Land of the Giants (1968–1970)

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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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Gary Conway ...
 Capt. Steve Burton (51 episodes, 1968-1970)
Don Matheson ...
 Mark Wilson (51 episodes, 1968-1970)
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 Barry Lockridge (51 episodes, 1968-1970)
Don Marshall ...
 Dan Erickson (51 episodes, 1968-1970)
Deanna Lund ...
 Valerie Scott (51 episodes, 1968-1970)
Heather Young ...
 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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Often dismissed by science fiction "purists" such as Harlan Ellison, because of the sheer physical impossibility of such "giants" possibly existing, as their mass (which would increase geometrically while their strength only increased proportionately) would crush them. The novelization of the series (by Murray Leinster) attempted to account for this. No such explanation is ever given in the series. See more »

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In the first episode, the Spindrift departed from New York on its flight to London. In later episodes, the departing city is changed to Los Angeles. 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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