In the 21st century, the Tracy family operate a unique private mechanized emergency response service.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Sylvia Anderson ...
 Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
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 Jeff Tracy / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
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 Brains / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
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 Scott Tracy / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Matt Zimmerman ...
 Alan Tracy / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
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 John Tracy / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
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 Tin-Tin Kyrano / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
David Holliday ...
 Virgil Tracy / ... (26 episodes, 1965-1966)
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The year is 2065. The location is a secret island base. The Tracy family run International Rescue - a top secret organization whose ongoing mission is to aid humanity. With the support of five incredible THUNDERBIRDS craft, the London agent Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward, her butler and ex safe-cracker Parker and genius Brains, the Tracy family battle the forces of evil. Written by Back of Digitally Remastered DVD

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30 September 1965 (UK)  »

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Donnervögel  »

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(32 episodes)

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

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(Videcolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Branson is a great fan of the series and has named a fleet of rescue locomotives for Virgin Trains after the Thunderbirds craft. During one of Sylvia Anderson's many transatlantic trips, she was travelling in a Virgin plane named after Lady Penelope. Unfortunately, the plane broke down and there was a long delay in LA. Mr. Branson did, however, give Sylvia complementary mileage for the delay. See more »

Goofs

There are some episodes in which civilian personnel who are being assisted by International Rescue refer to the Tracy brothers by name. How would they know their names? IR is a secret organization and it's highly unlikely they would give out their names. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Yongary (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Thunderbirds (Main Titles)
Written by Barry Gray
Performed by The Barry Gray Orchestra
Voice: Peter Dyneley
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User Reviews

England's answer to Japanese anime
2 July 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Thunderbirds used be one of my favorite shows as a child. The other day my son pulled a tape out of our video collection and asked to see it. It warmed my heart to see that he liked it for the same reasons I did. The Thunderbirds is one of several shows done by Gary and Sylvia Anderson. All their shows are the stuff of science fiction legend. These include Stingray, Captain Scarlet, Super car and the Thunderbirds are all puppets shows. The live action shows include the movie "Journey to the Farside of the Sun," the TV shows "UFO" and "Space: 1999" The style of super cool models for cars, planes, ships and spacecraft are common to all the shows. All the shows had a futuristic late 1960's style. Does any one remember the women with the purple hair in mini-skirts from UFO?


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