SFX - - Friday the 13th -

Long be­fore the days of Sam Raimi an­nounc­ing a small- screen Evil Dead spin- off, and the likes of Bates Mo­tel and Hannibal, ’ 80s sta­ples Fri­day The 13th and A Night­mare On Elm Street made a mark on prime- time tele­vi­sion. Freddy’s Night­mares ( 1988– 1990) was an ob­vi­ous hit, but the non- con­ver­sa­tional Jason was a trick­ier terror totem to trans­late to broad­cast­ing. As such, when Para­mount’s Fri­day The 13th: The Se­ries pre­miered in 1987 fans were con­fused: the hockey mask- wearer was nowhere to be seen. In­stead, the show – which ran for three sea­sons – tells of an an­tique store which sells haunted para­pher­na­lia. Nev­er­the­less, the show at­tracted its own cult fol­low­ing and is now, rightly, seen as one of the high­lights of hor­ror on tele­vi­sion.

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