This 30-minute horror/fantasy anthology series follows in the vein of The Twilight Zone. Each week presents another standalone story of scary fantasy, and/or sci-fi. Some episodes are gruesome, a few are of a lighter comedic design. Like lots of such programs, Tales ... adapted the work of well-known genre authors of the period such as Harlan Ellison, Stephen King, and Clive Barker. Numerous episodes also included veteran actors of the 40's and 50's that saw hardly any work in their later years.