PG certificateThe Martian Chronicles is a Science Fiction Series programme that first aired in 1979 and has been classified a PG certificate.

The Martian Chronicles is a 4 star programme

Image for the Science Fiction Series programme "The Martian Chronicles"

Seasons in Detail


The Martian Chronicles (1979)

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.

Genre: Science Fiction Series

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1979

4/5 Stars

Classification: PG Certificate

Production Country: USA

Main Cast

Image for Rock HudsonRock Hudson...Col. John Wilder
Gayle Hunnicutt...Ruth Wilder
Darren McGavin...Sam Parkhill
Joyce Van Patten...Elma Parkhill
Image for Roddy McDowallRoddy McDowall...Father Stone
Richard Oldfield...York
Richard Heffer...Conover
John Cassady...Briggs
Bernadette Peters...Genevieve
Maggie Wright...Ylla
Anthony Pullen Shaw...Edward Black
Image for James FaulknerJames Faulkner...Mr. K
Peter Marinker...McClure
Christopher Connelly...Ben Driscoll
Derek Lamden...Martian on Sand Ship
Robert Beatty...General Halstead
Barry Morse...Hathaway
Nicholas Hammond...Capt. Arthur Black
Nyree Dawn Porter...Alice Hathaway
Alison Elliott...Lavinia Spalding