The Ray Bradbury Theater (1985)

The Ray Bradbury Theater is an anthology series that ran for two seasons on HBO, three episodes per season from 1985 to 1986, and four additional seasons on USA Network from 1988 to 1992. It was later shown in reruns on the Sci Fi Channel. All 65 episodes were written by Ray Bradbury and many were based on short stories or novels he had written, including "A Sound of Thunder", "Marionettes, Inc.", "Banshee", "The Playground", "Mars is Heaven", "Usher II", "The Jar", "The Long Rain", "The Veldt", "The Small Assassin", "The Pedestrian", "The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl, "Here There Be Tygers", "The Toynbee Convector", and "Sun and Shadow". Many of the episodes focused on only one of Bradbury's original works. However, Bradbury occasionally included elements from his other works. "Marionettes, Inc." featured Fantoccini, a character from "I Sing the Body Electric!". "Gotcha!" included an opening sequence taken from "The Laurel and Hardy Love Affair." Characters were renamed, and elements added to the original works to expand the story to 23–28 minutes or to better suit the television medium. Each episode would begin with a shot of Bradbury in his office, gazing over mementos of his life, which he states are used to spark ideas for stories. During the first season, Bradbury sometimes appeared on-screen in brief vignettes introducing the story. During the second season, Bradbury provided the opening narration with no specific embellishment concerning the episode. During the third season, a foreshortened version of the narration was used and Bradbury would add specific comments relevant to the episode presented. During the fourth and later seasons, a slightly shorter generic narration was used with no additional comments.

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  • Ray Bradbury

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Release Date: 1985-05-21
Seasons: 1 2 3 4 5 6
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  • Country: US, CA, FR, NZ
  • Language: En
  • Runtime: 30
Ben Cross
Ben Cross
Robert Joy
Robert Joy
Marc Singer
Marc Singer
Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum
Sheila McCarthy
Sheila McCart...
Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymor...
Linda Kelsey
Linda Kelsey
Nick Mancuso
Nick Mancuso
Harold Gould
Harold Gould
Shawn Ashmore
Shawn Ashmore
Tyne Daly
Tyne Daly
Sylvestra Le Touzel
Sylvestra Le...
Lucy Lawless
Lucy Lawless
David Birney
David Birney
Howard Hesseman
Howard Hessem...
James Coco
James Coco
Hal Linden
Hal Linden
Clive Swift
Clive Swift
Timothy Bottoms
Timothy Botto...
Robert Culp
Robert Culp
Michael J. Pollard
Michael J. Po...
David Ogden Stiers
David Ogden S...
Elliott Gould
Elliott Gould
Alan Bates
Alan Bates
Saul Rubinek
Saul Rubinek
Eugene Levy
Eugene Levy
Mimi Kuzyk
Mimi Kuzyk
Roy Kinnear
Roy Kinnear
R. H. Thomson
R. H. Thomson
Carol Kane
Carol Kane
Dean O'Gorman
Dean O'Gorman
Cyril Cusack
Cyril Cusack
Barry Morse
Barry Morse
John Glover
John Glover
Louise Fletcher
Louise Fletch...
Janice Rule
Janice Rule
Eddie Albert
Eddie Albert
Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury
Michael Ironside
Michael Irons...
Patrick Macnee
Patrick Macne...
Eileen Brennan
Eileen Brenna...
William Shatner
William Shatn...
David Carradine
David Carradi...
Frank C. Turner
Frank C. Turn...
Joanna Cassidy
Joanna Cassid...
Ronald Lacey
Ronald Lacey
Jayne Eastwood
Jayne Eastwoo...
Ian Bannen
Ian Bannen
Richard Benjamin
Richard Benja...
Gerard Parkes
Gerard Parkes
Alan Scarfe
Alan Scarfe
Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
Ron White
Ron White
Shelley Duvall
Shelley Duval...
John Vernon
John Vernon
Helen Shaver
Helen Shaver
Paul Gross
Paul Gross
Vincent Gardenia
Vincent Garde...
Kenneth Welsh
Kenneth Welsh
Sally Kirkland
Sally Kirklan...
Denholm Elliott
Denholm Ellio...
James Whitmore
James Whitmor...
Henry Beckman
Henry Beckman
Gordon Pinsent
Gordon Pinsen...
Robert Vaughn
Robert Vaughn
Ray Sharkey
Ray Sharkey
Kate Hardie
Kate Hardie
Stuart Margolin
Stuart Margol...
Bruce Weitz
Bruce Weitz
Gregory Sierra
Gregory Sierr...
Yannick Bisson
Yannick Bisso...
Sally Kellerman
Sally Kellerm...
Clara Goodwater
Susannah York
Susannah York
Katharine Isabelle
Katharine Isa...
Charles Martin Smith
Charles Marti...
Keram Malicki-Sánchez
Keram Malicki...
Megan Follows
Megan Follows
Dan O'Herlihy
Dan O'Herlihy
Michael Sarrazin
Michael Sarra...
Jean Stapleton
Jean Stapleto...
George Touliatos
George Toulia...
John Kerr
John Kerr
Cec Linder
Cec Linder
Wayne Robson
Wayne Robson
Peggy Mount
Peggy Mount
Micheline Presle
Micheline Pre...
Geordie Johnson
Geordie Johns...
Donald Pleasence
Donald Please...
Zachary Bennett
Zachary Benne...
Shane Meier
Shane Meier
Pat Harrington, Jr.
Pat Harringto...
Michael Hurst
Michael Hurst
Jennifer Dale
Jennifer Dale
Iain Cuthbertson
Iain Cuthbert...
Erik Thomson
Erik Thomson
Malcolm Stewart
Malcolm Stewa...
Peter Barton
Peter Barton
George Anton
George Anton
David Orth
David Orth
Bruce Allpress
Bruce Allpres...
Janet-Laine Green
Janet-Laine G...
Chad Krowchuk
Chad Krowchuk
Lynsey Baxter
Lynsey Baxter
Susan Wooldridge
Susan Wooldri...
Mary Morris
Mary Morris
Leigh Lawson
Leigh Lawson
Earl Pastko
Earl Pastko
Henri Poirier
Henri Poirier
Josh Saviano
Josh Saviano
Sheila Moore
Sheila Moore
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