Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1991-2000)

Mike Matei / October 29th, 2014

A nostalgic Nickelodean anthology TV series from our generation, about kids, the Midnight Society, who gather around a campfire and tell scary stories every week.


  • Kyle Quan

    October 29, 2014 at 4:40 am

    I remember this show when i was a kid ๐Ÿ™‚ brings back so many memories.

    • geddon

      October 29, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      I loved Are You Afraid of the Dark! This year’s Monster Madness has been really great. I thought he would have to scrape the bottom of the barrel since so much has been covered in previous years…

      • NewBenCity

        March 1, 2015 at 11:57 am

        James scrape the bottom of the barrel? NEVER!

  • com85

    October 29, 2014 at 4:44 am

    cool to finally see a review of this show =) there are some good episodes, the one with the swimming pool is one of them

  • Bior

    October 29, 2014 at 5:02 am

    The episode I remember scaring me the most was the one with that terrifying monster in the pool. It was like a red skeletony sort of thing with guts and sinew and crap hanging off of it..

    • Mr. Cap

      October 29, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      I remember that episode. I re-watched it a couple years ago and it’s still pretty creepy.

  • October 29, 2014 at 5:18 am

    I always thought this show sucked ๐Ÿ™

  • horrorshow

    October 29, 2014 at 5:20 am

    I would love to see a Cinemassacre TV-A-Thon next year. All horror TV shows or specials: Treehouse of Horror, Goosebumps, Freddy’s Nightmares etc

    • October 29, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      but 31 different horror shows is stretching it. Especially considering he already did several this year.

  • Don Skiver

    October 29, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Oh yes!! I loved watching this show! I was a pussy about scary movies for a long time until I started watching this show and reading RL Stine books and shit. Then I slowly started getting more and more brave. Oh man I loved this show. It was great. I’m glad you finally reviewed it.

  • October 29, 2014 at 6:06 am

    As a kid, the intro to this show used to scare the shit out of me, so I never watched it!

  • October 29, 2014 at 6:35 am

    This show was a very good part of my childhood. Came on Saturday nights as the last show in the “Snick” group of shows, right after Roundhouse. My favorite episode was “The Tale of the Midnight Madness” (1993). It was about an old movie theater closing showing “Nosferatu”. I feel like a lot of the episodes very very similar to “Goosebumps” tales. Love em both!

  • October 29, 2014 at 6:57 am

    james/mike, please change the video player back. i can no longer watch them on my wii u internet browser. really stinks.

  • anticlimatic

    October 29, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Man, as a 32 year old I am LOVING the Monster Madness selection this year! Tale of the Super Specs was always my favorite. For some reason my memory warped it into ‘the tale of the groovy goggles’ though. Funny how that works.

    The scene where they’re looking at a boiling/not boiling teapot has been ingrained in my memory for some reason. It’s that subtle ‘wrongness,’ not quite horror– more terror– that really gets my goosebumps going.

  • Dylan Spallin

    October 29, 2014 at 7:06 am

    So glad you chose this to review!! I remember my favorite episode was “The Tale of the Dream Girl”

  • anticlimatic

    October 29, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Favorite episodes other than the super specs were any of the ones that invoked history or nostalgia (also my favorite twilight zone episodes for the same reason).
    I’m surprised you never mentioned the other recurring character that actually appeared in the series:
    Mr Sardogh (SarDOH– accent on the O!)

  • Alain Dube

    October 29, 2014 at 7:39 am

    In the “The tale of laughing in the dark” part, i’m pretty sure that the funhouse is the old haunted house from La Ronde, Montreal, and it doesn’t exist anymore, was weird to see it after all these years.

  • DMM_poo

    October 29, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I guess I was too old when this show came out, because I never watched it. The anthology series I fondly remember from my youth are Friday the 13th: the series; Ray Bradbury Theatre; Tales From the Darkside, and The Outer Limits.

  • Joker83

    October 29, 2014 at 7:48 am

    That’s awesome, classic shit

  • October 29, 2014 at 7:51 am

    i love it in 90s on ytv .. the best thing was it Canadian made

    • October 29, 2014 at 8:04 am

      here some best Episode ..
      The Tale of the Fire Ghost
      The Tale of Laughing in the Dark
      The Tale of the Curious Camera
      The Tale of the Dead Man’s Float
      The Tale of the Door Unlocked

  • Jaeger Newman

    October 29, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Hey James. This is just a suggestion and not a request but how bout for next years Monster Madness, if you are able to do it again, how bout 31 days of survival horror video games? Think about it, that could be fun. Maybe even do that funny thing you did in the Ghostbuster: The Video Game Review and have yourself team up with the F***in Nerd to do it.

