DISCOVER--twenty great Robot episodes of Lost in Space

Designed by Robert Kinoshita (who also created Robby the Robot for Forbidden Planet), voiced by veteran announcer Dick Tufeld, and operated by stunt man and dancer Bob May (who also created a comedy character for the nameless "Servo-Mechanism B-9"), the Robot began life in the series as an afterthought and very mechanical man (an environmental control robot) but gradually developed a character as comic relief as the tool (and conscience) of wicked Doctor Smith. These are the episodes in which he had significant scenes, either dramatic, heroic, or comedic.
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Lost in Space (1965 TV Series)
Episode: The Reluctant Stowaway (1965)
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Date: October 16, 1997 The Jupiter 2 is to launch, but a saboteur wants to destroy it. Unfortunately he is part of the Jupiter 2 Crew now Lost In Space. (60 mins.)
“ The Robot runs amok aboard the Jupiter Two while under the control of Doctor Smith... ” - jonabbott56
 
2.
Lost in Space (1965 TV Series)
Episode: The Hungry Sea (1965)
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After experiencing the extreme cold, the planet gets closer to the sun, roasting it. Smith sends the robot to warn the Robinsons. (60 mins.)
“ The Robot's valiant trek across the planet in hostile weather conditions to warn the Robinsons of an impending heat wave... ” - jonabbott56
 
3.
Lost in Space (1965 TV Series)
Episode: My Friend, Mr. Nobody (1965)
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Penny strikes up a friendship with a deep voice in a deep cave. (60 mins.)
“ The Robot makes the ultimate sacrifice against an attacking energy force... ” - jonabbott56
 
4.
Lost in Space (1965 TV Series)
Episode: Return from Outer Space (1965)
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Using a matter transfer device left behind by the Taurons, Will beams himself back to Earth. He arrives safely in the small town of Hatfield Four Corners, Vermont, but his pleas for help are considered the fantasies of a runaway boy. (60 mins.)
“ For the long-distance shot of the Robot being chased by Doctor Smith... ” - jonabbott56
 
5.
Lost in Space (1965 TV Series)
Episode: War of the Robots (1966)
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After the Robinsons repair a damaged robot, it first helps them and then plots to capture them. (60 mins.)
“ The Robot in battle with Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet... Both designed by the brilliant Robert Kinoshita, and often confused with each other... ” - jonabbott56
 
6.
Lost in Space (1965 TV Series)
Episode: The Ghost Planet (1966)
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Smith makes the Jupiter 2 land on a planet occupied by cyborgs. (60 mins.)
“ The Robot pretends to join the enemy so that he can rescue Will and Smith from a race of evil robots... Bob May is clearly having great fun in this one... ” - jonabbott56
 
7.
Lost in Space (1965 TV Series)
Episode: Forbidden World (1966)
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On their next planetary stop the Robinsons encounter a hermit that plans to attack the Jupiter 2 with his army. (60 mins.)
“ Hilarious scenes as the Robot decides he must blow up Doctor Smith (who has drunk a volatile liquid) for the safety of the Robinsons... ” - jonabbott56
 
8.
Lost in Space (1965 TV Series)
Episode: The Prisoners of Space (1966)
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The Robinsons are tried for space crimes and the evidence shows that Smith is really responsible for the mishaps. (60 mins.)
“ Wonderful double act routine as he plots to help Doctor Smith escape from alien internment... ” - jonabbott56
 
9.
Lost in Space (1965 TV Series)
Episode: The Android Machine (1966)
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Doctor Smith creates an android that they teach to be more human. A humanoid shows up looking for payment for the android. (60 mins.)
“ "She took my pointer" ” - jonabbott56
 
10.
Lost in Space (1965 TV Series)
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Dr. Smith ends up in a boxing match with some space gladiators. If he wins he will return to earth and if he loses it won't matter because earth won't be there. (60 mins.)
“ Great bit of business with Doctor Smith when he has the key to Smith's prison... ” - jonabbott56
 
