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Encyclopedia > Are You Afraid of the Dark? (TV series)
Are You Afraid of the Dark?

The Are You Afraid of the Dark? title card
Genre Children's Series
Horror
Developed by Cinar Productions
Starring Jacob Tierney
Raine Pare-Coull
Ross Hull
Jodie Resther
Jason Alisharan
Rachel Blanchard
Nathaniel Moreau
Daniel DeSanto
Joanna Garcia
Codie Lucas Wilbee
Kareem Blackwell
Elisha Cuthbert
David Deveau
Vanessa Lengies
Country of origin Flag of Canada Canada
Flag of United States United States
Language(s) English
No. of episodes 91 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 22 mins/episode
Broadcast
Original channel Flag of Canada YTV/Nickelodeon
Flag of United States Nickelodeon
Flag of United Kingdom ITV1/Nickelodeon
Flag of Australia Nickelodeon
Original run January 16, 1992June 11, 2000
Links
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a horror/drama-themed television series for children. The original series was a joint production of the Canadian companies YTV, Cinar, and the American company Nickelodeon. Although the episode "The Tale of the Twisted Claw" first debuted as a pilot for the show on Halloween, 1991, Are You Afraid of the Dark? ran between January 16, 1992 and February 3, 1996 on Nickelodeon's SNICK. A revived series with new directors, new writers, and a new cast was produced by Nickelodeon from 1999 to 2000 and also played on SNICK. It also aired on the channel Supermax. The show was aired from 1997 to 2003 in Latin America by Nickelodeon Latin America. The show was also aired from 1996 to 2005 in Australia on the Australian Nickelodeon Channel. The show was also broadcast on the CITV block on ITV1. Image File history File links AYAOTD.jpg Summary Screenshot from TV show. ... Jacob Tierney (born on 26 September 1979 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a Canadian actor, film director and writer. ... Ross Hull (born 25 August 1975) is a Canadian actor and television personality perhaps best known for his role as Gary, the leader of the Midnight Society, on the 1992- 1996 television series Are You Afraid of the Dark?. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Hull began his acting career in 1987... Rachel Blanchard playing Nancy in Peep Show Rachel Elise Blanchard (born March 19, 1976 in Toronto, Canada) is a Canadian actress. ... Daniel DeSanto (born March 6, 1980) is a Canadian actor. ... JoAnna Garcia (born August 10, 1979, in Tampa, Florida, USA) is an American television and film actress of Cuban descent. ... Elisha Ann Cuthbert (born November 30, 1982) is a Canadian actress. ... Vanessa Lynne-Marie Lengies (born July 21, 1985 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian actress best known for starring in the drama American Dreams as Roxanne Bojarski. ... 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ITV1 is the name, in England, Wales and the Scottish borders, for a terrestrial, free-to-air television channel, broadcast in the United Kingdom by the ITV network. ... Nickelodeon UK (normally referred to as Nickelodeon or Nick within the UK) is a satellite/cable TV station for children. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Nickelodeon Australia is a counterpart of the Nickelodeon network in the USA. However unlike other Viacom brand stations in Australia (ie; MTV and VH1), Nickelodeon Australia is not owned by Viacom however is owned by XYZnetworks. ... January 16 is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... June 11 is the 162nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (163rd in leap years), with 203 days remaining. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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February 3 is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Snick is also the colloquial name of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee SNICK (short for Saturday Night Nickelodeon) is a two-hour programming block on the American cable television network Nickelodeon, geared toward general audiences, that ran from 1992 until mid-2004, Saturdays starting at 8 p. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Snick is also the colloquial name of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee SNICK (short for Saturday Night Nickelodeon) is a two-hour programming block on the American cable television network Nickelodeon, geared toward general audiences, that ran from 1992 until mid-2004, Saturdays starting at 8 p. ... Supermax (TV channel) was a czech chanel that featured mostly animated series for teens and pre-teens. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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Contents

Background

Both series revolved around a group of adolescent children who referred to themselves as the "Midnight Society". Once a week, at a secret site in the woods at night, one member would tell a scary story to the group. The actual story, rather than the telling, was displayed to the television viewer. The story was shown between the group's arrival at the site and its departure. Each storyteller would begin their story by stating "Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story..." at which point he or she would toss birch bark powder into the campfire to heighten the flames and produce an eerie white smoke. The storyteller would continue the story by announcing its title. A separate article is about the punk band called The Adolescents. ...


