A spaceship from Earth crash-lands on an Earth-like planet on which everything, including the human-like inhabitants, is twelve times the size of its counterpart on Earth.

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
...  Capt. Steve Burton 51 episodes, 1968-1970
...  Mark Wilson 51 episodes, 1968-1970
...  Barry Lockridge 51 episodes, 1968-1970
...  Dan Erickson 51 episodes, 1968-1970
...  Valerie Scott 51 episodes, 1968-1970
...  Betty Hamilton 51 episodes, 1968-1970
...  Alexander B. Fitzhugh 51 episodes, 1968-1970
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The Spindrift, a sub-oribital spaceship on a flight from Los Angeles to London, became lost when it passed through a strange cloud in the ship's orbit around Earth. It landed on an alternate Earth-type planet, where the inhabitants were roughly twelve times the size of the Spindrift's passengers. Our heroes include the ship's captain (Steve Burton), co-pilot (Dan) and stewardess (Betty); an arrogant engineer (Mark); a sexy jet-setter (Valerie); a young boy (Barry) and his dog Chipper; and a mysterious rogue known as Commander Fitzhugh. Together they battle the planet's totalitarian government, try to avoid capture, and attempt to repair the Spindrift so they can get back home. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Mini-people - playthings in a world of giant tormentors!

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22 September 1968 (USA)  »

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Tierra de gigantes  »

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Prior to the show being green lighted for production, Irwin Allen showed the network executives a six minute presentation film, which featured Allen's storyboard of the pilot. However, there were some differences. First, Burton's name wasn't Steve, but Tim. Also, the character that would become Fitzhugh was originally named Peter Lingelhopper. However, the biggest difference was that there was no Valerie. The second female castaway was originally going to be a female doctor named Joan Templeton, who was heading to London to take part in an international science conference. See more »

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In the first episode, the Spindrift departed from New York on its flight to London. In later episodes, the departing city is changed to Los Angeles. See more »

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A memorable show.....
3 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

At a cost of over $250,000 per episode, "Land of the Giants" was the most expensive show of its time.(As well as the highest rated

when it premiered in October of 1968). That money was well spent on impressive visual effects, camera tricks, and enormous realistic props that had the audience believing they were watching 7 space travellers accidentally stranded on a world where everything was twelve times the size of the equivalent things on earth. This show remains visually quite impressive and is well remembered by those of us old enough to have seen it during its first run. Gary Conway and Don Marshall lead the cast as the pilot and co-pilot of the ill-fated 'Spindrift' spacecraft and

and Kevin Hagen is extremely effective in several episodes as the government agent of the giant world with the assigned task of hunting the earthmen down.


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