Lost in Space (1965–1968)
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Return from Outer Space 

Using a matter transfer device left behind by the Taurons, Will beams himself back to Earth. He arrives safely in the small town of Hatfield Four Corners, Vermont, but his pleas for help are considered the fantasies of a runaway boy.


Nathan Juran


Peter Packer, Irwin Allen (created by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Williams ... Prof. John Robinson
June Lockhart ... Maureen Robinson
Mark Goddard ... Maj. Don West
Marta Kristen ... Judy Robinson
Bill Mumy ... Will Robinson (as Billy Mumy)
Angela Cartwright ... Penny Robinson
Jonathan Harris ... Dr. Zachary Smith
Reta Shaw ... Aunt Clara Simms
Walter Sande ... Sheriff George Baxendale
Sheila Allen ... Ruth Templeton (as Sheila Mathews)
Robert Easton ... Newsman Lacy
Harry Harvey ... Grover (as Harry Harvey Sr.)
Helen Kleeb ... Phone Operator Rachel
Anne Dore Anne Dore ... First Selectman (as Ann Dore)
Donald Losby Donald Losby ... Davey Sims


Penny discovers an egg on the transportation machine left behind by the Taurons. After Dr. Smith makes off with it, Penny is trapped in a maser beam accidentally activated by Debbie the bloop. Both vanish. Will wonders if the machine has had anything to do with her unexplained disappearance and, with the Robot's help, effectively brings her back. She has no memory of the experience, and everyone comes to take Will's report as just fanciful imagination. Nevertheless, Prof. Robinson thinks they should destroy the machine to keep Will from playing around with it. Distressed by its imminent and needless destruction, Will takes the Robot and has himself beamed to Earth, with instructions for the Robot to bring him back in four hours. On Earth, Will is taken for a runaway with fanciful tales; back on the planet, Dr. Smith takes the Robot away for selective reprogramming while John and Don arrive to destroy the alien machine. Written by statmanjeff

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Release Date:

29 December 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Penny is visibly trapped in the maser beam, shouting unheard as she beats against the impenetrable beam before disappearing. When she's brought back, she has no memory of being away, or of being trapped in the beam, or of being startled and driven back upon the maser launch pad by electrical explosions from the alien machine. See more »


Will Robinson: Well, I've been on Earth all morning in a little place called Hatfield Four Corners in Vermont. They sure are behind the times there. They wouldn't even let me call Alpha Control to send a rescue ship. They thought I was some kind of nut.
Maureen Robinson: Oh, Will, I think you'd better watch that imagination of yours or we might all think the same thing.
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References Miracle on 34th Street (1947) See more »

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what needed to be fixed.
15 July 2013 | by mcmahontj81See all my reviews

I can't understand why, the producers went to the trouble of using a shall I say "old fashioned set, regardless of cost or imagination! with a switchboard, when the Jupiter 2 left earth a scant two months earlier, in the year 1997, when in 1965, we were using rotary dial telephones, unless there was a cataclysmic event that turned back the clock, forty years. The writers should give credit to the viewers who want to watch a futuristic program. and the same could be said for season three's Visit To A Hostile Planet. While I loved the show, when I was younger, I also think that season three was trying to fix what was wrong with season two, too many children's stories tied to science fiction, from the Golden Man to The Princess Of Space. If Space Beauty was the single highest-rated episode of the series, then the original thinking was flawed. and the sales pitch was not what came to be

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