The BEST Episodes of The Hitchhiker

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2021

Network: HBO

A series of thriller stories, linked only by the character of The Hitchhiker, who would introduce and close each episode in the style of Rod Serling or Alfred Hitchcock. Occasionally stories involved supernatural forces, but most plot twists stemmed only from the dark side of the human spirit. The basic principle of the series is 'what goes around comes around', because when a character chooses the dark side, they often have no chance of salvation. There are no happy endings in the realm of The Hitchhiker. Originally the Hitchhiker was cast with Nicholas Campbell, but for whatever reason Campbell was replaced with Page Fletcher. Campbell's scenes in two of the original three episodes (only the third episode still features Campbell) were later re-shot with Fletcher which, because the Hitchhiker initially had more interaction with the people in the stories, cause certain scenes to appear very choppy. The earlier season

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A Function of Control

#1 - A Function of Control

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 9, 1990

star 10.00
1 votes
Power Play

#2 - Power Play

Season 3 - Episode 25 - Aired Dec 9, 1989

A producer's assistant meets his match when he agrees to housesit for his boss and falls for the sexy young woman who is supposed to be helping him out.

star 8.50
2 votes
Writers: Dawn Ritchie
Pawns

#3 - Pawns

Season 3 - Episode 26 - Aired Dec 16, 1989

A has-been musician who is down on his luck finally decides to pawn the only thing that means anything to him to make a few bucks, but realises that what he's sold is worth a lot more than he ever realised.

star 8.00
2 votes
Writers: Alison Lea Bingeman, Gerry Davis
Hard Rhyme

#4 - Hard Rhyme

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 19, 1990

star 8.00
3 votes
Writers: David Nevens
A Whole New You

#5 - A Whole New You

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 1, 1991

star 8.00
1 votes
Face To Face

#6 - Face To Face

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 4, 1984

Dr. Christopher Hamilton, an ambitious and pompous plastic surgeon, meets his challenge in Nina Russell, a patient in the process of a gender change. He shows up to surgery the next day unprepared and he completely botches up the procedure.

star 7.75
8 votes
Directors: David Wickes
Writers:
Tough Guys Don't Whine

#7 - Tough Guys Don't Whine

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 28, 1990

Mickey Black is a film director with everything going for him until he seduces a woman away from her gangster boyfriend. He promises her all the glory in the world, but things take a dangerous turn when her boyfriend refuses to give her up.

star 7.75
4 votes
Writers: Bradley R. Swirnoff
Man's Best Friend

#8 - Man's Best Friend

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Dec 10, 1985

Richard Shepard is kicked out of his house by his wife Eleanor. He takes in a stray dog that begins killing off Richard's enemies. When the dog goes for Eleanor, Richard tries to keep the dog from killing the woman he loves.

star 7.67
3 votes
Directors: Phillip Noyce
Writers:
The Curse

#9 - The Curse

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 25, 1986

Jerry Maclachlan is the owner of a rundown apartment building who promises Serita, a tenant, that he will make repairs to the building. After he becomes involved with a strange woman Tanya, he discovers a snake tattoo on his body. Both Serita and Tanya tell him how to get rid of the snake. He realizes that the two women are the same person.

star 7.50
2 votes
Directors: Phillip Noyce
Writers:
Minuteman

#10 - Minuteman

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 24, 1987

star 7.50
2 votes
Square Deal

#11 - Square Deal

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Aug 11, 1989

star 7.50
2 votes
When Morning Comes

#12 - When Morning Comes

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 30, 1983

Bob is a married advertising executive who enjoys picking up women throughout his travels. After picking up the Hitchhiker, he runs into a beautiful blonde who he ends up spending the night with. After hearing a report on the radio that there is an escaped blonde mental patient named Ann Marie Brown on the loose who enjoys slitting men's throats, Bob becomes convinced that the woman he picked up is really the escaped mental patient, but things are not always as they seem.

star 7.45
20 votes
Directors: Ivan Nagy
Writers:
Split Decision

#13 - Split Decision

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 14, 1983

John 'Jake' McElhaney will do anything to make a sale, absolutely anything. Faced with losing his job, he decides to make his next sale really count, and thinks he has it made when he signs on to work for the Packard twins, two women who have problems sharing and so split everything directly down the middle. Frances makes it clear straight away that she likes Jake, but Jake also plays up to Priscilla, hoping to not only sell the house for the two women but sell each of them homes as well. Unfortunately, the bond between the sisters is stronger than any bond they could form with him.

star 7.41
17 votes
Directors: Ivan Nagy
Writers: Lewis Chesler
A Time For Rifles

#14 - A Time For Rifles

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 2, 1985

Rae Bridgeman is caught up in a love triangle with her husband Lew and his best friend Joe. Lew finds out about their affair and decides on a late night hunting trip for all three of them. Instead of killing Joe, he accidentally kills Rae. In a panic, they drive away from the scene only to find themselves in a deadly accident.

star 7.40
5 votes
Directors: David Wickes
Writers:
Lovesounds

#15 - Lovesounds

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 13, 1984

For months, Eric Dunlap has been hard at work on a special sound system for Kurt Hoffman, a temperamental conductor who is impossible to please. During that time, he fell deeply in love with Hoffman's much younger wife, Veronica. It isn't long before Eric realises the computer he created, which only responds to him, is something special. When Veronica realises she returns Eric's feelings and the two become lovers, Hoffman learns of his wife's infidelity and exacts his revenge on the two, but Eric's creation avenges the man who gave it life.

star 7.33
12 votes
Directors: David Wickes
Writers: Joseph Loeb III, Matthew Weisman
Riding the Nightmare

#16 - Riding the Nightmare

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 5, 1990

star 7.33
3 votes
Writers:
Remembering Melody

#17 - Remembering Melody

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 27, 1984

Attorney Ted Miller's world falls apart when his old friend and lover Melody shows up at his door looking for a place to stay and he mistakenly turns her down.

star 7.08
12 votes
Writers:
Shattered Vows

#18 - Shattered Vows

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 23, 1983

A gold-digging young man marries a dowager then falls in love with her gorgeous stepdaughter.

star 7.00
39 votes
Directors: Ivan Nagy
Writers:
Ghostwriter

#19 - Ghostwriter

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 7, 1986

Jeffrey Hunt will resort to anything to create a lucrative career as a novelist, even if it means faking his own death. His wife Debby believes he is dead and continues her affair with Tony, Jeffrey's editor. By the end, everyone must pay for their own deceptions.

star 7.00
3 votes
Directors: Carl Schenkel
Writers:
Made For Each Other

#20 - Made For Each Other

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 14, 1987

Two killers briefly become friends.

star 7.00
1 votes
Directors: Thomas Baum
Writers: Thomas Baum
In Living Color

#21 - In Living Color

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 29, 1989

After photographer Eric Coleman takes pictures of an elderly woman's suicide, he takes on a new assistant named Madeleine, who may have a deeper connection to the dead woman than he could ever guess.

star 7.00
2 votes
Directors: John Laing
Writers: Claude-Michel Rome
Renaissance

#22 - Renaissance

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 14, 1989

When the Paris underworld finds their livelihoods threatened by a developer's plans, they take action of their own to stop it.

star 7.00
1 votes
Hit & Run

#23 - Hit & Run

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Nov 10, 1989

star 7.00
2 votes
Strate Shooter

#24 - Strate Shooter

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 12, 1990

star 7.00
5 votes
Toxic Shock

#25 - Toxic Shock

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 26, 1990

star 7.00
2 votes