Science Fiction Television Series: Episode Guides, Histories, and Casts and Credits for 62 Prime Time Shows, 1959 through 1989

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Science Fiction Television Series: Episode Guides, Histories, and Casts and Credits for 62 Prime-Time Shows, 1959 through 1989

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VOYA - Tom Pearson
If you are a longtime science fiction fan who was born in the late forties or early fifties (I was born in 1954), paging through this book will cause a memory cascade which has to be experienced to be believed. All those "wasted" hours spent watching fantasy/SF series TV will come back to you in a headlong rush. You will find yourself wishing you'd had a VCR way back when. Science Fiction Television Series covers its subject in splendid detail, with sixty-two series handled thoroughly, while thirty others receive abbreviated coverage in an appendix titled "Honorable Mentions." There are also appendices which list unsold pilots for SF TV series, and Emmy winners. Entertaining and informative essays (three to seven pages in length are based on interviews done with writers, directors, cast, and crew members who worked on the series in question. The essays are not always puff pieces, either: sometimes series participants have unpleasant memories of one another (see "Lost in Space" profile for a great example). Essays are followed by episode guides that give a plot synopsis for each episode, plus writer, director, and main cast credits. Most profiles also boast one or two well-reproduced black-and-white photographs. Public libraries need this book. If the budget permits, you may even want two copies, so you can circulate one. I guarantee it will fly off the shelf (I can't guarantee its eventual return, however). If only there was an appendix listing current cable/video availability for each series, and if only some of the photographs were in color, this book would be well-nigh perfect. Highly recommended. Index. Photos. Biblio. Appendix.
Though the foreword to this reference volume attempts to paint science fiction with a mythological veneer, nothing can obscure the sheer fun of these inventive, memorable, sometimes schlocky television series. The episode guides, cast, and production credits for 62 series aired from 1959 through 1989 include a synopsis, and sometimes "Hollywood gossip." The major players are represented (Twilight Zone, Star Trek, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea), the critically acclaimed (The Ray Bradbury Theatre, Marx Headroom, V), and the obscure but unforgettable (Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, Kolchak: The Night Stalker). Includes black and white photographs. Appendices of award winners, losers, and unsold pilots (never even made it). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786400416
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/1996
  • Pages: 707

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Alien Nation (1989-1990) 4
Amazing Stories (1985-1987) 13
Automan (1983-1984) 22
Battlestar: Galactica (1978-1979) 28
Beyond Westworld (1980) 40
The Bionic Woman (1976-1978) 43
Buck Rogers (1979-1981) 55
Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future (1987-1988) 64
The Champions (1968) 73
Cliffhangers: The Secret Empire (1979) 78
The Fantastic Journey (1977) 82
Future Cop (1976-1978) 87
Galactica 1980 (1980) 93
The Gemini Man (1976) 101
Greatest American Hero (1981-1983) 104
Hard Time on Planet Earth (1989) 114
The Immortal (1970-1971) 118
The Incredible Hulk (1978-1982) 126
The Invaders (1967-1968) 144
The Invisible Man (1975-1976) 155
Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974-1975) 160
Land of the Giants (1968-1970) 165
Logan's Run (1977-1978) 177
Lost in Space (1965-1968) 185
The Man from Atlantis (1977-1978) 198
Max Headroom (1987) 203
Men into Space (1959-1960) 209
The Misfits of Science (1985-1986) 214
The New People (1969-1970) 219
Otherworld (1985) 225
The Outer Limits (1963-1965) 231
The Phoenix (1982) 244
Planet of the Apes (1974) 249
The Powers of Matthew Star (1982-1983) 257
The Prisoner (1968-1969) 263
Probe (1988) 271
Project UFO (1978-1979) 274
Quantum Leap (1989-1993) 279
The Ray Bradbury Theater (1986-1992) 299
Rod Serling's Night Gallery (1970-1973) 314
Salvage One (1979) 328
Science Fiction Theatre (1955-1957) 332
The Six Million Dollar Man (1974-1978) 343
Something Is Out There (1988) 358
Space 1999 (1975-1977) 361
(The Amazing) Spiderman (1978-1979) 370
The Starlost (1973-1974) 381
Starman (1986-1987) 390
Star Trek (1966-1969) 399
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994) 417
(The Adventures of) Superboy (1988-1992) 441
The Time Tunnel (1966-1967) 458
The Twilight Zone (1959-1964) 466
The Twilight Zone (CBS revival) (1985-1987) 486
The Twilight Zone (Syndicated) (1988-1989) 504
Ufo (1969-1970) 513
V (1984-1985) 521
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964-1968) 533
Voyagers! (1982-1983) 553
War of the Worlds (1988-1990) 559
(The New, Original) Wonder Woman (1976-1979) 573
World of Giants (1959-1960) 582
Appendix A: Honorable Mentions 587
Appendix B: Unsold Science Fiction Television Pilots 594
Appendix C: Emmy Award Nominees and Winners in Science Fiction Television 599
Bibliography 605
Index 607
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2001


    Any lover of classic science-fiction series should DEFINITELY pick up of copy of the hard-to-put-down Phillips/Garcia book, SCIENCE FICTION TELEVISION SERIES! Only two things prevent this book from achieving total greatness--one is the timing, as the book is only current enough to cover all seasons of long-cancelled shows such as QUANTUM LEAP and STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION (the book's lack of immediacy can hardly be considered a fair strike against it, however, as it was written quite a few years back itself!) Secondly, while episode and guest cast information is listed with thorough detail, individual episodes' original air dates are conspicuously absent from the mix!---All in all, though, these are very tiny quibbles--much of the book's lively, riveting tone is derived from interviews done by Starlog magazine---a publication that has never had problems with getting barely-censored, volatile public opinions (mostly from highly-regarded celebrities or other creative types) on record for all to enjoy! Each show included in the book is well-represented, and researched with such lively humor and interesting analysis, many series literally come off as far more fascinating to read about than to actually view! Good show!

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