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13 September 1960 (USA) See more »
Anthology series hosted by Boris Karloff that originally told ordinary tales of crime and mystery, but... See more »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations See more »
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Boris Karloff ... Himself / ... (67 episodes, 1960-1962)

Series Directed by
Herschel Daugherty (16 episodes, 1961-1962)
John Brahm (12 episodes, 1960-1962)
Ida Lupino (9 episodes, 1961-1962)
John Newland (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Jules Bricken (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Douglas Heyes (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Arthur Hiller (3 episodes, 1960)
Paul Henreid (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Gerald Mayer (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Mitchell Leisen (2 episodes, 1960)
Ted Post (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Series Writing credits
Donald S. Sanford (15 episodes, 1960-1962)
Robert Bloch (10 episodes, 1960-1962)
John Kneubuhl (5 episodes, 1960-1962)
Robert Hardy Andrews (5 episodes, 1961-1962)
August Derleth (5 episodes, 1961-1962)
Douglas Heyes (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Charlotte Armstrong (3 episodes, 1960)
Robert Arthur (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Alan Caillou (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Barré Lyndon (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Boris Sobelman (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Harold Lawlor (3 episodes, 1961)
Cornell Woolrich (3 episodes, 1961)
Charles Beaumont (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Philip MacDonald (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
William D. Gordon (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Mark Schorer (2 episodes, 1961-1962)

Series Produced by
William Frye .... producer (49 episodes, 1960-1962)
Douglas Benton .... associate producer (38 episodes, 1961-1962)
Maxwell Shane .... producer (9 episodes, 1960-1961)
James P. Cavanagh .... associate producer (8 episodes, 1960)
Fletcher Markle .... producer (8 episodes, 1960)
Series Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith (53 episodes, 1960-1962)
Morton Stevens (24 episodes, 1961-1962)
Pete Rugolo (20 episodes, 1960-1961)
Series Cinematography by
Benjamin H. Kline (29 episodes, 1960-1962)
John L. Russell (10 episodes, 1960-1961)
Lionel Lindon (9 episodes, 1960-1961)
John F. Warren (8 episodes, 1960-1962)
Bud Thackery (5 episodes, 1960-1961)
Series Film Editing by
Danny B. Landres (44 episodes, 1960-1962)
Richard Belding (7 episodes, 1960-1961)
Danford B. Greene (6 episodes, 1961-1962)
George Jay Nicholson (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Edward Haire (3 episodes, 1961)
Series Art Direction by
Howard E. Johnson (47 episodes, 1960-1962)
Russell Kimball (7 episodes, 1961-1962)
George Patrick (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Loyd S. Papez (3 episodes, 1961)
Frank Arrigo (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Alexander A. Mayer (2 episodes, 1961)
Series Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. (61 episodes, 1960-1962)
Julia Heron (49 episodes, 1960-1962)
George Milo (6 episodes, 1960-1961)
William Stevens (6 episodes, 1961)
Hal Gausman (2 episodes, 1961)
Series Makeup Department
Florence Bush .... hair stylist (67 episodes, 1960-1962)
Jack Barron .... makeup artist (64 episodes, 1960-1962)
Robert Dawn .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carter DeHaven .... assistant director (11 episodes, 1960-1962)
Edward K. Dodds .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1960-1962)
John Clarke Bowman .... assistant director (8 episodes, 1960-1962)
Jim Hogan .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1960-1961)
Frank Losee .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1960-1961)
Donald Baer .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1961-1962)
Ben Bishop .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1961-1962)
James H. Brown .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Charles S. Gould .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
William Dorfman .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Jack Doran .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1960)
George Bisk .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Chuck Colean .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1961-1962)

