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Ark II

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

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.

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.

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

Jonah
Terry Lester
Ruth
Jean Marie Hon
Samuel
Jose Flores