The themes usually revolved around paranormal phenomena, such as ghosts, magic, haunted houses, magical curses, aliens, witches and the like coming into contact with normal teenagers. Anomalous phenomena are phenomena which are observed and for which there are no suitable explanations in the context of a specific body of scientific knowledge, e. ... A ghostly woman coming down the stairs. ... The Sorceress by John William Waterhouse Magic and sorcery are the influencing of events, objects, people and physical phenomena by mystical, paranormal or supernatural means. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Look up Curse in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A 1967 Soviet Union 16 kopeks stamp. ... This article is part of the Witchcraft series. ...


Sources of these tales varied; many were adaptations of public domain fairytales, short stories or urban legends. For example, "The Tale of the Twisted Claw" is considered to be an adaptation of W.W. Jacobs' short story "The Monkey's Paw". Some of the episodes' story lines are close to those of books written for the Goosebumps book series by R.L. Stine, intentionally or not, which was popular at roughly the same time as this show (The Tale of the Curious Camera is an almost exact replica of the Goosebumps book Say Cheese And Die, though both were likely inspired by 'A Most Unusual Camera', an episode of the original Twilight Zone series). In French, the series is called Fais Moi Peur and in Spanish "¿Le Temes A La Oscuridad?" The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ... A fairy tale is a story, either told to children or as if told to children, concerning the adventures of mythical characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants, and others. ... Urban Legend is also the name of a 1998 movie. ... William Wymark Jacobs (1863–1943) was an English author of macabre short stories. ... The Monkeys Paw is a short story by W. W. Jacobs, written in 1902. ... R. L. Stine with some of his creations. ... Robert Lawrence Stine (born October 8, 1943), better known as R. L. Stine, is an American writer. ... “A Most Unusual Camera” is an episode of the television series The Twilight Zone. ... Note, this page is about the television series and its two revivals. ...


The show was filmed primarily in Montreal, Quebec. Nickname: Motto: Concordia Salus (in unity, prosperity) Coordinates: Country Canada Province Quebec Founded 1642 Established 1832 Government  - Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area [1][2][3]  - City 365. ... Motto: Je me souviens (French: I remember) Capital Quebec City Largest city Montreal Official languages French Government - Lieutenant-Governor Lise Thibault - Premier Jean Charest (PLQ) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 75 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area Ranked 2nd - Total 1,542,056 km² - Water...


The first three seasons are available on DVD in Canada. They are also available in the UK. DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ...


Cast Members

First Series (1992 – 1996)

Actor/Actress Role Years
Jacob Tierney Eric 1992
Raine Pare-Coull Betty Ann 1992 – 1996
Ross Hull Gary 1992 – 1996
Jodie Resther Kiki 1992 – 1996
Jason Alisharan Frank 1992 – 1995
Rachel Blanchard Kristen 1992 – 1993
Nathaniel Moreau David 1994 – 1996
Daniel DeSanto Tucker 1994 – 1996
Joanna Garcia Sam 1994 – 1996
Codie Lucas Wilbee Stig 1995 – 1996

Jacob Tierney (born on 26 September 1979 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a Canadian actor, film director and writer. ... Ross Hull (born 25 August 1975) is a Canadian actor and television personality perhaps best known for his role as Gary, the leader of the Midnight Society, on the 1992- 1996 television series Are You Afraid of the Dark?. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Hull began his acting career in 1987... Rachel Blanchard playing Nancy in Peep Show Rachel Elise Blanchard (born March 19, 1976 in Toronto, Canada) is a Canadian actress. ... Daniel DeSanto (born March 6, 1980) is a Canadian actor. ... JoAnna Garcia (born August 10, 1979, in Tampa, Florida, USA) is an American television and film actress of Cuban descent. ...

