Faerie Tale Theatre: “Rapunzel” (1983)

Easily the best episode of Shelley Duvall’s beloved 1980s children’s program I’ve seen so far, “Rapunzel” shows significant storytelling and narrative growth since the first two episodes, as charming as those two were. Here, the episode is blessed with Roddy McDowall’s smooth narration not to mention the funny, charming writing he’s given, while the trio of leads (Duvall, Gena Rowlands and Jeff Bridges) are genuinely compelling. Rowlands, in particular, is remarkable: She tears into it like nothing could be more fun and walks away with every scene she’s in.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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