The Hitchhiker

This was the first dramatic series made for HBO. Episodes were thirty minutes long with no commercial interruptions. Each episode presented a morality tale set in the modern world. These morality tales typically took a very dark twist, thus it was seen as a "Twilight Zone" for the 1980's. A mysterious figure called "The Hitchhiker" introduced these tales and commented upon them.

Themes included lust, infidelity, greed, murder, and vanity. Each episode was like a modern portrait of one or more of the seven deadly sins and how seemingly socially acceptable mores could go oh so wrong. Many episodes have an element of "what goes around, comes around" often involving karmic death as the ultimate payback for a life filled with evil choices.

Some episodes show relatively mundane stories. In one episode, a man discovers the affair between his wife and best friend, and plans to murder the friend but accidentally kills the wife instead. The two then agree to cover it up, but ultimately die in an accident. Other episodes involve deals with the devil, ghosts and other paranormal forms of bad karma. For example, the ghost of a murder victim comes back to ruin the life of his murderer.

5 Seasons, 86 Episodes
November 23, 1983
Action & Adventure, Drama, Horror & Suspense
Cast: Page Fletcher
The Hitchhiker

The Hitchhiker Full Episode Guide

  • An unemployed man deserts his family to pursue a topless dancer, but when he kills a pedestrian in a hit and run accident, he is finally forced to face up to the consequences of his actions.

  • An actress is willing to do anything for a shot at stardom.

  • Wifey and her lover decide to murder hubby and collect the insurance money on his death.

  • A milksop, who's always been dominated by his mother, finally has had enough and snaps.

  • A man in the Witness Protection Program becomes paranoid of being discovered so he goes to a plastic surgeon to change his appearance.

  • A tyrannical boss is victimized by the black magic of his employees.

  • A bartender takes a stolen credit card on a shopping spree and soon regrets doing so.

  • A neo-fascist is unable to forget about his past.

  • A con artist meets his match and discovers that no scam is perfect.

  • A young woman is kidnapped by two men for a night out in gay Paris.

  • A housewife shoots down her philandering hubby then goes after the other woman.

  • An artist begins to believe that his works and life are melding together.

  • A con man who preys on wealthy older women gets his comeuppance.

  • An office manager accidentally kills the boss' wife and tries desperately to cover up her crime.

  • A philanderer faces a murder frame-up when wifey gets tired of his screwing around.

  • After years of illegal dumping, the poisons in the land start having their effects on people's minds.

  • A teacher steals the writings of an inmate in a class he's teaching in a prison but finds out that all criminals must pay the price.

  • A ne'er-do-well becomes obsessed with a television show called Strate Shooter after meeting a hot chick at a bar.

  • A woman decides to eliminate her romantic rival much the same way she would a business rival.

  • A film director finds himself in a heap of trouble when he seduces a damsel away from her gangster boyfriend and he refuses to give her up.

  • A delusional ex-Marine becomes convinced that he's on a dangerous mission and that his commanding officers have abandoned him.

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