The Time Tunnel

Season 1 Episode 1

Rendezvous with Yesterday

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 09, 1966 on ABC
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Dr. Tony Newman prematurely enters the government's Time Tunnel project, and the project head, Doug Phillips, must go back to save him as they both fight for survival on the sinking Titanic.

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  • Times up

    The government wants to shut down the Time Tunnel experiment. Thankfully they didn't or else we wouldn't have Lee Meriwether and her clipboard to look at.

    Tony and Doug get lost in a time machine and its up to the supporting cast to try and lead them home through a series of time jumping adventures.

    There are actually some pretty impressive set and effects in the first episode. after that they start to taper off and just become reused stock footage. Despite the historical inaccuracies and silliness its OK show to watch on a rainy day or late nightmoreless
  • Senator Clark investigates the Project to find out where the $7B has gone, challenging them to produce results. A desperate Tony Newman sends himself into time and lands aboard the Titanic. Doug Phillips must go in to help him....beginning their journeymoreless

    Loved it! The first one is always the best. I kinda have to take some issues with the accuracy of it historically. After all, one of the radio operators did survive and told no tale of two madmen taking them prisoner and sending out a distress call before the real disaster.

    In this, the inaugural episode, one fact was established that pretty much held true for the whole series.....that is when they were dealing with historical events, and not with the "Alien of the week" ......that nothing Doug or Tony could do would alter the final outcome of history. It would happen as history recorded it......perhaps even as a result of Tony and Doug being there.moreless
James Darren

James Darren

Dr. Tony Newman

Robert Colbert

Robert Colbert

Dr. Douglas Phillips

Whit Bissell

Whit Bissell

Lt. General Heywood Kirk

John Zaremba

John Zaremba

Dr. Raymond Swain

Lee Meriwether

Lee Meriwether

Dr. Ann MacGregor

Michael Rennie

Michael Rennie

Captain Malcolm Smith

Guest Star

Susan Hampshire

Susan Hampshire

Althea Hall

Guest Star

Gary Merrill

Gary Merrill

Sen. Leroy Clark

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Nobody seems too concerned about changing history and preventing the sinking of the Titanic. This is an issue that will be overlooked throughout the series although in theory it could have significant repercussions on all of known history.

    • The captain of the Titanic in real life was Captain Edward John Smith. Why the name is changed here to "Malcolm" is not entirely clear.

    • The names of the Titanic's secondary officers are also fictitious.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Senator Clark: You know, Phillips, every time I check your budget figures I ask myself the same question. Is time travel really worth all this?
      Doug: Senator, the control of time is potentially the most valuable treasure that man will ever find.
      Senator Clark: Well, it's certainly the most costly.

    • Senator Clark: How did they ever get an old dogface like you out of the mud?
      Kirk: Huh. Worse paratrooper officer I ever commanded. I told him to go into politics where he couldn't hurt anyone.

    • Doug: (talking about Tony) His youth is only a disguise, Senator. Inside is an old genius struggling to get out.

    • Swain: The energy he employed could not have sent him more than a hundred years forward or back in time. Probably less.
      Doug: Ann, reduce your limits.
      Senator Clark: Only a hundred years forward or back. That means you have to pinpoint him across two hundred years.
      Kirk: Two hundred years is just a heartbeat compared to the countless billions of years of time.

    • Tony: Althea, do you believe in the future? I mean, that there really is a future for you, your children, Mankind.
      Althea: Yes, of course I do.
      Tony: And obviously you believe in the past, everybody does. But what if I were to tell you that the past and the future are the same? You think I'm raving.
      Althea: No, no, I don't.
      Tony: I don't blame you. Suppose I told you that Time itself doesn't exist. It's only motion we measure, the motion of the Earth spinning, the orbit of the Earth around the Sun.

    • Captain Smith: I see. My mind will not let me believe you. But I do believe in a God, gentlemen. If what you say is true, then only the fact that you were here will save those who do survive. I would have to consider that a miracle of God's mercy.
      Tony: In a way, sir, perhaps it is.

  • NOTES (6)

    • The original pilot (seen in its restored form on Starz Action) ran 55 minutes. It ends with the sequence of Tony and Doug getting separated, with Tony landing outside of TicToc Base in 1958 (a scene they would put into a later episode). Tony gets whisked away at a critical moment, and is reunited with Doug in a dense jungle. There, they see a large dinosaur, and the scene fades out.

    • Footage from A Night to Remember is used throughout to show the Titanic sinking.

    • One version of this episode - in addition to having the first few minutes of the next episode as a "teaser" at the end, also features - after the "teaser" for the following story 'One Way To The Moon' - a second, special trailer of additional scenes from 'One Way To The Moon', 'End Of The World' and 'Secret Weapon' as a prelude to the series as a whole.

    • This episode ends with the first few moments of the next episode and concludes with a cliffhanger, a technique that will be used more or less consistently throughout the series. Creator Irwin Allen used the same technique for Lost in Space.

    • We're told the project is populated by 12,000 people. Not surprisingly, we rarely see more than 20 or so throughout the entire course of the series.

    • The season premiere simply begins with the story in progress - no opening narration.