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