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60's & 70's Classic TV Sci-fi.

After all the Classic Sci-fi movies of the 1950's it was only natural that this curiosity of the unknown mysteries of the Universe would continue onto Television. Sci-fi on TV covered a wide gamut. It stretched from the bizarre mysteries of the Twilight Zone to the comical antics of Mork and Mindy.
This page looks at some of the most familiar Sci-fi TV shows of the 60's & 70's.
Superman 1952
Kal-El from Krypton - The real name of Superman, "a strange visitor from another planet with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men".
Arriving on earth as a child he was raised as Clark Kent by a Kansas farmer and his wife. On reaching adulthood he made his way to the city of Metropolis where he worked as a "mild mannered reporter", concealing his real identity with a pair of formidable eyeglasses.
I am including the 50's Superman show in the 60's era because it was still a popular show during those years. Unlike most Aliens this was one was always welcome unless you were a crook. Superman also introduced us to the little mole like people that lived underground.
Twilight Zone
"The Twilight Zone"1959-64, is arguably one of the greatest science fiction television shows ever. Almost every episode is a masterpiece of modern Sci-Fi. Rod Sterling was a master of creating an eerie show that caused you to stop and think, re-examine reality and consider the impossible. Oh, and don't forget to leave a light on when you go to bed.
One Step Beyond 1959-61, produced at the same time as the Twilight Zone fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional supernatural stories this program sought out 'real' stories of the supernatural, including ghosts, disappearances, monsters, etc. It re-creates them for each episode. No solutions to these mysteries were ever given and viewers could only scratch their heads and wonder what is real. One Step Beyond
The Jetson's
The Jetson's (1962) are a cartoon family living in the future. The Jetson's are included because this show (albeit a cartoon) is totally futurist sci-fi fun. They have all manner of technological gadgets, appliances and a robot (Rosie) to help around the house. George Jetson works at Spaceley's Sprockets pushing buttons.
Exodus, an alien from the planet Mars who spaceship crashes on the Earth lives with a newspaper reporter Timothy O'Hara under the guise of his uncle Martin O'Hara. He spends most of his time trying to fix his spacecraft and solve some problems caused by his presence in Earth. My Favorite Martian (1963)
Lost in Space (1965)
In the year 1997, Earth is suffering from massive overpopulation. Professor John Robinson, his wife Maureen, their children (Judy, Penny and Will) and Major Don West are selected to go to the third planet in the Alpha Centauri star system on the Jupiter 2 spaceship to establish a new colony.
However, Doctor Zachary Smith, an agent for an enemy government, is sent to sabotage the mission. He is successful in reprogramming the ship's robot to destroy the Jupiter 2, but he is trapped on board. Because of his excess weight, the ship and its crew become hopelessly lost in space.
The Outer Limits (1963) included a different cast each week. Tending toward the hard science, space travel, time travel, and human evolution it tries to examine in each show some form of the question, "What is the nature of man?" The Outer Limits
It's About Time (1966)
This little remembered TV show is about journey of two astronauts, after breaking the speed of light they accidentally travel back in time to prehistoric Earth. Unable to return, they make friends with the "natives".
The show's low ratings resulted in the producers retooling the series halfway through the season by having the astronauts repair their space capsule and return to 1967 with the cave family in tow. The remainder of the season was spent with Shadd, Gronk and their family adjusting to life in the 1960s.
The U.S. government has a $7 billion project to build a device to allow traveling in time. A senator is sent by congress to the installation in order to inspect the situation and decide if the government should spend more money on it. The senator seems to be disappointed with the progress so Prof. Tony Newman takes his chances and uses the Time Tunnel to demonstrate the device's efficiency. He arrives aboard the Titanic in 1912 a few hours before it sinks. Prof. Douglas Phillips goes to rescue him, but things go wrong and both become lost in time. The Time Tunnel
Star Trek (1966)
It is the 23rd century and the crew of the Federation starship Enterprise travels across the galaxy on a five year mission to meet new and exciting life forms on distant planets. The 80 episode TV series which was produced from 1966 to 1969 now has fans all over the world.
There was no Sci-fi show that captured the imagination of space travel like this one.
David Vincent, an architect returning home after a hard day parks his car in an old ghost town in order to rest before continuing home. Suddenly, in the middle of the night, something wakes him: a strange object, nonhuman, that is landing in front of his eyes. From this moment he will be trying to persuade a skeptical world that the invasion of our planet has begun. The Invaders are emotionless alien beings from a dying planet. The Invaders (1967)