    • Satnav

      October 29, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      James doesn’t really play much modern types of games like that, he admits he’s not very good at them.

    • October 29, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      I feel like youtube is flooded with people who play survival horror games. Its getting very cliche.

  • October 29, 2014 at 8:03 am

    James, you have to watch The Tale of the Midnight Madness. It’s about an old theater that starts showing Nosferatu and the actual Count Orlok exits the screen to haunt the characters.

  • Stephen Rapone

    October 29, 2014 at 8:14 am

    The Tale of the Dead Man’s Float was amazing. It had one of the coolest looking ghost/monsters ever.

  • October 29, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Great choice! Are You Afraid of the Dark? is my favourite too. It’s a especially well made show (and it had some early appearances of later celebrity actors like Melissa Joan Hart etc.).. Here in Finland it was broadcast by YLE TV2 and I wouldn’t be surprise if they still have an opportunity to broadcast the show some more.
    And I didn’t know that about the magic powder. I always thought it’s just flour (which would also work, I think).

  • Pablo1989

    October 29, 2014 at 9:07 am

    ๐Ÿ˜€ OH YES! my favorite tv series ive watched somewere in 2001-2003 on TV

    I dont rymenber any most of episodes, except one where some kids live in School with dorm and they eat strange salad, but soon in late night they discaver school truth all kids are hypnotized and must salt eggs in school pool.

    • FullMetalHobbit

      October 29, 2014 at 10:57 am

      oh yeah that episode. the one where ‘school kids discaver school truth in salad and hypnotized eggs in school pool’ yeah that ones a classic

  • Justin Middleton

    October 29, 2014 at 9:11 am

    I remember this show, used to watch it on SNICK with my aunt as a kid. Along with Clarissa, Ren and Stimpy and All That. Its funny that Hayden Christensen was in this and was better here than he ever was in the Star Wars prequels. Of course he was a lot younger back then.

  • Pimpalicious

    October 29, 2014 at 9:12 am

    I was a big fan of this show, also had the board game.

  • October 29, 2014 at 9:12 am

    wow, everyone suddenly doing this show, and that’s wonderful. This actually ran on Norwegian TV when I was a kid, and I still remember a few episodes, while corny, scaring the shit out of me.

  • October 29, 2014 at 9:19 am

    The pinball one is the most horror in the show… in the end, the kid is trapped forever, repeating the same thing ever, and ever, and ever…

  • CrushingC10996WM

    October 29, 2014 at 9:21 am

    I never watched this show, but it’s been re-airing a lot recently

  • CobaltJohnson

    October 29, 2014 at 9:44 am

    This is wild. I loved this show growing up and I’ve been rewatching it lately on Amazon Prime. Pound for pound, the scariest episodes are The Tale of the Dead Man’s Float, The Tale of the Dark Music, and The Tale of the Night Shift. All of those are especially creepy. Interestingly enough, M. Night Shyamalan has said that The Tale of the Dream Girl (a story about a guy that doesn’t realize he’s dead) inspired the Sixth Sense.

  • Tailikku

    October 29, 2014 at 10:01 am

    No mention of Sardo (emphasis on “doh”) or Dr. Vink (with a Va-va-va)?

  • October 29, 2014 at 10:03 am

    My wife and I still watch this every October and love it, Tucker for life!!

  • October 29, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Oh man, I highly recommend you check out Are You Afraid of the Dark: The Tale of Orpheo’s Curse for the PC. It’s an older point and click game from the mid 90’s, but there’s some things in there that legitimately gave me nightmares for years. It still creeps me out.

  • October 29, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Maybe you can make top ten of this show episodes?

    • frostare

      October 29, 2014 at 10:42 am

      I would love to see that as well.

  • Freddie Phillips

    October 29, 2014 at 10:34 am

    one of my favorite shows of all time. My dad would record all of them to VHS for me and i’d watch them all the time. Great stuff

  • Boo Daclown

    October 29, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Great show

  • frostare

    October 29, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Goosebumps? Goosebumps pls?

  • JayRam

    October 29, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Watching this video made me remember how cool it was being a kid, growing up in the ’90s. Every Friday, I would watch SNICK; it was like being rewarded for having to go to school 5 days a week. Damn good memories.

  • Jamiesonofabitch

    October 29, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Fucking awesome!
    I was hoping you guys would do this one…and you did! You also covered the best episodes. This so far has been my favorite MM for it’s variety and nostalgia.

