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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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1967   1966  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

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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Storyline

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.


Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Time Tunnel See more »

Filming Locations:

Lone Pine, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(30 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Many episodes made extensive use of stock footage from the 20th Century Fox film library, which allowed Irwin Allen to do shows against an "epic" backdrop that could not have been done on a television budget. 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 Get a Life: 1977 2000 (1992) See more »

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A show way ahead of its time
7 December 2004 | by Shapster11See all my reviews

Saw the show this morning on the Encore network. I remember being 14 when it came out and loved it then. Today was the first episode (Titanic) and I enjoyed it all over again. Yes, much has changed in technology as far as broadcasting is concerned but the mystery and intrigue of time travel will always be there. The concept of the big time tunnel whereby Doug and Tony are visible on a large screen probably was a forerunner to big screen TV's of today. What I really found intriguing is that when the show was produced in 1968 the budget for the fictional project was $7 billion. What an enormous amount then and yet today that amount for a budgeted gov't project is still huge.

Some of the episodes, as I remember, get a little corny (especially when they travel to the future) but shows where they try to effect great events in history are integral to our desire that if we could change history we would seek to steer the Titanic away from the iceberg, persuade Lincoln not to go to Ford's Theatre, and re-route JFK in the motorcade...


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