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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964–1968)

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The submarine Seaview is commissioned to investigate the mysteries of the seas. Usually it finds more problems than answers...


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Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete series cast summary:
 Adm. Harriman Nelson / ... (110 episodes, 1964-1968)
 Captain Crane / ... (110 episodes, 1964-1968)
Robert Dowdell ...
 Chip Morton / ... (109 episodes, 1964-1968)
Del Monroe ...
 Kowalski / ... (98 episodes, 1964-1968)
Terry Becker ...
 Chief Francis Ethelbert Sharkey / ... (71 episodes, 1965-1968)
Paul Trinka ...
 Patterson / ... (58 episodes, 1964-1968)


Voyage chronicled the adventures of the world's first privately owned nuclear submarine, the SSRN Seaview. Designed by Admiral Harriman Nelson, she was a tool of oceanographic research for the Nelson Institute of Marine Research. Though the show is known for its "monster" episodes, many plots were veiled commentaries of what was happening in the news. Such plotlines as nuclear doomsday, pollution of natural resources, foreign threat, and theft of American technology are all still relevant today. Written by Linda Adams <Garridon@aol.com>

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Release Date:

14 September 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Viaje al fondo del mar  »

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(110 episodes)

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(RCA Sound Recording)


| (31 episodes)

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Did You Know?


During the 1965 season of the series actress Susan Flannery was considered for a recurring role as Admiral Nelson's secretary, serving both as an on-shore ally to the adventures, and as occasional romantic interest for Capt. Crane. The plans were dropped after demographics showed the series was more popular with children than adults. See more »


Captain Crane: A man learns a great deal sitting on top of an armed nuclear bomb for twenty-four hours.
Admiral Nelson: I can think of a number of important people in this world of ours who would profit enormously from the experience.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Stranded in Space (1991) See more »

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Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea The TV Series
3 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A wonderful TV adaptation of the popular 1961 box office hit. Starring the wonderfully talented Richard Basehart as Admiral Harriman Nelson and a young and very handsome as well as talented David Hedison as Commander Lee Crane and of course the marvelous nuclear powered submarine Seaview of the future. This series was a mix of top notch spy thriller, science fiction at it's best and sometimes not the best but none the less entertaining and pure fantasy with a little bit of levity here and there. This show was produced at the height of the cold war by the master of disaster Irwin Allen who produced epic disaster flicks like The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno. The first 31 episodes are black and white with the remaining 79 in color. This would be a wonderful TV series to release on DVD. It would be a dream come true to see it remastered and in wide screen. The popularity of this show which aired for 4 seasons led to other science fiction TV series like Lost In Space and Star Trek. The show with a wonderful cast led by Richard Basehart is a must see for all science fiction fans old and new.

Richard Basehart is best known for his 4 year stint as Admiral Nelson who is also the creator of the nuclear powered submarine Seaview and head of the Nelson Institute of Marine Research. He also starred in many films such as Moby Dick, La Strada, and He Walked By Night as well as other numerous stage and screen plays from the 1940's to the early 80's. He also starred in the highly acclaimed TV adaptation of The Andersonville Trial which received the Emmy for best outstanding drama.

David Hedison is best known for his role as Captain Lee Crane of the submarine Seaview. He also is known for films like The Fly and Irwin Allens The Lost World among other films and stage performances with other TV guest appearances too numerous to list.

Other cast members include Bob Dowdell as Chip Morton, Terry Becker as Chief Sharkey, Del Monroe as Kowalski, Paul Trinka as Patterson, Henry Kulky as Chief Jones (1st Season)and numerous other regular cast members and note worthy guest stars like Vincent Price, Robert Loggia, Robert Duvall, and Patrick Wayne to name a few.

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