Second Series (1999 – 2000)

Actor/Actress Role Years
Kareem Blackwell Quinn 1999 – 2000
Elisha Cuthbert Megan 1999 – 2000
Daniel DeSanto Tucker 1999 – 2000
David Deveau Andy 1999 – 2000
Vanessa Lengies Vange 1999 – 2000

Elisha Ann Cuthbert (born November 30, 1982) is a Canadian actress. ... Daniel DeSanto (born March 6, 1980) is a Canadian actor. ... Vanessa Lynne-Marie Lengies (born July 21, 1985 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian actress best known for starring in the drama American Dreams as Roxanne Bojarski. ...

Memorable characters

One of the most memorable scenes on the show, from the very first episode. "I Sorta Died!"
  • The most memorable recurring character was Sardo (Richard Dumont), owner of "Sardo's Magic Mansion" (a magic shop). He would often attempt to sell a character a "prized" item, rarely succeeding. He often has items in his shop that are really magical, yet does not know until it's revealed in the story. One of the most memorable recurring jokes in the series occurred when someone would address him as "Mr. Sardo". He would then get irritated and exclaim: "No 'mister'; accent on the 'doh'!" Although he rarely got what he wanted, he would often end up helping the characters, intentionally or not. He was used in Gary's stories.
  • Another such is Dr. Vink (Aron Tager). He was a physically imposing man who would often appear as a mad scientist, sorcerer, and the like. He would also get his name mispronounced. When this happened, he would respond "Vink. With a va-va-va." Often, the protagonist would call him a "nutbag" behind his back, assuming he could not hear him, only to have him reply later, "... and I am not a nutbag." He was used in Frank's stories.

Both of these characters appear in the double episode "The Tale of Cutter's Treasure", which was told by both Frank and Gary. Image File history File links I_sota_died!.JPG‎ URL: http://s96. ... Image File history File links I_sota_died!.JPG‎ URL: http://s96. ... Aron Tager (born 1934 in Brooklyn, New York) is an actor and artist. ...

  • Aron Tager also played the carnival worker who stands in front of the Funhouse and invites people to go inside in "The Tale of the Laughing in the Dark".
  • Various other characters are used in multiple stories.

Episodes

The following is an episode list of the television series Are You Afraid of the Dark? which aired on Nickelodeon from 1992 until 2000. ...

