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29 September 1985 (USA) See more »
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Updated remakes of classic stories from "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955) and "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" (1962) originally produced by the Master of Suspense himself. His original opening bits are colorized for reuse here. Full summary »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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Initially, a slick 80s update of classic Hitchcockian stories, that later added its own original tales... for better or worse See more (1 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast [48])

Bernard Behrens ... Dr. Heller / ... (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Cynthia Belliveau ... Cassie Wilson / ... (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
David B. Nichols ... Captain Allard / ... (3 episodes, 1987-1989)

Kathleen Quinlan ... Ann Foley / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1988)

Edward Woodward ... Drummond (2 episodes, 1988)

Brian Bedford ... Sherlock Holmes / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1989)

Bruce Gray ... Billy Pearson / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1989)

Peter Spence ... Andrew / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1988)

Melissa Sue Anderson ... Julie Fenton / ... (2 episodes, 1988-1989)

Kate Trotter ... Margaret Lord (2 episodes, 1988)
Ann-Marie MacDonald ... Denise Tyler / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1989)

Lawrence Dane ... Joe Metcalf / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Robert Wisden ... Marty Parks / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Carolyn Dunn ... Alicia Barclay / ... (2 episodes, 1988)

Parker Stevenson ... Clark Taylor / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1988)

Cedric Smith ... Paul Stevens / ... (2 episodes, 1988-1989)
Patricia Collins ... Dr. Winton / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1989)
Neil Munro ... David Barclay / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Elizabeth Lennie ... Jill Drummond (2 episodes, 1988)

Wayne Best ... Mark Taylor / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1989)

John Colicos ... Carter Talbot / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1989)
Eve Crawford ... Rachel / ... (2 episodes, 1988-1989)

Art Hindle ... Alton Brooks / ... (2 episodes, 1988-1989)

Barclay Hope ... Harvey / ... (2 episodes, 1988-1989)

Brent Stait ... Jim Sweeney / ... (2 episodes, 1988-1989)

Cec Linder ... Dr. Hoffman / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Mary Beth Rubens ... Alison / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1988)

Frank Adamson ... Bartender / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1989)

Sean Hewitt ... Danny Mosely / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Robert Morelli ... Frank Keller / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Cheryl Wilson ... Molly Stevens / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Walter Klenhard ... Gas Station Attendant (segment "Incident in a Small Jail") / ... (2 episodes, 1985)
Murray Cruchley ... Dr. Stevens / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Colin Fox ... Dr. Herman Vandenburg / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
James Hobson ... Father / ... (2 episodes, 1988-1989)
Laurie Paton ... Kathy / ... (2 episodes, 1988-1989)
Ray Paisley ... Leon Dennison / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Sam Malkin ... Barney / ... (2 episodes, 1988-1989)
Jack Thibeau ... Bronson (segment "Man From The South") / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)

Jerry Boyd ... Ambulance Attendant #2 / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Grant Owens ... Defense Attorney / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Irene Pauzer ... Dora / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
James O'Regan ... Cop / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Rod Wilson ... Eddie / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Fred Taylor ... Biker / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Danny De La Paz ... Bellhop (segment "Man from the South") / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Wendy Oates ... Anesthesiologist #2 / ... (2 episodes, 1985)
Micheal Donaghue ... Deskman / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1988)

Series Directed by
Allan King (11 episodes, 1987-1989)
Timothy Bond (7 episodes, 1988-1989)
René Bonnière (6 episodes, 1988-1989)
Robert Iscove (3 episodes, 1987)
Bill Corcoran (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
Zale Dalen (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
Christopher Crowe (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Thomas Carter (2 episodes, 1985)
Atom Egoyan (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Sturla Gunnarsson (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Ryszard Bugajski (2 episodes, 1987)
Richard J. Lewis (2 episodes, 1989)
Brad Silberling (1 episode, 1988-1989)

Roger Young (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Michael Sloan (12 episodes, 1988-1989)
Glenn Davis (10 episodes, 1988-1989)
William Laurin (10 episodes, 1988-1989)
Robert De Laurentiis (6 episodes, 1988-1989)
Henry Slesar (4 episodes, 1985-1988)
Stephen Kronish (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Jim Beaver (4 episodes, 1986-1987)
Charles Grant Craig (3 episodes, 1985-1988)
Steve Bello (3 episodes, 1986)
Jonathan Glassner (3 episodes, 1987)
Michael Colleary (3 episodes, 1988)
Ray De Laurentis (3 episodes, 1988)
Clark Howard (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
David Stenn (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
John Byrum (2 episodes, 1985)
Steve De Jarnatt (2 episodes, 1985)
Rob Hedden (2 episodes, 1987)
Susan Woollen (2 episodes, 1988-1989)
Richard Yalem (1 episode, 1989)

