The Ray Bradbury Theater

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  • TV-14
  • 1985
  • 6 Seasons
  • 7.3  (1,661)

The Ray Bradbury Theater is a science fiction anthology television series based on the works of prolific author Ray Bradbury. The show aired from 1985 to 1992 and was produced by famed Canadian filmmaker Mark Carwardine. The series is a collection of short stories that use cutting-edge visual effects and top-of-the-line acting talent to bring Bradbury's imaginative tales to life.

The series opens with the show's titular writer introducing each episode, his words forming the perfect introduction to each story. The series is a showcase of mind-bending tales of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Each episode is self-contained with a unique story, and they range from heart-warming to chilling, each with its own twist.

One of the standout features of the show is the casting. Big-name actors were regularly cast in the series. Jeff Goldblum and Peter O'Toole are two examples of this, with both starring in their own episodes. Other well-known actors who appear in the series include William Shatner, Drew Barrymore, and Shelley Duvall.

The production quality of each episode is outstanding, featuring state-of-the-art camera work, clever editing, and use of special effects that make each story feel like a fully-realized universe. The film grain and color palettes used in the episodes add an extra level of detail to the world itself, immersing the viewer in the stories on-screen.

Each short story has been adapted to suit the television format and the production crew have done well to capture the essence of Bradbury's work. The stories adapted include some of Bradbury's most famous works, such as "Fahrenheit 451," "The Veldt," and "The Martian Chronicles."

Fans of Bradbury's work will revel in the eerie, almost Twilight Zone-like vibe of the show, with each episode featuring a new twist that will leave the viewer on the edge of their seat. The show offers a visual feast for sci-fi fans and proves that the best special effects are those that serve the story.

The show's soundtrack also adds to the overall experience. The show uses music in a subtle but effective way, bringing tension to suspenseful scenes and taking the viewer on an emotional journey. The show's opening theme, "If Only We Had Taller Been," was written by Bradbury himself and performed by the artist Thomas Dolby.

The show's format is accessible for anyone who enjoys a good short story, not just those who usual gravitate towards sci-fi. Each episode is self-contained and can be enjoyed on its own. However, watching them in order is highly recommended as they somewhat build upon each other, with Bradbury's introduction raising the stakes as the series progresses.

Overall, The Ray Bradbury Theater is a must-watch for fans of science fiction and anyone who enjoys a good story. The show is a perfect homage to Bradbury's work and is a testament to his continuing influence on the genre. From the casting to the visuals, this series is a work of art, with each episode sitting alongside some of the most iconic tales in sci-fi history. The show is a masterpiece, and it is highly recommended viewing for anyone who loves to be transported to another world.

The Ray Bradbury Theater is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (65 episodes). The series first aired on May 21, 1985.

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15. The Tombstone
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A salesman and his wife take the last available room in a hotel where the previous occupant left a tombstone. Guest starring Shelley Duvall.
Great Wide World Over There
14. Great Wide World Over There
October 29, 1992
An illiterate woman asks her nephew to write letters for her so she can talk to all the people in the world that she's never seen. Guest starring Tyne Daly.
Fee Fie Foe Fum
13. Fee Fie Foe Fum
October 28, 1992
A grandmother worries when her granddaughter's husband installs a new garbage disposal in the house. Guest starring Jane Stapleton.
The Handler
12. The Handler
October 27, 1992
A small-town mortician takes perverse delight in exacting postmortem revenge against his enemies - until his day of reckoning arrives. Guest starring Michael J. Pollard.
Some Live Like Lazarus
11. Some Live Like Lazarus
October 24, 1992
A boy and a girl fall in love as children and vow to marry when they're 21. However, the boy's domineering mother has other plans. Guest starring Janice Rule.
Downwind from Gettysburg
10. Downwind from Gettysburg
October 17, 1992
In a theater for tourists, a robot made to look like Abraham Lincoln is programmed to recite the Gettysburg Address. Guest starring Howard Hesseman.
Silent Towns
9. Silent Towns
October 10, 1992
After an evacuation, the last man on Mars seeks the last woman on Mars. Guest starring John Glover and Monica Parker.
Sun and Shadow
8. Sun and Shadow
October 3, 1992
A local man protests when a rude director attempts to use his house for the backdrop of a liquor commercial. Guest starring Gregory Sierra.
The Dead Man
7. The Dead Man
September 26, 1992
A lonely manicurist befriends a man who claims to be dead. Guest starring Louise Fletcher.
The Long Rain
6. The Long Rain
September 19, 1992
When an army spaceship crash lands on a world where it never stops raining, the four survivors try to reach the Sun Dome that has been erected on the planet, providing the only shelter. But exhaustion hits and predatory plants await. Guest starring Marc Singer.
By the Numbers
5. By the Numbers
September 11, 1992
On a train, a man learns the truth about a boy and his drill sergeant father that he met years ago at a hotel pool. Guest starring Ray Sharkey.
The Anthem Sprinters
4. The Anthem Sprinters
August 21, 1992
An American tourist becomes involved in an Irish sporting event. Guest starring Len Cariou.
Tomorrow's Child
3. Tomorrow's Child
August 14, 1992
An experimental childbirth procedure results in a couple's baby being born into another dimension. The child's non-human appearance puts a lot of strain on the new parents, so much so that the wife is on the brink of a mental breakdown. Guest starring Carol Kane.
The Happiness Machine
2. The Happiness Machine
July 12, 1992
One day, a man wakes up and decides to build a machine that creates happiness. Much to his wife's dismay, it becomes an obsession. Guest starring Elliott Gould.
The Lonely One
1. The Lonely One
July 10, 1992
Three women try to decide whether to walk to a movie, knowing there's a serial killer on the loose. Although her companions disagree, one of the women insists. Guest starring Joanna Cassidy.
Where to Watch The Ray Bradbury Theater
The Ray Bradbury Theater is available for streaming on the FilmRise website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Ray Bradbury Theater on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Pluto TV and Peacock.
  • Premiere Date
    May 21, 1985
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (1,661)