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The Martian Chronicles

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 assemble the remaining humans on Mars, who cope with their loneliness in different ways and will not leave their piece of Mars, before Wilder meets a Martian of past or future who tells him the secret of simple Martian life and convinces him to abandon the Earth lifestyle.

Show Info

Network: United States NBC (1980 - 1980)
Schedule: Mon, Tue, Sun (120 min)
Status: Ended
Show Type: Scripted
Genres: DramaScience-FictionMystery
Episodes ordered: 3 episodes

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The Martians

Episode 1x03; Jan 29, 1980

With Earth destroyed in a nuclear war, Colonel Wilder finds himself alone with his family on Mars. To rebuild what he has lost, Wilder chooses to make Mars his new home

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
1x03: The MartiansJan 29, 1980
1x02: The SettlersJan 28, 1980
1x01: The ExpeditionsJan 27, 1980
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Extra Details

Also known as:
  • Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles (Australia Australia)
  • Planeta Vermelho (Brazil Brazil)
  • Marsin aikakirjat (Finland Finland)
  • Les Chroniques martiennes (France France)
  • Die Marschroniken (Germany Germany)
  • 2007: Απειλή Από Τον Πλανήτη Άρη (Greece Greece)
  • Marsbéli krónikák (Hungary Hungary)
  • Cronache marziane (Italy Italy)
  • 短期連続テレビドラマ化 (Japan Japan)
  • Kroniki marsjanskie (Poland Poland)
  • Марсианские хроники (Russian Federation Russian Federation)
  • Crónicas marcianas (Spain Spain)
  • Dünyaya ihtar (Turkey Turkey)
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