Land of the Giants (1968)
The Spindrift, a commercial spaceship on a flight from New York City to London, became lost when it passed through a strange cloud in the ship's orbit around Earth. It landed on an alternate Earth-type planet, where the inhabitants were roughly twelve times the size of the Spindrift's passengers. Together they battle the planet's totalitarian government, try to avoid capture, and attempt to repair the Spindrift so they can get back home.
In the year 1980 the Earth is threatened by an alien race who kidnap and kill humans and use them for body parts. A highly secret military organization is set up to defend the Earth from this alien threat. This organization operates from a secret location. They also operate a fleet of submarines, mobile armored vehicles, a base on the moon and an early warning satellite that detects inbound UFOs. UFO (1970)
The Six Million Dollar Man
The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) /
The Bionic Woman (1976)
Test astronaut Steve Austin is severely injured in a crash and is "rebuilt" in an operation that costs six million dollars. His right arm, both legs and the left eye are replaced by bionic implants that enhance his strength, speed and vision far above human norms. He uses his enhanced abilities to work for the OSI (Office of Scientific Intelligence) as a secret agent.
The Bionic Woman series revolves around bartender Jamie Sommers who is saved from death after receiving experimental bionic implants. Sound familiar?
Dr. David Banner is a brilliant scientist who's lab experiment goes terribly awry. Since that time, whenever he is under extreme stress, his body undergoes a transformation and he morphs into 'The Incredible Hulk.' The Hulk is about seven feet tall, hugely muscular and powerful, and has green skin. After destroying whatever threatens Dr. Banner, he changes back to normal human form with only amnesia and tattered clothing as evidence of what just happened. Incredible Hulk (1978)
Mork & Mindy (1978)
Mork is a bumbling alien from the planet Ork sent to Earth in his egg spaceship, to study it's inhabitants. He will report to his unseen superior Orson until reassigned.
On Earth he meets Mindy McConnell who takes him in. On befriending Mork, she signs herself up for some wacky adventures as Mork learns about human life, acting and looking very eccentric along the way. Eventually, the relationship jumped from a strong friendship to romance, and they married, eventually bearing a son, Mearth from Earth, (Jonathan Winters) who aged backwards like his father.
In a distant galaxy the race known as Man have been at war with an alien cyborg race, the Cylon empire, for a millennium and a treaty of peace is to be signed - a treaty that proves to be a ruse for the largest assault in their history. With their defending warships destroyed and their home world annihilated, the Twelve Tribes of man gather to their one remaining warship named the Galactica. Escaping in every assorted star vehicle that will carry them, Commander Adama, seeks out the one planet that will protect Man from the Cylon Empire - a planet called Earth. This Fugitive Fleet is pursued by forces of the Cylon Empire under the command of human traitor Baltar. Battlestar Galactica (1978)
Buck Rogers of the 25th Century
The 1979 series focuses on Captain William Anthony "Buck" Rogers, a U.S Air Force pilot who commands Ranger 3, a space shuttle that is launched in 1987. Rogers is frozen for 504 years due to a life support malfunction before the derelict spacecraft is discovered in the year 2491. He learns that the Earth was rebuilt following a devastating nuclear war on Nov 22, 1987, and is now under the protection of the Earth Defense Directorate.
The series follows Buck as he tried to fit into 25th-Century and protect the Earth.

Let's not forget to pay tribute to a couple Sci-fi characters of the 60's that would not be found in the programs listed above. They were both fun and loveable, The Great Gazoo and Hymie the Robot.

The Great Gazoo - Cartoon character- Inhabitant of the planet Zetox. Gazoo used his advanced scientific powers to perform good deeds for earthlings. Gazoo (voice of Harvey Korman) was a miniature space helmeted alien who traveled to the days of the Stone Age and selected Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble to be the recipients of his well intentioned assistance (which most of the time backfired).

Hymie - A self-programming, free thinking and very sensitive robot played by Dick Gautier on the spy spoof GET SMART. Hymie was impervious to bullets, weighed 982 pounds, had an IQ over 200, and was equipped with rechargeable batteries, a television camera, a built-in computer, a copy machine, and a calculator. Designed for KAOS, Hymie was originally instructed to seek out and kidnap a scientist named Dr. Shotwire and then destroy Agent 86, Maxwell Smart. Fortunately, the plan backfired and Agent 86 turned Hymie's evil nature to the side of good.

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