Gilbert Ralston (unknown episodes)
David Stern (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Jon Slan .... executive producer (53 episodes, 1987-1989)
Michael Sloan .... executive producer (42 episodes, 1987-1989)
Robert De Laurentiis .... supervising producer (40 episodes, 1988-1989)
Mary Kahn .... producer / line producer / ... (40 episodes, 1988-1989)
Nigel Watts .... production executive / production executive: MCA TV (34 episodes, 1988-1989)
Barbara Laffey .... producer (27 episodes, 1987-1988)
Alan Barnette .... producer (23 episodes, 1985-1986)
Christopher Crowe .... executive producer (23 episodes, 1985-1986)
Andrew Mirisch .... supervising producer / producer (23 episodes, 1985-1986)
Daniel Sackheim .... associate producer (22 episodes, 1985-1986)
David Levinson .... executive producer (13 episodes, 1987)

Gordon Cornell Layne .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Micky Erbe (14 episodes, 1987-1989)
Maribeth Solomon (14 episodes, 1987-1989)
Kenneth Wannberg (13 episodes, 1987-1989)
Milan Kymlicka (11 episodes, 1988-1989)
Christopher Dedrick (10 episodes, 1988-1989)
Michel Colombier (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Peter Bernstein (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Steve Dorff (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
John Goux (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Thomas Newman (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Hummie Mann (2 episodes, 1988-1989)
 
Series Cinematography by
Maris H. Jansons (37 episodes, 1988-1989)
Mario DiLeo (19 episodes, 1985-1986)
Brian R.R. Hebb (14 episodes, 1985-1987)
Vic Sarin (4 episodes, 1988)
Woody Omens (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Film Editing by
Tom Joerin (27 episodes, 1987-1989)
Bill Goddard (21 episodes, 1988-1989)
Heather MacDougall (7 episodes, 1985-1986)
Randy Roberts (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Ronald Sanders (6 episodes, 1987)
Parkie L. Singh (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Scott K. Wallace (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Houseley Stevenson Jr. (2 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Casting by
Maria Armstrong (54 episodes, 1987-1989)
Laela Weinzweig (34 episodes, 1988-1989)
Mark Malis (22 episodes, 1985-1986)
Ross Clydesdale (20 episodes, 1987-1988)

Monica Swann (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Design by
David Davis (41 episodes, 1988-1989)
Bill Malley (12 episodes, 1985-1986)
Dean Edward Mitzner (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Art Direction by
Katherine Mathewson (17 episodes, 1988-1989)
David Davis (13 episodes, 1987)
Anthony Brockliss (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
J. Dennis Washington (2 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Danielle Fleury (36 episodes, 1987-1989)
Elinor Rose Galbraith (10 episodes, 1987)
Victoria Hugo (9 episodes, 1985-1986)
Enrico Campana (6 episodes, 1988)
Mary Ann Brienza (4 episodes, 1985)
Martin Price (4 episodes, 1986)
Don Greenwood Jr. (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Costume Design by
Delphine White (49 episodes, 1987-1989)
Sharon Day (21 episodes, 1985-1986)
Maureen Gurney (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
 
Series Makeup Department
Sandi Duncan .... makeup artist (31 episodes, 1987-1988)
Irma Parkkonen .... makeup artist (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
Divyo Rae Putney .... hairdresser (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
Reginald LeBlanc .... hairdresser (19 episodes, 1988)
Gail 'Freddie' Godden .... hair stylist (13 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Production Management
Catherine Hunt .... post-production supervisor (41 episodes, 1988-1989)
Len D'Agostino .... production manager (27 episodes, 1988-1989)
David Livingston .... unit production manager (21 episodes, 1985-1986)
Mary Kahn .... production manager (6 episodes, 1987)
Michael MacDonald .... production manager (5 episodes, 1987)
Mary Khan .... production manager (2 episodes, 1987)
Rob Burton .... production manager (2 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Goluboff .... first assistant director (22 episodes, 1987-1989)
Felix Gray .... first assistant director (21 episodes, 1988-1989)
Stephen Southard .... second assistant director (12 episodes, 1985-1986)
Wendy Ross .... second assistant director (9 episodes, 1987)
Doug Metzger .... first assistant director (7 episodes, 1985-1986)
Richard Peter Schroer .... first assistant director (7 episodes, 1985-1986)
Karen Lee Hall .... second assistant director / first assistant director (5 episodes, 1985-1989)
Richard Espinoza .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 1985-1986)
Carla Reinke .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 1986)
Erika Zborowsky .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 1987)
Jerry Ketcham .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1986)
Lonnie Steinberg .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 1986)
William Spahic .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1987)
Mac Bradden .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1987-1989)

