Are You Afraid of the Dark, one of the most prolific TV shows of its time, was an example of kids shows that were sort of a subdivision of adult shows like Twilight Zone and Tales from the Darkside. In fact, according to Buzzfeed, the very opening line for the show was a homage to the Twilight Zone.
Much to the delight of 90s kids, some of the stars from these shows have gone on to star in their adult counterparts. The Inquisitr has reported on Kenan Thompson and his casting on Saturday Night Live following his stint on the hit 90s Nickelodeon show All That, which is considered by many as the kids version of SNL. Some might fret that these nostalgic shows shows have either fallen into the categories of the rare, non-existent, or overly expensive.
Some of these shows have either yet to be produced on DVD, or have independently been produced and become a rarity amongst other TV show DVDs. So many search for these treasured 90s shows, only to be disappointed by excessively high prices, or lack of availability all together.
Fear not 90s kids: A Reddit user has apparently compiled almost the entire Are You Afraid of the Dark series in one post. This laundry list of episodes is apparently posted on YouTube. Seasons one through five are posted, but noticeably absent are the show’s revival seasons, six and seven. Are You Afraid of the Dark is one of few shows that attempted a revival, but was short lived.
The horror anthology was certainly unique in it’s own right. Even though it can certainly be compared to others in the adult viewing world, and some of the series that proceeded it, Are You Afraid of the Dark was a unique show all on it’s own, and it is still pretty creepy.
The quality of this show versus the competition, both past and present, still has yet to match it. It always began with the famous words “Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society,” and then came the non-dairy creamer that was thrown in to the fire to make it burst. Many of the shows featured famous guests included Ryan Gosling, Neve Campbell, Gilbert Gottfried, and Elisha Cuthbert, to name a few.
The Daily Dot was the first to bring this to our attention, but certainly Reddit user R2teep2 deserves more credit. However, unlike what most of the reports indicate, the show has actually been up on YouTube much longer than this past week. Some (including this writer) have already been viewing Are You Afraid of the Dark on YouTube since 2011.
So whether you are finding out now, have been watching since 2011, or since 1996, one must say this is excellent news for any 90s kid looking to relive the nostalgia of yesteryear. You can almost say Halloween has come early, at least from 1996 to 1999. In that case, it is a tad late.
Submitted for your viewing pleasure, the infamous Dr. Vink episodes are posted below. That’s Dr. Vink with a “Vvv, Vvv.”
What are your thoughts? Are you excited about Are You Afraid of the Dark on YouTube, or do you already own the DVDs?
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