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
Frank C. Turner
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David Ogden Stiers
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Ron White
Ron White
Carol Kane
Carol Kane
Shawn Ashmore
Shawn Ashmore
Megan Follows
Megan Follows
Bruce Weitz
Bruce Weitz
Ben Cross
Ben Cross
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Robert Vaughn
Robert Vaughn
Donald Pleasence
Donald Please...
Sally Kellerman
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Clara Goodwater
Helen Shaver
Helen Shaver
Keram Malicki-Sánchez
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Robert Culp
Robert Culp
Kenneth Welsh
Kenneth Welsh
Lucy Lawless
Lucy Lawless
Drew Barrymore
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Elliott Gould
Elliott Gould
Eugene Levy
Eugene Levy
Shelley Duvall
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Sheila McCarthy
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Nick Mancuso
Nick Mancuso
Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum
Dean O'Gorman
Dean O'Gorman
John Glover
John Glover
Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury
James Coco
James Coco
Cec Linder
Cec Linder
Patrick Macnee
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David Carradine
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Roy Kinnear
Roy Kinnear
Michael Ironside
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Joanna Cassidy
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Katharine Isabelle
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Cyril Cusack
Cyril Cusack
James Whitmore
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Harold Gould
Harold Gould
John Vernon
John Vernon
Alan Bates
Alan Bates
Ronald Lacey
Ronald Lacey
John Sumner
John Sumner
Micheline Presle
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Shane Meier
Shane Meier
Dan O'Herlihy
Dan O'Herlihy
Marc Singer
Marc Singer
Jean Stapleton
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Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
Zachary Bennett
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Stuart Margolin
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Michael Sarrazin
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John Kerr
John Kerr
Sally Kirkland
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Alan Scarfe
Alan Scarfe
Robert Joy
Robert Joy
Howard Hesseman
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Mimi Kuzyk
Mimi Kuzyk
Eddie Albert
Eddie Albert
George Touliatos
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David Birney
David Birney
Michael Hurst
Michael Hurst
Saul Rubinek
Saul Rubinek
Louise Fletcher
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Susannah York
Susannah York
Timothy Bottoms
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Denholm Elliott
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Ian Bannen
Ian Bannen
William Shatner
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Kate Hardie
Kate Hardie
Eileen Brennan
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David Orth
David Orth
Sylvestra Le Touzel
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Janice Rule
Janice Rule
Gordon Pinsent
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Richard Benjamin
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Gregory Sierra
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Hal Linden
Hal Linden
Henry Beckman
Henry Beckman
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Jennifer Dale
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Wayne Robson
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Geordie Johnson
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R. H. Thomson
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Tyne Daly
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Paul Gross
Paul Gross
Erik Thomson
Erik Thomson
Vincent Gardenia
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Peggy Mount
Peggy Mount
Ray Sharkey
Ray Sharkey
Lee Grant
Lee Grant
Peter Barton
Peter Barton
Pat Harrington, Jr.
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Janet-Laine Green
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Charles Martin Smith
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Gerard Parkes
Gerard Parkes
Michael J. Pollard
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Clive Swift
Clive Swift
Barry Morse
Barry Morse
Chad Krowchuk
Chad Krowchuk
Susan Wooldridge
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Lynsey Baxter
Lynsey Baxter
Leigh Lawson
Leigh Lawson
Linda Kelsey
Linda Kelsey
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Malcolm Stewart
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Henri Poirier
Henri Poirier
Josh Saviano
Josh Saviano
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