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There are 224 television shows' hotlinks here, limited to 245 shows broadcast in the United States (wherever originated), and 246 shows listed with no hotlinks currently known to this compiler for a total of 534 television shows and/or hotlinks from the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, France, and the world.
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May be posted electronically provided that it is transmitted unaltered, in its entirety, and without charge. |A: 16: Adventures of Brisco County-Automan |B: 19: Babylon 5-Buzz Lightyear |C: 13: Captain Video-Curse of Dracula |D: 13: Dark Angel-DreamWatch Online |E: 9: Earth 2-Escape From Jupiter |F: 7: Fantastic Journey-Future Quest |G: 9: Gemini Man-Green Hornet |H: 17: Hard Time on Planet Earth-Homeboys from Outer Space |I: 9: I Dream of Jeannie-IZAN |J: 9: Jetsons-Jupiter Moon |K: 4: Kindred: The Embraced-Kolchak: The Night Stalker |L: 15: Land of the Giants-Lurker№s Guide to Babylon 5 |M: 28: Man and the Challenge-Mystery Science Theater 3000 |N: 8: Night Gallery-Nightmare Cafe |O: 19: Ocean Girl-Out There |P: 14: Phoenix-Project U.F.O. |Q: 9: Q Continuum-Quark |R: 15: Ray Bradbury Theatre-RoboCop |S: 80: Salvage I-Swamp Thing |T: 42: Tales From The Crypt-Twilight Zone |U: 5: UFO-Undersea City |V: 10: V-Voyagers |W: 14: Warner Brothers Animation- World of Giants |X: 3: Xena - X-Files |Y: 3: Yesteryear-Young Hercules |Z: 2: The Zack Files-Zardoz
REFERENCES: Books and Web Sites with More Info
For example, main Australian Science Fiction TV reference is: Moran's Guide To Australian TV Series; Australian shows listed in this web guide (not all mentioned by Moran) include:
1968 "VEGA 4"
1976 "ANDRA"
1. The above list does not include "Elly And Jools", more fantasy than SF.
2. "Mirror, Mirror" is a New Zealand production, and is thus not included on the list (but is detailed below).
3. "Something Is Out There", "Time Trax" and "Space: Above And Beyond" are filmed in Australia, but their primarily American cast and crew have precluded a listing above (but are included below).
4. Similarly, foreign productions co-funded by Australian TV corporations are not included in the above list. Thus "The Tripods" and "Doctor Who - The Five Doctors" have been considered British productions. SEND YOUR INFORMATION/URL/LINK to THE ULTIMATE SCIENCE FICTION WEB GUIDE. We will review your information and add it to this list if appropriate.
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ALIENS on-line book of the year: Me Human, You Alien: How to Talk to an Extraterrestrial SEND YOUR INFORMATION/URL/LINK to THE ULTIMATE SCIENCE FICTION WEB GUIDE. We will review your information and add it to this list if appropriate.


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
ALIENS on-line book of the year: Me Human, You Alien: How to Talk to an Extraterrestrial Alien Girl -- Julie Christie Producer -- Michael Hayes and Norman Jones Writers -- Fred Hoyle and John Elliott The Accuser, 2000 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., Fox, 1993-1994 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Rutgers' FTP Episode Guide The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. @ The most recent cross-over Western/Fantasy series. 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 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 Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers, animated Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers Genre: SPACE OPERA: battles between planets and stars The Adventures of Superman, see "Superman, the Adventures of" Aeon - Countdown im All, German 2000 A.D. miniseries Director: Holger Neuhдuser Writers: Daniel Maximilian, Thomas Pauli Cast Includes: Chris Sanders -- Bernhard Bettermann Laura Giordan -- Anna Vallei Production Companies: Sat.1, Tellux Film GmbH; Special Effects (Digital): Cybersign, V-Empire; Funding: FilmFernsehFonds Bayern Agamemnon's Babylon 5 Sound Site 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) 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) Alias, ABC: 2001-????, ??? 60-minute episodes; Production Companies: Sisyphus Productions, Touchstone Television; Directors: Jeffrey Abrams, Daniel Attias, others; Writer: Jeffrey Abrams (credited as J.J. Abrams); Genre: Adventure / Action / Sci-Fi / Thriller Plot Outline: Sydney Bristow is an international spy hired away from college. She was educated in espionage and self-defense by her mysterious Secret-Service father. Cast includes: Sydney Bristow -- Jennifer Garner Michael Vaughn -- Michael Vartan Arvin Sloane -- Ron Rifkin Will Tippin -- Bradley Cooper Francine Calfo -- Merrin Dungey Dixon Marcus -- Carl Lumbly Marshall Flinkman -- Kevin Weisman Jack Bristow -- Victor Garber Also, alphabetically by actor: Danny Hecht -- Edward Atterton CIA Agent -- Greg Grunberg Jenny -- Sarah Shahi; Sound Mix: Dolby Digital / Dolby / Stereo Alien Hunter (2001) Director: Kevin Rubio; Production Company: Sci-Fi Lab Genre: Adventure / Action / Comedy / Sci-Fi Plot: a spoof, like "The Crocodile Hunter" but in space. Early in the 22nd century, humans became bored with "artificial entertainment," and demanded a more deeply satisfying "organic level." Hence, intergalactic zoos became the new fad. Zoos competed to exhibit the rarest and weirdest alien creature. The #1 zoo was "The IZI", headed by Dr. Wilson Theroue, who depended on head tracker, Bjorn Straak, also known as "The Alien Hunter"... Cast includes: Bjorn Straak, aka 'The Alien Hunter' -- Scott Atkinson Krabble -- Doug Jones Gina Spaulding -- Laura Katz All Souls, UPN, 2001; 6 60-minute episodes; Created By: Stuart Gillard, Stephen Tolkin; Director: Stuart Gillard; Writers: Scott Frost, Stuart Gillard, Philip Levens, Stephen Tolkin; Executive Producers: Mark Frost, Stuart Gillard, Aaron Spelling, Stephen Tolkin, E. Duke Vincent; Producer: Stewart Harding; Consulting Producers: James L. Conway, Jonathan Levin; Genre: Drama / Horror / Sci-Fi; Plot Outline: Sort of "General Hospital" Meets "The Haunting." Haunted hospital mystery drama of the horror genre at Boston's All Souls Hospital. Cast includes: (in credits order) Philomena Cullen, M.D. -- Reiko Aylesworth Dr. Brad Sterling -- Daniel Cosgrove Nurse Glory St. Claire -- Irma P. Hall Dr. Mitchell Grace -- Grayson McCouch Patrick Fortado -- Adam Rodriguez Dr. Nicole De Brae -- Serena Scott Thomas Also (alphabetically) Gabby Maine -- Karen Cliche Caroline -- Gillian Ferrabee Original Music: Joel McNeely; Cinematographer: Thomas Burstyn (credited as Tom Burstyn); Film Editors: Andrew Doerfer, James R. Symons (pilot); Casting: Fern Champion, Leslee Dennis, Andrea Kenyon, Mark Paladini, Myriam Vйzina; Production Designers: Michael Joy, Collin Niemi; Second Assistant Director: Anne Alloucherie; Special Effects Technician: Eric-Andrй Paquin; .... special effects technician Stunt Doubles: Nathalie Girard, Patrick Kerton; Location Manager: Pierre Blondin; Assistant Location Manager (pilot episode) : Lynn Beaudin; Camera Operator: Franзois Daignault; Senior Vice President of Talent: Pamela Shae; Production Companies: Spelling Television, Uncle Monkey Productions; Distributors: Chum Television [Canada], Paramount Television [USA], United Paramount Network (UPN); User Comment (imdb): dinky-4 (Minneapolis) writes, 18 April 2001: "Reminiscent of Lars von Trier's TV work, 'The Kingdom,' this hour-long series is set inside a prestigious hospital in Boston which is haunted by the ghosts of past medical experiments. As is often the case with these hybrids, 'All Souls' doesn't quite work as either a medical drama or a supernatural thriller, but the mix offers intriguing possibilities and may attract a loyal (though probably small) following. Two members of the cast stand out: Irma P. Hall lends strength and substance to whatever scene she's in and one hopes to see her role expanded in future episodes, and Grayson McCouch -- the bright spot in the short-lived 'Legacy' series -- makes an attractive and appealing hero, especially when the writers strive for an 'A' in Anatomy by contriving scenes which allow him to take his shirt off." Alien Nation, Fox, 1989-1990 Alien Nation @ Alien Nation Alpha Scorpio, Australia ABC, 1974; 6 30-minute episodes; Childrens science-fiction; Production Company: ABC; Creator: {to be done}; Distributor: {to be done} Producers: {to be done} Directors: {to be done} Writers: {to be done} Technical Credits: {to be done} Starring: Terry Gill, Neville Thurgood. 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, MASH 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 Amazing Stories, NBC, Sep 1985-May 1987 Back in the early 1980s, your humble webmaster Jonathan Vos Post raised some ,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 @ Andra, Australia ABC, 1976; 8 30-minute episodes; Childrens science-fiction; Production Company: ABC; Creator: {to be done}; Distributor: {to be done} Producers: {to be done} Directors: {to be done} Writers: {to be done} Technical Credits: {to be done} Starring: Lisa Peers, Bruce Kerr. Andromeda, a.k.a. "Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda" (Syndicated, 2000); Canada / USA; ??? 