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Nostalgia for the 1960s Sci-Fi and Fantasy TV Shows

Every once in a while, I get hit with a wave of nostalgia. Amazingly, it isn’t the TV shows I remember clearly. It’s the shows I barely remember from the 1960s.

Some of the TV shows I reminisce about, if only to myself, probably ran as syndicated reruns in the 1970s. I can’t remember which were which, except for “Star Trek” and “Lost in Space”, in my distance memories. The original “Star Trek” is still running in syndication in some places.

Nostalgia – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

This TV series ran from 1964 to 1968. I don’t remember a lot about it other than the submarine, the “Seaview”, and the “Flying Sub”. I also saw the TV movie, “City Beneath the Sea“, in 1971 and I remember the stock footage they used from “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea“. Both submarines were in the movie.

I don’t remember it being run in syndication after the network canceled it. My nostalgia for it would probably be sated by watching one episode.

Nostalgia – Lost in Space

This TV series ran from 1965 to 1968. I remember who became the main character, Dr. Zachary Smith. I also remember the “Jupiter 2” spaceship and the “Space Pod”. “Lost in Space” ran in syndication in the 1970s.

I saw a bootleg pilot for a new “Lost in Space” TV series that didn’t go anywhere and a 1998 film based on the original series (loosely, of course).

Remembering the reruns, I thought the first season (in black and white) was the best. It wasn’t campy like the later seasons.

My younger brother and I used to sling hub caps (when they were still made of metal) around the yard like Frisbees, calling them “Jupiter 2”.


Nostalgia – Other TV Series

There are some I didn’t like because of one character or another. I vaguely remember “The Time Tunnel” (1966-1967, one season) and “Land of the Giants” (1968-1970, two seasons). I read the book based on the pilot of “Land of the Giants” sometime in the 1970s or 1980s, when I was extremely bored.

There are some I won’t get into detail with because I don’t remember them that well. I’m talking about series like “My Favorite Martian“, which ran from 1963 to 1966.

When I start talking about nostalgia for 1960s TV shows, you have to understand. I turned 10 in 1970. It’s amazing that I remember any that didn’t run in syndication. I can get any or all of these by unauthorized torrents at various websites, but I don’t care to go to that much trouble.

A List of Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Shows to Feed 1960s Nostalgia

I’ll include the ones I’ve already mentioned:

By the way, Netflix will start a reboot of “Lost in Space” in 2018. I hope it isn’t campy.

I didn’t list anything I don’t remember, especially British Sci-Fi and Fantasy series (I’m sure PBS aired some of them). Being 10 and below, I didn’t control the TV. My older brothers and sisters did. At the time, I didn’t know the colors used in each show. We didn’t get a color TV until sometime in the early 1970s.

If you remember something I don’t (if you’re old enough), feel free to chime in.

Photo attribution: Lost in Space Wiki


October 26, 2017
Entertainment and Recreation

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