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Supertrain 

The adventures of a nation-spanning train and its passengers.
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Series cast summary:
Edward Andrews ...  Harry Flood 9 episodes, 1979
Harrison Page ...  George Boone 9 episodes, 1979
Robert Alda ...  Dr. Dan Lewis 9 episodes, 1979
Patrick Collins ...  Dave Noonan 5 episodes, 1979
Nita Talbot ...  Rose Casey 5 episodes, 1979
Aarika Wells ...  Gilda 5 episodes, 1979
Bill Nuckols Bill Nuckols ...  Wally 5 episodes, 1979
Michael DeLano ...  Lou Atkins 5 episodes, 1979
Charlie Brill ...  Robert 5 episodes, 1979
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Storyline

Zooming from one end of America to another, "Supertrain" is a vision of railroading of the future. The super-train, equipped with restaurants, pools, spas, theaters, etc., delivers passengers to wherever they're going. In "Love Boat"-type style, each week's guest passengers have their problems to resolve before the end of their trip. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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Mystery...romance...suspense!

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Super Trem See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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It's been said that the failure of this show, along with the US boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics (which NBC was supposed to cover), nearly bankrupted NBC. See more »

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When the train leaves the station, the platform light fixtures are reflected in the train windows. They move along with the train because the train is standing still and the camera is moving. See more »

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The Love Boat + The Big Bus = Supertrain!
19 November 2018 | by Java_JoeSee all my reviews

Or that's what I'm guessing the pitch for this show was.

Back in the 70's, one of the biggest shows was in fact "The Love Boat" which was a series based on a movie by the same name. Every week a colorful cast of characters on a big cruise ship, nicknamed "The Love Boat" would have some adventures, people would fall in love, there'd be banter with the crew and everything would be wrapped up in an hour's time.

Then in 1976 there was a spoof of disaster movies called "The Big Bus". The story of a giant nuclear powered bus with amenities like a bowling alley, bar / lounge, swimming pool, captain's dining room and a way to not only wash but change the tires without stopping.

Combine the two and you have one of the biggest flops on network TV called "Supertrain". It's the Love Boat on tracks. But the makers of this show seem to have forgotten something, namely the plot. While the Love Boat was a cheese fest , there was still the semblance of a plot there. The characters had motivations and reasons to be there. Whereas on Supertrain, it was the train that was the actual star. Sure you got 70's mainstays like Lyle Waggoner and Steve Lawrence to do guest starring roles but they honestly felt tacked on more than anything else.

It was the most expensive TV show made, during that time at least, and this is what led to NBC losing a ton of cash and almost going bankrupt.

It's a bad show that really should stay dead and buried.


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