60-minute episodes; Executive Producers: Majel Barrett (2000-2001) (credited as Majel Roddenberry), Allan Eastman, Jay Firestone, Adam Haight, Kevin Sorbo; Co-Executive Producer: Robert Hewitt Wolfe (2000-2001) ; Producers: Keri Young, Kevin Sorbo; Directors: Allan Eastman, Allan Harmon, Allan Kroeker, George Mendeluk, Mike Rohl (as Michael Rohl), T.J. Scott, Brenton Spencer, David Warry-Smith, David Winning (episodes "The Banks of The Lethe", "The Pearls That Were His Eyes", "The Sum of Its Parts", "A Heart For Falsehood Framed", "Last Call at the Broken Hammer"); Developed By: Robert Hewitt Wolfe; Writers: Steven Barnes (episode 1.16 "The Sum Of It's Parts"), others; Tagline: Worlds Apart from the Rest; Plot Summary: Captain Dylan Hunt commands the sentient Andromeda Ascendant starship, which is part of the military muscle of multi-galaxy utopian All-Systems Commonwealth monarchy. That Commonwealth is a blend of the Federation (as Roddenberry invented for "Star Trek") without the depth of Ken McLeod's Communist utopian Solar Union ("Cassini Division" is its elite military force), or Iain Banks' Anarcho-socialist Culture novels ("Consider Phlebas", "The Player of Games", "Use of Weapons", "Excession") or the very Capitalist Qeng Ho interstellar trading fleet in Vernor Vinge's novels ("A Fire Upon the Deep", "A Deepness in the Sky"). That is, in my opinion, "Andromeda" is Space Opera without the deep politics of literary science fiction, or the exuberent fun of, say, "5th Element." The Nietzcheans back-stab the Commonwealth, Hunt has little choice but to order his crew to abandon ship, and fling Andromeda Ascendant into a black hole. Three centuries later, the passing salvage ship Eureka Maru drags the ship out of the frozen time near the black hole. To Hunt's horror, the All-Systems Commonwealth is virtually forgotten, and the Three Galaxies have sunken to barbarianism (as ripped off from Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" novels). The rag-tag crew of salvage crew, alien Nietzchean mercenary, alien predator monk must, under the quixotic leadership of Captain Dylan Hunt, aboard the intelligent living spaceship (think HAL-9000 of Clarke & Kubrik's "2001" crossed with Sci-Fi Channel's "Lexx") to re-establish the Commonwealth and restore the glory of civilization (as in David Brin's self-indulgently filmed "The Postman" with its Re-United States of America." So, in summary, Gene Roddenberry was a TV genius, but Star Trek was his real hit. "Andromeda" is utterly derivative, and so stupid that I could never sit through any full episode. Almost as stupid as "Star Wars", politically speaking, but without the cool special effects. So shoot me. Cast (in credits order): High Guard Captain Dylan Hunt -- Kevin Sorbo Freighter Captain Rebeka 'Beka' Valentine -- Lisa Ryder Tyr Anasazi Out of Victoria by Barbarossa aka Nemo -- Keith Hamilton Cobb Trance 'The Purple One' Gemini -- Laura Bertram Reverend 'Rev' Bem aka Behemial Far Traveler aka Redplague -- Brent Stait Seamus Zelazny Harper -- Gordon Woolvett (credited as Gordon Michael Woolvett) Andromeda aka Shining Path to Truth and Knowledge AI model GRA 112, serial number XMC-10-182 aka Rommie -- Lexa Doig; Other Writers: Matt Kiene (episodes 1.03 "To Lose The Fateful Lightening", 1.05 "Double Helix", 1.12 "The Mathematics Of Tears", 1.15 "Forced Perspective", 1.20 "The Honey Offering") Ashley Miller (episodes 1.04 "D Minus Zero", 1.08 "The Banks Of The Lethe", 1.18 "Devil Take The Hindmost", 1.19 "Fear & Loathing In The Milky Way") Joe Reinkemeyer (episodes 1.03 "To Lose The Fateful Lightening", 1.05 "Double Helix", 1.12 "The Mathematics Of Tears", 1.15 "Forced Perspective", 1.20 "The Honey Offering") Gene Roddenberry (creator) Zack Stentz (episodes 1.04 "D Minus Zero", 1.08 "The Banks Of The Lethe", 1.18 "Devil Take The Hindmost", 1.19 "Fear & Loathing In The Milky Way") Ethlie Ann Vare (episodes 1.07 "The Ties That Bind", 1.09 "A Rose In The Ashes", 1.11 "The Pearls That Were His Eyes", 1.17 "Star-Crossed", 1.21 "It Makes A Lovely Light") John Whelpley (episode 1.14 "Harper 2.0) Walter Jon Williams (episode 1.10 "All Great Neptune's Ocean"); Original Music: Alex Lifeson (main theme), Matthew McCauley; Cinematographer: Gordon Verheul; Film Editors: Eric Hill, Nicole Ratcliffe, Gordon Rempel, Ron Yoshida; Casting: Bette Chadwick; Production Design: Ken Rabhel; Art Direction: Kathryn Hatton; Set Decoration: Brian Kane; Costume Design: Patricia Hargreaves, Cynthia Ann Summers; Makeup Department: Harlow MacFarlane .... first assistant prosthetics applicator Ryan Nicholson .... prosthetic designer Robert A. Pandini .... key hair stylist Christ Stanley .... special makeup effects artist First Assistant Directors: Richard Flower, Allan Harmon; Art Department: Jared Brown .... lead dresser Steve Houle .... on-set dresser Paula R. Montgomery .... assistant set decorator Michael Segal .... lead dresser Sound Mixer: Scott Aitken (one episode); Visual Effects: Geoff Anderson .... visual effects coordinator Ryan Cronin .... 3D animator Chris Doll .... digital compositing artist Joe Farrell .... senior digital compositor: 2000-2001 Jim Finn .... visual effects supervisor Sylvain Huard .... 3D animator David Langtry .... computer playback Rosano Lepri .... digital compositing artist Brian Moylan .... digital compositing artist Gary Poole .... digital compositing artist Marc Roth .... 3D animator Wes Sargent .... 3D animator Trevor Strand .... digital compositing artist Bruce Woloshyn .... digital compositing artist Stunts: Lauro Chartrand .... stunts Ernie Jackson .... stunt co-ordinator Angela Uyeda .... stunt fighter Other Crew: Marco Ciccone .... first assistant camera Douglas Craik .... camera operator Sean Elliott .... first assistant camera Luben Izov .... post-production assistant James Kantola .... grip Jay Kent .... buyer Matt Kiene .... senior consultant Derek Lalonde .... grip: Canada David Langtry .... computer and video playback operator Jay Larche .... dresser Matthew McCauley .... musical director Ryan McNair .... assistant camera Lisa Parasyn .... casting: Toronto Jennifer Pearson (II) .... first assistant editor Joe Reinkemeyer .... senior consultant Jill Sherwin .... assistant script coordinator Louisa Skinner .... post-production supervisor (as Louisa Rees) James Thompson .... assistant location manager (season 2) Ethlie Ann Vare .... executive story editor Production Companies: Fireworks Entertainment [Canada] Global [Canada] MBR Productions Inc. Tribune Entertainment (in association with) Distributors: CanWest Global [Canada] RTL2 [Germany] Special Effects: Flesh and Fantasy Inc. (special makeup effects) Lost Boys Studios Northwest Imaging & FX Rainmaker Digital Pictures [Canada] Ark II, to be done Ark II Guide @ Astro and The Space Mutts: see Space Stars. 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) 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
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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 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. Battlestar Galactica, ABC, 17 Sep 1978-17 Aug 1980; also as Galactica 1980, ABC, 1980 Battlestar Galactica Guide @ Rutgers' FTP Episode 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 Genre: Space Opera 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 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) Beyond the Planet of the Apes, NBC, September 1975-September 1976, animated, see Planet of the Apes. Genre: "Bambi's Children": animals who can think and talk 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 Biker Mice from Mars, animated 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. 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 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 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 Genre: Space Opera 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 Genre: Space Opera Bugs, BBC1 (Great Britain), 1995; __ 50-minute episodes; Production Company: Carnival Films; Distributor: BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation); Genre: Sci-Fi / Action / Crime; Plot Outline: Ed, Ros, Alex and Nick Beckett (a worker at a top secret Government intelligence agency called 'The Hive') form the high-tech crime fighting team that works for the mysterious, secretive Bureau 2 chief, Jan, and are only assigned the most difficult and dangerous cases. When Beckett uncovers a sinister plot by his employers, he is expelled (after being framed over the murder of an official) and joins the freelance investigative team Gizmos (run by Ros Henderson and her friend, Ed) to become the freelance outfit BUGS dedicated to solving high tech crimes and espionage. This real action series for the 90's was first class. Filled with explosions, fast cars and fancy equipment it was good to look at, while fast-moving story lines kept one on the edge of one's seat, to make Saturday night viewing on BBC1 fun again. It was pulled from the schedule, with 3 episodes from series 4 still to be shown. Summary based on: writings by by Alexander Lum in Australia {}; Alexander Birks-Agnew in the U.K.; and Phil Colvin {} Executive Producers: Tony Dennis (1998), Caroline Oulton (1995-1997); Supervising Producer: Peter Hider; Co-producer: Stuart Doughty; Producer: Brian Eastman; Directors: Matthew Evans, Brian Farnham, Brian Grant (episode "Sacrifice to Science"), Sandy Johnson, Gwennan Sage (episodes "Absent Friends", "Girl Power"), John Stroud; Starring (credits order): Roslyn 'Ros' Henderson -- Jaye Griffiths; Barbara Jan -- Jan Harvey; Alex Jordan -- Paula Hunt; Nicholas Beckett -- Jesse Birdsall; Also Cast (alphabetically): Imogen Bain -- Mrs. Gardner; Ed Russell #2 (1998-) -- Stephen Houghton (credited as Steven Houghton); Patric Marcel -- Anton Lesser; Ed Russell #1 (1995-1997) -- Craig McLachlan; Original Music: Roger Bolton, Gavin Greenaway; Cinematographers: Chris Howard, Nicholas D. Knowland; Film Editors: Ardan Fisher, Tim Ritson; Casting: Anne Henderson; Production Designers: Rob Hinds, Mark Raggett; Costume Designers: Jean Brooks, Sarah Rogers; Production Manager: Callum McDougall; Production Supervisor: Christopher Hall; Asssistant Art Director: Paul Booth; Sound Recordist: Rudi Buckle; Stunts: stunt co-ordinator: Andy Bradford; stunt double (Nick Brimble and Peter): Curtis Rivers Marinker Other crew: Colin Brake (script executive) Jeremy Johns (location manager, episodes 1, 3, 4, 7 and 10) James Moss (focus puller) The Bullwinkle Show, 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 The Burning Zone, UPN, Fall 1996 The Burning Zone @ cdsnet Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Disney Channel, 2000; Production Companies: Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Television; Distributor: Buena Vista Television. Directors: Victor Cook, Steve Loter, other; Story Editor: Michael Merton; Writers: James W. Bates, Michael Merton, Don Mackinnon, Chris Rutkowski (episode: "Devolutionaries"), Nick Dubois (episodes" "Millenial Bugs", "Little Secrets") (credited as Nicolas DuBois), Richard Gitelson, Eddie Guzelian (episode "Sunquake"), Lisa Klink (episode "The Starthought") Douglas Langdale (episode "Devolutionaries") (credited as Doug Langdale) Julia Lewald (episode "The Lightyear Factor") , Brian Swenlin, Alexx Van Dyne (credited as Alex Van Dyne), Greg Weisman (episodes: "Clone Rangers", "Star Crossed"); Plot Outline: The further adventures of Buzz Lightyear as a Space Ranger of Star Command and his comrades. Based in the movies Toy Story and preparing for the movie Toy Story 2. Cast Includes: (in credits order) Buzz Lightyear, LGMs (voice) -- Patrick Warburton Booster Sinclair Munchapper (voice) -- Stephen Furst XR (voice) -- Larry Miller Mira Nova (voice) -- Nicole Sullivan Others in Cast (alphabetical order): Warp Darkmatter (voice) -- Diedrich Bader Commander Nebula (voice) -- Adam Carolla XR (voice) -- Neil Flynn Evil Emperor Zurg (voice -- Wayne Knight Grubs (voice) -- Frank Welker Executive Producers: Mark McCorkle, Robert Schooley, Tad Stones; Original Music: Adam Berry; Sound Department: Assistant Sound Designer: Stuart McCowan; Score Mixer: Casey Stone; Language: English Return to TELEVISION Table of Contents
