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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
Release Date:
23 November 1983 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He takes you places you don't want to visit alone. See more »
Plot:
Fictional stories are told in this television series by The Hitchhiker. Each story is usually a mysterious thriller. Full summary »
Awards:
9 wins & 20 nominations See more »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 1 of 36)
Page Fletcher ... The Hitchhiker (84 episodes, 1983-1991)
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Series Directed by
Bruno Gantillon (7 episodes, 1989-1991)
Phillip Noyce (5 episodes, 1985-1989)
John Laing (5 episodes, 1987-1989)
Carl Schenkel (4 episodes, 1985-1987)
Jerry Ciccoritti (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
Leon Marr (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
Ivan Nagy (3 episodes, 1983)
Christopher Leitch (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
David Wickes (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Mai Zetterling (3 episodes, 1985)
Chris Thomson (3 episodes, 1987)
Brian Grant (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Richard Rothstein (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Colin Bucksey (2 episodes, 1987)
Roger Andrieux (2 episodes, 1989)
Randy Bradshaw (2 episodes, 1989)
Aline Issermann (2 episodes, 1989)
Robin Davis (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
René Manzor (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
 
Series Writing credits
Lewis Chesler (83 episodes, 1983-1991)
Riff Markowitz (81 episodes, 1983-1991)
Richard Rothstein (81 episodes, 1983-1991)
Jeremy Lipp (17 episodes, 1987-1991)
Gail Glaze (10 episodes, 1985-1991)
Naomi Janzen (8 episodes, 1989-1991)
Christopher Leitch (7 episodes, 1985-1987)
Thomas Baum (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
April Campbell Jones (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
Bruce Jones (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
Elizabeth Baxter (6 episodes, 1990-1991)
Lawrence G. DiTillio (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
Marjorie David (3 episodes, 1985-1987)
Jean-Vincent Fournier (3 episodes, 1989-1991)
Robert J. Avrech (2 episodes, 1984-1986)
Leora Barish (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
William Darrid (2 episodes, 1985)
Stanford Whitmore (2 episodes, 1985)
John Harrison (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
William Gray (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
L.M. Kit Carson (2 episodes, 1987)
Stéphane Palay (2 episodes, 1989-1991)
Monica Parker (2 episodes, 1989)
Guy Shulman (2 episodes, 1989)
Martin Brossollet (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Bradley R. Swirnoff (2 episodes, 1990)

Series Produced by
Lewis Chesler .... executive producer / producer (83 episodes, 1983-1991)
Tab Baird .... producer / supervising producer (45 episodes, 1988-1991)
Boudjemaa Dahmane .... executive producer (45 episodes, 1988-1991)
Jacques Méthé .... executive producer (45 episodes, 1988-1991)
Riff Markowitz .... executive producer / producer (38 episodes, 1983-1987)
David Perlmutter .... executive producer (31 episodes, 1989-1991)
Barbara Shrier .... line producer / producer (25 episodes, 1988-1991)
Wendy Grean .... producer / supervising producer (20 episodes, 1989-1990)
Jeremy Lipp .... creative producer (20 episodes, 1990-1991)
Richard Rothstein .... executive producer (15 episodes, 1983-1987)
Gilbert Adler .... producer (13 episodes, 1987)
David J. Latt .... supervising producer (13 episodes, 1987)
Jon Anderson .... co-producer (12 episodes, 1985-1986)
Jean Chalopin .... executive producer (12 episodes, 1987)
Andy Heyward .... executive producer (12 episodes, 1987)
Hank McCann .... associate producer (11 episodes, 1987)
Alan Simmonds .... co-producer (2 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Original Music by
Shuki Levy (38 episodes, 1987-1989)
Haim Saban (38 episodes, 1987-1989)
Michel Rubini (23 episodes, 1984-1986)
Jack Procher (20 episodes, 1990-1991)
Anthony Lancett (19 episodes, 1990-1991)
Paul Hoffert (3 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Cinematography by
Thomas Burstyn (18 episodes, 1985-1987)
Reginald H. Morris (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Ron Orieux (5 episodes, 1987)
François Protat (3 episodes, 1983)
Paul Van der Linden (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Norman G. Langley (2 episodes, 1984)

Richard Wincenty (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Stan Cole (8 episodes, 1983-1986)
Michael Robison (7 episodes, 1986-1987)
John F. Link (5 episodes, 1987)
Yves Langlois (4 episodes, 1985)
George Appleby (2 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Casting by
Hank McCann (11 episodes, 1985-1987)
Ben Rubin (3 episodes, 1989-1991)
 
Series Production Design by
Richard Wilcox (10 episodes, 1985-1987)
Richard Cunin (2 episodes, 1988-1989)

