Fictional stories are told in this television series by The Hitchhiker. Each story is usually a mysterious thriller.
Reviews
Popularity
3,564 ( 254)

On Disc

at Amazon

Episodes

Seasons


Years



6   5   4   3   2   1  
1991   1990   1989   1988   1987   1986   … See all »
9 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Fantasy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A horror anthology series where the viewer is taken through ghost stories, science fiction adventures and creepy, unexplained events.

Stars: Paul Sparer, Catherine Battistone, John Marzilli
The Ray Bradbury Theater (1985–1992)
Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A Canadian-produced fantastic anthology series scripted by famed science-fiction author Ray Bradbury. Many of the teleplays were based upon Bradbury's novels and short stories.

Stars: Ray Bradbury, Frank Whitten, Desmond Kelly
Night Gallery (1969–1973)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Rod Serling presents tales of horror illustrated in various paintings.

Stars: Rod Serling, Larry Watson, Joanna Pettet
Freddy's Nightmares (1988–1990)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Freddy, the dream serial-killer, hosts this anthology of stories set in Springwood.

Stars: Robert Englund, Todd Allen, Sandahl Bergman
Amazing Stories (1985–1987)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Truly amazing, fantastical, funny and odd, and sometimes scary, sad and endearing stories are portrayed. Many famous actors, actresses and directors make guest appearances.

Stars: Charles Durning, Douglas Seale, Louis Giambalvo
Thriller (1960–1962)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Anthology series hosted by Boris Karloff that originally told ordinary tales of crime and mystery, but later became a showcase for gothic horror stories, many of which were based on works ... See full summary »

Stars: Boris Karloff, Richard Peel, Henry Daniell
The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)
Sci-Fi | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A collection of tales which range from comic to tragic, but often have a wicked sense of humor and an unexpected twist.

Stars: Robin Ward, Charles Aidman, Richard Mulligan
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two young antique store owners must recover cursed antiques.

Stars: Louise Robey, Chris Wiggins, John D. LeMay
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The tragic 1939 voyage of SS St. Louis carrying hundreds of German Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany that seemingly no nation is willing to save from certain doom.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Stars: Faye Dunaway, Oskar Werner, Lee Grant
Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
Comedy | Crime | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Tales of horror based on the gruesome E.C. comic books of the 1950s.

Stars: John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer
Thriller (1973–1976)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Anthology series of self-contained episodes with the genres ranging from murder mystery to suspense to psychological and supernatural horror.

Stars: Donna Mills, Gary Collins, Michael Jayston
The Veil (TV Mini-Series 1958)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An anthology of horror stories hosted by actor Boris Karloff.

Stars: Boris Karloff, Denise Alexander, Tod Andrews
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 The Hitchhiker (84 episodes, 1983-1991)
Edit

Storyline

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 <rocher@fiberbit.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Hop on board with The Hitchhiker. It's a ride you'll never forget. See more »


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

23 November 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El caminante  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(85 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The first dramatic television series made by Home Box Office cable TV network. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Pleasant dreams this did NOT guarantee.
6 January 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

When I was living in Barbados, CBC used to carry this anthology series in its late night (and by late, I mean around 10:30) Tuesday slot - they definitely didn't show all the episodes of this, or "Tales From The Darkside" (which replaced it). Not a patch on "The Twilight Zone," this anthology of tales about people who either got what they deserved or met their doom - and the two weren't always the same - was still effectively creepy, if a bit morbid, viewing.

Some of the most notable tales topped and tailed by Page Fletcher's wandering man: a story with Michael O'Keefe's dog getting revenge on his enemies, and driving him to his death when his girlfriend told him he was his own worst enemy; a tale with a man who thought his girlfriend was an escaped mental patient, and ended up getting killed by the real loony; "One Last Prayer," with Lisa Blount as a singer who invented an image for herself that was guaranteed to succeed, but worked TOO well and ended up replacing the singer in real life; and an episode with Harry Hamlin as a developer under a curse, which stood out as one of the few stories with a happy ending.

And yes, that music is very memorable. But Home Box Office's reputation was not built on this show.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Walking Dummy Short wren59
Short horror movies before and after show while on USA heiamll
show's theme music soappra
The Hitchhiker Filming Locations? JFillow
Are the Klaus Kinski and Franco Nero episodes on DVD? kenneymljken
Female prison episode Ares-10
Discuss The Hitchhiker (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page