A spaceship from Earth crash-lands on an Earth-like planet on which everything, including the human-like inhabitants, is twelve times the size of its counterpart on Earth.

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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 Capt. Steve Burton (51 episodes, 1968-1970)
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 Mark Wilson (51 episodes, 1968-1970)
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 Barry Lockridge (51 episodes, 1968-1970)
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 Dan Erickson (51 episodes, 1968-1970)
Deanna Lund ...
 Valerie Scott (51 episodes, 1968-1970)
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 Betty Hamilton (51 episodes, 1968-1970)
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 Alexander B. Fitzhugh (51 episodes, 1968-1970)
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The Spindrift, a sub-oribital spaceship on a flight from Los Angeles to London, became lost when it passed through a strange cloud in the ship's orbit around Earth. It landed on an alternate Earth-type planet, where the inhabitants were roughly twelve times the size of the Spindrift's passengers. Our heroes include the ship's captain (Steve Burton), co-pilot (Dan) and stewardess (Betty); an arrogant engineer (Mark); a sexy jet-setter (Valerie); a young boy (Barry) and his dog Chipper; and a mysterious rogue known as Commander Fitzhugh. Together they battle the planet's totalitarian government, try to avoid capture, and attempt to repair the Spindrift so they can get back home. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Mini-people - playthings in a world of giant tormentors!

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22 September 1968 (USA)  »

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Although the series ran for two years (1968-70), the first 12 episodes were filmed in the summer and fall of 1967 to meet the original planned start of the series, which would have been January 1968. The network was originally planning to use "Giants" as a mid-season replacement show. Since nothing needed replacing on their schedule, the series' premiere date was pushed back to the fall of 1968, where it replaced Irwin Allen's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964) series on the schedule. The 1967 start of the series' filming helps explain the difference in appearance of Stefan Arngrim from year one to year two, because in actuality THREE years have transpired over the course of the series' 51 episodes. See more »

Goofs

In the first several episodes of the series, during daylight hours at the spaceship campsite, the sound of tropical birds can be heard. This was an obvious mistake on the part of the sound editor - on seeing the abundant foliage around the campsite, he probably assumed that the ship had crashed in a jungle setting (as per the series it was established as a giant city park). This sound track was removed in later first season episodes. See more »

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Referenced in Millennium: Weeds (1997) See more »

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Missing the point

As a child growing up in England in the late 60s, my favourite TV show was "Lost in Space", but "Land of the Giants", which replaced it from time to time in the schedules, was only slightly less intriguing. It didn't boast a character quite so camply magnificent as Dr Zachary Smith (my lifelong hero!), but its parallel-world scenario struck me as deeply haunting and thought-provoking. All of the reviewers who berate LIS and LOTG for their creaky plots and primitive special effects are missing the point; these shows relied on a willing suspension of disbelief, and the imaginative collaboration of their audience (for the most part, children). I pity rather than envy the present generation of children, whose dreams are delivered to them ready made.


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