Published on October 23rd, 2010 | by Yellow Magpie0
60’s Sci-Fi Television: Great Shows Revisited
The 1960’s was the decade that saw history made. Russia had the first man in Space by 1961 while in 1969 Neil Armstrong placed his feet on the surface of the Moon. 60’s Sci-Fi had a hard act to follow but they did so with some wonderful series.
The Avengers (1961-69)
The Avengers was based on the male/female partnership of John Steed and Cathy Gale, played by John MacNee and future Bond Girl, Honor Blackman. It featured surreal plots with science fiction and fantasy melded into one. The wit and intelligence of Steed was complimented by the beauty and intelligence of Gale.
Dr Who (1963 to Present)
One of the longest running TV series of all time Dr. Who, is an incredible creation. It is also proof that occasionally even focus groups can be right in their choices.
Dr Who centres on the exploits of an alien time-traveller who belongs to race called the Time Lords. He travells in the Tardis (Time And Relative Dimension(s) In Space) which resembles a phone box but is mind-boggling much larger on the inside than it appears from the outside.
The longevity of the series can be partly put down to the skill of the writers but also the complexity of the characters and the wide-ranging concepts the show portrays.
Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-69)
One of biggest success in terms of world-wide impact and original concepts is Strek Trek. When it first hit our television screens it introduced unimaginable devices. From personal communicators to automatic doors, Stark Trek brought the future to the everyone’s doorstep.
Star Trek also featured two of fictions most memorable characters, Captain Kurk and Commander Spock.
The Outer Limits (1963-65)
The Outer Limits was a series built around the creativity of its writers. It featured bold and thoughtful once-off episodes that were often morality tales. Nearly all of its stories were futuristic and many were set in a dystopian nightmare world.
From a filmic point of view, the series was incredibly well-shot, and more times than not, was a masterclass in mise-en-scene. In particular the lighting conveyed a deep sense of Germanic Expressionism and sucked the viewer into having an emotional response to what they were watching.
The Man From UNCLE (1964-68)
The Man From UNCLE (United Network Command For Law Enforcement) followed the exploits of Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin as they battled the evil forces of the slightly poorly worded THRUSH (Technological Hierarchies For The Removal Of Undesirables And The Subjugation Of Humanity).
Despite the far-fetched nature of the The Man From Uncle, the series drew a large audience who appreciated an old fashioned good versus evil battle. Besides viewers could always test their memory skills trying to remember the highly convoluted acronyms stood for.