A series of mystery-thriller stories, linked only by the character of The Hitchhiker, who would introduce and close each episode in the style of Rod Serling or Alfred Hitchcock. Occasional stories involved supernatural forces, but most plot twists stemmed only from the dark side of the human spirit.
Season 1 Ep.03: Split Decision
John ‘Jake’ McElhaney will do anything to make a sale, absolutely anything. Faced with losing his job, he decides to make his next sale really count, and thinks he has it made when he signs on to work for the Packard twins, two women who have problems sharing and so split everything directly down the middle. Frances makes it clear straight away that she likes Jake, but Jake also plays up to Priscilla, hoping to not only sell the house for the two women but sell each of them homes as well. Unfortunately, the bond between the sisters is stronger than any bond they could form with him.
A series of mystery-thriller stories, linked only by the character of The Hitchhiker, who would introduce and close each episode in the style of Rod Serling or Alfred Hitchcock. Occasionally stories involved supernatural forces, but most plot twists stemmed only from the dark side of the human spirit.
One of the few Canadian shows to come out of HBO, the series re-airs in Canada on the SCREAM network and can occasionally be seen on HBO.
There is considerable confusion over how many seasons were in the series, but the creators have released the first and third season on DVD, so the episode guide is arranged accordingly.
Originally the Hitchhiker was cast with Nicholas Campbell, but for whatever reason Campbell was replaced with Page Fletcher. Campbell’s scenes in the original three episodes were later re-shot with Fletcher which, because the Hitchhiker initially had more interaction with the people in the stories, cause certain scenes to appear very choppy.
Cast and Crew:
Page Fletcher, Nicholas Campbell and Vincent Grass
Creators: Lewis Chesler, Riff Markowitz, Richard Rothstein
Production Company:Corazon Productions, Quintina Productions, DiC Enterprises
Audio/Visual: mono – color
Date Release: 1983
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One of the best suspense and thriller series in TV history.
Author: Brian-272 from Oakwood, Virginia USA
“The, Hitchhiker” had it all mixed into every episode a little suspense, drama, terror, revenge, sex, and fun. This series always kept you on the edge of your seat you never knew what was going to happen, every episode was well written and the acting was clever the series featured many movie stars and stars of other series. I remember watching most of my episodes of “The, Hitchhiker” in the early 90′s on the USA Network it became an every Friday and Saturday night thing with me that was to tune in and watch “The, Hitchhiker”. I remember that HBO originally started this series in the mid 80′s and it lasted until 1989. Each episode starts out with the eerie theme music which in my opinion was one of the best in TV history. Then Page Fletcher who was just great as the hitchhiker starts each episode off with an introduction speech and then summarized the story with a closing speech in the end. Each episode was full of mystery and suspense one of my favorite was “The, Legendary Billy B.” with Kirstie Alley as a nosy reporter who gets what she deserves. Almost every episode featured beautiful women and it’s bulk of sexy moments. My favorite and most remembered was “Videodate” with the hot and sexy Shannon Tweed. I miss this series so much I wish that some network would once again start showing reruns. To my knowledge no network shows “The, Hitchhiker” reruns, I was told that certain episodes are available on VHS volume tape I wish I could find the tapes or someone would let me know where I could find the tapes at. “The, Hitchhiker” was one of my favorite series of all-time I suggest you watch many episodes if you haven’t, you will be glad you did.
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