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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3
Release Date:
7 September 1974 (USA) See more »
Plot:
A family is thrown back in time and must survive in a dinosaur dominated land. Full summary »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(31 articles)
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User Reviews:
Excellent science fiction series See more (34 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 22)

Wesley Eure ... Will Marshall (43 episodes, 1974-1976)
Kathy Coleman ... Holly Marshall (43 episodes, 1974-1976)
Spencer Milligan ... Park Ranger Rick Marshall (30 episodes, 1974-1975)
Philip Paley ... Cha-Ka (29 episodes, 1974-1976)
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Series Directed by
Bob Lally (11 episodes, 1974-1975)
Dennis Steinmetz (11 episodes, 1974)
Gordon Wiles (8 episodes, 1975)
Joseph L. Scanlan (7 episodes, 1976)
Rick Bennewitz (6 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Writing credits
Allan Foshko (43 episodes, 1974-1976)
Marty Krofft (43 episodes, 1974-1976)
Sid Krofft (43 episodes, 1974-1976)
David Gerrold (17 episodes, 1974)
Dick Morgan (16 episodes, 1974-1975)
Samuel Roeca (13 episodes, 1976)
Jon Kubichan (5 episodes, 1976)
Larry Niven (3 episodes, 1974)
Tom Swale (3 episodes, 1975-1976)
William J. Keenan (3 episodes, 1975)
Margaret Armen (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
Joyce Perry (2 episodes, 1974-1975)

Series Produced by
Marty Krofft .... producer / executive producer (43 episodes, 1974-1976)
Sid Krofft .... producer / executive producer (43 episodes, 1974-1976)
Albert J. Tenzer .... executive producer (30 episodes, 1974-1975)
Gene Warren .... associate producer (30 episodes, 1974-1975)
Tom Swale .... associate producer (13 episodes, 1975)
Jon Kubichan .... producer (13 episodes, 1976)
Jim Washburn .... associate producer (13 episodes, 1976)
Dennis Steinmetz .... producer (6 episodes, 1974)
 
Series Original Music by
Jimmie Haskell (30 episodes, 1974-1976)
Michael Lloyd (13 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Cinematography by
Tom Lindner (17 episodes, 1974)

Stephen H. Burum (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Bob Best (13 episodes, 1975)
Bill Breshears (13 episodes, 1975)

Jimmy B. Frazier (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Ruth Conforte (11 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Art Direction by
Herman F. Zimmerman (30 episodes, 1974-1976)
Elayne Barbara Ceder (13 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Makeup Department
Michael Westmore .... makeup artist / special makeup (28 episodes, 1974-1976)
Louis Phillipi .... makeup artist (13 episodes, 1975)
Maurice Stein .... makeup artist (11 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Production Management
John Braislin .... executive in charge of production (30 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Barth .... associate director (35 episodes, 1974-1976)
Bob Best .... associate director (18 episodes, 1974-1975)
Barbara Searles .... associate director (17 episodes, 1974)
Ron Cates .... associate director (9 episodes, 1975)
Carol Englehart Scott .... associate director (5 episodes, 1976)
Franklin Melton .... associate director (4 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Art Department
Max Pittman .... property master / head props (41 episodes, 1974-1976)
Wah Chang .... dinosaur character design (30 episodes, 1974-1975)
Mentor Huebner .... designer (30 episodes, 1974-1975)
Kirk Axtell .... associate art director (17 episodes, 1974)
 
Series Sound Department
Gordon Klimuck .... audio (11 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Special Effects by
Ken Speed .... special effects assistant (1 episode, 1974)