11.
Lost in Space (1965 TV Series)
Episode: The Cave of the Wizards (1967)
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Just hours before the Jupiter 2 is to lift off to take advantage of a rare launch window, Dr. Smith discovers a cave inhabited by three devices... (60 mins.)
“ Golden boy... ” - jonabbott56
 
12.
Lost in Space (1965 TV Series)
Episode: Trip Through the Robot (1967)
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While in the Valley of Shadows the Robot is affected by strange forces and grows to the size of a building. Will and Dr. Smith enter the Robot to try to reverse the process and save him. (60 mins.)
“ Will and Smith have to enter the Robot when he grows to gargantuan size. Quite ridiculous but great fun as they crawl around inside and evade the Robot's self-preservation mechanisms, which perceive them as hostile bodies, and then have to get back out when the Robot begins to return to normal size. Everyone milks a moving scene when it seems the Robot's mechanical heart has stopped, and Smith is seen to secretly care as he tries to restart it... ” - jonabbott56
 
13.
Lost in Space (1965 TV Series)
Episode: Wreck of the Robot (1966)
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The robot is stolen to create more robots so they can conquer the earth. (60 mins.)
“ Wonderful glittery bowler-hatted faceless aliens called the Saticons dismantle the Robot and sabotage the Robinsons' other mechanical devices. ” - jonabbott56
 
14.
Lost in Space (1965 TV Series)
Episode: Condemned of Space (1967)
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The Robinsons leave their planet to escape a collision with a comet and find a ship full of frozen convicts. (60 mins.)
“ The Robot really is lost in space, thanks to Doctor Smith, who opens the airlock... The Robot floats away... ("I almost feel responsible!")... ” - jonabbott56
 
15.
Lost in Space (1965 TV Series)
Episode: Kidnapped in Space (1967)
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A spaceship requests medical help for their computer and Dr. Smith has to perform brain surgery on it. (60 mins.)
“ Boasting about his non-existent medical prowess, Smith must operate on the robot leader of aggressive aliens, with only the Robot to assist. ” - jonabbott56
 
16.
Lost in Space (1965 TV Series)
Episode: Deadliest of the Species (1967)
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The robot falls in 'love' with an evil female robot sought by two aliens. (60 mins.)
“ The Robot, feeling lonely, is easy prey for a seductive evil female Robot. Wonderful scenes of a spiteful Smith mocking the Robot's misery. ” - jonabbott56
 
17.
Lost in Space (1965 TV Series)
Episode: Castles in Space (1967)
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Will meets a princess who is escaping two bounty hunters and Will gets kidnapped instead. (60 mins.)
“ Smith and the Robot conspire against a silver-skinned space bandit in an episode played purely for laughs... ” - jonabbott56
 
18.
Lost in Space (1965 TV Series)
Episode: The Anti-Matter Man (1967)
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John Robinson and Don West are transported onto a strange new world where their evil opposites exist and plan to change places with them... (60 mins.)
“ The Robot meets his evil counterpart... And gets attacked with a wrench by an evil Professor Robinson...! No!! ” - jonabbott56
 
19.
Lost in Space (1965 TV Series)
Episode: Time Merchant (1968)
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After making a deal with the Time Merchant, Dr. Smith returns to earth just before the launch of the Jupiter II. If he doesn't get on it the Jupiter II will crash into an asteroid. (60 mins.)
“ The Robot returns to his former character-less, personality-free self when Smith travels back in time to the launch of the Jupiter Two (their spaceship)... ” - jonabbott56
 
20.
Lost in Space (1965 TV Series)
Episode: Junkyard in Space (1968)
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With the Robinsons running out of food, Dr. Smith trades the ship and the robot to a junk man for food. (60 mins.)
“ In this final episode, the Robot prepares to sacrifice himself as scrap and heads for the melting pot...


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Obsessed with the popular culture of the 1960s and surrounding decades, Jon Abbott has been writing about film and TV for over thirty years in around two dozen different publications, trade, populist, and specialist. He is the author of several books, including

Irwin Allen Television Productions 1964-1970,
Stephen J. Cannell Television Productions: A History of All Series and Pilots,
The Elvis Films,
Cool TV of the 1960s: Three Shows That Changed the World,
and Strange New World: Sex Films of the 1970s.

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