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1940s: Science Fiction TV 1940-1949

Captain Video and His Video Rangers, Dumont, 27 Jun 1949-1 Apr 1955 This was a historically significant show, despite the astonishingly stingy prop budget of $25 per week. Why? Because it was the first and most successful of three children's science fiction shows that seduced kids into the axioms of the Space Opera genre, the other two being "Space Patrol" and "Tom Corbett--Space Cadet." It can be argued that this created some of the popular support that allowed for a genuine space program only a few years later. A wonderful book about these shows is "The Great Television Heroes" by Donald F. Glut and Jim Harmon. The government played no significant role in scientific genius Captain Video single-handedly saving the world out of a sense of civic duty. By so doing, he not only defeated evildoers such as Dr. Clysmok, Dahoumie, Heng Foo Seeng, Kul of Eos, Mook the Moon Man, and Nargola, but also had a chance to field-test his gadgets, including The Atomic Rifle, the Discatron, the Optical Scillometer, the Radio Scillograph, and the Cosmic Ray Vibrator (stop giggling, will you?). His most fiendish adversary was Dr. Pauli, who had his own set of super-duper hardware, including the Barrier of Silence (later parodied on "Get Smart"), the Cloak of Invisibility, and the Trisonic Compensator. The Dumont Network (whose demise alone could end this popular show) sold to their viewers such premiums as Decoder Rings, Space Helmets, and plastic copies of Captain Video's weaponry, almost all of which are highly collectable today. Late in its life, the show was retitled "The Secret Files of Captain Video" and they stopped editing in stock footage of Westerns through the money-saving "Remote Carrier Beam." Captain Video's spaceship was called the "Galaxy" -- and every child wished to be Captain Video's sidekick "The Ranger" and ride the Galaxy to exotic destinations, whether or not the instruments on the control panel were obviously painted on. Captain Video (1949-50) -- Richard Coogan Captain Video (1950-55) -- Al Hodge (formerly the voice of "The Green Hornet" on radio) The Ranger -- Don Hastings Dr. Pauli (1949) -- Bran Mossen Dr. Pauli (1949-55) -- Hal Conklin Creator/Producer -- James Caddigan Producer -- Larry Menkin Writer -- Maurice C. Brockhauser, and later: Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Sheckley, and Jack Vance Music -- Wagner's Overture to the Flying Dutchman Lights Out, NBC, 19 July 1949-29 Sep 1952 Spun off from the hit radio show which began in 1934, there were four television specials produced by Fred Coe (Goodyear TV Playhouse, Producer's Showcase, 1955 Emmy for Best Producer of a Live Series) in 1946, and then after three years of development hell, this fine suspense anthology. Each epsiode opened with an extreme close-up of a pair of eyes, cutting to a close-up of a bloody hand reaching for the light switch, and a voice-over of a chilling laugh and the catch-phrase "lights out, everybody!" Each episode was shot live. Some were adaptations of classic short stories, others were developed specially for this series. Narrator (1949-50) -- Jack LaRue Narrator (1950-52) -- Frank Gallop Musical Effects: Theremin -- Paul Lipman (1949) Organ (1949-52) -- Arlo Hults Harp (1950-52) -- Doris Johnson Began on radio (1934) and 4 specials (produced by Fred Coe) on TV (1946) Guest Stars: Boris Karloff, Eddie Albert, Billie Burke, Yvonne DeCarlo, Raymond Massey, Burgess Meredith, Leslie Nielsen, Basil Rathbone The Secret Files of Captain Video -- see Captain Video and His Video Rangers (1940s) Starring Boris Karloff, ABC, Sep 1949-Dec 1949 starting with 27 Oct 1949 episode name changed to "Mystery Playhouse Starring Boris Karloff." Host -- Boris Karloff RETURN TO TOP OF CHRONOLOGICAL TV PAGE

1950s: Science Fiction TV 1950-1959

The Adventures of Fu Manchu, Syndicated, 1955-1956, 39 episodes Attention conspiracy buffs: the hero of this show was the villain, a Macao-based scientist whose attacks on the West included germ warfare, smuggling, turning agents into double-agents, undercutting peace conferences, and eroding the U.S. currency. Explains a lot of recent history, doesn't it? Fortunately, the forces of democracy were saved again and again by Sir Dennis Nayland-Smith of Scotland Yard, Fu Manchu's nemesis for generations. Based on Sax Rohmer's fictional creations of 1908-1910, there is a politically incorrect tinge of "yellow peril" racism in these episodes today, which was also common in the Australian science fiction of its day. Silent movies, and then sound movies of 1930-1950 preceded this show, as did the radio serial which began in 1929 -- was it just a coincidence that the Stock market then crashed? A TV pilot starring Sir Cedric Hardwicke was produced in 1952, but was not picked up for either network or syndication. In 1955 Sax Rohmer sold his media rights to Republic Pictures for $4 million, out of which the TV pilot was made which resulted in this series. Christopher Lee starred in several British films of the 1960s, and a feature film of 1980 starred Peter Sellers -- the last film completed before his untimely death. Dr. Fu Manchu -- Glen Gordon Sir Dennis Nayland-Smith -- Lester Matthews Dr. John Petrie -- Clark Howat Betty Leonard -- Carla Balenda (The Mickey Rooney Show 1954-5) Karamanch -- Laurette Luez Kolb -- John George The Adventures of Superman, see "Superman, the Adventures of" (1950s) Alcoa Presents, ABC, Jan 1959-Oct 1961, host John Newland, occult content, subtitle (used when syndicated) "One Step Beyond" Based on documented real-life events, often involving ghosts or Extra-Sensory Perception (ESP), this atmospheric black-and-white series looks today like a precursor to "X-Files." The 1978 production of "The Next Step Beyond" had the same host, 19-21 years older, was shot in color, and never caught on in the ratings, perhaps because the old subversive creepiness was gone. Host -- John Newland (frequent co-star and episode director of The Loretta Young Show 1953-61, One Man's Family 1950, Robert Montgomery Presents 1952-54, The Web 1950-7) Buck Rogers, ABC, 15 Apr 1950-30 Jan 1951 Buck Rogers Guide @ A novel became a comic book, a Mutual Broadcasting System radio serial (1932-1936 and 1939-1947) and a film serial starring Buster Crabbe, and then, at last, a television show -- which itself was updated three decades later. Buck Rogers saved the universe over and over, using hardware standard in pulp-magazine space opera. His base was the world capital of Niagra, and his allies included the chaste-but-sexy Wilma, the Einsteinian Dr. Huer, and the courageous Martian Black Barney. An attempt to cash in on the success of "Captain Video", this juvenile television series was transmitted live. Due to budget limitations, although most of the action was set in the far future and referred to interplanetary adventure, most of the action was in the laboratory set, purportedly in a cave hidden behind Niagra Falls. Buck Rogers (1950) -- Kem Dibbs Buck Rogers (1950-51) -- Robert Pastene Wilma Deering -- Lou Prentis Dr. Huer -- Harry Sothern Black Barney -- Harry Kingston Producer -- Babette Henry Writer -- Gene Wyckoff Captain Midnight, syndicated, 1954 This show was also known as "Jet Jackson", in some broadcast areas, and the hero had one name or the other depending on location. This series started on radio in 1940, with its super-scientist fighting crime, and assisted by a clumsy assistant Ikky. According to e-mail Larry Becker "The Sid Melton character you refer to as "Ikky" was Ichabod Mudd. Sid's catchline in the series was to mention his name as, 'Mudd -- with two D's.' Olan Soule was the third principal character, a scientist named Aristotle Jones. The kids who watched the show could join the Secret Squadron (in fact, kid members, albeit actors, were sometimes featured in the show as a network of individuals helping Captain Midnight). Note that their code designations were SQ followed by a number. When the show first came on radio, they were SS something. With the advent of WWII and Hitler's SS, the designation was abruptly changed to SQ. Captain Midnight -- Richard Webb Ikky -- Sid Melton Aristotle Jones -- Olan Soule Commando Cody: Sky Marshall of the Universe, Republic/NBC, 1955 Juvenile television series about a superhero fighting both regular criminals and extraterrestrial super-villain "The Ruler." Commando Cody -- Judd Holdren Producers -- Mel Tucker and Franklyn Adreon Writers -- Ronald Davidson and Barry Shipman The Creature, BBC, 1956 An "abominable snowman" teleplay broadcast later in the US under various names. Producer -- Rudolph Cartier (famous for the 1954 production of "1984") Writers -- Rudolph Cartier and Nigel Kneale Flash Gordon, Syndicated, 1953-1954 (39 episodes) Alex Raymond created the comic strip in 1934, five years after "Buck Rogers." A year later, in 1935, "Flash Gordon" became a sucessful radio serial starring Gale Gordon, and then three film serials starring Buster Crabbe (1936-1940). Flash Gordon himself was a preppie blond polo-playing Yale graduate who accompanied Dale Arden and Dr. Zharkov to the planet Mongo, ruled by the evil Emperor Ming the Merciless. After they fought Ming to a standstill, they battled Bizdar, the Evil Queen of Cygnil, the Great God Em of Odin, the Mad Witch of Neptune, and anyone else who could throw together a modest collection of androids, monsters, and/or death rays. In 1979, NBC ran a Saturday morning animated series. The following year, a rather entertaining big-budget film lost a bundle, and the franchise has been in limbo ever since. Flash Gordon -- Steve Holland Dale Arden -- Irene Champlin Dr. Zharkov -- Joe Nash Produced -- in Germany Johnny Jupiter, Dumont, 21 Mar 1953-13 Jun 1953 Howdy Doody spinoff about earth as seen through alien eyes, a sort of children's prototype of "Third Rock from the Sun." A puppet-show set in a TV studio (self-referential and thus post-modernist) the curious janitor Ernest P. Duckweather messed with the control panel and accidently tapped into a TV show from an inhabited planet Jupiter. He thereafter conversed with puppets Johnny Jupiter and B-12, who were confused about life on Earth, as they had nothing but TV broadcasts to go on. Subsequently, Ernest P. Duckweather became a star of Jupiter TV, but he had nothing but their shows to show him their culture. I saw a couple of episodes at a neighbor's apartment before I turned two years old, and it was intriguing and confusing beyond my ability to explain then or now. Ernest P. Duckweather -- Vaughn Taylor His Boss -- Gilbert Mack The Lost Planet, BBC, 1954 Adapted from a novel of the same name, this was a television serial aimed at children. See "Return of the Lost Planet." ??? -- Peter Kerr ??? -- Jack Stewart ??? -- Mary Law Producer -- Kevin Sheldon Writer -- Angus McVicar Man and the Challenge, NBC, 12 Sep 1959-3 Sep 1960 Listed here because it features a research scientist who tests the extremes of human and equipment capability for volunteers including astronauts. This falls within the definition of science fiction, in that it explicitly relates science and technology and their effect on human beings. The best episode had three people testing space suits by walking across Death Valley, where they have a deadly encounter with armed militia members who assume that they are alien invaders. Dr. Glenn Barton -- George Nader Producer -- Ivan Tors Men Into Space, CBS, 30 Sep 1959-7 Sep 1960 Men Into Space by Marc Frattasio Triggered by the Russian launch of Sputnik on 4-5 October 1957, this explicitly science fictional show had technical support from USAF, Navy, Army, and various scientific organizations, in an impressive attempt at authenticity -- making this the first "Hard Science Fiction" series on television. It featured drama in spacecraft, space station, Moon Base, and in the vicinity of various planets and moons in the solar system. Using marvelous sets, costumes, and background "Matte" paintings by Chesley Bonestell (Dean of Space Artisist) this series presumed that men would first go into space on an aerospace plane (perhaps a X-15 atop a Navaho booster), then build a toroidal space station, then use the space station as a base from which to probe the moon, and finally to land on the Moon. In fact, President Kennedy scrapped such plans when CIA reports suggested that the Russians were going a "quick and dirty" route to orbit, preparing to send men into space in capsules launched by modified ballistic missiles. He tasked NASA with an equally crude but immediate approach. The rest is history. Hence, "Men Into Space" is history as it SHOULD have been, based on the plans of Werner Von Braun and his cohorts. We still have not built the National Aerospace Plane (NASP), we are years behind on space station construction (set to start in late 1998), and, while we got to the moon in 1968 (as oppsed to the early 19070's predicted by "Men Into Space") we went to visit, and never built the moon base, nor did we boldly go onwards to Mars. Some critics (see "Future Tense" p.294) found the show "bland and unexciting" and blamed the low-budget artificiality of the sets. Col. Edward McCauley -- William Lundigan (only regular cast) ??? -- Joyce Taylor One Step Beyond, see Alcoa Presents (1950s) Operation Neptune, NBC, 28 Jun 1953-18 Sep 1952 Navy-related child-oriented live science fiction. Commander Bill Hollister -- Todd Griffin Dink Saunders -- Richard Holland Kebeda -- Harold Conklin Mersennus -- Dehl Berti Admiral Bigelow -- Rusty Lane Thirza -- Margaret Stewart Trychus -- Humphrey Davis Out of This World, ABC, 1952 An odd combination of science fact (in lecture format) and science fiction, the SF highpoint came in episode 3 (writer: Robbie Robertson) with a couple traveling to the Moon for a vacation/honeymoon. This episode intercut between dramatization and speculation on lunar environments by a real scientist, Robert R. Cole. Narrator -- Jackson Beck Producer -- Milton Kaye [not to be confused with Out of This World, ITV (Great Britain), 1962] [not to be confused with Out of This World, Syndicated, Sep 1987] Out There, CBS, 28 Oct 1951-13 Jan 1952 Live anthology series consisting of adaptations from short stories by major Science Fiction authors, aimed at adult/juvenile crossover audience, using special effects. A now-obscure series that should be commended for its attention to literature, which was simply ahead of its time. Teleplays were adapted from short stories by notable science fiction authors. The Quatermass Experiment, BBC, 1953, 6 episodes (40 minutes each) In Great Britain, this was seen in 1953 on television as a six-part serial, but in the United States it was only seen after Hammer Films adapted the episodes and two sequel series into feature films, which were released in the US (and broadcast at obscure times) as "The Creeping Unknown", "Enemy from Space", and "Five Million Years to Earth." A brilliant cross-over between science fiction and horror, it was aimed at adults but was even more effective on children who got to see it despite the BBC warning "thought to be unsuitable for children and persons of a nervous disposition." An astronaut comes back to Earth having been unknowingly infected by an extraterrestrial life form. The series was transmitted live using 1936 TV cameras each with only a single lens, which prevented rapid cuts from one camera to another, although some special effects sequences were pre-filmed inserts. Astronaut -- Duncan Lamont Professor Quatermass -- Reginald Tate Producer -- Rudolph Cartier Director -- Rudolph Cartier Writer -- Nigel Kneale Quatermass II, BBC, 1955 The second of the three Quatermass serials (see "The Quatermass Experiment"). The British government was being taken over from within by extraterrestrials who had previously set up a remote rural base camp in England or Scotland. Eventually the Hammer film adaptation was shown in the US as "Enemy from Space." Professor Quatermass -- John Robinson (Reginald Tate was deceased) Producer -- Rudolph Cartier Director -- Rudolph Cartier Writer -- Nigel Kneale Quatermass and the Pit, BBC, 1958 The third and best of the three Quatermass serials (see "The Quatermass Experiment"). Earth was starting to be invaded by insectile aliens five million years ago. The site of the first Martian spaceship has been a location for supernatural events ever since London was founded. When this site is accidently excavated for commercial real estate construction, the invasion picks up where it left off. This was a marvellously well-thought-through story, with scientists actually analyzing stuff, and the martians having a self-consistent but decidedly non-human characterization and social structure. Eventually the Hammer film adaptation was shown in the US as "Five Million Years to Earth." In a 1977 interview by Paul Madden ("Future Tense", p.294) Nigel Kneale said "In the Quatermass serials, I always used what was going on at the time as a basis for the stories... in the late 1950s London was being rebuilt after the war and so a number of huge cavities were being dug... unexploded bombs were always being found and sometimes old Roman ruins would be exposed. And I thought -- what if they found something else far beyond that? What if they uncovered a spaceship? And this led to Quatermass and the Pit." Professor Quatermass -- Andre Morell Producer -- Rudolph Cartier Director -- Rudolph Cartier Writer -- Nigel Kneale Return of the Lost Planet, BBC, 1954 Adapted from Angus McVicar's novel of the same name, this was a television serial sequel aimed at children. See "The Lost Planet." ??? -- Peter Kerr ??? -- Jack Stewart ??? -- Mary Law Producer -- Kevin Sheldon Writer -- Angus McVicar Rocky Jones, Space Ranger, syndicated, 1953 This was the first science fiction television show to be entirely pre-filmed (instead of televised live, like "Captain Video", "Space Patrol", "Buck Rogers", "Tom Corbett") and therefore it was the first to use quality sets, location shoots, and decent special effects. Rocky Jones -- Richard Crane Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers, CBS, 1953 Space opera for children, set in the 22nd century, and based on "Rocket Rangers" who combat "interplanetary evil." Rod Brown -- Cliff Robertson ??? -- Bruce Hall ??? -- Jack Weston Science Fiction Theater, Syndicated, April 1955-1957 (78 anthology episodes) Spaceflight, frozen dinosaurs, robots, telepathy, flying saucers ... these and more were the subjects of documentary and pseudodocumentary episodes, of variable authenticity and fictionalization, partly depending on who was science advisor of the week. At its best, this was very good. At its worst, it was flat-out boring. According to "Future Tense" (p.293) Ivan Tors said in a 1956 interview "One of the traps into which such a series may fall is complete dependence on science for interest. This is avoided at the story conference by excluding the scientists at the start.... after the story is developed it is up to Dr. Maxwell Smith, the program's technical advisor, and the other research people to suggest some scientific fact upon which the story can be hung." Narrator -- Truman Bradley (an actual news commentator) Producer -- Ivan Tors (later to do Daktari, Flipper, Gentle Ben, and Sea Hunt) Guest stars -- Gene Barry, Howard Duff, William Lundigan, Basil Rathbone Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, Syndicated, 1955-1956 (26 episodes) Mexican location Tarzan knockoff, with a sexy Sheena in leopardskin leotard, based on the 1930s comic strip by Will Eisner & S. M. Iger, using male stunt-doubles in female wigs. Irish McCalla was in B-movies in the 1950s and 1960s, and then became an acknowledged serious sucessful painter, a true story stranger than fiction. Sheena -- Irish McCalla Bob -- Christian Drake Chim -- Neal the Chimp Space Cadet: see Tom Corbett -- Space Cadet (1950s) Space Patrol, ABC, 9 Jun 1951-1 Jun 1952 Classic juvenile, launched in California as a daytime local, picked up by ABC as a Saturday/Sunday daytime series, but briefly slotted into 6:00-6:30 p.m. "prime time", this cheesy space-travel time-travel 30th Century series featured genuine World War II Army Air Corps ace Ed Kemmer as Space Patrol Commander Buzz Corey who kicked villainous butt for the glory of the United Planets of the Universe, along with his audience-identification sidekick Cadet Happy, the sexy daughter of the United Planets Secretary General, and various gadgets for sale to viewers, such as the Paralyzer Ray Gun, the Brainograph, and a 30-foot model spacecraft "Terra" that toured America and was given away to a sweepstakes-winning fan, who was nearly destroyed by the concentrated jealousy beams of a million disappointed kids. Like "Captain Video", "Buck Rogers", and "Tom Corbett, Space Cadet" this was transmitted live, but unlike the three predecessors, it had a relatively gigantic budget -- $2,500 per week! Space Patrol Commander Buzz Corey -- Ed Kemmer Cadet Happy -- Lyn Osborn Carol Karlyle -- Virginia Hewitt Tonga -- Nina Bara Major Robbie Robertson -- Ken Mayer United Planets Secretary General -- Norman Jolley Mr. Proteus -- Marvin Miller (later on "The Millionaire") Prince Baccarratti/Black Falcon -- Bella Kovacs Created by Mike Moser Producer/Writer -- Mike and Helen Mosier The Spike Jones Show, NBC (1954) then CBS, 2 Jan 1954-25 Sep 1961 Listed here because of Bill Dana's role as Jose Jimenez, reluctant Hispanic astronaut, who was a favorite character of the real Mercury astronauts. Superman: News flash! 27 October 1996: LOIS LANE'S MAKEUP ARTIST HARRY THOMAS DIES Superman, the Adventures of, Syndicated & Network daytime, July 1951-Nov 1957 (104 episodes) "Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound! Superman, strange visitor from another planet, who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men! Superman, who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel in his bare hands, and who, disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way!" George Reeves had created the role of Superman in the low-budget 1951 feature film "Superman and the Mole People" (produced by Robert Maxwell and Bernard Luber). The series had pretty good ratings, partly because of the stories and acting, and partly because of the visual quality achieved by pre-filming (as opposed to live telecast). From the third season, the filming was in color. Superman/Clark Kent -- George Reeves Lois Lane (1951) -- Phyllis Coates Lois Lane (1953-1957) -- Noel Neill Jimmy Olson -- Jack Larson Perry White -- John Hamilton Inspector William Henderson -- Robert Shayne Jor-El (Superman's dad) -- Robert Rockwell (in "Superman on Earth", the establishing episode) Lara (Superman's mom) -- Aline Towne (in "Superman on Earth", the establishing episode) Bad Guys -- Ben Welden, Herb Vigran, Tris Coffin, Billy Nelson (all semiregular, in varying roles) Producer (1st series) -- Robert Maxwell and Bernard Luber Producer (2nd series) -- Whitney Ellsworth (who made it too childish) The Adventures of Superman @ The Adventures of Superman Tales of Tomorrow, ABC, 3 Aug 1951-12 Jun 1953 Sophisticated science fiction based on classic stories by major authors (H.G. Wells' "The Crystal Egg", Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein", 2-part of Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" starring Thomas Mitchell and Leslie Nielsen) plus modern stories ("The Monsters" from Mars, "The Dark Angel" immortal, "The Flying Saucer"...). It was transmitted live, with filmed inserts. It alternated with other series in its Friday 9:30-10:00 p.m. slot, and was also aired on radio in early 1953. Creators/Producers -- George Foley and Dick Gordon Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, CBS (Oct 1950-Dec 1950) then ABC (Jan 1951-Sep 1952) and finally NBC (July 1951-Sep 1951), 2 Oct 1950-26 Sep 1952 Based on the great Robert Anson Heinlein's young adult novel "Space Cadet" (New York: Scribner's, 1950, with cover art by Clifford N. Geary), this was CBS's attempt to steal the thunder of the Dumont Network's "Captain Video" -- and with a higher budget and greater technical authenticity. "Dean of American Science Fiction Authors" Robert Heinlein had achieved a record-setting level of "hard SF" realism in co-authoring the screenplay for (and acting as Technical Director for) George Pal's film "Destination: Moon", which was loosely based on Heinlein's young adult novel "Rocketship Galileo" (New York: Scribner's, 1947), his first, which is the earliest science fiction novel that I can remember reading. Heinlein and his second wife Virginia have minimized access to documents about how actively involved Heinlein was in "Tom Corbett", but some episodes show his handiwork, such as the reference to weightlessness being more properly called "Free Fall" -- a term invented by Heinlein and now widely accepted. In the national Bestseller "Grumbles from the Grave", by Robert Heinlein, edited by Virginia Heinlein (New York: Ballentine, 1990) we read (p.50) "I have written [Scribner's editor] Miss [Alice] Dalgliesh about the TV scripts [Tom Corbett, Space Cadet]. Did you read them? If so, you know how bad they are; I don't want an air credit on that show (much as I appreciate the royalty checks!) and I am reasonably sure that a staid, dignified house like Scribner's will feel the same way. It has the high moral standards of soap opera." By the way, Robert Heinlein's novel "Rocket Ship Galileo" was supposed to have been followed by at least five sequels, including: "The Young Atomic Engineers on Mars, or Secret of the Moon Corridors", "The Young Atomic Engineers in the Asteroids, or The Mystery of the Broken Planet", "The Young Atomic Engineers in Business, or The Solar System System Mining Corporation", and I cannot help but speculate that if he had written these juveniles, their plots would have found their way into Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, and the series would have been even more popular. But I digress. To return to the actual plot of Tom Corbett: Somewhen in the 24th Century, young Tom Corbett ("Tex" in the novel) entered the Space Academy (of the Interplanetary Patrol, in Colorado, in the novel) along with verbally-aggressive pal Roger Manning (Matt in the novel) and cerebral Astro from Venus, with all hoping to graduate to the Solar Guards. Aboard the good spaceship "Polaris" they adventured throughout the solar system, and plot complications were based on the dangers of meteors or radiation rather than mad scientists or evil aliens (a fatal flaw in "Captain Video"). We do know that Program Advisor Willy Ley, a noted ex-German space expert and science writer, brought "hard science fiction" concepts such as asteroid belts, artificial gravity, and anti-matter to the series. I discussed this with Willy Ley when I met him in New York in 1959. We made a $5 bet, which I promptly lost, but that's another story. The series only lasted three months at CBS -- probably due to budgetary concerns or disappointing sales of the now-collectable merchandise -- and moved to a couple of years at ABC. NBC merely aired kinescopes of episodes as a summer replacement for Victor Borge. The show was televised live, like "Captain Video" and "Buck Rogers", but unlike these competitors, the special effects were also live. Although technically a childrens' show, this was a high-water mark in television science fiction, and a significant precursor to Star Trek. Tom Corbett -- Frankie Thomas Captain Steve Strong (1950) -- Michael Harvey Captain Steve Strong (1951-52) -- Edward Bryce Astro the Venusian -- Al Markim Roger Manning -- Jan Merlin Dr. Joan Dale -- Margaret Garland Producer -- Leonard Carlton Technical Advisor -- Willy Ley (famous German rocket expert) Writers -- Albert Aley originally, and then: Frankie Thomas, Stu Brynes, Ray Morse New: Tom Corbett Web Site by Ed Pippin Ed's just begun a Space Opera site for the TV SF heroes of the 1950's. He's started off with his favorite: Tom Corbett. He'll be adding a TV log from Joe Sarno's SpaceAcademy Newsletter and has several other pages soon to be added. Ed found it of interest when read my note (above) about the Heinleins. He had contacted them in the 60's & 70's and they WERE VERY serious about putting distance between themselves and the Tom Corbett Character. Ed doesn't know why, because it has the staying power that Heinlein's young adult novels had. Ed has a lead on who wrote the TC newspaper and Dell Comics. He's also checking out the possible authorship of the Grosset and Dunlap books..Richard Jessup,the radio and tv scripter? Check out the web site: Tom Corbett & Space Opera Topper, CBS (Oct 1953-Sep 1955), ABC (Oct 1955-Mar 1956), NBC (Jun 1956-Oct 1956), 9 Oct 1953-14 Oct 1956 Based on characters created by fantasy novelist Thorne Smith who later appeared in a series of feature films. George and Marion Kirby die of exposure after being trapped in a ski-trip avalanche. Besides their two deaths, their attempted rescuer perishes too -- the St. Bernard Neil. All three somehow return as ghosts from Europe to haunt the Kirby's American home, which is now the residence of Cosmo Topper, a stolid banker. George, Marion, and Neil (who likes a huge snifter of brandy whenever possible) make a concerted effort to get Topper to unwind and have fun. Nobody but he can see the ghosts, and so his behavior is taken to be, at best, eccentric by his wife Henrietta, his co-worker Mr. Schuyler, and his maid and cook. In the television series (but not the novel or films) the dog Neil appears; in Thorne Smith's story, the Kirbys were killed in a car crash rather than on a ski trip, and hence there was no co-perishing co-haunting dog. The series was cancelled after a couple of seasons on CBS, and was seen in reruns for a year on ABC and a summer on NBC. Another series based on a Thorne Smith novel was "Turnabout" (1979). Marion Kirby -- Anne Jeffreys (The Delphi Bureau 1972-3, Finder of Lost Loves 1984-5, Love That Jill 1958, The Merry Widow on Max Liebman Presents 1954-6, George Kirby -- Robert Sterling (Ichabod and Me 1961-2, Love That Jill 1958, host of The 20th Century Fox Hour 1956-7) Cosmo Topper -- Leo G. Carroll (The Billy Rose Show 1950-1, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. 1966-7, Going My Way 1962-3, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 1964-8, NBC Repertory Theatre 1949) Katie, the maid (1953-54) -- Kathleen Freeman (The Beverly Hillbillies 1969-71, Funny Face 1971, It's About Time 1966-7, Lotsa Luck 1973-4) Mr. Schuyler -- Thurston Hall Maggie, the cook (1954-1955) -- Edna Skinner The Twilight Zone, CBS, 2 Oct 1959-31 July 1987 One of the greatest TV shows in history, due to the genius of Rod Serling and the superb writing of genuine science fiction authors, all backed by excellent casting of the varied teleplays. I've got plenty to say about this show, but will defer for now to the listed hotlinks and the excellent reference book "The Twilight Zone Companion" by Mark Scott Zichree. Host -- Rod Serling (1959-1965) Narrator -- Charles Aidman (1985-1987) World of Giants, syndicated, 1959 A cheesy attempt to squeeze extra profit from the huge props left over after the filming of "The Incredible Shrinking Man." Assumes that radiation can shrink people. Obviously it shrunk somebody's brain. Government secret agent -- Marshall Thompson Agent's non-shrunk partner -- Arthur Franz Producer -- William Alland (many Universal horror/SF films of 1950s) RETURN TO TOP OF CHRONOLOGICAL TV PAGE

