Adventures In Paradise

1 9 5 9 – 1 9 6 2 (USA) 91 x 60 minute episodes Created by James Michener, this black & white action adventure series from ABC recounted the exploits of Korean War veteran Captain Adam Troy, now working on his own freelance boat the Tiki out of Papeete, Tahiti. Troy became involved in all kinds of(…)

Adventures of Don Quick, The

1 9 7 0 (USA) 6 x 30 minute episodes The Adventures of Don Quick was a space-age version of Cervantes’ classic literary satire, Don Quixote, with the anti-hero tilting at alien civilisations instead of windmills. Astronaut Don Quick (Ian Hendry), a member of the Intergalactic Maintenance Squad, was accompanied in his unwelcome know-best meddling by his faithful(…)

Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu, The

1 9 5 6 (USA) 13 x 30 minute episodes Dr Fu Manchu, evil genius and possessor of seemingly unlimited financial resources, has pledged to bring about the downfall of western civilisation to avenge unknown wrongs of the past. Only Sir Dennis Nayland-Smith of the Yard is able to thwart his evil plans. Dr. Fu(…)

Adventures of Jim Bowie, The

1 9 5 6 – 1 9 5 8 (USA) 78 x 25 minute episodes A frontiersman journeys to Texas after the Louisiana Purchase, providing elementary western adventures from the book Tempered Blade by Monte Barrett.     Jim Bowie  Scott Forbes John James Audubon  Robert Cornthwaite Rezin Bowie  Peter Hanson Marie de Gravien  Joyce Vanderveen Francois de(…)

Adventures of Kit Carson, The

1 9 5 1 – 1 9 5 5 (USA) 104 x 30 minute episodes One of the more popular of the many Wild West adventure series targeted at kids to be released during the 1950s, this series followed the lonely life of rugged frontiersman Kit Carson (Bill Williams) and his Mexican sidekick, El Toro (Don(…)

Adventures of Long John Silver, The

1 9 5 5 (Australia) 26 x 30 minute episodes In this Australian-made series – based very loosely on Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1883 novel Treasure Island – Long John Silver (Robert Newton), his young cabin boy pal Jim Hawkins (Kit Taylor) and their ship, the Faithful, were located on the island of Porto Bello on the Spanish(…)

Adventures of Robin Hood, The

1 9 5 5 – 1 9 5 8 (UK) 143 x 26 minute episodes The Adventures Of Robin Hood was made for the American market and one of Lew Grade’s first big money-spinners. Richard Greene played the title role – robbing the rich and saving the poor for 143 episodes, after which he lived in semi-retirement.(…)

Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes, The

1 9 8 4 – 1 9 8 5 (UK) 13 x 60 minute episodes Modelled closely on the mood and style of the original Victorian Strand Magazine stories (illustrated by Sidney Paget), old Etonian Jeremy Brett’s interpretation of Conan Doyle’s famous creation is generally accepted as definitive. Handsomely delivered, with a specially created Baker Street set(…)

Adventures of Sir Lancelot, The

1 9 5 6 – 1 9 5 7 (UK) 30 x 25 minute episodes This costume action series related the glorious exploits of King Arthur’s bravest knight and Queen Guinevere’s champion, Sir Lancelot du Lac (brilliantined William Russell, pictured below with a washing-up glove on his head!). In the background was King Arthur, his famous(…)

Adventures of Superman, The

1 9 5 2 – 1 9 5 8 (USA) 104 x 30 minute episodes Originally invented as an Action comic character by Ohio duo Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1938, Superman was transferred to US syndicated television in 1952, becoming one of the fledgeling medium’s first hits. Episode one, ‘Superman On Earth’, provided a helpful genealogy: Born on(…)

Adventures of The Scarlet Pimpernel, The

1 9 5 5 – 1 9 5 6  (UK) 18 x 30 minute episodes “They seek him here, they seek him there . . .” Marius Goring starred as the swashbuckling hero, based on Baroness Orczy’s famous tale. An apparent fop, Sir Percy Blakeney, donned rapier and disguises by the valise-full to help the poor persecuted(…)

Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, The

 1 9 5 1 – 1 9 5 8 (USA) 113 x 30 minute episodes “James Butler Hickok, mister” our hero would announce to all and sundry before his sidekick would elaborate, “That’s Wild Bill Hickok, mister! The bravest, strongest, fightingest U.S. Marshal in the whole West!” Hickok was a folk hero of the American Old(…)

Adventures of William Tell, The

1 9 5 8 (UK) 39 x 25 minute episodes The Adventures of William Tell was another of ITV’s all-action productions which, although aimed primarily at young audiences, built up an adult following too. It starred Conrad Phillips in the title role – loosely based on Johann Von Schiller’s tale about William Tell, an Alpine hero from(…)

Aeon Flux

1 9 9 1 – 1 9 9 5 (USA) This ultra-violent spy v. spy animation was created by Peter Chung of Colossal Pictures for MTV‘s groundbreaking Liquid Television show (which also debuted Beavis and Butt-Head). The cartoon followed the fantasy adventures of volatile female secret agent/assassin Aeon and her arch rival/soul mate, Trevor – invariably compressing scores of(…)

African Patrol

1 9 5 7 – 1 9 5 9 (UK) British Patrol Inspector Paul Derek worked in the African bush as a jungle policeman, using his expert knowledge of East African safari country to keep the peace. It was his duty to thwart poachers and other criminals who disturbed the natural balance of the environment. The(…)

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