Lou Watt .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Jerome Gould .... graphic artist (67 episodes, 1960-1962)
Series Sound Department
Earl Crain Jr. .... sound (11 episodes, 1960-1962)
John W. Rixey .... sound (7 episodes, 1960-1962)
William Russell .... sound (6 episodes, 1960-1962)
Frank H. Wilkinson .... sound (6 episodes, 1961-1962)
Earl Crain Sr. .... sound (5 episodes, 1960-1961)
Melvin M. Metcalfe Sr. .... sound (4 episodes, 1960-1962)
William H. Lynch .... sound (4 episodes, 1960-1961)
David H. Moriarty .... sound (4 episodes, 1961)
Robert R. Bertrand .... sound (3 episodes, 1961)
Lyle Cain .... sound (3 episodes, 1961)
Vernon W. Kramer .... sound (3 episodes, 1961)
Corson Jowett .... sound (3 episodes, 1962)
Clarence Self .... sound (2 episodes, 1961)
Edwin J. Somers Jr. .... sound (2 episodes, 1961)
Series Stunts
Sol Gorss .... stunts (1 episode, 1960)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor (61 episodes, 1960-1962)
Series Editorial Department
David J. O'Connell .... editorial supervisor / editorial department head (61 episodes, 1960-1962)
Series Music Department
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor (61 episodes, 1960-1962)
Jerry Goldsmith .... composer: theme music / composer: stock music (18 episodes, 1960-1962)
Pete Rugolo .... composer: theme music (15 episodes, 1960-1962)
Series Other crew
May Wale Brown .... script supervisor (1 episode, 1960)

James P. Cavanagh .... story consultant (unknown episodes)

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49 min (67 episodes)
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Besides serving as host in every episode, Boris Karloff had acting roles in 5 different episodes.See more »
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30 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Most Frightening Horror Show Ever Produced, 5 December 2003
Author: danm99 ( from San Francisco, CA

Karloff's classic 60's 'Thriller' was a rare, haunting gem of some of the scariest horror stories, written by the best authors of the genre. It's 'trademark' was its logo lines that would come in and out before and after the commercial breaks.

Veteran directors such as John Brahm ("Hangover Square") employed dark, baroque german expressionism to evoke a creepy, ominous mood of paranoia. Newcomer, Jerry "Alien" Goldsmith's eerie soundtracks were unsettling and morbidly effective. (Wish it was available on CD).

Karloff's intros were congenial and sinister, and helped to set the stage for the truly suspenseful and frightening tales. He also appeared in a few episodes such as 'Premature Burial', 'Last of the Sommerviles' (with Martita Hunt from "Brides of Dracula") and 'Incredible Dr. Markeson' with Dick "Bewitched" York. The zombies and dank atmosphere of 'Markesan' seemed like a pre-cursor to "Night of the Living Dead." Ending was truly terrifying.

A pre-Kirk William Shatner appeared in two outstanding episodes; 'The Hungry Glass' with Russell "professor" Johnson and 'The Grim Reaper with Natalie "Lovey" Shaffer. Both were written by Robert "Psycho" Bloch and were genuine supernatural classics.

Robert Arthur wrote 'Prisoner in the Mirror' where researcher Lloyd Bochner ends up trapped in a mirror by evil magician Henry "The Body Snatcher" Daniell. The conclusion was unexpected and quite disturbing - something Hollywood would never have the balls to do today with all its "play it safe" and PC crap.

Feminists may find it interesting to know that THRILLER was one of the first shows that had a woman director. It was Ida Lupino, who did a marvelous job on superb episodes like 'La Strega'; that featured a pre-Bond Ursula Andress and Jeanette "The Big Heat" Nolan, who convincingly played the most horrifying witch imaginable. Had a very hard-hitting surprise ending that was not easily forgotton.

Mz. Lupino also created Hitchcockian suspense in Cornell "Rear Window" Woolrich's 'Guilotine', which has a true kicker ending. Fine performance from Robert Middleton as the sensitive romantically jilted executioner.

'Trio for Terror' was another great Lupino-entry which was a trilogy of three short horror tales; among them, "The Extra Passenger" which had the chilling atmosphere of J. Tourneau's "Curse of the Demon." Clever use of subtlety, which we no longer have today.

John "One Step Beyond" Newland directed Robert E. Howard's 'Pigeons from Hell' with Brandon De Wilde, who, with his young brother, spend a memorable night in a old run-down southern mansion. A true terrifying classic and a masterpiece of atmosphere.

There were many more exceptional episodes that need to be re-discovered due to their great, timeless classic merits.

THRILLER was a genuine one-of-a-kind show, and a soaring tribute to the horror genre. There were also many memorable crime episodes that are worth your attention as well; written by top people such as John D. MacDonald ("Cape Fear"), Lionel White ("The Killing"), Fredric Brown, Philip McDonald; etc. Some of the darkest film noir with the most downbeat of endings. Also, there were occasions where episodes would do a criss-cross of the crime and horror genres to great suspenseful effect.

Make it a top priority to check out this remarkable classic series which Stephen King also had the highest praise for.

THRILLER was (and still is) the best of its kind. Needs a revival and full DVD release. Check the thread on the 'Classic TV' message board.

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