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The Hitchhiker (TV series)

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The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker.png
The Hitchhiker title screen
GenreAnthology
StarringPage Fletcher
Nicholas Campbell
Composer(s)Shuki Levy
Michel Rubini
Haim Saban
Country of originU.S.A.
Canada
France
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes85
Production
Executive producer(s)Lewis Chesler (1986-1987)
Riff Markowitz (1986-1987)
Richard Rothstein
Jeremy Lipp
Jacques Methe
David Perlmutter
Running time30 mins. (approx)
Production company(s)Chester/Perlmutter/Markowitz Productions
DistributorHBO
Release
Original networkHBO (1983-1987)
First Choice (1983-1987)
USA Network (1989-1991)
La Cinq (1989-1991)
Original release1983 –
1991

The Hitchhiker is a mystery anthology series that aired from 1983 to 1987 on HBO and First Choice in Canada. The series later moved to the USA Network from 1989 to 1991.

The series is known as Deadly Nightmares in the UK and as Le Voyageur in France.[1]

Synopsis

Each episode is introduced and concluded by a mysterious wanderer known only as "The Hitchhiker," and explores the foibles of humanity and its dark spirit. The title character was played by Nicholas Campbell from 1983-1984 (3 episodes), and Page Fletcher from 1984-1991 (82 episodes). There were a total of 85 episodes over six seasons (39 first runs on HBO & 46 first runs on USA).

Production notes

The series was a United States/Canada/France co-production. It was filmed in Vancouver and Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Paris, France. The show was produced by Corazon Productions (Season 1 for a total of three episodes), Quintina Productions (Seasons 2-4 for a total of thirty-six episodes), and La Cinq, Atlantique & Quintina Productions (Seasons 5-6 for a total of forty-seven episodes).

The Hitchhiker was created by Lewis Chesler and Riff Markowitz, later joined by Richard Rothstein. The pilot episode consisted of three stories. Richard Rothstein wrote two and Jeph Loeb and Matt Weissman wrote the third.

Michel Rubini created the theme music for the show.[2]

Episodes

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired Network
First aired Last aired
1 3 November 23, 1983 (1983-11-23) December 14, 1983 (1983-12-14) HBO
2 10 November 13, 1984 (1984-11-13) April 9, 1985 (1985-04-09)
3 13 September 15, 1985 (1985-09-15) April 22, 1986 (1986-04-22)
4 13 February 17, 1987 (1987-02-17) May 12, 1987 (1987-05-12)
5 26 May 22, 1989 (1989-05-22) December 16, 1989 (1989-12-16) USA Network
6 20 September 21, 1990 (1990-09-21) February 22, 1991 (1991-02-22)

Season 1 (1983)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Shattered Vows"Ivan NagyLewis CheslerNovember 23, 1983 (1983-11-23)
22"When Morning Comes"Ivan NagyTBANovember 30, 1983 (1983-11-30)
33"Split Decision"Ivan NagyLewis CheslerDecember 14, 1983 (1983-12-14)

Season 2 (1984–85)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
41"Lovesounds"David WickesJeph Loeb & Matthew WeismanNovember 13, 1984 (1984-11-13)
52"Remembering Melody"Christopher LeitchTeleplay by: Alvin Sapinsley
Based on a short story by: George R. R. Martin
November 27, 1984 (1984-11-27)
63"Face to Face"David WickesTeleplay by: Robert J. Avrech
Story by: Richard Rothstein
December 4, 1984 (1984-12-04)
74"And If We Dream"Mai ZetterlingTeleplay by: Leora Barish
Story by: Richard Rothstein
January 15, 1985 (1985-01-15)
85"Petty Thieves"Christopher LeitchTeleplay by: William Darrid
Story by: Richard Rothstein
January 29, 1985 (1985-01-29)
96"Videodate"Richard RothsteinRichard RothsteinFebruary 16, 1985 (1985-02-16)
107"A Time for Rifles"David WickesWritten by: Stanford Whitmore
Story by: H.A. DeRose
March 2, 1985 (1985-03-02)
118"Man at the Window"Christopher LeitchMichael JanoverMarch 12, 1985 (1985-03-12)
129"Hired Help"Mai ZetterlingWritten by: Stanford Whitmore
Story by: Gail Glaze
March 26, 1985 (1985-03-26)
1310"Murderous Feelings"Mai ZetterlingCharles IsraelApril 9, 1985 (1985-04-09)

