In this anthology series, tales of horror and science fiction are filmed live and presented to the viewing audience. Along with timeless tales of terror like Frankenstein and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, stories of suspense with twist endings are presented.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Tales of Tomorrow - Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow (short story) - Netflix
“Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow” is a short story by Kurt Vonnegut originally written in 1953. It was first published in Galaxy Science Fiction magazine in January 1954, where the story was titled “The Big Trip Up Yonder”, which is the protagonist's euphemism for dying. A revised version bearing the title “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow” appeared in Vonnegut's collection of short stories, Canary in a Cat House (1961), and was reprinted in Welcome to the Monkey House (1968). The new title comes from the famous line in Shakespeare's play Macbeth starting “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow”.
Tales of Tomorrow - Plot - Netflix
The Schwartz family, headed by 172-year-old Harold (“Gramps”), lives in a three-room apartment on the 76th floor of “Building 257 of Alden Village, New York City, Connecticut”. Gramps' grandson Louis, his wife Emerald, and 20 other descendants are crowded into the space, perpetually jockeying for Gramps' favor. Gramps gets the best food and the only private bedroom, and controls everyone's life by constantly revising his will to disinherit anyone who earns his displeasure. An offhand remark by Lou prompts Gramps to disinherit him and exile Lou and Em to the worst sleeping space in the apartment, near the bathroom. Lou then catches his great-grandnephew, newly wed Mortimer, diluting Gramps' anti-gerasone in the bathroom. Fearing Gramps' reaction to such a scheme, Lou tries to empty the bottle and refill it with the full-strength medicine, but accidentally breaks the bottle and is caught by Gramps, who only tells him to clean up the mess. The next morning, the family finds Gramps' bed empty and a note informing them that he is gone; the note also contains a revised will that bequeaths his entire estate to be held in common by his descendants, with no stipulations as to who receives what property. A riot breaks out as the family members start fighting over who gets the bedroom, leading to everyone being arrested and jailed at the police station. Lou and Em find the cells to be comfortable and spacious compared to the apartment, and hope that they will be sentenced to prison so they can keep these living arrangements. Meanwhile, Gramps has returned to the now-empty apartment, having watched the events unfold from a tavern across the plaza. He has hired the best lawyer in town in order to get everyone convicted, so that he can have the apartment to himself and they can enjoy the relative comfort of jail for a while. Gramps sees a television commercial for a new product called Super-anti-gerasone, which can reverse the aging process instead of just halting it, and starts thinking about being able to enjoy life again.
Tales of Tomorrow - References - Netflix