Hansel and Gretel is one of the best in the Faerie Tale Theatre series, with lush costume and set designs based on the classic storybook illustrations of Arthur Rackham. Young Hansel and Gretel (Rick Schroder and Bridgette Andersen) are abandoned in the forest by their cruel stepmother (Joan Collins). The children happen across a magical cottage entirely made of gingerbread and sweets, which is owned by an evil witch... Joan Collins plays the dual-roles of the stepmother and the witch, and gives a fantastic performance as both characters. Paul Dooley plays the children's well-meaning father. One of the best of Faerie Tale Theatre's earlier episodes.