1 9 7 4 (USA)
16 x 30 minute episodes
Valley of the Dinosaurs debuted on Saturday 7 September 1974 and featured the cartoon adventures of a modern-day family stranded in a valley where dinosaurs still roam.
History Professor John Butler and his wife Kim were taking their two children, Katie and Greg, on a rafting trip in an uncharted river canyon (talk about responsible parenting) accompanied by the family dog, Digger.
Their boat was caught in a dangerous current and capsized in a mysterious whirlpool, depositing the Butlers in a prehistoric valley where they met caveman Gorak, his wife Gara and their two children Lok and Tana.
The two families became friends and Gorak and his family helped the Butlers in their many attempts to find a way to return home while trying to survive in the valley, where together they must contend with an angry brontosaurus, a dangerous sabertooth tiger, earthquakes and volcanoes.
Jackie Earle Haley