1960s: Science Fiction TV 1960-1969

A for Andromeda, BBC, 1961 "Species" was blatantly ripped-off from this reasonably faithful series adaptation of the Sir Fred Hoyle novel of this name. A radio message from the Andromeda galaxy, over a million light years away, is picked up by a radio telescope, and turns out to be the blueprints and assembly instructions for an alien supercomputer. When the supercomputer is turned on, it builds a beautiful woman, whose mind is partly alien. There was a 1962 sequel, about a second Andromeda computer being assembled in South America, with pretty much the same production team, but with Susan Hampshire replacing Julie Christie. The sequel series' title was "The Andromeda Breakthrough." ??? -- Peter Halliday ??? -- Mary Morris ??? -- Esmond Knight ??? -- Frank Windsor Alien Girl -- Julie Christie Producer -- Michael Hayes and Norman Jones Writers -- Fred Hoyle and John Elliott The Avengers, ITV (Great Britain, 1960-68) and then in the United States on ABC, 28 March 1966-15 Sep 1969 -- {to be done} (and revived in 1976) The series actually began in 1960 as "Police Surgeon" starring Ian Hendry. Newman followed the escapist super-agent popularity of James Bond by restructuring the show in 1962 and renaming it "The Avenger." The show is listed here because of the wonderful 1965-66 era when the science fiction fiction themes took center stage. John Steed (1962 an after) -- Patrick MacNee Cathy Gale -- Honor Blackman (in sexy black leather, as judo expert) Cathy Gale (1965-68) -- Diana Rigg Cathy Gale (1968) -- Linda Thorson Creator -- Sydney Newman ("Dr. Who" creator, later) Producer -- Julian Bond Writer -- Julian Bond Script Supervisors -- Brian Clemens and Albert Fennell Batman, ABC, 12 Jan 1966-14 Mar 1968 Batman #1 Batman #2 Based on Bob Kane's creation at Detective Comics in 1939, Batman's media presence expanded to Superman's show on radio, and in a couple of movie serials of the 1940s. The TV show uneasily combined the straight-ahead story with a 1960's "camp" attitude, that put the show in top 10 Neilsen ratings in the 1965-66 season. Bruce Wayne/Batman -- Adam West Dick Grayson/Robin -- Burt Ward Alfred Pennyworth - Alan Napier Aunt Harriet Cooper -- Madge Blake Police Commissioner Gordon -- Neil Hamilton Chief O'Hara -- Stafford Repp Barbara Gordon/Batgirl -- Yvonne Craig (1967-1968) Catwoman -- Julie Newmar, Lee Ann Meriwether, Eartha Kitt (guest villains) The Penguin -- Burgess Meredith (guest villain) The Joker -- Cesar Romero (guest villain) The Riddler -- Frank Gorshin and John Astin (guest villains) Egghead -- Vinent Price (guest villain) King Tut -- Victor Buono (guest villain) Themesong -- Neal Hefti later animated Batman-Superman Hour, CBS, 1968-1969 By the way, "Wayne Manor" as it appeared on this original Batman series was actually a mansion in Pasadena, most recently on display Friday 24 January 1997 in a preview of the Pasadena Junior Philharmonic Committee's 33rd Annual Showcase House of Design. For more information, telephone (818) 799-6063. Bewitched, ABC, 17 Sep 1964-1 July 1972 Bewitched Well-conceived, well-written, well-directed, and well-acted, this series earned a handful of Emmy Awards, and was ABC's biggest hit ever until that time, hitting #2 in the ratings among all TV shows in its 1st season. Samantha was a beautiful witch who married mortal advertising executive Darrin in the establishing episode, and promised to abandon her nose-twitching magical powers. Her family never approved of the marriage or the non-magical lifestyle, including her father Maurice, mother Endora, prankster Uncle Arthur, and befuddled Aunt Clara, each and every one a warlock or witch. Other characters included fading witch/housekeeper Esmerelda, Darrin's boss Larry Tate (partner of Ad Agency McMann & Tate) and Larry's wife Louise, laid-back but suspecious neighbors the Kravitzes, Samantha's identical cousin Serena, and Samantha's first child Tabitha who was "born" on the high-ratings 13 Jan 1966 episode, followed by son Adam "born" 16 Oct 1969 but not a regular until 1971-72. Samantha Stephens/Serena -- Elizabeth Montgomery Darrin Stephens (1964-69) -- Dick York Darrin Stephens (1969-72) -- Dick Sargent Endora -- Agnes Moorhead Maurice -- Maurice Evans (occasional) Larry Tate -- David White Louise Tate (1964-66) -- Irene Vernon Louise Tate (1966-72) -- Kasey Rogers Tabitha Stephens (1966-72) -- Erin Murphy, Diane Murphy Adam Stephens (1971-72) -- David Lawrence, Greg Lawrence Abner Kravitz -- Goerge Tobias Gladys Kravitz (1964-66) Alice Pearce Gladys Kravitz (1966-72) -- Sandra Gould Aunt Clara (1964-68) -- Marion Lorne Uncle Arthur (1965-72) -- Paul Lynde (occasional) Esmerelda (1969-72) -- Alice Ghostley (occasional) Dr. Bombay (1967-1972) -- Bernard Fox Producer/Director -- William Asher (real-life husband of Elizabeth Montgomery) Bullwinkle Show, The, NBC, 24 Sep 1961-16 Sep 1962 included here because of Moonmen episodes and time-travelling Mr.Peabody Bullwinkle J. Moose, Dudley Doright, Mr. Peabody -- Bill Scott Rocky Squirrel, Natasha fatale -- June Foray Boris Badenov -- Paul Frees Aesop -- Charles Ruggles Sindely Whiplash -- Hans Conreid Sherman -- Walter Tetly Narrator of Fractured Fairy Tales -- Edward Everett Horton Narrator of Bullwinkle segments -- William Conrad Dr. Who, BBC, 1963-present Dr. Who in Detail Dr. Who: Ultimate Doctor Who Dr. Who Guide @ Intended as a low-budget juvenile series about a mysterious man (not strictly human, actually a "Time Lord") who travels in a time machine "the Tardis" with people who drift anto the story for a while. The ratings were low until episode #5 (writer Terry Nation) introduced the evil robotic Daleks, when suddenly the series became a hit with adults and children alike, and has continued to this day, albeit through five different stars and a pretty good feature film. Living proof that low-budget can still mean high quality. Dr. Who -- William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Creators -- Sydney Newman ("The Avengers") and Donald Wilson Producer -- Verity Lambert (originally) {to be done} Great Ghost Tales, NBC, 6 July 1961-21 Sep 1961 A summer replacement was needed for "The Ford Show Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford", and so NBC produced a series of live episodes with actors such as Robert Duvall, Lee Grant, Arthur Hill, Lois Nettleson, and Richard Thomas (1,2,3 Go; Roots: the Next Generations; the Waltons). The Green Hornet, ABC, 9 Sep 1966-14 July 1967 Listed here because of comics and radio (1936) origin, created by George W. Trendle. Also, because it had the same production team as TV's "Batman." Few fans knew that George W. Trendle's first hit, "The Lone Ranger" actually introduced Britt Reid (The Green Hornet) as the son of Dan Reid, who in turn was the nephew of the Lone Ranger. Today, this show is a cult-favorite of Bruce Lee fans. Britt Reid/The Green Hornet -- Van Williams Kato -- Bruce Lee Lenore "Casey" Case -- Wende Wagner Mike Axford -- Lloyd Gough District Attorney F. P. Scanlon -- Walter Brooke Theme -- "Flight of the Bumblebee" by Rimsky-Korsakov arranged and played by Al Hirt The Green Hornet @ fxnetworks The Green Hornet @ uvm I Dream of Jeannie, NBC, 18 Sep 1965-1 Sep 1970 I Dream of Jeannie listed here because it has astronauts (SF) and Jeannie (Fantasy) Jeannie -- Barbara Eden Capt. Tony Nelson -- Larry Hagman Capt. Roger Healey -- Bill Daily Dr. Alfred Bellows -- Hayden Rorke Gen Wingard Stone (1965-66) -- Philip Ober Melissa Stone (1965-66) -- Karen Sharpe Gen. Martin Peterson (1966-70) -- Barton MacLane Amanda Bellows (1966-70) -- Emmaline Henry Gen. Winfield Schaeffer (1969-70) -- Vinton Hayworth It's About Time, CBS, 1966 Stupefyingly unfunny sci-fi comedy about astronauts hanging out with cavemen. The kids in my school had a little rhyme, which my son today still learned by oral schoolyard transmission: "it's about time, it's about space, it's a bout getting a punch in the face." Astronaut -- Frank Alefter other astronaut -- Jack Mullaney Cave Family -- Imogene Coca, Joe E. Ross, Mike Mazurki, Anne Meara Creator -- Sherwood Schwartz ("Gilligan's Island") Director (pilot only) -- Richard Donner (later drerected feature films "The Omen", "Superman") The Invaders, ABC, 10 Jan 1967-17 Sep 1968 This series combined an obsession with UFOs and the American style of cold-war paranoia. David Vincent, architect, had seen the landing of a flying saucer and then, more frighteningly, discovered that THEY walked amongst us, aliens distinguishable only by the lack of heartbeat, a surreptitious glow, and little fingers that stuck out at an angle in what seems today like a disguised homophobia. He was, at first, alone in knowing this vast secret, and later joined by a septumvirate of fellow-believers and electronics magnate Edgar Scoville (starting Dec 1967). UFO conventions circulate photocopies of an ABC press release that claimed star Roy Thinnes had himself had a Close Encounter with a UFO. Or so they would have you believe... David Vincent -- Roy Thinnes Edgar Scoville -- Kent Smith Exec. Producer -- Quinn Martin Producer -- Alan Armer The Jetsons, 23 Sep 1962-8 Sep 1963, animated, 24 original episodes, 41 new episodes in 1985 The Jetsons Produced by the same folks who brought you TV's "The Flintstones", this was a satire on 1960's suburban American culture, with "cognitive estrangement" (to use critic Darko Suvin's term) of a science-fictional nature by casting the series in the 21st century. The eponymous George Jetson worked for Spacely Sprockets, Inc. in an alienating job (although he was occasionally promoted to Vice President, it never lasted) for an overbearing boss. He lived in Skypad Apartments, which had variable altitude achieved with hydraulic lifts, with his unambitious housewife Jane, their children, and the semi-talking dog Astro (who later had his own adventures with Scooby-Doo). Despite atomic flying cars, commuting, parking, and speeding tickets were a problem. Despite robots and automated household gadgets, home-making was a drag. Despite videophones, nobody had anything interesting to communicate, and despite interplanetary colonization, teenage girls still cared for nothing but media icons, dance crazes, and dating. The dark underside of suburban culture -- divorce, drugs, gangs, suicide, and political homogenization -- never appeared. The satire lacked the sharper edge of Mad Magazine, but sometimes the limits of Capitalism and Consumerism were skewered anyway. George Jetson (voice) -- George O'Hanlon Jane Jetson (voice) -- Penny Singleton Judy Jetson (voice) -- Janet Waldo Elroy Jetson (voice) -- Daws Butler Astro (voice) -- Don Messick Cosmo G. Spacely (voice) -- Mel Blanc miscellaneous (voices) -- Herschel Bernardi, Mel Blanc, Howard McNear, Howard Morris, Frank Nelson Producers: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera Jonny Quest, ABC, 18 Sep 1964-9 Sep 1965, plus new show 1996 {to be done} Not strictly science fiction, it was at least fiction about a scientist (Jonny's father Dr. Benton Quest). The publishing editor of the magazine Quantum Science Fiction Review, himself a professional scientist, told me that his scientific career was sparked by this cartoon. Jonny Quest (voice) -- Tim Matheson Dr. Benton Quest (1964) (voice) -- John Stephenson Dr. Benton Quest (1964-65) (voice) -- Don Messick Race Bannon (voice) -- Mike Road Hadji (voice) -- Danny Bravo Producers: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera Journey to the Unknown, ABC, 26 Sep 1968-30 Jan 1969 Produced in England An explicitly Hitchcockian series without the sublime talent of Hitchcock himself, this centered on emotional and mental extremes that can terrify normal people ripped out of normal lives into a darker world than they knew about. Sometimes hallucinatory in its dream-logic, few episodes stand out as wholly original. Exec. Producer -- Joan Harrison (former assistant to Alfred Hitchcock, and the Producer of his TV series) Land of the Giants, ABC, 22 Sep 1968-6 Sep 1970 Land of the Giants List @ Land of the Giants by ftp Seven human astronauts on a short "strato-cruiser" spaceflight from America to London in roughly the year 1984 pass through a "space warp" and land in a very Earth-like world where everything is 12 times normal size, especially adults, children, pets, and bugs. Gilligan's Island meets "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids", but saved by taking itself seriously and creating a certain empathy for the people who just want to fix the spaceship and get home, including millionare engineer Mark Wilson, heiress Valerie Scott, and 12-year-old Barry. In the world of giants, Inspector Kobrick of S.I.B. was the security agent in charge of finding and re-finding the earthlings. Of course, this concept had been done with satiric glee two centuries earlier by Jonathan Swift. Pilot/Capt. Steve Burton -- Gary Conway Mark Wilson -- Don Matheson Barry Lockridge -- Stefen Arngrim Co-Pilot Dan Erikson -- Don Marshall Valerie Scott -- Deanna Lund Stewardess Betty Hamilton -- Heather Young Commander Alexander Fitzhugh -- Kurt Kasznar Inspector Kobrick of S.I.B. -- Kevin Hagen Chipper -- several dogs Producer/Creator -- Irwin Allen Special Effects Supervisor -- L. B. Abbott Lost in Space, CBS, 15 Sep 1965-11 Sep 1968 Lost in Space Gilligan's Island meets Swiss Family Robinson. The Robinson family was en route to the Alpha Centauri solar system, 4.3 light years away, for a five-year mission, suggesting that the spaceship Jupiter II could go quite near the speed of light, by technologies never explained. Anyway, the evil-for-no-clear-motive Dr. Zachary Smith screwed up the controls, and tampered with the program of the robot (Robby) left over from the far-more-mature film Forbidden Planet. Or maybe Dr. Smith was some sort of foreign agent, trapped with his intended victims. Almost every episode had the same formula: land on another planet while trying to get home, encounter a monster, have Dr. Smith try to cut a deal with the monster that would send him alone back to Earth, have Robby the Robot say "Danger, Will Robinson", menace June Lockhart, and have Dr. Smith's fatal flaws of cowardice and greed foil his plot, leaving us at a cliff-hanger ending. This show seems to have been a favorite of some of my friends, but I found it deeply frustrating, as I kept hoping for something genuinely science fictional to happen, i.e. something with philosophical depth, but the show stayed relentlessly superficial even when a few lines of dialogue could have added profundity at no extra cost. Prof. John Robinson -- Guy Williams Maureen Robinson -- June Lockhart (Darkroom, Ford Theatre, The Joseph Cotton Show, Lassie, Petticoat Junction, The U.S. Steel Hour, Who Said That?) Don West -- Mark Goddard Judy Robinson -- Marta Kristen Will Robinson -- Billy Mumy (Babylon 5, Space Cases) Penny Robinson -- Angela Cartwright Dr. Zachary Smith -- Jonathan Harris The Robot -- Bob May The Robot (voice) -- Dick Tufeld The Spaceship -- Jupiter II Creator/Producer -- Irwin Allen Story Consultant -- Anthony Wilson The Man from U.N.C.L.E., NBC, 22 Sep 1964-15 Jan 1968 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Listed here because, in the James Bond tradition, it sometimes crossed the line from Spy story to Spy Spoof, to Science Fiction. In particular, the 1966-67 season had ever more absurd plots, with a comic-book flavor. The series became more realistic in 1967-68, but it was too late to stop the series from being replaced by the smash hit "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" -- or was that a final victory by THRUSH? U.N.C.L.E. = United Network Command for Law Enforcement. THRUSH = the Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity Napoleon Solo -- Robert Vaughn (the show was originally to be called "Mr. Solo" but the Jamesw Bond producers objected for some reason) Ilya Kuryakin -- David McCallum Mr. Alexander Waverly -- Leo G. Carroll Lisa Rogers (1967-68) -- Barbara Moore Creator -- Norman Felton Producer -- Sam Rolfe and Anthony Spinner note: David [Edward] McDaniel (16 Jun 1939-?), pseudonym of Ted Johnstone, wrote several SF-oriented "Man from U.N.C.L.E". novels and "The Arsenal Out of Time" (Ace, 1967) space opera Mission: Impossible, CBS, 17 Sep 1966-8 Sep 1973 Mission: Impossible by ftp Listed here because, in the James Bond tradition, it sometimes crossed the line from Spy story to Spy Spoof, to Science Fiction. Also, its cast overlapped that of "Space 1999" (Martin Landau and Barbara Bain), and featured Leonard Nimoy of the Star Trek franchise. I'm also biased because one episode was filmed at my alma mater, Caltech, and I was photographed chatting with Barbara Bain with a photo run in various Hollywood magazines. Daniel Briggs (1966-67) -- Steven Hill Cinnamon Carter (1966-69) -- Barbara Bain Rollin Hand (1966-69) -- Martin Landau Barney Collier -- Greg Morris Willie Armitage -- Peter Lupus Voice on Tape -- Bob Johnson James Phelps (1967-73) -- Peter Graves Paris (1969-71) -- Leonard Nimoy Doug (1970-71) -- Sam Elliott Dana Lambert (1970-71) -- Lesley Ann Warren Casey (1971-73) -- Lynda Day George Mimi Davis (1972-73) -- Barbara Anderson Theme -- "Mission Impossible" by Lalo Schifrin (14 weeks on Billboard's "Hot 100" chart in 1968, plus two albums later. The Munsters, 24 Sep 1964-1 Sep 1966 Marilyn Munster Home Page This was a fairly successful meld of dark fantasy made light, and sitcom silliness. There was a science-fiction air to the way that the mundane/pretty niece Marilyn looked strange to the family of Frankensteinian monster, 350-year-old vampire, and werewolf, while they in turn looked normal to each other and strange to outsiders. This was, by the way, the favorite American show of The Beatles, who enjoyed hanging out with Al Lewis on one American tour (the one where they played the Hollywood Bowl). Herman Munster -- Fred Gwynne Lily Munster -- Yvonne DeCarlo Grandpa Munster -- Al Lewis Edward "Eddie" Wolfgang -- Butch Patrick Marilyn Munster (1964) -- Beverly Owens Marilyn Munster (1964-66) Pat Priest Marilyn Munster Home Page The above homepage is still under construction, but does include: * links to 8 other "Munster & Monster" pages * will have lots of info on Pat Priest as marilyn Munster * will have data on the rest of the Munsters cast My Favorite Martian, CBS, 29 Sep 1963- 4 Sep 1966 Sit-com about Los Angeles Sun reporter Tim O'Hara rescuing a crashed Martian who looked human (except for extensile antennae) and had both telepathic and telekinetic powers, plus invisibility and a mind filled with advanced technology. Like all good aliens, he just wanted to fix his spaceship and go home, while he stayed with Tim in Mrs. Brown's boardinghouse. He developed a crush on Mrs. Brown, and imagined that Officer Brennan also had romantic leanings towards her -- which he manifestly did. The show worked to the extent that Ray Walston's character was so convincingly portrayed, and failed to the extent that the episodic sit-com adventures went nowhere. Uncle Martin/The Martian -- Ray Walston Tim O'Hara -- Bill Bixby Mrs. Lorelei Brown -- Pamela Britton Angela Brown (1963-64) -- Ann Marshall Mr. Harry Burns (1963-64) -- J. Pay O'Malley Detective Bill Brennan (1964-66) -- Alan Hewitt The Police Chief (1965-66) -- Roy Engle Creator -- Jack Chertok ("My Living Doll") Producer -- Jack Chertok My Living Doll, CBS, 1964 Sit-com sci-fi remake of "Pygmalion", about an attempt to train a robot (AF 709) to become a "perfect woman." Rhoda Miller/The Robot -- Julie Newmar Dr. Robert McDonald -- Bob Cummings Peter Robinson -- Jack Mullaney Irene Adams -- Doris Dowling Creator -- Jack Chertok ("My Favorite Martian") Producer -- Jack Chertok The Outer Limits, ABC, 16 Sep 1963-16 Jan 1965 Exec. Producer/Creator -- Leslie Stevens Producer -- Joseph Stefano "There is nothing wrong with your TV set. We are controlling transmission. We can control the vertical. We can control the horizontal. For the next hour we wll control all that you see and hear and think. You are watching a drama that reaches from the inner mind to ... The Outer Limits!" Harlan Ellison wrote the two best episodes of this anthology series, including the masterpiece "Demon With a Glass Hand." [see also the new Outer Limits (1990s)] Out of the Unknown, BBC, 1965 British science fiction anthology series of high quality albeit low budget (4,000 pounds/episode in 1st season, 6,000 pounds/episode 2nd season). Adaptations of stories by first-rate science fiction authors. Producer -- Alan Bromly Writers -- adaptations of stories by Isaac Asimov, J. G. Ballard, John Brunner, Cyril Kornbluth, Robert Sheckley, Clifford Simak, John Wyndam, and others Out of This World, ITV (Great Britain), 1962 Anthology science fiction series, unrelated to the two American shows of the same name. Host -- Boris Karloff Producer -- Leonard White Writers -- adaptations of stories by Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Clifford Simak and other excellent SF authors [not to be confused with Out of This World, ABC, 1952] [not to be confused with Out of This World, Syndicated, Sep 1987] The Prisoner, ITC (Great Britain) and CBS, 1 June 1968-11 Sep 1969 (and rerun 1969) Deservedly a cult favorite, this was one of America's greatest orginal television dramas, in part because it was filmed in England, and was the brainchild of the charismatic Patrick McGoohan, who created, starred, produced, and wrote some episodes (American science fiction/opera/poet genius Thomas M. Disch wrote most of the rest). It was a quasi-spinoff of Patrick McGoohan's character John Drake in the British (1965-66) series "Secret Agent", (for which Johnny Rivers had a pop hit with the Phil Sloane & Steve Barri theme song "Secret Agent Man" -- "they've given you a number, and taken away your name"). Rather like James Bond meets Kafka in John La Carre neverland. The main location, "the village", was Portmeiron, a North Wales resort on Cardigan Bay, where Bertrand Russell, George Bernard Shaw, and Noel Coward used to relax. This is most appropriate, as the intelligent scripts combined the twisted mathematical logic of Bertrand "Principia Mathematica" Russell (once jailed for antiwar activism), the vegetarian iconoclast playwright Shaw, and the zany musical ironies of Noel Coward -- Disch's choreography of "Dem Bones" had to be seen to be believed. The Prisoner/Number 6 -- Patrick McGoohan The Butler -- Angelo Muscat Number 2 -- different in each episode Producer -- David Tomblin The Prisoner The Second Hundred Years, ABC, 6 Sep 1967-19 Sep 1968 The first Cryonics series, Luke Carpenter froze in Alaska in 1900 and thawed out in 1967, with a 33-year-old body at chronological age 101, who could not get used to the culture of the mid-to-late-20th century. Plausible premise, marred by sitcom formula. Luke Carpenter/Ken Carpenter -- Monte Markham Edwin Carpenter -- Arthur O'Connell Colonel Garroway -- Frank Maxwell Marcia Garroway -- Karen Black Nurse Lucille Anderson -- Bridget Hanley Star Trek, NBC, 8 Sep 1966-2 Sep 1969 Star Trek: The Original Series Guide about 250 Kbytes @ Captain James Tiberius Kirk -- William Shatner Mr. Spock -- Leonard Nomoy Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy -- DeForrest Kelley Yeoman Janice Rand (1966-67) -- Grace Lee Whitney Sulu -- George Takei Uhuru -- Nichelle Nichols Engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott -- James Doohan Nurse Chsristine Chapel -- Majel Barrett Ensign Pavel Chekov (1967-69) -- Walter Koenig Tarzan, NBC (Sep 1966-Sep 1968) and CBS (Jun 1969-Sep 1969), 8 Sep 1966-10 Sep 1969 Based on the classic work of Edgar Rice Burroughs, who also wrote more explicit science fiction set on Mars (Barsoom) or inside a hollow Earth (Pellucidar). Ron Ely was the 14th actor in the Tarzan role. Tarzan -- Ron Ely (did his own stunts, too) Jai -- Manuel Padilla, Jr. Thriller, NBC, 13 Sep 1960-9 July 1962 True to the eponymous genre title, almost every episode revolved around an ordinary man or woman with whom the audience can easily identify being caught up in a frightening or life-threatening situation. That has been a key to the "thriller" style since John Buchan's "The 39 Steps" -- the moral universe is turned upside-down, and the world is suddenly seen to be a darker and more dangerous place. The central character often wonders whether he or she is being paranoid, but events then show that he or she was not paranoid enough. Host -- Boris Karloff Thunderbirds, ATV (Great Britain), 1965, shown in US in ???, to be done Perhaps the best of the puppet series created and produced by the Andersons. A future family performs rescue operations undersea, in the air, and in space, with really nifty keen vehicles. Creator/Producers -- Gerry Anderson and Sylvia Anderson Special Effects Supervisor -- Derek Meddings Time Tunnel, ABC, 9 Sep 1966-1 Sep 1967 See "Time Express" (DATES???) for an explanation that scientists do NOT think it is possible to change the past. This series respects that opinion, with a vengeance. Dr. Tony Newman and Dr. Doug Phillips worked in a ultra-secret government research lab underground in Arizona, and their laser-powered system threw them into the past before the system could undergo the proper final configuration audit. Trapped in history, they could jump from one time to another, but were unable to get home. Dr. Ann MacGregor and Dr. Raymond Swain kept trying to save them from the lab, but again and again our heroes tried to change the outcome of events, such as Abraham Lincoln's assassination, or the sinking of the Titanic (episode #1) or Marie Antoinette's beheading, and were always ironically prevented from so doing. Sometimes they were in the distant past 1,000,000 B.C. or so, sometimes in early history (the fall of Jericho), sometimes in meso-American history (Cortez vs. Montezuma), and once in the far future of 1,000,000 A.D. The past was more commonly used than the future, because stock footage is cheaper than new production. Dr. Tony Newman -- James Darren Dr. Doug Phillips -- Robert Colbert Dr. Ann MacGregor -- Lee Meriwether General Heywood Kirk -- Whit Bissel Dr. Raymond Swain -- John Zaremba Created by/Producer -- Irwin Allen Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, ABC, 14 Sep 1964-15 Sep 1968 Based on Irwin Allen's 1961 feature film of the same name, which itself was heavily derived from Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea", this depended on the "Seaview" submarine and its crew the same way that "Star Trek" depended upon the "Enterprise" and its crew. The Seaview had a glass nosecone, similar to the breast-domes of Barbarella's spacesuit, allowing great viws of undersea wonders by all, said wonders being both earthly and extraterrestrial. Retired Admiral Harrison Nelson had dreamed up the Seaview -- making him a sort of Hyman Rickover -- who now runs the top secret Nelson Institute of Marine Research at Santa Barbara, a cross between the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, JPL, and Naval Intelligence. It was set in the then-future 1970s. Seaview had a sister ship, "Polidor", which sank in episode #3. Harrison Nelson's chief assistant, and Seaview Commander, was promoted to Commander Lee Crane, and (in season #2) to Captain. In the real-life 1970s, the brainy assistant to Rickover was one Jimmy Carter, who wrote a Naval Postgraduate school thesis on the detection of targets by towed underwater arrays of microphones. This real-life Jimmy Carter once saw a UFO after a few more drinks than usual at the Officers' Club, and swore that he'd tell all on becoming president, but I digress. In season #2, more hardware was added, such as the two-man "Sea Crab" minisub, and the "Flying Fish" a submarine which could fly (didn't Tom Swift, Jr. have something like that?). A surfer-dude Stu was added to the cast, and the show held onto a large audience share regardless of how preposterous the villians were in each episode, including an amusingly over-the-top Professor Multiple (Vincent Price) and his living puppets. Other bad guys included blobs, ghosts, lobster-men, mummies, pirates, robots, and intelligent seaweed. What, no "revenge of the samuri sushi?" Admiral Harrison Nelson -- Richard Basehart Commander/Captain Lee Crane -- David Hedison Lt. Commander Chip Morton -- Robert Dowdell Chief Petty Officer Curley Jones (1964-65) -- Henry Kulky Chief Sharkey (1965-68) -- Terry Becker Stu Riley (1965-67) -- Allan Hunt Kowalsky -- Del Monroe Crewman Patterson -- Paul Trinka Crewman Sparks -- Arch Whiting Doctor -- Richard Bull Created By/Producer -- Irwin Allen Way Out, CBS, 31 Mar 1961-14 July 1961 A less-popular lead-in to "The Twilight Zone", this anthology show was hosted by Roald Dahl, now known to millions of kids for the films "Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang", "Willy Wonka's Chocolate factory", and "James and the Giant Peach." Host -- Roald Dahl The Wild Wild West, CBS, 17 Sep 1965-7 Sep 1970 James Bond meets Gunsmoke. James T. West (not to be confused with James T. Kirk) was a secret agent for President Ulysses S. Grant, in real life the military genius who boozed his way through the White House, surrounded by corrupt aides, went bankrupt, and wrote the best Presidential autobiography ever -- for the money. James T. West's focus was the alarming number of revolutionary, radical, criminal, and anarchist groups constantly plotting to take over America. Assisted by Secret Service Agent Artemus Gordon, master of disguise, they travelled by special railroad car equipped with the tools and materials needed to make a vast array of gadgets and gizmos. James T. West's nemesis was the brilliant but irrevocably evil Dr. Miguelito Loveless. Sometimes rose from anachronistically daffy to delightful. James T. West -- Robert Conrad Artemus Gordon -- Ross Martin Miguelito Loveless -- Michael Dunn Producer (1st season) -- Fred Freiberger Producer (all other seasons) -- Michael Garrison The Year of the Sexual Olympics, BBC, 1968 Social satire about a voyeuristic future where watching sex on television is the major way that time is spent. Some people think that this might be the future of the World Wide Web, but not YOU, because you must be literate to be reading this web site, right? 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1970s: Science Fiction TV 1970-1979

