Created by Mick Garris
Country of origin United States
First episode date 5 June 2008
Program creator Mick Garris
Writers Sean Hood
Theme music composer Serj Tankian
Original language(s) English
Final episode date 31 July 2008
Networks NBC, AXN Sci Fi
|Opening theme "Lie Lie Lie" by Serj Tankian|
Similar Masters of Horror, Tales from the Darkside, Monsters, Goosebumps, The Outer Limits
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.
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. 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.
Its title is derived from the famous Franklin D. Roosevelt quote, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." 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, Elisabeth Moss, and Cory Monteith. The song in the opening credits is entitled "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. The complete series was released on DVD on September 15, 2009.
The first season includes thirteen episodes.
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.