  • tylerdurden389

    October 29, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    James, considering that “Ninja Turtles Pizza Party” you threw a few years back, I think it’d be very easy for you to have your own “Midnight Society” gatherings now if you wanted to ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Bruno Boulay

    October 29, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    The Clown episode was always my best! I watched it not far ago..and…Wow! I feeled so nostalgic! thankk you James for this past trip! ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Czab

    October 29, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I remember the episode with the invisible people you can only see with the special glasses. That episode traumatized me when I was a kid.

  • October 29, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Great video, brings back to me the time when they were new episodes ๐Ÿ™‚

  • October 29, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    lol Jontron just did a review of this show

  • LOLerKing

    October 29, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Please review Courage The Cowardly Dog (if you ever saw it)

  • Sean Ewing

    October 29, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Now to see JonTron’s coverage of the series!

  • steven klein

    October 29, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    its weird, i found a bunch of vhs tapes with these episodes on them, then a few days later both james and jontron to halloween episodes on them.

  • Pierre-Lucas SCHULLER

    October 29, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    This show (or as it was called in France: “Fright Me!”) used to scare the Dickens out of me as a kid… I was a scaredy cat I think, because now I find this hilarious.

  • J5

    October 29, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Man!!! remember this show especially the episode with “Zebo The Clown” it sacred the shit out of when I was a little kids; after leaving my friends house late at night walking home alone pitch black while the winds were blowing at night lmao!!!!!

  • Necramonium

    October 29, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Always loved this show, can remember watching it when it aired here in the Netherlands in the morning.

  • Mega-Gojira

    October 29, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I was born in 1996….. I MISSED OUT ON A LOT!!!!!

  • Satnav

    October 29, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I dunno, looking back on this a lot of it feels kinda derivative and cliche, but I guess for a kid growing up it’d be gripping enough. I can understand kids wanting to do their own spooky stories in a forest at night, but lord knows if they’d be as pretentious as the ‘Midnight Society’ in the show. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • October 29, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Sadly, the series never made it over the ocean. Iยดm sure Iยดd have liked it back in the days.

  • October 29, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    loved this show as a kid.. a good creepy opening, interesting “horror” stories.. the best part of Nickelodeon’s SNICK

  • Albert Patton

    October 29, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    One of my favorite shows as a kid

  • korahn

    October 29, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Man I loved this show. Whether I caught it on whichever night it was or a Halloween Marathon on YTV – I loved watching it. Funny too as I never found them scary (Been watching horror movies since I was 8) but something about it was just great.

  • October 29, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    The plot from one episode was similar to “The Sixth Sense” and it came before the movie.

  • KT Koskela

    October 29, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    But James, what’re your thoughts on Freddy’s Nightmares?

  • October 29, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    I loved this show, scared the shit out of me, I recently re watched a couple of episodes and found it pretty lame… I guess it’s better as a childhood memory, but now you should do one about Ghosebumps! that show was awesome too.

  • October 29, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Shaddowpeople actually are a “legit” paranormal since.

  • October 29, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    man it’s too bad I never got to watch this when it was on tv originally, but have been watching it this week on teen nick.

  • L8erH8er420

    October 29, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    video won’t load for me :-/

  • Weldin Dunn

    October 29, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Ha! I remember that! Watch the nostalgia critic episode of nick shows. He gives another good point.

  • October 29, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Ah this brings back great memories of also wanting to start up my own Midnight Society with my old schoolmates. Wish there was also a review for ‘Halloweenie’ from The Adventures of Pete and Pete, that always gives me the Halloween spirit.

  • October 29, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Very surprised you didn’t make the comparison between the “tale of the super specs” episode and the movie “They Live” since you just reviewed it this year. They both involve putting on “magic” glasses that allow you to see things you’re not suppose to.

  • October 29, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Its the most fun in the park when your laughing in the dark.

  • Juan Emilio Nartallo

    October 29, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Hey I can’t watch the videos, does anyone else have the same problem? it doesn’t even appear, all i see is the background

  • Kevin Cantara

    October 29, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Is anyone else having this problem? None of the videos on this site will load. Like, not even the video pane. I don’t have adblock software. This just started happening a couple days ago and is not happening on other sites.

  • October 29, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    I can’t see the videos :/

  • October 29, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    I’d say so far, Monster Madness VIII is the best Monster Madness.

    I also used to watch Goosebumps as well as this show, but found this show had a longer lasting appeal.

