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on December 16, 2011
It's been a long wait--35 years(!!!) but at long last LOGAN'S RUN: The TV Series (1977-78) is finally available on DVD! Starring Gregory Harrison ("Trapper John, M.D.") as Logan, Heather Menzies ("SSSSSSS") as Jessica, Donald Moffat (John Carpenter's "The Thing") as the android Rem and Randy Powell as Francis. The series was produced by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts (creators of both "Charlie's Angels" and the short-lived "Time Express") and featured scripts by William F. Nolan, Saul David, Leonard Katzman, D.C. Fontana, David Gerrold (Noah Ward), Shimon Wincelberg, Michael Michaelian & Kathryn Michaelian Powers, John Meredith Lucas, Dennis O'Neil and Harlan Ellison.
EPISODES:
1) "LOGAN'S RUN" (90 minute pilot)--Guest Starring Keene Curtis, Morgan Woodward, Michael Beihn ("The Terminator")
2) "THE COLLECTORS"--Guest Starring Linden Chiles, Leslie Parrish, Angela Cartwright ("Lost in Space")
3) "CAPTURE"--Guest Starring Horst Bucholz, Mary Woronov ("Death Race 2000")
4) "THE INNOCENT"--Guest Starring Lisa Eilbacher ("Beverly Hills Cop"), Brian Kerwin
5) "MAN OUT OF TIME"--Guest Starring Paul Shenar ("Scarface"), Mel Ferrer
6) "HALFLIFE"--Guest Starring Len Birman, William Smith ("Hawaii 5-0"), Kim Cattral ("Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country")
7) "CRYPT"--Guest Starring Ellen Weston, Christopher Stone ("Cujo"), Liam Sullivan
8) "FEAR FACTOR"--Guest Starring Jared Martin ("Fantastic Journey"), Ed Nelson ("Peyton Place"), Peter Brandon
9) "JUDAS GOAT"--Guest Starring Nicholas Hammond ("Spider-Man"), Lance LeGault ("Werewolf"), Spencer Milligan ("Land of the Lost"), Morgan Woodward
10) "FUTUREPAST"--Guest Starring Mariette Hartley ("Genesis II")
11) "CAROUSEL"--Guest Starring Melody Anderson ("Flash Gordon"), Morgan Woodward
EPISODES UNAIRED BY CBS-TV:
12) "NIGHT VISITORS"--Guest Starring Barbara Babcock, George Maharis ("Route 66"), Paul Mantee ("Robinson Crusoe on Mars")
13) "TURNABOUT"--Guest Starring Nehemeiah Persoff, Gerald McRaney ("Jericho"), Hari Rhodes ("Conquest of the Planet of the Apes")
14) "STARGATE"--Guest Starring Paul Carr ("Buck Rogers"), Eddie Firestone
It's worth mentioning that there are several other 1970's sci-fi shows that are somewhat similar to LOGAN'S RUN: The TV Series, namely ARK II (1976), STRANGE NEW WORLD - Movie / Unsold Pilot (1975), PLANET OF THE APES: The TV Series (1974) and THE STARLOST (1973) - all of these sci-fi productions are available on DVD and are well-worth adding to your collection.
Click the Order button and buy LOGAN'S RUN: The TV Series today!!!
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VINE VOICEon April 15, 2012
We children of the 70's have it rough when it comes to our favorite shows. The fact is, much of what we grew up watching and loving has not aged well. I literally had not seen an episode of Logan's Run since the show ended in 1978, and was highly skeptical that it would hold up. But I'm surprised and delighted to report that the show hasn't aged poorly at all.

[Minor Spoilers Ahead]

For those who only know the 1976 movie of the same name, you should know that the show DOES change a few things. The pilot, rather than continuing the events of the film, re-imagines them. While I enjoy the pilot, I do feel it rushes things a bit. Logan's decision to rebel, for example, happens about six minutes into the episode. Likewise, the android Rem's decision to join Logan and Jessica feels a bit hurried. Naturally, the restrictions of 1978 television mean the film's more adult themes have been toned down.

The series also benefits from the contributions of veteran science fiction writers and directors, such as D.C. Fontana, Harlan Ellison, and Alexander Singer. Even when the acting isn't always stellar, the scripts are usually well thought-out and original. The special effects and sets (largely matte paintings, but very good ones) are on-par with anything else from the era. The budget was no doubt helped tremendously by re-using costumes and props (as well as a fair amount of effects shots, especially in the pilot) from the film.

As for the DVD set itself, it's the definition of a "bare bones" release. All you get is the episodes, although it does include 3 episodes that were not part of the series' original run. There are English & French subtitles. The picture quality is good for its age, although there does not appear to have been extensive remastering. Film scratches pop up infrequently. The audio is clear if unremarkable. The A/V quality is perfectably acceptable overall, but maybe slightly disappointing for those who have been spoiled by the restoration efforts of shows like the original Star Trek or The Prisoner.

