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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
22 September 1973 (Canada) See more »
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Plot:
A group of humans must explore a vast starship in order to find the controls to save it from destruction. Full summary »
Awards:
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User Reviews:
I thought it was kind of cool. 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:
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Trivia:
Writer Harlan Ellison, unhappy with changes made to his concept for the show, had his credit changed to the pseudonym "Cordwainer Bird."See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into The Starlost: The Beginning (1980) (TV)See more »

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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
I thought it was kind of cool., 28 February 2001
Author: meltedbrain from Concord, CA, USA

Of course I was only 8 years old at the time. But in retrospect, the storylines, weird synthesizer music and general atmoshphere were wonderfully creepy. Yes it had super-cheap production values but what could you expect from Canadian TV in the early 70s? The highest budgeted entertainment of the day would have been Hockey Night in Canada or the Irish Rovers Show (remember that one?).

The Starlost is a giant Ark ship hurtling through space on a collision course with a star. The earth has long since been destroyed and the ark ship itself was crippled by a meteor collision several generations into it's long journey. The technical people are dead. What is left are multitudes of biospheres, each with different sub-cultures of human "tribes", all cut-off from one another. These descendents of the original travellers have lost all knowledge of their journey and history. None of them even know they are on a space ship. Their biosphere is simply their home. You have to admit there is something mythic about that premise. I thought it was a nifty idea.

The series follows the adventures of 3 inhabitants, Devin, Rachel and Garth, who escape their biosphere, slowly find out the truth of the Ark, and travel from dome to dome.

I remember catching a few reruns of The Starlost in the early 80s and it was still as good (relatively speaking) as I remembered it. The use of those super-cheesy chroma effects did add a certain other-worldliness to the production that is hard to describe. It was as if it was so bad that it was actually effective (or almost). Certainly if this was redone today with a bunch of flashy, overblown, modern cgi, all the spookiness and creepyness of the original series would be diminished.

I think the reason why this series actually worked for me is because it had that "Space 1999" theme of being disconnected, alienated and lost, while scrambling like mad to get back to "somewhere" more connected. There is something metaphysical and tragic about that set-up which I guess appeals to introspective individuals.

I also liked the way that almost every episode ended on a down note, with the trio jumping to yet another Dome filled with raving madmen of one sort or the other.

Anyway, too bad this series seems to have disappeared. It would have been cool to watch a few episodes again. But I guess the original videotape that it was shot on has since decayed! :)

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