Fictional stories are told in this television series by The Hitchhiker. Each story is usually a mysterious thriller.
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 The Hitchhiker (84 episodes, 1983-1991)


A series of mystery-thriller stories, linked only by the character of The Hitchhiker, who would introduce and close each episode in the style of Rod Serling or Alfred Hitchcock. Occasional stories involved supernatural forces, but most plot twists stemmed only from the dark side of the human spirit. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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23 November 1983 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Nicholas Campbell appeared as the Hitchhiker in the initial trilogy of "tryout" episodes, which originally aired in late 1983. After HBO picked the show up for a full second season, Campbell was unavailable to reprise his role, so Page Fletcher took over the role. For reruns, all of Campbell's scenes were replaced with re-shot footage of Fletcher. Even on the Canadian Season 1 DVD release, a "Fletcher" version of an original Campbell episode got released by mistake. See more »

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An old but good horror series.
9 April 2002 | by (Hamilton, Ohio) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this series on HBO during the 1980's. Basically it's somewhat like a early version of Tales From The Crypt, with the Hitchhiker introducing the evening's story and at the end commenting on what happened to the lead characters. Really not as gory as Tales, it focused more on suspense to keep viewers interested. Not too many stations show re-runs of this series anymore (USA used to show this series in the early to mid 90's.)But really the only way you can see this series now is through one of HBO's additional channels. If you're looking for a good horror-suspense show then the Hitchhiker is for you, but if you're looking for a somewhat gory series, then I'd say stick with Tales From The Crypt.

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