In the 21st century, Earth begins the colonization of Mars. However, things do not go as planned, at first due to the hostile Martian natives and later because of the self-destructive Earthmen.
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Series cast summary:
...  Col. John Wilder 3 episodes, 1980
...  Ruth Wilder 3 episodes, 1980
...  Major Jeff Spender 3 episodes, 1980
...  Ben Driscoll 3 episodes, 1980
...  Commander Arthur Black 3 episodes, 1980
...  Sam Parkhill 3 episodes, 1980
...  Father Stone 3 episodes, 1980
...  Genevieve Seltzer 3 episodes, 1980
...  Elma Parkhill 3 episodes, 1980
...  Anna Lustig 3 episodes, 1980
...  Father Peregrine 3 episodes, 1980
Linda Lou Allen ...  Marilyn Becker 3 episodes, 1980
...  David Lustig 3 episodes, 1980
...  General Halstead 3 episodes, 1980
...  Mr. K 3 episodes, 1980
...  Christ 3 episodes, 1980
...  Wise Martian 3 episodes, 1980
...  Peter Hathaway 3 episodes, 1980
...  Alice Hathaway 3 episodes, 1980
Wolfgang Reichmann ...  Lafe Lustig 3 episodes, 1980
...  Ylla 3 episodes, 1980
...  Briggs 3 episodes, 1980
Alison Elliott ...  Lavinia Spaulding 3 episodes, 1980
Vadim Glowna ...  Sam Hinston 3 episodes, 1980
...  Captain Conover 3 episodes, 1980
Derek Lamden ...  Sandship Martian 3 episodes, 1980
...  McClure 3 episodes, 1980
...  Captain Nathaniel York 3 episodes, 1980
Anthony Pullen Shaw ...  Edward Black 3 episodes, 1980
...  Bill Wilder 3 episodes, 1980
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Earth sends its first manned probe to Mars in 1999, and a jealous Martian murders the two astronauts when his wife has erotic dreams of meeting them. Members of a subsequent expedition are hypnotized into believing that they have landed in the childhood community of their leader and have been reunited with deceased family and friends, and they are poisoned by the Martians. Col. John Wilder leads a third expedition and learns that a chicken pox virus brought to Mars by the first two expeditions has almost eradicated the Martian population. A member of Wilder's team becomes obsessed with protecting Mars from Earthman and murders some of the others in Wilder's party, before Wilder kills him. Colonists arrive on Mars to settle, among them priests seeking God, and a lone Martian masquerades as the most desired persons of various settlers. Global war on Earth reduces man's natal planet to radioactive waste, and most of the settlers returned there prior to the holocaust. Wilder struggles to ... Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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The miniseries was originally scheduled for release in September 1979 as a major kickoff to the 1979-80 season. Unfortunately, it fell victim to some negative publicity from Ray Bradbury himself. Although Bradbury had worked with scriptwriter Richard Matheson in adapting his book to the small screen, he was less than thrilled with the final production. At one point, shortly before the miniseries' scheduled release, Bradbury found himself the sole representative of the production at a press conference. When one reporter asked him what he thought of the miniseries, he responded candidly, "Booooooooring!" NBC soon shelved the miniseries and did not air it until January 1980. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene of "The Expeditions", the wires used to slowly lower the Mars probe are visible. See more »

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Maj. Jeff Spender: You know, a race creates itself for a million years, refines itself, does everything it can to give itself respect and beauty, and then it dies - part in its own time, with dignity as it should be, but the other part... Does it perish of some majestic affliction? No, it doesn't. It dies of a disease that does not kill the youngest child on Earth. It's like saying that the Greeks died of mumps. Or the Roman Empire was decimated by athlete's foot.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: The Marge-ian Chronicles (2016) See more »

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Great book, but the show was a bit bland.
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The miniseries, based on the book of the same name by Ray Bradbury, is as faithful an adaptation as it could get. Unfortunately, it was a bit bland. Since it was made in the early 1980's, the special effects weren't very good, and the scene where the Martians chase Darren McGavin across the Martian landscape on the sandships comes across as almost comical. I will say this: the people who made the film did the best with what they had.


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