Eric Banz .... third assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Craig Binkley .... property master (39 episodes, 1985-1989)
Byron Patchett .... property master (35 episodes, 1988-1989)
Christopher Geggie .... assistant property master (34 episodes, 1987-1988)
Lance Lombardo .... lead man (23 episodes, 1985-1986)
Doug Harlocker .... property master (18 episodes, 1987-1988)
John Rubino .... props buyer (17 episodes, 1988-1989)

Danielle Fleury .... buyer: 1985 / dresser: 1985 (unknown episodes)
William Lee .... props (unknown episodes)
Arlindo Vicente .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Bryan Day .... production sound (33 episodes, 1987-1989)
Clark McCarron .... production sound (21 episodes, 1988-1989)
Hank Garfield .... sound (13 episodes, 1985-1986)
Ian MacGregor-Scott .... sound editor (11 episodes, 1985-1986)
James R. Alexander .... sound (9 episodes, 1986)
Burness Dembrowski .... sound editor (5 episodes, 1986)
Allen Ormerod .... re-recording mixer (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
John Stacy .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1986)

Bob Holbrook .... boom operator (unknown episodes, 1988)
Barney Cabral .... adr editor (unknown episodes)
Gregory King .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Peter Melnychuk .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Scott Purdy .... re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Don White .... re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Rick Heinrichs .... special effects (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Jim Michaels .... 24 frame computer playback operator / visual effects producer (75 episodes, 1985-1989)
Lisa Atkinson .... visual effects and post production coordinator (13 episodes, 1987)

Chris Wallace .... colourist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Matt Birman .... stunt performer (1 episode, 1985)
Dennis Lundin .... stunt double (1 episode, 1985)
Grady Walker .... stunts (1 episode, 1985)

Tom Elliott .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Branko Racki .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Christopher Dean .... key grip (39 episodes, 1987-1989)
Michael McMurray .... gaffer (26 episodes, 1988-1989)
Raymond Brounstein .... camera operator (16 episodes, 1988-1989)
Daniel Narduzzi .... key grip (15 episodes, 1988-1989)
Christopher Porter .... gaffer (13 episodes, 1987)
Eldie Benson .... gaffer (12 episodes, 1988-1989)
Ben Mark Holzberg .... still photographer (11 episodes, 1987-1989)
David Moxness .... gaffer (2 episodes, 1988-1989)

Tracy Shaw .... grip (unknown episodes, 1988)
Christophe Bonnière .... director of photography: second unit (unknown episodes)
Jeff Hohener .... second assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Serge Poupis .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Glen Treilhard .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Donna Dockstader .... casting: US (41 episodes, 1988-1989)
Reuben Cannon .... casting: USA / casting: US (13 episodes, 1987)
Cecily Adams .... casting assistant (4 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sheilaa Hite .... costume supervisor (21 episodes, 1985-1986)
Diana Irwin .... wardrobe assistant (15 episodes, 1989)
Thomas E. Johnson .... costume supervisor (13 episodes, 1985-1986)
Steve Sharp .... costume supervisor (9 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Editorial Department
Catherine Hunt .... post-production coordinator (13 episodes, 1987)
Dave Hussey .... colorist (12 episodes, 1986)

Lisa Atkinson .... post-production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Brent Pate .... on-line editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Location Management
Arthur Clarke .... assistant location manager (55 episodes, 1985-1988)
Adam J. Shully .... location manager (19 episodes, 1985-1987)
Steve Wakefield .... location manager (4 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Music Department
David Greene .... music supervisor (54 episodes, 1987-1989)
Dino A. Moriana .... music editor (18 episodes, 1985-1986)
Ron S. Herbes .... first assistant music editor (3 episodes, 1985)

Bradley Carow .... assistant music editor (unknown episodes)
Michael Colomby .... score recordist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Steven Sacrob .... driver (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Glenn Davis .... story editor (31 episodes, 1988-1989)
William Laurin .... story editor (31 episodes, 1988-1989)
Benu Bhandari .... script supervisor (29 episodes, 1987-1989)
Kathryn Buck .... script supervisor (24 episodes, 1988-1989)
Steve Bello .... story editor (15 episodes, 1985-1986)
Devon Clark .... production coordinator (13 episodes, 1987)
Jeremy Hole .... story editor (12 episodes, 1987)
David Stenn .... story editor (6 episodes, 1985)
Christopher Comrie .... assistant accountant (3 episodes, 1987)

Linda Callow .... utility stand-in (unknown episodes)
Theresa Shepherd .... caterer (unknown episodes)
Michael Stevens .... adr voice / stand-in: Greg Evigan (unknown episodes)
 

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Initially, a slick 80s update of classic Hitchcockian stories, that later added its own original tales... for better or worse, 22 January 2017
Author: Alfabeta

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This may be the first time that I'm truly surprised that a title here on IMDb has no user reviews. This show may not have been as popular as the genre anthology classics like The Twilight Zone, Tales from the Crypt, The Outer Limits or even The Ray Bradbury Theater and the original Alfred Hitchcock Presents but it certainly isn't some forgotten, obscure, one-off like Orson Welles' Scene of the Crime (1984) or Darkroom (1981). Ironically, both of these have IMDb user reviews.

