The Hitchhiker

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The Hitchhiker

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Welcome to The Hitchhiker guide at TV.com. A series of mystery-thriller stories, linked only by the character of The Hitchhiker, who would introduce and close each episode in the style of Rod Serling or Alfred Hitchcock. Occasionally stories involved supernatural forces, but most plot twists stemmed only from the dark side of the human spirit. One of the few Canadian shows to come out of HBO, the series re-airs in Canada on the SCREAM network and can occasionally be seen on HBO. There is considerable confusion over how many seasons were in the series, but the creators have released the first and third season on DVD, so the episode guide is arranged accordingly. Originally the Hitchhiker was cast with Nicholas Campbell, but for whatever reason Campbell was replaced with Page Fletcher. Campbell's scenes in the original three episodes were later re-shot with Fletcher which, because the Hitchhiker initially had more interaction with the people in the stories, cause certain scenes to appear very choppy.moreless
Nicholas Campbell

Nicholas Campbell

The Hitchhiker (eps. 1-3; scenes reshot)

Page Fletcher

Page Fletcher

The Hitchhiker

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  • When he appears, strange things happen. Years before there was a Sopranos or Six Feet Under, HBO gave viewers a terrific television series chronicling the stories of a mysterious drifter.

    9.0
    I became an instant fan of The Hitchhiker from the first episode that I saw. Each episode was so very well written and had a story that had me hooked until the end. It's obvious that the series owes some degree of its success to the original Twilight Zone series, but The Hitchhiker was far from a carbon copy. Though he was not the original choice for the title character/narrator, Page Fletcher was excellent as the mysterious drifter who had great stories to tell. What also makes this show fun to watch is seeing so many of today's well known actors (Kirstie Alley, Joe Pantoliano) in early roles. Wikipedia says HBO will release the complete series on DVD in 2012. I can hardly wait!moreless
  • Underrated show but still great!

    9.5
    I remember seeing this show as a kid back on

    USA Network as it was in the genre of both

    The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents as it came on after Hitchcock. Very good and underrated show. As it started with the unnamed hitchhiker giving the prologue and epilogue to set the story in motion. Want it back on tv!
  • One of the best adult TV series ever made. The writing was fantastic - with more than a touch of irony. The narrating was excellent. The women were beautiful. The action made for very suspenseful drama.moreless

    10
    Each episode was focussed on different aspects of right or wrong. In effect, they were like parables.



    Characters who made the wrong choice in the stories were often punished severely. Often, they died. There was usually a bit of poetic justice to each story.



    At the end, the narrator, the hitchhiker himself, would explain the meaning of what had just happened and why it had happened.



    The next most memorable thing about the series was the actresses. Every episode at least one of the most beautiful females could not keep her clothes on.



    The nudity was only R rated, of course - since it was a cable television show. There was often some tasteful intimacy between a couple of the characters.



    Except for the nudity and the fact that some of the main characters each show were very good looking young adults, the feel of the show was kind of like "The Twilight Zone".moreless
  • HAPPY HALLOWEEN ROUNDUP! FEEL THE CHILLS UP YOUR SPINE WITH THE RELEASE OF TALES FROM THE CRYPT AND A TOUCH OF FROST, WHILE LOVE WHISPERS WITH THE DEAD IN THE FIRST SEASON OF GHOST WHISPERER. IF YOU'RE OVER THE COLD AND CREEPY, TURN UP THE HEAT WITH ACAPULCO H.E.A.T., BAYWATCH, PARTY @ THE PALMS, AND CSI: MIAMI.

    October 31, 2006 DVD Releases

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    Thrillers, 80s