Although it has to be said that the stories in Anderson's "Supermarionation" series are so engaging that the viewer is quickly able to suspend their disbelief and forget they are watching marionettes at all. Espescially in Captain Scarlet, where the heads are so beautifuly made that sometimes you forget they aren't real actors - not least because by that time the electronics needed to work the features had been shrunk so that the heads could be in proper proportion to the bodies and there was no need of the oversized eyes and mouths that were the signature feature of the earlier shows.
Thunderbirds is, I think, probably the pinnacle of his creations although Scarlet is technically superior (at least as far as the marionettes are concerned). The quality, ambition and abundance of the model work is truly awe-inspiring.
The stories themselves are wonderful, and never descend to the hokum that Irwin Allen invariably resorted to - the Scarlet series is positively grim, when you consider when it was made and that it was a children's show Even watching it now you occasionally get that "wait a minute - this was a children's puppet show?" moment.
The world would be a poorer place without these unique creations. I rank Thunderbirds as one of my favourite series ever made and I never tire of watching the episodes again.