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26 TV Sci-Fi Comedies You Might Have Missed

From the Golden Age to the Space Age, television has looked to the future with a wink and a nod. Dive into these TV sci-fi comedies and find something to laugh about.

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Series cast summary:
Guy Williams ...  Prof. John Robinson 84 episodes, 1965-1968
June Lockhart ...  Maureen Robinson 84 episodes, 1965-1968
Mark Goddard ...  Maj. Don West / ... 84 episodes, 1965-1968
Marta Kristen ...  Judy Robinson / ... 84 episodes, 1965-1968
Bill Mumy ...  Will Robinson 84 episodes, 1965-1968
Angela Cartwright ...  Penny Robinson / ... 84 episodes, 1965-1968
Jonathan Harris ...  Dr. Zachary Smith / ... 83 episodes, 1965-1968
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In the year 1997, Earth is suffering from massive overpopulation. Professor John Robinson, his wife Maureen, their children (Judy, Penny and Will) and Major Don West are selected to go to the third planet in the Alpha Centauri star system to establish a colony so that other Earth people can settle there. They are to go there on a ship christened the Jupiter 2. However, Doctor Zachary Smith, an agent for an enemy government, is sent to sabotage the mission. He is successful in reprogramming the ship's robot, but in the process becomes trapped on the ship, and because of his excess weight, the ship and all on board become hopelessly lost and it now becomes a fight for survival as the crew tries to find their way back home. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Unearthly perils face our planetary family. Starring June Lockhart and Guy Williams. In color. (season two)


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Official Sites:

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English

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1965 (USA) See more »

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Space Family Robinson See more »

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(83 episodes)

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Throughout the series Will Robinson was the only Jupiter 2 occupant to have briefly visited the Earth the most, 5 times. Dr. Smith visited it three times, Robot B9 visited it twice, and Prof. Robinson only briefly visited it once. All of the occupants of the Jupiter 2 have spent one day on Earth of the year 1947 after traveling through a time warp. While there was another occasion where Dr. Smith, Will Robinson, and Robot B9 have all briefly traveled back to the year 1997 on Earth. See more »

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Doctor Smith seems to have a lot of possessions on board the Jupiter 2 considering he was a saboteur & never intended to go into space. See more »

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Dr. Smith: [thinking he has been transported to Hades] Good Heavens!
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The best show from TV's greatest decade
8 June 2007 | by thommickelSee all my reviews

I guess I'm alone in my views these days, but I've never agreed with the critics (or the vast audiences) that adore contemporary TV series like "Seinfeld" or "Friends."

For me, the best decade for TV (by a million miles) was the 1960s. It was truly a unique decade for television. Series produced then are totally unlike anything produced previously or since. I don't know what it was (perhaps someone spiked the water back then), but TV in the 1960s was unique. There was a certain sense of wonder, a certain sense of the fantastic---and a definite 60s vibe of surrealism that crept into every show from "Green Acres" to "Batman" to "Gilligan's Island."

And for my money, the best show in TV's greatest decade was "Lost in Space." It's impossible to describe what watching this show was like in the 1960s. It's an experience that simply can't be re-produced today. For a start, America was still an optimistic nation and we had an ambitious space program that would soon take us to the moon. For everyone who was young in the 60s, it seemed highly plausible that, we too, would get a chance to ride a rocket into space within our lifetimes. Little could we fathom that, after 1972, America wouldn't even land a person on the moon for 35 long years.

Today's TV shows are stiflingly dull and seem to be created by committees that cynically use focus groups to create their sterile product. "Lost in Space" is a million miles away from this creative process. In fact, it's the total opposite (and all the more brilliant for this).

The greatest science fiction always had a sense of wonder and mystery. "Lost in Space" captured the mystery of space---indeed, the show itself was actually quite bizarre. It's a far cry from the over-rated "Star Trek," which, instead of giving us a sense of mystery, followed an (increasingly stale) by-the-numbers formula.

And "formula" is precisely what one did NOT get in viewing "Lost in Space." Indeed, this show is so strange that, viewing it today, it seems like a relic from a lost civilization. It's hard, in fact, to really even fathom who the producers were targeting as their audience.

Naturally, there are cynics who hate this show, and fall over themselves pointing out the plot holes and the ignorance of "realism." To those folks, I say: Chill out. Even TV's "realistic" shows are NOT as realistic as they hyped to be. "Star Trek," for example, has plenty of flaws in its science. Even a highly-praised show like "ER," the medical drama, has plenty of inaccuracies (as any medical professional will tell you).

In many ways, "Lost in Space" does a wonderful job of capturing the essence of what made the 60s the greatest decade of the 20th century for TV, film, music, and culture in general. It's something we'll never re-capture in today's stale culture, dominated as it is by dull, overpaid celebrities. We've gone a long ways downhill from The Beatles to "American Idol."


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