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1965-66 Television Season 50th Anniversary Tribute: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

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Continuing with our review of this special season and the 'Space/Sci-Fi/Fantasy segment of the schedule, today we look at one of television's all-time outstanding producers, Irwin Allen, and his first big hit on television - Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. This clip is from the outstanding 1995 TV documentary special: 'The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen', and features host June Lockhart (more on her big hit series Lost In Space this coming week!) and interview with one of my all time heroes, David Hedison. Hedison played Seaview Commander Lee Crane, and co-starred with Richard Basehart, who played Admiral Harriman Nelson. Also shown in this clip are scenes from the pilot episode, which also guest starred one of the television's best and favorites - Eddie Albert (more on Mr. Albert later this month!) Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea ran four seasons on ABC, from September 14, 1964 to March 31, 1968. Like so many other television series honored here at Television Vanguard, 'Voyage' is also available on DVD box sets - outstanding series and DVD collection. Like so many other series during this 1960's era, 'Voyage' was filmed in black and white during the 1964 and 1965 seasons, and in color during the final two+ seasons from 1965-1968. We'll be paying tribute to the great Irwin Allen all this coming week, but it is important to learn just how much he and Gene Rodenberry in particular advanced the technology behind special efforts on television series. Both men had amazing minds and imaginations, and television is all the better for it. This video clip is presented here on YouTube for the entertainment and informational value of the viewer, and no copyright infringement is intended. Enjoy!
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excelsciors (29 days ago)
I am sure Richard Basehart liked Al Hedison just as much! Both were classy actors. Will be sad when Al Hedison passes on one day!
blue finger (2 months ago)
what a great Memories and sweet to remember when I was a kid and watch this wonderful series with my late father.
NR CG (2 months ago)
It made its debut exactly 54 years ago today September 14, 2018. Incredible how quickly time has passed. The Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea cast became part of our family as we sat around a black & white television set to watch this great program. Unforgettable days for me as an 8-year old boy when the series began.
Purple Sword 5 (3 months ago)
Great series..the seaview was boss...
Turrican60 (8 months ago)
I absolutely loved this show as a child and always saw David Hedison and Richard Basehart as my big heroes. Half a century later and nothing has changed - they will always be magnificent actors in my eyes. Thank heavens that David accepted the role of Captain Crane because nobody else could have pulled it off quite like Mr. Hedison did. David, I salute you, Sir - thank you for Voyage and for my many happy memories of this wonderfully iconic show. Bless you.
Andrew Williams (9 months ago)
A great series. I wish they would repeat it on the horror channel as they've repeated lost in space & land of the giants, 2 other great Irwin Allen classics from the 60s.
NANCY DIONISI (10 months ago)
Thank you for everything David!, you with Richard Basehart are great actors, I love your performances and all cast of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, I continue watching it, it´s wonderful!
NANCY DIONISI (8 months ago)
Me too Turrican60 (what´s your name?), I feel the same, I´ll be watching it till the day I die. I watch it almost every night and I always enjoy it so much, like a child!, I´m 50 years old. My favourite TV shows from that time are: first of all: "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea", then "The Invaders", "The Time Tunnel", and "Bonanza" and "The Ingalls family".
Turrican60 (8 months ago)
Well, I will be watching it till the day I die, Nancy, so you will never be alone, even if you are thousands of miles away in Argentina! The show gave me many happy times as a child, and I've never forgotten the wonderful characters that were created by the excellent cast. Just wondering how old you are, Nancy, if that's okay?
NANCY DIONISI (8 months ago)
Yes Turrican60, here in Argentina it was very popular too, it´s a pleasure to watch it, let´s continue enjoying this wonderful TV program, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea forever!!
Turrican60 (8 months ago)
It's the same for me, Nancy - watching it makes me feel younger than 57! Yes, they were great actors indeed...and a perfect match as Nelson and Crane. It was very popular here in England, and is still great to watch even after all these years.
Argerine Jordan (1 year ago)
This man has aged like fine wine. Great actor. I used to have the biggest crush on him. Still handsome as ever!!
Robert Cubinelli (1 year ago)
Great goofs by Hedison.....great actor indeed.
Roberto Souza (1 year ago)
Look at his face. Nobody would say this guy is almost 90 years old.
Bob Bova (2 years ago)
nice job-but voyage was in season 2 for 65-66.

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