Carmi Gallo (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
David Fischer (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Rob Mackenzie (3 episodes, 1987)
Douglas Higgins (2 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Elizabeth Wilcox (14 episodes, 1983-1986)
Linda Vipond (4 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Costume Design by
Trish Keating (15 episodes, 1983-1987)
Nicole Pelletier (10 episodes, 1984-1985)
Christopher Ryan (10 episodes, 1985-1986)
Zorica Lozic (2 episodes, 1989-1991)
 
Series Makeup Department
Phyllis Newman .... makeup supervisor (7 episodes, 1983-1986)
Jan Newman .... makeup supervisor (5 episodes, 1987)
Gloria Jean Bronson .... hair stylist (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Salli Baillie .... hair stylist (4 episodes, 1987)
Roy Sidick .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1986)
Françoise Duplaissy .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1989-1991)
Nicole Stevanin .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1989-1991)

Rachel Griffin .... special makeup effects artist (unknown episodes)
Larry Odien .... key makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Thomas Yee .... assistant hair stylist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Les Kimber .... production manager (13 episodes, 1985-1986)
Hugh Spencer-Phillips .... production manager (4 episodes, 1987)
Marc Schlather .... executive in charge of production (3 episodes, 1983)
Nicholas Rose .... post-production supervisor (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Scott Summersgill .... post-production supervisor (3 episodes, 1986)
Tab Baird .... executive in charge of production (3 episodes, 1987)
Emily Dillon Berry .... post-production supervisor (3 episodes, 1987)
W. Michael Beard .... post-production supervisor (3 episodes, 1989-1991)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Markowitz .... second second assistant director (25 episodes, 1985-1987)
Anthony Atkins .... second assistant director / third assistant director (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Gordon Mark .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Don Granberry .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1987)
Jim Long .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1986)

Tommy Burns .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Frank Ruszczynski .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Richard Cunin .... set production designer (16 episodes, 1989)
Phil Gough .... assistant property master / assistant props (13 episodes, 1985-1986)
Wayne McLaughlin .... property master (13 episodes, 1985-1986)
Catherine Leighton .... property master (8 episodes, 1986-1987)
Clyde Klotz .... assistant art director (5 episodes, 1985-1986)
Charles Leitrants .... construction coordinator (4 episodes, 1985-1987)
Christian Pestour .... prop man (2 episodes, 1989-1991)

Marc Fiquet .... props buyer / set dresser (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Gordon Chacra .... boom operator (46 episodes, 1988-1991)
Thomas Hidderley .... sound mixer (46 episodes, 1988-1991)
Richard Patton .... sound mixer (10 episodes, 1985-1987)
Yanina Jezyk .... sound editor (7 episodes, 1985-1986)
Frank Morrone .... foley recordist (6 episodes, 1983-1984)
Terry Gordica .... sound re-recording mixer (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
James Porteous .... sound re-recording mixer (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Joseph Zappala .... sound editor (4 episodes, 1987)
Doug Davey .... sound re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 1987)
Chris Haire .... sound re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 1987)
Jeremy Hoenack .... sound editor (3 episodes, 1987)
Tim Archer .... re-recording engineer (3 episodes, 1989-1991)
Gary Daprato .... foley / foley artist (3 episodes, 1989-1991)
Rick Ellis .... re-recording engineer (3 episodes, 1989-1991)
Anthony Lancett .... sound effects (3 episodes, 1989-1991)
Jerry Clemans .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1987)
Peter Harper .... foley (2 episodes, 1989)

Donald D. Brown .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Yuri Gorbachow .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Eric Lambi .... assistant sound editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Michael Clifford .... special effects coordinator (6 episodes, 1985-1987)

James Cummins .... special effects (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Bill Ferguson .... stunt coordinator (9 episodes, 1985-1986)
Keith Wardlow .... stunt coordinator (9 episodes, 1987)
Jim Dunn .... stunt performer (3 episodes, 1985-1990)

Jacob Rupp .... stunt coordinator / stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Julian Chojnacki .... camera operator (40 episodes, 1983-1989)
Al Campbell .... best boy grip (13 episodes, 1985-1986)
Paul F. Birkett .... camera operator (9 episodes, 1986-1987)
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer (7 episodes, 1985-1989)
Bruce Macaulay .... still photographer (4 episodes, 1983-1989)
Curtis Petersen .... camera operator / director of photography: second unit (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Tony Westman .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Shelley Degen .... grip (3 episodes, 1987)
Roger Huyghe .... gaffer (3 episodes, 1987)
Rod Pridy .... first assistant camera / first assistant cameraman (2 episodes, 1983-1985)
Ron Williams .... gaffer (2 episodes, 1983-1985)
Trou Bayliss .... grip / key grip (2 episodes, 1985-1987)
Jean Marc Bringuier .... steadicam operator (2 episodes, 1989-1991)

