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Fear Itself is a horror/suspense anthology television series shot in the city of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with some additional shooting in the city of St. Albert and the town of Devon, Alberta. It began airing on June 5, 2008 on NBC.[1]

Fear Itself
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Created byMick Garris
Theme music composerSerj Tankian
Opening theme"Lie Lie Lie" by Serj Tankian
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producer(s)Andrew Deane
Production location(s)Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Running time42 min. (approx.)
Production company(s)
Original networkNBC / AXN Sci-Fi
Original releaseJune 5 –
July 31, 2008

The show aired Thursday nights at 10/9c. It was put on hiatus for the duration of the 2008 Summer Olympics, with the promise of a return once the event was over, but no further episodes were aired.[citation needed] While NBC failed to comment on the fate of the series once the Olympics ended, its time-slot was thereafter filled with re-runs of other NBC shows, and "Fear Itself" did not appear on the NBC Fall 2008 schedule.[citation needed]

Its title is derived from the famous Franklin D. Roosevelt quote, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."[2] The anthology was born out of Masters of Horror and shares several of the same creative elements. It features self-contained horror/thriller stories directed by the biggest horror directors working in features today, both shows were created by Mick Garris, and both shows are produced by Industry Entertainment's Andrew Deane, Adam Goldworm and Ben Browning. Stuart Gordon, Brad Anderson, John Landis and Rob Schmidt all directed at least one episode of each series. Guest stars included Eric Roberts, Anna Kendrick, Brandon Routh, Briana Evigan, Jesse Plemons, Elisabeth Moss, and Cory Monteith. The song in the opening credits is titled "Lie Lie Lie" by System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian, from his first solo album Elect the Dead.

On March 13, 2009, it was confirmed that the series had been canceled and would not be returning to NBC.[3] The complete series was released on DVD on September 15, 2009.



The first season includes thirteen episodes.

Episode Director Title Ratings Air Date (US)
1 Breck Eisner "The Sacrifice" 5.29 June 5, 2008
2 Brad Anderson "Spooked" 4.89 June 12, 2008
3 Ronny Yu "Family Man" 4.66 June 19, 2008
4 John Landis "In Sickness and in Health" 4.47 June 26, 2008
5 Stuart Gordon "Eater" 4.74 July 3, 2008
6 Darren Lynn Bousman "New Year's Day" 2.93 July 17, 2008
7 Mary Harron "Community" 3.21 July 24, 2008
8 Larry Fessenden "Skin & Bones" 3.87 July 31, 2008
9 Ernest Dickerson "Something with Bite" --- Unaired
10 John Dahl[4] "Chance" --- Unaired
11 Rob Schmidt "The Spirit Box" --- Unaired
12 Rupert Wainwright "Echoes" --- Unaired
13 Eduardo Rodríguez "The Circle" --- Unaired


In the UK, the show started airing on 5* from Friday 4 May 2012. In Australia, the show commenced screening in August 2012 on the FX channel, available on the Foxtel platform.

The episodes are run in a different order on the DVD and within online streaming sites.


  1. ^ NBC Lights Up Summer With A Burst Of Original Program Premieres As Part Of 'NBC'S All-American Summer'
  2. ^ Roosevelt, Franklin Delano. "First Inaugural Address". Wikisource. Retrieved 2003-03-02.
  3. ^ 2008 - 2009 Cancelled Shows: NBC Cancels 10 Television Series Archived March 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ 'Psych,' 'FNL' Actors Join 'Fear Itself'

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