Did You Watch 1977’s The Fantastic Journey?

I can say with all honesty that I have never heard of the short lived 1977 TV series entitled “The Fantastic Journey” until I was flipping through an old issue of Starlog. Besides boasting a cast made up of Roddy McDowall, Jared Martin, Carl Fraklin, Katie Saylor, and Ike Eisenmann and being written by the likes of D.C. Fontana (Star Trek), Leonard Katzman (Dallas), AND being produced by Leonard Nimoy somehow the show failed to find an audience and lasted only 10 episodes.

[Via] Bionic Disco

Thankfully Grobbo 1961 has uploaded the pilot episode on his YouTube channel for us to enjoy.


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3 thoughts on “Did You Watch 1977’s The Fantastic Journey?

  1. I have consistently gotten this confused with “Fantastic Voyage” over the years. Thank for spurring me to separate the two in my mind.

  2. mrgrifter says:

    I don’t know how I missed this when it was on, because I watched practically everything sci-fi related on TV in the late 70s, but I only found out about it later from the Starlog SF TV epsiode guides vol. 2: [http://www.amazon.co.uk/Starlog-Photo-Guidebook-Episode-Guides/dp/0931064481] I always wanted to see it, and got a set on ioffer a few years ago. A little slow, but the location shooting is fun – the “city of the future” in episode 3 is the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown LA (also the agency headquarters in the 1986 TV movie “Condor”, which you should check out on Netflix — Ray Wise is a future cop reluctantly paired with a sexy android partner.) Apparently, the series had a troubled history because they juggled key cast members throughout the first few episodes: Ike Eisenmann (of “Witch Mountain”) and Carl Franklin (later to direct the 90s noir “One False Move” as well as “Full Fathom Five” and, currently, episode sof “House of Cards”) made the cut; Jared Martin joins in episode 2 (hour 2 of the TV pilot movie); Roddy McDowall joins in episode 4.

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