The Name of the Game: Season 3, Episode 16

LA 2017 (15 Jan. 1971)

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Glenn Howard, while driving to a Pollution Summit meeting, falls unconscious and finds himself somehow in the future year 2017 where remaining society lives underground due to contaminated air. Can he somehow return to 1971?



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dane Bigelow
Severn Darden ...
Dr. Rubias
Louise Latham ...
Regis Cordic ...
Chairman (as Regis J. Cordic)
Dr. Parker
Gloria Manon ...
Dr. Arnold
Jason Wingreen ...
Dr. Simmons
Phil Montgomery ...
Alicia Bond ...
Dr. Barton


While dictating a letter to the President on an upcoming Pollution Summit meeting, Magazine editor Glenn Howard falls unconscious from backed up car exhaust. He wakes in the year 2017 after an environmental catastrophe, where the surviving humans live underground in a police state. Written by anonymous

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Adventure | Sci-Fi





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15 January 1971 (USA)  »

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$350,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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When Glenn Howard (Gene Barry) is introduced to "the Chairman", he is told to call him Walt, with the explanation "We use first names here. Friendlier...". This is a sly reference to Walt Disney and his first-name policies for Disneyland and other Disney businesses. See more »

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Best show of the series
4 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen the episode since I was a child, but I remember the imagination and power of it. It was extremely good. It was easily the best show of the entire series. The other comments are dead on about the content and how economically effective it was. It was a mixture of quiet menace and solid science with fond dashes of humour. The "senior citizen's bar" with octogenarian Hippies playing electric guitars was quite memorable.

Someone needs to make a TV series of these Sci Fi gems from the 60's. Episodes like those golden ten episodes of the Outer Limits and Twilight Zone. This would stand right up there with them. It surely would beat the rehashes like the new American Gladiators.

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