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Captain Future (Winter 1940-Spring 1944): Sascha Goto's website does not directly deal with the pulp magazine Captain Future. However, it deals with the animated series called Captain Future which is based on the pulp magazine. There will be more information on the pulp magazine as well in the near future. Captain Future This website has information in German and English on television, books, boardgames, cards, and Spanish versions of Captain Future spinoffs. 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 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 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"; Genre: Space Opera Children of Dune, The Sci-Fi Channel, 2002, mini-series Also known as: Frank Herbert's Children of Dune; Production Company: New Amsterdam Entertainment Inc.; Distributor: The Sci-Fi Channel; Director: John Harrison; Writers: John Harrison, Frank Herbert, others; Plot Outline: Combines Frank Herbert's novels "Dune Messiah" and "Children of Dune" into one narrative. Pre-production was planned to begin in Summer 2001; Starring Cast (alphabetical order): Princess Irulan Corrino -- Julie Cox; Padishah-Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV -- Giancarlo Giannini; Chani -- Barbora Kodetova; Paul Atreides/Muad'Dib -- Alec Newman Lady Jessica Atreides -- Saskia Reeves Executive Producer: Richard P. Rubinstein 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 Collective (Star Trek) Cleopatra 2525, 2000-2001; __ 30-minute episodes (2000); __ 60-minute episodes (2001); Production Company: Renaissance Pictures; Distributor: Studios USA Television; Directors: Rick Jacobson, John Laing, T.J. Scott, Greg Yaitanes (pilot plus several episodes); Writers: Chris Black, Melissa Blake, Carl Ellsworth, Zoe I. Finkel, Rich Fox, Joel Metzger (credited writer); Executive Producers: Sam Raimi, R.J. Stewart, Robert G. Tapert; Co-Executive Producers: Eric Gruendemann, Janine Dickins; Producers: Chris Black, Janine Dickins, Chloe Smith; Co-Producers: Sally Campbell, Michael MacDonald; Associate Producer: Sam Clark; Plot Summary: Stripper battles robots. Really. An exotic dancer, cryogenically frozen in the year 2001, is accidentaly unfrozen in the year 2525. Things have changed, but cleavage remains the focus. Robots now dominate Earth, underground humans struggle for freedom. Decent special effects; scripts not as lame as the story suggests. I find it painful to watch more than a few minutes, unless beer dulls my critical senses (don't try this at home, kids). Starring: (in credits order): Hel (Helen) -- Gina Torres; Cleo (Cleopatra) -- Jennifer Sky; Sarge (Rose) -- Victoria Pratt; Mauser -- Patrick Kake; Horst -- David Press; Cat Man -- Mark Williams; Voice -- Elizabeth Hawthorne; Granger -- Rupert Cocks; Other cast (alphabetically): Raina -- Danielle Cormack; Creegan -- Joel Tobeck; Original Music: Joseph LoDuca; Cinematographer: Dale McCready, Kevin Riley; Film Editors: Cushla Dillon, Chris Plummer; Casting: Marie Adams, Tracy Hampton, Beth Hymson; First Assistant Directors: Terri Killmartin, Louise Marinovich; Second Assistant Directors: Richard Barr, Emma Hinton, Quentin Whitwell; First Assistant Director (Second Unit): Rachel Heath; Art Department: Property Maker: Ray Massa; Sound Department: Alek Bromke (ADR Assistant) Focus Pullers: David Hall, Gaysorn Thavatt; Second Cinematographer: Dale McCready; Steadicam Operator: Martin Smith. 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 Cosmo Warrior Zero, Japan, 2001; 13 30-minute episodes; Production Companies: AT-X [Japan], Tsuburaya Eizo, Vega Entertainment; Director: Kazuyoshi Yokota; Writer: Leiji Matsumoto; Genre: Animation / Sci-Fi Starring Voices (credits order): Warrias Zero -- Toshiyuki Morikawa; Marina Oki -- Aya Hisakawa; Young Harlock -- Eiji Takemoto; Yattaran, Battlyzer -- Toshiaki Matsumoto; Shizuo Ishikura -- Soichiro Hoshi; Shigeru Nobara -- Kфhei Owada; Sugata Rai -- Tadashi Miyazawa; Takeshi Unabara -- Nobuaki Sekine; Acceluder, Zeth Vordar -- Yoshikazu Nagano; Doctor Manner -- Takashi Matsuyama; Heavy Grenadier -- Hidenari Ugaki; Le Silviana -- Kaori; Great Samurai Tochirф -- Tomohiro Nishimura; Lady Emeraldas -- Kikuko Inoue; Earth Federation Army Chairperson -- Yфko Ogai; Hell Matia -- Yuri Shiratori; Maetel -- Satsuki Yukino; Producers: Asayuki Imai, Shunji Namiki; Original Music: Geminiart High Quality; Cinematographer: Yasushi Baba; Art Directors: Taizaburou Abe, Makoto Tsuchibashi; Language: Japanese Count Duckula, animated Count Duckula Self-conscious parody of superhero/dark fantasy tropes. 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 Cubix: Robots for Everyone, Kids WB, 2001; Animation / Family / Sci-Fi Plot Outline: A boy who recently moved to Bubbletown fixes a damaged transformable robot named Cubix, becoming its owner. Together, along with the boy's friends, they battle the evil deeds of mad Doctor K. Starring: Dr. K -- Addie Blaustein (credited as Maddie Blaustein); Language: English. 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 Return to TELEVISION Table of Contents
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Dark Angel, 2000-????, Also Known As: James Cameron's Dark Angel; __ 60-minute episodes; Production Companies: 20th Century Fox Television, Cameron/Eglee Productions; Distributors: Fox Network [USA], CanWest Global [Canada 2001-] OnTV / CH [Canada 2000-2001]; Executive Producers: James Cameron (episodes "Out", "Red", "Art Attack", "Rising"), Rae Sanchini, Charles H. Eglee (episodes "Out", "Red", "Art Attack", "Rising"); Co-Executive Producer: Joe Ann Fogle (episodes "Out", "Red", "Art Attack", "Rising"), Rae Sanchini (episodes "Art Attack", "Rising"); Co-Producers: Ron French, George A. Grieve (episode "Red", "Art Attack", "Rising"), Stephen Tashjian (episodes "Out", "Red", "Art Attack", "Rising") Supervising Producer: Patrick Harbinson (episodes "Out", "Red", "Art Attack", "Rising"); Associate Producer: Gina Lamar (episodes "Out", "Red", "Art Attack", "Rising", "The Kidz Are Alright") Producers: Rae Sanchini (episodes "Out", "Red"), Stephen Sassen (episode "Out", "Red", "Art Attack", "Rising") Consulting Producer: David Simkins; Coordinating Producer: Janace Tashjian; Directors: Sarah Pia Anderson (episode "Out"), Duane Clark (episode "Rising"), James A. Contner (episode "Art Attack") (credited as James Contner), Joe Ann Fogle (episode "411 On The DL"), David Jackson (episode "Prodigy"), Michael Katleman (episodes "Heat", "Red"), Jefery Levy (episode "Cold Comfort"), Chris Long (episode "C.R.E.A.M."), David Nutter (pilot), Terrence O'Hara (episode "Flushed"), Paul Shapiro (episode "Blah Blah Woof Woof"), Jeff Woolnough; Staff Writer: Jose Molina (episodes "Out", "Red", "Art Attack", "Rising", "The Kidz Are Alright"), Writers (credits order): James Cameron (episode "Pilot"), Moira Dekker (episodes "Blah Blah Woof Woof", "Rising") (credited as Moira Kirkland Dekker), Renй Echevarria (episode "Flushed"), Doris Egan (episodes "411 On The DL", "Art Attack", "Rising"), Charles H. Eglee (pilot and episode "Flushed"), Patrick Harbinson (episode "Prodigy"), Jose Molina (episodes "Cold Comfort", " Out", "Red"), David Simkins, David Zabel (episodes "C.R.E.A.M.", "Out", "Red"); Story: Charles H. Eglee (episode "Red"), Jose Molina (episode "Rising"), David Zabel (episode "Rising"); Tagline: Engineered To Raise Hell. Plot Outline: There's been a war; EMP (electromagnetic pulse) has fried all the computers (sorry, Bill Gates); the USA is in shambles; the logic is vague; the atmosphere, stylish. A genetically-enhanced 18-year-old girl makes a daring escape from a secret government lab near Seattle. Now she works for a messenger service in the post-apocalyptic Oregon/Washington/ Vancouver area. It's Max Headroom meets The Postman.. What can be done to find and save her clonely super-siblings? Can America be rebuilt? Who, exactly, are the good guys and the bad guys? What was the lab supposed to do? And so forth... Starring (credits order): Max Guevara/X-5 452 -- Jessica Alba; Logan Cale/Eyes Only -- Michael Weatherly Zero (2001-) -- Jamie Bell; Cynthia 'Original Cindy' McEachin -- Valarie Rae Miller; Zack/X-5 599 -- William Gregory Lee; Reagan 'Ray'/'Normal' Ronald -- J.C. MacKenzie; Ben (2001)/Alec (2001-) -- Jensen Ackles Asha Barlow (2001-) -- Ashley Scott; Joshua (2001-) -- Kevin Durand; Rafer (2001-) -- Kris Pope; Sketchy -- Richard Gunn; Herbal Thought (2000-2001) -- Alimi Ballard; Uncle Jonas Cale (2000-2001) -- Lawrence Pressman; Colonel Donald Lydecker -- John Savage; Johanssen (2000-2001) -- Alex Zahara; Dr. Elizabeth Renfro/Madame X (2001) -- Nana Visitor Kendra Maibaum (2000-2001, 2002-) -- Jennifer Blanc; Daniel 'Dan' Vogelsang (2000) -- Stephen Lee; Jonathan Bilodeua (2000) -- Philip MacHale; Bling (2000-2001) -- Peter Bryant; Hannah Sukova (2000) -- Eileen Pedde; Detective Matthew 'Matt' Sung -- Byron Mann; Syl/X-5 701 (2001-) -- Nicki Lynn Aycox (credited as Nicki Aycox); Peter Sandoval (2000-2001) -- Fulvio Cecere; Colonel James 'Jim' McGinnis (2000-2001) -- Robert Gossett; Dr. Sam Carr -- Brian Markinson; Young Eva -- Jenna Marie Gooch; Red Five (2001) -- Patrick Kilpatrick; Red Six (2001) -- Mark Gibbon; Red Seven (2001) -- Taras Kostyuk; Krit/X-5 711 (2001-) -- Josh Alba; Bruno Anselmo (2000-2001) -- Doug O'Keeffe Young Max/X-7 Max -- Geneva Locke; Brin/X-5 734 -- Nicole Bilderback; Jace/X-5 798 (2001-) -- Shireen Crutchfield; Tinga/X-5 656 (2001) -- Lisa Ann Cabasa; Lt. Walter "Mr. Multiples" Eastep (2000-2001, 2002-) -- Gary Chalk; More Cast (alphabetically): CIA Agent Ames White (2001-) -- Martin Cummins; Young Jace -- Jonah Glasgow; British Eddy (2001-) -- John Mann; Young Jack -- Dylan Pearson; Young Jondy -- Kyley Statham; Original Music: Chuck D. (main theme), Gary G-Wiz (main theme), Joel McNeely; Cinematographers: David Geddes (episode "Rising"), Brian Pearson (episodes "Out", "Red", "Art Attack"); Film Editors: Stephen Mark, Steven Polivka, John Refoua (episode "Out", "Red", "Art Attack"); Production Designers: Mark S. Freeborn, Jerry Wanek (episodes "Out", "Red", "Art Attack"), Art Directors: John Marcynuk (episodes "Out", "Red", "Rising"), Sandi Tanaka; Set Decorator: Tedd Kuchera (episodes "Out", "Red", "Rising"); Costume Design: Susan De Laval (episodes "Out", "Red", "Rising"), Jenni Gullett; Makeup Department: (omitted for space reasons); Production Management: (omitted for space reasons); Second Unit Directors and Assistant Directors: (omitted for space reasons); Art Department Coordinator: Victoria Balharry, (others omitted for space reasons) Sound Department (omitted for space reasons); Special Effects Coordinator: Andrew "Andy" Chamberlayne; Visual Effects: Simon Ager .... digital compositing artist Neill Blomkamp .... 3D animator Trevor Cawood .... 3D animator Ryan Cronin .... 3D animator Chris Doll .... digital compositing artist Alisa Loren Klein .... digital artist Rosano Lepri .... digital compositing artist Brian Moylan .... CGI supervisor Stephen Pepper .... digital compositing artist Gary Poole .... digital compositing artist Michael Porterfield .... digital compositing artist Marc Roth .... 3D animator Wes Sargent .... 3D animator Elan Soltes .... visual effects supervisor Naomi Stopa .... visual effects coordinator Trevor Strand .... digital compositing artist Video post-production: Hollywood Digital; Title design: Murder by Title; Video Playback: Sim Video; Language: English Color: Color (DeLuxe) Sound Mix: Dolby 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. Dark Shadows Dark Shadows Melancholy dark fantasy, reputedly the all-time favorite show of heroin addicts. {to be done} Genre: Horror 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 David's Home Page (Star Wars) Day One, 2000 Deadly Games, UPN, 1995-1996 Deadly Games @ cdsnet Deadly Games Guide @ The Dead Zone, Paramount Pictures/UPN Television, 2001; Also Known As: Stephen King's Dead Zone; __ 60-minute episodes; Director: Robert Lieberman; Writers: Stephen King (novel), Michael Piller (creator); Kingly Multi-Genre: Horror / Mystery / Drama / Fantasy / Sci-Fi; Plot Summary: Life goes downhill for Johnny Smith after a dreadful car crash late one night leaves him in a deep coma. A few years later, he wakes up and now has the power to read people's minds, and sometimes glimpse their futures. Will people heed his warnings? Can he endure the stress of his paranormal talents? Is he strong enough to resist the temptation to use those talents for his own agenda? Stay tuned! Starring (credits order): Johnny Smith -- Anthony Michael Hall; Sarah Bracknell -- Nicole de Boer; Reverend Gene Purdy -- Michael Moriarty; Allison Connovor -- Emily Holmes; Executive Producers: Robert Lieberman, Michael Piller; Producers: Peter Lhotka, Shawn Piller; First Assistant Director: Pete Whyte; Second Assistant Director: Steve Eathorne; Sound Department: ADR Mixer: Dicken Berglund; Stunt Coordinator: Lauro Chartrand; Stunts: Jim Dunn, Marny Eng, David Jacox, Mitchell A. Lee Yuen, Trish Schill; Stunt Driver: Ron James; Utility Stunts: David Mylrea; Other Crew: Camera Operator: Michael Balfry; Assistant to Producers: Robert Chynoweth; Casting Assistant (New York): Jessica Daniels Video Assist Operator: Garnet Durham (pilot episode); Assistant Editor: Michael G. England; Key Grip: Harvey Fedor; Assistant Editor: David Legault; Assistant Editor (Los Angeles): Philip Pucci; Country: USA Language: English Digimon Tamers, Japan, 2001; (japanimation); Director: Yukio Kaizawa; Writer: Akiyoshi Hongo; Plot Summary: Animated TV series spun off from children's toy "Digimon." Blatant imitation of Pokemon. Starring Voices: Takato Matsuda -- Makoto Tsumura; Gilmon, Narrator -- Masako Nozawa; Li Jian-Liang -- Mayumi Yamaguchi; Teriamon -- Aoi Tada; Ruki Makino -- Tomiko Orikasa; Renamon -- Yuka Imai; Language: Japanese 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 Dr. Who, BBC, 1963-present Dr. Who in Detail Dr. Who: Ultimate Doctor Who Dr. Who Guide @ Rutgers' FTP Episode 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} Dracula: The Series Dracula: The Series Based loosely on Bram Stoker's "Dracula." Genre: Horror DreamWatch Online Dune, 3-part Mini-series, The Sci-Fi Channel (USA), 2001; Chum Television [Canada]; Production Companies: Beta Film GmbH [Germany], New Amsterdam Entertainment Inc. [USA], in collaboration with Tandem Communications, in association with Victor Television Productions, Inc. [Canada]; Director: John Harrison; Producers, Technical Credits: {to be done}; Writers: Frank Herbert (novel), John Harrison (teleplay) (credited as John S. Harrison); Starring (credits order): Duke Leto Atreides -- William Hurt; Paul Atreides/Muad'Dib -- Alec Newman; Lady Jessica Atreides -- Saskia Reeves; Duncan Idaho -- James Watson; Thufir Hawat -- Jan Vlasбk; Chani -- Barbora Kodetova; Gurney Halleck -- P.H. Moriarty; Dr. Wellington Yueh -- Robert Russell; St. Alia Atreides -- Laura Burton; Baron Vladimir Harkonnen -- Ian McNeice; Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen -- Matt Keeslar; Rabban -- Lбszlу I. Kish (credited as Laszlo Imre Kish); Piter Devries -- Jan Unger; Padishah-Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV -- Giancarlo Giannini; Princess Irulan Corrino -- Julie Cox; Count Fenring -- Miroslav Tбborskэ; Stilgar -- Uwe Ochsenknecht; Otheym -- Jakob Schwarz; Dr. Pardot Kynes/Liet -- Karel Dobry; Jamis -- Christopher Lee Brown; Shadout Mapes -- Jaroslava Siktancova; Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam -- Zuzana Geislerovб; Mother Ramallo -- Drahomira Fialkova; Young Mother Ramallo -- Petra Kulikova; Clotilde Le Grand; Elizabeth Sofranco; Guild Agent -- Philip Lenkowsky; Guild Representative -- David Maj; Pavel Krнz; Linger Bewt -- Jeff Caster; Smuggler/Assassin -- David Fisher; Sardauker Captain -- Pavel Caisl; Turak -- Noel Lebon; Fedaykin #1 -- Gregory Linington; Fedaykin #2 -- Dan Rous; Fremen Leader -- Mikulбs Kren; Naib #1 -- Oldrich Navrбtil; Naib #2 -- Jiri Hanak; Puppeteer #1 -- Matej Forman; Puppeteer #2 -- Petr Forman; Fremen Man #1 Brian Jaurequi; Fremen Man #2 -- Petr Vacek; Fremen Man #3 -- Ivo Novбk; Fremen Woman -- Petra Lustigova; Father -- Rich Gold; Boy -- Jan Cajzl; Harkonnen Lieutentant: Mark Huntley; Return to TELEVISION Table of Contents
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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. Twlight Zone meets "Blue Velvet." Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, Warner Bros. Television, 2001; Production Company: The WB Television Network; Distributors: Kroft/Warner Bros. Television; Executive Producers: Marty Krofft, Sid Krofft; Starring (credits order): Electra Woman -- Markie Post; Dyna Girl -- Anne Stedman; Also in Cast: Young Judy -- Ashley Hale; Special Makeup Effects Artist: Joel Echallier; Second Assistant Director: Steve Eathorne; Music Editor: Michael Dittrick; Stunts: Suzi Stingl; Assistant Location Manager: James Thompson (pilot episode). Enterprise, UPN, 2001-????, Also Known As: "Series V" (2001) (USA: working title) "Star Trek: Enterprise" (2001) (USA: working title) "Star Trek: Series V" (2001) (USA: working title) "Star Trek: Untitled Fifth Series" (2000) (USA: working title) Production Company: Paramount Television; Distributors: Chum Television [Canada], Paramount Pictures, United Paramount Network (UPN); ??? 60-minute episodes; Creators: Rick Berman, Brannon Braga, Gene Roddenberry (Star Trek creator); Executive Producers: Rick Berman, Brannon Braga; Supervising Producers: Chris Black, Merri D. Howard, Peter Lauritson; Producers: J.P. Farrell, Antoinette Stella, Dawn Velazquez; Co-Producers: Tim Finch, Stephen Welke, Brad Yacobian; Consulting Producer: Fred Dekker; Associate Producer: David Rossi; Special Effects: Black Pool Studios, CIS Hollywood, Eden FX, Foundation Imaging, Illusion Arts, Inc., R!ot, Strange Engine; Languages: English / Klingon; Directors: LeVar Burton (episodes 1.06 "Terra Nova", 1.10 "Fortunate Son"); James L. Conway (episodes 1.01/02 "Broken Bow, Parts I and II"); Roxann Dawson (episode 1.07 "The Andorian Incident"); Allan Kroeker (episode 1.03 "Fight or Flight"); David Livingston (episode 1.04 "Strange New World"); Robert Duncan McNeill (episode 1.11 "Cold Front"); Michael Vejar (episodes 1.05 "Unexpected", 1.09 "Civilization", 1.14 "Shadows of P'Jem") (credited as Mike Vejar); Terry Windell (episode 1.08 "Breaking the Ice"); Executive Story Editors: Stephen Beck, Phyllis Strong, Mike Sussman; Technical Advisor: Michael Okuda; Writers (credits order): Stephen Beck (episode 1.11 "Cold Front"); Rick Berman (story) (episodes 1.04 "Strange New World", 1.06 "Terra Nova", 1.07 "The Andorian Incident", 1.14 "Shadows of P'Jem"); Rick Berman (writer) (episodes 1.01/02 "Broken Bow, Parts 1 and 2", 1.03 "Fight or Flight", 1.05 "Unexpected"); Andre Bormanis (writer); Andre Bormanis (teleplay) (episode 1.12 "Silent Enemy"); Brannon Braga (writer) (episodes 1.01/02 "Broken Bow, Parts 1 and 2", 1.03 "Fight or Flight", 1.05 "Unexpected"); Brannon Braga (story) (episodes 1.04 "Strange New World", 1.06 "Terra Nova", 1.07 "The Andorian Incident", 1.14 "Shadows of P'Jem"); Fred Dekker (teleplay) (episode 1.07 "The Andorian Incident"); Fred Dekker (writer); Fred Dekker (story) (episode 1.07 "The