Before Once Upon a Time, before Grimm, even before The 10th Kingdom, there was: Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre A generation of children grew up on this believed TV series, hosted by—and sometimes starring—the incomparable Shelley Duvall. The series, which lasted for six seasons and ran from 1982 to 1987, retold 27 different fairy tales for a new generation.
Unlike modern fairy tale shows, Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre did not try to be too contemporary, edgy, or fractured. The goal of the show was to recreate beloved fairy tales, some well-known and others less so, in order to introduce their stories to an audience. Perhaps the most notable thing about the series, aside from its wonderful premise, was the fact that the show was actually able to book many celebrities. Modern fans of the show might be surprised at just how many celebrities show up in these classic fairy tales!
The show retold 27 different fairy tales, including popular ones such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and less well-known tales such as The Boy Who Left Home to find out about the Shivers. But which episodes of this classic fairy tale show were the best?