Two scientists with a secret time travel project find themselves trapped in the time stream and appearing in notable periods of history.


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Complete series cast summary:
 Dr. Tony Newman / ... (30 episodes, 1966-1967)
 Dr. Doug Phillips / ... (30 episodes, 1966-1967)
 Lt. Gen. Heywood Kirk / ... (30 episodes, 1966-1967)
 Dr. Raymond Swain (30 episodes, 1966-1967)
 Dr. Ann MacGregor (30 episodes, 1966-1967)


Scientists Tony Newman and Doug Phillips are the young heads of Project Tic-Toc, a multi-billion dollar government installation buried beneath the desert. They have invented a Time Tunnel, which will allow people to visit anywhere in time and space. While testing the tunnel for an impatient senator, Newman and Phillips became trapped in time, and each week coincidentally found themselves at the site of an important historical event, be it the Siege of Troy, the sinking of the Titanic or an assassination attempt on President Lincoln. Sometimes they traveled into the future, and battled alien invaders. Ann MacGregor, Gen. Kirk and Dr. Swain are the scientists trying to fix the malfunctioning Time Tunnel and bring Doug and Tony back to the present (1968). Written by Marty McKee <>

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Release Date:

9 September 1966 (USA)  »

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(30 episodes)

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Many episodes made extensive use of stock footage from the 20th Century Fox film library, which allowed producer Irwin Allen to do shows against an "epic" backdrop that could not have been done on a television budget. See more »


Announcer: [opening narration for most episodes] Two American scientists are lost in the swirling maze of past and future ages, during the first experiments on America's greatest and most secret project, the Time Tunnel. Tony Newman and Doug Phillips now tumble helplessly toward a new fantastic adventure, somewhere along the infinite corridors of time.
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Another Irwin Allen gem from the 60's
21 December 1999 | by (petaluma, ca) – See all my reviews

Having grown up in the 60's, I have fond memories of those Irwin Allen adventure series; Lost in Space, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Land of the Giants, and of course The Time Tunnel. Here we have Tony and Doug, trapped in endless time travel, as they tumble week to week to a new adventure, which always happened to be a key moment in history. Gettysburg, Pearl Harbor, the Titanic, Jericho, you name it. Meanwhile, the hapless scientists back at the base are constantly turning dials to bring them home, saying, "I'm trying to get a fix on them..." I always liked the vivid theme music, and of course you could see that those blinking computer props were recycled from the aforementioned series.

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