The Martian Chronicles

NBC (ended 1980)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 3

    The Martians

    Aired 1/29/80

  • S 1 : Ep 2

    The Settlers

    Aired 1/28/80

  • S 1 : Ep 1

    The Expeditions

    Aired 1/27/80

  • Cast & Crew
  • Rock Hudson

    Col. John Wilder

  • Gayle Hunnicutt

    Ruth Wilder

  • Roddy McDowall

    Father Stone

  • Darren McGavin

    Sam Parkhill

  • Linda Lou Allen

    Marilyn Becker

  • show Description
  • This miniseries centers around explorers from Earth that visit Mars in the future, the colonization that follows, and the eventual fate of the inhabitants of both planets. The Martian Chronicles is based on the novel by Ray Bradbury and aired for three consecutive nights on NBC.

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  • Gislef

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (28)

    • Narrator: On the whole, the non-believers won the day. However, if the spacecraft had only landed a few miles further on, things might have been different.

    • Narrator: They live in a house of crystal pillars on the planet Mars. By the edge of an empty sea. In the evenings, when the Fossil Sea is warm and motionless, Mr. K sits in his room listening to his book.

    • Narrator: She cannot look at him. She thinks only of the tall stranger from another world. But outside is only the empty desert and the bright stars coming out on the black sky. And far way, the sound of water stirring, cold in long canals.

    • Narrator: The ship comes down from space. Without Wilder, without Spender. It has traversed the black velocities, encountering ancient moons, like a pale leviathan slipping through an otherwise-empty sea. It has come down from the stars, and the shining movements, and the silent gulfs of space. It is a new ship. It has fire in its body and three young men in its metal cells. The second expedition to Mars has arrived.

    • Edward Black: Your death will be painless, Captain.
      Captain Black: Why?
      Edward Black: A proper question, Captain. We are not a violent people. The members of your first expedition were destroyed by a husband that convinced himself that jealousy of his wife was actually concern for his planet's welfare. This is different. We are joining forces to destroy three lives. Why? Because we fear for our existence. We have seen your weapons. More, we have looked into your minds and seen the violence there. We have witnessed in your minds what your kind have done to Earth. How your society trembles on the verge of self-destruction, seeking to find a solution to its own troubles on other worlds rather than solve them on its own. We cannot permit that on our world. Forgive us, Captain Black. Once we were an honorable people. Now see the depth to which we have inextricably fallen. To murder out of fear. Forgive us.

    • Narrator: The Martians, still under the influence of the thoughts and memories they have taken from the minds of the Earth men, dig three holes and perform an alien ceremony on a strange and distance world. But slowly, very slowly, the thoughts and memories fade away like a long, dying echo. And the Martians go back to their own city of crystal windows and fragile towers. Shedding their human forms as nightmares fade into a new dawn.

    • Narrator: There was an eerie stillness when they first set up camp in the dry cold of the Martian night. Now they stand around the fire waiting... and wondering.

    • Spender: This is beautiful. Just beautiful. (Briggs belches)
      Parkhill: Briggs is obviously moved.

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    Notes (4)

    • The episode is based on the following Bradbury works:
      "Ylla" (first published as "I'll Not Ask for Wine", Maclean's, January 1950)
      "Mars is Heaven!" (Planet Stories, Fall 1948)
      "And the Moon be Still as Bright" (Thrilling Wonder Stories, June 1948)

    • Filming locations: Malta, Lanzarote, Lee International Studios

    • The episode is based on the following Bradbury works:
      "The Locusts" (The Martian Chronicles, 1950)
      "The Naming of Names" (The Martian Chronicles, 1950)
      "The Martian" (Super Science Stories, November 1949)
      "The Fire Balloons" (first published as "...In This Sign", Imagination, April 1951)
      "The Messiah" (Welcome Aboard, Spring 1971)
      "The Off Season" (Thrilling Wonder Stories, December 1948)

    • The episode is based on the following Bradbury works:
      "The Silent Towns" (Charm, March 1949)
      "The Long Years" (first published as "Dwellers in Science", Maclean's, September 15, 1948)
      "Night Meeting" (The Martian Chronicles, 1950)
      "The Million-Year Picnic" (Planet Stories, Summer 1946)

    Trivia (1)

    • As the Zeus I lander approaches Mars, York says that they'll be passing beyond the horizon and informs Mission Control that they'll lose contact. However, a few minutes later, York is talking to Mission Control again and saying they'll soon lose contact.

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Worth a watch....all ages!

    By carolinetully, Apr 04, 2007

  • Not bad, but not as good as it could have been.

    By SoylentYellow, Dec 28, 2006

  • Based on the Ray Bradbury stories, with emphasis on relationships and problems of colonisers and colonised.

    By jimjamflimflam, Apr 17, 2006

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