Gene Warren .... stop motion director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Samuel E. Dowlen .... camera operator (27 episodes, 1974-1976)
Dean Hall .... camera operator (24 episodes, 1975-1976)
Parker Roe .... camera operator (24 episodes, 1975-1976)
Hank Geving .... camera operator (19 episodes, 1974-1976)
John Rougeot .... key grip (17 episodes, 1974)
Fred Arney .... key grip (13 episodes, 1975)
Greg Brunton .... lighting technician (11 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Animation Department
Gene Warren Jr. .... animator (42 episodes, 1974-1976)
Harry Walton .... animator (30 episodes, 1974-1975)
Pete Kleinow .... animator (29 episodes, 1974-1976)
John Huneck .... animator (13 episodes, 1975)
Janet Riley .... animation supervisor (13 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Oda Broulard .... wardrobe (41 episodes, 1974-1976)
Michael Westmore .... special costumes (41 episodes, 1974-1976)
David Watson .... wardrobe (30 episodes, 1974-1975)
Kirk Templeman .... wardrobe (17 episodes, 1974)
Pat Trbovich .... wardrobe (13 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Editorial Department
James Wilde .... colorist (30 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Music Department
Linda Laurie .... composer: theme music (41 episodes, 1974-1976)
John D'Andrea .... music arranger (13 episodes, 1975)
Wesley Eure .... vocals: theme song (13 episodes, 1976)
Wayne Osmond .... lyricist: theme song (11 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Other crew
Bob Masters .... technical director (41 episodes, 1974-1976)
Caroljane Rapp .... assistant to producers / assistant to producer (35 episodes, 1974-1976)
Trudy Bennett .... assistant: Sid & Marty Krofft (30 episodes, 1974-1975)
Harry Krofft .... administration (30 episodes, 1974-1975)
Victoria Fromkin .... linguistics consultant (29 episodes, 1974-1975)
Patti Krofft .... production assistant (17 episodes, 1974)
Ted Ray .... stage manager (17 episodes, 1974)
Janet Riley .... production assistant (17 episodes, 1974)
Tom Swale .... production coordinator (17 episodes, 1974)
Robert J. Smawley .... stage manager (13 episodes, 1975)
Karen Gordon .... auditor (12 episodes, 1975)
Sheila Lauder .... assistant to producers (9 episodes, 1975)
Frank Crawford .... stage manager (8 episodes, 1976)
Carol Fisher .... assistant to producer (6 episodes, 1976)
Mimi Seawell .... assistant to producers (4 episodes, 1975)
Don Corvan .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1976)
 

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Runtime:
30 min (43 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG (some episodes) | Australia:G (some episodes)

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Trivia:
Wesley Eure would often perform songs at the end of several episodes with lyrics pertaining to the lesson learned in the course of the episode.See more »
Quotes:
Will Marshall:It's funny - I've walked this way hundreds of times and I've never seen this pylon.
Enik:Nor I, Will Marshall. And I have been in this valley many times longer than you.
Cha-Ka:Cha-Ka think it's *new* pylon!
Will Marshall:Either that, Cha-Ka, or it's been invisible all this time.
Enik:That is not logical.
Will Marshall:Now, Enik, if you've been in the Land of the Lost that much longer than we have, you ought to know by now that not everything here is logical.
Enik:That is logical.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in UFOs: Chariots of the Beast (2011) (V)See more »

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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Excellent science fiction series, 26 April 2003
Author: Rick_66 from Midwest, U.S.A.

The Land of the Lost was an excellent science fiction series-- especially given that it aired on a Saturday morning. Granted, the third season wasn't as good as the first two, with writers ignoring much of the internal logic that had previously been established, but even the third season was better than much of the Saturday morning fare today.

To clear up some misconceptions about the series, the Marshall family did not travel back in time; they fell through a time doorway which transported them to a small, closed universe, which included, among other things, three moons in the sky. In this small universe, a balance was maintained. In order for anyone to enter, the same number of people had to leave (and vice versa).

The presence of the dinosaurs (one of the attractions of the show for many) may be why people think the Marshalls went to Earth's past. But other features, such as the Lost City and the pylons, which TARDIS-like are bigger on the inside than the outside, are signs of a highly advanced culture; one, which we later learn, built the Land of the Lost. The pylons controlled the environment of the land, and some contained time doorways leading to other dimensions.

Oh, and for the record, the dinosaur named "Alice" is called that because she's an allosaur. It's a nickname.

There was a later version of Land of the Lost in 1992, and while it had better effects and slightly better acting, the original was "Masterpiece Theatre" by comparison. While the original Land of the Lost does have some flaws, it at least had interesting scripts and looked like it was another world; and it had a certain quality to it that the remake-- which was filmed in some park-- lacked.

There are currently eight episodes available on video, with four of them re-released to DVD. Like I said, the Land of the Lost isn't perfect (though many of the eight episodes available are considered among the better ones, especially "The Stranger", "Elsewhen" and my personal favorite, "Circle") but it's better than a lot of the stuff on today.

Rick

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