Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (1950–1955)

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Four centuries into the future, Cadets Tom Corbett, Roger Manning and Astro are training to become Solar Guards. Their ship, the "Polaris" took them to numerous adventures, usually natural catastrophes rather than villains.

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Frankie Thomas ...
 Tom Corbett (58 episodes, 1951-1955)
Al Markim ...
 Astro (58 episodes, 1951-1955)
Jan Merlin ...
 Roger Manning (30 episodes, 1951-1954)
Jack Grimes ...
 T.J. Thistle (28 episodes, 1954-1955)
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Set during the middle of the 24th Century at the Space Academy (a training school for the Solar Guards) and aboard the 'Polaris', a Solar Guard training ship, this hugely-popular science-fiction series was one of the very few programs to air on all four major networks, including a brief period in 1951 when it ran on two networks simultaneously (NBC and ABC). It was seen three times weekly over CBS and ABC in fifteen-minute format, and in half-hour episodes on Saturdays over DuMont and NBC. Written by Hup234!

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The series' concept was based on Robert Heinlein's book "Space Cadet". The phrase "blast off" originated on this program. See more »

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Announcer: Space Academy, USA, in the world beyond tomorrow. Here the Space Cadets train for duty on distant planets. In roaring rockets, they blast through the millions of miles from Earth to far-flung stars and brave the dangers of cosmic frontiers protecting the liberties of the planets, safeguarding the cause of universal peace in the age of the conquest of space!
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What a Fantastic Space Travel Adventure Show!
21 October 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Long before the advent of Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock, there was "Tom Corbett Space Cadet." And the camaraderie's of fiction characters that we came to know and adsorb so well in "Star Trek" in 1966, was successfully captured here first in the early 1950's.

Tom Corbett (Frankie Thomas), the wise cracking Roger (Jan Merlin) and the Venusian, Astro (??) . I didn't know of a single kid on my block or in my grade school who didn't use the character Roger's famous term - "Aw go blast your jets!" It was a great show for its time and, in many ways, ahead of its time.

Long live the crew of the Polaris!


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