|Land of the Lost|
|Title:||Land of the Lost|
|Running time:||30 min.|
|Production company:||Sid & Marty Krofft Television Productions|
|Executive producers:||Sid Krofft; Marty Krofft|
|Producers:||Jon Kubichan; Jim Washburn|
|Principal cast:||Wesley Eure; Kathy Coleman; Spencer Milligan; Philip Paley; Ron Harper|
|First aired:||September 7th, 1974|
|Last aired:||December 4th, 1976|
The Land of the Lost was an American children's television series produced by Sid & Marty Krofft Television Productions. It aired on the NBC network on Saturday mornings from September, 1974 to December, 1976, spanning three seasons and a total of forty-three episodes. Season one was comprised of seventeen episodes, while seasons two and three had thirteen episodes a piece. The series spun off into a revival series in 1991 and a feature film starring Will Ferrell in 2009.
The premise of the show revolved around the Marshall family, which was comprised of Father Rick Marshall, his teenage son Will Marshall and Will's younger sister Holly. As the opening credits of each episode reveal, the Marshalls were engaged in a "routine expedition" while rafting down a river, when the area is struck by a massive earthquake, sending them toppling down a waterfall. When they awaken, they find themselves on another world; a world populated by dinosaurs, primitive cave people known as Pakuni and the reptilian hunters known as the Sleestaks. Each episode introduced new threats as well as new allies, while focusing on the Marshalls' efforts to survive in the Land of the Lost, as well as their ongoing commitment towards finding a way back home.
Season three saw a change in the cast line-up of the series. Spencer Milligan, who played Rick Marshall, left the series and was replaced with the character's brother Jack Marshall, played by Ron Harper. Actor Philip Paley, known for playing the role of the Paku Cha-Ka, became a credited cast member in season three and was seen in nearly every episode. Walker Edmiston, who played the stoic Altrusian Enik was never a credited cast member, but was a stable presence throughout all three seasons of the show.
Theme song Edit
One of the most recognizable elements of the show was its theme song. The original song was used in the first two seasons of the series when the main cast consisted of Spencer Milligan, Wesley Eure and Kathy Coleman. The music was accompanied by footage of the main characters first arriving in the Land of the Lost. The theme song was also parodied by actor Will Ferrell in the 2009 feature film remake of Land of the Lost. The original lyrics are as follows:
Marshall, Will and Holly.
On a routine expedition,
Met the greatest earthquake ever known.
High on the rapids,
It struck their tiny raft,
And plunged them down a thousand feet below.
To the Land of the Lost.
With season three of the show, actor Spencer Milligan had departed from the program and was replaced with actor Ron Harper, who filled in as the Marshall family adult figure, Uncle Jack Marshall. Given the change in cast, series creators Sid and Marty Krofft could no longer use the original opening credit montage or its memorable theme song. As such, a new song was composed and the opening sequence was filled with stock scenes from previous episodes.
Will and Holly Marshall
As the Earth beneath them trembled.
Lost their father through the door of time.
Uncle Jack went searching. And found the kids at last.
Looking for a way to escape...
From the Land of the Lost.
Season One Edit
- Main article: Land of the Lost/Season 1
|1x1||Cha-Ka||September 7th, 1974|
|1x2||The Sleestak God||September 14th, 1974|
|1x3||Land of the Lost: Dopey||September 21st, 1974|
|1x4||Land of the Lost: Downstream||September 28th, 1974|
|1x5||Land of the Lost: Tag Team||October 5th, 1974|
|1x6||The Stranger||October 12th, 1974|
|1x7||Album||October 19th, 1974|
|1x8||Skylons||October 26th, 1974|
|1x9||The Hole||November 2nd, 1974|
|1x10||The Paku Who Came to Dinner||November 9th, 1974|
|1x11||The Search||November 16th, 1974|
|1x12||The Possession||November 23rd, 1974|
|1x13||Follow That Dinosaur||November 30th, 1974|
|1x14||Stone Soup||December 7th, 1974|
|1x15||Elsewhen||December 14th, 1974|
|1x16||Hurricane||December 21st, 1974|
|1x17||Circle||December 28th, 1974|
Season Two Edit
- Main article: Land of the Lost/Season 2
|2x1||Tar Pit||September 6th, 1975|
|2x2||The Zarn||September 13th, 1975|
|2x3||Fair Trade||September 20th, 1975|
|2x4||One of Our Pylons is Missing||September 27th, 1975|
|2x5||The Test||October 4th, 1975|
|2x6||Gravity Storm||October 11th, 1975|
|2x7||The Longest Day||October 18th, 1975|
|2x8||The Pylon Express||October 25th, 1975|
|2x9||A Nice Day||November 1st, 1975|
|2x10||Baby Sitter||November 8th, 1975|
|2x11||The Musician||November 15th, 1975|
|2x12||Split Personality||November 22nd, 1975|
|2x13||Blackout||November 29th, 1975|
Season Three Edit
- Main article: Land of the Lost/Season 3
|3x1||After-Shock||September 11th, 1976|
|3x2||Survival Kit||September 18th, 1976|
|3x3||The Orb||September 25th, 1976|
|3x4||Repairman||October 2nd, 1976|
|3x5||Medusa||October 9th, 1976|
|3x6||Cornered||October 16th, 1976|
|3x7||Flying Dutchman||October 23rd, 1976|
|3x8||Hot Air Artist||October 30th, 1976|
|3x9||Abominable Snowman||November 6th, 1976|
|3x10||Timestop||November 13th, 1976|
|3x11||Ancient Guardian||November 20th, 1976|
|3x12||Scarab||November 27th, 1976|
|3x13||Medicine Man||December 4th, 1976|
DVD series collections were distributed by Rhino Home Video.
- Land of the Lost: Season 1
- Land of the Lost: Season 2
- Land of the Lost: Season 3
- Land of the Lost: The Complete Series
- Land of the Lost: The Complete First Season
- Land of the Lost: The Complete Second Season
- Land of the Lost: The Complete Third Season
See also Edit
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