The Ray Bradbury Theater

The Playground

Season 1, Ep 2, Aired 6/4/85
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  • Episode Description
  • When Charles Underhill was a boy, he was tormented by neighborhood bullies. When his son begins playing in a local playground, he becomes deeply disturbed when he sees a bully from his youth.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ray Bradbury

  • Keith Dutson

    Steve

  • Larry Wilcox

  • Kate Trotter

    Carol

  • Mirko Malish

    Ralph

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • A memorable episode with William Shatner; one of this series' best. (POSSIBLE SPOILERS)

    By lakeside44, Jul 19, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Charles: You should have seen it. Smelled it, heard it. The playground stinks of tennis shoes, blood, dirty bandages. Their mean little faces, with green jelly running out of their noses.

    • Charles: Bob, tell me... Robert Peerless: Yeah, Charlie? Charles: How do you raise a boy? Robert Peerless: Geez, I don't know. What? I mean, you find a cement mixer, you throw him in, you let it run for five minutes, you take him out.

    • Host: You know, it's amazing how fond I've become of the sound of this typewriter's, ah, till the power fails, very comforting. (lights candle) Well like a nightlight when we were kids in a dark room. Remember how it used to be? When we'd wander around our homes and be terrified of the littlest things. Of course it's not true for us nowadays. At the moments like this what we long for is an old warm friend and I have one right here. (takes out typewriter, accidentally blows out camera) Damn.

    Notes (1)

    • This episode is based on the short story "The Playground" by Ray Bradbury. The story was first published in Esquire (October, 1953).

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