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Salvage 1 (TV Series 1979– ) Poster

(1979– )

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This show is one of the first new filmed shows from Columbia Pictures Television to not to display a copyright notice under the show's logo at the beginning, but rather at the end.
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Science fiction author Isaac Asimov was the show's scientific adviser.
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Estes Rockets made a prototype of a model rocket version of the Vulture. It was never brought to market.
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Andy Griffith told People magazine he initially turned down the show because he thought it was Saturday morning television.
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This winter offering from ABC went head to head against popular shows WKRP in Cincinnati and Little House on the Prairie. That likely explains why it managed a mere 20 episodes.
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In addition to the Two Hour Pilot movie, the two part episodes "Golden Orbit" and "Hard Water" were combined in the late eighties and aired as "movies" on CBS Late Night.
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Co-creator Mike Lloyd Ross was originally a Navy engineer, who brought the concept of the original pilot movie to producer Harve Bennett (best known as the man who killed off Mr. Spock a few years later in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan). Ross was not an experienced TV person, but after the studio green-lighted the series, went on to become the supervising producer for the first few episodes.
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The series was difficult to write for because it wasn't a "franchise" show (like a traditional cop/private eye, doctor, or lawyer show), where potential cases (and storylines) simply walked in the door. You really couldn't just take an idea for a different show that was lying around and craft it for Salvage-1. It didn't work that way, not when your characters main mode of transportation was a homemade rocket ship!
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The faux science on the show wasn't necessarily because of any hesitancy on the part of the production staff to be scientifically accurate (Isaac Asimov was a scientific advisor, at least on the pilot), but more because of the production realities of weekly television. They simply couldn't afford to launch and land a rocket ship every week, unless they fudged the science more than a bit.
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