Planet of the Apes: Season 1, Episode 4

The Good Seeds (4 Oct. 1974)

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When Galen hurts his leg and can't travel, Virdon and Burke seek refuge in a farm till their friend recovers. The farm is operated by a gruff but decent ape named Polar, his wife Zantes, ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Geoffrey Deuel ...
Lonny Chapman ...
Jillia (as Eileen Dietz Elber)
Police Gorilla
Dennis Cross ...
Gorilla Officer
Michael Carr ...
Patrol Rider
Police Gorilla


When Galen hurts his leg and can't travel, Virdon and Burke seek refuge in a farm till their friend recovers. The farm is operated by a gruff but decent ape named Polar, his wife Zantes, and their three children: older son Anto, younger son Remus, and daughter Jillia. Polar puts to work the two strangers who teach him about contour farming, windmill building, seed selection, etc. Polar soon accepts these changes but Anto resents the strangers, fearing they will hex a cow about to give birth. (Until the cow delivers a bull calf, Anto can't start a farm of his own.) When Virdon helps deliver not one but two bull calves, Anto is won over and names the calves Virdon and Burke. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Production number is B-501, which suggests that it was actually the first episode to be made. See more »


In several episodes, apes are often referred to as "men"; especially, the apes under Urko's authority are called "Urko's Men" not Urko's Apes. Virdon says it 3 times and Burke, once. In other episodes, even apes make that same mistake (The Liberator). See more »

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7 November 2006 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

Too often the "Planet of the Apes" TV series slipped into routine "chase" formulas but here the two astronauts pause long enough for a good story stressing the interactions between apes and humans. Downplaying the role of "action" and "suspense," this episode shows both the difficulties and rewards of inter-species cooperation and like the other better-than-average episode written by Robert Lenski -- "Tomorrow's Tide" -- it provides welcome opportunities for 37-year-old Ron Harper and 28-year-old James Naughton to indulge in some blatant "beefcake." We see the bare-chested Harper and Naughton performing a variety of farm chores, wearing their pants just low enough to show off their navels. Naturally they work up real sweats in the process so then we see them washing off under an outdoor, make-shift shower. Of course, these two aren't allowed to display any frontal nudity because that's apparently still frowned upon, even in the 30th century, but those suntanned chests are mighty easy on the eyes.

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