List of Ray Bradbury Theater episodes

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This is a list of episodes of The Ray Bradbury Theater. The series broadcast 65 episodes over 6 seasons in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
16May 21, 1985 (1985-05-21)February 22, 1986 (1986-02-22)HBO
212January 23, 1988 (1988-01-23)May 28, 1988 (1988-05-28)
312July 7, 1989 (1989-07-07)November 17, 1989 (1989-11-17)USA Network
412July 20, 1990 (1990-07-20)November 30, 1990 (1990-11-30)
58January 3, 1992 (1992-01-03)February 21, 1992 (1992-02-21)
615July 10, 1992 (1992-07-10)October 30, 1992 (1992-10-30)


Season 1 (1985–86)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Marionettes, Inc."Paul LynchRay BradburyMay 21, 1985 (1985-05-21)
An overworked suburbanite husband (James Coco) uses a robot duplicate to allow himself to have fun while his overbearing wife is left none the wiser. However, his contentment does not last long. Kenneth Welsh and Leslie Nielsen also guest star.
22"The Playground"William FruetRay BradburyJune 4, 1985 (1985-06-04)
A father haunted by the constant bullying he suffered in his childhood (William Shatner) takes his son to a local playground, only to find that the ghosts of his past now reside in the playground.
33"The Crowd"Ralph L. ThomasRay BradburyJuly 2, 1985 (1985-07-02)
A car crash survivor (Nick Mancuso) investigates a mysterious and sinister crowd that congregates at the sites of severe automobile accidents.
44"The Town Where No One Got Off"Don McBreartyRay BradburyFebruary 22, 1986 (1986-02-22)
A city slicker (Jeff Goldblum) impulsively stops at a rural town, and finds himself stalked by a sinister old man (Ed McNamara).
55"The Screaming Woman"Bruce PittmanRay BradburyFebruary 22, 1986 (1986-02-22)
A little girl (Drew Barrymore) hears a woman scream while playing in the middle of the forest. When no adults believe her, the girl decides to take matters into her own hands and investigates.
66"Banshee"Douglas JacksonRay BradburyFebruary 22, 1986 (1986-02-22)
An egotistical director (Peter O’Toole) challenges a skeptical young writer (Charles Martin Smith) to investigate the nearby woods to find out if the banshee said to haunt the woods exists.

Season 2 (1988)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
71"The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl"Gilbert M. ShiltonRay BradburyJanuary 23, 1988 (1988-01-23)
A murderer (Michael Ironside) becomes obsessed with cleaning any evidence that can implicate him in the crime. Robert Vaughn also guest stars.
82"Skeleton"Steve DiMarcoRay BradburyFebruary 6, 1988 (1988-02-06)
A hypochondriac (Eugene Levy) contacts a “bone specialist” to get rid of his skeleton.
93"The Emissary"Sturla GunnarssonRay BradburyFebruary 13, 1988 (1988-02-13)
An invalid boy’s dog brings him people and things that it feels he needs, including a kindhearted schoolteacher (Helen Shaver). After the schoolteacher dies, the dog decides it must perform one last task for its master.
104"Gotcha!"Brad TurnerRay BradburyFebruary 20, 1988 (1988-02-20)
A lonely man (Saul Rubinek) falls in love with a woman (Kate Lynch). When he asks her if the relationship will last, she decides to check by playing a game she calls “Gotcha!”.
115"The Man Upstairs"Alain BonnotRay BradburyMarch 5, 1988 (1988-03-05)
A young boy suspects his grandmother’s strange new lodger is actually a vampire.
126"The Small Assassin"Tom CotterRay BradburyApril 9, 1988 (1988-04-09)
A paranoid new mother (Susan Wooldridge) suspects that her baby is trying to kill her.
137"Punishment Without Crime"Bruce McDonaldRay BradburyApril 16, 1988 (1988-04-16)
A man (Donald Pleasence) is arrested for killing a robot facsimile of his adulterous wife.
148"On the Orient, North"Frank CassentiRay BradburyApril 29, 1988 (1988-04-29)
A nurse (Magali Noël) decides to assist a ghastly passenger (Ian Bannen) to reach his destiny before some unusual illness ends him.
159"The Coffin"Tom CotterRay BradburyMay 7, 1988 (1988-05-07)
A dying millionaire (Daniel O’Herlihy) builds a glass coffin, much to the amusement of his greedy brother (Denholm Elliott). After the millionaire dies, his brother is told that if he can find the millionaire’s savings, which are hidden inside his mansion, his brother gets everything. But this is not as simple as it looks.
1610"Tyrannosaurus Rex"Gilles BéhatRay BradburyMay 14, 1988 (1988-05-14)
A cruel producer bullies a stop-motion animator he hired. The animator decides to get revenge by crafting a tyrannosaurus rex in the producer’s image.
1711"There Was an Old Woman"Bruce McDonaldRay BradburyMay 21, 1988 (1988-05-21)
An old woman (Mary Morris) who spent her entire life defying death attempts to claim her body from the mortuary after she finally bites the dust.
1812"And So Died Riabouchinska"Denys Granier-DeferreRay BradburyMay 28, 1988 (1988-05-28)
A ventriloquist (Alan Bates) is implicated in a murder.

