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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
15 September 1965 (Netherlands) See more »
Plot:
In the 21st century, the Tracy family operate a unique private mechanized emergency response service. Full summary »
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What was it like to be a kid back in the 60's went this came on See more (33 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 11)
Peter Dyneley ... Jeff Tracy / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)

Shane Rimmer ... Scott Tracy / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
David Graham ... Brains / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)

Ray Barrett ... John Tracy / ... (30 episodes, 1965-1966)
Christine Finn ... Tin-Tin Kyrano / ... (30 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)
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Series Directed by
Desmond Saunders (11 episodes, 1965-1966)
David Lane (9 episodes, 1965-1966)
David Elliott (8 episodes, 1965-1966)
Alan Pattillo (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
Brian Burgess (2 episodes, 1966)
 
Series Writing credits
Gerry Anderson (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Sylvia Anderson (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Alan Fennell (10 episodes, 1965-1966)
Alan Pattillo (7 episodes, 1965-1966)
Dennis Spooner (6 episodes, 1965-1966)
Donald Robertson (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
Martin Crump (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Tony Barwick (2 episodes, 1966)

Series Produced by
Gerry Anderson .... producer / executive producer (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Reg Hill .... associate producer / producer (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
John Read .... associate producer (6 episodes, 1966)
 
Series Original Music by
Barry Gray (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
 
Series Cinematography by
Paddy Seale (4 episodes, 1965)

John Read (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Harry MacDonald (15 episodes, 1965-1966)
Harry Ledger (10 episodes, 1965-1966)
Peter Elliott (6 episodes, 1965-1966)
 
Series Art Direction by
Bob Bell (26 episodes, 1965-1966)
 
Series Costume Design by
Sylvia Anderson (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Maurice Askew .... sound (4 episodes, 1965)
Roy Lafbery .... dialogue editor (3 episodes, 1965)

Lionel Strutt .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Derek Meddings .... supervising special effects director / special effects director (32 episodes, 1965-1966)

Joy Cuff .... model maker (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Geoff Meldrum .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1965)
 
Series Other crew
Gerry Anderson .... script supervisor (31 episodes, 1965-1966)
Sylvia Anderson .... script supervisor (31 episodes, 1965-1966)
Alan Pattillo .... script editor (25 episodes, 1965-1966)
Mary Turner .... puppetry supervisor (20 episodes, 1965-1966)
Christine Glanville .... puppetry supervisor (19 episodes, 1965-1966)
 

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Runtime:
50 min (32 episodes)
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Color:
Color (Videcolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) | Stereo (re-mastered version)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
It was while the Round House (through which Thunderbird 3 would be launched) that Derek Meddings realized that the design of the building was just right for Thunderbird 5, the International Rescue space station. Unable to come up with a convincing design before now, this was the last of the five Thunderbird craft that he created. By adding aerials and transmitters to the Round House, he developed the series' most unusual and effective vehicle, although it was to play only a minor part in the finished program.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Grand Theft Auto: London, 1969 (1999) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dangerous GameSee more »

FAQ

What does FAB stand for ?
Is it true John Tracy was "relegated" to Thunderbird 5?
Is it true the episodes were originally shorter?
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
What was it like to be a kid back in the 60's went this came on, 14 February 2003
Author: raysond from Chapel Hill, North Carolina

5......4.......3.........2.........1......

THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO!!!!!

And what youngster who didn't recognized the start of the show's theme during the 1960's where the era of James Bond, mini-skirts, and just about every spy show there is to boot?

First off,I am a HUGE fan of this show. My parents didn't understand it. My brother didn't care about it. As for me and my cousin who would thumb through the TV section in the local newspaper to see what time it came on....DEFINITELY YES!!!! WE WOULD NEVER MISS IT!!!!

During my childhood in the late-1960's and early 1970's,this show would come on every weekday afternoon and mostly Saturday mornings and afternoons as well as me and my cousin would be hooked to the TV set to catch what the Thunderbirds would get into next cause with this show you can expect the unexpected. For some,they may say that this show consisted of models and puppets and geared toward children as it target audience.....and in my book.....THEY WERE WRONG! THIS SHOW ROCKS!!!!

For the 32 episodes that ran during its two seasons(which was showed first in Britain and then on American television on NBC-TV which after it went off the air in 1966,its repeats continue way into 1970 and from there into syndication until for the remainder of the decade until it disappear in oblivion during the 1980's and 1990's)this show was not just your typical kiddie fare material but it was so more much. Where else can you see gorgeous ladies in distress,spectacular machinary that was out of this world and was the best part of the show,amazing spy gadgets and outlandish sets of wonder and magical beyond belief,and not to even mention evil villains set out to take over the world and also spellbinding cliffhanging excitement that left you in total amazement.

All presented in brilliant color and Supermarionation!!!!

It was no wonder that when the show went off the air in 1966,the crew made their first ever feature length motion picture of the same title which was an international hit. However,the Thunderbird producers Garry and Sylvia Anderson went on to create not just other animated shows,but produced the live-action feature length film "Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun"(ITC/Universal,1969)and the series "Space:1999"(Syndication, 1975-1978)with former Mission:Impossible stars Barbara Bain and Martin Landau.

However after a lengthly absence,The Technology Channel or Tech-TV has brought back all those wonderful memories from the essence of my childhood which are showed Thursday nights. Great series. Don't miss one breathtaking episode!

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