Fireball XL5 (1962–1963)

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Fireball XL5 was part of the fleet of interplanetary rockets protecting Sector 25 of the Solar System from alien invasion under the supervision of the World Space Patrol. In command of XL5 ... See full summary »

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Paul Maxwell ...
 Colonel Steve Zodiac / ... (39 episodes, 1962-1963)
Sylvia Anderson ...
 Doctor Venus / ... (39 episodes, 1962-1963)
David Graham ...
 Lieutenant Ninety / ... (39 episodes, 1962-1963)
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 Commander Wilbur Zero / ... (39 episodes, 1962-1963)
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Fireball XL5 was part of the fleet of interplanetary rockets protecting Sector 25 of the Solar System from alien invasion under the supervision of the World Space Patrol. In command of XL5 was Steve Zodiac, and his crew consisted of Venus, a doctor, Professor Matic, the science officer, and Robert the Robot, the rocket's mechanical co-pilot. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Avaruusalus XL-5  »

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Although "Supercar" had been shown in syndication, this was the first Gerry Anderson "Supermarionation" series to appear on US network television (NBC, on Saturday mornings, between 1963 and 1965). See more »

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In numerous scenes the characters can be seen surviving in space WITHOUT taking the oxygen pills it is often established they need to survive there. See more »

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Various Characters: [slang used by multiple characters in various episodes] Tooty!
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Referenced in Drawn in Supermarionation (2009) See more »

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Fireball
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Written by Barry Gray
Performed by Don Spencer
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Vintage Sci-Fi fun
31 August 2003 | by (Devon.England) – See all my reviews

This was the show that sparked my interest in Sci-Fi way back in 1962, being only five the opening shot of Steve and Venus flying past the fin of the huge spaceship Fireball XL5 filled me with wonder!

Although this was a series for it's time it was one of the first to depict a space fleet of patrol ships monitoring our quadrant of space, notably used in Star Trek a few years later. The characters from the very first episode were amazingly fleshed out by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, only to be further developed by the talents of the other scriptwriters resulting in a fine continuity right up the last episode, unheard of in those days. Stories involved time travel, space pirates and of course earth domination, which had the puppets smoking, shaving, being tied up and the odd reference to child psychology! -Very adult for a child's T.V. series.

My favourite episodes - A day in the life of a space general, Space Magnet & 1875 In all, superb sixties Sci Fi fun.


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