Lost in Space (1965–1968)
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The Reluctant Stowaway 

Date: October 16, 1997 The Jupiter 2 is to launch, but a saboteur wants to destroy it. Unfortunately he is part of the Jupiter 2 Crew now Lost In Space.


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Episode credited cast:
Judy Robinson
Will Robinson (as Billy Mumy)
Penny Robinson
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An historic day. The Robinsons - John, Maureen, Judy, Penny and Will - become Earth's first family of outer space, on its way, accompanied by pilot Maj. Don West, to colonize a planet circling Alpha Centauri; however, Dr. Smith, as an enemy agent of a foreign power, means to set them on a course of doom by reprogramming the robot to destroy their ship, the Jupiter 2, eight hours in space. The unfortunate doctor winds up caught in his own treachery and hurls off into space with the Robinson party. His excess weight first throws the ship off course, then, with the robot coming to life and bashing all the controls, they all become "hopelessly lost in space." Written by statmanjeff

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Release Date:

15 September 1965 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in October 1997. See more »


When Doctor Smith revives Major West from suspended animation, he takes off the Major's right hand glove to attach a type of reviving mechanism. When West wakes up, Smith drags the groggy West to the flight panel so West can fly the ship. When the camera looks down at Major West's hands controlling the flight stick, he is shown wearing gloves on both hands not one. See more »


Will Robinson: My dad said you were left aboard when you came down to adjust the helium/nitrogen intake.
Dr. Zachary Smith: That's right.
Will Robinson: But the helium/nitrogen intake valve's on the UPPER level.
Dr. Zachary Smith: Oh? Well... Who said anything about the intake valve? It was the emergency supply I was concerned about.
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This is the best of the best..10.0..
26 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

Well, I just discovered this site and all the feedback and information I can add. I plan to make plenty of comments, reviews, opinions, quotes and such in the months to come. One quick correction from the credits listed above on this site...Byron Morrow and Hoke Howell do NOT obviously appear anywhere during this episode. Don't know what somebody is thinking. I've seen this error before. Byron Morrow and Hoke Howell were guests far away in a Season Three episode entitled, "Time Merchant", which has absolutely nothing to do with this beauty. "The Reluctant Stowaway" is the best the series had to offer. All of classic B&W Season One is one of the very best years in television history. It's all galactic, out of this world adventure. Nothing in the series, or many other series, can approach this greatness. This is my input #1!

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