Lost In Space

Friday, 22 February 2008 07:54

Played for drama in monochrome, for laughs in colour ...

 

USA - 1965-68 - 83 episodes (60 mins) - B&W/colour

With the space race between the Americans and the Russians reaching fever pitch, producer Irwin Allen looked to the stars for his follow up to the successful Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. A furturistic reworking of "The Swiss Family Robinson", Lost in Space charted the adventures of the Robinson family, selected to pilot the Jupiter 2 spacecraft from an overpopulated Earth to the new world of Alpha Centauri. When the ship is sabotaged by an enemy agent who has been trapped onboard, the family find themselves marooned on an unfamiliar world, deep in uncharted space. Helped by their sophisticated robot, and hindered by the back-sliding Doctor Smith (Jonathan Harris), the crew set about exploring their strange new home.

After a successful first season, the show found itself up against Batman in the schedules, and thus Irwin Allen altered the original concept to emulate the opposition's format, taking Lost in Space from a suspenseful action adventure to camp comedy, moving away from focusing on the family as a whole to concentrate on the mismatched, comedic relationship between Doctor Smith, Will Robinson (Billy Mumy) and the Robot. For the third year, with the arrival of Star Trek, the once land-locked Jupiter 2 was again able to travel to new worlds, allowing the Robinson family to escape their planet and venture out amongst the stars once again.

The most successful of Irwin Allen's quartet of science fiction series, the show's demise came not from declining ratings but Allen's unwillingness to accept budget cuts for a fourth year, leaving the Robinson's lost in space for good.

 

REGULAR CAST
Guy Williams as Professor John Robinson
June Lockhart as Doctor Maureen Robinson
Mark Goddard as Major Don West
Marta Kristen as Judy Robinson
Angela Cartwright as Penny Robinson
Billy Mumy as Will Robinson
Jonathan Harris as Doctor Zachary Smith
Dick Tufeld as the voice of the Robot

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