NBC’s short-lived Cliffhangers debuted 40 years ago today in 1979. It lasted just ten weeks. The hour-long series consisted of three separate serial dramas: Stop Susan Williams, starring Susan Anton; The Secret Empire, starring Geoffrey Scott; and The Curse of Dracula, starring Michael Nouri. When NBC cancelled the series due to low ratings, it left the last episode unaired.
As a result, two of the three serials–Stop Susan Williams and The Secret Empire–literally ended with cliffhangers The Curse of Dracula concluded during the tenth episode.
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Here’s a promotional spot for the series premiere of Cliffhangers:
Notice how The Curse of Dracula is referred to as Dracula ’79, an early working title for the serial.
After the cancellation, production company Universal Television edited Stop Susan Williams and The Curse of Dracula into made-for-TV movies. The series has never aired in syndication in the United States, although all 11 episodes did air
intentionally internationally. Cliffhangers has never been released on home video, although I know there are people who would love the opportunity to see it again.
Did you watch Cliffhangers four decades ago in 1979? Did you have a favorite serial? Would you buy the series on DVD if available? Hit the comments with your thoughts.