Andorian Incident"); James Duff (episode 1.10 "Fortunate Son"); Tim Finch (episode 1.11 "Cold Front"); Andre Jacquemetton (episode 1.08 "Breaking the Ice"); Maria Jacquemetton (episode 1.08 "Breaking the Ice"); Antoinette Stella (writer); Antoinette Stella (teleplay) (episode 1.06 "Terra Nova"); Phyllis Strong (writer) (episode 1.09 "Civilization"); Phyllis Strong (teleplay) (episodes 1.04 "Strange New World", 1.14 "Shadows of P'Jem"); Mike Sussman (writer) (episode 1.09 "Civilization"); Mike Sussman (teleplay) (episodes 1.04 "Strange New World", 1.14 "Shadows of P'Jem"); Tagline: Back to Where It All Began; Plot Outline: A century after First Contact between humanity and the Vulcans, and substantially before Captain James T. Kirk's "five year mission," a newly commissioned starship begins Earth's exploration of the Galaxy, in a politically heated balance between humans, Vulcans, and other races... Starring (credits order): Captain Jonathan Archer -- Scott Bakula; Dr. Phlox -- John Billingsley; Subcommander T'Pol -- Jolene Blalock; Lieutenant Malcolm Reed -- Dominic Keating; Ensign Travis Mayweather -- Anthony Montgomery; Ensign Hoshi Sato -- Linda Park; Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III -- Connor Trinneer; Silik -- John Fleck; Admiral Maxwell Forrest -- Vaughn Armstrong; Shran -- Jeffrey Combs; Ambassador Soval -- Gary Graham; Also (alphabetically): Humanoid Figure aka FutureGuy -- James Horan; Crewman Elizabeth Cutler -- Kellie Waymire; Original Music: Paul Baillargeon, David Bell, Velton Ray Bunch, Jay Chattaway, Dennis McCarthy, Diane Warren (theme); Theme Performer: Russell Watson; Cinematographer: Marvin V. Rush; Film Editors: Daryl Baskin, J.P. Farrell, David Koeppe (credited as David A. Koeppel), Robert Lederman; Casting: Junie Lowry-Johnson, Ron Surma; Production Design: Herman F. Zimmerman (credited as Herman Zimmerman); Art Director: Louise Dorton; Set Decorator: Jim Mees; Costume Designer: Robert Blackman; Makeup Department: Allan A. Apone .... special makeup effects artist Michael Burnett .... special makeup effects artist Suzanne Diaz .... makeup artist (credited as Suzanne Westmore) Charlotte Gravenor .... hair stylist (as Charlotte A. Parker) Michael Moore .... hair stylist Michael Westmore .... makeup supervisor Unit Production Manager: Brad Yacobian; First Assistant Director: Jerry Fleck; Second Assistant Director: Michael DeMeritt ; DGA Trainee: Michael T. McNerney; Art Department: William Apperson .... propmaker gangboss Craig Binkley .... property master Doug Drexler .... senior illustrator David E. Duncan .... illustrator John Eaves.... illustrator Anthony Fredrickson .... scenic artist Geoffrey Mandel .... scenic artist Jim Martin .... illustrator Denise Okuda .... scenic artist Michael Okuda .... scenic art supervisor Sound Department: Greg Agalsoff .... sound mixer Dale Chaloukian .... sound editor Ashley Harvey .... sound editor (credited as T. Ashley Harvey) Stephen M. Rowe .... music editor Masanobu 'Tomi' Tomita .... sound editor (credited as Masanobu Tomita) supervising sound effects editor (as Masanobu Tomita) Shaun Varney .... sound editor Bill Wistrom .... supervising sound editor James Wolvington .... Supervising sound editor (credited as Jim Wolvington) Visual Effects: Kevin Blank .... visual effects coordinator Dan Curry .... visual effects producer Tom Helmers .... visual effects Steven Lloyd .... digital artist Ronald B. Moore .... visual effects supervisor Jose Perez .... visual effects Sean M. Scott .... visual effects David Stipes .... visual effects supervisor Mitch Suskin .... visual effects supervisor John Teska .... visual effects Chris Zapara .... digital artist Stunts: Vince Deadrick Jr. .... stunt co-ordinator Diamond Farnsworth .... stunt double: Scott Bakula Lane Leavitt .... stunt rigging Steven Leavitt .... stunt rigging assistant Hugh A. O'Brien .... stunts Other Crew Includes: Ben Betts .... key computer graphics playback engineer Gary Edelman .... transportation coordinator Joanna Fuller .... production associate Andre Jacquemetton .... story editor Maria Jacquemetton .... story editor Douglas Knapp .... camera operator Carol Kunz .... costume supervisor William L. Peets .... gaffer Color: Color (Technicolor); Sound Mix: Dolby. Epoch, 2000 Escaflowne, Fox Kids Network, 2000; Also Known as: FoxKids' Escaflowne; The Vision of Escaflowne; 26 30-minute episodes, in USA; Country: Japan Executive Producer (English Dub): Ken Iyadomi; Co-Executive Producers (English Dub): Jerry Chu, Richard Kekahuna, Kumi Kiyonari; Production Companies: BEI, Fox Kids Network, Sunrise, The Ocean Group; Distributors: Bandai Entertainment Inc. [Japan] Fox Kids Network [USA] Fox Television [USA] (2000-) Pioneer Entertainment [USA] YTV [Canada]; Director: Kazuki Akane; Plot Summary: Hitomi Kanzaki is a typical high school girl, with typical problems, but also those of anime fantasy complications in this dumbed-down de-eroticized version of an anime classic; Voice Cast credits order): Kirby Morrow .... Van Fanel Kelly Sheridan .... Hitomi Kanzaki Brian Drummond .... Allen Schezar/Amano Jocelyne Loewen .... Merle Andrew Francis .... Dilandau Albantau Paul Dobson .... Folken Richard Newman .... Emperor Dornkirk Terry Klassen .... The Mole Man/Pyle/Additional Voices Venus Terzo .... Princess Milerna Ward Perry .... Dryden Fassa Don Brown .... Additional Voices Additional voice cast (alphabetically): Michael Dobson .... Gaddes Saffron Henderson .... Dilandau Albantau Rice Honeywell Willow Johnson .... Additional Voices Ellen Kennedy .... Elysse Aston Dillon Moen .... Additional Voices Alvin Sanders .... Additional Voices Sean Smith .... Additional Voices Sound Department: Jan Deny .... sound re-recording mixer (English dub) Trevor Smith .... sound recording engineer Other Crew (English Dub): Ness Broom .... video post-production: Christopher Cleater .... sound recording engineer James Corigall .... assistant engineer Sarah-Anne Dafoe .... translation script Ian Farthing .... post-production coordinator Diana Gage .... post-production coordinatior Eric Leblanc .... wordfit editor Luke Martin .... wordfit editor Leland Miller .... video post-production Karl Willems .... voice director Dubbing: The Ocean Group Language: English / Japanese Color: Color Sound Mix: Dolby User Comments (for imdb by , at Keene NH USA, 8 Jan 2001): "Escaflowne became so popular in Japan and among American anime fans that Bandai decided to give it a run on FOX. However, like most animes put on network television, it suffered from horrendous editing, dubbing, and rescoring over most of Yoko Kanno's excellent soundtrack. Also, it was put in the kid's timeslot, somewhere that even in it's toned-down state it didn't belong. Despite all this, "Escaflowne" managed to captivate a couple viewers even in this version. But the romance and epic nature of the story did not appeal to young children who were into "Digimon", so this show got the axe....: Escape From Jupiter, Australia ABC, 1994; 13 25-minute Episodes in Season 1, 1994; 13 25-minute Episodes in sequel, 1997; Production Companies: Film Australia, NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation, ABC Creators: Martin Daley, David Ogilvy, John Patterson; Production Company: {to be done}; Distributor: {to be done} Executive Producers: Ron Saunders, Kagari Tajima; Directors: Kagari Tajima, Funitaka Tamura, Kate Woods; Writers: David Ogilvy, Ian Munro, John Patterson; Technical Credits: {to be done} Plot Summary: Perhaps loosely based on the classic Robert A. Heinlein young adult novel "Farmer in the Sky", this is a space adventure television series about a small group of children from a mining colony on Jupiter's moon, Io, who are forced to flee when a volcanic eruption destroys their world. With a few adult survivors, they seek shelter on the derelict space station KL5, floating above Io, convert it into a jerry-rigged spacecraft, and head off in a desperate attempt to reach Earth. They share many adventures and form close friendships on the dangerous journey. Starring: Duffy -- Steve Bisley; Professor Ingessol -- Arthur Dignam; Gerard -- Justin Rosniak; Michael -- Daniel Taylor; Kumiko -- Anna Choy; Kingston -- Abe Forsythe; Anna -- Robyn MacKenzie; Sam -- Ken Radley; Beth -- Linden Wilkinson; Karl -- Ivor Kants; Helen -- Anne Tenney; Akiko -- Saemi Baba; Tatsuya -- Kazuhiro Muroyama; Celia -- Fiona Stewart; Gilbert -- Russell Kiefel; P.J. -- Sally Cahill; Return to Jupiter, 1997; 13 25-minute episodes; Plot Summary: A 13-part mini-series which follows the successful sci-fi series Escape to Jupiter. Reuniting on Eath Station Two, a large space platform hovering above Earth, five children -- Gerard, Michael, Kumiko, Abraham and Anna -- are preparing to return to a newly established mining colony on Ganymede, another of Jupiter's moons. With jealousy among the crew, a disaster-predicting stowaways and a malfunctioning computer system that has sent them spiralling towards a crash landing on Mars -- it is easy to see they face many dangers on their voyage through space. Co-production: between Film Australia and ABC TV Starring: Commander Edwina Dent -- Sonia Todd; Dr. Chrobak -- David Wenham; Gerard --Justin Rosniak; Michael -- Daniel Taylor; Kumiko -- Anna Choy; Glovic -- Jeanette Cronin; Selby -- Colin Moody; Abraham -- Dominic Elmaloglou; Anna -- Robyn MacKenzie; Zac -- Emma Jane Fowler; Samantha -- Anita Hegh; Quadro's Voice -- Anthony Ackroyd; Computer Voice -- Linda Cropper; Ed Unit -- Bruce Spence [Above data based on australia television information archive] Exposure, 2000 Return to TELEVISION Table of Contents
