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Lost in Space
83 episodes (1965-68) 60m


Danger Will Robinson! - Irwin Allen still doesn't have any money for special effects. Not to worry, the show became a cult-favourite nevertheless. Swiss Family Robinson gets lost in outer space when the villainous Dr Smith stows away and knocks their flying saucer out of orbit. The robot usually manages to steal the show, which helped take minds off the cheap sets and tacky costumes.





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The Starlost
16 episodes (1973) 60m


Low-budget Canadian effort based on a Harlan Ellison concept. Ellison hated it and, as a result, it seemed destined for oblivion. The crew of a generational starship is killed, thus cutting off the people of the various domed habitats. After five hundred years they forget they are on a spaceship and know nothing of their collision course. Has made a comeback thanks to net availability.





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Space 1999
48 episodes (1975-77) 60m


Low-budget SFX led British audiences to dub this Star Trek imitator 'Space Nineteen and Ninepence', but Trek-starved US viewers managed to keep it alive for two years. The moon is blasted out of orbit, taking its colonists on a scientifically implausible intergalactic excursion where they meet lots of nasty aliens and do other dumb things. Good actors wasting their outstanding talents.





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Blake's 7
52 episodes (1978-81) 60m


Trek meets Robin Hood in this at times darkly pessimistic show. Despite this and the cheap sets, the series became a British cult classic. With the aid of an alien spaceship and an ill-tempered computer, Blake (who leaves the show after the second season) leads his crew of rejects in the struggle against galactic totalitarianism. Fans of classic low-budget British sci-fi will love it.





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Battlestar Galactica [& Galactica 1980]
34 episodes (1978-80) 60m


Star Wars rip-off with Bonanza's Lorne Greene in charge of a wagon train of spaceships fleeing the Cylon tyranny in search of the mythical thirteenth world - Earth. Production costs saw the show canned after one season, but a letter-writing campaign saw it resurface for another Earth-bound round as Galactica 1980. Critical flop, but thankfully sci-fi was back on TV.





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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
33 episodes (1979-81) 60m


Original Battlestar producer Glen A Larson strikes again when a sexist late-20th century astronaut accidentally gets the big freeze and wakes up 500 years later. Earth is suffering the aftermath of the nuclear holocaust, while viewers suffer great looking FX with little or no scientific foundation. A few hot sci-fi babes didn't hurt though, and it was all in good fun that still has a following.





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Star Cops
9 episodes (1987) 60m


Series depicting the exploits of the mid-21st century International Space Police Force. A new commander tries to lift morale and discipline at the Moonbase headquarters. The cops go about solving crimes in places like orbital space stations. The show was gaining a solid following in Britain before a combination of unfortunate factors saw it axed after nine episodes.





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Babylon 5
115 episodes (1993-99) 60m & TV movies


Despite stiff competition from the Star Trek franchise, B5 was able to build a surprisingly healthy and enduring fan base. In a UN-style setting, an Earth alliance is trying to prevent another war like the one recently fought with the Minbari. It jumped around a bit, but terrific character development combined with action-packed space operatic fare saw it survive to franchise status.


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