(September 4, 1975-May 7, 1978)
Born in United Kingdom
Martin Landau as Cmdr. John Koenig
Barbara Bain as Dr. Helena Russell
Nick Tate as Alan Carter
Zienia Merton as Sandra Benes
Barbara Kelly as Computer Voice
Anton Phillips as Dr. Bob Mathias (1st season)
Barry Morse as Prof. Victor Bergman (1st season)
Prentis Hancock as Paul Morrow (1st season)
Suzanne Roquette as Tanya Alexander (1st season)
Clifton Jones as David Kano (1st season)
Catherine Schell as Maya (2nd season)
Tony Anholt as Tony Verseschi (2nd season)
Created by Gerry & Sylvia Anderson (Thunderbirds)
Produced by Gerry Anderson, Sylvia Anderson (1st season) and Fred Frieberger (2nd season)
A nuclear waste explosion (September 13, 1999) ruins the Moon’s orbital pattern and sends Moonbase Alpha into outer space
Why Space: 1999 might be annoying
It was the final production for the Andersons (who divorced partway through its run!).
The first episode was actually produced in 1973.
Bain is the only cast member common to all 48 episodes (Landau was absent from only one and Tate missed three).
The quality of scripts under Frieberger eventually pissed off the cast.
It could take up to two years for a new second-season episode to be aired.
Each season had a different opening theme.
Though not interested, Teresa Graves was the original pick for Maya (the shapeshifting alien).
Why Space: 1999 might not be annoying
It inspired another sense of realism in subsequent sci-fi programming.
It became the first post-Star Trek attempt at a weekly science fiction series.
Nice to have some Americans on British science fiction (and a Canadian as the computer voice).
Maya could assume any form for about an hour — though the actual transformation wasn’t shown.
Through a fan-produced episode, Merton reprised her role as Benes to give closure to the series (our September 13, 1999).
Almost none of the cast or crew had any significant problems with Landau and Bain.
It went on to become a true cult classic.
Credit: Cool It All Right?
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