Two astronauts, traveling faster than light, go back in time to prehistoric Earth. Unable to return, they make friends with the "natives."




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Series cast summary:
Frank Aletter ...  Mac 26 episodes, 1966-1967
Jack Mullaney ...  Hector 26 episodes, 1966-1967
Imogene Coca ...  Shad / ... 26 episodes, 1966-1967
Joe E. Ross ...  Gronk 26 episodes, 1966-1967
Mary Grace Mary Grace ...  Mlor 26 episodes, 1966-1967
Pat Cardi ...  Breer 26 episodes, 1966-1967
Cliff Norton Cliff Norton ...  Boss 20 episodes, 1966-1967
Mike Mazurki ...  Clon 19 episodes, 1966-1967


Two astronauts, after breaking the speed of light, accidently travel back in time to prehistoric Earth. Unable to return, they make friends with the "natives". Written by Teresa E. Tutt

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Comedy | Sci-Fi







Release Date:

11 September 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Astronautas See more »

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(26 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Halfway through the one-season run, the plot was reversed in an attempt to bolster the show's ratings, which were not as spectacular as CBS had hoped they would be. The two astronauts, who had traveled back in time, now found a way to return to 1966 and took the stone-age family with them - so the rest of the run played out with Gronk, Shadd, et al trying to adjust to life in 1966-era NYC. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Teenage Caveman (1991) See more »

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Everyone remembers this show that no one remembers....
16 December 2006 | by horrorfilmxSee all my reviews

I found the common thread through most of the member comments for IT'S ABOUT TIME to be hilarious: three pages of comments from startled people who all thought they were the ONLY ones who remember the show! And everyone can still whistle the theme song. The thing that captivated me about this show when I was a kid were the dinosaurs, lifted mostly from the movies DINOSAURUS! and THE BEAST OF HOLLOW MOUNTAIN. In fact in one scene where a tyrannosaurus (from DINOSAURUS!) is supposed to be trying to attack some cave men hiding in a cave you can clearly see that it's actually digging away at the entrance to a mine, complete with supporting timbers and a sign warning people to keep out. Later on when (I assume) the show wasn't doing too well in the rating and the producers decided to bring cave people back to the future in a sort of BEVERLY HILLBILIES scenario I quickly lost interest. The only other things about the show that really stand out in my memory are the goofy cast of cave people (Mike Mazurki, Joe E. "Ooh! Ooh!" Ross, Imogene Coca, and a sort of prehistoric Daisy Duke who always wore nylons under her animal skins) and the fact that one of the two astronauts (I think if was Frank Aletter, although I'm not sure) had to dye his hand blonde because the producers didn't want two brunettes in the leads.

You know, that's a lot to stick in one's memory after forty years!

I could easily see this show being resurrected as a big budget theatrical comedy (replacing "cheesy" stop-motion dinos with cheesier CGI effects), with Tom Arnold as the leader of the cave family and Will Farrell and Greg Kinnear as the astronauts. Ugghhhh.......

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