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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") Far Out Space Nuts, animated Far Out Space Nuts @ The Flash 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." 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 Genre: Space Opera Forever Knight, {to be done} Rutgers' FTP Forever Knight Episode Guide Freaky Links, Fox Network, 2000; Production Companies: 20th Century Fox Television, Regency Television; Distributors: CanWest Global [Canada], Fox Network [USA]; Also Known As: Fearsum (2000 working title); ?? 60-minute episodes; Plot Outline: In imitation of "The Blair Witch Project," this show's protagonist dsicovers that his supposedly deceased brother is not dead. The unsettling discovery is made by our hero when he sees his undead brother on a web site. The episodes trace the character through atmospheric horror/sci-fi as he tries to figure out what is really going on. Maybe the tagline should be cloned from X-Files: "the truth is out there." Executive Producers: David S. Goyer, Tommy Thompson, David Simkins; Co-Executive Producers: Mark A. Burley, Juan Carlos Coto, David Simkins; Supervising Producer: Mark A. Burley; Producers: Marianne Canepa, Gregg Hale, Danielle Weinstock; Associate Producers: David Jeffery (pilot), Scott Schofield; Directors: David Barrett (episode "Live Fast, Die Young"); Stephen Cragg (episode 2 "Threethirteen"); David Grossman (episode 8 "The Stone Room"); Todd Holland (pilot "Fearsum"); Scott Lautanen (episode 4 "Desert Squid"); Jefery Levy (episodes 1 "Coelacanth This!", 10 "Live Fast, Die Young"); Randall Miller (credited as Randy Miller); Joe Napolitano (episode 6 "Still I Rise"); Bill L. Norton; David Straiton (episodes 3 "Edith Keeler Must Die!", 12 "The Final Word"); Jay Tobias (episode 5 "The Harbingers") Starring (credits order): Derek Barnes/Adam Barnes -- Ethan Embry; Chloe Tanner -- Lisa Sheridan; Jason Tatum -- Karim Prince; Lan Williams -- Lizette Carrion; Vince Elsing -- Dennis Christopher; Writers: Juan Carlos Coto; Ricardo Festiva; Russell Friend; Gregg Hale; Garrett Lerner; David Simkins; Mark Verheiden (episodes "Me And My Shadow", "Last Word"); Original Music: David Bergeaud; Cinematographer: Victor Hammer; Film Editors: Alan Baumgarten; Kevin D. Ross; Tanya M. Swerling; Scott J. Wallace; Casting: Richard Hicks, Sharon Klein, Patrick Rush, Ronnie Yeskel, Kimberly Mullen (Florida); Unit Production Manager: Danielle Weinstock Second Unit Director: David Barrett; Art Department: Property Master: Jeff Bellamy; Property Master: Craig Binkley (6 episodes); Property Master: Tommy Estridge; Art Department Production Assistant: Rod Ripley (pilot episode); Set Dresser: Tim Scheu; Sound Department: Supervising Sound Editor: Thomas DeGorter; Sound Effects Editor: Jason W. Jennings; Special Effects: Max Ink Cafe, LLC; Effects Coordinator: Brett Cody; Visual Effects: CG Producer: Jennifer Champagne; Artist/Animator: Buddy Gheen; Visual Effects Producer: Robert W. Morgenroth; Digital Compositor: Sean Mullen (Encore Visual Effects); Visual Effects Supervisor: Todd Perry; 2D Artists: Noelle Phillips, Mike Sabga; Stunts: Mark Chadwick, Larry Nicholas; Crew Also Includes: Eli Golub .... assistant camera technician (HotHead); Amelia Ann Hagen .... assistant editor Leslie N. Johnson .... assistant to executive producers Zak Charles Knutson .... production secretary (uncredited) Darragh Marmorstein .... set costumer (pilot episode) Tracy E. Maurer .... assistant to executive producer (pilot episode) Donna Nitti .... production coordinator Dustin Paddock .... script coordinator Dan Reed (II) .... assistant editor Mark Santora .... assistant to executive producer Joaquin Sedillo .... camera operator: second unit Scott J. Wallace .... assistant editor. Freedom, 2000 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 Fu Manchu, see the Adventures of Fu Manchu Future Cop, ABC, 1977 {to be done} Future Quest, to be done Future Quest Return to TELEVISION Table of Contents
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Galactica 1980, see Battlestar Galactica Gargoyles, animated, to be done Gargoyles List @ 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) Genre: Horror The Girl From Tomorrow, Australia Channel 9, 1990; 24 30-minute episodes; Season 1 - 12 episodes (30 minutes); Season 2 - 12 episodes (30 minutes); Creators/Producers: {to be done}; Production Companies: Film Australia, Nine Network, and The Australian Film Finance Corporation Distributor: {to be done}; Executive Producer: Ron Saunders; Producer: Noel Price; Director: Kathy Mueller; Writers: Mark Shirrefs and John Thomson; Technical Credits: {to be done} Plot Summary: In the year 3000, teen-aged Alana finds herself trapped in 1990 with a criminal from the year 2500. Alone, and confused, she befriends a spirited girl named Jenny Kelly. Together they attempt to track down the time capsule which brought her there, while evading Silverthorn, the villain into whose hands it appears to have fallen. Starring: Alana -- Katharine Cullen; Jenny Kelly -- Melissa Marshall; Petey Kelly -- James Findley; Silverthorn -- John Howard; Irene Kelly -- Helen O'Connor; James Rooney -- Andrew Clarke; Eddie -- Miles Buchanan; Mark Johnson -- Grant Dodwell; Tulisa -- Helen Jones; Arva -- Pauline Chan; Bruno -- Monroe Reimers; Angela -- Emily Lumbers; Mrs. Jenkins -- Jane McDermott; Leslie -- Kate McDonald; Mandy -- Jillian O'Dowd; Maria -- Melissa Tkautz; Mrs. Bloomington -- Doreen Warburton; The Girl From Tomorrow 2: Tomorrow's End, 1991; Director: Noel Price; Writers: Mark Shirrefs and John Thomson; Producer: Noel Price; Plot Summary: Realising that they have "polluted the time stream" with their experiments, the scientists from the year 3000 resolve to return Jenny and Silverthorn to their respective times and then destroy the capsule before it can do any more harm. Troubles in the year 2500, however, lead to Alana and her guardian, Tulista, returning to a devastated future. They must return to 2500 and change whatever it was that went wrong in order to cause The Great Disaster to reach Australia. Starring: Katharine Cullen Alana Melissa Marshall Jenny Kelly James Findley Petey Helen O'Connor Irene Kelly John Howard Silverthorn Andrew Clarke James Rooney Miles Buchanan Eddie Rick Adams Sailor David Atrill Freddy Pauline Chan Arva Leonard Choice Globecop Reg Cribb Constable Luke Cross Metal Freak Lindy Davies Hoffman Philip Dodd Taxi Driver Olav Evensen Globecop Katrina Foster Mrs. Holloway Peter Gow Globecop Connie Gower Kroll Jennifer Hardy VW Family Member Nancy Hayes Maeve Rebecca Hickey Demonstrator Ben Hinton VW Family Member Helen Jones Tulista Richard Jones Globecop Roxanne Kimmorley Video Host Ben Maiorana Globecop John Mann Turner Elizabeth Maywald Technician Catherine McClements Lorien Mitchell McMahon Boy Jason Meeth Ice Cream Boy Myfawny Morgan VW Family Member Marshall Napier Draco John O'Brien Globecop Mark O'Neill VW Family Member Tom Phillips Globecop Ken Radley Policeman Martin Reefman Relf Monroe Reimers Bruno Sue Rein Mother Bruno Renzella Metal Freak Danny Resnick Globecop Brian Roberts Guard Barry Rugless Car Driver Jeremy Scrivener Nik Ed Sellar Globecop Agoes Soedjarvo Globecop Paul Sonkkila Vance Daniel Taylor BMX Boy Angelo Tilocca Cleaner Jeff Truman Manager Perry Wall Globecop Doreen Warburton Mrs. Bloomington Erica Williams Sharon Andrew Windsor Macro Lawrence Woodward Overseer 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 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 Return to TELEVISION Table of Contents
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Halfway Across the Galaxy (and Turn Left), Australian TV, year? 28 __-minute episodes; Produced by: Crawfords Australia; In association with: Taurus Film, Germany, and Seven Network Australia; With the assistance of: Film Victoria; Adapted: from the novel by Robin Klein; Executive Producer: Terry Ohlsson; Producer: Jan Marnell; Directors: Rod Hardy, Paul Maloney, Brendan Maher First Assistant Director: Stuart Wood Writers: John Reeves, Michael Harvey; Original Music: Peter Sullivan; Film Editor: Denise Haratzis; Production Designer: Dale Duguid; Costume Designer: Sally Grigsby; Thanks To: Radisson President hotel, City of Camberwell, Ruyton girls grammar school (Kew), Ivanhoe girls grammar school, City of Heidelberg, City of Williamstown, Starring: X (Charlotte) -- Lauren Hewett; Qwrk (George) -- Jeffrey Walker; Dovis (Astrella) -- Silvia Seidel; Father (Mortimer) -- Bruce Myles; Mother (Renee) -- Jan Friedl; Jenny Roland -- Kellie Smythe; Mrs. Roland -- Colleen Hewett; Andrew Roland -- Brandon McLean; Shane Roland -- Micheal Walsh; Colin Roland -- Che Broadbent; Mr.. Roland -- Richard Neal; Mr. Froggatt -- Denis Moore; Mrs. Froggatt -- Ellen Cressey; Michelle Froggatt -- Tenley Gillmore; Dallas Hohenhaus -- Katrina Lambert; Carl Hohenhaus -- Silas Aiton; Zyrgon Chief -- Bruce Spence; Zyrgon Hecla -- Sandy Gore; Zyrgon Jady -- Kerry Armstrong; Zyrgon Jady 2 -- Leverne McDonnell; Zyrgon Lox -- Paul Kelman; Zyrgon Yorp -- David Argue; Zyrgon Yoshida -- Muro; Zyrgon Authoritax/Principa -- Diane Cilento; Teacher Miss Brewster -- Marion Edward; Teacher Miss Bloom -- Marion Heathfield; Teacher Ms. Payne -- Jane Longhurst; Teacher Miss Harrow -- Robynne Bourne; Teacher Mr Hohenhaus -- Alex Menglet; Sally -- Celeste Amenta; Lynne -- Susan Ellis; Hoon -- Arch Roberts; Pat -- James McKenna; David Carruthers -- Davud Walters; Melissa -- Desiree Munro; Bindy -- David Hoflin; Ben -- Steven Haggar; Emilia -- Joah Murray; Detainer -- Micheal Smith; Dissidents -- Grant Nouldery, Paul Deir; Freedom Fighters -- Andrew Beresford, Janel Anderson; Technical Wizzard -- Micheal Burkett; Chef -- Julius Szappanos; Greengrocer -- Luigi Cengarle; Trevor -- Kevin Barber; Girl 1 -- Kate Michalak; Girl 2 -- Stacey Valkenberg; Sports Doctor -- Ralph Marsden; Newsreader 1 -- Doug Bennett; Newsreader 2 -- Margot Fenley; Postie -- Lidia Faranda; Inspector -- Brian Hannan; Mick -- Jeff Korski; Ace -- Maurice Annese; Headsman -- Richard Cordner; Fashion Buyers -- Cerdine Souvarian, Donald Hirst; Science Presenter -- Magnus Clark; Scientist -- Neale Warrington; White Haired Man -- Andrew McCarthy; Receptionist -- Karmen Raspovic; Fisherman -- Phillip Reilly; Diner -- Ashley Eccles; Promoter -- Mark Neal; Balladeer -- Jasper Bagg; Dabney Digby -- Peter Hosking; Local Boy 1 -- Scott Duff; Local Boy 2 -- Wayne Bentham; Roobots: Claudia Dicosmo; Louise Hill; Kristen Bentley; Kim Holgate; Heidi Richardson; Rachel Ward; Leanne Cherney; Dianne Jenkins; Victoria Caimirri; Mabla -- Pia Morley; Nedis -- Finn Greentree-Keane; Organiser -- Eloise Linton-Smith; Zeppy Puppeteer -- Winston Appleyard; Zeppy Handler -- Adam Pietrzak; Robot Wrangler -- Adam Pietrzak; Qwrk Skating Double -- Will Stayles; Voice of Dovis -- Amanda Douge; 28 Episodes in Season 1: 1: DON'T FORGET TO TURN LEFT 2: EXILES ON RENMARK STREET 3: NEXT ITEM ON THE SCHEDULE - SCHOOL 4: FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL 5: HOMESICKNESS 6: A DAY AT THE BEACH 7: A VISITOR FROM ANOTHER PLANET 8: X IS NOT HERSELF 9: THE JACKSON MUTINY 10: THE TURNING POINT 11: HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS 12: X - THE UNKNOWN FACTOR 13: FUN IS DANGEROUS 14: QWRK LANDS ON HIS FEET 15: HEARING A DIFFERENT DRUMMER 16: THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL 17: STRANGE ENCOUNTERS 18: UNDERSTANDING THE MATERIAL WORLD 19: WELCOME TO THE HUMAN RACE 20: WE'RE THEM NOW 21: ILLEGAL ALIENS 22: GROWING UP QUICK 23: THE WRITING'S ON THE WALL 24: THE PAST IS CREEPING BACK 25: CRESCENDO 26: DARK NIGHT, STAR BRIGHT 27: TRIAL BY LAVA 28: WE LIVE ON THE BEST ONE Above data adapted from data from web site: Daniel Hofverberg's halfway Across the Galaxy page by Daniel Hofverberg Plankvдgen 4 932 37 Ursviken SWEDEN Hard Time on Planet Earth, CBS, 1989 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. Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left, Australia Channel 7, 1994; 26 30-minute episodes; He'almut; [miniseries] 2000; also known as "Disappearance" Israeli production; Hebrew language; Heavy Gear: The Animated Series, 2001; Sci-fi animated action series. Production Companies: Adelaide Productions Inc. [USA], Mainframe Entertainment [Canada]; Co-Producers: Steven Wendland, Barbara Zelinski; Associate Producers: Kevin Gamble, Jason Giacopelli, Shea Wageman; Directors: Johnny Darrell Sean Frewer William Lau Sean Osborne Starring (Voices, credits order): Major Drake Alexander Wallis III -- Charles Shaughnessy; Marcus Rover -- Lukas Haas; Rank -- Greg Ellis; Also (Voices, alphabetically) Zerve -- Clancy Brown Lieutenant Jan Augusta -- Michael Chiklis; Dirx -- David DeLuise; Colonel Magnilda Rykka -- Sarah Douglas; Sergeant Gunther Groonz -- Nicholas Guest; GREL Soldier Sebastian -- Ed Hopkins; Greco -- Tom Kane; Kusunoki Tachi -- Clyde Kusatsu; Yoji Kirakowa -- Karen Maruyama; Serge Garpenlov -- Keith Szarabajka; Sonja Briggs -- Vanessa Williams; Von 'Boom Boom' Maddox -- Jim Wise; Technical Director: Jason Osipa; Assistant Editor: Elizabeth Rufenacht; Special Effects: SFX Mainframe Hercules: The Legendary Journeys 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 The Herculoids: see Space Stars. 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 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. 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. Whoops: the ratings stank. Maybe the rest of America can't identify with the obsessions of Hollywood writers who live and work in Hollywood and who don't, in turn, relate to the rest of America. Naaaah, can't be... Hollywood Off-Ramp, 2000: {to be done} is this the renamed show after the pilot Hollyweird? 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 Return to TELEVISION Table of Contents
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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 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 Invader ZIM, animated, 2001 {to be done} 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 Invisible Man, 2000: {to be done} 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 Genre: Immortality The Interpretaris, Australia ABC/CHANNEL 7, 1966 6 30-minutes episodes; Creators/Producers: {to be done}; Production Company: {to be done}; Distributor: {to be done} Producers: {to be done} Directors: {to be done} Writers: {to be done} Technical Credits: {to be done} 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") Genre: Time Travel The Invaders, ABC, 10 Jan 1967-17 Sep 1968 Rutgers' FTP Episode Guide 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 Invisible Man, NBC, 8 Sep 1975-19 Jan 1976 The Invisible Man List @ Rutgers' FTP Episode Guide 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 IZAN Home Page (Star Trek) Return to TELEVISION Table of Contents
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Jeremiah, MGM Worldwide Television, Inc., 2002 [filming as of 10 Sep 2001]: Production Companies: Jeremiah Productions Inc. [USA]; Lions Gate Television [Canada]; Platinum Studios; Executive Producers: Joe Dante, Sam Egan, Michael Finnell, Gregory Noveck, Luke Perry, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Ervin Rustemagic, J. Michael Straczynski; Producer: George Horie; Director: Russell Mulcahy (pilot); Writer: J. Michael Straczynski (pilot); Plot Summary: "In a post-apocalyptic future, a deadly virus has wiped out most of humanity. The only ones who survived, was those who hadn't yet reached puberty. Now a decade has gone by, and a man called Jeremiah (Luke Perry) is set on a quest to find a mysterious place his father spoke of, a place called Valhalla." [Summary written by Fredrik Adolvsson {} for imdb> Starring: (credits order) Jeremiah -- Luke Perry; Kurdy -- Malcolm-Jamal Warner; Simon -- Daniel Gillies; William Stauber -- Ryan Robbins; Ezekiel -- Alex Zahara; Cinematographers: Michael C. Blundell, Henry Chan; Casting: Bette Chadwick, Corinne Clark; Production Designer: Stephen Geaghan; Visual Effects Supervisor: Joe Farrell; Other crew: stand-in: Nigel Johnson; assistant editor: Anthony A. Lewis; camera operator: Doug Schwartz; director of photography: second unit assistant location manager: James Thompson; electrician: Michael Wiebe; Jet Jackson -- see "Captain Midnight" 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. See also: Astro and the Space Mutts, a canine spin-off that appeared in Space Stars. Jinzo ningen Kikaida [anime], 2000. also known as "Android Kikaider" 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 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 The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest, 1996-present, based on the 1964-65 show described above, with 3-D computer graphics in each episode. Producers: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera Animation Production: Blur animation house, using Intergraph's TDZ 3D Graphics Workstations with RealiZm 3D graphics and Kinetix 3D Studio Max 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) Genre: Horror The Judgment of Jupiter, UPN, 2002 A sly revisiting of Roman mythology, this series is heavily under wraps right now. 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 Return to TELEVISION Table of Contents
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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 Kindred: The Embraced Kindred: The Embraced The Klingon Language Institute 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 Return to TELEVISION Table of Contents
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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. Starring: 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 Land of the Lost Land of the Giants by ftp Land of the Lost @ The Last Band On the Planet, 2001; A strange combination Sci-Fi Musical with Adventure/Comedy style. Director: Katie Tallo; Writer: Katie Tallo; Starring: (alphabetical order) Johnny -- Pierre Brault; Toffi -- Tori Hammond; Vacuumus -- David L. McCallum; Scoop -- Thomas Michael; Blister -- Ross Wilson; Cinematographer: Louis Durocher; Makeup Artist: Samantha Caldwell; Sound Recordist: Phil Brouwer; Legend, UPN, 1995 {to be done} Level 9, UPN, 2000; A sci-fi thriller similar in some ways to the Net Force book/game series by Tom Clancy. Production Company: Paramount Television; Distributors: Chum Television [Canada] United Paramount Network (UPN) [USA] __ 60-minute episodes; Executive Producers: Michael Connelly, Josh Meyer, David Percelay, John Sacret Young; Co-Executive Producers: Aaron Lipstadt, John Mankiewicz; Supervising Producer: Peter M. Lenkov; Producer: Jane Bartelme; Co-Producers: Geoffrey Hemwall, Brent Thomas; Directors: Sarah Pia Anderson, Norberto Barba, Goran Gajic (episode "Wetware"), Robert Harmon, Aaron Lipstadt, Vince Misiano, Jeffrey Reiner, John Sacret Young Writers: Michael Connelly, Paul Guyot, John Mankiewicz, Josh Meyer; Genre: Sci-Fi / Drama / Action / Thriller; Starring (credits order): Roland Travis -- Fab Filippo (credited as Fabrizio Filippo); Annie Price -- Kate Hodge; Wilbert 'Tibbs' Thibodeaux -- Michael Kelly; Jerry Hooten -- Romany Malco; Jack Wiley -- Max Martini; Margaret 'Sosh' Perkins -- Kim Murphy; Joss Nakano -- Susie Park; Jargon -- Esteban Powell; Paramedic #3 (2000) -- Paul Dzenkiw; Original Music: Brian Tyler; Cinematographer: Adam Kane; Film Editors: Chris Maybach, Tom Walls; Casting: Helen Mossler, Karen Rea; Production Designers: Linda Del Rosario, Richard Paris, Brent Thomas (pilot); Set Decorator: Sam Higgins; Key Makeup Artist: Angela Wood; Assistant Makeup Artist: Megan Davies; Production Managers: Vladimir Stefoff, Mary Anne Waterhouse, Victoria Woods; First Assistant Director: Andrew Bernstein (pilot episode); Second Assistant Directors: Jack Steinberg (pilot), Alexis Hinde; Second Second Assistant Director: Vincent G. Gonzales (pilot); Third Assistant Director: Martina Lang; Art Department: John D. DeCuir .... robot wrangler JoAnn Ellis .... art department coordinator Vicky Peters (II) .... assistant art director Milena Zdravkovic .... draftsperson Sound Department: Scott Aitken .... sound mixer Chris Glyn-Jones .... boom operator Stephen M. Rowe .... music editor Edward Tise .... sound Stunts: James Jude Courtney .... stunt driver Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunts (Pilot episode) Other Crew: Ron Baldwin (II) .... camera operator: "b" camera steadicam operator Jenny Bernice .... assistant costume designer Morris Chapdelaine .... stand-in Nathaniel Goodman .... camera operator Scott Klein .... master colorist Kyle Leydier .... assistant to executive producer (uncredited) Margo MacPherson .... executive producer's assistant Eva Morgan .... production coordinator Troy J. Peters .... gaffer Christian Sebaldt .... director of photography: second unit John Wittmayer .... location manager User Comment by "tbbnbb" of Granbury, Texas, 12 January 2001 for imdb: "I like the format where the geeks are the cops. with all the internet/computer dependence developing in our society, I wonder how long until some of the premise of the show is true. We already have sicko's on line trolling for children, and credit card data bases being hacked into for profit. how long until a geek shuts down an airplane in flight? more thought provoking than most realize..." Life Force, British, 2000; Global Warning, psychic children 2025 A.D. Science Fiction dumbed-down to "family entertainment" level. 