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Thunderbirds (Reboot) Are Go!

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I think everyone reading this will agree that Saturday mornings are a far cry from what they used to be, both in terms of their enjoyment for adults, and in how lackluster the shows have become. I mean, we used to have Bill & Ted and The Real Ghostbusters on Saturday mornings. Now the terrible animation and pandering live-action shows give me a hangover even when I didn’t drink the night before. Who do I have to smack around to get a marionette team of space adventurers back on my TV?

The British network ITV is bringing back its children’s cult classic, The Thunderbirds, for 2015. The Thunderbirds‘ original adventures took place in 1965 and 1966, and remain as catchy and enjoyable today as they did then. Series creator Gerry Anderson had talked about the show’s revival before his death in December 2012, but mum was the word since then. Now, the highly inspirational puppets and their “supermarionation” will return for 26 half-hour episodes that will be presented as a mix of both CGI animation and live-action sets, while keeping Anderson’s original vision at the forefront. There’s no reason to change the look of the explosions, though.

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Thunderbirds/Space: 1999 Creator Gerry Anderson Dead At 83

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In the history of science fiction television, there are some names that come up anytime you start discussing the most popular and influential genre series of all time. Names like Rod Serling, Gene Roddenberry, Chris Carter, Joss Whedon, and J. Michael Straczynski. For fanboys and girls who grew up in the ‘60s and ‘70s, there’s one other name worthy of that list: Gerry Anderson, the creator of cult-classic shows like Thunderbirds, UFO, and Space: 1999. Sadly, Anderson has passed away at the age of 83.

Gerry Anderson in 2000