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    The Amazing Spider-Man (1977)

    The Amazing Spider-Man (1977)

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    CBS (ended 1979)
    This live-action drama followed the exploits of Peter Parker, a freelance photographer for the Daily Bugle. Peter is bitten by a radioactive spider while on an assignment and gains the abilities of a spider. He can cling to walls and has the proportional strength and agility of a human-sized arachnid. Peter is also a part time college student at a local University where he is majoring in science. After receiving his new abilities, he constructs unique web-shooters which he wears on his wrists over the costume in this version, and later on only one wrist which allow him to swing from building to building and to catch crooks in a massive web. This version of the wall-crawler's exploits suffered from a low effects budget and long periods of hiatus between episodes. Still it holds pride of being the first live-action version of the comic book hero. Over the thirty-plus years since the TV series first debuted, this show has become a cult favorite.moreless
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    Return to the Planet of the Apes

    Return to the Planet of the Apes

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    NBC (ended 1975)
    Astronauts Bill Hudson, Jeff Carter and Judy Franklin, orbiting in the NASA spacecraft Venture, are caught in a time warp in 1976. They crash land roughly two millennia later on a planet where intelligent apes are the dominant species and humans are helpless primitives which the apes refer to as "humanoids." Only later do they realize that it's Earth of the far future. In Ape City, the head of the Simian Senate is orangutan Dr. Zaius, who knows the truth about humans and apes. General Urko, in charge of the gorilla army, wants to wipe out the humanoid menace. He is also power-hungry and plots to seize control of the government by proving the military is superior. Chimpanzee scientists Zira and Cornelius are sympathetic to the endangered species since they subscribe to the theory that apes evolved from humanoids. They are the only apes who know about Bill's ability to speak and keep all of the astronauts' secrets. Zira has named Bill, "Blue Eyes" because he is the only blond human she has ever seen. Supporting characters include Nova, a female humanoid the astronauts have befriended, and Colonel Ron Brent, an astronaut from the 22nd century who also entered a time warp and arrived 15-20 years before the main characters. The series was based on "La Planéte des Singes" (The Monkey Planet) by Pierre Boulle and lasted only one season. Unlike its theatrical predecessors, the Planet of the Apes series of films, Return to the Planet of the Apes placed the apes in a society with architecture and technology approximating mid-20th century United States and realizes Boulle's original style and setting. DePatie-Freleng Enterprises produced the show, although the animation is often confused with the similar Filmation style. However, the detailed background drawings combined with often simplistic animation is more reminiscent of Hanna-Barbera's Jonny Quest.moreless
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    The Adventures of Don Quick

    The Adventures of Don Quick

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    ITV (ended 1970)
    The Adventures of Don Quick is a science fiction satire based on the character on Don Quixote, featuring astronaut Don Quick. As a member of the Intergalactic Maintenance Squad, Quick should only be concerned with fixing what needs to be broken, but each time he and his companion Sam Czopanser land on a new planet, he tries to go about setting right imaginary wrongs. His knack for interfering tends to upset the balance of whatever society he is in. The Adventures of Don Quick was impressively designed with a decent budget, with elaborate sets, costumes, and state-of-the-art special effects.moreless
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    Fringe

    Fringe

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    FOX (ended 2013)
    This sci-fi drama follows the exploits of FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv,The Secret Life of Us), jack-of-all-trades Peter Bishop (Dawson's Creek's Joshua Jackson)and institutionalized scientist Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble,Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) as they work the cases of the Fringe Division, a task force focused on fringe science and paranormal events. They face a rapidly spreading series of unexplained phenomena of the threatening kind, leading to unimaginable discoveries and events. Also cast in the series areThe Black Donnelly's Kirk Acevedo andBoston Legal's Mark Valley as FBI agents andThe Wire's Lance Reddick as Phillip Broyles, a special agent for Homeland Security and head of the Fringe division. Alongside them are veteran actress Blair Brown andTake the Leadactress Jasika Nicole. Brown plays Nina Sharp, a veteran Chief Operating Officer of Massive Dynamic, a cutting-edge research company, while Nicole plays Astrid Farnsworth, a federal assistant. This highly anticipated sci-fi drama was created byTransformers / Star Trek / Mission: Impossible III's J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Fringe's pilot was directed by Emmy Award-winning Alex Graves (The West Wing) and produced by Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robot Productions and Fringe Element Films. The show was nominated for Emmys for special effects and sound editing, and has won several Saturn awards including Best Network Television Series and Best Actress on Television (Anna Torv).moreless
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    Gatchaman

    Gatchaman

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    Fireworks International
    Gatchaman brings five against thousands in a fierce, fast-action battle to save the world. Piloting their prized ship, the GodPhoenix, the Science Ninja Team launch their counterattack against Galactor's entire army of assassins. Gatchaman is back, big time!moreless
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