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Pioneers of Television

Science Fiction (Season 2, Episode 1)
TV Episode | Documentary, History

This episode looks at the development of the science fiction genre on US television in the 1950's and 1960's. Gene Roddenberry had long been working as writer in television but realized that the industry was not prepared to deal with major...See moreThis episode looks at the development of the science fiction genre on US television in the 1950's and 1960's. Gene Roddenberry had long been working as writer in television but realized that the industry was not prepared to deal with major social issues such as race relations, drug addiction and war. By setting his stories in a fictional future, he was able to do that and thus Star Trek: The Original Series was born. Somewhat surprisingly, its greatest competition came from Lost in Space produced by Irwin Allen who was also responsible for The Time Tunnel and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. The classic series The Twilight Zone set a very high bar that the others had to follow. Written by garykmcd See less
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Director
Steve Boettcher (as Steven J. Boettcher)
Producers
Steve Boettcher (as Steven J. Boettcher) | Mike Trinklein (as Michael J. Trinklein)
Status
Edit Released
Updated Jan 18, 2011

Release date
Jan 18, 2011 (United States)

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41 cast members
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Kelsey Grammer
Narrator (voice) Narrator (voice)   See fewer
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William Shatner
Himself / Capt. James T. Kirk in Star Trek Himself / Capt. James T. Kirk in Star Trek   See fewer
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Leonard Nimoy
Himself / Mr. Spock in Star Trek Himself / Mr. Spock in Star Trek   See fewer
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Marta Kristen
Herself / Judy Robinson in Lost in Space Herself / Judy Robinson in Lost in Space   See fewer
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Angela Cartwright
Herself / Penny Robinson in Lost in Space Herself / Penny Robinson in Lost in Space   See fewer
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Rod Serling
Himself (archive footage) Himself (archive footage)   See fewer
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Bill Mumy
Himself / Will Robinson in Lost in Space Himself / Will Robinson in Lost in Space   See fewer
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Nichelle Nichols
Herself / Lt. Nyota Uhura in 'Star Trek' Herself / Lt. Nyota Uhura in 'Star Trek'   See fewer
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Veronica Cartwright
Herself - Guest Star in Lost in Space Herself - Guest Star in Lost in Space   See fewer
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Peter Graves
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Lee Meriwether
Herself / Dr. Ann MacGregor in Time Tunnel Herself / Dr. Ann MacGregor in Time Tunnel   See fewer
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Adam West
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Martin Landau
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Whit Bissell
Lt. Gen. Heywood Kirk in Time Tunnel (archive footage) Lt. Gen. Heywood Kirk in Time Tunnel (archive footage)   See fewer
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Robert Colbert
Dr. Doug Phillips in Time Tunnel (archive footage) Dr. Doug Phillips in Time Tunnel (archive footage)   See fewer
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James Darren
Dr. Tony Newman in Time Tunnel (archive footage) Dr. Tony Newman in Time Tunnel (archive footage)   See fewer
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Michael Dunn
Alexander in Star Trek: Plato's Stepchildren (archive footage) Alexander in Star Trek: Plato's Stepchildren (archive footage)   See fewer
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Mark Goddard
Himself / Major Don West in Lost in Space (archive footage) Himself / Major Don West in Lost in Space (archive footage)   See fewer
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Jonathan Harris
Himself / Dr. Zachary Smith in Lost in Space (archive footage) Himself / Dr. Zachary Smith in Lost in Space (archive footage)   See fewer
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Van Heflin
Fred Staples in Patterns (archive footage) Fred Staples in Patterns (archive footage)   See fewer
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Dennis Hopper
Peter Devlin in The Lieutenant: To Set It Right (archive footage) Peter Devlin in The Lieutenant: To Set It Right (archive footage)   See fewer
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Jeffrey Hunter
Christopher Pike in Star Trek: The Cage (archive footage) Christopher Pike in Star Trek: The Cage (archive footage)   See fewer
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DeForest Kelley
Himself / Dr. McCoy in Star Trek (archive footage) Himself / Dr. McCoy in Star Trek (archive footage)   See fewer
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John Larch
Mr. Fremont in Twilight Zone Episode It's a Good Life (archive footage) Mr. Fremont in Twilight Zone Episode It's a Good Life (archive footage)   See fewer
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Cloris Leachman
Mrs. Fremont in Twilight Zone: It's a Good Life (archive footage) Mrs. Fremont in Twilight Zone: It's a Good Life (archive footage)   See fewer
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June Lockhart
Maureen Robinson in Lost In Space (archive footage) Maureen Robinson in Lost In Space (archive footage)   See fewer
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Gary Lockwood
Bill Rice in The Lieutenant (archive footage) Bill Rice in The Lieutenant (archive footage)   See fewer
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Don Marshall
Ernest Cameron in The Lieutenant: To Set It Right (archive footage) Ernest Cameron in The Lieutenant: To Set It Right (archive footage)   See fewer
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Bob May
Robot in Lost in Space (archive footage) Robot in Lost in Space (archive footage)   See fewer
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Frank McGrath
Charlie Wooster in Wagon Train (archive footage) Charlie Wooster in Wagon Train (archive footage)   See fewer
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Burgess Meredith
Henry Bemis in Twilight Zone Episode Time Enough At Last (archive footage) Henry Bemis in Twilight Zone Episode Time Enough At Last (archive footage)   See fewer
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Gary Merrill
Leroy Clark in The Time Tunnel: Rendezvous with Yesterday (archive footage) Leroy Clark in The Time Tunnel: Rendezvous with Yesterday (archive footage)   See fewer
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Agnes Moorehead
Herself (archive footage) Herself (archive footage)   See fewer
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Everett Sloane
Walter Ramsey in Patterns (archive footage) Walter Ramsey in Patterns (archive footage)   See fewer
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Liam Sullivan
Parmen in Star Trek: Plato's Stepchildren (archive footage) Parmen in Star Trek: Plato's Stepchildren (archive footage)   See fewer
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George Takei
Mr. Sulu in Star Trek (archive footage) Mr. Sulu in Star Trek (archive footage)   See fewer
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Dick Tufeld
Robot in Lost in Space (voice) (archive footage) Robot in Lost in Space (voice) (archive footage)   See fewer
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David White
Mr. Rogers in Twilight Zone: I Sing The Body Electric (archive footage) Mr. Rogers in Twilight Zone: I Sing The Body Electric (archive footage)   See fewer
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Guy Williams
Prof. John Robinson in Lost In Space (archive footage) Prof. John Robinson in Lost In Space (archive footage)   See fewer
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John Zaremba
Dr. Raymond Swain in Time Tunnel (archive footage) Dr. Raymond Swain in Time Tunnel (archive footage)   See fewer
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Robby the Robot
Robot in Lost in Space Episode War of the Robots (archive footage) (uncredited) Robot in Lost in Space Episode War of the Robots (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ratings Breakdown

7.2 / 10 | 34 votes