The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)
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The Leprechaun-Artist/Dead Run 

"The Leprechaun-Artist": Three teenage boys are each granted a wish after catching a vacationing leprechaun. "Dead Run": A down-on-his-luck trucker accepts a job hauling an unusual cargo.


Rod Serling (created by), Tommy Lee Wallace (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cork Hubbert ... Shawn McGool (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist")
Joey Green Joey Green ... J.P. (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist")
Bradley Gregg ... Richie (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist")
Danny Nucci ... Buddy (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist")
James Hess James Hess ... Sergeant Brewer (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist")
Marguerite DeLain Marguerite DeLain ... J.P.'s Mom (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist")
Burr Middleton Burr Middleton ... Richie's Dad (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist")
Charles Stransky ... Buddy's Dad (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist") (as Chuck Stransky)
Melinda Peterson ... Buddy's Mom (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist")
Steve Railsback ... Johnny Davis (segment "Dead Run")
John de Lancie ... Dispatcher (segment "Dead Run") (as John DeLancie)
Barry Corbin ... Pete Siekovich (segment 'Dead Run')
Ebbe Roe Smith ... Gary Frick (segment "Dead Run")
James Lashly ... Merle (segment "Dead Run")
Paul Jenkins ... Trucker #3 (segment "Dead Run")


Dead Run: A former hell-raising, now down-on-his-luck trucker accepts a last-chance job hauling condemned souls to Hell. The souls are taken by the trailer load to a complex of metal buildings filled with flames and the screams of the doomed, surrounded by barbed wire fences and faceless guards, in general resembling a prison. Something's wrong, though, as many of the souls seem to be wrongly condemned, and have huddled together to try to make sense of the situation and to help and protect themselves from the true demons. The trucker is upset by this, and tries to discuss it with his peers, but they tell him look the other way and mind his own business, judgment is not his problem. He tries to see 'the head man', but discovers that God, very busy with world affairs, has turned the job of judging over to a very conservative underling, who condemns based on the smallest of sins. The trucker decides to take matters into his own hands, and on his next run, stops and questions the souls ... Written by big_guy

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Release Date:

21 February 1986 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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John Barlow, a lyricist of the Grateful Dead (who contributed to the theme-song writing), made an appearance as a driver in "Dead Run". See more »

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Good wishes of fun have a price to pay, and a gateway to hell!
17 March 2011 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

This TZ episode from season one episode 19 was pretty interesting teaching good moral lessons that fun comes at a price as it's better to stay in your own normal world. And second of off Hell really does exist on earth! The segments were titled "The Leprechaun Artist" and "Dead Run".

"The Leprechaun Artist" takes place in California involving three young boys who all want for a youth of seeing pretty girls, junk food, and fast cars. So one day when they venture out on their bikes in the California woods they meet Shaun McGool a leprechaun who's on vacation and he grants them three wishes after he's captured by the boys. The wishes turn out to be fun yet as you know with pleasure and fun comes consequence and facing up to reality, and the boys see in the end the only wish that was right for them is to be normal and stay in their own normal dull little world so it's granted when the leprechaun leaves.

Second segment "Dead Run" is a fright as it deals with the devil and dead souls going to hell. As a wild and fast fire cannon California truck driver finds his life with no promise so he takes up a job of driving to a place of the wicked and tortured it's the shipment of doomed souls to hell! Hell really could be just like an underground earth tunnel of souls that are delivered by a conflicted man! And this gives a driver and anyone else a chance to see the damage and calling for a straight up! Overall good segments that teach good moral lessons.

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