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    Planet of the Apes

    Planet of the Apes

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    CBS (ended 1974)
    Astronauts Alan Virdon and Pete Burke are thrown 1100 years forward in time to 3085 AD to find evolved apes have become the dominant species and humans their apathetic slaves. Feared by the ape authorities, their plight turns the head of a promising young chimpanzee named Galen, who adopts the heretical idea that maybe humans aren't a lower species and can co-exist with apes as equals. As the three struggle to survive life on the run, a bond of friendship grows between them like an intricate tapestry woven right before our eyes, a multi-threaded miracle born of compassion, respect, and the desire to replace fear with understanding. The series is loosely tied to the original movie series, reusing some footage and the ape makeup (albeit on a lower budget). Although it only lasted 14 episodes and spawned four paperback adaptations and 5 stitched-together TV movies, it retains a strong fan following and the occasional resurgence of interest with the 2001 remake of the original movie and the occasional SciFi Channel marathon or late-night cable showing of the TV movies.moreless
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    Logan's Run

    Logan's Run

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    CBS (ended 1978)
    Based on the popular movie by the same name, Logan's Run portrays a futuristic society where citizens are only allowed to live until age 30. After the holocaust of a nuclear war, a domed city was created to put the remaining humans from the United States into, in hopes that sometime in the future, those humans could once again populate the world. To keep the crop of humas "fresh", they are only allowed to live until they are 30 years old, where they are terminated and a "replacement", a genetically created test tube baby is provided, keeping the population constant. Occasionally, a citizen doesn't want to be terminated and they "run" and try to hide. Logan is a 26 year old police officer who job is to terminate runners. He is called a Sandman because they put you to sleep...forever. He is given a top secret assignment to try and escape to freedom and find the mythical place called 'Sanctuary' which is really just outside the Domed City. Only he is pursued by his former friend, Francis, another Sandman, who doesn't know of his assignment and attempts to terminate him.moreless
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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