One of the [if not the] first original series aired on Showtime, The Hunger was created by Jeff Fazio [who seems to have only done The Hunger and the first half of the mini-series Atomic Train] and executive produced by Sir Ridley Scott and his brother Tony [who directed the pilot]. It was an adult anthology series dedicated to themes involving the darker obsessions of life – the hungers that we usually seek to control. Playing to those hungers, the series included a lot of nudity – not all of it entirely gratuitous.
Insofar as The Hunger’s episodes usually involved the supernatural and frequently had twist endings, it could be considered a Twilight Zone for grown-ups – though it was more inconsistent. Its best tales were adaptations from the works of horror greats like F. Paul Wilson [Ménage a Trois], Brian Lumley [Necros], Edgar Allan Poe [Lighthouse], Karl Edward Wagner [A River of Night’s Dreaming] and Graham Masterson [Bridal Suite and Anais]. Harlan Ellison wrote an original script for the series [The Face of Helene Bournouw] and another of his short stories [Footsteps] was adapted by Gerald Wexler – though in both cases, the episode credits read “By Cordwainer Bird,” suggesting that he believed they’d been royally screwed over by the time they were ready to air. Thriller writer David Morrell also contributed one of the better scripts – But At My Back I Always Hear.