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FROM THE CREATIVE GENIUS OF IRWIN ALLEN COMES ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR AND ORIGINAL SCI-FI SHOWS OF THE 1960s!
Determined to prove that Project Tic Toc was capable of sending humans through time, Dr. Tony Newman and Dr. Doug Phillips entered the project's time tunnel before final tests were completed. Now, caught in time and unable to return home, the two scientists battle to stay alive as the Vortex of Time thrusts them into the middle of some of the most significant events in world history. But even more important, as the time travelers encounter famous and influential people of the past, they must make sure their actions don't inadvertently change history and alter the future.
The Time Tunnel rivaled Mr. Peabody for improbable history, and in the series' final 15 episodes, scientists Tony Newman (James Darrin) and Doug Phillips' (Robert Colbert) time travels take an increasingly fantastic turn, as witness their close encounters with aliens in "Visitors from Beyond the Stars," "The Kidnappers," "Raiders from Outer Space," and the final episode, "Town of Terror" (listen in these episodes for the music that shamelessly steals from Bernard Herrmann's score for The Day the Earth Stood Still). Things even take a supernatural turn in "The Ghost of Nero." Tony and Doug's excellent adventures include meetings with such personages as Rudyard Kipling ("Night of the Long Knives"), "Billy the Kid," and, incredibly, Machiavelli, who has been transported to Gettysburg during the Civil War ("The Death Merchant"). They also meet up with such mythical characters as Robin Hood ("The Revenge of Robin Hood") and "Merlin the Magician." One of the series' more provocative episodes is "The Walls of Jericho," in which Tony and Doug join forces with Joshua. Observing from Project Tic-Toc's underground facility, Dr. Ann MacGregor (Lee Meriwether) expresses skepticism over the biblical story. "I'm a scientist," she states. "I don't permit myself to believe in miracles." Other memorable episodes include "Kill Two by Two," set on a Pacific Island during 1945 where Tony and Doug meet a disgraced Japanese soldier, and the episode featuring Robert Duvall as a saboteur who leads Tony and Doug on a "Chase Through Time."
Among this series' enduring charms are the obvious use of footage from theatrical films to clumsily boost production values, as well as some of the more juvenile dialogue. When they learn of one alien plot to attack earth, our heroes proclaim, "We can't let them do it." Time ran out on the Tunnel after only one season. Its cancellation left Tony and Doug to seemingly forever tumble "along the infinite corridors of time" en route to some "new fantastic adventure." Thanks to DVD, we can join them time after time. --Donald Liebenson
1966-1967: "Time Tunnel" - (3 to 4) - General Kirk has a tiger-by-the-tail; his top two scientists find themselves in dangerous situations on every temporal transfer;... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Magnifying Glass
Did not like the the ending, had to much to be desired', otherwise will say MarginalPublished 2 months ago by Herbert Tena
I was mesmerized by this show when I was an eight year old in 1966 and it ignited a love of history for me.. I bought it for nostalgic reasons. Read morePublished 4 months ago by James Davis (email@example.com)
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|where is the physical set of the tunnel||
I don't know what happened to any of the sets. It was 40 years ago, so no doubt they made it to the trash bin ages ago, so to speak. I was 12 years old when the series ran; due to our location, the ABC network did not come in very well, and sometimes not at all. So I missed some of these. ... Read More
May 10, 2006 by Mountain Mike | See all 9 posts
|Actors in the Time Tunnel||
Sam Groom (Jerry) is a terrific acting coach in NYC at HB Studios. I took classes with him and learned a great deal. I wish he were in more of the TT episodes.
Dec 4, 2006 by Mike | See all 3 posts
|What's with the jungle overgrowth inside the Time Tunnel?||
Yes, I've had a similar theory for years. The Viewmaster set for TIME TUNNEL concludes with a 3-D photo showing Tony and Doug standing in the Tunnel with prehistoric jungle growth all around them. The narrative packet describes the scene as Tony and Doug running through a prehistoric jungle which... Read More
Sep 3, 2006 by G. Lemieux | See all 2 posts
The on-camera interviews conducted with James Darren, Robert Colbert, Lee Meriwether and Whit Bissell on THE TIME TUNNEL, VOLUME TWO 4-disc set were actually preparatory run-throughs done prior to their actual taping for 1995 THE FANTASY WORLDS OF IRWIN tv special (which is also available on DVD... Read More
Jul 1, 2006 by Jeff T. | See all 4 posts
|Tony makes it back to the Tunnel, Scientists are in suspension||
The episode was "Crack of Doom", the one about Krakatoa erupting. The Tunnel crew tries to bring just one man back, and they have a better fix on Tony. But diverting all power to one man causes a time warp in the Tunnel, and everyone is frozen between two seconds of time. Luckily,... Read More
Dec 28, 2006 by Thomas Veil | See all 2 posts