Logan's Run: The Series will probably never be much more than a footnote in the history of sci-fi t.v. But it deserves a second look. Like the best episodes of Star Trek or Stargate SG-1, the shows were often ABOUT something. It's a future that is both frightening and yet often plausible. And isn't that what science fiction is all about?
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on January 11, 2012
Based on the movie of the same name the tv series is finally given a dvd release.God for years we had to put up with those horrible bootleg dvds. Thank Goodness a decent release is on its way. Logan's Run the tv series had many problems but somehow the exploits of Logan, Jessica and Rem has touched are hearts.For those loyal to the series such as me I just plain love the show.Lots of Sci fi gadgets and computers colorful force fields and a solar powered hovercraft discovered by L and J helps them get through the desert with ease.Very colorful sets and costumes enlivens This series too.And many familiar faces Donald Moffat as the ever lovable android Rem steals the show in many scenes. Randy Powell fresh from Dallas tv series as the ever persistent Sandman on the chase of Logan and Jessica.Played by a very young and handsome Gregory Harrison along with fresh faced Heather Menzies (Robert Urich's wife)and her Farrah Fawcett hairdoo.Tons of Guest stars Like Mariette Hartley,Christopher Stone,Spencer Milligan,Kim Cattrall,Ellen Weston,Nicholas Hammand,Linden Chiles,Leslie Parish,Angela Cartwright, Paul Shenar and Melody Anderson to name a few helped breath life into this series.We even get to go back to the City of Domes for a couple of episodes to view more of the perfect life they lead before they turn 30 years old and become runners who don't believe in renewal reject the carousel ceremony ( a computerized ritual that kills those that have just turned thirty).Population control at its cruelest.A total of fourteen episodes were produced with probably some of the most enchanting sci fi in a long time.One deviation from the movies original premise is in the pilot we find out a chosen few of the population known as the elders are aloud to grow old and a six man council run the entire city in secret and only Specially picked Sandman get to join when and an elder dies of old age.Francis is offered this position if he can bring back Logan and Jessica.And the Sandman are equipped with vehicles of their own to chase Logan and Jessica through the desert.
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VINE VOICEon January 4, 2014
Logan's Run was a very short lived series, only 14 episodes were created before the series was cancelled. It was loosely based on the hit movie, but with some significant differences. The movie was a bit of an oddity too, but it had a rather indefinite ending. Logan's Run deals with a post nuclear war society kept prisoner in a multi-domed city. It was a completely hedonistic society, which was emphasized much more completely in the movie version, but was undoubtedly toned down for the censored TV of the 70s. No doubt it was created for the golden "family hour" that was popular with the networks at the time in a failed effort to create shows that were appropriate for the entire family (read lacking sexual/adult content). The down side to living in the City of Domes was that people were promised a reincarnation at the age of 30, but were really be put to death in a colorful ritual call "carousel" when they reached that age. It was never fully explained why this was so--whether it was for population control or some other reason; but it was forbidden for anyone to visit the outside world and whatever the original plan was had been long since lost or corrupted. We might assume that they were being kept in the city until a day where the surface of the Earth was more habitable for human being, but if that was the case the mission was completely lost (in the movie version it appears faulty computers were to blame). To prevent people from leaving the city executioners called Sandmen were employed to annihilate people who wouldnt go to carousel or those trying to escape. Logan's Run deals with Logan (a Sandman who questioned the order of things) and Jessica, who didn't to become incinerated at 30, and became runners who manage to escape together. In the ruins of Washington DC they find an old solar hovercraft and set off to find "Sanctuary", a place said to be where people could live beyond 30 in safety; but no one knew where it was. Along the way they pick up a clever and witty android name Rem.

I watched the show as a teenager, but wasn't able to keep up with it due to changing time slots and other conflicts--which was what undoubtedly lead to it's demise. I don't think that it was deliberately campy, it was just the style of those types of series in those days--like the original Battlestar Galactica series. It was definitely better than the later Buck Rogers series, which had better effects but poor writing.

This was not a lame show, on what appeared to be a very limited budget it attempted to be a decent science fiction show. Deeply involved was DC Fontana who was a major writer and consultant for the original Star Trek series. They had some decent and known science fiction writers do stories for them. The exploration of a post apocalyptic USA was intriguing, although there were some continuity problems if one looked deeply enough, for the most part the stories were well written. I believe Rem was Ms.Fontana's attempt to add a Spock-like character to the mix and made a good addition to the show's cast. Like Spock he was highly analytical and had capabilities beyond that of human beings. There were some well know TV actors who played guest spots as well as some who had been in other science fiction shows.

There is no attempt at restoration on this series, the episodes are "as-is" and there is not bonus materials or extras of any kind, which is a shame because I think that this much overlooked show deserved a little better treatment even if they just dug up some archival materials about it. Shows like NIght Gallery and Time Tunnel got much kinder treatment for their DVD releases. I hope that future releases rectify this oversight. I highly recommend the series to those who liked the movie if they can overlook the somewhat rudimentary special effects and mat paintings, because the story deserves a 2nd look. I think Logan's Run is ripe for a update like was done with Battlestar Galactica and V, perhaps if enough people buy the DVDs the studios will give it some thought.
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VINE VOICEon October 23, 2012
Based on the hit movie of the same name, Logan's Run shares the basic premise: a post-nuclear society doesn't allow people to live past 30; those who try to escape the hermetically-sealed City of Domes are called Runners and the agents who seek to terminate runners and enforce the standard are Sandmen.

