Time Express

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Time Express
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Created by Ivan Goff
Ben Roberts
Starring Vincent Price
Coral Browne
Woodrow Parfrey
William Phipps
James Reynolds
Composer Richard Hazard
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4
Executive producersIvan Goff
Ben Roberts
ProducerLeonard B. Kaufman
Running time60 minutes
Production company Warner Bros. Television
Original release
Network CBS
ReleaseApril 26 (1979-04-26) 
May 17, 1979 (1979-05-17)

Time Express was an American fantasy drama series that was broadcast on CBS from April 26 to May 17, 1979, and later syndicated. The series was created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts who had both previously been involved in the creation of Charlie's Angels and Mannix . The series ran for four episodes before being cancelled.



The series is in anthology format, similar to other dramatic television series on American networks of the time such as The Love Boat , Fantasy Island , and to a lesser extent; NBC's Supertrain which premiered roughly 2 months earlier. Each episode consists of two tales featuring guest actors. The featured characters would receive an invitation from "The Head of The Line" to travel to some time and place in the past where a crucial point in their lives had occurred. They would arrive at Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal and go to the "Special Services" desk, where the ticket clerk (Woodrow Parfrey) would direct them to "Gate Y, Track 13" (which was listed as "closed" on the public departure board).

On board the train (operated by Engineer Callahan (William Phipps) and conductor R. J. Walker (James Reynolds), who, in the initial episode were revealed to have been killed in a derailment on the "Allegheny Flyer" in 1886), they would be welcomed by hosts Jason and Margaret Winters (the husband and wife team of Vincent Price and Coral Browne) who would warn them of the risks of travelling to the past. On arrival, they would relive the period, potentially changing events, and then return by train to the present, where the implications of the changes would be revealed.



NoTitleDirected byWritten byAir date
1"The Garbage Man / The Doctor's Wife" Arnold Laven Gerald SanfordApril 26, 1979 (1979-04-26)

The Garbage Man: A businessman (Jerry Stiller) travels back to 1969 to return $2 million he discovered in the trash.

The Doctor's Wife: A doctor (James MacArthur) travels back to 1967 to find his wife's long lost brother, who he needs to save her life.
2"The Figure Skater / The Copywriter's Romance" Michael Caffey Pat Fielder,
Stephen Kandel,
Richard Bluel
May 3, 1979 (1979-05-03)
Guest stars: Richard Masur and Terri Nunn
3"Rodeo / Cop"Alan J. LeviAlfred HayesMay 10, 1979 (1979-05-10)
Guest stars: Robert Hooks and John Beck
4"Death / The Boxer"Alan S. Levi Ivan Goff,
Ben Roberts
May 17, 1979 (1979-05-17)
Guest stars: Steve Kanaly, Linda Scruggs and Paul Sylvan

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