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Science Fiction Theatre

1 9 5 5 – 1 9 5 7 (USA)
78 x 25 minute episodes

This early science fiction anthology series presented an insight into the problems man will face as he ventures forth to unravel the mysteries of science and nature.

Notable stories included: Time Is Just a Place. Futuristic time travellers Ted (Warren Stevens) and Ann Heller (Peggy O’Connor) illegally escape from their time and attempt to establish a life in a 1950s American town; Gravity Zero. The efforts of two scientists (Lisa Gaye and Percy Helton) to discover a method for neutralizing gravity; The Legend of Carter Mountain. The story of a schoolteacher (Marilyn Erskine) who is confronted by three students who possess the power to move objects by thought; and The Dark Side. The efforts of an astronomer (Skip Homeier) to construct a telescopic camera that is capable of photographing the dark side of the moon.

The first season was filmed in colour as the producers thought that the adoption of colour TV would be much faster than it was. The second season was filmed in black & white.

In Back to the Future (1985), George McFly tells his future son Marty that he can’t go to the “Enchantment Under the Sea” dance with his future wife Lorraine Baines on 12 November 1955 as he’ll miss his favourite television series, Science Fiction Theatre.

Truman Bradley