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The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (1981)

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

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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)


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>

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Release Date:

30 October 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jack May appeared this same year as Theoden in the BBC Radio drama The Lord of the Rings. Playing Sam was Bill Nighy, who appeared in the film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005). Also appearing in that film were Martin Freeman and Stephen Fry, who both appeared in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013). See more »


The person operating Zaphod's third arm can be seen on multiple occasions. See more »


[repeated line]
Marvin: Life. Don't talk to me about life.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits for episode 3, the voice of the book returns briefly to resolve which one of the characters sustained a bruised arm -- a question that had been raised earlier in the episode, but left unanswered because it was unimportant. See more »


Referenced in The 6th Day (2000) See more »


Journey of the Sorcerer
(title music)
Written by Bernie Leadon
Arranged by Tim Souster
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Sophisticated Scifi Humor for Intelligent People
7 April 2004 | by (Attleboro, MA) – See all my reviews

Imagine, if you will, Doctor Who, Babylon 5, Galactica and Star Trek compacted into a compost heap and recycled by the hands of the Monty Python troupe. Now you're getting the idea.

Douglas Adams (a co-writer for "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", among other things) takes us on a hilarious romp through the universe and the space-time continuum with wimpy nebbish Arthur Dent, intergalactic field researcher Ford Prefect, a beautiful (hyper-intelligent) earth girl, a two headed drunken ex-galactic-president, and a paranoid android.

With clever asides and witty dialog, the mismatched team discovers the origins of the universe, witnesses the end of same (over cocktails and the dish of the day), and scours the universe for a decent cup of tea. Particularly funny are Adams' (through the voice of the narrator) wry observations on humanity and the oddball track that we supposedly-intelligent lifeforms have taken in the grand scheme of things.

All in all, a most satisfying bit of comedy for people who love to think.

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