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Premiere September 30, 1965
Finale December 25, 1966
Creator Gerry Anderson,
Sylvia Anderson
Network/Provider ITV
Style 60-minute children's animated sci-fi
Company A.P. Films,
ITC Entertainment
Seasons 2
Episodes 32
(List of episodes)
Origin UK

Thunderbirds is a children's animated sci-fi program that aired on ITV. This was another Supermarionation show from the world of Gerry Anderson. Millionaire Jeff Tracy sets up a secret organisation, to make rescues possible where there may be no other answer. The organisation - International Rescue has access to an array of rescue equipment, all designed by his long time friend Hiram Hackenbacker, who is affectionatley known as Brains. At the head of this equipment are the Thunderbirds, five vehicles piloted by Jeff's sons, each with it's own capability. He also has at his disposal Lady Penelope, who along with her car FAB 1 is able to take care of any enemy agents, including arch enemy The Hood.



Actor Character Duration
Billed Cast 1 2
Peter Dynley Jeff Tracy * *
Shane Rimmer Scott Tracy * *
David Holliday Virgil Tracy * *
Matt Zimmerman Alan Tracy * *
David Graham Gordon Tracy * *
Brains * *
Parker * *
Kyrano * *
Ray Barrett John Tracy * *
The Hood * *
Christine Finn Tin-Tin * *
Grandma * *
Sylvia Anderson Lady Penelope Chreighton-Ward * *


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One September 30, 1965 March 31, 1966 26
Season Two October 2, 1966 December 25, 1966 6


DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Complete Series  (Region 1)
40th Anniversary Collector's Edition Megaset September 25, 2007 purchase 12

External Sites