1 9 7 8 – 1 9 8 1 (USA)
16 x 15 minute episodes
12 x 30 minute episodes
This show was a spin-off from Space Academy and used some of the same effects, sets, and even Peepo, the robot.
Originally shown in 15-minute segments as part of Tarzan and the Super 7, at the time it was made, Jason of Star Command was the most expensive live-action children’s show ever produced.
Based on the same space-age interplanetary police station as Space Academy, Jason is a pilot for Star Command, a secret organisation whose mission is to combat evil.
Commander Canarvin (James Doohan) supervises Star Command operations, while Nicole Davidoff (Susan O’Hanlon) and Samantha (Tamara Dobson) assist Jason, who is the captain of the ship Starfire. Professor E.J. Parsafoot (Charlie Dell) is responsible for the weaponry used by Star Command and Peepo is the unit’s robot.
Jason’s main adversary, Dragos (Sid Haig), intends to rule the galaxy and it is up to Jason and the Star Command gang to stop him.
During the second season, the series changed from an extended, 16 part serialised adventure into shorter, four-part adventures.
Besides the changing of story lengths, there were some cast changes also, with Commander Canarvin replaced by Commander Stone (John Russell).
Capt. Nicole Davidoff
Prof. E. J. Parsafoot