Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
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The Devil's Advocate 

A hate-filled host of a radio call-in shows discovers where his anger and cynicism leads.


Michael Gornick


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Episode cast overview:
Jerry Stiller ... Luther Mandrake
Todd Oleson Todd Oleson ... Engineer
Patrick Farrelly ... Telephone Caller (voice)
Karen Shallo Karen Shallo ... Telephone Caller (voice)
Barbara Holmes Barbara Holmes ... Telephone Caller (voice)
David Early David Early ... Telephone Caller (voice) (as David L. Early)
Paul Sparer Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)


A hate-filled host of a radio call-in shows discovers where his anger and cynicism leads.

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Release Date:

10 November 1985 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Spoofed in The Ben Stiller Show: On Melrose Avenue (1992) See more »


Tales from the Darkside Theme
Composed by Donald Rubinstein
Written by Erica Lindsay
Co-written by Donald Rubinstein
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Wow! A good episode!
5 June 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE is that rare beast, a genuinely good and entertaining episode of TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE. In fact it's my favourite episode yet, one which contains good acting from the lead (Jerry Stiller), some great situations, and a quite wonderful twist.

For once this is an episode which makes the very best of its low budget as the host is a radio phone-in presenter who works alone in his studio. It turns out this guy is one of the angriest around, a chap who belittles and berates everyone who phones in to him with their problems. Given that this is a George Romero-produced show, listen out for one of the voices; it's the opening doctor from DAWN OF THE DEAD, David Early, with his instantly recognisable voice.

Stiller's constant put-downs are hilarious in the extreme, and even the twist is adroitly handled; what a shame that the majority of this series couldn't feature episodes of the same quality as this one. It's a real zinger.

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