Season 3 (1985–86)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
141"Nightshift"Phillip NoyceTeleplay by: William Darrid
Story by: April Campbell Jones & Bruce Jones
September 15, 1985 (1985-09-15)
152"Out of the Night"Brian GrantTeleplay by: Marjorie David
Story by: Richard Rothstein
October 29, 1985 (1985-10-29)
163"The Killer"Carl SchenkelTeleplay by: April Campbell Jones & Bruce Jones
Story by: Richard Rothstein & Christopher Leitch
November 12, 1985 (1985-11-12)
174"W.G.O.D"Mike HodgesTeleplay by: Thomas Baum
Story by: Richard Rothstein
November 26, 1985 (1985-11-26)
185"Man's Best Friend"Philip NoyceTeleplay by: Nevin Schreiner
Story by: April Campbell Jones & Bruce Jones
December 10, 1985 (1985-12-10)
196"Ghostwriter"Carl SchenkelThomas BaumJanuary 7, 1986 (1986-01-07)
207"O.D. Feelin'"Richard RothsteinRichard Rothstein & Christopher LeitchJanuary 28, 1986 (1986-01-28)
218"Dead Man's Curve"Roger VadimTeleplay by: John Harrison
Story by: Christopher Leitch
February 11, 1986 (1986-02-11)
229"The Curse"Phillip NoyceTeleplay by: Thomas Baum
Story by: Richard Rothstein & Christopher Leitch
February 25, 1986 (1986-02-25)
2310"True Believer"Carl SchenkelWilliam KellyMarch 11, 1986 (1986-03-11)
2411"Last Scene"Paul VerhoevenTeleplay by: Robert J. Avrech
Story by: Richard Rothstein
March 25, 1986 (1986-03-25)
2512"Man of Her Dreams"Phillip NoyceTeleplay by: Gary Ross
Story by: April Campbell & Bruce Jones
April 8, 1986 (1986-04-08)
2613"One Last Prayer"Brian GrantTeleplay by: Leora Barish & Henry Bean
Story by: April Campbell & Bruce Jones
April 22, 1986 (1986-04-22)

Season 4 (1987)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
271"Perfect Order"Daniel VigneMarjorie DavidFebruary 17, 1987 (1987-02-17)
282"Minuteman"Chris ThomsonThomas BaumFebruary 24, 1987 (1987-02-24)
293"Dead Heat"Kees Van OostrumTeleplay by: Maurice Noel
Story by: William Rontog
March 3, 1987 (1987-03-03)
304"Why Are You Here?"Chris ThomsonTeleplay by: Christopher Leitch & L. M. Kit Carson
Story by: Christopher Leitch
March 10, 1987 (1987-03-10)
315"Homebodies"Carl SchenkelTeleplay by: Christopher Leitch
Story by: Christopher Leitch & Richard Rothstein
March 17, 1987 (1987-03-17)
326"Doctor's Orders"Reynaldo VillalobosThomas BaumMarch 24, 1987 (1987-03-24)
337"The Legendary Billy B."Chris ThomsonTeleplay by: L. M. Kit Carson
Story by: Marjorie David
March 31, 1987 (1987-03-31)
348"In the Name of Love"John LaingTeleplay by: Jeremy Lipp
Story by: Richard Rothstein, Christopher Leitch & Jeremy Lipp
April 7, 1987 (1987-04-07)
359"Made for Each Other"Thomas BaumThomas BaumApril 14, 1987 (1987-04-14)
3610"Joker"Colin BuckseyTeleplay by: William Gray & Robert Reneau
Story by: James Padrino
April 21, 1987 (1987-04-21)
3711"Best Shot"John Kent HarrisonJohn HarrisonApril 28, 1987 (1987-04-28)
3812"Secret Ingredient"Colin BuckseyGail GlazeMay 5, 1987 (1987-05-05)
3913"Cabin Fever"Clyde MonroeTeleplay by: April Campbell, Bruce Jones & Jon Boorstin
Story by: April Campbell, Bruce Jones & David Latt
May 12, 1987 (1987-05-12)

