 and 26 December 1981

Season: Five
Episodes: 18
Original Air Dates: 25 April 1982 to 22 August 1982

Season: Six
Episodes: 14
Original Air Dates: 9 April 1983 to 16 July 1983

Season: Seven
Episodes: 15
Original Air Dates: 12 May 1984 to 21 October 1984

Season: Eight
Episodes: 4
Original Air Dates: Split season: 30 March 1985 and 14 to 28 July 1985

Season: Nine
Episodes: 10
Original Air Dates: Split season: 18 December 1987 to 29 January 1988 and 15 April to 13 May 1988

Check out this partial list of guest stars:

Brad Dourif

Brian Blessed

Bud Cort

Carol Lynley

Charles Hallahan

Darren McGavin

David Cassidy

Denholm Elliott

Dennis Christopher

Derek Jacobi

Dick Smothers

Don Johnson

Ed Begley Jr.

Edward Albert

Eli Wallach

Frank Sinatra Jr.

Fritz Weaver

George Peppard

Gloria Grahame

Hayley Mills

Ian Holm

Jack Weston

Janet Leigh

Jim Broadbent

Joan Collins

Joan Hackett

Joanna Pettet

John Beck

John Castle

John Gielgud

José Ferrer

Joseph Cotten

Julie Harris

Max Gail

Michael Gambon

Michael Ontkean

Patricia Quinn

Peter Cushing

Peter Davison

Richard Basehart

Robert Morse

Rod Taylor

Roger Rees

Roxanne Hart

Samantha Eggar

Sharon Gless

Shirley Knight

Sondra Locke

Stuart Whitman

Susan Strasberg

Telly Savalas

Terry O’Quinn

Tom Bosley

Tom Smothers

Tony Franciosa


Warren Oates

6/10 claws – Overall rating. It's not bad, just inconsistent.

Posted by Alan Smithee

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