Thunderbirds was based on the well-off Tracy family, who put their fortunes to good use, creating
an organisation to help others who were in trouble.
1. Trapped in the Sky
When the Fireflash is sabotaged on its maiden flight, can the world's
newest rescue organisation, International Rescue save the day, and one of its
2. Pit of Peril
When three men are
trapped in a pit filled with flames, can Scott withstand the heat and
rescue them, or will he too succumb?
3. City of Fire
A car crash in the basement car park of new shopping mall, trapping a
family. But the only means of rescuing them is by using a dangerous chemical that the boys have
suffered side-effects from before!
4. Sun Probe
A scientific mission to collect a piece of the sun goes wrong when the
rocket's motors fail, leaving the craft and its four occupants on a collision course for the sun!
5. The Uninvited
Thunderbird 1 is shot down over the Sahara and discovered by
archaeologists who help Scott. However, not long after he is returned to Tracy Island, the
archaeologists find themselves in trouble from the same creatures that shot Scott down!
6. The Mighty Atom
The Hood makes use of a stolen piece of surveillance
equipment to steal
the secrets of an irrigation plant before luring International Rescue there with plans to use the
tiny camera inside the Thunderbirds!
7. Vault of Death
A vault in the Bank of England is routinely locked for two years and
the air pumped out. However, an accountant is trapped inside, and the only key is with a friend of
Lady Penelope. However, Parker, believing that the emergency at the bank is to do with a former
cell-mate, sabotages their attempts to reach the bank before the man suffocates!
8. Operation Crash-Dive
Fireflash craft are crashing into the sea without a trace! Can
International Rescue solve the mystery?
9. Move - And You're Dead
former rival of Alan's traps both Alan and Grandma on a bridge with a
bomb that will detonate if either of them moves!
10. Martian Invasion
The Hood uses a movie set in order to capture the secrets of the
Thunderbirds, but a pyrotechnics accident leaves the actors in danger!
11. Brink of Disaster
Investigation into a new monorail company that Parker suspects to be
bogus puts Jeff, Brains and TinTin in danger when the track is brought down by a stricken helijet
and the safety signals are out of action!
12. The Perils of Penelope
Penelope is sent on a mission to locate a missing
scientist, but she too is captured!
13. Terror in New York City
Thunderbird 2 is shot down after a rescue, but then a call comes in
requiring Thunderbird 4. Will Gordon be able to reach the danger zone and complete the rescue before
he runs out of fuel and air?
14. End of the Road
Alan's nose is put out of joint when Eddie, an old friend of
TinTin's, visits the island, but can he put his jealousy behind him when Eddie gets trapped in the
15. Day of Disaster
When a collapsing bridge lands Martian probe in the river with the
countdown running, can Brains and Gordon save the day and rescue the technicians trapped inside?
16. Edge of Impact
The Hood's schemes cause disaster when a sabotaged test plane flies
into a tower, trapping two workers! However, with a guest on the island, Jeff finds that he cannot
launch the Thunderbirds!
17. Desperate Intruder
Brains and TinTin go on an expedition in the desert, but the Hood
follows them, determined to find the treasure they are seeking for himself at any cost!
18. 30 Minutes After Noon
A high profile business man is cornered by a hitchhiker and a bracelet
containing an explosive is clamped around his wrist. His only chance is to find the key that has been
hidden in his own office, but he cannot reach the building in time obeying the speed limits...
19. The Impostors
Another organisation calling itself 'International Rescue' appears on
the news on Tracy Island. Jeff pretends not to be bothered until it is discovered that their rescue
was a sham, used to rob a bank vault. The hunt is on to stop 'International Rescue' before they can
20. The Man from MI5
When secret plans fall into the wrong hands, MI5 are forced to contact
International Rescue for assistance in retrieving them.
21. Cry Wolf
Two boys playing with walkie-talkies inadvertently call out
International Rescue. Scott takes them back to the base to show them the importance of the operation
and not making hoax calls, even by accident, but once home, the Hood traps them in a mine and they are
forced to make the call for real. But will they be believed?
22. Danger at Ocean Deep
An exploding sea tanker is a mystery that remains unsolved when its
sister ship sets out to make the same journey a year later. Brains realises that the explosion was
caused by a reaction between the ship's fuel and a fungus that lives in that area of the sea! The
race is on to stop the automated tanker before the reaction can reach a critical point!
23. The Duchess Assignment
An old friend of Lady Penelope's loses everything but a painting to
her gambling addiction. However, a plan to help her out goes wrong when she is kidnapped by gangsters
for her valuable picture...
24. Attack of the Alligators!
An accidental spillage of a growth-enhancing chemical into the local
river causes the resident alligators to grow into giant monsters that threaten the safety of a
scientist and his guests!
25. The Cham-Cham
When a series of plane crashes are linked to a band, Lady Penelope and
TinTin are sent in undercover to investigate.
26. Security Hazard
A small boy stows away on Thunderbird 2, and the Tracys are faced with
trying to get him home, without revealing too much information about themselves!
Scott is left in charge when Lady Penelope convinces Jeff to take a
holiday, but can Scott make the right decisions when disaster strikes? And can
Jeff trust his son's judgement?
Path of Destruction
A bad case of food poisoning puts the entire town of San Martino in
danger, but can the Thunderbirds shut off the giant Crablogger machine before it hits the dam, and
without causing a massive explosion?
Alias Mister Hackenbacker
A new aircraft designed by Brains is hijacked on its maiden voyage, putting Lady
Penelope in danger!
A revolutionary new power source puts the town of Monte Bianco in
Two men are trapped in a stricken illegal satellite in decaying
orbit. Only Alan can save them, but he can't stand the front-man, DJ Rick O'Shea. Can he put his dislike
aside to save O'Shea's life?
6. Give or Take a Million
When a bank robbery goes wrong, the criminals take refuge in the
department store next door and hide themselves inside a rocket that is due for take-off!
There were two feature films made:-
Thunderbirds Are Go
The Hood sabotages the first Zero-X mission to Mars.
International Rescue step in to protect the second attempt, but the
Zero-X crew find more than they bargined for on the surface of Mars.
Thunderbird Six (1967)
A group of International Rescue agents participate in the maiden
voyage of Brains' latest invention - a civilian airship, but the Hood
takes the opportunity to get rid of the organisation once and for all.
A live action film was also made, based on the series.
In a daring plot to rob the world's most prestigious banks,
the criminal mastermind known as The Hood traps the members of International Rescue in space and
steals one of their crafts. However, his plans are thwarted at every turn by the youngest Tracy
brother, Alan, and his friends Fermat and TinTin.
When The Hood takes to the air in Thunderbird Two, does Alan have what it takes to pursue the bad guys and become a
true Thunderbird like his brothers?