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In the 21st century, the Tracy family operate a unique private mechanized emergency response service.
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Series cast summary:
Sylvia Anderson Sylvia Anderson ...  Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward / ... 32 episodes, 1965-1966
Peter Dyneley ...  Jeff Tracy / ... 32 episodes, 1965-1966
David Graham ...  Brains / ... 32 episodes, 1965-1966
Shane Rimmer ...  Scott Tracy / ... 32 episodes, 1965-1966
Matt Zimmerman Matt Zimmerman ...  Alan Tracy / ... 32 episodes, 1965-1966
Ray Barrett ...  John Tracy / ... 32 episodes, 1965-1966
Christine Finn Christine Finn ...  Tin-Tin Kyrano / ... 32 episodes, 1965-1966
David Holliday David Holliday ...  Virgil Tracy / ... 26 episodes, 1965-1966
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Storyline

The year is 2065. The location is a secret island base. The Tracy family run International Rescue - a top secret organization whose ongoing mission is to aid humanity. With the support of five incredible THUNDERBIRDS craft, the London agent Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward, her butler and ex safe-cracker Parker and genius Brains, the Tracy family battle the forces of evil. Written by Back of Digitally Remastered DVD

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1965 (UK) See more »

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Donnervögel See more »

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Runtime:

(32 episodes)

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Stereo (re-mastered version)

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Color (Videcolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In order to increase the realism of the series, close-ups of real human hands were often inserted when a character is shown about to manipulate an object (i.e. open a drawer, cock a gun). See more »

Goofs

There are some episodes in which civilian personnel who are being assisted by International Rescue refer to the Tracy brothers by name. How would they know their names? IR is a secret organization and it's highly unlikely they would give out their names. This of course could all be accounted for by them talking to each other by their first names when on mission. See more »

Quotes

Virgil Tracy: Thunderbird Two to Thunderbird One, do you read me?
[Thunderbird One does not answer]
John Tracy: He's got to have made it, he's GOT to.
Virgil Tracy: Thunderbird Two to Thunderbird One, do you read me?
[static]
Scott Tracy: Loud and clear.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits include scenes from that week's episode. Gerry Anderson would later reuse this gimmick in "Space: 1999" (1975) and "Space Precinct" (1995). See more »

Alternate Versions

The 60-minute episodes have also been syndicated in 30-minute segments. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Three Men in More Than One Boat: Episode #1.2 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Flying High
Written by Barry Gray
Performed by The Barry Gray Orchestra
Sung by Gary Miller
Episode: {"Ricochet" (1964) (ep. #31)}
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PURE FUN
2 May 2002 | by Big Movie FanSee all my reviews

Thunderbirds was a top Gerry Anderson show right up there with Captain Scarlet and Stingray.

Thunderbirds is one of those shows which is enjoyable for so many reasons-the storylines, the action, the characters, the adventures.

Thunderbirds was longer than most other Gerry Anderson shows which allowed for better stories and better character development. The show was set around the Tracy Brothers who were behind International Rescue. They had 5 vehicles. Thunderbird 1 was a reconnaissance craft. Thunderbird 2 was a huge plane which could carry all types of equipment. Thunderbird 3 was a space rocket. Thunderbird 4 was a submarine and Thunderbird 5 was a space station. The head of International Rescue was Jeff Tracey. Throughout the series the Tracy boys were aided by Brains who always came up with a solution to problems they encountered. And they also received help from Lady Penelope and Parker as well. The Hood was the evil villain who attempted to steal their secrets but always failed.

The puppetry was amazing in this series and the adventures were great. International rescue got involved in all types of situations. My favourite episodes were Cry Wolf where a young lad makes a hoax call to International Rescue and Attack of the Alligators where International Rescue have to rescue some people from giant alligators.

This is a timeless classic and if there are any youngsters out there who have not watched it then I urge you to-it really is that good!


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