Faerie Tale Theatre

Faerie Tale Theatre is a children's series that was inspired by the Shirley Temple show, Shirley Temple's Storybook. Shelley Duvall came up with Faerie Tale Theatre's concept while she was filming Popeye and reading the fairy tale, The Frog Prince. Faerie Tale Theatre retells popular fairy tales. Shelly Duvall narrated, hosted, and sometimes starred in different episodes of the series. She was also the executive producer of the show. Each episode began with Shelly Duvall introducing herself. She then welcomed viewers and gave a short outline of the story being featured during that particular episode.

Well known actors and directors were featured in various installments, Robin Williams starred in the pilot episode The Frog Prince, and the back drops used were influenced by different artists and children's book illustrators.

6 Seasons, 28 Episodes
September 11, 1982
Cast: Shelley Duvall, John Achorn, Patrick DeSantis, David McCharen
Faerie Tale Theatre

Faerie Tale Theatre Full Episode Guide

  • A king who is overly protective of his daughters discovers that their dancing shoes are mysteriously being worn out every night, and offers to let any prince who can solve the mystery choose any of the princesses to have as his bride.

  • When a young mermaid falls in love with a human being, she sacrifices it all to be with him.

  • The story of a lazy man who sleeps for 20 years.

  • In a kingdom where all frivolity is banned, a princess who has grown up never knowing what laughter is decides that she will marry the first man who can make her laugh.

  • A common boy named Aladdin has big dreams, which start to come true when he is approached by a Moroccan magician who presents him an offer he can't refuse.

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