The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (1981– )

TV Series  |   |  Comedy, Sci-Fi, Adventure
8.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.1/10 from 7,677 users  
Reviews: 77 user | 17 critic

An Earth man and his alien friend escape Earth's destruction and go on a truly strange adventure as space hitchhikers.

0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 39 titles
created 16 Apr 2012
 
a list of 39 titles
created 12 Dec 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 08 Jan 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 20 Jan 2013
 
a list of 41 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (1981– )

The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (1981– ) on IMDb 8.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1981  
5 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A documentary about the making of _Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The (2005)_.

Stars: Garth Jennings, Martin Freeman, Zooey Deschanel
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A documentary looking at the making of "Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, The" (1981)_, including interviews with leading members of the cast and production team, behind-the-scenes footage ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Davies
Stars: Peter Jones, Alan J.W. Bell, Stella Elliott
Doctor Who: Shada (Video 1992)
Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

This unfinished story from the television series Doctor Who (1963) was released on video with linking material from Tom Baker. When a dangerous artifact goes missing from the study of ... See full summary »

Director: Pennant Roberts
Stars: Tom Baker, Lalla Ward, Christopher Neame
Dirk Gently (2010–2012)
Comedy | Crime | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Holistic detective Gently relies on the universe to unravel mysteries based on the 'interconnectedness of all things'.

Stars: Stephen Mangan, Darren Boyd, Lisa Jackson
Red Dwarf (TV Series 1988)
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The adventures of the last human alive and his friends, stranded three million years into deep space on the mining ship Red Dwarf.

Stars: Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules
Galaxy Quest (1999)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help.

Director: Dean Parisot
Stars: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman
Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, journeyman Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

Director: Garth Jennings
Stars: Martin Freeman, Yasiin Bey, Sam Rockwell
Deadly Nightmares (1983–1991)
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Fictional stories are told in this television series by The Hitchhiker. Each story is usually a mysterious thriller.

Stars: Page Fletcher, Nicholas Campbell, Vincent Grass
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.

Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam
Porridge (1974–1977)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The prison life of Fletcher, a criminal serving a five-year sentence, as he strives to bide his time, keep his record clean, and refuses to be ground down by the prison system.

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay
Hyperland (TV Movie 1990)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Far ahead of it's time, this documentary introduced the Internet to an unsuspecting public way back in 1990. Douglas Adams, along with Tom Baker, explores the ideas of interactivity & ... See full summary »

Stars: Douglas Adams, Tom Baker, Hans Peter Brondmo
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Peter Jones ...
 The Book (6 episodes, 1981)
...
 Arthur Dent (6 episodes, 1981)
David Dixon ...
 Ford Prefect (6 episodes, 1981)
Sandra Dickinson ...
 Trillian (5 episodes, 1981)
Mark Wing-Davey ...
 Zaphod Beeblebrox (5 episodes, 1981)
Stephen Moore ...
 Marvin / ... (5 episodes, 1981)
David Learner ...
 Marvin (4 episodes, 1981)
David Tate ...
 Eddie / ... (3 episodes, 1981)
Martin Benson ...
 Vogon Captain (2 episodes, 1981)
Richard Vernon ...
 Slartibartfast (2 episodes, 1981)
Rayner Bourton ...
 Newscaster (2 episodes, 1981)
Edit

Storyline

When the Earth is destroyed a Vogon Demolition Fleet to make way for a new hyperspace bypass, Arthur Dent joins his friend Ford Prefect (who turns out to be a researcher for an electronic reference guide called the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) for a galactic voyage on which they meet Zaphod Beeblebrox, a two-headed ex-President of the Galaxy, and his human companion, Trillian. Their journey takes them from the remains of Earth to Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Based on a radio play by Douglas Adams. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Don't panic!


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 October 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(6 episodes) | (2 parts) | (7 episodes) (original release) | (6 episodes) (subsequent syndication) | (6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

| (video release)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Peter Davison was brought in as a last-minute replacement to play the Dish of the Day, at the suggestion of his then-wife, Sandra Dickinson (Trillian). See more »

Goofs

Episode 2: When Arthur and Ford are following Marvin through a white hallway, where Marvin mentions that the ship has been stolen, when Marvin walks toward the camera to enter a doorway, the actor's nose can be seen through the mesh of his mouth. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Marvin: I think you ought to know I'm feeling very depressed.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Animator Kevin Davies, credited from episodes four to six, receives a different, humorous title each time. The job titles are: Mouse Trainer, Milliways Catering and Bath Superintendent. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Inside 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Journey of the Sorcerer
(title music)
Written by Bernie Leadon
Arranged by Tim Souster
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

My most favorite mini-series!
4 June 1999 | by (Sterling Heights, Michigan) – See all my reviews

I absolutely love "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"! This is one of the funniest, most satirical, and most memorable mini-series I've ever seen! I've listened to the BBC radio broadcast, read all of the books, and now I've seen the TV series! It's awesome, and a very involving story with realistic and believable characters! The satire lies in how the aliens in the Universe perceive the planet Earth, which was destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass. It reflects our bureaucracy, and how the people of our world live in it. People wonder what there role in existence really is. "The Hitchhiker's Guide" doesn't give the answer, but it does show people who are searching for it. This could've been made into a theatrical production, although it probably would have been far too long. I love the characters, because their presence just makes fun of everything in their pathway. Much of the purpose of the character's existence, I think, is to make fun of the other characters they will meet later in the story. I love the talking electronic book, which narrates the story and gives a sort of "average person's" answer to everything. Simon Jones, who played Arthur Dent in the BBC audio broadcast, reprises his role with the same confused, yet humanistic personification. Mark Wing-Davey also reprises his role as the conceited Zaphod Beeblebrox. Peter Jones is back too, as the electronic book, as is David Tate as the annoying, overly eccentric computer. What effect will this have on someone's life? Only that it reflects the insecurity of much of our population, and how insignificant it all is compared to the rest of the universe. We already know this, but we never take it into mind. This also satirizes our modern world, without making any direct references to the people it's poking fun at. This is a great story which should be read, listened to, and likewise, seen with this miniseries. This isn't just pure entertainment, satire, and comedy. This is something that will make you think about the world you live in, and what your existence in life means to the universe itself!


20 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The mini-series vs. the movie evilgrinlord
Disney's Guide To The Galaxy mofps2
Arsenal at home? On a Thursday afternoon? TimMulviel
TV Series or Movie?! ghstbstr
Bimbo blonde trillian WTF? tthuhta
Zaphod and Trillian psfreak02

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?