Season 3 (1989)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
191"The Dwarf"Costa BotesRay BradburyJuly 7, 1989 (1989-07-07)
202"A Miracle of Rare Device"Roger TompkinsRay BradburyJuly 14, 1989 (1989-07-14)
213"The Lake"Pat RobinsRay BradburyJuly 21, 1989 (1989-07-21)
224"The Wind"Graham McLeanRay BradburyJuly 28, 1989 (1989-07-28)
235"The Pedestrian"Alun BollingerRay BradburyAugust 4, 1989 (1989-08-04)
246"A Sound of Thunder"Costa BotesRay BradburyAugust 11, 1989 (1989-08-11)
257"The Wonderful Death of Dudley Stone"David CopelandRay BradburyAugust 18, 1989 (1989-08-18)
268"The Haunting of the New"Roger TompkinsRay BradburySeptember 15, 1989 (1989-09-15)
279"To the Chicago Abyss"Randy BradshawRay BradburySeptember 22, 1989 (1989-09-22)
2810"Hail and Farewell"Allan KroekerRay BradburySeptember 30, 1989 (1989-09-30)
2911"The Veldt"Brad TurnerRay BradburyNovember 10, 1989 (1989-11-10)
3012"Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar!"David BrandesRay BradburyNovember 17, 1989 (1989-11-17)

Season 4 (1990)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
311"Mars Is Heaven"John LaingRay BradburyJuly 20, 1990 (1990-07-20)
322"The Murderer"Roger TompkinsRay BradburyJuly 27, 1990 (1990-07-27)
333"Touched with Fire"Roger TompkinsRay BradburyAugust 3, 1990 (1990-08-03)
344"The Black Ferris"Roger TompkinsRay BradburyAugust 10, 1990 (1990-08-10)
355"Usher II"Lee TamahoriRay BradburyAugust 17, 1990 (1990-08-17)
Adaptation of the story from The Martian Chronicles, starring Patrick Macnee as Stendahl.
366"Touch of Petulance"John LaingRay BradburyOctober 12, 1990 (1990-10-12)
377"And the Moon Be Still as Bright"Randy BradshawRay BradburyOctober 19, 1990 (1990-10-19)
388"The Toynbee Convector"John LaingRay BradburyOctober 26, 1990 (1990-10-26)
399"Exorcism"Brad TurnerRay BradburyNovember 2, 1990 (1990-11-02)
4010"The Day It Rained Forever"Randy BradshawRay BradburyNovember 9, 1990 (1990-11-09)
4111"The Long Years"Paul LynchRay BradburyNovember 16, 1990 (1990-11-16)
4212"Here There Be Tygers"John LaingRay BradburyNovember 30, 1990 (1990-11-30)

Season 5 (1992)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
431"The Earthmen"Graeme CampbellRay BradburyJanuary 3, 1992 (1992-01-03)
442"Zero Hour"Don McBreartyRay BradburyJanuary 10, 1992 (1992-01-10)
453"The Jar"Randy BradshawRay BradburyJanuary 17, 1992 (1992-01-17)
464"Colonel Stonesteel and the Desperate Empties"Randy BradshawRay BradburyJanuary 24, 1992 (1992-01-24)
475"The Concrete Mixer"Eleanor LindoRay BradburyJanuary 31, 1992 (1992-01-31)
486"The Utterly Perfect Murder"Stuart MargolinRay BradburyFebruary 7, 1992 (1992-02-07)
497"Let's Play Poison"Bruce PittmanRay BradburyFebruary 14, 1992 (1992-02-14)
508"The Martian"Anne WheelerRay BradburyFebruary 21, 1992 (1992-02-21)

Season 6 (1992)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
511"The Lonely One"Ian MuneRay BradburyJuly 10, 1992 (1992-07-10)
522"The Happiness Machine"John LaingRay BradburyJuly 17, 1992 (1992-07-17)
533"Tomorrow's Child"Costa BotesRay BradburyAugust 14, 1992 (1992-08-14)
544"The Anthem Sprinters"Wayne TourellRay BradburyAugust 21, 1992 (1992-08-21)
555"By the Numbers"Wayne TourellRay BradburySeptember 11, 1992 (1992-09-11)
566"The Long Rain"Lee TamahoriRay BradburySeptember 19, 1992 (1992-09-19)
577"The Dead Man"Costa BotesRay BradburySeptember 26, 1992 (1992-09-26)
588"Sun and Shadow[a]"Larry ParrRay BradburyOctober 3, 1992 (1992-10-03)
599"Silent Towns"Lee TamahoriRay BradburyOctober 10, 1992 (1992-10-10)
6010"Downwind From Gettysburg"Chris BaileyRay BradburyOctober 17, 1992 (1992-10-17)
6111"Some Live Like Lazarus"Peter SharpRay BradburyOctober 24, 1992 (1992-10-24)
6212"The Handler"Peter SharpRay BradburyOctober 27, 1992 (1992-10-27)
6313"Fee Fie Foe Fum"John ReidRay BradburyOctober 28, 1992 (1992-10-28)
6414"Great Wide World Over There"Ian MuneRay BradburyOctober 29, 1992 (1992-10-29)
6515"The Tombstone"Warrick AttewellRay BradburyOctober 30, 1992 (1992-10-30)
  1. ^ The title appears on-screen as "Sun and Shaddow"

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