Supertrain

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NBC (ended 1979)

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Supertrain

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Considered one of the biggest, most expensive failures in network history, Supertrain was sort of a landlocked version of "The Love Boat." It was an anthology series that followed passengers on an atomic-powered transcontinental train that could go from New York to Los Angeles in 36 hours, with weekly appearances from the crew of the train. The superluxury train offered all of the amenities of an ocean liner, including nightclub, beauty salon, doctor on staff and gymnasium. NBC wanted it to be their big hit of the 1979 spring TV season, but audiences declined quickly despite extensive promotion. It was quickly revamped twice within the show's eight episodes, changing its theme from drama-comedy to mysteries by the end. However, that was not enough to stave off cancellation.
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  • Fred Silverman thought of this.

    4.0
    Supertrain was a show about....a really big train. This very fast locomotive traveled from coast to coast at speeds of up to 200 MPH. What if there was a cow on the tracks? Beats me. The train had a swimming pool, a gymnasium, a disco, a fancy resturant, and a mini-hospital. Each week, a different group of washed-up actors would board the train, and wonder what happened to their careers. Some would swear to fire their agents as soon as this damn train pulled into the station. You guessed it! Supertrain was The Love Boat on tracks! You had to be around for the 1978-79 television season to fully appreciate just how much hype NBC expended on this show. Didn't matter, though. Supertrain was cancelled in less than six months.moreless
  • More information, please!

    5.0
    I have tried endlessly to research into SUPERTRAIN, but at every turn, there's another unsatisfied critic.



    As a rail enthusiast myself, I would find it mildly interesting to see SUPERTRAIN for my own eyes before giving a commentary, but the lack of re-runs tethers this.



    Atomic-powered locomotives seems to be an interesting region of film that is only ever scratched upon every now and then. I'm sure if SUPERTRAIN were to be improved through better storylines, then perhaps it may improve altogether?moreless
  • IT LOOKS LIKE BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ON RAILS, SOUNDS LIKE THE DOG DAYS OF DISCO, AND RIPS OFF THE LOVE BOAT. ALL ABOARD SUPERTRAIN!

    It Seemed Like a Good Idea: Supertrain

    Let's play a game. I'll describe a show, and you name it, OK? Here we go:

    People from all walks of life take a trip, and we see their individual stories. Most passengers are played by actors familiar…

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