The Amazing Spider-Man, CBS, 1978 Based on Stan Lee's creation at Marvel Comics, this show revolved around Peter Parker, nerdy and alienated science major in college who made a few bucks as part-time news photographer for the Daily Bugle. When bitten by a radioactive spider, he developed super-powers, including a sense of danger and great strength and the ability to climb walls and ceilings. He invented super-gadgets, such as his web-shooter in wrist-bands, and a costume, to fight evil. But his life as a teenager became even more uncomfortable and confusing. The adolescent angst added a note of emotional realism to an otherwise formulaic story, and made this show a cult-classic among disaffected science majors. Was Bill Gates ever bitten by a radioactive spider? Peter Parker/Spiderman -- Nicholas Hammond Capt. Barbera -- Michael Pataki (Get Christie Love 1974-5, Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers 1974-5, Phyl & Mikhy 1980) J. Jonah Jameson -- Robert F. Simon (Custer 1967, M*A*S*H 1973-4, Nancy 1970-1, Saints and Sinners 1962-3) Rita Conway -- Chip Fields Julie Mason -- Ellen Bry (7 episodes) (St.Elsewhere 1982-8) animated series was previously on ABC, Sep 1967-Aug 1969 Battlestar Galactica, ABC, 17 Sep 1978-17 Aug 1980; also as Galactica 1980, ABC, 1980 Battlestar Galactica Guide @ With a huge budget (for its day) of a megabuck per hour, and the biggest PR budget of its season, this show so thoroughly tried to rip off the "Star Wars" franchise that ABC was sued. Special effects -- lasers, spaceships, robots, etcetera -- for both stories were created by the brilliant John Dykstra. Set in "the 7th millennium" A.D., the mile-long Galactica was the only battlestar to survive attack by the deady Cylons and the turncoat Count Baltar, which nearly rendered human beings extinct. Galactica and its fleet of 220 more modestly-scaled spacecraft set out towards escape on a mythical planet -- called Earth. Lorne Greene (Actuality Specials, Bonanza, Code Red, Griff, Kraft Music Hall's "How the West Was Swung", Lorne Greene's New Wilderness, Philip Morris Playhouse, Roots, Star Stage) was the Moses-like Commander Adama, aided by his fighter-squadron leader son Apollo (whose brother was killed by Cylons in the establishing episode), pilot/playboy Starbuck (a name from "Moby Dick"), and a large cast. When the show returned after 11 years in hiatus, Lorne Greene was the only original cast member. They had reached Earth, somehow in roughly our present, still pursued by Cylons (a cross between Fred Saberhagen's "Beserkers" and Dr. Who's "Daleks"). Capt. Troy and Lt. Dillon went down to Earth to seek help from the Pacific Institute of Technology -- a parody of my alma mater, the California Institute of Technology -- to get ready for galactic war. United Broadcasting's rookie newswoman Jamie Hamilton sensed a story here. The plot was thickened by renegade Galactica councilman Xavier and sickened by 14-year-old genius Dr. Zee. Commander Adama -- Lorne Greene Capt. Apollo (1978-79) -- Richard Hatch Lt. Starbuck (1978-79) -- Dirk Benedict Lt. Boomer (1978-79) -- Herb Jefferson, Jr. Athena (1978-79) -- Maren Jensen Flight Sgt. Jolly (!978-79) -- Tony Swartz Boxey (1978-79) -- Noah Hathaway Col. Tigh (1978-79) -- Terry Carter Cassiopea (1978-79) -- Laurette Spang Count Baltar (1978-79) -- John Colicos Sheba (1979) -- Anne Lockhart Capt. Troy (1980) -- Kent McCord Lt. Dillon (1980) -- Barry Van Dyke Jamie Hamilton (1980) -- Robyn Douglass Dr. Zee (1980) -- Robbie Rusk, Patrick Stuart Col. Sydell (1980) -- Allan Miller Xavier -- (1980) -- Richard Lynch Special Effects -- John Dykstra Music -- The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Battlestar Galactica Battlestar Galactica: The WWW Page Beyond the Planet of the Apes, NBC, September 1975-September 1976, animated, see Planet of the Apes. The Bionic Woman, ABC (Jan 76-May 77) then NBC (Sep 77-Sep 78), 14 Jan 1976-2 Sep 1978 The Bionic Woman @ It all began with the novel "Cyborg" by Martin Caiden. "Cyborg" begat "The Six Million Dollar Man" which begat "The Bionic Woman." Jaime Sommers (The Bionic Woman) was originally a character in the television series "The Six Million Dollar Man." She was the fiancee of Steve Austin [see database entry for "The Six Million Dollar Man"], but they separated after Steve turned astronaut and Jaime completed her university education and hit the pro tennis circuit. When she had a near-fatal skydiving crash, the same doctors (including Dr. Rudy Wells) who made Steve Austin into a super-powerful "Cyborg" (CYbernetic ORGanism, half human, half machine) did the same for her. Steve did not know, however, as she began teaching students at an army base near her home town of Ojai, California. They led parallel lives, both participating in secret missions for OSI (Office of Scientific Information), and sometimes even worked together -- but as a side effect of her accident and/or coma, she did not remember him nor their romance. He hung out near her, in hopes of rekindling the torch, with him even living at her step-parents' (Elgins') ranch. Oscar Goldman was Jaime Sommers' manager at OSI. When the series moved to NBC, Jaime acquired a bionic dog, the German Shepard "Max." Again and again, in the final season, the enemy was not the usial spy, kidnapper, or drug-lord, but extraterrestrial beings from one part of the cosmos or another. The writers became confused about what sub-genre of science fiction they were supposed to be writing. Jaime Sommers/The Bionic Woman -- Lindsay Wagner Oscar Goldman -- Richard Anderson Dr. Rudy Wells -- Martin E. Brooks Jim Elgin (1976) -- Ford Rainey Helen Elgin (1976) -- Martha Scott Producer -- Kenneth Johnson Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, NBC, 20 Sep 1979-16 Apr 1981 This major update of the 1950-51 TV series (see above) was a network attempt to cash in on the success of "Star Trek" and on the lesser success of "Battlestar Galactica" (itself ripped off from "Star Wars"), with some of the same campy attitude as the television "Batman." Six months before the television premier, the pilot was released under the same title on the big screen. Captain Buck Rogers, astronaut, was in cryonic suspended animation aboard an interstellar spaceship from 1987 until 2491, accumulating 504 years of back pay plus interest, a matter which no lawyer ever addressed, suggesting that in some ways society really did progress. The deep-frozen Bucksicle was discovered by Draconians under the command of sexy-but-evil Princess Ardala and Killer Kane, who both assumed him to be a spy. Unfortunately, the Earth Defense Directorate (based in New Chicago) agreed with their assessment, albeit they did not approve of the Draconian's never-ending plans to conquer Earth. Buck was helped by chaste-but-sexy Wilma Deering, promoted since the old series into the more politically-correct Commander of Terrestrial Defenses. He also became buddies with Dr. Huer, a cross between Albert Einstein and Carl Sagan, who presented Buck with a robot named Twiki and a talking computer named Dr. Theopolis, who was often a necklace-like fashion accessory to Twiki. Although the Draconians were never able to take over our planet, the more powerful force of striking actors delayed the second season for several months. The new season shifted the venue from Earth to a huge starship "Searcher" to find humans who'd survived some vaguely referred-to "great holocaust." Admiral Asimov was purportedly a direct descendant of the great real-life author Isaac Asimov, who had long-since created "the Three Laws of Robotics" and the notion that dysfunctional robots might refused to believe that they were created by imperfect humans, a recurring sub-plot involving "Crichton" (a construct even more annoying than Twiki) who refused to acknowledge the "fatherhood" of Dr. Goodfellow. Hawk was also searching, for other members of his bird-man species. It is hard to say if the cocky attitude of the actors played against the big-budget special effects, or whether scripts that took the concepts more seriously might have deepened the show's impact. Capt. William "Buck" Rogers -- Gil Gerard Col. Wilma Deering -- Erin Gray Dr. Huer (1979-80) -- Tim O'Connor Twiki -- Felix Silla Twiki (voice) -- Mel Blanc Twiki (voice, temporary) -- Bob Elyea Dr. Theopolis (voice) (1979-80) -- Eric Server Princess Ardala (1979-80) -- Pamela Hensley Kane (1979) -- Henry Silva Kane (1979-80) -- Michael Ansara Hawk (1981) -- Thom Christopher Dr. Goodfellow (1981) -- Wilfred Hyde-White Admiral Asimov (1981) -- Jay Garner Crichton (voice) (1981) -- Jeff David Lt. Devlin (1981) -- Paul Carr City Beneath the Sea, NBC 1971 An orphan (pilot for series that never happened, released as TV movie). Overseas it was released theatrically as "One Hour to Doomsday." Confusing, unrealistic, impossible, and silly. ??? -- Stuart Whitman ??? -- Robert Wagner ??? -- Joseph Cotten ??? -- James Darren ??? -- Richard Basehart Creator/Producer/Director -- Irwin Allen Writer -- John Meredith Lucas The Curse of Dracula, NBC, 27 Feb 1979-1 May 1979 Somewhat ahead of today's Great Gothic Revival, and its high priestes Anne Rice, this show gave us Count Dracula "undead and well, and living in California." The Count taught European History at San Francisco's South Bay College (Evening Division). After all, he knew five centuries of History personally. He violated several ethical, legal, and theological standards by turning three of his students into vampires, namely Antoinette, Christine, and Darryl. He was opposed by Kurt Von Helsing, the grandson of his former enemy, and Mary Gibbons -- daughter of Amanda, whom Dracula had vampirized earlier. NBC packaged three serials together as "Cliff Hangers" but only The Curse of Dracula ran to its end before cancellation drove a wooden stake through the package. Count Dracula -- Michael Nouri Kurt Von Helsing -- Stephen Johnson Marry Gibbons -- Carol Baxter Antionette -- Antoinette Stella Darryl -- Mark Montgomery Christine -- Bever-Leight Banfield Amanda Gibbons -- Louise Sorel Doomwatch, BBC, 1970-? One set of scientists decide to establish justice over the rest of the scientific community. The end result is insidiously anti-rational. ??? -- (1st season) Robert Powell ??? -- John Paul ??? -- Simon Oates Creators -- Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis Producer -- Terence Dudley Fantastic Journey, NBC, 3 Feb 1977-13 Apr 1977 Fantastic Journey Guide @ Not to be confused with "Fantastic Voyage" (based on an Isaac Asimov novel), this TV series started with a university's research boat finding an unmapped island in the Bermuda Triangle. Unknown even to Gilligan, this island had a weird "time and space warp" which allowed the comingling of past, present, and future (somewhat as in Dr. Fred Hoyle's novel "October the First is Too Late"). Dr. Fred Walters went into the space-time warp, where he encountered four characters lost in time: Varian, a 23rd century telepath; Liana, from an ancient Atlantis; Scott, a contemporary boy with psychic powers; and Dr. Jonathan Willaway, an eccentric scientists from the 1960s who preferred the company of androids. There was a network of character conflicts between these five, and what promised to be a lengthy episodic search for the home space-and-time of each, complete with strange creatures and thrilling adventures, but the ratings also were becalmed in the Bermuda Triangle. Varian -- Jared Martin Dr. Fred Walters -- Carl Franklin Scott Jordan -- Ike Eisenmann Liana -- Katie Saylor Dr. Jonathan Willaway -- Roddy McDowell Story Editor -- Dorothy C. Fontana ("Star Trek") Future Cop, ABC, 1977 {to be done} Gemini Man, NBC, 23 Sep 1976-28 Oct 1976 INTERSECT is another of those government anti-terror agencies and think-tank paid for by your taxes but far too secret to be covered by the press. INTERSECT agent Sam Casey was rendered invisible by radiation from an undersea explosion. But he could be temporarily visible again, thanks to Abby Lawrence's computer skills and Leonard Driscoll's management acumen, which yielded a wristwatch-gadget similar in effect to Bilbo Baggin's Ring, allowing a switch back and forth between visibility and invisibility, and in that over-use would be deadly (more than a quarter-hour out of any 24 hours, for Sam). Let me ask you this: did YOU ever see this show? I wonder why, hmmmm... Not really related to the 1958 British series, which was created and produced by Ralph Smart, starring Lisa Daniely and Deborah, with voice of Invisible Man by Tim Turner. Sam Casey -- Ben Murphy Leonard Driscoll -- William Sylvester Abby Lawrence -- Katherine Crawford Creators/Producers -- Harve Bennett and Steve Bochco Genesis II, CBS, 1973 Pilot for never-produced series by Gene Roddenberry ("Star Trek"). "The Sleeper Wakes" by H.G. Wells declined to "Buck Rogers" which declines further to this pilot, released as a TV movie. A 20th century man wakes up in 2133 and is drawn into a human counter-revolution against mutant oppressors. ??? -- Alex Cord Director -- John Llewellyn Moxey Creator/Writer -- Gene Roddenberry ("Star Trek") Ghost Story, NBC, 25 Sep 1972-22 Jun 1973 Not to be confused with the sitcom "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" (21 Sep 1968-18 Sep 1970) starring Hope Lange and Edward Mulhare, which was itself based on the 1947 film with Rex Harrison and Gene Tierny, this was an anthology show. At first, Sebastian Cabot would take us to "Essex House" and lull us into increasingly scary stories of the supernatural. Starting with the 5 January 1973 episode, NBC dropped Sebastian Cabot, retitled the show "Circle of Fear", and ran some episodes with no ghosts or vampires or witches at all. So it was strangled. host Sebastian Cabot (as "Winton Essex" in 1972) Hauser's Memory, NBC, 1970 TV movie based on novel by Curt Siodmak. Jewish-American scientist accidently is injected with DNA from brain of deceased German scientist, producing two personalities who must share one brain and body. Theme is developed more fully in the novel by Robert Heinlein "I Shall Fear No Evil." ??? -- David McCallum Director -- Boris Sagal Writer -- Adrian Spies The Incredible Hulk, CBS, 10 Mar 1978-2 June 1982 From the Comics character created by Stan Lee (1962), research scientist David Banner was massively irradiated, and ever after became a semi-articulate Id-like green monster whenever he became angry enough. Afterwards, he would remember nothing of his adventures, making this something like a rationalization of alcoholic blackouts. Investigative reporter Jack McGee stuck to his trail as he searched for odd jobs and a chance to piece his psyche back together. Like San Lee's "Spider-Man", this story combined the superhero format with adolescent angst. David Bruce Banner -- Bill Bixby The Incredible Hulk -- Lou Ferrigno Jack McGee -- Jack Colvin The Invisible Man, NBC, 1975 The title was changed to "The Gemini Man" (see that) in the second season. Not really related to the 1958 British series, which was created and produced by Ralph Smart, starring Lisa Daniely and Deborah, with voice by Tim Turner. The Immortal, ABC, 24 Sep 1970-8 Sep 1971 Based on a 1969 TV movie which in turn was based on a novel by Dr. James Gunn, this was a realistic science fiction chase story. Ben Richards was a race car driver who had, for no identified reason, mutant antibodies in his blood which allowed him to fight off every known disease -- including the effects of aging. Everybody wanted some of his blood, especially the relentless tycoon Arthur Maitland and his goon Fletcher. Maitland and Ben's fiancee Sylvia were only in a few episodes. The TV movie was directed by Joseph Sargent ("Colussus:The Forbin Project"). Ben Richards -- Christopher George Fletcher -- Don Knight Arthur Maitland -- David Brian Sylvia -- Carol Lynley Writer -- Robert Specht The Invisible Man, NBC, 8 Sep 1975-19 Jan 1976 The Invisible Man List @ Based on the H.G. Wells story, but essentially unrelated to the CBS series of the same name produced in England (4 Nov 1958-22 Sep 1960). Dr. Daniel Westin -- David McCallum (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) Walter Carlson -- Craig Stevens Dr. Kate Westin -- Melinda Fee Killdozer, ABC, 1972 TV movie based on Theodore Sturgeon's fine story about an alien taking over a bulldozer on a desert island. Disappointing. ??? -- Clint Walker ??? -- Carl Betz ??? -- Neville Brand Director -- Jerry London Writer -- Theodore Sturgeon adapted his story himself Kolchak: The Night Stalker, ABC, Friday 13 Sep 1974-30 Aug 1975 Based on highly-rated TV movie with the same name (written by Richard Matheson and directed by Dan Curtis). The eponymous protagonist, Carl Kolchak, is a crime reporter for Independent News Service in Chicago. Each time he investigated a crime story, usually realistic in its initial phases, he would uncover a supernatural story behind the story, which his editor Tony Vincenzo would rarely believe. Carl Kolchak -- Darren McGavin Tony Vincenzo -- Simon Oakland Ron Updyke -- Jack Grinnage Emily Cowles -- Ruth McDevitt Gordy Spangler -- John Fiedler Monique Marmelstein -- Carol Ann Susi Creator -- Jeff Rice Executive Producer -- Darren McGavin Producers -- Paul Playton and Cy Chermak Logan's Run, CBS, 16 Sep 1977-16 Jan 1978 based on the novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson (author of many of the best episodes of the original Twilight Zone) and the feature film of the same title. A nuclear war had pretty much wiped out civilization, somewhere between the late 20th century and the year 2319. Survivors lived in cities out of touch with each other, each having evolved its own culture, and each surrounded by inhospitable desert. Logan lived in the sybaritic City of Domes, where nobody was allowed to live past his or her 30th birthday. Logan was a "Sandman" -- special policeman -- who betrayed his training by fleeing for his life as the big three-zero approached. He fled with a girl named Jessica and Rem, an android. He sought a fabled "Sanctuary" but was pursued by Francis, an unrepentant Sandman. This was unusually sophisticated fare for TV, both in the bleakness of the premise, the strangeness but self-consistency of the cities, and the horrors of the badlands. It was a landmark in the history of post-nuclear-holocaust fiction, the best recent example of which is "The Postman" by David Brin, which has been repeatedly optioned, was once to have been produced by Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks, but is now to be directed by and starring Kevin Costner and be released in 1997. Logan's Run Logan -- Gregory Harrison Jessica -- Heather Menzies Rem -- Donald Moffat Francis -- Randy Powell Producers -- Ben Roberts and Ivan Goff (the creators of "Charlie's Angels, who admitted knowing zero about science fiction) Story Editor -- Dorothy C. Fontana ("Star Trek") By the way, cult classic movie star/painter/author Mary Woronov (Eating Raoul) guest stars as "Irene" in the "Capture" episode of Logan's Run. Mary Woronov was my babysitter as a child, before she fell in with Andy Warhol and became a star of multiple media. So perhaps she is one more influence on me regarding fantasy and science fiction. The Love War, ABC, 1970 TV movie about alien man (Kyle) who drops out of interstellar war, settles on Earth, goes native, falls in love with Angie Dickenson whom he accidently meets on a bus. He ventually tells her his true identity, and it turns out that she's an alien too, from the other side of the war, and was there to catch him. I think. Kyle -- Lloyd Bridges Sandy -- Angie Dickenson Director -- George McCowan Writers -- Guerdon Trueblood and David Kidd The Man from Atlantis, NBC, 22 Sep 1977-25 July 1978 Faster than a plate of sushi, more powerful than Flipper, more mindless than "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea", look, down there under the ocean, swimming in a legs-together undulating dolphin parody, it's Patrick Duffy as ... The Man From Atlantis! With webs between his fingers and bright green eyes, he fights a never-ending battle for the United States Navy and the Foundation for Oceanic Research. Pass the tartar sauce! Mark Harris -- Patrick Duffy Dr. Elizabeth Merrill -- Belinda Montgomery C. W. Crawford -- Alan Fudge Mr. Schubert -- Victor Buono Brent -- Robert Lussier Jomo -- Richard Williams Chuey -- J. Victor Lopez Jane -- Jean Marie Hon Allen -- Anson Downes Creator/Producer -- Herb Solow Moonbase 3, BBC, 1973 Boring attempt at realistic serial about scientists in 2003 in a domed base on the moon. By the way, you need about 5-10 feet of moondirt (regolith) piled on top of a dome to block off ionizing radiation. Producers/Writers -- Barry Letts and Terrence Dicks Mork & Mindy, ABC, 14 Sep 1978-10 June 1982, introduced Robin Williams Mork & Mindy @ Spin-off from a February 1978 episode of "Happy Days" (15 Jan 1974- 12 July 1984) where an alien from the planet Ork came to Earth and tried to kidnap Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard). The episode generated so many letters to the ABC that they created this new series. Mork did not fit in on Ork, because he alone had a sense of humor, and so he was semi-exiled to Earth by the leader, Orson. Mork was supposed to figure out humans, which the Orkans had never been able to do. He would report back to Orson at the end of each episode in an explanatory monologue that would end with the catch-phrase "Nanu nanu." Mork soft-landed in a giant egg just outside Boulder, Colorado, and was taken in by Mindy MConell, who worked at her father's music store (just as Philip K. Dick worked at a record store in Berkeley and saw the world through unique persepctives). Mork combined human and Orkian customs in a wacky but well-meaning way that had him pegged as just plain nuts. Everybody was worried about Mindy keeping this weirdo in her attic, except for hip grandma Cora. The show had great ratings for a season, until ABC foolishly rewrote it, in blatant disregard for the first law of television: if it ain't broken, don't fix it. The second season started with a complete change of supporting cast and an episode in a strange world of good and evil archetypes. ABC also moved the show from a Thursday slot to Sunday. The ratings immediately plummeted by over 50%. The network restored the show to its former Thursday slot, simplified the confused story line, and brought back Cora and Frederick McConnell, who had supposedly toured as an orchestra conductor during his hiatus. The brother-and-sister pair from the Bronx, the DaVincis, were added (to no good effect). Mindy's cousin Nelson, an irritating preppie/yuppie came into the show, and downstairs neighbor (think "Dennis the Menace" Mr. Wilson) Mr. Bickley had his role expanded. The lunatic Exidor made recurring appearances, as a friend of Mork who babbled new-age prophecy and led a cult "The Friends of Venus" made of imaginary invisible members. Mindy somehow parlayed her journalism classes into employment at KTNS-TV under Mr. Sternhagen. Ratings partly rebounded. In Fall 1981, Mork and Mindy were married, and had a surrealistic honeymoon on Ork. Mork then gave birth to fully-grown Jonathan Winters, who called Mindy "Shoe" and Mork "Mommy." He grew younger and younger. Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters were the highpoint of network comedy, but could not by themselves get ratings back to what ABC demanded. Mork -- Robin Williams Mindy Beth McConnell -- Pam Dawber Frederick McConnell (1978-79, 1980-82) -- Conrad Janis Cora Hudson (1978-79, 1981-82) -- Elizabeth Kerr Eugene (1978-79) -- Jeffrey Jacquet Orson (voice only) -- Ralph James Franklin Delano Bickley -- Tom Poston Remo DaVinci (1979-81) -- Jay Thomas Jean DaVinci (1979-81) -- Gina Hecht Nelson Flavor (1979-81) -- Jim Staahl Exidor -- Robert Donner Glenda Faye "Crissy" Comstock (1980-81) -- Crisy Wilzak Mr. Miles Sternhagen (1981) -- Foster Brooks Mearth -- (1981-82) -- Jonathan Winters Night Gallery, NBC, 16 Dec 1970-12 Aug 1973, to be done The show that ended Rod Serling's brilliant career (he was felled by a heart attack in 1975). It was an attempt to revive the "Twilight Zone" formula, but it didn't take off this time, perhaps because it was too often fantasy and not often enough science fiction. Host -- Rod Serling Creator -- Rod Serling Producer -- Jack Laird The Night That Panicked America, ABC, 1975 TV movie about the 1938 broadcast by Orson Wells of "The War of the Worlds" by H. G. Wells." Realistic when portraying the insider's view of radio broadcasting, but banal in portraying the panic of Americans. At least, by comparison to the stories my mother told me about the panic in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where she grew up. Just a girl then, she ran around telling people that this was not a real news broadcast but only Orson Wells in a scheduled broadcast of the fiuctional "Mercury Theatre", but my Mom was ignored as people packed their cars and drove off into chaos. Director -- Joseph Sargent Planet Earth, ABC, 1974 TV movie by Gene Roddenberry -- the second time he tried to launch a new series (Genesis II was the first). It had, in fact, the same plot as Genesis II, with a 20th century astronaut stranded in the future. Astronaut -- John Saxon Creator/Producer -- Gene Roddenberry Writers -- Gene Roddenberry and Juanita Bartlett The Planet of the Apes, CBS, 13 Sep 1974-27 Dec 1974 The Planet of the Apes by ftp A less-successful spinoff of the films, which were adapted from a novel of the same name by Pierre Boulle. An animated spinoff of the TV spinoff of the film adaptation of the novel was "Beyond the Planet of the Apes", on NBC from September 1975 to September 1976. Galen -- Roddy McDowell (reprise of film role) Alan Virdon -- Ron Harper Peter Burke -- James Naughton Urko -- Mark Lenard Zaius -- Booth Colman Producer -- Stan Hough Project U.F.O., 19 Feb 1978-30 Aug 1979 Jack Webb, master of realistic police drama (Dragnet, Adam 12) absorbed himself in the Air Force's "Project Blue Book" analysis of unidentified flying objects, and dramatized the reports that just couldn't be covered up or dismissed. Kind of a "X Files" ahead of its time, this show also had a gritty authenticity that some viewers took to be straight documentary. Hard-core UFO believers point out that the series was produced by Colonel William T. Coleman, who was the genuine Project Blue-Book head, and was therefore a cover-up disguised as fiction but all too true. Hmmmmmm. Major Jake Gatlin (1978) -- William Jordan Captain Ben Ryan -- Edward Winter Staff Sargeant Harry Fitz -- Caskey Swaim Libby Virdon -- Aldine King Executive Producer -- Jack Webb Producer -- Colonel William T. Coleman Pursuit, ABC, 1972 TV movie directed by Michael Crichton (the author who later directed "Westworld" and "Coma", and co-created "E.R."). A politician who goes nuts plans to blow up a political convention in San Diego with nerve gas. Well, it might have saved us from Bob Dole's campaign.... ??? -- Ben Gazarra ??? -- E. G. Marshall ??? -- Joseph Wiseman ??? -- William Windom ??? -- Martin Sheen Writer -- based on the novel "Binary" written by Michael Crichton under the pseudonym "John Lange." Crichton wanted to write the screenplay too, but did not. Quark, NBC, 24 Feb 1978- 14 Apr 1978 Quark by Ralph Luethy Quark by ftp This was the parody of space opera -- especially "Star Wars" -- for TV, as Mel Brooks waited too long to try the same notion for film in "Space Balls." The mixture of sex, Woody Allen type brainy jokes, and slapstick/physical comedy never quite jelled, but many fans swore that it would have if the network had only been patient. Adam Quark -- Richard Benjamin Gene/Jean -- Tim Thomerson [male/female "transmute"] Ficus -- Richard Kelton [half man, half vegetable] Betty I -- Tricia Barnstable [the original] Betty II -- Cyb Barnstable [the clone - or vice versa?] Andy the Robot -- Bobby Porter Otto Palindrome -- Conrad Janis The Head -- Alan Caillou High Gorgon -- (???) occasional Zoltar the Magnificent -- (???) occasional Zorgon the Malevolent -- (???) occasional year -- 2222 A.D. space station -- Perma One Creator/Writer -- Buck Henry ("Get Smart!", "Saturday Night Live") The Questor Tapes, NBC, 1974 The third try by Gene Roddenberry since Star Trek to launch a new series (#1 was Genesis II, #2 was Planet Earth). An android named Questor tries to figure out the reason he exists. Philosophically speaking, this is an "ontological" drama. In literary tradition, it draws on the Golem myth, Mary Shelly'd Frankenstein, and the fiction of Philip K. Dick. Questor -- Robert Foxworth Creator/Producer -- Gene Roddenberry Director -- Richard A. Colla Writers -- Gene Roddenberry and Gene Coon Salvage I, ABC, 20 Jan 1979-11 Nov 1979; Sci-Fi Channel, 1992-Present Using a recycled "Vulture" rocket, Harry Broderick quested for gold-plated satellites and collectible moon junk, when he wasn't jetting from the Los Angeles-area "Jettison Scrap & Salvage Co." to suck oil from abondoned wells, pluck diamonds from volcanos, or retrieve missing B-52s from the jungle (and what exactly was the CIA smuggling in those B-52s from South America to South Central L.A. anyway, eh?). Harry Broderick -- Andy Griffith Skip Carmichael, ex-NASA dude -- Joel Higgins Melanie Slozar -- Trish Stewart Mack -- J. Jay Saunders Klinger (FBI) -- Richard Jaeckel Hank Beddoes -- Lee De Broux Technical Advisor -- Isaac Asimov (unconfirmed) Saturday Night Live, NBC, 11 Oct 1975-present -- hey, how about those Coneheads? Search, NBC, 13 Sep 1972-29 Aug 1973 A knock-off of Mission Impossible, this almost becomes science fiction when it takes its high-tech spy gadgets seriously -- the implanted radio transcievers, microminature TV cameras, telemetry doing astronaut-type real-time monitoring of physiological stress levels, and Mission Control organization of "The Probe Division of World Securities." Too bad it did not have "Q" from James Bond, or the fun level of "I Spy'" Cosby, or the over-the-top spoofiness of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., to make its good casting break through. Hugh Lockwood -- Hugh O'Brian Nick Bianco -- Tony Franciosa C. R. Grover -- Doug McClure Cameron -- Burgess Meredith Gloria Harding -- Angel Tompkins Dr. Barnett (1972) -- Ford Rainey Dr. Barnett (1973) -- Keith Andes Miss Keach (1972) -- Ginny Golden Ramos -- Tony De Costa Kuroda -- Byron Chung Griffin -- Albert Popwell Carlos -- Ron Castro Murdock -- Amy Farrell Harris (1973) -- Tom Hallick Miss James (1973) -- Pamela Jones The Secret Empire, NBC, 27 Feb 1979-1 May 1979 One of the stranger Western/Sci-Fi halfbreeds, this cuts back and forth between black-and-white 1888 Cheyenne Wyoming and underground extraterrestrial city Chimera (filmed in color). Marshall Jim Donner -- Geoffrey Scott Billy -- Tiger Williams Millie -- Carlene Watkins Jess Keller -- Peter Breck Maya -- Pamela Brull Princess Tara (Feb-Apr) -- Diane Markoff Princess Tara (Apr-May) -- Stepfanie Kramer Eperor Thorval -- Mark Lenard Roe -- Peter Tomarken Hator -- David Opatoshu Yannuck -- Sean Garrison The Six Million Dollar Man, ABC, ABC, 18 Jan 1974-6 Mar 1978 Based on the novel "Cyborg" by aerospace wizard Martin Caidin, whose novel "Marooned" became the film which inspired the actual US-USSR Apollo-Soyuz mision, the first time the Americans and Russians cooperated in manned spaceflight beore today's Shuttle/Mir peacemaking. Colonel Steve Austin -- Lee Majors Oscar Goldman -- Richard Anderson Dr. Rudy Wells (1974-75) -- Alan Oppenheimer Dr. Rudy Wells (1975-78) -- Martin E. Brooks Barney Miller -- Monte Markham (occasional) Producers -- Lionel E. Siegel and Kenneth Johnson The Sixth Sense, 15 Jan 1972-30 Dec 1972 ESP/parapsychology/psychic/telepathy/occult adventure Dr. Michael Rhodes -- Gary Collins Nancy Murphy (Jan-May) -- Catherine Ferrar Space: 1999, ITC (Great Britain)/Syndicated, produced 1974-1976, 48 episodes, released Sep. 1975 Space: 1999 Guide @ Despite the highest budget for TV sci-fi ever (about 1/3 of a million bucks per episode) and Martin Landau plus Barbara Bain (both of Mission Impossible) plus some cool sets and effects, talking computers, Star-Wars lasers, "Queller Drive" spaceships, "Camelot Locator" beams, and Rudi Gernreich unisex costumes, nothing could rescue a scientifically lame premise (nuclear waste explosion knocks moon out of orbit) and poorly-conceived aliens with no motivation (giants squids, people-eating contraceptive foam, prostitute robots of Planet Piri. To begin with, a "radioactive waste explosion" could not knock the moon (with its inhabited lunar base) out of Earth orbit. But even if we grit our teet and accept this preposterous concept, how does the Moon thereafter encounter one solar system after another -- is it travelling faster than the speed of light, or what? This is exactly what goes wrong when non-science fiction writers try to create science fiction. Commander John Koenig -- Martin Landau Dr. Helena Russell -- Barbara Bain Prof. Victor Bergman (1975-77) -- Barry Morse Maya (1976-77) -- Catherine Schell First Officer Tony Verdeschi -- Tony Anholt Captain Alan Carter -- Nick Tate Paul Morrow -- Prentis Hancock David -- Clifton Jones Sandra - Zienia Merton Creators -- Gerry and Sylvia Anderson (see "Thunderbirds") Producer (1st season) -- Sylvia Anderson Producer (2nd Season) -- Fred Freiberger ("The Wild, Wild West", and the 3rd and final season of the orginal "Star Trek") Special Effects -- Brian Johnson (the best thing about the show) The StarLost, Canada/syndicated, 1973 Harlan Ellison created this series, which botched his production so completely that he had his name taken off the credits. A giant spaceship has several cultures of people on board who have forgotten that they are on a spaceship. Robert Heinlein created this plot in the excellent novel "Universe" and Brian Aldiss gave it a new twist in "Non-Stop." ??? -- Keir Dullea ("2001") ??? -- Gay Rowin ??? -- Robin Ward Strange New World, ABC, 1975 TV movie which was almost surely one of Gene Roddenberry's attempts to launch a new series after Star Trek (#1 was Genesis II, #2 was Planet Earth, #3 was The Questor Tapes) and yet Roddenberry's name appears nowhere in the credits. As with Genesis II and Planet Earth, the plot revolves around an astronaut from our century interacting in the future with peculiar societies. Astronaut -- John Saxon Producer -- Robert E. Larson Director -- Robert Butler Writers -- Ronald F. Graham, Walter Green, and Alvin Ramrus The Stranger Within, ABC, 1975 TV movie about a woman who becomes pregnant under impossible conditions. When she gives birth, the baby is healthy -- but is a Martian. Woman -- Barbara Eden Director -- Lee Philips Writer -- Richard Matheson (based on his 1953 short story "Mother By Protest") Survivors, BBC, 1975 A plague wipes out 52,000,000 people in six weeks of terror in Great Britain, leaving only some 7,000 survivors. In the series, we follow one small group of survivors as they attempt to prosper in a post-technological nation. This is similar to "The Day of the Triffids", the cosmic disaster novels of John Wynham, and the inimitable fiction of J. G. Ballard. The series falls flat in making the survivors far too comfortable, and celebrating (rather than warning against) the prospects of a future without technology. This is a hippy head trip, not real science fiction. Even "The Stand" by Steven King does the job better. Tabitha, ABC, 12 Nov 1977-25 Aug 1978 Spin-off of "Bewitched", focusing on Tabitha, grown-up witch daughter of witch Samantha, who now works for KLXA-TV. This show, how shall I say it, lacked a certain magic... Tabitha Stevens -- Lisa Hartman Paul Thurston -- Robert Urich Marvin Decker -- Mel Stewart Adam Stephens -- David Ankrum Aunt Minerva -- Karen Morrow Tales of the Unexpected, NBC, 2 Feb 1977-24 Aug 1977 Occult and psychological suspense with last-minute twist endings. Narrator -- William Conrad Executive Producer -- Quinn Martin Time Express, CBS, 26 Apr 1979-17 May 1979 "Fantasy Island" meets "The Time Machine" aboard the "Starlight Express." Possibly based on a particular "Twilight Zone" episode about an ad exec who gets off a train and encounters his childhood self in a Carnival. Or then again, possibly not. Each episode carried passengers back in time aboard a gleaming Time Express train that rode the clouded skies of time, to give them a chance to change their pasts by altering some key decision in their lives. This is, according to modern physicists, one of the things that can NOT be done, even if you have a time machine. They theorize that you can participate in the past, but not change it. Be that as it may, this is really a series related to the science fiction subgenre of "parahistroy" or "alternate history" where a changed event has spawned a whole new present in which, for instance, the South won the American Civil War, or Japan and Germany won World War II, or I actually completed my Ph.D. and became a Professor and hired a graduate student to enter all the stuff in this Magic Dragon Multimedia domain instead of doing it myself. Jason -- Vincent Price Margaret -- Coral Browne Conductor R. J. Walker -- James Reynolds Engineer Callahan -- William Phipps Ticket Clerk -- Woodrow Parfey The Tomorrow People, (ITV, Great Britain, 1973) then in USA: Nickelodeon, 1994-1995 The Tomorrow People List @ Juvenile about mutant children with telepathy/teleportation. A sad decline from the same idea well-executed by Theodore Sturgeon ("Baby is Three") and Olaf Stapledon ("Odd John"). Creators/Producers -- Roger Price and Ruth Boswell Turnabout, NBC, 26 Jan 1979-23 Mar 1979 Sitcom about a man and a woman magically switching bodies. Based on the novel of the same name by Thorne Smith ("Topper") and the 1940 film of that novel. Sam Alston -- John Schuck Penny Alston -- Sharon Gless Jack Overmeyer -- Richard Stahl Judy Overmeyer -- Bobbi Jordan Geoffrey St.James -- James Sikking Al Brennan -- Bruce Kirby UFO, ITC/Syndicated, Produced 1970 (26 episodes), released Fall 1972 UFO Guide @ Set in the then-future 1980, the premise was that an international military command was set up to defend Earth from Unidentified Flying Objects. This New World Order strike force was SHADO -- Supreme Headquarters, Allied Defense Organization. Produced in England, this series mocked American priorities by giving the commander, Edward Straker, a cover identity as a movie producer. John Brosnan ("Future Tense", p.299) notes that this first non-puppet series by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson had "a cast [that] seemed to be trying to imitate puppets, particularly Ed Bishop...) Commander Edward Straker -- Ed Bishop Colonel Alec Freeman -- George Sewell Captain Peter Karlin -- Peter Gordeno Lt. Gay Ellis -- Gabrielle Drake Colonel Paul Foster -- Michael Billington General Henderson -- Grant Taylor Creators/Producers -- Gerry and Sylvia Anderson ("Thunderbirds") The UFO Incident, NBC, 1975 TV movie that looks like a rip-off of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" but actually began before that feature film. John G. Fuller had written a purportedly nonfiction book about a married couple who were abducted by aliens in a UFO. The book was entitled "The Interrupted Journey." James Earl Jones bought media rights to the book, intending to package a feature film, but after being turned down by every major film studio, he re-sold the book rights to television. The next year, "Close Encounters" went into pre-production, and James Earl Jones (already known about Hollywood for his interest in space movies) was cast as the voice for Darth Vader in "Star Wars." Mr. ??? -- James Earl Jones Mrs. ??? -- Estelle Parsons Director -- Richard a Colla ("The Questor Tapes") Writers -- S. Lee Pogostin and Hesper Anderson (from book by John G. Fuller) Wine of India, BBC, 1970 TV movie by Nigel Kneale, similar to Larry Noven story "Organlegger." In the world of 2050, people are required to be euthenized, so that the upper class can be immortalized by organ transplants. Writer -- Nigel Kneale Wonder Woman, ABC (Dec 1976-July 1977) and CBS (Sep 1977-Sep 1979), 18 Dec 1976-11 Sep 1979 Based on the comic-book of Charles Moulon in the 1940s... {to be done} Yeoman Diana Prince/"Wonder Woman" -- Lynda Carter Major Steve Trevor/Steve Trevor, Jr. -- Lyle Waggoner General Blankenship (1976-77) -- Richard Eastham Corporal Etta Candy (1976-1977) -- Beatrice Colen Joe Atkinson (1977) -- Normann Burton Eve (1977-79) -- Saundra Sharp Voice of I.R.A. (1977-79) -- Tom Kratochzil RETURN TO TOP OF CHRONOLOGICAL TV PAGE

