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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.

Series Cast

  1. Richard Chamberlain

    Richard Chamberlain

    Ralph de Bricassart

    4 Episodes

  2. Rachel Ward

    Rachel Ward

    Meggie Cleary

    4 Episodes

  3. Christopher Plummer

    Christopher Plummer

    Archbishop Vittorio Contini-Verchese

    4 Episodes

  4. Bryan Brown

    Bryan Brown

    Luke O'Neill

    4 Episodes

  5. Brett Cullen

    Brett Cullen

    Bob Cleary

    4 Episodes

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Last Season

The Thorn Birds


1983 | 4 Episodes

Season 1 of The Thorn Birds premiered on March 27, 1983.

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The Thorn Birds
The Thorn Birds


Status Ended


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  • PG


    Parental guidance is recommended for young viewers; PG-rated content may air at any time on digital-only channels, otherwise, it should only be broadcast between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on weekdays, and between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on weekends.

Type Miniseries

Original Language English

Runtime 121m



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