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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
22 September 1973 (Canada) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A group of humans must explore a vast starship in order to find the controls to save it from destruction. Full summary »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Ellison's Folly? See more (30 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 9)

Keir Dullea ... Devon (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Gay Rowan ... Rachel (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Robin Ward ... Garth (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
William Osler ... Host / ... (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
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Series Directed by
Joseph L. Scanlan (6 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ed Richardson (4 episodes, 1973)
Harvey Hart (2 episodes, 1973)
George McCowan (2 episodes, 1973)
Leo Orenstein (2 episodes, 1973)

Martin Lager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Harlan Ellison (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Norman Klenman (7 episodes, 1973)
Martin Lager (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
George Ghent (2 episodes, 1973)

Series Produced by
William Davidson .... producer / executive producer (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ed Richardson .... associate producer / producer (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Gerry Rochon .... executive producer / producer (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Douglas Trumbull .... producer / executive producer (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Jerome M. Zeitman .... producer / executive producer (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ray Fitzwalter .... assistant producer / associate producer (8 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Film Editing by
Gordon Stoddard (9 episodes, 1973-1974)
Bernie Clayton (8 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Casting by
Karen Hazzard (3 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Production Design by
Jack McAdam (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Art Direction by
Gordon White (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Costume Design by
Shirley Mann (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Makeup Department
Pat Burrows .... makeup artist (10 episodes, 1973)
Carol Davidson .... makeup artist / makeup supervisor (6 episodes, 1973-1974)
Leslie Haynes .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1973)
John Luccetta .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Production Management
Barrie Diehl .... unit manager / unit production manager (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Arthur Weinthal .... executive in charge of production (15 episodes, 1973-1974)
Doug McCormick .... post-production supervisor (13 episodes, 1973-1974)
Bill Rennie .... unit manager (12 episodes, 1973-1974)
Gary Smith .... unit manager / unit production manager (4 episodes, 1973)
Ed Brennan .... production manager / post-production supervisor (3 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Art Department
Bob Bowkett .... property master (12 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Sound Department
Wallie Harris .... sound re-recording mixer (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Wally Weaver .... sound re-recording mixer (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Malcolm Fox .... sound editor (14 episodes, 1973-1974)
Doug Drew .... sound (9 episodes, 1973-1974)
Mitch Wirth .... sound editor (9 episodes, 1973-1974)
Art Claridge .... sound (7 episodes, 1973)
Bob Kozak .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Special Effects by
Bob Colquhoun .... model construction (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Lissa Calvert .... model construction (12 episodes, 1973)
Mereline Thompson .... model construction (12 episodes, 1973)
Philip Stephens .... model construction (11 episodes, 1973)
Gordon Lowe .... model construction (10 episodes, 1973)
Lori Margolis .... model construction (10 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Douglas Trumbull .... visual effects (1 episode, 1973)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Peter G. Edwards .... lighting director / lighting technician (15 episodes, 1973-1974)
Percy Brinkworth .... camera operator / camera operator: video (13 episodes, 1973)
Arnie Smith .... lighting director: models / lighting director (6 episodes, 1973)
John Pettitt .... camera operator: video / camera operator (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Larry S. Wells .... wardrobe (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Editorial Department
Tony Malone .... assistant editor (1 episode, 1973)
 
Series Other crew
Norman Klenman .... story consultant / story editor (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Derrett Lee .... production coordinator (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Maurie Jackson .... technical director (13 episodes, 1973)
Ben Bova .... science consultant (10 episodes, 1973)
Mary Fraser .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1973-1974)
Berniece Gillies .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1973)
Ray Fitzwalter .... studio director / floor manager (6 episodes, 1973)
Bill Bray .... floor manager (5 episodes, 1973-1974)
Cy Fawcett .... floor manager (5 episodes, 1973)
Keith Robinson .... technical director (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Ark" - USA (syndication title)
"Starlost: Spaceship Ark" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
60 min (16 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
16 episodes aired, but there are 2 unaired episodes ("God That Died" and "People In The Dark").See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into The Starlost: The Alien Oro (1980) (TV)See more »

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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Ellison's Folly?, 3 May 2005
Author: possum-3

After many years of not being able to see this program, but only being able to hear the scathing opinions of others about it, in particular those of the series' originator, noted SF writer Harlan Ellison, I was anxious to actually see it for myself.

And when I finally did...? Well, I actually enjoyed the 10 or so episodes I could see. Yes, the production values were very small, but shows like 'Land of the Lost' or 'Doctor Who' (which Ellison has said he actually likes) have made very enjoyable, watchable programs on similar budgets. Frankly, an interesting story is the first requirement, and trivia like sets and special effects are, at best, secondary. Castigating the show for a low budget is easy. But the shows I saw were primarily enjoyable, and I liked watching them even with particular flaws here or there or a less enjoyable episode now and again.

How much of this reputation for the show is of people simply jumping on Ellison's bandwagon? He has famously trashed the series, and has every right to whatever feelings he has on the subject. But his opinion is formed on the basis of what he originally wanted, and the experiences he had while working on the project (which, as much as they are known, are simply HIS versions of events). What effect could that whole experience have had on his opinion of the show? And why should his opinion have any effect on mine, formed simply on the basis of the program itself? I wonder how many people have formed their perspective of the series based on Ellison's recounting of events and his own view of the series. How much of Ellison's opinion has built those of others? Does it have its flaws? Most certainly, sizable ones. And it is certainly a low-budget production with poor episodes. But is it the worst show of all time, as many people seem to see it? I don't think so. It is, in many ways, enjoyable.

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