1980s: Science Fiction TV 1980-1989

ALF, NBC, 1986-1990 (and animated, NBC, Sep 1987-?) ALF @ What if an alien landed on Earth, and was sucked into a sitcom? ALF ("Alien Life Form"), a 229-year-old furball with attitude, escaped the explosive destruction of his home planet Melmac (as did Kal-El escape the explosion of Krypton to become Superman). ALF crashed into the Tanner's garage, and became part of their family. ALF disrupted their banal suburban lifestyle, and made acidic comments about humanity and the American life style, as "3rd Rock from the Sun." would, a decade later. Next-door neighbors, the Ochmoneks, never figured out what was going on, a sitcom formula perfected in "Bewitched." Trivia questions and answers: How long did ALF attend Melmac High School? 122 years. What did ALF major in at Melmac High School? Software. What sports did ALF participate in at Melmac High School? He was co-captain of the Boullabaiseball team. What jobs did ALF have at one time or another? Assistant Boxleitner, male model, phlegm dealer. What are ALF's hobbies? Gerrymandering, snacking on cats. What is ALF's height? "Fluctuates with weight." What is ALF's weight? "Till the Sun Shines Nellie." ALF (voice) -- Gordon Shumway ALF (puppeteer) -- Paul Fusco ALF (walking scenes, 1st season only) -- Michu Meszaros Willie Tanner -- Max Wright (Buffalo Bill 1983-4, Misfits of Science 1985-6) Kate Tanner -- Anne Schedeen (Marcus Welby M.D. 1969-76, Paper Dolls 1984) Lynn Tanner -- Andrea Elson (Whiz Kids 1983) Brian Tanner -- Benji Gregory Dorothy Halligan -- Anne Meara (1987 only) (All in the Family 1979-82, The Corner Bar 1972-3, Kate McShane 1975, The Paul Lynde Show 1972-3, Rhoda 1976-7) Raquel Ochmonek -- Liz Sheridan Trevor Ochmonek -- John LaMotta Lucky -- various cats Co-Created by -- Paul Fusco & Tom Patchett (Make Your Own Kind of Music 1971, Open All Night 1981-2) Alien Nation, Fox, 1989-1990 Alien Nation @ Amazing Stories, NBC, Sep 1985-May 1987 Back in the early 1980s, your humble webmaster Jonathan Vos Post raised some $50,000 to purchase all rights to Amazing Stories Magazine, arguably the world's oldest science fiction magazine, founded in 1926 by Hugo Gernsback. I flew to Scottsdale, Arizona to negotiate the deal from the publisher (who greatly preferred Westerns, and had a priceless collection of Western art), at the time when the magazine was edited by an ex-restaurant menu designer, and laid out on a livingroom floor. There's a strange story of what happened next, which will eventually appear on the Magazine site of this domain. The point is, I approached one Venture Capital firm after another. I showed them copies of "Amazing Stories", my brilliant business plan, and then said that we could sell the rights to film and television for more than the purchase rights. At that point, inevitably, the money-men would day "why would anyone want to buy the title 'Amazing Stories' for movies or television? Get out of here!" Well, I was right, and they were wrong. They missed a chance to do business with Steven Spielberg, who did buy that title... Executive Producer -- Steven Spielberg Episode Directors -- Steven Spielberg ("Ghost Train", "The Mission"), Paul Bartel, Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Martin Scorsese, others. Guest Stars -- Drew Barrymore, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, David Carradine, Kevin Costner, Stan Freberg, Mark Hamill, Charlie Sheen, Sam Waterston, others Amazing Stories @ Automan, ABC, 15 Dec 1983-2 Apr 1984 A nerdy police computer specialist works on programming computer games in his spare time. One of his creations, a superhero named "Automan", somehow jumped out of the computer into reality, launching the nebbish protagonist into fighting crime at the highest levels. Automan could walk through walls, and could make almost any computer do him favors, and could temporarily combine with Walter Nebicher into a schizoid human/superhero. Lights dimmed when Automan walked past -- because he drained energy from circuits nearby. When the city's electrical consumption went up at dawn, Automan faded away. The two were followed everywhere by Cursor, an animated, well, cursor, who could outline, animate, and create useful solid objects such as cars. Walter's boss, the crochety Captain Boyd, hated computers and software-hip people, so he could not be told about Automan. Neither could Walter's mentor, Lieutenant Curtis, who used Walters inexplicable successes to advance his own agenda. Automan by ftp Automan @ Ultimate TV Walter Nebicher -- Desi Arnaz, Jr. (I Love Lucy 1953, The Lucy Show 1968-71) Automan -- Chuck Wagner Lt. Jack Curtis -- Robert Lansing (87th Precinct 1961-2, The Equalizer 1985, The Man Who Never Was 1966-7, Twelve O'Clock High 1964-5) Captain Boyd -- Gerald S. O'Loughlin (Our House 1988, The Rookies 1972-6, Storefront Lawyers 1970-1, Wheels 1979) Roxanne -- Heather McNair (Cover Up 1984-5) Beauty and the Beast, CBS, 25 Sep 1987-1990 Beauty and the Beast @ Fritz Leiber created this genre of "urban fantasy", and talented writer/editor/producer George R. R. Martin brought it to life for adoring TV audiences. New York lawyer Catherine was brutalized by thugs and left to die in Central Park. She was saved by Vincent, a beast-man more sensitive than Alan Alda, with a leonine face and a da Vincian intelligence. Nursed to health in caves and tunnels beneath New York City, Catherine returned to the surface (like Proserpine returning from Hades) but she and Vincent had fallen in love. They remained connected by ESP, which was useful because her new position in the D.A,'s office put her in frequent danger. Edie did research for her; Father was a reclusive genius who had raised Vincent and was de facto king of the "Tunnel World"; Kipper and Mouse were two tunnel world people who reported to Father. This show had an amazingly literate take on good, evil, art, science, and society. George R. R. Martin has won major awards for his writing, and has edited a very successful series of collaborative novels about flawed superheroes in a complex alternate history. There are stories about his TV pitches and pilots which are astonishing, and we may tell some of them later on this web site... Asst. DA Catherine Chandler -- Linda Hamilton Vincent -- Ron Perlman Father -- Roy Dotrice Deputy DA Joe Maxwell -- Jay Acavone Edie -- Ren Woods Kipper (pilot only) -- Jason Allen Kipper -- Cory Danziger Mouse (1988-90) -- David Greenlee Beyond Westworld, CBS, 5 March 1980-19 March 1980 In the 1973 feature film "Westworld" robots (including Yul Brynner), for no clear reason, killed guests and wrecked a future amusement park. Yul Brynner was the only cast member to reprise his role in the film's sequel, "Futureworld." These two films spun off the television series "Beyond Westworld" -- which was cancelled after a mere three low-rated episodes. "Westworld" was the future amusement park, owned and operated by "The Delos Corporation" -- which had the corporate culture that might result if Microsoft bought Disney and Boeing. Guests to the theme park interacted with robots which were virtually indistinguishable from humans, allowing the humans to live out their secret desires. C3P0 meets Fantasy Island. Mad scientist Simon Quaid (co-inventor with Joseph Oppenheimer of the robots) programmed the robots to take over the world, in a social-engineering scheme that few voters would approve. John Moore, as head of Delos Security, aided by love-interest Pamela Williams, were all that stood in the way of Quaid's megalomania. Killer theme parks were better done, later, by Crichton in "Jurassic Park", and even better in the "Dream Park" trilogy of novels by Steve Barnes and Larry Niven. John Moore -- Jim McMullan Simon Quaid -- James Wainwright Joseph Oppenheimer -- William Jordan Pamela Williams -- Connie Sellecca Foley -- Severn Darden Roberta -- Ann McCurry Darkroom, ABC, 27 Nov 1981-8 July 1982 Dark fantasy/occult anthology series. Host -- James Coburn Guest Stars -- Steve Allen, David Carradine, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, June Lockhart, Esther Rolle Friday the 13th:The Series, Syndicated, Oct 1987-? Confusingly enough, this television series has nothing whatsoever to do with the feature films of the same name. On TV, the story was that antiques dealer Lewis Vendredi (French for "friday") made a deal with the devil to earn a fortune my peddling antique doodads which would each carry a terrible curse. When Lewis Vendredi died -- presumably as a result of some fine print in his contract -- his innocent neice Micki inherited the store, and renamed it "Curious Goods." Assisted by her cousin Ryan and a retired magician, Jack Marshak, she tried to get the cursed antique thingamajiggies back from their purchasers, and sequester them in the basement where they could cause no more hideous deaths. My wife, who once ran a chain of antique stores in Europe, before she became a famous scientist and science fiction author, refuses to talk to me about this show. Maybe that's because of a certain contract signed in blood, nyaaa haaa haaaa... Micki Foster -- Robey Ryan Dallion -- John D. Le May Jack Marshak -- Chris Wiggans Friday the 13th:The Series Galactica 1980, see Battlestar Galactica (1970s) The Greatest American Hero, ABC, 18 March 1981-3 Feb 1983 The greatest hero in this show was actually the head of the ABC legal team, who fought off lawsuits from the owners of the "Superman" copyright. After that, a real Mr. Hinckley tried (30 Mar 1981) to assassinate President Reagan in order to impress actress Jodie Foster, so scripts involving protagonist Ralph Hinkley had to be rewritten to be named Ralph Hanley (or sometimes just "Mr.H"). Anyway, Los Angeles high school teacher Ralph had a Close Encounter of the Third Kind with extraterrestrials, who gave him a red flying suit, but the schlemiel lost the instruction book, and had frequent trouble mastering the art of flight and the other powers of the suit (invisibility, x-ray vision, telescopic vision, and the like). Nobody knew his secret, except Bill Maxwell, his lawyer Pam Davidson (I told you the lawyers were big in this show), his son Kevin, and four street-wise students escaped from the "Welcome Back Kotter" sort of series: Cyler, Rhonda, Rodriguez, and Tony, who were seen less and less often in the second season, when Ralph and Pam married (Kevin was from a previous marriage). This show had a wacky logic all its own, and was a good-natured spoof of the action superhero genre, which had been tried before about 15 years earlier in "Mr. Terrific" and in "Captain Nice." Ralph Hinkley (Hanley) -- William Katt Bill Maxwell -- Robert Culp (American Profile, The Chevy Mystery Show, I Spy, The Kaiser Aluminum Hour, Star Tonight, Trackdown) Pam Davidson -- Connie Sellecca (Beyond Westworld, Flying High, Hotel) Tony Villicana -- Michael Pare (Houston Knights) Rhonda Blake -- Faye Grant (V) Cyler Johnson -- Jesse D. Goins Rodriguez -- Don Cervantes Kevin Hinkley (1981) -- Brandon Williams Theme -- "The Greatest American Hero (Believe It Or Not)" by Mike Post and Stephen Geyer, singer Joey Scarbury Hard Time on Planet Earth, CBS, 1989 The Highwayman, NBC, 4 Mar 1988-6 May 1988 Blending fantasy, action, big-rig trucks, and ethnic humor, this unlikely series was based on a 1987 TV movie, with a truck that could also turn invisible, which notion was ditched in favor of the more plausible (?) cab that could transform into a helicopter. The Highwayman (who had no given name, apparently) was some sort of federal marshal, who handled secret government cargo, wore leather, had big muscles, and acted as the law "where ordinary laws do not reach." He had a tough Australian partner Jetto (like Crocodile Dundee), a stylish African-American electronics genius D.C. Montana, and he took his orders from sexy-but-strict Controller Tania Winthrop. The Highwayman -- Sam Jones Jetto -- Jacko D. C. Montana -- Tim Russ Tania Winthrop -- Jane Badler Producer: Glen A. Larson (Knight Rider) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, BBC series, appeared in USA in syndication on PBS in 1983-1989 and 1993-1995 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy @ rysher From the wacky novels of Douglas Adams. Manimal, NBC, 30 Sep 1983-31 Dec 1983 Superhero/Fantasy/Police series in which Jonathan Chase has the hereditary ability to turn himself into any animal. Disguised as an upper-crust professor of "animal behavioral sciences" at New York University, he was an ally to the police and a terror to criminals. His secret identity was known only to African American assistant Ty Earle (an old Vietnam buddy) and sexy cop Brooke. The special effects of his transformations were good early television versions of the "morphing" technique, now so common. Jonathan Chase -- Simon MacCorkindale Brooke McKenzie -- Melody Anderson Ty Earle (pilot) -- Glynn Turman Ty Earle (series) -- Michael D. Roberts Capt. Nick Rivera -- Reni Santoni Max Headroom, ABC, 31 March 1987-16 Oct 1987 Max Headroom Max Headroom Guide @ Based on 1984 British TV movie starring Matt Frewer and produced by Peter Wagg, which spread like a computer virus to Cinemax distribution in the US, and then into Coca-Cola commercials. Premise: near-future muckraking Channel 23 reporter Edison Carter is decapitated in a car chase. He is the model for a computer-generated artificial intelligence created by Channel 23's research director Bryce. Max Headroom can pop up in any computer system or onto any network broadcast, while being monitored by Bryce's assistant Theora and newsroom director Murray, and sometimes by network head Mr.Cheviot. Max Headroom competed with, and sometimes was allied with, Blank Reg and Dominique of a lower-budget and harder-hitting network. The British series was darker and had a nastier edge in its depiction of a corrupt dystopian future in the Road Warrior/Bladerunner category. That makes this the first Cyberpunk TV series. Edison Carter/Max Headroom -- Matt Frewer Theora Jones -- Amanda Pays Ben Cheviot -- George Coe Bryce Lynch -- Chris Young Murray -- Jeffrey Tambor Blank Reg -- William Morgan Sheppard Dominique -- Concetta Tomei Ashwell -- Hank Garrett Edwards -- Lee Wilkof Lauren -- Sharon Barr Ms. Formby -- Virginia Kiser Misfits of Science, NBC, 4 Oct 1985-21 Feb 1986, to be done Misfits of Science by ftp Fantasy aimed at disaffected teenagers, with the message that it's okay to be a freak, especially if you want to fight evil. The "Humanidyne" Institute" in Los Angeles brought together a 7-foot-4-inch African American (El Lincoln) who could shrink to six inches, rock musician Johnny B. who can shoot lightning bolts from his fingers, and telekinetic levitaor former juvenile delinquent Gloria. They were led in their crime-busting by junior scientist Dr. Billy Hayes, against the wishes of Humanidyne" Institute Director Dick Stetmeyer. Jane Miller was Gloria's probation officer; Miss Nance was the Institute's useless receptionist. Dr. Billy Hayes -- Dean Paul Martin Dr. Elvin "El" Lincoln -- Kevin Peter Hall Johnny Bukowski ("Johnny B.") -- Mark Thomas Miller Gloria Dinallo -- Cortney Cox ("Friends" 1996) Jane Miller -- Jennifer Holmes Dick Stetmeyer -- Max Wright (ALF 1986-90, Buffalo Bill 1983-4) Miss Nance -- Diane Civita Mr. Merlin, 7 Oct 1981-18 Aug 1982 Arthurian fantasy in a San Francisco garage, this was an odd blend of "urban fantasy" as pioneered by Fritz Leiber with sitcom formula. Plots often hinged on (from a software point of view) "bugs" in magical spells, and on a shadowy group of sorcerers. Max Merlin -- Barnard Hughes Zachary Rogers -- Clark Brandon Leo Samuels -- Jonathan Prince Alexandra -- Elaine Joyce My Secret Identity, Syndicated, 1988-1991, to be done No Soap, Radio, ABC, 15 Apr 1982-13 May 1982 should I include this here because of its spoofs on science fiction films such as "The Day Everyone's Name Became Al"? Once A Hero, ABC, 19 Sep 1987-3 Oct 1987 Comicbook hero crosses into real world (as in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?") where his superpowers don't operate. The episode starring Adam West (Batman) never aired. Captain Justice/Brad Steele -- Jeff Lester Abner Bevis -- Milo O'Shea Emma Greely -- Caitlin Clarke Woody Greely -- Josh Blake Gumshoe -- Robert Forster Eddie Kybo -- David Wohl Rachel Kirk -- Dianne Kay Gent -- William Griffis Otherworld, CBS, 26 Jan 1985-16 Mar 1985 