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Sealab 2020 - The Complete Series (1972)

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: June 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 280 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0085A9K6W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,681 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

"This is the year two thousand and twenty. The place is the Challenger Sea Mount, the top of an underwater mountain, a complex beneath the sea. Two hundred and fifty men, women and children live here. Each of them, a scientist pioneer. For this is our last frontier, a hostile environment which may hold the key to tomorrow. Each day, these oceanauts meet new challenges as they build their city beneath the sea. This is Sealab 2020."

With these words setting the stage, and some funky bass riffs setting the tone, Saturday morning TV took the 70s underwater Sci Fi adventure plunge. Ably overseen by Hanna-Barbera's ace action animators and voiced by a superb cast (including John Stephenson, Ross Martin, Jerry Dexter and Ann Jillian), the oceanauts of Sealab face seaquakes, sharks and falling satellites while finding the time to serve up lessons on environmentalism, tolerance, and teamwork across this 2-Disc, 13-Episode Collection

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly solid for 70's Saturday mornings August 10, 2012
I've actually watched several episodes from this series recently, and was surprised to discover that -- far from horrible -- it's actually a serviceable bit of Saturday morning nostalgia.

First airing on Saturday morning in September of 1972, the show had a very short run of 13 episodes. Going in, I was hoping for excitement and adventure reminiscent of Jonny Quest (far and away Hanna-Barbera's finest moment, in my opinion). Alex Toth, who designed many of H-B's most popular classic characters (Space Ghost, Herculoids, etc.) did many of the designs for 2020, which lends it a cool comic-booky look not unlike Quest.

Alas, the show has a very different tone -- perhaps because of the prevailing attitude of the early 70's that cartoons should abstain from violence. The result is an almost educational show, teaching kids about the various sea creatures and rudimentary information about the ocean and diving. And initially the show comes off as very boring because of this. But I have to admit that after being bored by the first 2 episodes, I found myself becoming more and more interested in the next two. The show has some good messages, such as overcoming handicaps and preserving the environment, and deals with some decent issues most cartoons would never touch.

In some weird way, the stories and scripts are more reminiscent of live action programs than a cartoon. They are fairly adult and lack the zaniness one might expect from this era of Hanna Barbera (i.e. Funky Phantom, anyone?). In other words, it is a perfect counterpoint to the new Sea Lab 2021, which goes for sheer laughs.

I think that the other reviewers that gave 2020 negative reviews have never actually seen the show. When you think about the time period when this show was made, it's probably one of the better H-B shows. While we'll never have another Jonny Quest again, 2020 was an interesting project that will probably, like Quest, never be duplicated.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underappreciated HB Classic September 8, 2012
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I remember watching this show as a kid and I really liked it. Most people diss the show without even having watched it. It's educational and moralistic. People compare this show to Sealab 2021 and say they hate it. Stop comparing and you'll realize this is very likeable series. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sealab 2020 - the complete series July 4, 2013
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I loved the show as a kid all - even despite its preaching about the environment (which at least was understated and realistic compared to the infinitely more heavy-handed Captain Planet). My only problem is that this collection is misnamed as the complete series. While it's true that it includes every episode that was actually ever aired, there were three other episodes made as well that were never broadcast for some reason. It would have been nice to have seen those as well, as I was expecting from something billed as the *complete* series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bought for grandson May 19, 2014
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purchased as a gift for grandson.. My older grandson loved the episodes when on TV. Will purchase a second copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a classic April 2, 2013
It's great to see this classic finally come out on dvd. It's just as good now as I remember it as a kid of 10 watching it on saturday mornings. I highly recommend you buy this set. Enjoy!
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