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Supertrain

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Supertrain was a television drama/adventure series that ran on NBC from February 7, 1979, to May 5, 1979 (with reruns shown until July 28). It took place on the Supertrain, a nuclear-powered bullet train that was equipped with amenities more appropriate to a cruise ship than a train, such as swimming pools and shopping centers; indeed, it was so big it had to run on two sets of tracks. The train took 36 hours to go from New York City to Los Angeles.

Much like its contemporary The Love Boat, the plots concerned the passengers' social lives, usually with multiple intertwining storylines, and most of the cast was composed of guest stars. The production was elaborate, with huge sets and a high-tech model train for outside shots.

At the time, Supertrain was the most expensive series ever aired. The production was beset by problems, including a model train that crashed, and while it was heavily advertised during the 1978-1979 season, it suffered from bad reviews and low viewership; despite attempts to salvage the show by reworking the cast, it never took off and left the air after only three months.

NBC was never able to make up the production losses (it produced the show itself, at first with help from Dark Shadows producer Dan Curtis), and combined with the US boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics the next season (which cost NBC millions in ad revenue), it nearly bankrupted the network. For these reasons, Supertrain is usually cited as the worst television flop ever.

Nine dreadful episodes were made before it was mercifully cancelled, including a 2-hour pilot episode.

 

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TV TIDBITS

Aired: February 7, 1979 - July 28, 1979

Cast: Edward Andrews, Patrick Collins, Robert Alda, Nita Talbot, Harrison Page, Michael Delano, Charlie Brill, Aarika Wells, William Nuckols, Anthony Palmer, Joey Aresco, Ilene Graff

Network: NBC

Genre: Adventure

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