Otherworld Guide @ Otherworld by ftp Alternate universe series with the Great Pyramid as gateway, and therefore oddly similar to "Stargate" in some aspects. Hal Sterling -- Sam Groom June Sterling -- Gretchen Corbett Trace Sterling -- Tony O'Dell Gina Sterling -- Jonna Lee Smith Sterling -- Brandon Crane Kommander Nuveen Kroll -- Jonathan Banks Outlaws, CBS, 28 Dec 1986-30 May 1987 Another Sci-Fi/Western crossover. In 1899 Sheriff John Grail was about to capture Harland Pike's gang of bankrobbers in Texas (with which he himself had been formerly affiliated) when a lightning storm threw him and the gang into the Texas on 90 years later. They spent their gold coins to buy the Double Eagle Ranch, and started the Double Eagle Detective Agency to bring 19th Century standards of justice to a flabby contemprary southwest. They wore modern knockoffs of their period costumes, used old-fashioned weapons, had trouble controlling Harland's brother Billy (read "Billy Carter"). Despite endless gunfights, none of them were ever seriously injured. Lt. Maggie Randall was their liaison to the Houston Police Department, and developed a crush on John Grail. Sheriff John Grail -- Rod Taylor Harland Pike -- William Lucking Wolfson "Wolf" Lucas -- Charles Napier Isaiah "Ice" McAdams -- Richard Roundtree ("Shaft") Billy Pike -- Patrick Houser Lt. Maggie Randall -- Christine Belford Out of This World, Syndicated, Sep 1987 Evie's powers, out of place in Northern California, came from her father Troy from the planet "Antareus", with whom she communicated by a FTL communicator cube similar to Ursula K. Le Guin's "Ansible" which, by the way, is not only now the name of a well-respected fanzine, but is also an anagram of "Lesbian" -- go figure. Donna Garland -- Donna Pescow Evie Garland (at 13) -- Maureen Flanigan Mayor Kyle Applegate -- Doug McClure Beano Froelich -- Joe Alaskey Buzz -- Buzz Belmondo Troy (voice) -- Burt Reynolds Lindsay Selkirk -- Christina Nigra (occasional) Phil -- John Roarke (occasional) Quigley Handlesman -- Carl Steven (occasional) Chris Fuller -- Stephen J. Burke (occasional) [not to be confused with Out of This World, ITV (Great Britain), 1962] [not to be confused with Out of This World, ABC, 1952] The Phoenix, ABC, 19 Mar 1982-15 Sep 1982 Born as a 26 Apr 1981 movie special, this was reprised as a short-run series. Bennu was a, emissary from an alien planet with a dying race, who came to earth in the 4th Century A.D. and was preserved in an Andean tomb, being somehow revived by modern Inca-hunting archeologists. His motivation: to find his partner Mira, buried half-alive somewhere else in the Americas, while protecting the environment with his necklace-worn amulet. Preminger was the government agent tasked with capturing Bennu and putting his powers to work for covert intelligence purposes. Bennu of the Golden Light -- Judson Scott Preminger -- Richard Lynch The Powers of Matthew Star, NBC, 17 Sep 1982-11 Sep 1983 The Powers of Matthew Star Guide @ Most High School students feel alienated, but Matthew Starr of Crestridge High really was, as Crown Prince of planet Quadris, exiled to Earth to do his homework on telekinesis and telepathy. He fought monstrous and robotic goons from the tyranny that outsed his Dad, while pretending to be the adopted son of Walt Shepard, whom Lou Gossett Jr. almost made plausible as combination Science Teacher/Football Coach, otherwise the least likely plot element. And I speak as a graduate of Caltech, where the football team had higher IQs than weights (in pounds). The series was supposed to premiere in September 1981, but was delayed a year due to Peter Barton's being seriously burned during filming. The show lost its focus about halfway through, when Matt developed transmutation and astral projection, while fighting spies for Major Wymore, and still somehow having time to hang out with buddy Bob and try getting past first base with Pam. Matthew Starr -- Peter Barton Walt Shepard -- Louis Gosset, Jr. Pam Elliott (1982) -- Amy Steel Bob Alexander (1982) -- Chip Frye Major Wymore (1982) -- James Karen Probe, ABC, 7 Mar 1988-29 June 1988 A series too literate for television, thanks to co-creator Isaac Asimov (who was active in both Science Fiction Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, and Mensa). Austin James, from a base of operations called "the batcave", was a scientific genius -- a cross between Isaac Asimov himself, Science Officer Spock, and Sherlock Holmes. Each episode's plot was based on an actual scientific fact or theory. Austin and secretary/sidekick Mickey (the Dr. Watson to Austin's Sherlock Holmes) would solve each crime by analysis of clues in the laboratory part of the warehouse/batcave. Police arrested the perpetrator every time, invariably surprising the criminal who thought that he was too clever for the cops to nab. If you enjoyed this show, I strongly recommend that you buy any of the mystery novels of Isaac Asimov. He told me, in the blueroom at NBC before we did the NBC-TV Today Show together, that "Muder at the A.B.A." was his personal favorite -- it deals with a murder at a convention, and has wicked insights into science fiction fandom, literary agents, book deals, and the like. Isaac Asimov [see the Ultimate Mystery/Detective Web Guide] also wrote a series of "Black Widow" mystery stories, about crimes solved by a waiter at a weekly restaurant gathering of authors. Austin James -- Parker Stevenson Mickey Castle -- Ashley Crow Created By -- Dr. Isaac Asimov [see Authors page] and Michael Wagner (Hill Street Blues story editor) Q.E.D., 23 Mar 1982-27 Apr 1982 Does Q.E.D. stand for "Quod Erat Demonstrandum" (a phrase used at the end of a mathematical proof, meaning "what was meant to be demonstrated") or -- as they whisper at Caltech -- "Quantum Electrodynamics?" This shortlived show was "The Wild, Wild West" meets H.G. Wells' England (1912). It is thus a cousin of both The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. and of Dr. Who. The usual mad scientist bent on global conquest -- Dr. Kilkiss -- was always thwarted by American Professor Quentin E. Deverill, an amateur detective who could throw together astonishing gimmicks, and his Cockney butler/chauffeur, for an Arthur Conan Doyle flavor (Deverill = Sherlock Holmes, Kilkiss = Moriarty, Phipps = Dr. Watson). Quentin E. Deverill -- Sam Waterston Phipps -- George Innes Charlie Andrews -- A. C. Weary Dr. Stefan Kilkiss -- Julian Glover Jenny Martin -- Caroline Langrishe Quantum Leap, NBC, 1989-1993, to be done Quantum Leap The Ray Bradbury Theatre, HBO and USA, 1985-1987 The Ray Bradbury Theatre Guide @ Filmed in Canada and New Zealand to save money, immortal writer ray Bradbury showed a strong hand as producer of sometimes stunning, sometimes poignant, sometimes nostalgic, occasionally surprising dramatizations of some of the finest short stories to ever be screened Red Dwarf, BBC series in USA syndication on PBS, 1989-1995, to be done Red Dwarf Guide @ Shadow Chasers, ABC, 14 Nov 1985-16 Jan 1986 A semi-funny comedy/fantasy knockoff of "Ghostbusters." Professor Jonathon McKensie was an Anthropologist at the Georgetown Institute of Science, and his sidekick Edgar "Benny" Benedek was a tabloid reporter for The National Register. The no-nonsense Dr. Juliana Moorhouse dispatched the pair on missions to stop havoc caused by curses, ghosts, graverobbers, and other parapsychological riff-raff. Professor Jonathon McKensie -- Trevor Eve Edgar "Benny" Benedek -- Dennis Dugan Dr. Juliana Moorhouse -- Nina Foch Something Is Out There, NBC, 1988, to be done Something Is Out There (X-Files) Something Is Out There Guide @ Space, CBS, 4 July 1987-25 July 1987 9-hour re-edit of 13-hour mini-series (April 1985) of James Michener's novel "Space." Norman Grant -- James Garner Elinor Grant -- Susan Anspach Penny Hardesty Pope -- Blar Brown Stanley Mott -- Bruce Dern Rachel Mott -- Melinda Dillon Leopold Strabismus (Martin Scorcella) -- David Dukes Dieter Kolff -- Michael York Liesl Kolff -- Barbara Sukowa Randy Claggett -- Beau Bridges Debbie Dee Claggett -- Stephanie Faracy John Pope -- Harry Hamlin Senator Glancey -- Martin Balsam Finnerty -- James Sutorius Tucker Thomas -- G. D. Dpradlin Cindy Rhee -- Maggie Han Funkhauser -- Wolf Kahler Marcia Grant -- Jennifer Runyon Skip Morgan -- David Spielberg Starman, ABC, 19 Sep 1986-4 Sep 1987 Starman Guide about 250 Kbytes @ Television sequel to 1984 film Paul Forrester/Starman -- Robert Hays Scott Hayden -- C. B. Barnes George Fox -- Michael Cavanaugh Star Trek: The Next Generation, Syndicated, 1987-1994 Star Trek: The Next Generation Guide @ Captain Jean-Luc Picard -- Patrick Stewart Commander William Riker -- Jonathan Frakes Lt. Geordi La Forge -- LaVar Burton Lt. Tasha Yar (1987-88) -- Denise Crosby Lt. Worf -- Michael Dorn Dr. Beverly Crusher -- Gates McFadden Counselor Deanna Troi -- Marina Sirtis Lt. Cmdr. Data -- Brent Spiner Wesley Crusher -- Wil Wheaton Street Hawk, ABC, 1985, to be done Superboy, Syndicated, 1988-1992, to be done Tales from the Darkside, Syndicated, Sep 1984-? Low-budget series of Twilight-Zonish downer episodes, sometimes with creepy surprise twist endings. Narrator -- Paul Sparer Guest Stars -- Harry Anderson, Justine Bateman, Eddie Bracken, Peggy Cass, Phyllis Diller, Bill Macy, Jean Marsh, Darrin McGavin, Arnold Stang, Connie Stevens, Fritz Weaver, Keenan Wynn, others T. J. Hooker, 13 Mar 1982-17 Sep 1987 listed here only for the one episode (Feb 1983) where William Shatner, as Sgt. T. J. Hooker encounters Leonard Nimoy, as a psychiatrically disturbed police oficer whose daughter was raped. For this one episode, these two "Star Trek" stars were reunited. The Twilight Zone [new], CBS, 1985-1987; Syndicated, 1987-1988 Kudos to Harlan Ellison for quitting his $5,000/week position as Creative Consultant when the network censors objected to his passionate defense of a superb Christmas episode based on the creepy but ultimately pro-diversity story "Nackles." More about this show later. The Twilight Zone Home Page V, NBC, 26 Oct 1984-5 July 1985 Two popular miniseries became a weekly series. "V" abbreviates "Visitors" -- the aliens who offered to barter their high technology for terrestrial minerals. Or so their PR firm said. A handfull of sceptics uncovered the malignant nature of the Visitors as the aliens systematically took over the earth and liquidated almost all resistance. Beneath their humanoid features, they were really carnivorous lizards, who considered humans little more than walking sushi. The good guys drive off the baddies with a bacterial red dust, reminiscent of the germs that defeated H.G. Wells' Martians. The weekly series started with a Nuremberg-like trial of the captured Visitor leader Diana -- many parallels between Visitors and Nazis recur throughout the series. Diana escapes and conquers earth again, thanks to the Vichy collaborators -- umm, I mean Scientific Frontiers Corp. which manufactures the red dust, and is led by immoral Nathan Bates. TV anchor Mike Donovan -- who had broken the story on the Visitors' evil nature -- leads the resistance, with the help of scientist Julie, plus Elias and Ham. Their headquarters was the Club Creole. They were aided by a turncoat Visitor Willie, and a woman named Robin who had had an affair with an alien and given birth to a semi-alien baby, a preposterously absurd idea to anyone who has a clue about evolutionary biology. The impossible halfbreed ages rapidly to become Elizabeth, the key to the Visitors' destruction, along with Nathan Bates' son Kyle, and a vistor faction leader named Lydia. Charles, Lt. James and Martin were Visitor officers sympathetic to the humans -- you know, nice Nazis. Peace between humans and Visitors is somehow achieved on Earth, while Elizabeth and an infatuated Kyle head for the Visitors' home world, to foment what, we never find out. Willie "goes native" and decides to stay on Earth. Mike Donovan -- Marc Singer Dr. Julia Parrish -- Faye Grant Diana -- Jane Badler Nathan Bates -- Lane Smith Robin Maxwell -- Blair Tefkin Elizabeth (teenaged) -- Jennifer Cooke Ham Tyler -- Michael Ironside Elias -- Michael Wright Willie -- Robert Englund Kyle Bates -- Jeff Yagher Lydia -- June Chadwick Howard K. Smith -- himself (opens each episode with newscast) Sean Donovan -- Nicky Katt Mr. Chiang -- Aki Aleong Charles -- Duncan Regehr Lt. James (1985) -- Judson Scott Martin/Philip (1985) -- Frank Ashmore Voyagers, NBC, 3 Oct 1982-31 July 1983 Voyagers Guide @ Juvenile/educational science fiction about two time travellers making sure that historical events happen as they're supposed to (ripped off from Poul Anderson's "Time Patrol"). When his Way-back, I mean "Omni", breaks down, Time Cop Phineas Bogg's history book is eaten by Manhattanite Jeffrey Jones' dog. Fortunately, young Jones knows lots of history, and kids in the audience were encouraged to go to the library to find out more. Not a bad idea, if it ever worked. Phineas Bogg -- Jon-Erik Hexum Jeffrey Jones -- Meeno Peluce Werewolf, Fox, 11 July 1987-??? Grad Student Eric Cord is bitten by suicidal werewolf buddy Ted, thus becoming a wereworlf himself, unless and until he can kill "the source of the bloodline" -- Captain Janos Skorzeny. Skorzeny is eventually dispatched, but is a false lead -- Eric must find and destroy the 2,000 year-old wolfman Nicholas Remy. And I thought I had a tough time in grad school... Eric Cord -- John J. York Alamo Joe Rogan -- Lance Legault Janos Skorzeny (1987-88) -- Chuck Connors (occasional) Nicholas Remy (1988-) -- Brian Thompson Dr. Stephen Kaplan, Parapsychologist -- himself The Wizard, CBS, 9 Sep 1986-7 July 1987 Simon McKay was a professional toy inventor, but as a hobby, he created devices to help the handicapped, assisted the government spymasters, and helped the downtrodden with ingenious gadgets and kindliness. Government agent Alex Jagger was supposed to keep an eye on him, and act as bodyguard as they circled the globe on a combination of charity and intrigue. This was the promising show starring David Rappaport, the four-foot-tall actor with a heart of gold, witty and exuberantly talented. After this show failed to be renewed, David Rappaport was a continuing character on "L.A. Law." Divorced, abandoned by his girlfriend, and repeatedly jerked around by the network (which kept promising him another series, and then breaking its promise), David Rappaport committed suicide. One could say that he really died of a broken heart. I, webmaster Jonathan Vos Post, was uncredited co-author/rewriter of the most popular episode ever, written by Stephen Barnes. This episode was a twist on Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics, involving a robot who loses consciousness and awakens with a bloody arm -- and a dead man on the floor. I created the motive, the means, and the resolution, and got nothing out of this except for the character in that episode named "Dr. Post." My wife (who really does have a Ph.D.) spotted David Rappaport poolside at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood during a Science Fiction Writers of America Nebula Awards banquet, engaged him in conversation, and sent him over to talk to the fiction editor of Omni Magazine (Ellen Datlow) and others. SFWA President Charles Sheffield invited David Rappaport to give a keynote address at the awards banquet. He improvised the most intelligent and entertaining talk I've ever heard given to this group. To this day, I wonder if his agent ever forwarded the invitations we mailed to him, in an effort to cheer him up during the bleak final days of his life. Simon McKay -- David Rappaport Alex Jagger -- Douglas Barr Tillie Russell, Housekeeper -- Fran Ryan Wizards and Warriors, CBS, 26 Feb 1983-14 May 1983 Swords and Sorcery, perhaps inspired by the success of the TSR game "Dungeons and Dragons", with a soupcon of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Prince Erik Greystone -- Jeff Conaway Marko -- Walter Olkewicz Prince Dirk Blackpool -- Duncan Regehr Princess Ariel -- Julia Duffy Wizard Vector -- Clive Revill King Baaldorf -- Tom Hill Wizard Tranquil -- Ian Wolfe Geoffrey Blackpool -- Tim Dinigan Justin Greystone -- Jay Kerr Queen Lattinia -- Julia Payne (who did not like being called "That Royal Payne on the set) Bethel -- Randi Brooks Cassandra -- Phyllis Katz Oriental Guard -- Lonnie Wun RETURN TO TOP OF CHRONOLOGICAL TV PAGE

