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Season 4
The second USA season loses the English and French production teams, and brings New Zealand in with Canada. This strips the season and subsequent ones of some of its visual distinctiveness, and makes it more like many other Canadian syndicated shows of the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. However, there are strong performances from Michael Sarrazin, David Ogden Stiers, and Harold Gould. John Saxon and Josh Saviano give surprisingly strong performances.

The season also features some of Bradbury's strongest and most enduring stories: "A Sound of Thunder," "The Veidt," and "The Pedestrian."

Highlights:

"The Wind": Michael Sarrazin gives a valiant performance but the story was never intended to present the tale from his character's point of view, which means he spends a lot of his time boarding up windows.

"The Pedestrian": Bradbury at his most poetic, and David Ogden Stiers is up for the task of delivering the dialogue.

"A Sound of Thunder": Despite the limited budget, they manage to do service to Bradbury's original story in a way the later movie adaptation couldn't no matter how much money they spent.

"The Wonderful Death of Dudley Stone": John Saxon, 70s action star, gives the most unexpected performance of his career as a writer who wants to be murdered.

"To the Chicago Abyss": Harold Gould, like David Ogden Stiers, rises to the task of delivering some of Bradbury's best dialogue.

"Hail and Farewell": One of Bradbury's childhood tales, this enchanting tale of a boy who never grows up, and what he has to do to survive, is well-acted by The Wonder Year's Josh Saviano.

"The Veldt": Although the fact it was previously adapted in the movie of The Illustrated Man, on a much bigger budget, this is a competent adaptation.
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Season: 4
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Name: Season 4: USA
Broadcast Information: Aired on USA Network
Season 4 Cast
Ray BradburyplayedHost (11 eps)
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