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See the shows that have inspired Heroes creator Tim Kring

Shaun Harrison
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Want to know what science-fiction touchstones inspire Heroes creator Tim Kring? Behold: He tells us the 15 TV series and movies that, through the years, have changed the game (or in one case, his love life).
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I grew up with it, the art of the short, concise morality tale. I can’t tell you the number of times it comes up as a reference point in the writer's room
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I saw it in the theater when I was a teenager, and it blew me away with its scale and surreal epic quality. Extremely influential to an impressionable mind.
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It's similar in the pantheon of childhood to Twilight Zone. A little campier, but some amazing episodes.
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5 of 16 20th Century Fox/Kobal Collection

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Master suspense filmmaking that holds up to this day. One of the scariest movies I've ever seen.
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Audacious and uncompromising storytelling. Its success in the first season paved the way for Heroes.
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Great writing and filmmaking. I also really admired the deftness of the serialized storytelling. Trust me, not easy to do.
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I saw it the weekend it opened at the Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd. Still remember the cheers for the opening crawl — "In a galaxy far far away…"
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A classic formula for episodic TV. TV keeps trying to recapture that magic.
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Brilliant filmmaking and effects on a frugal budget. All of us at Heroes admired it for that.
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It set a new standard in the art of heart stopping pace.
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It proved that you could mix tones of comedy, horror and sci-fi. Something we paid homage in Heroes.
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The mind-bending plot set the bar for a whole slew of copycats.
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Not a great movie, but it's notable because it's the first movie I saw where I held hands with a girl.
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It proved that most movies, if looked at from the right angle, are only ten degrees from broad comedy.
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Shameless? Oh well, what can I say