1 9 7 7 – 1 9 7 8 (USA)
14 x 60 minute episodes
This science fiction series from CBS – a TV version of the 1976 film starring Michael York – was set in the year 2319 on an Earth devastated by an atomic holocaust after a nuclear war.
No longer one civilisation, the planet existed only as a series of individual cities, separated by vast stretches of wilderness.
In one such settlement – the City of Domes – all the citizens enjoyed a wonderful lifestyle and lived only for fun.
There was one major drawback . . . life was terminated at the age of 30 in a ceremony called ‘Carousel’.
Those who tried to escape the ceremony – known as ‘runners’ – were hunted down and killed by security men called ‘Sandmen’.
One such Sandman was Logan (Gregory Harrison), who had now reached the critical age and was about to undergo the Carousel death ceremony when he decided to make a run for it.
He was assisted by a young rebel girl, Jessica (Heather Menzies, who had starred in The Sound of Music in 1965 as Louisa von Trapp) and a humorous android called Rem (Donald Moffat), whom they met early on in their travels.
Together they sought a legendary haven known as ‘Sanctuary’, but they were pursued all the way by another Sandman, Logan’s former partner, Francis (Randy Powell), as they braved the outside world and its hostile inhabitants.
Up against James Garner’s Rockford Files on NBC and The ABC Friday Night Movie in a 9.00 – 10.00 pm time slot, Logan’s Run had its work cut out for it.
CBS quickly moved the show to the more family-friendly time of 8.00 pm on Mondays, but the ratings only got worse.
The show’s failure forced the Mego toy company to cancel plans for Logan’s Run action figures.
Logan’s Run | The Collectors | Capture | The Innocent | Man Out Of Time | Half Life | The Crypt | Fear Factor | The Judas Goat | Futurepast | Carousel | Night Visitors | Turnabout | Stargate