VR.5 DVD cover
|Created by||Jeannine Renshaw|
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of episodes||13 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||44 min (approx.)|
|Production company(s)||Samoset Productions|
|Original run||March 10, 1995 – May 12, 1995|
VR.5 is an American television program originally broadcast on the Fox network from March 10, 1995 to May 12, 1995. Ten of its thirteen episodes were aired during its original run. The title of the show refers to the degree of immersion the protagonist experiences in the virtual world.
The show starred Lori Singer as Sydney Bloom, a telephone engineer. Sydney was the daughter of Dr. Joseph Bloom, played by David McCallum, who invented a advanced form of virtual reality. His wife, Dr. Nora Bloom (a neurochemist), had also been involved in the project. The show frequently used inconsistencies in continuity and chroma scheme as clues to illustrate what was actually happening at various points throughout the series.
- Lori Singer as Sydney Bloom
- Michael Easton as Duncan
- David McCallum as Dr. Joseph Bloom
- Louise Fletcher as Dr. Nora Bloom
- Tracey Needham as Samantha Bloom
- Will Patton as Dr. Frank Morgan (episodes 1-4)
- Anthony Head as Oliver Sampson (episodes 5-13)
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The show's visual effects - when characters were inside virtual reality - were created by filming in black and white film and then manually adding color to each image. This effect took four weeks for each episode and added to the cost of the show, which was up to US $1.5 million per episode by the time it was aired. While distributor Rysher Entertainment never confirmed it, the high cost of the production, coupled with a difficult time slot, contributed to the show's commercial failure.
The music for VR.5 was created by composer John Frizzell. The opening theme music came to Frizzell in a dream. Dee Carstensen and Eileen Frizzell provided the vocals in the opening theme. The music supervisor of the series was Abby Treloggen.
US order of episodes
UK order of episodes
Sky TV in the UK broadcast VR.5 out of order:
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VR.5 no longer airs on any broadcaster in the world (the last broadcast took place on Radio Television of Serbia in 2008) and there are currently no commercial reproductions of the series available. Virtual Storm, an online community, lobbied Fox to develop a movie featuring the cast and crew of VR.5, but the project was dropped after the scripting stage.
- IMDB cast list for VR.5
- "Looking back at VR.5", Den of Geek, 2011-04-19. Retrieved on 2013-11-30.