The Time Tunnel

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The Time Tunnel

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"Two American scientists are lost in the swirling maze of past and future ages, during the first experiments on America's greatest and most secret project, the Time Tunnel. Tony Newman and Doug Phillips now tumble helplessly toward a new fantastic adventure, somewhere along the infinite corridors of time. This one-season show, produced by Irwin Allen, chronicled the adventures of two scientists, Dr. Tony Newman and Dr. Douglas Phillips. Both are working on Project TicToc, a government operation to perfect time travel. In the first episode, the impetuous Tony jumps through the untested portal and finds himself on the Titanic. Doug goes after him, and although they manage to escape before the ship goes down, the folks back home are never quite able to retrieve them. So in each week's episode the two travellers are whisked from one setting to another (sometimes several times in the same episode) and have to survive pirates, Roman soldiers, battlefields, and the occasional invading silver-skinned alien, all while hoping the folks back at the Project find a way to get them back for good.

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Whit Bissell

Whit Bissell

Lt. General Heywood Kirk

John Zaremba

John Zaremba

Dr. Raymond Swain

James Darren

James Darren

Dr. Tony Newman

Lee Meriwether

Lee Meriwether

Dr. Ann MacGregor

Robert Colbert

Robert Colbert

Dr. Douglas Phillips

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Perhaps Irwin Allen's best effort.

    8.5
    There was and still is a special place in my heart for this series. Like most of Irwin Allen's productions, the later episodes degenerated into sheer sillyness, but the first season of the Time Tunnel was great! The Titanic episode was a classic, and the Krakatoa episode still sticks out in my memory all these years later. The one episode that had the biggest impact on me as a kid was the Pearl Harbor episode where Tony goes through the agony of losing his father for a second time during the attack. The Time Tunnel didn't run as long as Allen's more popular series, but when the writers started running out of ideas and brought in the aliens in the hokey rubber monster costumes (something Irwin Allen always seemed to resort to in the later episodes of all of his series) it was perhaps all for the best that the series was canceled. But the Time Tunnel started out great...a history lesson in every episode.moreless
  • "The Time Tunnel" began with a wonderful first episode, "Rendezvous with Yesterday," about the sinking of 'The Titanic.' Unfortunately, only a few episodes came close to matching the creativity of the first. The series was a lost opportunity.moreless

    5.5
    As a child I loved this program. Although it only lasted one season, it left an indelible mark in my memory. As a result of watching "The Time Tunnel," I found myself looking up Krakatoa and 'The Titanic' in the family encyclopedia. Sadly, some of the episodes were over the top and bad. Tony and Doug were everywhere and did almost everything! They were on the Titanic, in the Trojan Horse, and fought aliens! Aliens? What do aliens have to do with time travel? If only the scriptwriting had been better, "The Time Tunnel" could have been a classic.moreless
  • Bottom line: Precursor to all other Time Travelling shows

    6.0
    I recall watching this show as a kid & thinking wow. Now as an adult it has lost the wow factor. But keeping in mind when it was made & the fact that they didn't give any thought to a time paradox, I mean sending a soldier back to Roman times with a machine gun & grenades or trying to stop the Titanic from sinking, can you say "lets scew with the future" It's a good show to sit back & watch what they thought sci-fi was about. I like to think off Time Tunnel as a trail blazer for shows like Voyagers, Quantum Leap, Journey man or any other time travelling shows. The 2002 unaired pilot was actually pretty good.



    So, taking it for what it was, a '60's take at sci-fi combined with a history class it's not bad...hard to watch by today's standard, butnot bad.moreless
  • Wasn't this last weeks plot...?

    5.0
    The Time Tunnel had great special effects for the 1960's. Alright, they used alot of stock footage, but they used it well. James Darren and Robert Colbert are also great actors and because of them the show is tolerable to watch. The big downside to this show is the plots are the same in every single episode. Tony and Doug are transported into the past (or the future in rare occasions) because the people at the Time Tunnel base just really don't know what there doing. The two time travelers get spotted by a person of the time period and get captured, or they flee to a "safe" place. From there you get a few fist fights, people being transported to the Time Tunnel base and being sent back to their time period again, a war or two, and if your lucky a few aliens. After watching a few episodes you can see why the series was ended after one season. And please don't base your next history report after one of these episodes, because I read online that The Time Tunnel is not historically accurate.moreless
  • One of the first, and best, time travel shows of all time.

    10
    It always amazes me how great the story telling was in the early years of TV. This is one of the earliest time travel shows. The great thing about this show was not only did they go into the past but they also went to the future. Even though I'm a huge critic of time travel this show had some great plots. I was always amazed at how much actual science this show had in it and it taught me a lot about history. I was also really surprised at how great the special effects were for their time, especially the lab scenes and the future scenes. One of the best looking episodes was the space craft that is on its way to Mars and had to go to the moon. My favorite episode has to be the Pearl Harbor episode. Such great acting and action for a show so "old". I love having the DVD collection and watch it whenever the mood strikes me.moreless
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    June 6, 2006 DVD Releases

  • FROM CLASSIC SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE SKITS TO THE PLAYFUL ANTICS OF MY LITTLE PONY, THIS WEEK'S DVD ROUNDUP HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

    January 24, 2006 DVD Releases

    • The Fix.
      As part of the Doctor Who 50th Ann the Doctorgoes around and fit the time tunnel as well as other unfinished sci-fi shows like Los...
      07/20/12
      1
    • DVD Release January 24th!!
      Great news: the first 15 episodes of The Time Tunnel will be released on DVD next Tuesday (January 24th). The extras reportedly ...
      07/16/12
      9
    • Thoughts About the Episode "One Way to the Moon"
      When Beard had to calculate the possibility of a safe lunar landing with the added weight of Doug and Tony, why did he perform the...
      07/15/12
      8
    • the language problem
      When you're 13, inconsistencies in TV shows usually don't make an impression. With Time Tunnel, I found it so annoying that Engli...
      07/15/12
      4
    • silly, I know, but...
      I would have liked to had the 5 second prelude, with music, announcing "The Time Tunnel IN COLOR" included at the beginning of eve...
      07/28/06
      5
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    for geeks, Time Travel, for the nostalgic, for nerds, for men