In the 21st century, the Tracy family operate a unique private mechanized emergency response service.
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Series cast summary:
Sylvia Anderson ...
 Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Peter Dyneley ...
 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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(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

Lady Penelope's stately home is modelled on Stourhead House, Wiltshire, England. There is an commemorative plate on display there acknowledging this. 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

[Opening narration]
Jeff Tracy: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1! Thunderbirds are go!
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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 Footballers' Wives: Episode #3.1 (2004) 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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Wild action drama fantasy for TV.
22 February 2004 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

This is perfect entertainment.

Everyone can appreciate a good puppet show, and everyone can appreciate a good model; but this show took puppet shows and models to a bold new level of detailing and production complexity. I imagine that on paper it might have looked crazy to some, but believe me, it works. It is indeed, as mentioned in another viewer's comment, like a world of toys come to vibrant life.

The making of this show necessitated a fabricated miniature universe. For the premise to work, that world had to be obsessively detailed, with every doorknob, switch, coat button and lock of hair. If the show went to the mountains, they created the mountains. When the ships were in flight, they created the sky. Whatever was needed to pull the story off was built; there was no limit. That these people created a world as believably as they did deserves real praise.

"Thunderbirds" represented a budgetary step up and a refinement of technique for Gerry Anderson, who for years had worked to perfect an all-puppet TV show that could be taken as serious drama. It was always targeted at kids, but the stories seldom featured child characters, and being a "rescue show," the characters were routinely placed in very threatening predicaments. The effects used to depict scenes of destruction (supervised by Derek Meddings) were often frighteningly realistic. When I saw it as a kid, actually, I had no interest in it, because it seemed dry and "too adult." Seeing it many years later, my reaction was "Wow! How adult!"

The show is the source of many amusing chuckles today, mainly because its seriousness is absolutely unflinching, despite the fact that the puppets obviously aren't real people. The action was played straight, with appropriate dramatic music cues, and conventional film camera angles and cutting. This all conspired to create a very convincing puppet universe--one that no one would dare attempt today.

The recent DVD releases (from A&E) have gone through a digital cleanup process, which has brightened the colors and sharpened the images considerably. The original monaural audio has also been incorporated into a new surround-stereo "remix" featuring additional sound effects tracks. The augmented explosions are deafeningly loud at times--which is perhaps as it should be!

In a word: Amazing.


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