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