Planet of the Apes (1974– )

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Two astronauts and a sympathetic chimp friend are fugitives in a future Earth dominated by a civilization of humanoid apes.


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Complete series cast summary:
 Galen (14 episodes, 1974)
 Alan Virdon (14 episodes, 1974)
 Pete Burke (14 episodes, 1974)
 Urko (11 episodes, 1974)
Ron Stein ...
 Gorilla Guard / ... (10 episodes, 1974)
Booth Colman ...
 Zaius (6 episodes, 1974)
Eldon Burke ...
 Chilot / ... (5 episodes, 1974)


Television series about a group of astronauts who travel in time and become marooned on a planet. Unbeknownst to them, they are actually on future Earth. The astronauts encounter an advanced civilization run by apes, but supported by enslaved human workers. Written by Tad Dibbern <>

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Release Date:

13 September 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El planeta de los simios  »

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(14 episodes)

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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Though uncredited, Rod Serling wrote the original treatment and two proposed scripts for this series, essentially creating the basic format followed by the program, two astronauts and one chimpanzee pursued by the Apes civilization. See more »


In the pilot episode (after the astronauts have been captured by Urko), Alan abrades the ropes binding his wrists against a rock. Yet in the close-up of his wrists, the ropes are not frayed where he had been rubbing them and they don't break. They just fall off his arms. See more »


Urko: These humans are dangerous, don't you understand that? They think that they're as good as we are!
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Spoofed in Play-Mate of the Apes (2002) See more »

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At the beginning of a new century, this series remains one of the finest shows ever produced for television. It's academic appeal, combined with it's superior scriptwriting, easily resulted in a classic work of art. Although action packed, the screenwriters always assumed that the audience had a high degree of intelligence. Typically, this show was cancelled after only 13 episodes. A sad comment on our society, who allowed FULL HOUSE to run over 12 years.

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