Science Fiction TV Shows of the 60s, 70s, 80s



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08 Mar 2013, 2:00 am

What is your favorite classic Science Fiction TV show from the 1960s or 1970s or 1980s?

I like Space:1999 because its Disco theme and 70s style is soo groovy 8)
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08 Mar 2013, 8:01 am

Disco and seventies style works for me!

But my two faves from the sixties ( im so ancient that I actually remember these shows when they came out) were the Twilight Zone, and the Outer Limits.

Shows that were SO BAD that they crossed the line into being good should also be acknowledged. From the sixties that category would include: "Lost in Space"(the Robinson family, the robot, and Dr. Smith), and "the Wild Wild West"( a hybrid of spy thriller, old west horse opera, and science fiction, that was so aweful -that it was great).

Star Trek inspired the three funniest science fiction parody sketches on TV. Two of these were on SNL, but the one funniest was "Star Trek: the Wrath of Farrakan" on "In Living Color".



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08 Mar 2013, 9:02 am

naturalplastic wrote:
im so ancient that I actually remember these shows when they came out
Disco and seventies style works for me!

I think you are lucky. You lived in a very interesting time period. Actually i wish i could time travel back to 1970s, especially 1977, i want to experience when Star Wars was a brand new movie. I want the original Star Wars toys, take back to 2013, and have the best collection of Star Wars goods. Btw, did you have long hair, wear bellbottom pants and tight polyester shirts with big collars? :D



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08 Mar 2013, 10:28 am

MannyBoo wrote:
naturalplastic wrote:
im so ancient that I actually remember these shows when they came out
Disco and seventies style works for me!

I think you are lucky. You lived in a very interesting time period. Actually i wish i could time travel back to 1970s, especially 1977, i want to experience when Star Wars was a brand new movie. I want the original Star Wars toys, take back to 2013, and have the best collection of Star Wars goods. Btw, did you have long hair, wear bellbottom pants and tight polyester shirts with big collars? :D


Lol!

Yes to the long hair, and bell bottoms ( not to mention tie-dyed T shirts) . Dont recall polyester shirts-though had friends who went the whole nine yards with that style. Was an introverted aspie so I was more comfortable doing bong hits at home and listening to emerson lake and palmer with my roomates- and kicking back in jeans (bell bottom or otherwise) than to dressing up and actually going out to a disco. But had friends who did dress that way when they went on the town.

The Seventies was a great -and varied era- for pop music.

You were either a rock person, or a disco person. The two scenes were hostile to each other. I was a rock person, but secretely kinda liked disco as well. A girl who liked me got me on the dance floor at a party and showed me the complicated steps of the hustle. It was fun. Lost touch with her-but still think of her even now.

But I digress.

When it was the seventies I was into zeppilin, the who, the Allman Brothers Band, and Jethro Tull. Today Im still discovering music -from the seventies- that to me is new.

Love soul and disco/funk music from that era: Betty Wright, Earth Wind and Fire, Johnny Taylor, Isaac Hayes, DC's own Chuck Brown, the 'Jolly Green Giant" ( AL Green),and much else.

Other areas of music too. Only now have gotten into Joni Mitchel, and Laura Nyro, and digesting their work from that era.

But yes- Star Wars was a big unexpected hit movie, and quite a phenom.

Two Thousand and One ( A Space Oddysey), a very different and more somber sci fi film, also had had big impact earlier in the seventies.



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08 Mar 2013, 5:14 pm

I'm too young to really go back to the 60's, but for for the 70's and 80's I was just a kid but the original Battlestar Galactica, and Buck Rogers were my favorites for a while - I also remember liking Voyagers, and later on Star Trek: TNG which I believe started in the late 80's?



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08 Mar 2013, 5:31 pm

Doctor Who covers each decade and beyond! :D


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08 Mar 2013, 8:56 pm

naturalplastic wrote:

Shows that were SO BAD that they crossed the line into being good should also be acknowledged. From the sixties that category would include: "Lost in Space"(the Robinson family, the robot, and Dr. Smith), and "the Wild Wild West"( a hybrid of spy thriller, old west horse opera, and science fiction, that was so aweful -that it was great).


See, I always thought Wild, Wild, West was pretty good. It was Steam Punk before anybody knew what Steam Punk was! :wink:

..but my real favorite has gotta be The Six Million Dollar Man! Million dollar... :roll:



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This show had me so scared of Bigfoot... :oops:


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09 Mar 2013, 6:35 am

Growing up, I absolutely loved Space: 1999. I especially had a major crush on Catherine Schell who played Maya in the second season.
I was also a die hard fan of The Incredible Hulk, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, and the original Battlestar Galactica (but not that God awful Galactica 1980). I especially loved anthology shows like Tales From The Darkside, Monsters (which I think was in the 1980's), and the 1980's Twilight Zone.