1990s: Science Fiction TV 1990-1999

The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., Fox, 1993-1994 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. @ The most recent cross-over Western/Fantasy series. Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers, animated, 1996?? Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers Babylon 5, Syndicated, 1994-Present Babylon 5 Guide @ Superior science fiction series with an overall plot, and not merely episodic. Based on a decade of development, including feedback throughout by fans at science fiction conventions. {to be done} Production Company -- Babylonian Productions Executive Producer -- Douglas Netter, J. Michael Straczynski Creator/Producer -- J. Michael Straczynski Director of Photography -- John C. Flinn III, ASC Origination Format -- Super 35mm Film-to-Tape Transfer Facility -- LaserPacific Color Correction Facility -- LaserPacific Colorist -- Bruce Pearson Offline Facility -- Netter Digital Entertainment Offline Editors -- David Foster, Skip Robinson, Suzy Sternlicht Offline Editing System Manufacturer -- Avid Online Tape Format -- Digital Betacam Audio Editing/Mixing Facility -- EFX Systems Audio Mixing/Sweetening System Manufacturer -- AMS Neve Show Telephone Number -- (818) 753-1994 Agamemnon's Babylon 5 Sound Site Biker Mice from Mars, animated, 1995?? Biker Mice from Mars Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures, Fox, 1992 Based on the surprisingly enjoyable pair of feature films about the good-natured but dimwitted teenagers from San Dimas who find themselves seriously out of their depths in time travel adventures. Blade Squad, Fox, Fall 1998 Cops on rollerblades in the future. Two-hour pilot will air in September 1998, and will become series if ratings are good... Blake's 7, BBC (aired in USA on KOCE), 1992-1993 The Burning Zone, UPN, Fall 1996 The Burning Zone @ cdsnet Count Duckula, animated, 1995?? Count Duckula Self-conscious parody of superhero/dark fantasy tropes. Dark Skies, NBC, Fall 1996 Dark Skies Dark Skies Guide @ Production Company -- Rosecrans Executive Producer -- Jim Parriott, Bryce Zabel Director of Photography -- Steve Vaconelli Origination Format -- 35mm Film-to-Tape Transfer Facility -- Digital Magic Company Color Correction Facility -- Digital Magic Company Colorists -- Paul Roman, Todd Dusenberry Show Telephone Number -- (818) 771-1612 Deadly Games, UPN, 1995-1996 Deadly Games @ cdsnet Deadly Games Guide @ Earth 2, NBC, 1994-1995 Earth2: A Gaian Hypothesis Earth2 @ Earth2 @ Earth 2 Guide @ Eerie Indiana, Fox 1995, revived 1997 Eerie Indiana @ America's heartland is stranger than you think. Twilight Zone meets "Blue Velvet." Far Out Space Nuts, animated, 1995??? Far Out Space Nuts @ The Flash, 1991??? The Flash @ Based on the classic comic book superhero. He was an attractive character to me because, unlike the over-powered under-achieving Superman, The Flash had a singe super-power -- namely the ability to move extremely rapidly, from which all secondary abilities were derived. This was loosely based on the H.G. Wells story "The New Accelerator." Future Quest, to be done, 1996 Future Quest Gargoyles, animated, to be done, 1995?? Gargoyles List @ Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, 1995?? Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Production Company -- Pacific Renaissance Pictures Executive Producer -- Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert Director of Photography -- John Mahaffie Origination Format -- 35mm Film-to-Tape Transfer Facility -- Digital Post Color Correction Facility -- Anderson Video Colorists -- Kevin Kirwan, Joy Gaston Offline Facility -- Anderson Video Offline Editors -- Steve Polivka, ACE; David Blewitt, ACE Offline Editing System Manufacturer -- Lightworks Online Facility -- Anderson Video Online Tape Format -- Digital Betacam Audio Editing/Mixing Facility -- Digital Sound & Picture Audio Editing System Manufacturer -- Dawn, Sample Cell, Digidesign, Studio Vision Supervising Sound Editor -- Philip Tallman Audio Mixing/Sweetening System Manufacturer -- Euphonix Show Telephone Number -- (818) 777-8233 Highlander: The Series, Syndicated, 1992-Present (Official) Highlander: The Series Season 1 (Official) Highlander: The Series season 2 (Official) Highlander: The Series season 3 (Official) Highlander: The Series season 4 more hotlinks to be added -- huge cult audience now with conventions "Gatherings" Production Company -- Gaumont Television, Filmline International Executive Producer -- Peter S. Davis, William Ranzer, Christian Charret, Marla Ginsburg, Denis Leroy Director of Photography -- Rick Wincenty Origination Format -- 16mm Film-to-Tape Transfer Facility -- Gastown Post Color Correction Facility -- Gastown Post Colorists -- Margot Vanderham, Achim Kapitza Offline Facility -- In-house Offline Editors -- Lara Mazur, David M. Richardson Offline Editing System Manufacturer -- Lightworks Online Facility -- Gastown Post Online Editors -- Greg Krantz, Fred Richters Online Tape Format -- DCT Audio Editing/Mixing Facility -- Post Modern Sound Audio Editing System Manufacturer -- N.E.D. Supervising Sound Editor -- Tony Gronick Audio Mixing/Sweetening System Manufacturer -- AMS Neve Show Telephone Number -- (604) 873-9033 Hollyweird, Fox, Winter 1998 Created by Wes Craven and Shaun Cassidy, the pilot being cast as of Feb 1998 is about two kids from Ohio who relocate to Southern California, where they start working for a local cable TV show to solve bizarre and weird crimes, pilot to air November 1998 and will become series if ratings are good Homeboys from Outer Space, UPN, Fall 1996 Homeboys from Outer Space @ cdsnet Jay Leno quipped (27-28 Dec 1996) that this would, in 1997, be subtitled in "ebonics" Production Company -- Sweet Lorraine Productions with Touchstone Television Executive Producer -- Ehrich Van Lowe Director of Photography -- Walter Glover Origination Format -- 1" Film-to-Tape Transfer Facility -- ??? Color Correction Facility -- 4MC Colorists -- ??? Offline Facility -- Walt Disney Offline Editor -- Mike Gavaldon Offline Editing System Manufacturer -- Avid Online Facility -- ??? Online Editors -- ??? Online Tape Format -- Digital Betacam Audio Editing/Mixing Facility -- 4MC Audio Editing System Manufacturer -- Digidesign Supervising Sound Editor -- Tamara Johnson Audio Mixing/Sweetening System Manufacturer -- ??? Show Telephone Number -- (818) 560-7915 New Adventures of Jonny Quest, partly 3-D computer animated, based on old animated series of Jonny Quest (ABC, 18 Sep 1964-9 Sep 1965), {to be done} Jupiter Moon, British, 1990s Jupiter Moon This is the official site for JUPITER MOON. The 1990's British science fiction drama serial. Thanks for this information to: Nathan Cooke 23 Walter Street Stockton-on-Tees United Kingdom TS18 3PW Kindred: The Embraced, 1996??? Kindred: The Embraced Legend, UPN, 1995 {to be done} Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, ABC, 1993-Present Lois & Clark: Ultimate Guide to Clark Kent's Ties Production Company -- Warner Bros. Executive Producer -- Bob Singer, Eugenie Ross-Lerning, Brad Buckner Director of Photography -- Kenneth D. Zunder Origination Format -- super 35mm Film-to-Tape Transfer Facility -- Foto-Tronics Color Correction Facility -- Foto-Tronics Colorists -- Don Pipes, Howard Broderson Offline Facility -- Warner Bros. Offline Editors -- David Ekstrom, John Showalter, Anthony Pinker Offline Editing System Manufacturer -- Avid Online Facility -- 525 Post Production Online Editor -- Alex Romano Online Tape Format -- D1 Audio Editing/Mixing Facility -- Warner Bros. Studios Sound Audio Editing System Manufacturer -- ??? Supervising Sound Editor -- Mike Lawshe Audio Mixing/Sweetening System Manufacturer -- ??? Show Telephone Number -- (818) 954-2559 Lost on Earth, USA Network, 4 Jan 1997 Lost on Earth USA Network has previously brought us "Weird Science" and "Duckman", both of which have something to recommend themselves. Well, two out of three ain't bad. A TV reporter in Albuquerque, David Rudy, is demoted by his boss-from-hell, after an absurd incident with a chimp. David is romantically involved with his boss' daughter, and avoids being fired by agreeing to host a juvenile puppet show. The show turns out to have puppets which are really extraterrestrials stuck on our planet. Alien puppets and TV is a mix tried twice that I can think of off-hand: Johnny Jupiter (1953) and ALF (1986-90), but it doesn't accomplish what either of those did, let alone the conceptually-related Mystery Science Theatre 3000. I'm trying to say something nice, but I can't come up with anything yet. Sorry. David Rudy -- Tim Conlon (Wild Oats) boss -- Paul Gleason boss' daughter -- Stacy Galina Maniac Mansion, Family Channel, 1990-1993, to be done Maniac Mansion M.A.N.T.I.S., Fox, 1994-1995 M.A.N.T.I.S. Guide @ The first superhero/science fiction show starring an African-American, damaged by the network toning down the racial/civil rights subplots, but otherwise a promising series. Men in Black, late 1997 or early 1998 Spin-off from the Columbia movie Men in Black Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, 1992??? Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Parent everywhere lament the success of this ultra-low budget low-quality series revamped and redubbed from a pathetic Japanese series. Except, of course, for parents who then enroll their kids in Martial Arts classes, where the kids actually learn some discipline. Millennium, Fox, October 1996-present, to be done Millennium, created by Chris "X-Files" Carter, was renewed for a second season, even though it's ratings were indifferent (80th out of 118 shows on major networks), meaning that it is seen by a mere 10,700,000 viewers each week. Sometimes quality does beat quantity. Millennium @ foxworld Millennium @ aol The best new series of the 1996 season? many think so. Production Company -- Ten-Thirteen Productions Executive Producer -- Chris Carter Director of Photography -- Robert McLaughlin Origination Format -- 35mm Film-to-Tape Transfer Facility -- Gastown Post, colorist: Tim Kinoshita/Gastown Post Color Correction Facility -- Encore Video Colorist -- Phil Azenzer Offline Facility -- In-house Offline Editors -- Stephen Mark, Chris Willingham, George Potter Offline Editing System Manufacturer -- Avid Online Facility -- Encore Video Online Editor -- Bob Minshall Online Tape Format -- DCT Audio Editing/Mixing Facility -- West Productions Supervising Sound Editor -- Mark R. Crokston Audio Editing System Manufacturer -- Waveframe Audio Mixing/Sweetening System Manufacturer -- Dolby Show Telephone Number -- (310) 369-1130 Mystery Science Theater 3000, Comedy Central, 1991-1996 , to be done and the Sci-Fi Channel, 1997 Nightmare Cafe, NBC, 1992, to be done Nowhere Man, to be done, 1995??? Nowhere Man @ Ocean Girl, to be done, 1996?? Ocean Girl @ The Outer Limits [new], Showtime and Syndication, 1995-Present The Outer Limits (unofficial) The Outer Limits (official) The Outer Limits Guide @ Production Company -- Trilogy, MGM, Atlantis Executive Producer -- Richard B, Lewis, Pen Densham, John Watson Director of Photography -- Rick Wincenty Origination Format -- super 16mm Film-to-Tape Transfer Facility -- Gastown Post Color Correction Facility -- Gastown Post Colorist -- Richard Cordes, Achim Kapitza Offline Facility -- The Bridge Offline Editors -- Judy Andreson, Brad Rines, Ron Yashida Offline Editing System Manufacturer -- Lightworks Online Facility -- Gastown Post Online Editor -- Fred Richters, Flavid Bidese Online Tape Format -- DCT Audio Editing/Mixing Facility -- Sharpe Sound Supervising Sound Editor -- Jacqueline Christiane Audio Editing System Manufacturer -- D.A.W.N. Audio Mixing/Sweetening System Manufacturer -- Amek Show Telephone Number -- (604) 299-7119 [see also the old Outer Limits (1960s)] Pinky & the Brain, animated, to be done, 1996??? Pinky & the Brain Poltergeist: the Legacy, Showtime, 1996-Present, to be done Poltergeist: the Legacy Production Company -- Trilogy, MGM, PMP Executive Producer -- Richard B, Lewis, Pen Densham, John Watson Director of Photography -- Brenton Spencer Origination Format -- super 16mm Film-to-Tape Transfer Facility -- Gastown Post Color Correction Facility -- Gastown Post Colorist -- Sue Chambers, Ernie Moser Offline Facility -- The Bridge Offline Editors -- Eric Hill, Rick Martin, Stein Myhrstad Offline Editing System Manufacturer -- ??? Online Facility -- Gastown Post Online Editor -- Flavid Bidese, Greg Krantz Online Tape Format -- DCT Audio Editing/Mixing Facility -- Sharpe Sound Supervising Sound Editor -- Anke Bakker Audio Editing System Manufacturer -- D.A.W.N. Audio Mixing/Sweetening System Manufacturer -- Amek Show Telephone Number -- (604) 299-7119 ReBoot, the first all-computer-graphics animated series; to be done, 1995?? Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, ABC, 1997 "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" is now the centerpiece of ABC's child-oriented Friday night programming, having been promoted from the 8:30 to the anchor 9:00 p.m. slot, and it has a great deal working in its favor. My 8-year-old likes the show, and when I've been stuck with watching it, I rather enjoyed it too. Here's why. As kid-TV goes, "Sabrina" has a real superstar: Melissa Joan Hart. Melissa Joan Hart previously starred in the 1991-1994 Nickolodeon hit "Clarissa Explains It All" which my son, myself, and even my sophisticated wife enjoyed. Melissa Joan Hart's mother is one of the Executive Producers of "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" and one might reasonably infer that the new show was constructed as a vehicle for Mom's talented daughter. Melissa is a sweet, spunky, cheerful young teen -- but with an edge to her character which expreses itself in realistic disdain for a younger brother (in Clarissa), in a subtle rebelliousness against the adult world, and in a pragmatic but often bungling scheming sneakiness. She carries all of these aspects into the new role, where she is supported rather than thwarted by adults, in the persons of the equally blonde, equally magical Aunt Hilda and Aunt Zelda. Men in this show are virtually powerless. The cute, eager-to-please but dim-bulb boyfriend is typical of the sisterhood-is-powerful feminist subtext. Adolescence itself is thematic, as Sabrina discovers on her 16th birthday that she has witchly strengths, when she finds herself levitating in her sleep, so there is an equation here that power = magic = sexuality. And yet Sabrina is as ill-prepared to deal with the adult world as any teenager, and her magic usually backfires in instructive ways. The lesson to kids is "don't try to be what you are not", mixed with "watch out for what you wish for -- you might just get it!" As Robert Lloyd points out in "Go Girls -- Sabrina and Alex Mack", L.A. Weekly, 24 January 1997, p.32, "As is not uncommon in modern juvenile fiction and film -- think [Roald] Dahl, think [Daniel] Pinkwater, if you're lucky enough to know the 'Snarkout Boys' books -- both shows celebrate the marginal, embrace the eccentric and prize the individual. 'I like weird, I love weird, I bask in the glow of weird' exults Sabrina's best friend, Jenny (the delightful Michelle Beaudoin).... 'Sabrina, the Teenage Witch' and 'The Secret World of Alex Mack' are of course, beneath the [special effects], just shows about growing up. But that's an Olympian struggle, after all, in which these principles prevail ultimately not by science nor by spells -- most of Sabrina's go wrong by working All Too Well -- but by wit, and thoughtfulness and conscience and compromise." To keep parent hooked, and to allow kids to stay awake until 9:30, the show has roped an amazing range of guest stars. In the first three weeks alone, we've seen Brady Anderson (Baltimore Oriole's star), Coolio, Brian Austin Green, Deborah Harry, Penn & Teller, Sally Jesse Raphael, Randy Travis, Jack Wagner, and Raquel Welch. "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" is a character from the successful and well-established "Archie" comic book franchise. Disclaimer: your humble webmaster's father, Samuel H. Post was the editor of "Archie for a year or so, and produced a live-action sitcom pilot that was displaced by the animated "Archies" show. This show is trying hard to please, and hoping to become the new "Bewitched!" Production Company -- Viacom Productions Executive Producer -- Nell Scovell, Paula Hart Cast: Sabrina -- Melissa Joan Hart (Clarissa Explains It All, Touched by an Angel [guest], Twisted Desire [TV movie]) Aunt Hilda -- Caroline Rhea (Pride and Joy) Aunt Zelda -- Beth Broderick (The Five Mrs. Buchanans, Bonfire of the Vanities) Harvey (friendly but dim boyfriend) -- ?? Jenny -- Michelle Beaudoin Cat (warlock punished for trying to conquer Earth) -- cat Guest Stars -- Brady Anderson (Baltimore Oriole's star), Coolio, Brian Austin Green, Deborah Harry, Penn & Teller, Sally Jesse Raphael, Randy Travis, Jack Wagner, Raquel Welch Director of Photography -- Ron Vargas, ASC Origination Format -- 35mm Film-to-Tape Transfer Facility -- Modern Videofilm Color Correction Facility -- Modern Videofilm Colorist -- Dan Judy Offline Facility -- ??? Offline Editor -- Stuart Bass, ACE Offline Editing System Manufacturer -- Avid Online Facility -- Modern Videofilm Online Editor -- ??? Online Tape Format -- Digital Betacam Audio Editing/Mixing Facility -- Modern Sound Supervising Sound Editor -- Wilson Dyer Audio Editing System Manufacturer -- ??? Audio Mixing/Sweetening System Manufacturer -- ??? Show Telephone Number -- (818) 760-5135 Sailor Moon, exteremely popular and sophisticated Japanimation, to be done SeaQuest DSV, NBC, 1993-1996, to be done SeaQuest DSV: Lucas' SeaQuest DSV 4600 Page Second Noah, [US/British production aired in US], to be done, 1997 Production Company -- MT2 Services, New World Television Executive Producer -- Pamela K. Long Director of Photography -- Michael Fash, BSC Origination Format -- 16mm Film-to-Tape Transfer Facility -- Encore Video Color Correction Facility -- Encore Video Colorist -- Chris Jacobsen Offline Facility -- ??? Offline Editor -- Karl Jacobsen, Michael Belling, Nancy Forner Offline Editing System Manufacturer -- Avid Online Facility -- Encore Video Online Editor -- Brian Baxter Online Tape Format -- DCT Audio Editing/Mixing Facility -- Todd AO Supervising Sound Editor -- Patrick O'Sullivan Audio Editing System Manufacturer -- ??? Audio Mixing/Sweetening System Manufacturer -- ??? Show Telephone Number -- (310) 887-3800 The Secret World of Alex Mack The Secret World of Alex Mack, Nickelodeon, 1996, juvenile Children can enjoy, and learn from, the new Nickelodian series "The Secret World of Alex Mack" which airs Tuesday snad Thursdays at 8:00 p.m., and learn in particular that it is okay to be different, and that you must earn what you desire. The hook at the start of each show is Larisa Oleynik, as Alex Mack, narrating "I was just an average kid until an accident changed my life." The accident (typical of comic book superheroes) is dunking in an experimental chemical that gives her the power of telekinesis (she can levitate and thrown objects without touching them), force-field generation, the ability to (Zeus-like) throw electrical bolts and fireballs from her fingertips, and the "Terminator" morphing ability to collapse into mobile liquid metal, flow where she will, and reconsitute. "I guess I'm not so average anymore," she admits, and then each episode begins. As in the somewhat similar "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch", Alex discovers in each episode that her "awesome powers" will not help her with the social or academic pressures of school, nor with her failures in the dating scene, nor with her being in the shadow of a super-bright older sister (nicely played by Meredith Bishop), nor with the situational complications caused by her strange group of peers, nor by the evil corporate power of a local industrial chemical factory (parallel to Mr. Burns' atomic plant in "The Simpsons) with the cheerfully chilling slogan "Progress At Any Cost." Alex and her friends are fated to be the outcasts in their suburban subculture, ignored by adults, insulted by the popular clique at school, and plagued by anxiety. As Robert Lloyd points out in "Go Girls -- Sabrina and Alex Mack", L.A. Weekly, 24 January 1997, p.32, "As is not uncommon in modern juvenile fiction and film -- think [Roald] Dahl, think [Daniel] Pinkwater, if you're lucky enough to know the 'Snarkout Boys' books -- both shows celebrate the marginal, embrace the eccentric and prize the individual. 