23. 'Tales from the Crypt' (1989-1996)
"Hello, boils and ghouls!" Many a monster would parade past viewers during the seven-year run this notorious anthology series, but the Cryptkeeper's puns may have been the scariest part of the show. That, however, was partially the point: When Hollywood heavy-hitters like Robert Zemeckis, Joel Silver, Walter Hill, and Richard Donner teamed up with HBO to adapt the infamously gruesome horror stories of legendary 1950s publisher EC Comics, the goal was simply to have a damn good time. Taking full advantage of the cable network's free rein with violence and nudity, Tales from the Crypt was a celebration of horror's pulpy past; the fact that it attracted stars from Demi Moore and Arnold Schwarzenegger to Joe Pesci and Whoopi Goldberg was simply blood-red icing on a creepshow cake.