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The Time Tunnel 

Two scientists with a secret time travel project find themselves trapped in the time stream and appearing in notable periods of history.

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Irwin Allen
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1967   1966  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
James Darren ...  Dr. Tony Newman 30 episodes, 1966-1967
Robert Colbert ...  Dr. Doug Phillips 30 episodes, 1966-1967
Whit Bissell ...  Lt. Gen. Heywood Kirk / ... 30 episodes, 1966-1967
John Zaremba ...  Dr. Raymond Swain 30 episodes, 1966-1967
Lee Meriwether ...  Dr. Ann MacGregor 30 episodes, 1966-1967
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Scientists Tony Newman and Doug Phillips are the young heads of Project Tic-Toc, a multi-billion dollar government installation buried beneath the desert. They have invented a Time Tunnel, which will allow people to visit anywhere in time and space. While testing the tunnel for an impatient senator, Newman and Phillips became trapped in time, and each week coincidentally found themselves at the site of an important historical event, be it the Siege of Troy, the sinking of the Titanic or an assassination attempt on President Lincoln. Sometimes they traveled into the future, and battled alien invaders. Ann MacGregor, Gen. Kirk and Dr. Swain are the scientists trying to fix the malfunctioning Time Tunnel and bring Doug and Tony back to the present (1968). Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Be propelled into the darkest past, or the unknown future.


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TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Time Tunnel See more »

Filming Locations:

Lone Pine, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(30 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The series aired in 1966 and 1967, but used 1968 as the "present" year that Project Tic Toc took place. 1978 was the setting of the "futuristic" shows The Time Tunnel: One Way to the Moon (1966) and The Time Tunnel: Town of Terror (1967), while 1883 was used for The Time Tunnel: Crack of Doom (1966) and The Time Tunnel: Raiders from Outer Space (1967). See more »

Goofs

So the Tic Toc scientists are successful at bringing back people, why not Tony and Doug? (They were planning save Tony and Doug's return home for the "series finale", which never happened, since it was abruptly canceled in the summer of 1967). See more »

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Announcer: [opening narration for most episodes] Two American scientists are lost in the swirling maze of past and future ages, during the first experiments on America's greatest and most secret project, the Time Tunnel. Tony Newman and Doug Phillips now tumble helplessly toward a new fantastic adventure, somewhere along the infinite corridors of time.
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Better than you think
2 March 2005 | by P_CorneliusSee all my reviews

The Time Tunnel first appeared on TV when I was 11 years old, and it has been four decades since I have seen any of Tony's and Doug's adventures. Thanks to the Starz Action Channel, I've recently had the opportunity to view a few of the episodes once more. Yes, it's a little more goofy than I thought all those years ago, especially when story lines start to turn around the appearance of aliens. But the show is also much better than some of the younger critics seem to be saying.

How so? Well, think about the assumptions behind the Time Tunnel. The producers of this program ASSUMED its audience, back in 1966, had at least a passing familiarity not only with the history of the Titanic, the Alamo, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and Custer's Last Stand but also ASSUMED its audience was aware of the outlines of the story of the Trojan War, the War of 1812, the Siege of Khartoum, and the Dreyfuss Affair--and remember this was long BEFORE the making of PAPILLON. Imagine an hour long TV series today turning one of its plots around the Dreyfuss Affair! It couldn't happen. Today's audiences haven't heard of Dreyfuss and can't even tell you what CENTURIES Pearl Harbor or the American Civil War took place in.

As strange as it may sound to the ears of the contemporary TV viewer, the truth is the Time Tunnel was geared towards a much more sophisticated audience than today's viewers, who are illiterate in their own culture and history. Could a TV series today do a story about the attempt to assassinate Abraham Lincoln--in 1861! The ability of the producers to take this all but forgotten historical incident and turn it into a hour long story could only have worked had the 1966 TV audience been well founded not only in the history of the American Civil War but in Lincoln's assassination in 1865.

The fact is the Time Tunnel could not work for today's dumbed down TV viewers. You can't assume they know what they had for lunch yesterday, much less the history of their own nation or Western Civlization. It's so much easier--and necessary--to develop films and TV shows around cartoon heroes with no baggage and no grounding in all that nasty history.


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