Boris Karloff’s ‘Thriller’

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Before ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson’s Thriller, a TV mystery/horror anthology series of that same title was hosted by one of the kings of monster cinema – Boris Karloff. Decades will present 42 episodes of that Thriller, which originally ran for 62 episodes on NBC over two seasons (1960-62), starting tomorrow at 1 pm ET (check for airtime in your area).

The marathon kicks off with “Hay-Fork and Bill-Hook,’ an episode involving the murder of an old man suspected of witchcraft. When the wife of the Scotland Yard inspector investigating the case starts having visions of the Black Dog, harbinger of death, the Welsh locals become wary of her. Look for Batman’s Alan Napier in the role of Constable Evans.

At 5 pm, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’s Robert Vaughn appears as the title character in “The Ordeal of Dr. Cordell.” He’s a chemist accidentally exposed to a gas that makes him homicidal when he hears bells.

Then, at 6 am on Sunday, a pre-Star Trek William Shatner is Paul Graves, a man who warns his eccentric mystery author aunt (a pre-Gilligan’s Island Natalie Schafer) not to buy a cursed painting of “The Grim Reaper.” Do you really think she’s going to listen?

What are some of your favorite Thriller episodes? Feel free to add them to the comments section at the end of this article.

For a complete Decades schedule, visit To find where you can see Decades free over the air via antenna, or via cable/satellite/telco, visit the channel’s “Where to Watch” page.

Thrilling Viewing Alternatives

If you don’t have Decades, you can catch back-to-back episodes of Thriller on sister over-air-air channel MeTV, Sundays at 2 am ET. Consult for the channel number in your area.

You can also stream episodes for free on YouTube.

Decades Returns to New York, Arrives in Los Angeles

In July, Decades announced the channel would return this fall to a number of major US markets, as well enter new ones. We can now report that it’s available over the air in a number of cities, including New York, Dallas, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco and elsewhere. To see if it’s on in your area, visit

To watch with an antenna, you may need to rescan your over-the-air channels to access it. If you have questions, visit Decades.

Decades will also be added to cable systems in those markets, but no launch dates or channel numbers have been provided.

About Larry Greenberg

A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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