Producers George Romero & Michael Rubenstein felt Tales From the Darkside had run its course, so they switched gears and conjured a new show, strictly in the horror vein.
Monsters aired on many of the same stations that carried Darkside, and, unlike Darkside, lasted for 3 seasons (Darkside ran for 4, plus a pilot in 1983). The formula was the same, using familiar and soon-to-be-familiar stars to headline episodes, and mining the works of the likes of Stephen King for scripts. Some episodes, though, were, like Darkside, played for laughs, in order to ease things up.
Unlike Darkside, I didn't see any episodes of Monsters, so there won't be a rating. We'll leave you with the open, taken from a cable rebroadcast on Chiller.