Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
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Fitting Punishment 

When funeral director Ezra Thornberry gets his very polite young nephew Bobby as a roommate, he eventually learns his rude harsh behavior towards him could be fatal.


Jack Sholder


Steven Dodd (creator), Jonathan David Kahn (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Moses Gunn ... Uncle Ezra Thornberry
Jon Clair Jon Clair ... Bobby Thornberry
Teddy Wilson ... Clyde
John Kassir ... Crypt Keeper (voice)
Nick LaTour ... Doctor (as Nick La Tour)
Al Fann ... Mr. Jeffries
Joanne Jackson Joanne Jackson ... Woman in Mourning


Mean and stingy cheapskate funeral home director Ezra Thornberry treats his deceased clients with an appalling lack of respect. Following the death of his mother, Ezra's naive teenage nephew Bobby is forced to live with the nasty old coot. Complications arise when Bobby disapproves of Ezra's unscrupulous business practices. Written by Woodyanders

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Release Date:

19 June 1990 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Fitting Punishment is notably the only episode in the series with an all African-American cast. See more »


Uncle Ezra Thornberry: What you want, Clyde?
Clyde: Bye, Mr. Thornberry.
Uncle Ezra Thornberry: Where the hell you think you're going? You got work to do.
Clyde: I ain't doing nothing. I'm quitting. Look, I know that nice young man didn't die in no *accident*, I know it. I can't prove it, but I *know* what I know.
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Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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The Lord Helps Those...Who Help Themselves
31 August 2011 | by mattressman_pdlSee all my reviews

After losing his parents in a car accident, a teenage boy is forced to live with his penny-pinching, cruel uncle Ezra. Ezra is a mortician who quickly puts the young man to work in his mortuary. But after an accident resulting in an unneeded coffin, Ezra paralyzes the boy from the waist down. So, waste not, want not, Ezra arranges for young Bobby to meet his untimely demise...but the bothersome dead boy won't fit! Truly EC style, all the way. Moses Gunn is divinely evil as the morally corrupt Uncle Ezra, bringing to the screen one of the most evil characters in Crypt history. My only gripe is that the show's finale is spoiled by the opening comic page in the cryptkeeper segment...just like Carrion Death.

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