NBC Experiment in Television: Season 3, Episode 3

The Cube (23 Feb. 1969)

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A man is trapped inside a mysterious cube.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Schaal ...
The Man in the Cube
Hugh Webster ...
Rex Sevenoaks ...
Jack Van Evera ...
Jon Granik ...
Straight Man / Sergeant (as Jon Granic)
Guy Sanvido ...
Comic Fritz
Eliza Creighton ...
Don Crawford ...
Black Militant
William Osler ...
Sandra Scott ...
Claude Rae ...
Dr. Conners
Don McGill ...
Ralph Endersby ...
Trudy Young ...
Liza 1


A man awakens inside a white cube, covered in a four-by-four grid. He has no memory of how he got there and there seems no way out. But as time passes, panels open temporarily to admit an intruder or onlooker. They pop back through their panels but bar the man from going through, pointing out "this is MY door; you'll have to find YOUR door." The intruders vary from individuals to a child on a tricycle and and a rock band. More and more people start to come into the cube, filling it up and this developes into a sort of cocktail party. A rock band comes through sometime during all of this, singing The Cube's theme song, "You'll never get out, you'll never get out, you'll never get out till you die." At one point the man sees himself, a double, and has a dialog with himself about how he has to find HIS way out. Is the man a prisoner? An inmate? Someone on a voluntary retreat? The stories change with each new visitor. Eventually, just as he succumbs to despair, a square panel clicks open.... Written by David E. Martin and friends

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23 February 1969 (USA)  »

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When the man in the cube watches the ending of his story on TV, the program has a Joe Raposo director's credit. Raposo was a friend of and frequent collaborator with writer/director Jim Henson. See more »


Professor: [clears throat] Excuse me, I know this is, well, a bad time but I just wanted to congratulate you and shake your hand.
The Man in the Cube: Oh? On what?
Professor: Well, as I interpret what you're doing here, this is all a very complex discussion of, eh, Reality versus Illusion. The perfect subject for the television medium!
The Man in the Cube: What do you mean, television?
Professor: Well, this is a television play.
The Man in the Cube: [scoffs] What?
Professor: Oh, you don't believe that?
The Man in the Cube: Of course not!
Professor: I should have thought you'd want to. After all, there's only one other possible ...
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Referenced in Cube (1997) See more »

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5 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

How do you fight an imaginary monster? Understand that it is your mind that makes it real. The paradox is that the mind can't change what it has created... because it believes in itself. I just received a copy of The Cube. I had not seen it in about 30 years. It made a strong impact on me as a kid... probably because children see their reflection clearer without all the assumptions that now cloud our sight. We search for meaning and children just see it. I have written plays because of the impact of productions like this. There is a lot of value here. It is certainly dated, but in a comedic sort of way that seems intentional. One of my first thoughts on seeing it again is that Jim Henson created The Cube and then he spent the rest of his life doing The Muppets... beautiful. A great tribute would be a reproduction of The Cube using The Muppets... Kermit trapped inside with all of the others coming through the panels... if you listen closely to the dialogue... you can hear them all. Don't miss this one.

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