Land of the Giants

Compiled by Bill Laidlaw
TV-series logo This was one of Irwin Allen's sci-fi / fantasy tv series. In 1956, he made the pseudo-documentary "The Animal World" with prehistoric beasts supplied by Ray Harryhausen & Willis H. O'Brien (you may remember them from Beast Of Hollow Mountain and its later movie remake Valley of Gwangi), followed the next year by his bizzaar "Story of Mankind" with fading film star Hedy Lamarr as the teenage Joan of Arc, Harpo (of the Marx Brothers) as Sir Isaac Newton, and Peter Lorre as Nero (no it was not a comedy), Vincent Price & Ronald Coleman probably have the best scene as opposing lawyers in Heaven debating whether the Earth should be destroyed (like I said, this was not a comedy). But Allen really hit big with his low-budget movie The Lost World (1960 remake of Willis O'Brien's silent classic, both based on the novel) which rode the wave of 1950s monster movies that also launched Godzilla.

The Lost World made enough money to finance a series of Irwin Allen movies (most starring fading movie stars), and a movie called Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea in 1961, which led to his 1st tv series, by the same name (1964-68). Lost In Space followed (1965-68) and CBS was so delighted with "Lost" that they turned down Star Trek. Next he tried The Time Tunnel 1966-67), and "Land of the Giants" (1968-70), which had the same basic plot as a 13-episode black-&-white tv series "World of Giants" (1959, from the 1957 producer of The Incredible Shrinking Man). Then he left tv to make movies with the brief exceptions of "Swiss Family Robinson" (1975, no relation to Disney's movie), and "Captain Nemo" (no relation to anything credible). For some reason, one of his favorite tv writers would be Harlan Ellison, with whom he would have the occasional disagreement (no you can't have the people turn out to be reptiles wearing rubber masks you idiot Producer...)

First episode of season 2: The Mechanical Man

An "out-of-this-world" creation from the fertile imagination of Irwin Allen, master of science fiction.
A London-bound commercial rocket ship is thrown off course and forced to crash-land on an unknown planet. Its crew and passengers soon discover that they are in an incredible and terrifying world inhabited by giants twelve times their own size.
The crew must struggle to survive among the terrifying dangers encountered in the Land of the Giants.

The themesong was written by movie score composer John Williams, known at the time as Johnny

Here's a list of upcoming episodes on the Sci-Fi channel. By the way, you can click here for a list of Irwin Allen's more memorable movies.
One of his most popular old movies since September 11, 2001, has been the realistic Towering Inferno, starring Steve McQueen as the Fire Chief.
Land of the Giants most recent schedule on the Sci-Fi channel
06-MAR-03 11:00 AM  LAND OF THE GIANTS PILOT - THE CRASH   
06-MAR-03 12:00 PM  GHOST TOWN   
06-MAR-03  1:00 PM  FRAMED   
06-MAR-03  2:00 PM  UNDERGROUND   
06-MAR-03  3:00 PM  THE FLIGHT PLAN 
    Sorry, No episodes have been scheduled since 2003
                  Episodes previously seen on the Sci Fi Channel
  
Time Tunnel

Episode Titles In Original Broadcast Order

guest star Bruce Dern

SEASON 1

1. The Crash
2. Ghost Town
3. Framed
4. Underground
5. Terror-Go-Round
6. The Flight Plan
7. Manhunt
8. The Trap
9. The Creed
10. Double Cross
11. The Weird World
12. The Golden Cage
13. The Lost Ones
14. Brainwash
15. The Bounty Hunter
16. On A Clear Night You Can See Earth
17. Deadly Lodestone
18. The Night Of Thrombeldinbar
19. Seven Little Indians
20. Target: Earth
21. Genius at Work
22. Return Of Inidu
23. Rescue
24. Sabotage
25. Shell Game
26. The Chase

SEASON 2

27. The Mechanical Man
28. Six Hours To Live
29. The Inside Rail
30. Deadly Pawn
31. The Unsuspected
32. Giants, and All That Jazz
33. Collector's Item
34. Every Dog Needs A Boy
35. Chamber of Fear
36. The Clones
37. Comeback
38. A Place Called Earth
39. Land Of The Lost
40. Home Sweet Home
41. Our Man O'Reilly
42. The Delta Effect
43. Pay The Piper
44. The Secret City Of Limbo
45. Panic
46. The Retaliator
47. Doomsday
48. A Small War
49. The Marionettes
50. Wild Journey
51. Graveyard Of Fools
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