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Planet of the Apes: The Complete TV Series [1974] (4 discs)
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Composer:Earle Hagen
Lalo Schifrin
Length:658 minutes
(10 hours 58 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Suggested Event Use:Friday 13
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:7.1/10
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Two astronauts and a sympathetic chimp friend are fugitives in a future Earth dominated by a civilization of humanoid apes.


Reaction: The storytelling is very The-Fugitive-on-the-Planet-of-the-Apes, and that can make it feel a bit disjoint, but overall there are some good tales told.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Guest Cast
Anne Seymour => Ann (The Interrogation)
Beverly Garland => Wanda (The Interrogation)
Norman Burton => Yalu (as Normann Burton) (The Interrogation)
Wayne Foster => Lieutenant Gorilla (The Interrogation)
Ben Andrews => Miro (The Liberator)
Jennifer Ashley => Talia (The Liberator)
John Ireland => Brun (The Liberator)
Tom McDonough => Second Gorilla Guard (The Liberator)
Biff Elliot => Ullman (Escape from Tomorrow)
Bobby Porter => Arno (Escape from Tomorrow)
Royal Dano => Farrow (Escape from Tomorrow)
Woodrow Parfrey => Veska (Escape from Tomorrow)
Biff Elliot => Orangutan (The Cure)
David Sheiner => Zoran (The Cure)
George Wallace => Talbert (The Cure)
Sondra Locke => Amy (The Cure)
Bobby Porter => Remus (The Good Seeds)
Geoffrey Deuel => Anto (The Good Seeds)
Jacqueline Scott => Zantes (The Good Seeds)
Lonny Chapman => Polar (The Good Seeds)
David Naughton => Dr. Stole (The Surgeon)
Jacqueline Scott => Kira (The Surgeon)
Martin E. Brooks => Leander (as Martin Brooks) (The Surgeon)
Michael Strong => Travin (The Surgeon)
Gail Bonney => Old Woman (The Trap)
John Milford => Miller (The Trap)
Norman Alden => Zako (as Norm Alden) (The Trap)
Jackie Earle Haley => Kraik (The Legacy)
Jon Lormer => Scientist (The Legacy)
Robert Phillips => Gorilla Captain (The Legacy)
Wayne Foster => Gorilla Sergeant (The Legacy)
Zina Bethune => Arn (The Legacy)
Jane Actman => Fauna (The Deception)
John Milford => Sestus (The Deception)
Pat Renella => Zon (The Deception)
Jay Robinson => Bandor (Tomorrow's Tide)
John McLiam => Gahto (Tomorrow's Tide)
Roscoe Lee Browne => Hurton (Tomorrow's Tide)
Joanna Barnes => Carsia (Up Above the World So High)
Martin E. Brooks => Konag (as Martin Brooks) (Up Above the World So High)
William Beckley => Council Orang (Up Above the World So High)
Joseph Ruskin => Daku (The Tyrant)
Michael Conrad => Janor (The Tyrant)
Percy Rodrigues => Aboro (The Tyrant)
Marc Singer => Dalton (The Gladiators)
Nick Dimitri => A Gorilla (The Gladiators)
Pat Renella => Jason (The Gladiators)
William Smith => Tolar (The Gladiators)
Morgan Woodward => Martin (The Horse Race)
Select Cast and Crew
Alf Kjellin => Director
Arnold Laven => Director
Bernard McEveety => Director
Don McDougall => Director
Don Weis => Director
Jack Starrett => Director
John Meredyth Lucas => Director
Ralph Senensky => Director
Anthony Lawrence => Writer
Art Wallace => Writer
Arthur Browne Jr. => Writer
Barry Oringer => Writer
Booker Bradshaw => Writer
David P. Lewis => Writer
Edward J. Lakso => Writer
Howard Dimsdale => Writer
Joe Ruby => Writer
Ken Spears => Writer
Richard Collins => Writer
Robert Hamner => Writer
Robert W. Lenski => Writer
Shimon Wincelberg => Writer
Walter Black => Writer
Earle Hagen => Composer
Lalo Schifrin => Composer
Booth Colman => Zaius
Eldon Burke => Chilot
James Naughton => Pete Burke
John Hoyt => Barlow
Mark Lenard => Urko
Roddy McDowall => Galen
Ron Harper => Alan Virdon
Ron Stein => Gorilla Guard

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The 24-foot plywood spaceship from the first movie appears for the last time, in the pilot episode.
  • Though uncredited, Rod Serling wrote the original treatment and two proposed scripts for this series, essentially creating the basic format followed by the program, two astronauts and one chimpanzee pursued by the Apes civilization.
  • While the movie originally set primarily in what used to be New York City, the television show is set in a futuristic California after a nuclear war.
  • This was Roddy McDowall's first starring role in a television series. He later played the regular character Dr. Jonathan Willoway in [The Fantastic Journey], another short-lived science fiction series.
  • The two human leads graced the show with an Ivy League pedigree. Ron Harper (who played Alan) was a Princeton graduate and won a fellowship to Harvard, while James Naughton (Pete) was a graduate of Brown and Yale.
  • Although the series was cancelled after 15 weeks because of low ratings and was considered a bomb in the US, it was a huge success in the UK.