Faerie Tale Theatre (also known as Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre) is an American live-action children's anthology series retelling fairy tales. Shelley Duvall served as narrator, host and executive producer of the program, and occasionally starred in episodes. The series was followed by two other, albeit less successful shorter anthology series Tall Tales & Legends which followed the same format as Faerie Tale Theatre and focused on classic American folk tales and Nightmare Classics .Both series feature well known actors and directors, and were inspired by the children's television series Shirley Temple's Storybook. This was one of the first examples of cable original programming, alongside HBO's Fraggle Rock.
Faerie Tale Theatre originally aired on Showtime from 1982 to 1987, winning a Peabody Award, TCA Award and Golden CableACE Award. It later aired as edited re-runs on the Disney Channel as well as in syndication on various television stations, including PBS and BookTelevision.