Irwin Allen's adaptation of the 1812 novel by Johann David Wyss follows the adventures of the Karl Robinson, his wife, two boys, and an orphaned girl, who wash up on a volcanic island after... See full summary »
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A family shipwrecked on a deserted island tries to survive the best way they can. All is going well until a gang of pirates arrives on the island looking for a hidden treasure.

Director: Harry Harris
Stars: George DiCenzo, Helen Hunt, Martin Milner
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A family setting out for a new life across the sea is shipwrecked on a deserted island. The family members collaborate to create a home for themselves in the jungle environment.

Director: Edward Ludwig
Stars: Thomas Mitchell, Edna Best, Freddie Bartholomew
Adventure
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When Angelino Jack Robinson gets a new job in Australia, he decides to take his wife Ann, sons Shane and Todd and daughter Elisabeth 'Lizzy' by sailing yacht from Hong Kong to Syndney. The ... See full summary »

Director: Stewart Raffill
Stars: Jane Seymour, David Carradine, James Keach
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When the Robinsons plan to go to start a new life in Australia , they run into a storm that turns their lives completely.

Stars: Yoshiko Matsuo, Michiko Hirai, Katsuhiko Kobayashi
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The Swiss Family Robinson (TV Movie 1973)
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The classic animated tale of the Swiss Family Robinson.

Director: Leif Gram
Stars: Jeanie Drynan, Alistair Duncan, Barbara Frawley
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 Karl Robinson (20 episodes, 1975-1976)
Pat Delaney ...
 Lotte Robinson (20 episodes, 1975-1976)
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 Fred Robinson (20 episodes, 1975-1976)
Eric Olson ...
 Ernie Robinson (20 episodes, 1975-1976)
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 Jeremiah Worth (20 episodes, 1975-1976)
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 Helga Wagner (20 episodes, 1975-1976)

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Irwin Allen's adaptation of the 1812 novel by Johann David Wyss follows the adventures of the Karl Robinson, his wife, two boys, and an orphaned girl, who wash up on a volcanic island after a shipwreck. Also on the island is Jeremiah Worth, who was marooned there seven years earlier. Written by Steve Hager

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14 September 1975 (USA)  »

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The erupting volcano seen in many an episode was actually a large miniature left over from the noted 20th Century-Fox financial disaster, Doctor Dolittle (1967) See more »

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Irwin's Okay 5th Television Series
29 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

A family is ship wrecked on an island.

Each episode began with, "IRWIN ALLEN'S PRODUCTION OF ... THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON". How many producers get the name before the title? And those titles and the series background scores were done with wonderful Richard LaSalle music playing. LaSalle had worked on Irwin TV in the 1960s and it was these 1960s connections that made this series okay and sometimes good.

Towards the end of the 20 episode season, a two part episode appeared called "Jean Lafitte", this was the only show to leave the island and go to sea and then to land. Several 1960s Irwin names appear - Whit Bissell (Time Tunnel), John Zaremba (Time Tunnel), Leonard Stone (Lost In Space guest star twice), John Crawford (he appeared in ALL Irwin TV shows), and Harry Harris (often used Irwin director) directed it.

William Welch returns from the bottom of the sea via the time tunnel to become the story editor of the whole series and he wrote just one episode about more people coming to the lost island.

Other quality guest stars for the series include John Vernon (in the opening two hour movie), Leslie Neilson, and ex-Phantom Alfred Ryder.

I think Irwin was playing a joke on viewers in the last episode - The Devils - screened on March 28, 1976. All 1960s Irwin TV shows began in a mildly realistic way and then went over the top with crazy story lines. Irwin seemed to be suggesting this with Swiss Family Robinson as well. In The Devils, something is seen moving through the dark, it appears to be a huge bat. Karl (the father) finds the garden destroyed and the livestock missing? Later, strange lights are seen in the sky. The Devil MAY have arrived on the island?

An okay series.


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