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 ...
Chairman (as Regis J. Cordic)
Dr. Parker
Gloria Manon ...
Dr. Arnold
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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Did You Know?


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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Eco-Sci Fi
10 March 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although dated by any standards, this episode of the popular NBC show "The Name of the Game" still stands up relatively well. It is my hope that Universal will repurpose this content and release it to DVD.

LA 2017 differed from the other episodes of Name of the Game, in that it was a science fiction episode. The episode represents the first screenplay written by Sci Fi Author Phillip Wylie. Steven Spielberg directed the episode.

Publisher Glenn Howard is returning in his car from the Sierra Pines Conference on world ecological issues. It is a smoggy day in Los Angeles, and exhaust backs up in his car, knocking him out. His car drives off the side of the road into a dirt bank.

When he awakes, he discovers that a time warp has transported him from 1971 to the year 2017. An ecological disaster which occurred in the 1980s and 1990s has wiped out all life on the surface of the earth, interfering with the oxygen cycle and rendering the atmosphere deadly to even breathe.

Los Angeles is now an underground city of some 10,000 people. It has survived along with similar cities in perhaps a dozen locations around the world. The government has been replaced by a shareholder's democracy established by the wealthy businessmen who funded building of the original underground cities.

The shareholder's democracy is structured to favor the corporate elite. It is extremely heavy handed and is more or less a totalitarian state. Psychologists are now the police, and they are oriented towards thought control and mind control. Privacy does not exist.

This is an excellent episode. I last saw it aired on television in 1981.

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