Up 70 this week

Thunderbirds (1965–1966)

TV Series  |  TV-G  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 2,518 users  
Reviews: 33 user | 16 critic

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

0Check in

Watch Now

on Amazon Video





2   1  
1966   1965  



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A literally unkillable agent leads an international intelligence agency's fight against an extra-terrestrial terror campaign.

Stars: Francis Matthews, Ed Bishop, Donald Gray
Stingray (1964–1965)
Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Gerry Anderson's third SF supermarionation saga told the adventures of the WASPs (the World Aquanaut Security Patrol) as they explored the oceans and kept the world safe from a variety of ... See full summary »

Stars: Don Mason, Robert Easton, Ray Barrett
Thunderbird 6 (1968)
Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The International Rescue team is faced with one of its toughest challenges yet, as the revolutionary lighter-than-air craft Skyship One is hijacked while on her maiden voyage around the ... See full summary »

Director: David Lane
Stars: Peter Dyneley, Sylvia Anderson, Shane Rimmer
Joe 90 (1968–1969)
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The adventures of a preteen secret agent who can have any useful skills downloaded into his brain.

Stars: Len Jones, Rupert Davies, Keith Alexander
Thunderbirds (2004)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

When The Hood finds and invades International Rescue's secret base and traps most of the Tracy family, only young Alan Tracy and his friends can save the day.

Director: Jonathan Frakes
Stars: Bill Paxton, Anthony Edwards, Ben Kingsley
Thunderbirds Are Go (TV Series 2015)
Animation | Action | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In the future, the Tracy family run a private mechanized emergency response service.

Stars: Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rasmus Hardiker, Kayvan Novak
Fireball XL5 (1962–1963)
Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Fireball XL5 was part of the fleet of interplanetary rockets protecting Sector 25 of the Solar System from alien invasion under the supervision of the World Space Patrol. In command of XL5 ... See full summary »

Stars: Paul Maxwell, Sylvia Anderson, David Graham
Supercar (1961–1962)
Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Gerry Anderson's first science fiction Supermarionation series. Super Car was a prototype vehicle that could travel in the air, on land or beneath the sea. Its test pilot was Mike Mercury, ... See full summary »

Stars: David Graham, Graydon Gould, Sylvia Anderson
Action | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The adventures of an elderly vicar and his gardener, secret agents for B.I.S.H.O.P, who combat criminals and terrorists from overseas.

Stars: Stanley Unwin, Gary Files, Jeremy Wilkin
The Wombles (TV Series 1973)
Animation | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The misadventures of a fantasy folk community dedicated to cleaning up litter and put it to their own use.

Stars: Bernard Cribbins, Dieter Hallervorden
Terrahawks (1983–1986)
Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In the year 2020 Earth is under threat from Martian androids who want revenge on the human race. They consist of Zelda, her son Yung-star and her sister called Cy-star. An organisation is ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeremy Hitchen, Denise Bryer, Anne Ridler
Animation | Family | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Stars: Nicholas Parsons, Kenneth Connor, David Graham


Series cast summary:
Peter Dyneley ...
 Jeff Tracy / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
 Scott Tracy / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
David Graham ...
 Brains / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
 John Tracy / ... (31 episodes, 1965-1966)
Christine Finn ...
 Tin-Tin Kyrano / ... (31 episodes, 1965-1966)
Matt Zimmerman ...
 Alan Tracy / ... (29 episodes, 1965-1966)
David Holliday ...
 Virgil Tracy / ... (26 episodes, 1965-1966)
Sylvia Anderson ...
 Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward / ... (24 episodes, 1965-1966)


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


TV-G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

30 September 1965 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Donnervögel  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(32 episodes)

Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The only time Rolls-Royce has officially sanctioned the use of its famous vertical grille and "Spirit of Ecstasy" was on Lady Penelope's pink six-wheel Rolls. See more »


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 »


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?
Scott Tracy: Loud and clear.
See more »

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 »


Referenced in Have I Got News for You: Episode #43.6 (2012) See more »


Dangerous Game
Sung by Lady Penelope (singing voice provided by Sylvia Anderson)
Episode: {"Cham-Cham, The" (1964) (ep. #25)}
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Immortal Sci-Fi Marionette Series
19 November 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Thunderbirds is justly remembered as Gerry Anderson's best series, and its mixture of memorable characters, superb production values, strong scripts, and tense action remains enticing. The concept of a "free-lance" rescue organization using highly advanced machinery for rescues in exceptionally dangerous situations hits home immediately, and the characterization (enhanced by the show's one-hour format) adds enormously to the tension and sympathy within the show's 32 episodes.

Anderson recruited a superior voice cast in Peter Dyneley, Shane Rimmer, David Holliday (who regrettably left the show after its first season), Matt Zimmerman, veteran AP Film voices David Graham and Ray Barrett, Christine Finn, Gerry's then-wife Sylvia, and John Tate. Though some of the dialogue can be a bit cheesy, it still works, imbuing each character with sympathy and draw. It all enhances the enjoyably lavish sets, props, and special effects that create the intriuguing mixture of future with circa-1964 present. Adding a sweep and majesty to the procedings is the score of Barry Gray, using a large orchestra and displaying an often clever grasp of its strength, from the opening teaser and main march openings to each episode through the many incidental cues used, employing multiple instruments down to a solo by banjo or guitar to create the proper atmosphere.

When it all comes to conclusion, the show wins on almost every level, making for an immortal series.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
EPISODES - Proper order... PORGISH
Thunderbird 2's magnetic grabs LiamABC
Last man to walk on the moon zapkvrsc
Favourite characters? stephaniebrown
Poor John =( HyperCaz
no automatic camera dectector on Thunderbird 2? bradhig
Discuss Thunderbirds (1965) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page