Though the show is known for its “monster” episodes, many plots were veiled commentaries of what was happening in the news. Such plot lines as nuclear doomsday, pollution of natural resources, foreign threat, and theft of American technology are all still relevant today.
Plot Summary | Add Synopsized Goofs Any time the Sea view dives below 600 feet, the sea should be completely dark. Visible light does not penetrate the ocean below that level.
Quotes Captain Crane : We can expect to see it again someday. One imaginative ’60s sitcom made that the quintessential warning viewers always heard when danger loomed.
But no one could deny the important leadership role Guy Williams’s character played in the overall Lost in Space cast. Before donning a silver spacesuit, Guy Williams famously wore a mask and black cape, wielding a saber as the vigilante Zorro.
In fact, Buenos Aires became a sort of new home for him and Williams only returned stateside to participate in themed rounds of Family Feud, where he faced off against residents of Gotham and Gilligan’s Island. June Lockhart then and after / Everett CollectionWhen the Robinson family becomes lost in space, every episode becomes some wild misadventure.
Fortunately, they had a solid rock of support, compassion, and reason in the form of Dr. Maureen Robinson. In addition to a distinguished biochemistry background, she also managed to perfect the art of cooking and gardening.
June Lockhart / Everett CollectionSimilarly, the Lost in Space cast gained a really esteemed actress. Before joining Jupiter 2, June Lockhart won a Tony Award and earned two Emmy nominations already.
But one of her most iconic roles came when she played yet another lovable matriarch, Ruth Martin, Timmy’s Mother, in the 1960s coming-of-age series, Lassie. She hasn’t slowed down since, earning roles on Petticoat Junction, Grey’s Anatomy, Roseanne, and more.
Much like his character, Mark Goddard had a bit of a rocky path but did ultimately enjoy some victories throughout his career. Chris Ballard in the crime show The Detectives remains one of his biggest roles to this day.
One stand-out moment comes from a heartfelt episode of Chips, but other than that all stayed relatively quiet until he made a cameo appearance in the 1998 Lost in Space film. / Everett Collection events of Lost in Space wouldn’t have happened if the cast of characters didn’t include the conniving Dr. Zachary Smith.
Space Academy / Everett CollectionBehind the personage of Dr. Smith was Jonathan Harris who absolutely relished his job on Jupiter 2. Any kids that missed him on Uncle Crop’s Block probably caught him as Many the praying mantis in Pixar’s A Bug’s Life.
He even threw in a Lost in Space Easter egg with the line “Oh, the pain!” Though he passed at the age of 87 in 2002, we’ll always remember the nefarious doctor. Marta Kristen then and later / Everett Collections the oldest daughter, Judith Robinson had a lot to look forward to in life.
The shy girl dreamed of becoming an actress, but celestial travel forced her to give that up for a time. Fortunately, Major Don West helped provide something of a distraction, so things could run mostly smoothly.
Countless younger viewers could relate to Penny Robinson, whose imagination was as wild as they come, matched only by her care for animals. She landed the role of Brigitte in The Sound of Music then earned a place among the Lost in Space cast.
Bill Mummy / Wikimedia CommonsThat’s exactly where he landed and where he wanted to stay because then he could be someone he considered a hero. After a great run with Babylon 5, Mummy went on to provide narration for a variety of networks, including Animal Planet, A&E, the Sci-Fi Channel, and E!.
The Robot’s creative barbs fired back at Mr. Smith actually set the stage for how fans would throw insults for years. He and Lost in Space show creator Irwin Allen developed other projects like Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and “The Time Tunnel,” with Tuned as an announcer on both occasions.
Tuned got to finally understand his character’s impact while attending an event at Syracuse University. Alexander Singer is a prolific television director who worked from the early 1960s to the late 1990s.
His career spanned from the early 1950s to the late 1970s, when he worked on more than fifty different television programs. One of Wilbur's most memorable achievements is scripting the episode “Space Seed” of Star Trek, which introduced the villain Khan Quinine Singh.
