Like motion pictures, television shows and cartoons have borrowed elements from
- Babylon 5
- Several elements of this show are Lovecraft-inspired, since creator J. Michael Straczynski is a
big Lovecraft fan.
- The Pak’ma’ra are introduced in this episode, a race of creatures that bear a
resemblance to Cthulhu.
- “Passing Through Gethsemane”
- This episode has a character known as Brother “Edward”/“Charles
Dexter”; a reference to Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.
- Dark Shadows
- Many episodes of “Dark Shadows” were based, at least in part, on well-known works
of fiction. The “Leviathan” episodes (1969-70) were said to have been inspired by
Lovecraft’s “Cthulhu Mythos.”
- Considering the name of this series, it’s no surprise that they focused on tales that
featured, well, monsters.
- “The Space Eaters” (Episode 63)
- Based on the story by Frank Belknap Long.
- Hercules: The Legendary
- “Hercules” is produced by Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert, who were responsible for the
“Evil Dead” films.
- “City of the Dead”
- The Necronomicon figures prominently in this episode.
- Night Gallery
- Each of the following vignettes are part of a single episode of the show.
Air” (Season 2, Episode 18)
- A young woman falls in love with a colleague of her dead father, who is dying in his very
chilly home. Not a bad adaptation, despite the inclusion of a romantic element, but the
ending mars the mood. (This episode may be watched online at
Lovecraft Sent Me” (Season 2, Episode 7)
- This mildly humourous short skit has no Lovecraftian elements, only using his name. (This
episode may be watched online at Hulu.)
- “Pickman’s Model” (Season 2, Episode 17)
- In Victorian Boston, a woman encounters an artist who paints ghouls. Like “Cool
Air,” a romantic element is included, but it is the creature shown at the end that
ruins the episode. (This episode may be watched online at
- “Professor Peabody’s Last Lecture” (Season 2, Episode
- Professor Peabody (Carl Reiner) spouts the names of many creatures in the
“mythos.” His students include Mssrs. Bloch, Derleth, and Lovecraft. Although
this episode is pretty silly, it is, again, the creature at the end that makes it especially
laughable. (This episode may be watched online at Hulu.)
Return of the Sorcerer” (Season 3, Episode 29).
- Based on Clark Ashton Smith’s “mythos” story of the same name, this
episode only manages to remain above average due to the performances of Vincent Price and
Bill Bixby. (This episode may be watched online at Hulu.)
- The Real Ghostbusters
- Two episodes of this cartoon had Lovecraftian references.
- “Collect Call of Cathulhu”
- When the Necronomicon is stolen by some tentacled beast, the Ghostbusters are helped
out by Dr. Alice Derleth from Arkham. Michael Reaves wrote
for this episode.
- “Russian About”
- The Ghostbusters are in Russia attending a lecture when a magical grimoire is stolen and the
Old Ones are unleashed. This episode was written by J. Michael Straczynski, the creator of