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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 <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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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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Did You Know?


The 24-foot plywood spaceship from the first movie appears for the last time, in the pilot episode. See more »


It is clear from the numerous shots of the palms of Galen's hands that they are gloves, though the character doesn't wear gloves. See more »


Man: [Galen is threatening a human the trio's trying to help] It is the will of the gods.
Galen: It is the will of Galen.
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Referenced in Watchman Video Broadcast: The Comic Con: Part 4 (2013) See more »

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A favorite TV show as a child
21 June 2004 | by (Colorado) – See all my reviews

The Planet of the Apes movies interested me very much as a young child. I was (and still am) very into the monster/sci-fi genre.

When this series came out, my friends and I would always be tuned in. In the special "Behind the Planet of the Apes" it references this series as being 13 shows long. It also mentions that the show was up against 2 very popular TV sitcoms at the time, Sanford & Son and Chico & the Man. I wasn't a fan of either of these other shows so I guess I was in the minority in watching "Apes".

I remember commenting back around that time that the Planet of the Apes TV series looked like Starsky and Hutch vs the apes and I still feel that way when I see clips of the old ape TV show. The 2 human stars bear an uncanny resemblance to the 2 stars of the popular 70s TV cop show (which came out in 1975). There was much merchandising back then, and we collected ape trading cards and ape dolls. I also had the ape model kits. I remember getting a few of the dolls for Christmas but the "ape house" set that came with it was too expensive and a neighbor kid had got that so we 'combined' the items for play.

In 1981 the ape TV shows were combined and renamed "Return to the Planet of the Apes" among other titles.

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