Masters of Horror episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 2
Written by Brent Hanley
Directed by John Landis
Guest stars Meredith Monroe
Matt Keeslar
George Wendt
Production no. 202
Original airdate November 3, 2006
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"Family" is the second episode of the second season of Masters of Horror. It originally aired in North America on November 3, 2006.


A young married couple, Celia and David (Meredith Monroe and Matt Keeslar), move into a new home and meet their seemingly venerable neighbor Harold (George Wendt). There is no indication that Harold is in fact a psychotic killer who has created a family using the skeletons of his former victims. His family consists of a wife, mother, and children, all of whom Harold seems to believe are fully alive. He dresses them in clothing, moves them around the house, and talks with them as if they can talk back. There is also the hint that he replaces family members when he finds a new victim.

He sets his eyes on Celia, who has a secret of her own: years ago, Harold killed their daughter, and they have been tracking him down for years afterwards. They lure him into a trap and exact revenge.



Family DVD

The DVD was released on April 17, 2007. It is the fifteenth episode and the sixteenth episode to be released on DVD.


  • There is a picture of Dick Cheney in Harold's house.
  • When the PA in the hospital scene calls for Dr. Howard and Dr. Fine, this is a reference to the Three Stooges brothers Moe Howard and Curly Howard and Larry Fine.
  • The main inspiration of this episode was the movie Psycho.
  • John Landis' trademark phrase "See You Next Wednesday" is spoken by a cartoon character on TV.

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