The show did have three things against it, though. It tried too hard to use the original's fame to promote itself, at least at first, and this was at the time when remakes were rarely popular if the original was still beloved (i.e. the maligned 1970s version of King Kong and its even more hated 1980s sequel or the original Godzilla vs. the first American Godzilla aka Godzilla 1985 or even John Carpenter's The Thing, a classic now but incredibly hated back when it first came out in 1982). Strike two for the show was that its own original stories were often not as strong as the ones from the 50s (sometimes to the point of being straight up generic garbage). Since the budget got lower and lower with each season (especially after the first season failed, so the show got picked up by a different TV network), even the visuals couldn't fix a bad episode. Finally, the producers of the show had controversially decided to colorize and reuse the introductory sequences from the 1950s version with, by the 1980s unfortunately very much late, Alfred Hitchcock himself. Although intriguing to some, this move was more often seen as a creepy gimmick to be made fun of, while others even saw it as nothing less than pure sacrilege and insultingly cynical desecration.

On the other hand, the show definitely had its strengths as well. The remakes of the classic 50s and forgotten 60s episodes (the show is a remake of both classic "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955) and the now completely forgotten "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" (1962) anthologies) were often actually good 80s-fied updates, whether they were near shot-for-shot remakes (season 1 episode "Revenge" for example) or with its own small twists added to the mix (season 1 episode Road Hog) or sometimes even actually better than the original 1950s version (Martin Sheen's fresh meta/in-joke take on Robert Duvall's original episode Method Actor, again in season 1). However, some episodes also gleefully fed on 80s cynicism and really dark and bleak twists, which sometimes worked in a macabre way (season 1's Final Escape) and sometimes ended up being just plain sinister and disturbing (like in season 1's The Night Caller or possibly the bleakest and darkest episode of the entire show - season 1's The Gloating Place).

The show also featured dark comedic tales like Tim Burton's The Jar (season 1 again) or even light comedies (like season 1 episode The Canary Sedan, one of the 1950s stories that received a complete overhaul, for better or worse). There were even a couple of sci-fi episodes like "The Human Interest Story" (season 1's remake of the 50s episode) and "Romance Machine" (season 4), both a mediocre mix between this show and The Outer Limits.

As it was the case with other similar shows, many people who were famous at the time or were about to hit it big guest starred in season 1 (from John Huston and Melanie Griffith in the pilot's second segment Man from the South to Robert Loggia and very, very young Joaquin Phoenix in A Very Happy Ending). Some famous faces from TV at the time (like "The Equalizer" (1985) himself, Edward Woodward, in the show's only two-parter called Hunted, that served as the season 3 finale) or B-movies (like charismatic John Vernon in season 2's Conversation Over a Corpse) or aged stars (like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly star Eli Wallach in season 3 episode Kandinsky's Vault) appeared in later seasons as well but much less frequently.

Later, the stories became much more formulaic and mediocre, so the writers relied on the twists to salvage them. These plot twists and twist endings reached the point of intentional self-parody with episodes like "Twist" in season 3.

By season 4 (its final season) the show mixed things up a bit and tried some new tricks (again, for better or worse). For instance, it featured a number of in-joke episodes that served as tributes, either to other titles or actors. "The Prisoner" and "The Avengers" star Patrick Macnee appeared in this season's Survival of the Fittest as a retired top operative. George Lazenby, the forgotten one-off James Bond of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) fame played a similar tongue-in-cheek role in Diamonds Aren't Forever. TV western and b-movie star Doug McClure appeared in a similarly tributary role in season 4's Ancient Voices, while the episode My Dear Watson actually featured Sherlock Holmes as protagonist. The show's underwhelming finale "South by Southeast" was a direct parody of Hitchcock's classic film "North by Northwest".

The lowest point for the show probably came with a couple of infamous final season episodes that suspiciously felt and looked like blatant backdoor pilots. The most notorious of these are probably "Night Creatures", the only supernatural horror episode in the whole show, that was clearly made as a pilot for a vampire hunter series, and The Man Who Knew Too Little, again clearly made as a pilot for a series based on Hitchcock's classic film.

Overall, this show is an interesting 80s TV time capsule exactly because of it's uneven quality. While most people won't care about a show like this today (most audience apparently didn't care even when the show was new), for anthology aficionados, 80s TV lovers or Hitchcockian completests, this is a show that ought to be seen.

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