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The Thorn Birds Season 1 Episodes

Season 1 Episode Guide

Season 1

14 Episodes 1983 - 1983

Episode 1

Episode 1

60 mins

This 10-part miniseries, based on Colleen McCullough's bestseller, is set mainly in the Australian outback, 1920-62. As it opens, Mary Carson (Barbara Stanwyck) holds sway over both a ranch and an extended family, while lusting after an ambitious priest (Richard Chamberlain). Fee: Jean Simmons. Paddy: Richard Kiley. Frank: John Friedrich. Young Meggie: Sydney Penny.

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Episode 2

Episode 2

60 mins

Part 2. Ralph (Richard Chamberlain) persuades Mary to send young Meggie to a convent school; Frank has a violent argument with Paddy (Richard Kiley). Fee: Jean Simmons. Mary: Barbara Stanwyck. Jack: Stephan Burns.

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Episode 3

Episode 3

60 mins

Part 3. At her 75th birthday party, Mary (Barbara Stanwyck) tells Father Ralph of her love for him. Later, Father Ralph must make a decision that will shape the rest of his life. Meggie: Rachel Ward. Fee: Jean Simmons. Paddy: Richard Kiley.

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Episode 4

Part 2

Tue, Jul 10, 2018 60 mins

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Episode 5

Episode 5

60 mins

Part 4. Ralph is made secretary to the papal legate (Christopher Plummer); the Cleary family moves into Mary's mansion at Drogheda. Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward. Fee: Jean Simmons. Frank: John Friedrich. Paddy: Richard Kiley.

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Episode 6

Episode 6

60 mins

Part 5. A fire that kills Paddy and Stuart (Dwier Brown) and nearly destroys Drogheda briefly unites Meggie and Ralph (Rachel Ward, Richard Chamberlain). Luke: Bryan Brown. Bob: Brett Cullen. Archbishop Contini-Verchese: Christopher Plummer. Fee: Jean Simmons.

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Episode 7

Part 3

Wed, Jul 11, 2018 60 mins

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Episode 8

Episode 8

60 mins

Part 6. Ralph (Richard Chamberlain) is ordained a bishop; Meggie, embittered and desperate, marries a ranch hand (Bryan Brown). Luddie: Earl Holliman. Anne: Piper Laurie. Fee: Jean Simmons.

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Episode 9

Episode 9

60 mins

Part 7. Hoping that Luke will quit his nomadic existence, Meggie (Rachel Ward) becomes pregnant; Ralph is appointed papal legate in Sydney. Luke: Bryan Brown. Luddie: Earl Holliman. Anne: Piper Laurie. Doc Wilson: Rance Howard.

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Episode 10

Part 4

Thu, Jul 12, 2018 60 mins

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Episode 11

Episode 11

60 mins

Part 8. After her reunion with Ralph, Meggie (Rachel Ward) leaves Luke, returns to Drogheda and gives birth to Ralph's son Dane. Fee: Jean Simmons. Justine: Mare Winningham. Dane: Philip Anglim. Bob: Brett Cullen.

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Episode 12

Episode 12

60 mins

Part 9. Dane finishes school and travels to Rome to visit De Bricassart; Justine (Mare Winningham) pursues her acting career in London. Rachel Ward, Richard Chamberlain. Rainer: Ken Howard.

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Episode 13

Episode 13

60 mins

In the conclusion, Meggie reveals the truth about Dane to Ralph (Richard Chamberlain), and reconciles with Fee and Justine. Philip Anglim, Rachel Ward. Justine: Mare Winningham. Fee: Jean Simmons. Rainer Hartheim: Ken Howard.

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Episode 14

Part 5

Fri, Jul 13, 2018 60 mins

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