Trivia

  • The original writer/director/producer, D.J. MacHale, has a book series called Pendragon.
  • The opening of the show was not the original opening. The original opening only lasted until the third episode. It featured a blue sky with clouds and a wood door that opened to reveal the black screen and the words Are You Afraid Of The Dark?. The third episode had the familiar opening, but without the characteristic theme music. There were only sound effects and a heart beating. Also, the hand with the match came from the side instead of the bottom.
  • The first, second, and third seasons have been released on DVD in Canada, as well as a special DVD that contains the first 6 episodes of the sixth season.
  • The three-part story "The Tale of the Silver Sight" was first shown as a special movie, and then was used as the seventh season's premiere. In later reruns it was shown as separate episodes.
  • In "The Tale of the Room for Rent", the movie from the episode "The Tale of the Midnight Madness" can be seen playing on the television in the background.
  • Actor Christian Tessier appears in both "The Tale of Laughing in the Dark" and "The Tale of the Curious Camera" as different characters.
  • Dr. Vink appears in several episodes told by Frank, while Sardo appears in some of Gary's stories. In the episode "The Tale of the Dark Dragon", David tells a story featuring Sardo in Gary's honor, as it was Gary's birthday. "The Tale of Cutter's Treasure" features both characters since the tale is told by both Gary and Frank. In the 6th and 7th season Tucker uses Sardo in some of his stories.
  • Many of Betty Ann's tales make reference to Zeebo the Clown, a character from "The Tale of Laughing in the Dark".
  • The Ghastly Grinner comic book, which was featured in "The Tale of the Ghastly Grinner", makes an appearance in 2 other episodes.
  • Sci-fi veteran David Winning directed ten episodes including "The Tale of the Shiny Red Bicycle" and "The Tale of the Dream Girl".
  • David Deveau, who stars in "The Tale of the Manaha", later went on to join the new Midnight Society as Andy.
  • The song at the end of "The Tale of the Prom Queen" is "In the Still of the Night" by the Five Satins.
  • There was a board game made based on the show.
  • The show makes numerous references to crew members. One of those was the grave of Ron Oil that appeared in "The Tale of Old Man Corcoran", and "The Tale of The Dream Girl" which is a reference to the director Ron Oliver.
  • Dr. Vink has a barbershop and a restaurant called "The Wild Boar". The restaurant appeared in "The Tale of the Dangerous Soup" and the barbershop appeared in "The Tale of Cutter's Treasure". He also kept the brain of a wild boar as a specimen in his premier episode, "The Tale of the Phantom Cab".
  • "The Tale of the Mystical Mirror", "The Tale of the Vacant Lot" and "The Tale of Many Faces" all have villianesses who are really old or ugly and are so obsessed with their looks that they try to hide it.
  • "The Tale of the Hunted" was voted Worst Episode at TV.com.
  • "The Tale of the Dream Girl", directed by David Winning, was cited by M. Night Shyamalan as the inspiration for the film The Sixth Sense.
  • In "The Tale of the Walking Shadow," while Ross is whistling in the theater, he is actually whistling the show's end theme.
  • In "The Tale of the Frozen Ghost," star Melissa Joan Hart warns the child she is babysitting that the people they are meeting are "Only relatives, not wicked old witches." Coincidentally, Hart plays a witch later in her career in ABC-TV's (and later the WB's) "Sabrina the Teenage Witch."
  • The epitaph that the boy reads on the grave stone in the cemetery in "The Tale of Old Man Corcoran" is the same as an epitaph that is read in "The Tale of the Prom Queen": "Remember friends as you pass by/As you are now so once was I". In "The Tale of Old Man Corcoran" a third line is added: "Remember in life that you must die".
  • The series Masters of Horror follows the same premise of this show and could be seen as a spiritual, although more horrifying and violent, successor to Are You Afraid of the Dark?.

David Winning (born May 8, 1961 in Calgary, Alberta) is a Canadian-born film and television director. ... The Five Satins are an American doo wop group, best known for their song In the Still of the Night. The group, which at their height consisted of leader Fred Parris, Al Denby, Ed Martin and Jim Freeman, formed in New Haven, Connecticut in 1955. ... David Winning (born May 8, 1961 in Calgary, Alberta) is a Canadian-born film and television director. ... Manoj Nelliattu Shyamalan (born August 6, 1970), known professionally as M. Night Shyamalan, is an Academy Award-nominated film writer and director. ... For other uses of this phrase see Sixth sense (disambiguation) This article contains a trivia section. ... Masters of Horror is an American television series created by director Mick Garris for the Showtime cable network. ...

DVD Releases

Season Releases

Cover Art DVD Name Region Release Date # of Episodes Bonus Features
Are You Afraid of the Dark: The Complete 1st Season 1 April 18, 2006 13 Episode Synopses
Are You Afraid of the Dark: The Complete 2nd Season 1 November 28, 2006 13 Episode Synopses
Are You Afraid of the Dark: The Complete 3rd Season 1 April 24, 2007 12 Interactive Menu, Episode Synopses

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External links

  • Are You Afraid of the Dark? (first series) at the Internet Movie Database
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark? (second series) at the Internet Movie Database
  • David Winning (director) official web site
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark? series one fanlisting

 
 

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