Season 5: 1989

  1. "The Martyr" (1989-04-22)
  2. "In Living Color" (1989-04-29)
  3. "Dark Wishes" (1989-07-01)
  4. "Garter Belt" (1989-07-7)
  5. "Shadow Puppets" (1989-07-08)
  6. "Renaissance" (1989-07-14)
  7. "The Miracle of Alice Ames" (1989-07-15)
  8. "Code Liz" (1989-07-21)
  9. "Her Finest Hour" (1989-07-22)
  10. "Together Forever" (1989-07-28)
  11. "Phantom Zone" (1989-08-04)
  12. "Spinning Wheel" (1989-08-05)
  13. "Square Deal" (1989-08-11)
  14. "Part of Me" (1989-08-12)
  15. "Fashion Exchange" (1989-08-18)
  16. "Hootch" (1989-09-16)
  17. "Coach" (1989-09-30)
  18. "The Verdict" (1989-11-04)
  19. "Hit and Run" (1989-11-10)
  20. "Studio 3X" (1989-11-11)
  21. "Striptease" (1989-11-17)
  22. "The Cruelest Cut" (1989-11-18)
  23. "The Dying Generation" (1989-11-24)
  24. "My Enemy" (1989-11-25)
  25. "Power Play" (1989-12-09)
  26. "Pawns" (1989-12-16)

Season 6: 1990–91

  1. "Fading Away" (1990-09-21)
  2. "Tough Guys Don't Whine" (1990-09-28)
  3. "Riding the Nightmare" (1990-10-05)
  4. "Strate Shooter" (1990-10-12)
  5. "Hard Rhyme" (1990-10-19)
  6. "Toxic Shock" (1990-10-26)
  7. "New Dawn" (1990-11-02)
  8. "A Function of Control" (1990-11-09)
  9. "Trust Me" (1990-11-16)
  10. "Windows" (1990-11-23)
  11. "Working Girl" (1990-11-30)
  12. "White Slaves" (1990-12-07)
  13. "Tourist Trap" (1990-12-14)
  14. "Homecoming" (1991-01-11)
  15. "Living a Lie" (1991-01-18)
  16. "Made in Paris" (1991-01-25)
  17. "A Whole New You" (1991-02-01)
  18. "Offspring" (1991-02-08)
  19. "Secrets" (1991-02-15)
  20. "New Blood" (1991-02-22)

Cast

Like the much earlier Twilight Zone series, with which it had a lot of other commonalities, The Hitchhiker served as starting point for many actors, some of whom would go on to gain greater recognition elsewhere. Notable cast members (in alphabetical order):

Syndication

In 1995, The Hitchhiker entered syndication and was re-edited (to remove the violence and/or nudity/sexuality that were featured on the HBO runs). The first three episodes had some footage edited and/or re-shot to replace Nicholas Campbell with Page Fletcher, in order to preserve continuity during the syndication runs. The Hitchhiker was syndicated by Rysher Entertainment (since absorbed by CBS Television Distribution) up until 2000.

Home media

HBO Home Video released a 3 volume set on DVD between 2004–2006, featuring various episodes from the series. The 2-disc sets contain a selection of episodes, most from the HBO-produced episodes but also including some that were made for the USA Network.[3][4][5]

In Canada, Koch Entertainment (now known as Entertainment One) released Canadian seasons 1 and 3 (which correspond to US Seasons 1-3 and 5, respectively) on DVD in 2004.[6][7] Canadian Season 2 (US Season 4) was not released due to an ownership/rights situation.

Alliance Home Entertainment released The Hitchhiker: The Complete Collection on DVD in Canada for the very first time on October 11, 2011.[8] The release does not contain all episodes of the series as the title indicates, it only features 30 episodes from various seasons.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1987 CableACE Awards Nominated Actress in a Dramatic Series Jenny Seagrove (For episode "Killer")
Actress in a Dramatic Series Kirstie Alley (For episode "Out of the Night")
Actor in a Dramatic Series Michael O'Keefe (For episode "Man's Best Friend")
Won Actor in a Dramatic Series Gary Busey (For episode "WGOD")
1999 Gemini Award Nominated Best Sound in a Dramatic Program or Series Tim Archer, W. Michael Beard, Rick Ellis, Thomas Hidderley, and Anthony Lancett

References

  1. ^ "Release Info" at the IMDb. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  2. ^ http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/michelrubini4
  3. ^ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00013D54Y
  4. ^ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0006Z2NYA
  5. ^ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000HEVZ94
  6. ^ https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0001E7LL6
  7. ^ https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0002J9T5G
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-16. Retrieved 2011-08-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

External links

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