The Spindrift, a commercial spaceship on a flight from New York City 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
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The flight number for the Spindrift was 612. See more »
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 »
Having just read all the comments I had an idea of why this show made such a strong impression on so many.
It seems many of the people that were fans were kids when this first aired (I was six, probably became truly imprinted on my neural circuits in early syndication). I believe this show connected so much with its audience because as young children we all felt in some way that we were living in a Land of the Giants and so we identified very much with all the characters.
Anyway, sorry for the cheesy pop psychiatry, but that's my theory and I'm sticking with it.
Now if I can only figure out why I loved so many other 60's/70's TV sci-fi (Star Trek, Lost In Space, UFO, Space 1999, etc)
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