Lost in Space (1965–1968)

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A space colony family struggles to survive when a spy/accidental stowaway throws their ship hopelessly off course.

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 Prof. John Robinson / ... (84 episodes, 1965-1968)
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 Maureen Robinson (84 episodes, 1965-1968)
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 Maj. Don West / ... (84 episodes, 1965-1968)
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 Judy Robinson / ... (84 episodes, 1965-1968)
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 Will Robinson (84 episodes, 1965-1968)
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In the year 1997, Earth is suffering from massive overpopulation. Professor John Robinson, his wife Maureen, their children (Judy, Penny and Will) and Major Don West are selected to go to the third planet in the Alpha Centauri star system to establish a colony so that other Earth people can settle there. They are to go there on a ship christened the Jupiter 2. However, Doctor Zachary Smith, an agent for an enemy government, is sent to sabotage the mission. He is successful in reprogramming the ship's robot, but in the process becomes trapped on the ship, and because of his excess weight, the ship and all on board become hopelessly lost and it now becomes a fight for survival as the crew tries to find their way back home. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Unearthly perils face our planetary family. Starring June Lockhart and Guy Williams. In color. (season two)


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The Robinsons' robot was created by Robert Kinoshita, the same man who designed Robby the Robot for Forbidden Planet (1956). Indeed, Robbie the Robot makes a guest appearance in Lost in Space: War of the Robots (1966). See more »

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In both the pilot, S0E0, and the first show, S0E1, the spacecraft is shown going through an asteroid field, with the rocks bouncing off the craft and flying away aft of the ship. Newtonian mechanics would have the rocks flying off in the direction they were redirected after the hit, not falling off to the rear of the ship. This indicates that the model of the ship was placed in a vertical mount and the rocks were dropped onto the model in a gravity field. See more »

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Robot: My micromechanism thanks you, my computer tapes thank you, and I thank you.
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Supremely Silly and Fondly Remembered 1960s Sci-Fi
15 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

I think that anybody familiar with "Lost in Space" can divide the series into three distinct styles. It's pretty easy, because each season was very different from the others. The familiar characters included the Robinson family (John, Maureen, Judy, Penny, and precocious Will), the testy, short-tempered space pilot (Major Don West, played by Mark Goddard), the sinister, cowardly stowaway (Dr. Smith, played to perfection by Jonathan Harris), and of course the ship's robot, played by diminutive actor Bob May. The entire group took off in their ship Jupiter 2, and promptly got…well, lost in space.

The first season (1965-66) was in B&W and was very dark and serious in tone. There were several very good guest stars (including Michael Rennie, Warren Oates, Kurt Russell, and others), decent special effects, and sober story lines. The first season also had a very subtle love affair between Judy (Marta Kristen) and Major West. Still, the first season, though well done, was pretty boring. How many times can Guy Williams fly around with that jet pack?

The second season (1966-67) was in color and was markedly lighter and sillier in tone. The infuriating thing about this season was that the Jupiter 2 seemed never to leave the ground! Many of the season's stories never really went anywhere, nor did they make much sense. There were lots of colorful characters and absurd situations, with a few standout episodes, including my all-time favorite "Trip Through the Robot".

The third season (1967-68) left all logic and coherence behind, emphasizing silly situations with Will (Billy Mumy) and Dr. Smith always in peril. This is my favorite season, since the stories are mostly so absurd that there's no way to take them seriously. The series' nadir was no doubt "The Great Vegetable Rebellion", in which a giant carrot terrorizes the giggling cast. However, this season also included "The Anti-Matter Man", which was imaginative, dark, and very disturbing at times.

With "Lost in Space", I suppose you either love it or hate it. I grew up with it, and I love it…but I can certainly understand why some people would just despise it for its silliness. As a child of the 1960s, I guess it simply makes me feel young again.


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