  • Dezmonsta757

    October 29, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    This show used to creep me out as a kid and the one with the zombie monster in the swimming pool used to freak me out the most

  • Moogleknight24

    October 29, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    To be fair, the Pinball Wizard episode did end with the kid about to be crushed to death by a giant pinball, with no way to escape. So yeah, that one did disturb me as a kid.

  • October 29, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    James, for next year’s Monster Madness you should do at least a week, or two, of nothing but horror and science fiction based television shows. There may be enough for 31 days, but I don’t think so. It would be a great time seeing you review as many as you can though. Thanks for this year’s Monster Madness. It’s been a great one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • October 29, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    I use to really like this show when I was a kid. One of the scariest episodes for me also involved a creepy clown. I believe that it was called The Tale of The Crimson Clown, also a story of a kid being stalked by an inanimate clown figure come to life to punish bad behavior. Not every episode was great but the ones that did shine kept me coming back for more. By the way, where did you get the drive-in creatures in this year’s Monster Madness intro. Did you make them?

  • Goro3d

    October 29, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Wow Good call James I too remember this show when I was a teen and looked forward to it every Saturday night at 9:30PM was so awesome i loved it :)!


    October 30, 2014 at 12:55 am

    you should put like buttons on the videos you post and on comments.

  • October 30, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Aww man this show brings me back with the episode jake the snake in which was odd that my name on the title The tale of Jake the snake and the antagonist Jake the snake is really odd. the main intro scares me and so are the episodes like the one i have mentioned the jake the snake episode and the creepy kid from the movie “The tale of the silver sight.”

  • Tross

    October 30, 2014 at 2:26 am

    I remember this series. It used to come on after the TV adaptation for Goosebumps, which I was really into as a kid, so I ended up watching this show as well. It was an interesting show. I don’t remember it all that well, outside of the basic premise of it, but I do remember the campfire scene as the framework for it. Interesting to know what the magic dust is. Thanks for doing your research James.

  • kabukiman

    October 30, 2014 at 2:39 am

    …drink it with some angel dust

  • Deezy

    October 30, 2014 at 3:01 am

    I loved and still love this show!

  • October 30, 2014 at 3:39 am

    This fuckin stupid show I tell ya. I knew it was goofy silly bullshit when I was young watching it but it kept me enthralled so I didn’t change the channel.

  • October 30, 2014 at 3:47 am

    It wasn’t non-dairy creamer it was pure cocaine. They did blow after the sets and had wild anal sex parties.

  • DrZaius

    October 30, 2014 at 4:01 am

    This show always disappointed me because the episodes were never really scary at all.

  • Johnthegamer

    October 30, 2014 at 4:05 am

    Without doubt this was one of my favorite shows growing up, such a great kids show. I’m somewhat surprised James reviewed it. Considering that most everything else he reviews for Monster Madness is normally R-Rated.

    My favorite episode of Are You Afraid of The Dark was a really creepy one. About a school that had a swimming pool. But, it had been walled off, and forgotten about because a kid died there or something. I always found it pretty creepy thinking about a school with a dark secret like that.

  • Jonathan Millis

    October 30, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Omg! I totally remember the clown episode. That must of been at least 20 years ago… Thanks for the memories James!

  • skwij

    October 30, 2014 at 7:35 am

    I didn’t watch too much of this. It was good, but it got overshadowed by Nintendo a lot. Oh, well. Thanks for the video

  • October 30, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Man, I forgot all about this show. I don’t know how because it was one of my favorite shows as a kid. It really takes me back. Awesome job, James.

  • Cilliandrew

    October 30, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Canada has produced some solid horror shows over the years

  • Simon Edmundson

    October 30, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    It would be cool to see an Eerie Indiana review, such an awsome show.

  • fcabanski

    October 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    There’s the Twilight Zone. There’s a poor man’s Tuilight Zone. This is the Twilight Zone for the poor man the poor men call poor.

  • October 30, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    As a Canadian kid this brings back a lot of memories. Canada has a lot of shows like this, I guess this one got exported.


    October 30, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    What about the creepy reprising villians, the bearded “it knows what scares you” Dr. Vink!? Or Mr. Sardo. That’s Sarrrdo!

  • TagaZok

    October 31, 2014 at 12:02 am

    I liked this show a lot when I was a teenager like goosebumps series too.. never missed one . Sometimes it was scary sometimes it was funny ^^. It was a great show for kids and teenagers too . Now the sad stuff

  • TagaZok

    October 31, 2014 at 12:02 am


  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 31, 2014 at 2:39 am

    Never saw this show. Maybe I didn’t have Nickelodeon when it was on. I remember the Goosebumps books and show, though.

