Episode Detail: The Thorn Birds - The Thorn Birds
This five-part miniseries, based on Colleen McCullough's bestseller, is set mainly in the Australian outback from 1920 to 1962. As it opens, Mary Carson (Barbara Stanwyck) holds sway over a huge sheep ranch, while lusting after an ambitious priest (Richard Chamberlain). Meggie: Sydney Penny. Fee: Jean Simmons. Paddy: Richard Kiley.