The Thorn Birds

The Thorn Birds (1983)

  • Genre: Drama
  • Creator: Lee Stanley, Carmen Culver
  • First Air Date: 1983-03-27
  • Last Air Date: 1983-03-30
  • Total Seasons: 1
  • Total Episodes: 4
  • Status: Ended
  • Episode Runtime: 121 min.
  • Production Company: Warner Bros. Television
  • Production Country: Australia, United States of America
  • Network: ABC
  • Director:
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The story based on a novel by Colleen McCullough focuses on three generations of the Cleary family living on a sheep station in the Australian outback.

  • Keywords: australia, mine, forbidden love, romance, priest, miniseries, love affair, catholic church, catholicism, catholic priest, vow of celibacy, family saga
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  • The Thorn Birds Seasons

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 1983-03-27
    4 Episodes

    The Thorn Birds Episodes

    Title Air Date Duration
    Season 1Episode 1Episode 160 min
    Season 1Episode 2Episode 260 min
    Season 1Episode 3Episode 360 min
    Season 1Episode 4Episode 460 min
    • Richard Chamberlain

      as Ralph de Bricassart
    • Rachel Ward

      as Meggie Cleary
    • Christopher Plummer

      as Archbishop Vittorio Contini-Verchese
    • Bryan Brown

      as Luke O'Neill
    • Brett Cullen

      as Bob Cleary
    • Stephanie Faracy

      as Judy
    • Barry Corbin

      as Pete
    • John de Lancie

      as Alastair MacQueen
    • Barbara Stanwyck

      as Mary Carson
    • Piper Laurie

      as Anne Mueller
    • Earl Holliman

      as Luddie Mueller
    • Philip Anglim

      as Dane O'Neill
    • John Friedrich

      as Frank Cleary
    • Ken Howard

      as Rainer Hartheim
    • Richard Kiley

      as Paddy Cleary
    • Mare Winningham

      as Justine O'Neill
    • Chard Hayward

      as Arne Swenson
    • Sydney Penny

      as Meggie Cleary
    • Rance Howard

      as Doc Wilson
    • Jean Simmons

      as Fee Cleary
    Production David L. Wolper Executive Producer
    Production Edward Lewis Executive Producer
    Production Stan Margulies Producer
    Production Lee Stanley Co-Producer
    Sound Henry Mancini Original Music Composer
    Camera Bill Butler Director of Photography
    Art Robert MacKichan Art Direction
    Editing Carroll Timothy O'Meara Editor
    Editing Robert F. Shugrue Editor
    Editing David Saxon Editor
    Production Lynn Stalmaster Casting
    Production Toni Howard Casting
    Art Robert MacKichan Production Design
    Costume & Make-Up Travilla Costume Design
    Costume & Make-Up Del Acevedo Makeup Artist
    Costume & Make-Up Lee Crawford Hairstylist
    Costume & Make-Up Marina Hart Hairstylist
    Costume & Make-Up Sharleen Rassi Hairstylist
    Production Henry Kline Unit Production Manager
    Crew Victor E. Petrotta Sr. Property Master
    Crew Ray Pedler Scenic Artist
    Directing Daryl Duke Director
    Writing Carmen Culver Writer
    Writing Colleen McCullough Writer
    Writing Lee Stanley Writer