Roberto W. Contreras D. .... second assistant camera (unknown episodes, 1983-1984)
Duane Gullison .... generator operator (unknown episodes)
Michael McLellan .... dolly grip (unknown episodes)
David Perkins .... focus puller (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Lindsay Walker .... casting director: Vancouver / casting: Vancouver (7 episodes, 1985-1986)
Beth Voiku .... casting associate: Los Angeles / casting associate (5 episodes, 1985-1986)
Michelle Allen .... casting: Canada (3 episodes, 1987)
Ben Taylor .... casting associate: Los Angeles / casting: Los Angeles (3 episodes, 1987)
Emily Schweber .... casting associate: Los Angeles (2 episodes, 1989)

Gérard Moulévrier .... casting: Paris (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Delphine Bernard .... assistant wardrobe / wardrobe mistress (2 episodes, 1989-1991)
 
Series Editorial Department
Frank Biasi .... on-line editor (46 episodes, 1988-1991)
Patrick Lussier .... assistant editor (13 episodes, 1987-1989)
Gordon Stoddard .... on-line editor (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Stuart Hurst .... colorist (5 episodes, 1985-1986)
Eduardo Castillo .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 1987)
Brad Rines .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 1987)
Michael Robison .... assistant editor / assistant editor: Vancouver (3 episodes, 1983-1985)
Scott Summersgill .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 1986)
Rick Martin .... on-line editor (3 episodes, 1987)
Gary Shaw .... colorist (3 episodes, 1987)
Ernie Moser .... colorist (2 episodes, 1986)
Brian Q. Kelley .... electronic editorial (2 episodes, 1987-1989)
Joe Jarrett .... colorist (2 episodes, 1989)

Bernard Giglio .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Paul Hoffert .... composer: theme music (7 episodes, 1989)
Andrew Dimitroff .... music coordinator / music supervisor (4 episodes, 1987-1989)

Michel Rubini .... composer: title music (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Drew Neville .... transportation coordinator (4 episodes, 1987)

Don Poole .... driver (unknown episodes)
Steven Sacrob .... driver (unknown episodes)
Joe Sanchez .... transportation coordinator (unknown episodes)
Bruce Scott .... set driver (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Gail Glaze .... executive story editor / story editor / ... (68 episodes, 1983-1991)
Jim Chad .... location assistant (20 episodes, 1990-1991)
Tab Baird .... executive in charge of production / executive in charge of business affairs (17 episodes, 1985-1987)
Jean Chalopin .... creative supervisor (13 episodes, 1987)
Penny Gibbs .... production coordinator (11 episodes, 1985-1987)
James R. Westwell .... production controller (10 episodes, 1983-1987)
Mary Guilfoyle .... location manager (10 episodes, 1985-1987)
Richard Rothstein .... executive story supervisor (8 episodes, 1985-1986)
Candice Field .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
J. Paul Higgins .... director of development / creative consultant (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Tana Tocher .... caterer (4 episodes, 1983-1984)
Etienne Baxter .... assistant to the producers / assistant director (4 episodes, 1985-1991)
Janet Brown .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 1987)
Elaine Chekich .... director of development / development director (4 episodes, 1987)
Catherine Cook .... assistant to producer / assistant to the producer (3 episodes, 1987)
Bill Sterritt .... development assistant (3 episodes, 1987)

Dov Schwarz .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes, 1991)
Clifford De Spenser .... dialogue coach (unknown episodes)
Christine Haebler .... location manager (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
France:26 min | USA:30 min (85 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:14A (Manitoba/Ontario) (video release) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (video release) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (video release) | Finland:K-13 (2007) | Singapore:M18

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
brilliant, one-of-a-kind, 29 January 2002
Author: plant from United States

"The Hitchhiker" was (still is) one hell of a TV series; much better than the junk currently being released in movie theaters. I missed this show when it first aired in the 80's. Luckily, one can find reruns of it on HBO Zone. It's worth seeking out.

For starters, the opening theme is pulsating and gets under your skin. As good is the ending-credits music found only in the 1987 season.

This show was bold, thrilling, imaginative and sexy while at the same time more intelligent and relevant than most TV shows/movies released. Some episodes had nudity and (strong) violence, but it was all at the service of the enormously talented writers and directors. In general, episodes created mood and atmosphere without gore or anything shocking on-screen at all.

Almost any episode of this show is great:

"Killer" and "Homebodies" had story structures similar to M. Night Shyamalan's movies. "Killer" opened with a long, unbroken tracking shot much later popularized in some movies from the mid-90's on up ("Boogie Nights," for example).

"Why Are You Here?" was shot entirely by the actors -- a precursor to the style of film-making found in the movie "The Blair Witch Project," however made 12 years before.

Also great were religious-themed episodes like "W.G.O.D.", about a born-again preacher with a terrible secret, and "True Believer," where a detective confronts his own demons while trying to solve a murder case involving an "infested" convent.

I can't say enough how wonderful this show is. It's sometimes tough to watch, but there are many rewards to be found at the end. Some episodes improved with repeated viewings.

Catch this show on HBO Zone while you still can.

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