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The Time Tunnel 

Two scientists with a secret time travel project find themselves trapped in the time stream and appearing in notable periods of history.

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Irwin Allen
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Complete series cast summary:
James Darren ...  Dr. Tony Newman 30 episodes, 1966-1967
Robert Colbert ...  Dr. Doug Phillips 30 episodes, 1966-1967
Whit Bissell ...  Lt. Gen. Heywood Kirk / ... 30 episodes, 1966-1967
John Zaremba ...  Dr. Raymond Swain 30 episodes, 1966-1967
Lee Meriwether ...  Dr. Ann MacGregor 30 episodes, 1966-1967
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Scientists Tony Newman and Doug Phillips are the young heads of Project Tic-Toc, a multi-billion dollar government installation buried beneath the desert. They have invented a Time Tunnel, which will allow people to visit anywhere in time and space. While testing the tunnel for an impatient senator, Newman and Phillips became trapped in time, and each week coincidentally found themselves at the site of an important historical event, be it the Siege of Troy, the sinking of the Titanic or an assassination attempt on President Lincoln. Sometimes they traveled into the future, and battled alien invaders. Ann MacGregor, Gen. Kirk and Dr. Swain are the scientists trying to fix the malfunctioning Time Tunnel and bring Doug and Tony back to the present (1968). Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Be propelled into the darkest past, or the unknown future.


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TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1966 (USA) See more »

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Time Tunnel See more »

Filming Locations:

Lone Pine, California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

(30 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Lasting only one season, this was the shortest of all of Irwin Allen's science fiction series. See more »

Goofs

So the Tic Toc scientists are successful at bringing back people, why not Tony and Doug? (They were planning save Tony and Doug's return home for the "series finale", which never happened, since it was abruptly canceled in the summer of 1967). See more »

Quotes

Announcer: [opening narration for most episodes] Two American scientists are lost in the swirling maze of past and future ages, during the first experiments on America's greatest and most secret project, the Time Tunnel. Tony Newman and Doug Phillips now tumble helplessly toward a new fantastic adventure, somewhere along the infinite corridors of time.
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Referenced in The Chronic Rift: Time Loop-de-Loops (2018) See more »

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Time Travel Is Exhausting
25 July 2006 | by cutterccbaxterSee all my reviews

Doug and Tony are a couple of scientists who hop from one crisis in time to another. I'm not even sure when they get a chance to eat or sleep. They do seem to find themselves tied up or incarcerated a lot, so I guess it is during these times that they get a little shut eye. Doug and Tony pretty much land in any given time and within five minutes are engaged in fisticuffs. They throw some mean punches for a couple of scientists and also seem to be quite knowledgeable about world history. Whit Bissell, John Zaremba, and Lee Meriwether typically act very grim, and Meriwether does it, for the most part, sitting down. Jerry is my favorite character because he strikes me as the weakest link in project tic toc. He always seems a bit on edge and could crack up mentally under the strain of trying to get Doug and Tony back to the present time. The theme music by John(ny) Williams, is great, as are the animated graphic images of the hourglass and helpless figure. The series as a whole pretty much sticks to a comic book level of drama and action without much contemplation on time travel themes. Perhaps had the series lasted longer it may have explored some challenging possibilities related to Doug and Tony's bumping about through time, but that seems doubtful since Irwin Allen was at the helm.


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