But in the TV show Logan is not part of a Sandman plot to find Sanctuary, where Runners go to find freedom, but rather is a Sandman who has growing doubts about "renewal" and the order of things. He escapes with Jessica and the series then centers around the adventures of the two (plus their trusty robot companion) in the Outside as they look for Sanctuary. Oh, and are pursued by teams of Sandmen also operating on the outside.

Instead of focusing their plots on post-nuclear holocaust societies (which might have provided some interesting social commentary) and mutations, radiation dangers, etc. the program seemed to try to recycle many of the ST TOS plots involving aliens, humans being split into "good" and "evil" halves, time travel, robots mimicing human society etc. I felt that if the series had focused on plots truly unique to their "environment" it would have done better. Still, the show was the only sci-fi series going at the time (if I remember correctly) and the special effects were the best available at the time. This is also a unique opportunity to watch the ENTIRE series, including three which never aired due to the program being unceremoniously yanked off TV. One of them, Night Visitors, was arguably one of the best episodes of the series.

Not a TERRIFIC show but not bad either. Worth reviewing if you are a sci-fi fan. It DOES have one of the most annoying theme songs ever, though.
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on May 13, 2015
As with most of the TV shows of the 1970's Logan's Run is suitable for the whole family. It's cute. The story lines are o.k. (for the most part.) Although the show jumps the shark when Logan and Jessica have to deal with aliens (the kind from outer space.) The special effects and props are mediocre. An average show. But I felt sad when I viewed the last show. Then I realized I was being nostalgic and had enjoyed the fact that there is little violence (what violence there is is mild and not graphic) and not a lot of sex (but there is sexiness.) All in all, if you like science fiction or you want a show you can view with the kids (although they'll tell you they're smarter than Rem the android) this is a good show for the price. There is a bonus. If you watched the show in 1977-78 you didn't see all the episodes produced. You get three unaired episodes. You might even want to watch it in the Winter because 75% of the show takes place in a desert environment and you'll probably warm up to it quicker.
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on May 31, 2016
Campy 70's sci-fi fun. Limited budget forced TV in the 70's to rely on writing and acting more and this show was pretty good at both. Gregory Harrison in an early staring role, before Trapper John MD made him famous, is more subdued in this role but he has to be since he is the lead in this show. It isn't as good as the movie with Michael York as Logan but it is good. If you loved the movie, you will like this TV show version.
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VINE VOICEon April 13, 2012
I watched this the first (and only) time around in late 1977.

While time hasn't always been kind to this series, it has much to offer the contemporary viewer.

The original source material, the sci-fi novel "Logans Run" by George Clayton Johnson and William F. Nolan was dark and edgy to the point of being unfilmable. Still, after years in development hell Michael Anderson/Fox tried in 1976, and came up with a far more memorable interpretation. If you're part of Generation X, who DIDN'T think of this movie on their 30th birthday? Still, despite some striking imagery, the movie strayed far from its source material.

That trend continued with the short-lived series. Gone are the palm flowers, ultra-violence, the computer, and much of the setting from the film. Such was the necessity for a late 1970s network produced effort. That didn't stop some very interesting stories from the likes of DC Fontana, Harlan Ellison, and even William F. Nolan himself from taking their new take to our TV screens. "Crypt" particularly stands out.

That said, the DVD set is a final, long-awaited addition to the collections of many TV science fiction fans. It certainly has it's drawbacks - while the writing was occasionally strong and the special effects good for it's time, DVD reveals the low-budget nature of the sets (no wonder much of the series seems to be set in Southern California chapparal.) Also, have reasonable expectations - this set appears to have been mastered from syndicated prints, and the age/dirt/grain show. However, it's still quite watchable, and of course, recommended.
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This series was based on one of the early sci-fi movies without aliens or fake looking villains. They were the first to use a holographic image and also used miniature models, blue screen, matt paintings, and special effects to create a future world.

The story shows how an ecologically balanced world (after man has wrecked the planet) becomes a great place to live until you are executed at 30. Two people who have opposing views at first must rely on each other and end up discovering love in a society where that does not exist.
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on March 5, 2015
If you're familiar with this TV series, then it's definitely worth the $14.10 paid for all 14 episodes. It's really a nostalgic slice of some of the 70's cheesiest Sci-Fi, but that's what makes it endearing to older Sci-Fi fans/collectors such as myself. It's not worth a lot more than that, because the quality of the video (or lack thereof) is quite poor (hence the one star deduction). Still, it's pretty much the same as it was when it was first aired. So as long as you know what you're getting (cheesy 70's Sci-Fi, and not great quality), it's definitely worth the cheap price for a nostalgic look back at this short lived Sci-Fi series.
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