'I like weird, I love weird, I bask in the glow of weird' exults Sabrina's best friend, Jenny (the delightful Michelle Beaudoin).... 'Sabrina, the Teenage Witch' and 'The Secret World of Alex Mack' are of course, beneath the [special effects], just shows about growing up. But that's an Olympian struggle, after all, in which these principles prevail ultimately not by science nor by spells -- most of Sabrina's go wrong by working All Too Well -- but by wit, and thoughtfulness and conscience and compromise." Cast: Alex Mack -- Larisa Oleynik [older sister] -- Meredith Bishop Location: "Paradise Valley" -- Valencia, California Novelization: book by Patricia Barnes-Svarney She-Wolf of London, Syndicated, 1990-1991, to be done Sliders, Fox, 1995-Present, to be done Sliders Guide @ An entertaining episodic series about uncontrolled travel through alternative universes, a science fiction concept pioneered by George R. R. Martin's television pilot {to be done}. This is in the genre of Alternate History, a well-established subset of science fiction where we assume that some key event happened other than the way it really happened, and that history thereafter went in a different direction. Space: Above and Beyond, Fox, 1995-1996, to be done Space: Above and Beyond Guide @ Big budget Space Opera with good special effects and occasionally powerful drama. Space Cases, Nickelodian, 1995-Present, to be done Space Cases Guide @ Unfortunately co-created by Billy Mumy (Lost in Space) this is surely the worst live-action science fiction juvenile today. Space Ghost Coast to Coast, to be done (1995???) Space Precinct, Syndicated, 1994-1995, to be done Space Rangers, CBS, 1993, to be done Space Rangers Guide @ Spawn, HBO, 16 May 1997 Spawn -- the Movie Hero dies in combat in Vietnam, and comes back to half-life seeking revenge (hey, it worked for "The Crow"). The undead antihero can change shape, is internally conflicted between the dark motive of revenge and the glimmering decency of wanting to save the people he loved. He is blocked by his nemesis, the evil "Violator." Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Syndicated, 1993-Present Star Trek: The Next Generation Guide @ Production Company -- Paramount Pictures Executive Producer -- Rick Berman, Peter Lauritson Director of Photography -- Jonathan West Origination Format -- 35mm to Digital Betacam Visual Effects -- Film to D1 Film-to-Tape Transfer Facility -- Unitel Video, CIS Color Correction Facility -- CIS, Editel Colorist -- Larry Field, Steve Bowen, Don Lee Offline Facility -- In-house Offline Editor -- Steve Tucker, Michael Westmore Jr., Jonathan Ramirez Offline Editing System Manufacturer -- Avid Online Facility -- ??? Online Editor -- ??? Online Tape Format -- Digital Betacam Audio Editing/Mixing Facility -- Modern Sound Supervising Sound Editor -- Mace Matosian Audio Editing System Manufacturer -- ??? Audio Mixing/Sweetening System Manufacturer -- ??? Show Telephone Number -- (213) 956-5682 Star Trek: Voyager, UPN, 1995-Present Star Trek: Ultimate Star Trek Site Star Trek: Ultimate Trek Page Star Trek: WWW (online since 1994) Star Trek: Voyager Guide @ Production Company -- Paramount Pictures Executive Producer -- Rick Berman, Jeri Taylor Director of Photography -- Marvin Rush Origination Format -- 35mm to Digital Betacam Visual Effects -- Film to D1 Film-to-Tape Transfer Facility -- Unitel Video Color Correction Facility -- Unitel Video Colorist -- George Cvjethicanin Offline Facility -- In-house Offline Editor -- Bob Lederman, Tom Benko, Daryl Baskin Offline Editing System Manufacturer -- Avid Online Facility -- ??? Online Editor -- ??? Online Tape Format -- Digital Betacam Audio Editing/Mixing Facility -- Modern Sound Supervising Sound Editor -- Bill Wistrom Audio Editing System Manufacturer -- Synclavier, Fairlight Audio Mixing/Sweetening System Manufacturer -- Solid State Logic Show Telephone Number -- (213) 956-5682 Steven King's The Golden Years, CBS, 1991, to be done Strange Luck, to be done, 1995??? RoboCop--The Series, Syndication, 1994-1995, to be done Super Force, Syndicated, 1990-1992, to be done Swamp Thing, USA, 1990-1993, to be done Swamp Thing Guide @ Based on, but not as clever as, the comic book. Tales From The Crypt, HBO, 1991-1996; Fox, 1994-1996, to be done Anthology of occult and supernatural episodes. Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters From Beverly Hills, USA, 1994-1995, to be done Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to be done (1993???) The comic book begat the feature films and the television series and the endless merchandising... I hate to say it, but I find the show strangely comnpelling at times. Tekwar, USA, 1995, to be done They Came From Outer Space, Syndicated, 1990-1991, to be done 3rd Rock From The Sun, NBC, 1996-Present 3rd Rock From The Sun Really cool site! Content-rich, chat room, trivia contest, info on past shows, much more. We recommend this site, which shares the flavor of the excellent show: hip, funny, well-executed, and forcing you to examine your own life and customs from an unusual perspective, which is one of the keys to true science fiction. Production Company -- Carsey-Werner Productions Executive Producer -- Marcy Carsey, Tom Werner, Caryn Mandabach Director of Photography -- Ron Browne Origination Format -- 35mm Visual Effects -- Film to D1 Film-to-Tape Transfer Facility -- Complete Post Color Correction Facility -- Complete Post Colorist -- Trent Johnson, Rich Montez Offline Facility -- Complete Post Offline Editor -- Vince Humphrey Offline Editing System Manufacturer -- Avid Online Facility -- Complete Post Online Editor -- ??? Online Tape Format -- Digital Betacam Audio Editing/Mixing Facility -- Warner Bros. Studios Sound Supervising Sound Editor -- Todd Grace Audio Editing System Manufacturer -- Digidesign Audio Mixing/Sweetening System Manufacturer -- Solid State Logic Show Telephone Number -- (818) 760-6057 The Tick, animated, (1996) amusing self-conscious parody of superhero cartoons, to be done Time Trax, Syndicated, 1993-1994, to be done Time Trax Guide @ The Tomorrow People, (ITV, Great Britain, 1973) then in USA: Nickelodeon, 1994-1995 The Tomorrow People List @ Juvenile about mutant children with telepathy/teleportation. A sad decline from the same idea well-executed by Theodore Sturgeon ("Baby is Three") and Olaf Stapledon ("Odd John"). Creators/Producers -- Roger Price and Ruth Boswell Twin Peaks, brilliany quirky metaphysical detective fantasy created by David Lynch ("Blue Velvet", "Dune"), to be done (1991??) Undersea City, BBC series in USA on UPN 1995 Vampires, Fox, Fall 1997 live-action and animated series by Happy Zone Enetertainment, a Los Angeles joint venture between MSH Entertainment and New York's Abrams/Gentile Entertainment. Venus On The Half Shell, Nickelodeon, 1998 A promising science fiction comedy cobbled together from a dozen of the fictitious novels of Kilgore Trout, himself an invention of Kurt Vonnegut. V.E.N.U.S. on the Hard Drive, Fox, Midseason 1997 (announced May 1997) Two young men discover a computer intelligence, and the software comes to life as a "cyberwoman." Viper: (1994-1996) (to be done) Viper @ The Visitor, Fox, Fall 1997 (announced May 1997), Friday nights leading to Millennium: The team behind "Independence Day" produced this science fictin series, which stars John Corbett as a man who visits the Bermuda Triangle and returns with strange powers and abilities. The Visitor -- John Corbett (the DJ on "Northern Exposure") VR Troopers, (1996???) even worse imitation of Power Rangers if that's imaginable, to be done VR Troopers @ VR-5, (1996???) o be done VR-5 Guide @ Weird Science, to be done (1990s... dates???) Spun-off from the feature film shot at my alma mater, Caltech. Two college kids have created a perfect woman, who challenges their social life through lack of understanding of human society. Production Company -- St. Clare Entertainment Executive Producer -- John Landis, Leslie Belzberg, Robert Lloyd Lewis, Tom Spezialy, Alan Cross Director of Photography -- Richard Rawlings Jr. Origination Format -- super 35mm Visual Effects -- Film to D1 Film-to-Tape Transfer Facility -- Modern Videofilm Color Correction Facility -- Modern Videofilm Colorist -- Rick Dalby Offline Facility -- In-house Offline Editor -- Leon Seith, Craig A. Colton Offline Editing System Manufacturer -- Avid Online Facility -- Modern Video Online Editor -- James Spach Online Tape Format -- DT2 Audio Editing/Mixing Facility -- Larson Sound Supervising Sound Editor -- John Kincade Audio Editing System Manufacturer -- Sonics, LarTec Audio Mixing/Sweetening System Manufacturer -- Otari Show Telephone Number -- (818) 777-6007 WHAT IF: real SETI science meets science fiction on TV What If, Discovery Channel, Tuesday 14 Jan 1997 at 10 pm and 1 am (Pacific Time), and rebroadcast the following weekend. The entry here is mostly about the middle part of a 3-part"alternate history" miniseries running 13-15 Jan 1997. The 1st episode is about a big quake hitting Los Angeles. The 2nd episode is about SETI (the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), and more about that below. The 3rd episode is about what would have ahppened if Martin Luther King had become President of the United States of America. Now, about that SETI episode. It was written, produced, and directed by Englishman Mark Harrison, for a British production company working for the Discovery Channel. It's a mostly fictional story about SETI (the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) succeeding, with no real scientists in the fictional part. Then there's an afterword, separated from the fiction, with short interviews of scientists Seth Shostak, Frank Drake, and Thomas R. McDonough, Ph.D.. Most of it was filmed in the San Francisco area. Tom McDonough consulted on the script, suggesting scientific ideas to make the plot work, and correcting errors. Tom McDonough has previously been Technical Advisor on science and science fiction media productions such as the film "The Philadelphia Experiment." CARL SAGAN Eulogy by protege Tom McDonough Xena: Warrior Princess, to be done (1995???) {to be done} Popular spin-off of "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" starring Lucy Lawless, now with a devoted following that attends conventions. Most of the location shooting is done in New Zealand. Production Company -- Pacific Renaissance Pictures Executive Producer -- Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert Director of Photography -- Donald Duncan Origination Format -- 35mm Film-to-Tape Transfer Facility -- Digital Post Color Correction Facility -- Anderson Video Colorists -- Kevin Kirwan, Joy Gaston Offline Facility -- Anderson Video Offline Editors -- Robert Field, Jim Prior Offline Editing System Manufacturer -- ??? Online Facility -- Anderson Video Online Tape Format -- Digital Betacam Audio Editing/Mixing Facility -- Digital Sound & Picture Audio Editing System Manufacturer -- Dawn, Digidesign Supervising Sound Editor -- Richard Ford Audio Mixing/Sweetening System Manufacturer -- Euphonix Show Telephone Number -- (818) 777-8233 The X-Files, Fox, 1993-Present X-Files: Ultimate X-File Link Page The Lone Gunman (X-Files) X-Files: Guide1 @ X-Files: Guide2 @ Production Company -- Twentieth Century Fox Television/Ten-Thirteen Productions Executive Producer -- Chris Carter Director of Photography -- John Joffin Origination Format -- 35mm Film-to-Tape Transfer Facility -- Encore Video, Gastown Post Color Correction Facility -- Encore Video, Gastown Post Colorist -- Andrea Dixon/Gastown Post, Phil Azenzer/Encore Video Offline Facility -- In-house Offline Editors -- Heather MacDougall, Jim Gross, Michael S. Stern Offline Editing System Manufacturer -- Avid Online Facility -- Encore Video Online Editor -- Bob Minshall Online Tape Format -- DCT Audio Editing/Mixing Facility -- West Productions Supervising Sound Editor -- Thierry Jacouturier Audio Editing System Manufacturer -- TimeLine Audio Mixing/Sweetening System Manufacturer -- Neotek Show Telephone Number -- (310) 369-1130 The X-Men, (1996???) to be done Yesteryear, Nickelodeon, 1998 Zardoz: The Series, UPN, 1997 RETURN TO TOP OF CHRONOLOGICAL TV PAGE ***** miscellaneous, still to be properly placed ******* The Adventures of Superman, see "Superman, the Adventures of" Ark II, to be done Ark II Guide @ The Collective (Star Trek) Dark Shadows, DATES??? Dark Shadows Melancholy dark fantasy, reputedly the all-time favorite show of heroin addicts. {to be done} David's Home Page (Star Wars) Dracula: The Series, 1995??? Dracula: The Series Based loosely on Bram Stoker's "Dracula." DreamWatch Online Fu Manchu, see the Adventures of Fu Manchu IZAN Home Page (Star Trek) Jet Jackson -- see "Captain Midnight" The Judgment of Jupiter, UPN, 1997 A sly revisiting of Roman mythology, this series is heavily under wraps right now. The Klingon Language Institute Land of the Lost, DATES??? Land of the Giants by ftp Land of the Lost @ The Lost Saucer, DATES??? The Lost Saucer The Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5 Mann & Machine -- British, never broadcast in USA? Monsters, to be done Monsters by ftp Muppet Show -- should I put an entry here for "Pigs in Space"? -- 1980??? Should I mention NBC's Saturday Night Live for its Coneheads routine, which turned into a movie? The Omega Factor, to be done, DATES??? The Omega Factor The Q Continuum (Star Trek) The Real Ghostbusters, to be done, DATES??? Based on the hit movie with the hit song. Robotech, to be done DATES??? Rocky and his Friends, see The Bullwinkle Show Rod Serling's Night Gallery -- see Night Gallery Sci-Fi Entertainment (Trek, X-Files, Star Wars) Science Fiction Gallery (Film/TV) Sci-Fi Central (Film/TV) The SciFi Site (Film/TV) SCTV Network 90 -- Should I mention SCTV's Joe Flaherty's burned-out Dracula-host "Count Floyd" on the spoof of low-budget kiddie shows "Monster Horror Chiller Theater?" Aaaaahwoooo! cough cough... Sigmund & the Seamonsters, to be done, DATES??? Space Ghost, to be done (1960s ??) Space Striker, to be done (DATES???) Starblazers, to be done (DATES???) Starcops, to be done (DATES???) Supercar, to be done (DATES???) Superfriends, to be done (DATES???) Tales of E.S.P., see E.S.P. (DATES???) Tales of the Unknown: see Journey to the Unknown (DATES???) Teknoman, to be done (DATES???) Tom Smothers' Organic Prime Time Space Ride -- don't be fooled by the title. (DATES???) The Transformers, (DATES???) animated series based on toys first released in Japan, to be done The Tripods, superior British series, seen in US on ????, to be done Tripods TV and Sc-Fi Links: Star Trek TNG (Caltech) Ultraman, to be done (DATES???) U.N.C.L.E. -- syndicated title for "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." (see entry for that name) and "The Girl from U.N.C.L.E." Warner Brothers Animation: Animaniacs, Freakazoid, Pinky & the Brain War of the Worlds, to be done (DATES???) War of the Worlds @ RETURN TO TOP OF CHRONOLOGICAL TV PAGE

Science Fiction TELEVISION: where to go for more

check out Science Fiction TV web sites including: Strange Fun A slick and quirky website that covers Science Fiction Film reviews, Science Fiction television reviews, Comics, Star Trek, peculiar graphics, and promises to enlighten us about "Hong Kong action, Japanese anime, Hindi musicals" or whatever else tickles the webmasters' fancy. As of 12 Jan 1997, Science Fiction film reviews (with ratings, cast list, and stills) include: Bogus Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story The Island of Dr. Moreau John Carpenter's Escape from L.A. Mars Attacks 101 Dalmatians Space Jam Star Trek: First Contact There is also a weekly column on science fiction television by Ken Shapiro, and Science Fiction Video reviews (with ratings, cast list, and stills) including: The Arrival Casper The City of Lost Children Crumb Dragonheart Independence Day James and the Giant Peach Rumble in the Bronx Toy Story Twister Opinionated, pulling no punches, witty, and graphically cool, this is a web site to watch. Who knows what it might grow into, or perhaps mutate would be a better term... RETURN TO TOP OF CHRONOLOGICAL TV PAGE

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MOVIES: list of lists, 21 links, last updated 8 February 1997

CLONE: NEW: 14 hotlinks to films about clones, genetic engineering, and human duplication

SPACE: list of 123 annotated hotlinks to films about space travel

TIME TRAVEL: List of 65 movies about time travel, last updated 6 March 1997

For more comprehensive information, see references such as: "The Complete Directory to Prime Time Newtork TV Shows, 1946-Present" by Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, New York: Ballentine, 1988 and "Future Tense: The Cinema of Science Fiction" by John Brosnan, foreword by Harry Harrison, New York: St.Martin's Press, 1978 also, much data on 17 recent shows is based to some extent upon "1997 TV Post-Production Guide" , compiled by Michelle Oh, Film & Video: The Production Magazine, Vol.14, No.1, Jan 1997. For subscription information on this fine magazine, write to 8455 Beverly Blvd., Suite 508, Los Angeles CA 90048, or phone (213) 653-8053

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