Thriller (1973)

ITV (ended 1976)


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Thriller (1973)

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Welcome to the Thriller (1973) guide at This series was created and written by Brian Clemens, the accomplished screen and script writer, known primarily for his association with the classic 1960s series, "The Avengers." From 1973 to 1976, the series was shown on Saturday nights at 9 p.m. on Associated Television (ATV) networks in Britain and on various weeknights on "ABC Wide World of Entertainment" in the U.S. While the British episodes ran about 65 minutes in length, the American versions were padded out to about 80 minutes. In the 1980s, the episodes were repackaged into TV movies and distributed worldwide. In an effort to appeal to the U.S. audiences, the program prominently featured well-known American actors, such as Carroll Baker, Polly Bergen, Paul Burke, Darleen Carr, Gary Collins, Kim Darby, Bradford Dillman, Barbara Feldon, Christopher and Lynda Day George, Gayle Hunnicutt, Carol Lynley, George Maharis, Donna Mills, Barry Nelson, Patrick O'Neal, Joanna Pettet, and Julie Sommars. Also appearing in the series were famous British actors, including Jenny Agutter, Francesca Annis, Jeremy Brett, Tom Conti, Denholm Elliott, Judy Geeson, Bob Hoskins, Michael Jayston, Richard Johnson, Freddie Jones, Patrick Magee, Hayley Mills, Helen Mirren, Robert Powell, and Stephen Rea. This series was praised for its excellent writing and direction. Audience fear, anticipation, and interest were maintained by atmosphere and tension, rather than graphic violence, and by unexpected twists and turns in the stories.moreless
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    I have seen all episodes of Thriller. I think it has several poor episodes, but several great also. I don`t remember so much about the episodes. I saw them like 2-3 years ago. From what i remember, i liked the story, suspense and sometimes the great episodes had creepy atmosphere.The intro was accompanied by fish-eye lens shots of the locations used in that week's story, with a blood red surround. You never knew what to expect from an episode, some being supernatural, others being real world whodunits or Hitchcock style dramas. Some of the mysteries are very intriguing. Thriller can be criticised as being of its time in some negative ways, such as being slow moving, having a lot of stock characters, being predictable, and having plot holes. Each episode usually had a American lead so it could be better received in USA.moreless