Sixties Television – Lost in Space

Sixties Television – Lost in Space

LostinSpaceAmerica was in a space race. What better than to have TV shows that talked about characters in space, like Star Trek, I Dream of Jeannie, Lost in Space, or even My Favorite Martian (where an Alien comes to earth).

Lost in Space was a CBS science fiction television show that aired from 1965 – 1968. 83 episodes were released with the first season being filmed in Black & White and the last two seasons filmed in color.

It was created by Irwin Allen who is also known for Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Time Tunnel, The Land of the Giants, and more.

Sixties Television – Lost in Space

Lost in SpaceLost in Space was like the book Swiss Family Robinson, and could have been called Space Family Robinson. Both families were named Robinson. Both families were marooned, one on an island from a ship, the other in outer space, but still having a ship.

There were a lot of memorable episodes of Lost in Space that came on my black & white TV in south Texas in the 60s.

It seems like each week the Robinson family had to endure the extremes of space travel, different encounters with aliens, a spunky robot, and a conniving Dr. Smith.

It was a lot of fun to see the dynamics of the family, the robot and Smith. Being 11 years old myself I could identify with young Will Robinson, the boy on this space mission. I also thought his sister was cute, even though Angela Cartwright was two years older than me.

The Cast:

  • Guy Williams – Professor John Robinson
  • June Lockhart – Maureen Robinson
  • Mark Goddard – Major Don West
  • Marta Kristen – Judy Robinson
  • Bill Mumy – Will Robinson
  • Angela Cartwright – Penny Robinson
  • Jonathan Harris – Dr. Zachary Smith
  • The Robinsons’ robot was created by Robert Kinoshita, the same man who designed Robby the Robot for Forbidden Planet (1956). Indeed, Robbie the Robot makes a guest appearance in Lost in Space: War of the Robots (1966). (from IMDb)

For some great Trivia on Lost in Space go to IMDb.

Sixties Television – Lost in Space

The theme music to Lost In Space was by legendary composer, director, musician John Williams who also did the music to Star Wars, Close Encounters, ET, Jaws, Indiana Jones, Superman, Jurassic Park, and Schindler’s List to name a few.

In Season one, some episodes used incidental music utilizing a “Theremin”, an electronic instrument incorporating two heterodyne oscillators. This music was used to create an atmosphere of suspense and impending terror. The Theremin music used in these episodes was from The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) composed by Bernard Herrmann. (thanks to IMDb for this anecdote)
I wrote about this in my blog called Top 5 Classic Sci-Fi Movies From the 50s.

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