  • Kent Gissing

    October 31, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I REMEMBER THIS SHOW!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I loved it! God, this really takes me back to those days when non-american-but-nevertheless-english-speaking countries had awesome export shows for kids like the australian “The Finder” or my favorite, the canadian-produced “The Odyssey”. Oh, those were the days. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Lyman Crowe

    November 1, 2014 at 1:24 am

    hope someday you’re gonna review goosebumps the tv series, those were pretty much horrible they were always in shit quality, every episode looked all blurry and most of the twist endings made zero sense and the books were nothing special either, RL stein is pretty much a hack!

  • lotusclown

    November 1, 2014 at 6:25 am

    it makes sense.. i mean powder form creamer IS very flammable, most people don’t realize that.. its why i never use it in my coffee.

  • November 1, 2014 at 9:29 am

    This show defined my early childhood. Never thought you would ever cover this. The nostalgia is absolute overload to the max.
    It will always be a part of me that i will never forget.

  • TheKingDuke

    November 1, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Why doesn’t exits shows like this anymore?
    These kids needs to learn how to conquer to own fear. They will be pussies later on.

  • curt kaskavage

    November 3, 2014 at 6:40 am

    one of my favourite tv shows growing up

  • Ryan Davidson

    November 3, 2014 at 10:45 am

    that god damn world of warcraft ad every fucking time

  • November 3, 2014 at 11:01 am

    just a neat little fact for everyone. The pinball machine the kid is playing in the episode “The Pinball Wizard” is a dressed up “Fireball” machine by Bally.

  • November 10, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Well they were copying allot frida the 13th the series as i can see there and made it with style i can say.I hear a creepy voice in the dark right now james and it saying to me to tell you to also make a review for that specific series i mentoned here,because that voice will haunt us forever.And trust me that voice it doesn’t need many phones in our houses to scare you,DO IT!

  • windrammingroadkillskunk

    November 22, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    3:01 looks like inspiration for the Board James Dream Phone episode.

  • fallout1312

    November 23, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Dang James. I swear if we would have grown up near each other we probably would have been best friends. It’s like everything you review is something I use to enjoy too. Love all your videos. And it’s nice to know theres someone else like me out there. I use to love this show too. Kids now days don’t know what they’re missing. Tv shows aren’t HALF as entertaining today as they were when we were growing up. I don’t think they are anyways. There are a few good shows now days. but….it just doesn’t seem the same. IDK…

  • goodpenisbadpenis

    December 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    There are invisible “people” among us.

  • aplayaz2000

    December 13, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    good show, what about goosebumps ?

  • Rob D

    December 17, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    I use to watch this on YTV! The Zone! (unrelated)

  • December 23, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Here’s the scariest episode of the show, one you probably never saw (the censors banned it):

    “The Tale of the Weatherman”

  • February 15, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Yay Canada ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kris Schroeder

    May 26, 2015 at 1:05 am

    Other horror series that I hope you make are: ‘Tales from the Crypt’, ‘Tales from the Darkside'(and the movie), ‘Goosebumps’. Speaking of which, I hear there’s an actual movie coming out, with Jack Black as Stine. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but let’s say the writer is likely a fan of Freddy.

  • Richard Fukuda

    July 7, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    That was me as a kid. I would tell spooky stories, but then I’d get creeped out myself and stop the story..

  • Nick Raffaele

    August 14, 2015 at 11:47 am

    You gotta do a review of the goosebumps tv show james!

  • September 23, 2015 at 1:19 am

    Must’ve somehow missed this last year. So glad you put it up, and I couldn’t have put it better myself: the Twilight Zone of our generation!

  • City Sleeps

    April 1, 2016 at 9:54 am

    This was a very fair review from James. I’m glad he didn’t try to make it out to be super great, because it really wasn’t. The whole “Nickelodeon 90’s tv package was great, but the Are you afraid of the dark was fairly tame.

  • Ghost606

    June 3, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    One of my favorite shows growing up. My favorite episodes were The tale of the Prom Queen, The Tale of the Shiny Red Bicycle, The tale of apartment 214, and The tale of the dream girl (which is believed to have inspired the creation of the movie The Sixth Sense).

  • July 15, 2016 at 5:36 am

    that intro freaked me out as a kid and even too this day I cant watch the intro at night lol

  • September 24, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Omg! So many memories!

  • MonkeeJuice

    October 14, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Please do a top 10 list of favorite episodes like you did with The Twilight Zone!

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