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Captain Video and His Video Rangers 

"Guardian of the Safety of the World", private citizen-scientist Captain Video, assisted by his teenage helper The Ranger and an army of Video Rangers, preserves the peace in the far-off ... See full summary »
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"Guardian of the Safety of the World", private citizen-scientist Captain Video, assisted by his teenage helper The Ranger and an army of Video Rangers, preserves the peace in the far-off future, fighting the evil Dr. Pauli of the Astroidal Society and a bunch of other baddies (Nargola, Mook, Kul, Clysmok). The show appeared nightly Mon-Fri, featured many outlandish weapons and techno-gimmicks, and was run on a minuscule prop budget. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Astounding! Phenomenal! Adventure without precedent ... for the stalwart sentinels of world security! See more »


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This was the first science fiction television series. See more »

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Command Officer Rogers: Kismetized! Yesterday, to their horror, Captain Video and the Ranger learned the meaning of that strange word. Nargola, the power-mad dictator of the planet Heitok, has turned the machine against the people and by use of high-frequency oscillation is able to stun them into blindly obeying his every command. When Captain Video saw it happen to the Ranger, he was grimly determined to put an end to Nargola's evil power, but Nargola has other plans...
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Spoofed in Rocket-bye Baby (1956) See more »

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Overture to The Flying Dutchman
by Richard Wagner
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The Pioneer!
1 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

Who would have thought that a space adventure show could be done with (1) no special effects budget, (2) no prop department, (3) no wardrobe department, (4) sets that generally consisted of blank walls, (5) no space suits or space ships, and (6) a minimum of action? Well, Captain Video for its first year fit these conditions precisely! Yet it became wildly popular. It was more like radio than television, with the active imaginations of the young viewers having to fill in the many blanks. It would have probably continued to be broadcast indefinitely, 30 to 15 min per day, 3 to 5 days per week, if the always underfunded DuMont network had not gone bankrupt in 1955.


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