Science Fiction Television Series

Episode Guides, Histories, and Casts and Credits for 62 Prime-Time Shows, 1959 through 1989


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About the Book

Whether rocketing to other worlds or galloping through time, science fiction television has often featured the best of the medium. The genre’s broad appeal allows youngsters to enjoy fantastic premises and far out stories, while offering adults a sublime way to view the human experience in a dramatic perspective.
From Alien Nation to World of Giants, this reference work provides comprehensive episode guides and cast and production credits for 62 science fiction series that were aired from 1959 through 1989. For each episode, a brief synopsis is given, along with the writer and director of the show and the guest cast. Using extensive research and interviews with writers, directors, actors, stuntmen and many of the show’s creators, an essay about each of the shows is also provided, covering such issues as its genesis and its network and syndication histories.

About the Author(s)

Mark Phillips is a Canadian correspondent for the New York–based magazine Starlog. He has written for Cinefantastique, Filmfax, Outre and Britain’s TV Zone and lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
Frank Garcia is a science fiction media journalist whose work has appeared in Cinefantastique, Filmfax, Starlog, Video Watchdog and other publications. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Bibliographic Details

Mark Phillips and Frank Garcia
Foreword by Kenneth Johnson
Format: softcover (7 x 10 in 2 vols.)
Pages: 707
Bibliographic Info: 127 photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2006 [1996]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2835-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1030-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      v

Foreword by Kenneth Johnson      xi

Introduction      1

The Shows      4

Appendix A: Honorable Mentions      587

Appendix B: Unsold Science Fiction Television Pilots      594

Appendix C: Emmy Award Nominees and Winners in Science Fiction Television      599

Bibliography      605

Index      607

Book Reviews & Awards

“excellent…extremely readable…recommended”—Library Journal; “an essential work…well indexed”—Booklist; “enjoyable and useful…valuable…recommended”—Choice; “meticulous…[a] fine compendium…definitive”—ARBA; “informative”—Journal of Popular Culture; “books this rich extend their function beyond occasional consulting. They become companions to discovery”—Big Reel; “splendid detail…. Highly recommend”—VOYA; “comprehensive”—Television Chronicles; “it’s all here–the complete scoop on 30 years’ worth of tele-sci-fi series”—VideoScope; “a must-have”—The TV Collection; “a wealth of information”—Six of One; “a godsend”—SFX Magazine; “thoroughness of research undertaken by Mark Phillips and Frank Garcia for this guide is admirable”—Pigasus Press.