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09 Mar 2013, 7:37 am

GoonSquad wrote:
..but my real favorite has gotta be The Six Million Dollar Man! Million dollar... :roll:

:o Wow, he has very groovy clothes. I want that shirt!



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09 Mar 2013, 7:44 am

Kraichgauer wrote:
the original Battlestar Galactica (but not that God awful Galactica 1980)
I like the theme song. Its sounds epic and noble :)
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRf1FWRijn8[/youtube]
BTW what do you think of the remake? :?:



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09 Mar 2013, 4:48 pm

Kraichgauer wrote:
Growing up, I absolutely loved Space: 1999. I especially had a major crush on Catherine Schell who played Maya in the second season.
I was also a die hard fan of The Incredible Hulk, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, and the original Battlestar Galactica (but not that God awful Galactica 1980). I especially loved anthology shows like Tales From The Darkside, Monsters (which I think was in the 1980's), and the 1980's Twilight Zone.

-Bill, otherwise known as Kraichgauer


I liked all of them too. I also like "Airwolf" as well. I'm a huge Cold War junkie. BTW, I also liked the competing "Amazing Stories" from Steven Speilberg. My favorite episodes was the one with the B-17 returning from a bombing run where the turret gunner was trapped and they could not get the landing gear down so he was basically a dead duck. He wanted to be an animator for Disney so he drew the plane with cartoon wheels coming out and as he went into a trace, all of a sudden they pop out of the plane and they landed safely. They had to cut him out carefully because when he got out of the trace, the wheels would disappear. The other one was were these old ladies were growing huge pumpkins for a fair and one of them to knock out the competition, tied one lady's pumpkin to her 1959 Caddy and as she pulled out, she towed the pumpkin and it started to grind away in chunks on the asphault street. :)

I also like the original "V" too.



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09 Mar 2013, 5:32 pm

NowhereMan1966 wrote:
Kraichgauer wrote:
Growing up, I absolutely loved Space: 1999. I especially had a major crush on Catherine Schell who played Maya in the second season.
I was also a die hard fan of The Incredible Hulk, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, and the original Battlestar Galactica (but not that God awful Galactica 1980). I especially loved anthology shows like Tales From The Darkside, Monsters (which I think was in the 1980's), and the 1980's Twilight Zone.

-Bill, otherwise known as Kraichgauer


I liked all of them too. I also like "Airwolf" as well. I'm a huge Cold War junkie. BTW, I also liked the competing "Amazing Stories" from Steven Speilberg. My favorite episodes was the one with the B-17 returning from a bombing run where the turret gunner was trapped and they could not get the landing gear down so he was basically a dead duck. He wanted to be an animator for Disney so he drew the plane with cartoon wheels coming out and as he went into a trace, all of a sudden they pop out of the plane and they landed safely. They had to cut him out carefully because when he got out of the trace, the wheels would disappear. The other one was were these old ladies were growing huge pumpkins for a fair and one of them to knock out the competition, tied one lady's pumpkin to her 1959 Caddy and as she pulled out, she towed the pumpkin and it started to grind away in chunks on the asphault street. :)

I also like the original "V" too.


I remember that episode of Amazing Stories with the gunner drawing landing gear on the plane very well. Unfortunately, the real life incident from WWII that had inspired the episode hadn't turned out so happily. I used to watch the old V TV series, as well. I thought Michael Ironside was a real badass.

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11 Mar 2013, 5:41 pm

(1973) "The Starlost"
Creator: Harlan Ellison
Starring: Keir Dullea, Gay Rowan, Robin Ward

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VllG88T9YYM[/youtube]
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyMRgz6xaqk[/youtube]



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11 Mar 2013, 5:52 pm

MannyBoo wrote:
(1973) "The Starlost"
Creator: Harlan Ellison
Starring: Keir Dullea, Gay Rowan, Robin Ward

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VllG88T9YYM[/youtube]
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyMRgz6xaqk[/youtube]


I have absolutely no memory of that show. How long was it on TV?

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11 Mar 2013, 6:13 pm

"The Starlost" was only for one season in 1973-74. It was ambitious and had involvement of some people from "2001: Space Odyssey", but it experienced many difficulties of production, and was cancelled soon. The creator Harlan Ellison left the project before the series was broadcast.



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