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Ark II

1 9 7 6 – 1 9 7 9 (USA)
15 x 25 minute episodes

“For millions of years, Earth was fertile and rich. Then pollution and waste began to take their toll. Civilization fell into ruin. This is the world of the 25th Century. Only a handful of scientists remain, men who have vowed to rebuild what has been destroyed. This is their achievement: Ark II, a mobile storehouse of scientific knowledge manned by a highly trained crew of young people. Their mission: to bring the hope of a new future to mankind.”

The live-action sci-fi show Ark II started life on the Saturday morning schedule at CBS but shifted to Sundays during a run that lasted from 1976 to 1979.

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It starred Terry Lester (who portrayed Jack Abbott on The Young and the Restless) and also featured Jean Marie Hon, Jose Flores and a trained chimp named Adam who could play chess and drive the Ark.

The basic premise was that pollution had put a serious hurting on our fair planet and civilisation had all but perished.

In the year 2476, it was now up to Lester (who played a scientist named Jonah) and other brainy types with Biblical names (Ruth and Samuel) to cruise around in a futuristic ATV and do their best to help rebuild what’s left and restore Earth to its former vibrant glory.

Basically, it was Star Trek all over again, only without the USS Enterprise and outer space backdrop.

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Guest stars included Jonathan Harris (Lost in Space), Malachi Throne, Geoffrey Lewis, Jim Backus and a teenage Helen Hunt.

Terry Lester
Jean Marie Hon
Jose Flores