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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Irwin Allen
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1970   1969   1968  
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Gary Conway ...  Capt. Steve Burton 51 episodes, 1968-1970
Don Matheson ...  Mark Wilson 51 episodes, 1968-1970
Stefan Arngrim ...  Barry Lockridge 51 episodes, 1968-1970
Don Marshall ...  Dan Erickson 51 episodes, 1968-1970
Deanna Lund ...  Valerie Scott 51 episodes, 1968-1970
Heather Young ...  Betty Hamilton 51 episodes, 1968-1970
Kurt Kasznar ...  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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Sci-Fi

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The cabin chairs used in the Spindrift are the same design as those used in the cabin of the spaceship seen in Planet of the Apes (1968), also in production at 20th Century Fox in the summer of 1967. 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 »

Alternate Versions

Starting in March 2008, the American Life TV Network has aired second season prints that use the first season's theme music in the main title sequence while retaining the second season title's visuals. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Torvill & Dean's Dancing on Ice: Episode #1.1 (2006) See more »

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Best Sci-fi TV series!!!
9 September 2005 | by cayetanoeustaquioSee all my reviews

In 1968, when Land of the Giants first aired, I was a 9 year old kid back home in the Philippines. I do not remember much of the episodes by story, only bits and pieces of it. Like the giant gun the little guys used to shoot the giant that was after them. The ax they used made of a match stick and half a razor blade. Air ducts to escape and of course, my personal favorite... the Spindrift! I was most fascinated by the realistic props that were created than the plot of the whole thing. I focused on the small items that we normally see around the house and outside our backyards, transformed into colossal objects that can hardly be moved 5 feet without the help of your friends and a serious workout.

The Spindrift is the reason I became a model maker. I do not know how many times I've made the Spindrift out of cardboard. This was because, in my country at the time, there were no merchandising of any kind for any TV series or movie. And now, thanks to the internet, I just purchased a model of the Spindrift and the entire 51 episodes of the series (as I type this comment out, I'm still waiting for my order to get here). This time I can focus more on the storyline. Of course the impact will not be as great considering there have been tons of Sci-fi movies with way more advanced FX since then like Star Wars. But the memories live on and to me, Land of the Giants will always be the best Sci-fi TV series ever made! I don't care what other people say!


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22 September 1968 (USA) See more »

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Land of the Giants See more »

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