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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).
2 of 16 CBS-TV/The Kobal Collection
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
3 of 16 MGM/The Kobal Collection
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.
5 of 16 20th Century Fox/Kobal Collection
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.
8 of 16 Lucasfilm/20th Century Fox/Kobal Collection
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.
10 of 16 TriStar Pictures
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.
13 of 16 Warner Bros./Kobal Collection
The mind-bending plot set the bar for a whole slew of copycats.
14 of 16 Universal/The Kobal Collection
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