Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Spooktober: Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1991)

In the wake of the runaway success of Fox's adaptation of R. L. Stine's Goosebumps, you knew there would be others trying to grab a piece of the action.

Nickelodeon had the right answer, it seems. The network introduced Are You Afraid of the Dark? to their Saturday night Snick block, but the series was so popular, reruns inevitably began airing weeknights as well. Dark came from the pen of author D. J. MacHale, and lasted 7 seasons in all. Much like another Nick series, All That, Dark introduced viewers to a number of young talents, including Rachel Blanchard (later of Clueless).

Everyone has their favorite episodes, but with Halloween right around the corner, let's try a season 6 episode, "The Tale of Vampire Town":

Dark also attracted other stars, including Emmy winner Frank Gorshin, Olympic skating champ Tara Lipinski, and Nick alumnus Melissa Joan Hart. Down the line, we'll play some other episodes, including a couple of my own favorites.

Rating: B.

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