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The Sci-Fi Shows Of Irwin Allen
« on: November 29, 2017, 06:27:56 PM »
If you were a monsterkid in the 1960's-1970's, you had to have seen at least one of Irwin Allen's famous contributions to sci-fi at one time or another. Before he became the Master Of Disaster films in the mid-Seventies, Irwin was known for four shows that ran from 1964 through 1970 on US televsions: VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, LOST IN SPACE, THE TIME TUNNEL and LAND OF THE GIANTS.

All of these shows dealt with unusual premises, had futuristic settings and special effects and some memorable characters. This was the same era that gave us BATMAN and STAR TREK, which, although unique in their own ways, didnt have the same brand as the Allen productions. Plagued by dwindling budgets(Allen was a notorious tightwad) and some truly bad scripts, each series came to an end until with season two of LAND, the era was over.

This thread is to celebrate these shows and discuss our memories of just what made them special to us. :)
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Re: The Sci-Fi Shows Of Irwin Allen
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2017, 06:51:36 PM »
VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA(1964-1968)

Originally based on the film of the same name(1961), this series dealt with the adventures of submarine Seaview and her crew for four years. Set in the future of 1973 to 1983, The first season was made of of stories of Cold War adventures, underwater threats from both men and nature and occasionally, a monstrous adversary or two. From season two onwards, the series kicked into high gear with more fantastical stories ranging from alien invaders, mad scientists and monsters to revived Nazis from WW II. Sometimes amazing, sometimes absurd but never boring.

Main cast: Richard Basehart(Admiral Harriman Nelson), David Hedison(Capt.Lee Crane), Bob Dowdell(Chip Morton), Del Monroe(Seaman Kowalski), Henry Kulky(Chief Curly Jones(season 1 only), Terry Becker(Chief Francis Sharkey), Paul Trinka(Crewman Patterson), Arch Whiting(Radio Operator Sparks), Richard Bull(Doctor), Allan Hunt(Crewman Riley)

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Re: The Sci-Fi Shows Of Irwin Allen
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2017, 07:08:52 PM »
LOST IN SPACE(1965-1968)

Based on the Swiss Family Robinson legend, this series focused on the trials and tribulations of an American family and their pilot, who due to sabotage by a foreign power, become castaways in space in their spaceship, the Jupiter II. Originally set to just feature the family on a strange planet, the producers felt that the series lacked something: thus was born saboteur/stowaway Dr.Zachary Smith and his long time partner in crime, the Robot.
Originally supposed to be killed off in a few episodes, Smith became such a hit that he was made a regular and eventually in seasons two and three, most of the adventures were based upon his, the Robot and young Will Robinson's exploits. The first season was mainly serious sci-fi plots, but upon season two, it became a veritable fantasy show with toy departments in space, Vikings, pirates, wizards and all sorts of alien menaces. It returned a bit to a more serious tone for season three, but still managed to be the most psychedelic of all Allen's shows. Set in the far future of 1997(!)..it was certainly the most famous of all of Allen's sci-fi shows.

Cast: Guy Williams(Prof.John Robinson), June Lockheart(Maureen Robinson), Mark Goddard(Maj.Don West), Marta Kristen(Judy Robinson), Billy Mumy(Will Robinson), Angela Cartwright(Penny Robinson), Jonathan Harris(Dr.Zachary Smith) Bob May(body of the Robot), Dick Tufeld(voice of the Robot)

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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2017, 07:24:37 PM »
THE TIME TUNNEL(1966-67)

Possibly the least well-known of Allen's shows, this one dealt with Project Tick-Tock, a multi-million dollar project financed by the US government to explore time travel. After a congressional investigating into funding almost gets the project closed down, one of the main scientists take it upon himself to prove that the Time Tunnel works and transports himself back to April, 1912 and the Titanic's fateful voyage. Trying to rescue him, his partner in the project joins him in the less than perfected tunnel and it is from there they become lost in time, traveling from one time period to another, while their compatriots back in the 20th century try every week to retrieve them..Se in the near future of 1968..The only one of Allen's shows to actually win an Emmy(for special effects)

Cast: James Darren(Tony Newman), Robert Colbert(Doug Phillips), Whit Bissell(General Heywood Kirk), Lee Merriweather(Dr. Ann McGregor), John Zaremba(Dr.Raymond Swain)

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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2017, 07:44:34 PM »
LAND OF THE GIANTS(1968-70)

The last of Allen's fantasy shows featured a rather grim premise: an intercontinental space shuttle fight from Los Angeles to London in 1983, encounters a strange space warp and then crashes; upon which the passengers and crew find themselves to be stranded on an Earth-like planet where the inhabitants are all giants and they are doll-sized. Stories usually dealt with the efforts to avoid capture by the giants, who live in a police state and have rather primitive tech for their age, and try to scavenge parts to repair the damaged Spindrift(the ship) and leave the nightmarish world behind..

Cast: Gary Conway(Steve Burton), Don Matheson(Mark Wilson), Don Marshall(Dan Erickson), Deanna Lund(Valerie Scott), Heather Young(Betty Hamilton), Kurt Kaznar(Alexander Fitzhugh), Stefan Arngrim(Barry Lockridge)

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Re: The Sci-Fi Shows Of Irwin Allen
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2017, 08:05:33 PM »
The gadgets and gimmicks of Irwin Allen's shows:

The Seaview(VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA)



The Flying Sub(VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA)



The Jupiter II(LOST IN SPACE)



The Space Pod(LOST IN SPACE)



The Chariot(LOST IN SPACE)



The B-1 Robot(LOST IN SPACE)



Project Tick-Tock(THE TIME TUNNEL)



Land Of the Giants(The Spindrift)

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« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2017, 08:14:29 PM »
Voyage main cast circa Season two



Lost In Space cast season three



Time Tunnel cast



Land Of the Giants cast

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« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2017, 08:18:23 PM »
Nice promo shot for LAND OF THE GIANTS

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Re: The Sci-Fi Shows Of Irwin Allen
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2017, 11:22:52 PM »
All of these shows are superb!  I watched them growing up, and will watch them now as well. 

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Re: The Sci-Fi Shows Of Irwin Allen
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2017, 02:16:23 AM »
I'm a huge Irwin Allen fan, then & now. I enjoy them all, with a slight partiality to Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. If the 1950's were the golden years of television, the 1960's were the Magic years!
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« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2017, 02:34:14 AM »
Lost In Space: Invaders From the Fifth Dimension in a promo still with Jonathan Harris

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« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2017, 02:37:31 AM »
The ladies of LAND OF THE GIANTS: Deanna Lund and Heather Young

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« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2017, 02:39:17 AM »
Marta Kristen as Judy Robinson in this promo from LOST IN SPACE season two

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« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2017, 02:41:50 AM »
The full imagery of the Time Tunnel complex

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« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2017, 03:05:38 AM »
Another great promo shot from LAND: Heather Young as Betty and Deanna Lund as Valerie

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