13 25-minute episodes; Producer: Peter Tabern; Line Producer: Peter Miller; Director: Justin Chadwick; Starring (alphabetical order): Ash -- Pablo Duarte; Greg -- Paul Fox; Marianne -- Samia Ghadie; Harry Fellside -- Glyn Grain; Sam -- Oliver Hamilton; Karen -- Julia Haworth; Mai-Li Cheung -- Sarah Hollis; Amy Webber -- Kelly Hunter; Sally Cheung -- Sarah Lam; Glemser -- Damian Lewis; Sergeant -- David MacCreedy; Goodman -- David Mallinson; Richard Webber -- Valentine Pelka; Lindsay -- Tara Pendergast; Original Music: Ian Hughes; Cinematographer: Nick Dance; Film Editor: Matthew Tabern; Casting: Suzanne Smith; Production Designer: Jim Holloway; Art Directors: Chris Coldwell, Elizabeth Craig; Costume Designer: Anne Rudd; Makeup Designer: Jane Jamieson; Makeup Artist: Emma Scott; Production Manager: Kirsten Eller; First Assistant Director: Philip Lewis; Second Assistant Director: Natalie Segal; Third Assistant Director: Susan Orsola; Sound Department: Emile Bradshaw .... sound designer Mervyn Gerrard .... sound recordist Michael Latham .... sound designer Peter Murphy .... boom operator Paul Roberts .... dubbing mixer Stunt Coordinator: Rod Woodruff; Wardrobe Assistant: Mandy Cole; Assistant Camera: Rob McGregor; "Gen999" of Birmingham, England, 24 October 2001, for imdb: "Life Force is a new British sci-fi thriller made for children's TV. It's set 25 years in the future when global warming has melted the polar ice caps, flooding the planet. Four children, Greg, Karen, Ashok and Mai Lai, have been left to fend for themselves. Because of their psychic powers they are pursued by Glemser, played by 'Band of Brothers' star Damian Lewis. Although the series will undoubtably crop up on 'Before they were famous' type shows in the future, Lewis does particularly well, adapting to the role of the bad guy in this low budget TV thriller. The wardrobe department should be thanked as the long black coat does a lot for him too! The series itself is much like the New Zealand/UK co-production "The Tribe". If had received better publicity when it was first shown it may have gained a similar cult status." 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 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. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, ABC, 1993-Present Lois & Clark: Ultimate Guide to Clark Kent's Ties Rutgers' FTP Episode Guide 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 Genre: Supermen The Lone Gunmen, 2001: Too-smart for American TV spin-off of X-Files; {to be done} 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. 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 Lost in Space, CBS, 15 Sep 1965-11 Sep 1968 Lost in Space Rutgers' FTP Episode Guide 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 There is to be a 1998 film spinoff of the TV series: Lost in Space: The Movie The Lost Saucer: {to be done} The Lost Saucer 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 Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5 Return to TELEVISION Table of Contents
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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. 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. 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. The Man Who Used to Be Me, 2000 Maniac Mansion, Family Channel, 1990-1993, to be done Maniac Mansion 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 Caot. Nick Rivera -- Reni Santoni. Mann & Machine -- British, never broadcast in USA? 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. Mashuranbo [anime], 2000 Max Headroom, ABC, 31 March 1987-16 Oct 1987 Max Headroom Max Headroom Guide @ Rutgers' FTP Episode 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 Genre: Cyberpunk Max Steel, 2000; 22 30-minute episodes; Sci-Fi action animation TV series. Directors: Andre Clavel, Sam Liu; Writers: Katherine Fugate (episodes "Sharks", "When Lightning Strikes Twice"), Steven Melching, Others {to be done}; Plot Outline: Josh McGrath, a teenage boy who, by chance, gets body enhancements, finds himself fighting miscellaneous enemies of peace as a super-powered secret agent known as Max Steel -- not a normal life for a 19-year-old. Starring Voices (Credit order): Chuck Marshak -- Edward Asner; Josh McGrath/Max Steel -- Christian Campbell; Josh McGrath/Max Steel -- Matthew Kaminsky; Rachel Leeds -- Shannon Kenny; Jefferson Smith -- Chi McBride; Mairot/Psycho -- Keith Szarabajka; Laura Chen -- Lauren Tom; Berto Martinez -- Jacob Vargas; Kat -- Debi Mae West; Medabots, 2001; Family sci-fi animation TV series, produced in Japan. Writers: Danny DiTata, Others {to be done} Starring Vopices (Credits order):> Ikky Tenrio -- Samantha Reynolds; Joseph Motiki; Lisa Yamanaka; Susan Laney Dalton; Jamie Watson; Referee -- Dennis Akayama; Darren Frost; Robert Tinkler; Ashley Taylor; Joanne Vannicola Samantha -- Julie Lemieux; Martin Villafana; Paul Haddad; Terry McQurring; Baton -- Raoul Bhaneja Language: English Men in Black, late 1997 or early 1998 Spin-off from the Columbia movie Men in Black 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. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 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. Mirai sentai Timeranger, Japan, 2000; Language: Japanese; Starring (Credit order): Tatsuya Asami/Time Red -- Masaru Nagai; Ayase/Time Blue -- Yыji Kido; Sion/Time Green -- Masahiro Kuranuki; Domon/Time Yellow -- Tomohide Koizumi; Yыri/Time Pink -- Mika Katsumura; Naoto Takizawa/Time Fire -- Shinji Kasahara; Navigator Robo Tak -- Yыsuke Numata; Wataru Asami -- Fujita Okamoto; Don Dolnero -- Ryыzaburф Фtomo; Gion -- Kфji Tobe; Lila -- Asami Kuru; Narrator -- Hideyuki Hori. 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 official site, but cool 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 The Miraculous Mellops, Australia Channel 10, 1991; 40 30-minute episodes; Season 1 - 20 episodes (30 minutes); Season 2 - 20 episodes (30 minutes); Creators/Producers: {to be done}; Production Company: {to be done}; Distributor: {to be done} Producers: {to be done} Directors: {to be done} Writers: {to be done} Technical Credits: {to be done} Starring: {to be done} Mirror, Mirror; New Zealand/Australia, 1995-1997; Series 1 Originally Aired 20 episodes in 1995; Series 2 Originally Aired 26 episodes in 1997; Plot Summary: "When Jo Tiegan is given an oval-shaped mirror, as a gift, by the elderly owner of an antique shop, she is amazed to see another girl's image in the mirror instead of her own reflection. It is also quite obvious that the other girl can see her just as clearly. Jo (from the 1990's) and the girl in the mirror, Louisa Iredale (from 1919), later accidently find that they can also travel to each other's times through the mirror -- following upon which discovery a relentless sequence of events is set in motion." [summary written by David McAnally] Creator: Posie Graeme-Evans; Production Company: {to be done}; "Mirror Mirror" is more accurately described as a joint New Zealand / Australian production. It is not _just_ co-funded by Australian TV (as in the cases of "The Tripods" and "Doctor Who: The Five Doctors" (and even the non-sci-fi show "Bergerac") since in the case of "Mirror Mirror", they also flew Australian actors and actresses to New Zealand to appear as Australians (and, perhaps, to appear as English people as well, in the case of Nicholas Hammond) which presumably did not happen in the case of Tripods and definitely did not happen in the cases of "Doctor Who - The Five Doctors" and "Bergerac" (in "Doctor Who - The Five Doctors", the only Australian was Tegan, who was there anyway). [according to Rae and David McAnally, and (Grant Watson)]. Executive Producers: Ian Fairweather, Posie Graeme-Evans, Dorothee Pinfold; Distributor: {to be done} Producers: {to be done} Directors: John Banas and Sophia Turkiewicz; Writers: Hilary Bell, Anthony Ellis, Ian Fairweather, Posie Graeme-Evans, Greg Haddrick, Ray Harding, Greg Millin, Tony Morphett, Katherine Thompson, Alister Webb; Original Music: Chris Harriott; Technical Credits: {to be done} Starring: Jo Tiegan -- Petra Jared; Catherine Guthrie -- Judy Mclntosh; Andrew Tiegan -- Peter Bensley; Royce Tiegan -- Jeffrey Walker; Louisa lredale -- Michala Banas; Titus Iredale -- Jason Gascoigne; Joshua Iredale -- Gerald Bryan; Primrose Iredale -- Michele Amas; Sir Ivor Creevy-Thorne -- Nicholas Hammond; Young Nicholas -- Nicholas Hooper; Old Nicholas -- Bemard Kearns; Mrs Whitelaw -- Judie Douglass; Frid -- Stephen Butterworth; Ani -- Miriama Smith; Tama -- James Ashcroft; Jade Coigley -- Liza Jones; Alex -- Jess Peters; Jesse -- Nicholas Leggett; Mia -- Carly Neemia; Campbell -- Eddie Campbell; Leonie Coigley -- Donna Akersten; Dennis Coigley -- David McKenzie; Sir Salisbury -- Grant Tilly; Lady Salisbury -- Linda Anning; Prime Minister -- David Telford; PM's Wife -- Ingrid Prosser; Bolshevik #1 -- Allen O'Leary; Bolshevik #2 -- Murray Keane; Nurse #1 -- Samantha Comfort; Manservant -- Eryn Wilson; Police Inspector -- Stephen Gledhill; Dr. Wileby -- Des Kelly; Friendly Wharfle -- Ross Jolly; Pie Vendor -- Donna Philpott; Wardress -- Anne Budd; Girl Pickpocket -- Morgan Fairhead; Train Guard -- Don Langridge; Hansom Cab Driver -- Peter Dennett; Policeman -- Peter Sledmere; Henchman -- Duncan Smith; Henchman #2 -- Todd Rippon; Computer Sales Person -- Michael Sengelow; Policeman (Wharves) -- Les Jardine; Soldier #1 -- Des Morgan; Soldier #2 -- Shaun McKean; Sir Ivor Double -- Stephen Hogg; Nicholas Double -- Allan Poppleton; Campbell Double -- Mark Harris; Nicholas Cab Double -- Terry Smith; Awards: 1995 Australian Film Institute Award: