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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Series cast summary:
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)
 Commander Wilbur Zero / ... (39 episodes, 1962-1963)


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 <>

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Release Date:

5 October 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Avaruusalus XL-5  »

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(39 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Some scenes from "Four Feather Falls", Gerry Anderson's first puppet animation series, can be seen on TV screens, mostly when Commander Zero's son, Jonathan, watches on TV. See more »


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 »


Prof. Matt Matic: Now now, Venus, none of your feminine intution. Let's stick to the facts.
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Referenced in Drawn in Supermarionation (2009) See more »


(Theme song)
Written by Barry Gray
Performed by Don Spencer
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19 June 2003 | by (Omaha, Ne) – See all my reviews

From the very outset, I was hooked by this show as a child. In a lot of ways, it was very advanced with a WOMAN doctor...even though Venus spent most of her time making coffee, cleaning up, or needing to be rescued. Robert was the best robot around, and Professor Mattic was just eccentric enough to be interesting, too. Coulda lived without the Lazoon, though. This show even had a first rate music score, too. But, it was that ship that had me! It was unlike most of the cramped ships in sci fi at the time. This one had a lounge, sleeping quarters, too. Its nose cone was detachable, and could land on the planets they visited. Most of the plots were pretty simple, but some stood out. One episode had XL5 in an unexplored area of space. The ship had been hit by meteors, and was losing its oxygen. They knew they had just a short time left, and even as a child, I was fascinated with how they were facing death. Of course, they just HAPPENED to wander into a part of the universe with its own air pocket, but hey..!

I used to think I was the only person who even cared about this show, but thanks to the wonders of the Internet, I found out there were a LOT of fans out there world wide!

I loved this show when I was young. I got as many episodes as were available on VHS when I could, and now, I see the entire series is on DVD! It probably won't win too many new fans in this day and age, but if you loved this show as a child, its a little reminder of a more innocent time. Enjoy the ride!

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