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The Enchanted Child


A young boy has the strange gift of killing people at will with the force of his thoughts. When anyone speaks positively about dying when he is about, the person under discussion invariably ends up dead. His parents get curious after the second death and get afraid that they might be next in line.



Air Dates

  • First Run - January 20, 1978
  • Repeat - June 17, 1978





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12 Responses to Episode 0768



I'm not sure if the kid was killing people with his mind, or if this was just a thought that his mother had. Another dreary twisted tale from Elspeth Eric.


I completely agree with Hayley (above). Not the best episode of a child who, supposedly, has the ability to kill people with his thoughts. He seemed to have killed those with whom he lived with. He killed his parents, foster parents, extended family and kind folk who would take him in. If only the Kardashians could adopt this twisted little soul. 3 stars.


Oh the truth you speak. #Buillion


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Interesting episode that starts out as a 1950's 'Leave It To Beaver' type Christian Family, and develops into a Simpsons type put our aging parents into retirement homes because we can't live with them. The imitation of what I thought of the supernatural Twilight Zone episode where the boy has godlike powers to make people disappear that he doesn't like, fizzled out in this episode. I wasn't convinced that the boy was the cause, or that the old people just died of old age and the parents and grandmother were the agents of their own deaths. Kudos go to this episode for being one of the few Mystery theater episodes where the boy actually sounds like a real boy actor. (If Alan Roth is the same person who went on to become the famous guitarist, then he was around 19 years old in 1978.) Also kudos to Don Scardino for playing the perfect young sincere preacher. I would go to church every week just to listen to his sermons.


The kid in this episode couldn't have been 19 years old. He sounds much too young.


Evie Juster played the child, I think.


Another snoozer from Elspeth Eric, who turned what could have been a chilling story into a boring drama where you just stop listening after a while and forget what's going on. The plot seems to be taken right out of the 'Twilight Zone' episode about a boy named Anthony who could wish anyone into the corn field at will. Only in this case, Elspeth Eric's version is no longer scary. It's just a drama where people talk, talk, talk about their feelings, (as they usually do in her stories), and one is left unsure whether the boy in the story has any powers at all. Yawn....stretch....I'm bored, goodnight, lol!


Absolutley agree! You are too funny!

Jim K

This is yet another take on the short story β€œIt’s A Good Life” written by Jerome Bixby in 1953. Terrifying story of an omni powerful little boy.


At the end of this one, I just yelled WHAT?! There was no resolution and the story really didn't make sense. It started off okay, but when the dad was talking to the preacher it just became too dumb for words. The father was like, "Our little boy didn't eat dessert, he MUST have killed them!" The preacher's dialogue was pretty stupid as well. I was hoping there'd be a twist at the end--like the father had legitimately been run over by a truck and the little boy comes to some kind of realization...but no. It doesn't make sense for the kid to have killed everyone--he kills his father's rival so his father can get a promotion...but then he kills his father? Huh?

Susie Q

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