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