In the 21st century, the Tracy family operate a unique private mechanized emergency response service.
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Sylvia Anderson ...
 Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
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 John Tracy / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Peter Dyneley ...
 Jeff Tracy / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Christine Finn ...
 Tin-Tin Kyrano / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
David Graham ...
 Brains / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
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 Scott Tracy / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Matt Zimmerman ...
 Alan Tracy / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
David Holliday ...
 Virgil Tracy / ... (26 episodes, 1965-1966)
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In the 21st century, Jeff Tracy, a former astronaut, amasses a colossal fortune and decides that he must use it to benefit others. His answer to this desire is to create International Rescue, a unique private emergency response service equipped with customed designed vehicles and equipment that enable the organization to react to any crisis whether it be in sea, air, land, or space. Jeff's five sons volunteer to operate as the pilots and field agents, as well "Brains" (alias Hiram B. Hackenbaker) as the team engineer. In addition, Jeff's friend, Kyrano and his daughter Tin Tin agree to be the support staff. In addition to the field team, IR also maintains an intelligence network with Lady Penelope and her ex-con chauffer, Parker as the chief agents in this arm. The series depicts this team as they answer various calls for help around and beyond the world while they prevent enemies like the Hood from learning and exploiting their secrets Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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30 September 1965 (UK)  »

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(32 episodes)

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(Westrex Recording System)| (re-mastered version)

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Trivia

All five Tracy sons were named after famous pioneering astronauts of the 1960s: Scott after Scott Carpenter; Virgil after (Virgil) Gus Grissom; Alan after Alan Shepard; Gordon after (Leroy) Gordon Cooper; and John after John Glenn. See more »

Goofs

In all episodes that show Thunderbird 1 taking off from Tracy Island, the launch sequence contains a major error. As TB1 descends the ramp to the launch bay, the wings are at right angles to the direction of travel. As it emerges from the tunnel, the wings are aligned in the direction of travel. In other words, the craft has rotated 90 degrees as it goes down into the launch bay. See more »

Quotes

Virgil Tracy: Thunderbird Two to Thunderbird One, do you read me?
[Thunderbird One does not answer]
John Tracy: He's got to have made it, he's GOT to.
Virgil Tracy: Thunderbird Two to Thunderbird One, do you read me?
[static]
Scott Tracy: Loud and clear.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits include scenes from that week's episode. Gerry Anderson would later reuse this gimmick in "Space: 1999" (1975) and "Space Precinct" (1995). See more »

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Spoofed in The Footy Show: The Grand Final Footy Show 2007 (2007) See more »

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Thunderbirds (Main Titles)
Written by Barry Gray
Performed by The Barry Gray Orchestra
Voice: Peter Dyneley
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PURE FUN
2 May 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Thunderbirds was a top Gerry Anderson show right up there with Captain Scarlet and Stingray.

Thunderbirds is one of those shows which is enjoyable for so many reasons-the storylines, the action, the characters, the adventures.

Thunderbirds was longer than most other Gerry Anderson shows which allowed for better stories and better character development. The show was set around the Tracy Brothers who were behind International Rescue. They had 5 vehicles. Thunderbird 1 was a reconnaissance craft. Thunderbird 2 was a huge plane which could carry all types of equipment. Thunderbird 3 was a space rocket. Thunderbird 4 was a submarine and Thunderbird 5 was a space station. The head of International Rescue was Jeff Tracey. Throughout the series the Tracy boys were aided by Brains who always came up with a solution to problems they encountered. And they also received help from Lady Penelope and Parker as well. The Hood was the evil villain who attempted to steal their secrets but always failed.

The puppetry was amazing in this series and the adventures were great. International rescue got involved in all types of situations. My favourite episodes were Cry Wolf where a young lad makes a hoax call to International Rescue and Attack of the Alligators where International Rescue have to rescue some people from giant alligators.

This is a timeless classic and if there are any youngsters out there who have not watched it then I urge you to-it really is that good!


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