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Faerie Tale Theatre (also known as Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre) is a live-action children's television anthology series retelling popular fairy tales. Shelley Duvall serves as narrator, host and executive producer of the program, and occasionally stars in episodes. The series was followed by another, shorter series called Tall Tales & Legends which followed the same format as Faerie Tale Theatre and focused on classic American folk tales. Both series feature well known actors and directors, and were inspired by the children's television series Shirley Temple Theatre (also known as The Shirley Temple Show and Shirley Temple's Storybook).

Faerie Tale Theatre originally aired on Showtime from 1982 to 1987. It later aired as edited re-runs on the Disney Channel[1] as well as in syndication on various television stations,[2] including PBS[3][4] and BookTelevision.[5]


  • Despite being an American show, "faerie" is the British spelling of "fairy" and "theatre" is the British spelling of "theater" (although some Americans use "theatre" to distinguish live theaters from cinemas).