Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
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Love Hungry 

Desperate to lose weight in order to please an old boyfriend from high school, compulsive eater Betsy Cowland uses mysterious, and possibly unsafe, products that she receives in the mail.


John Strysik


Roberts Gannaway (story), John Strysik (teleplay)




Episode cast overview:
Sharon Madden Sharon Madden ... Betsy Cowland
Larry Gelman ... Elmo Shroud
Diana Hale Diana Hale ... Landlady
John Romo John Romo ... Delivery Man
Catherine Battistone Catherine Battistone ... Voice-Over (voice)
Neil Kinsella Neil Kinsella ... Voice-Over (voice)
Paul Sparer Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)


Betsy is a kind woman who happens to be a binge-eater; her life revolves around food although she hates the way she's become and dreams of a skinny life. When her high school sweetheart comes back to town she feels young all over again, but her weight keeps her from being the outgoing person she once was - until services from a mysteriously sinister weight loss company give her more than she bargained for, including advice from her own vice, the food itself. Written by GasmaskProductionsBooks

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Release Date:

21 February 1988 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Spoofs Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »


Tales from the Darkside Theme
Composed by Donald Rubinstein
Written by Erica Lindsay
Co-written by Donald Rubinstein
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Unusually unneeded ending.
3 August 2006 | by TOMNELSee all my reviews

This was a clever episode. Not a scary episode, but it was clever. It's plot is an overweight woman tries to diet, so she takes up a program where she sticks these plug type things in her ears. Soon she finds she can't eat at all because all of her food is alive and is talking to her. This is a funny episode more than anything else and the puppeteering on the food is nice and looks funny. My problem with this episode is what most like best. The ending of it is so violent, and it just seemed weird. Our main character wasn't introduced as a bad character, just fat. But I guess it was needed to spice up the episode.

My rating: Excellent episode. 22 mins. TV PG V

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