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A Tribute to Irwin Allen
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Irwin Allen (June 12, 1916 – November 2, 1991) was an American film and television producer and director, known for his work in science fiction, then later as the “Master of Disaster” for his work in the disaster film genre. His most successful productions were The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and The Towering Inferno (1974). He also created and produced the popular 1960s science fiction television series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel and Land of the Giants.


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TV Show: Lost in Space ( 1965 )
The Robinson family was supposed to set off on a five-year mission to explore a distant planet, but an act of sabotage by the scheming Dr. Zachary Smith - who managed to get himself trapped aboard the spaceship - leaves them adrift in space for three years. The Robinsons, pilot Don West, Dr. Smith and their trusty robot move from planet to planet, always searching for a way to return to Earth.
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TV Show: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea ( 1964 )
In this 60s show, the first of four Irwin Allen science fiction productions, the advanced submarine Seaview takes on all kinds of missions for the American government. Under the leadership of Admiral Nelson and Captain Crane, the Seaview takes on a variety of gritty real-world missions with spies, missile launches, deep-sea exploration, etc.Unfortunately, then Batman caught on and Allen decided that camp and far-out science was the way to go. Increasingly, episodes dealt with mind control, aliens, werewolves, evil puppets, monsters in cheap-looking rubber suits, etc. After three more seasons, the show came to an end due to low ratings.
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TV Show: The Time Tunnel ( 1966 )
The Control of time is potentially the most valuable treasure that man will ever find, or so believe the scientists of Project Tic Toc. Located beneath the Arizona desert, the ten-year project's focus is the feasibility of time travel. But when the government reconsiders the project, the scientists have only 24 hours to prove their untested time tunnel will actually work. Determined to save the project, Dr. Tony Newman and Dr. Doug Phillips go through the tunnel and quickly find themselves catapulted from one historical event to another, barely escaping with their lives as their colleagues back in Arizona race to figure out a way to bring them back home.
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TV Show: Land of the Giants ( 1968 )
Three crew and four passengers aboard the low-orbit shuttlecraft Spindrift are swept up into a space warp and transported to a planet light-years distant. While the planet is similar to Earth, everything is 12 times the size of what they are accustomed to. The seven now-miniature Earthlings must find the parts to repair the ship, while evading the planet's totalitarian government.
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TV Show: The Return of Captain Nemo ( 1978 )
During naval exercises in 1978, Captain Nemo is found in suspended animation aboard his submarine Nautilus beneath the Pacific Ocean. Revived by members of a modern-day US Government agency, Nemo is persuaded to rescue United States interests and in so doing battles Professor Cunningham, a mad scientist. 
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TV Show: Swiss Family Robinson ( 1975 )
In this adaptation of the famous novel, the Robinsons are stranded on a deserted island in the Pacific. They must create a new life for themselves with little hope of rescue, and deal with pirates and hostile natives.
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TV Show: Alice in Wonderland ( 1985 )
Alice in Wonderland is a two-part made-for-television adaptation of Lewis Carroll's books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. An Irwin Allen production, it used a huge all-star cast of notable actors and actresses.
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