This character would later become the featured antagonist in the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Wilbur began his TV writing career in the mid-1950's, and was a member of the Writer’s Guild of America West since 1954.
During the Golden Age of Television, Wilbur wrote for Studio One, Kraft Theater, Gulf Playhouse and Captain Video. His credits include episodes of The Untouchables, Maverick, Rawhide, Star Trek, Lost in Space, Bonanza, Cannon, Barnaby Jones and Hawaii 5-O.
Wilbur won the Western Heritage Award in 1961 for his work on an episode of The Outlaws. He directed episodes of Bonanza, Margie, The Defenders, The Virginian, The Munster's and Mission: Impossible, but is best known for being the most prolific director of Lost in Space.
Harris moved to Los Angeles in 1937 and got a mailroom job at Columbia Studios. Over the next five decades, he directed hundreds of TV episodes, with significant contributions to Gun smoke, Eight is Enough, The Walton's, and Falcon Crest.
Willis is probably best-known for his work as a writer and associate producer on Perry Mason, but he also wrote for the popular drama Colombo. In the late 1960s, Willis co-wrote (with William Welch) an produced pilot script called “No Way Out” for Allen's proposed television series based on Journey to the Center of the Earth.
He also directed nine episodes of the Irwin Allen production Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Michael Messier, a movie and television scriptwriter as well as an author of short stories, was born November 6, 1905, in Angels Camp, California.
Messier, editor of the San Rafael (Calif.) Independent Journal in the early 1930s, wrote the scripts for such movies as You'll Never Get Rich, You Were Never Lovelier, It All Came True, Wings Over the Navy and Angels Wash Their Faces. Messier also wrote for many television shows such as Bonanza, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Thin Man.
Nathan Juan began his career as an architect before moving into the film business as an art director. During WWII he served with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and returned to Hollywood in the 1950s to become a director.
He directed sci-fi classics like 20 Million Miles to Earth and Attack of the 50-Foot Woman but is probably best-known for helming the Ray Harryhausen fantasy extravaganza, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. He went on to become a prolific director on Irwin Allen-produced TV series, including Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Time Tunnel, Land of the Giants and, of course, Lost in Space.
After Don Richardson and Obey Martin, Juan directed the most episodes of the series with 13. Blessing wrote extensively for television in New York from its pioneering days in 1950, and moved to California to continue his career until 1979.
Shows for which he wrote screenplays include Hawaii Five-O, The Fugitive, the Lost in Space episode Island in the Sky, ” Bonanza, The Nurses, The FBI, Beretta, Cannon, Dragnet, Eight is Enough, Shirley Temple's Storybook, The Adventures of Every Queen, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Stanley's credits encompass all genres, extending to more than fifty prime-time television series of the period, from Have Gun–Will Travel in 1957 to Maneuver in 1985.
Packer created the Western series Man Without a Gun and wrote several episodes of Bonanza and The Big Valley. Packer also wrote episodes for the Irwin Allen produced series Land of the Giants and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.
Packer seemed to have little knowledge of science, which was obvious from his very first Lost In Space episode: “The Derelict.” Packer is also the writer responsible for “The Great Vegetable Rebellion”, of which he reportedly apologized to Jonathan Harris, telling him he literally had run out of ideas by this point.
He also wrote for the Irwin Allen production The Time Tunnel and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. But he had a lengthy career as a writer for television and film including a writing credit on Star Trek.
He won the Peabody Award for his work on the TV movie When Hell was in Session. He was an artist, art director, and set and production designer who worked in the American film and television industries from the 1950s through the early 1980s.
Around April 1965, Irwin Allen hired Robert Hiroshima as the art director for the Lost in Space series. Of the many tasks to befall Hiroshima, two of them were to come up with a robot (which he nicknamed “Blink”) and to redesign the pilot film's Gemini XII spaceship into what would become the Jupiter 2.
His 1962 play “Windows of Heaven” made its world premiere at Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theater. He also directed many episodes of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Time Tunnel and Land of the Giants.