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I didn’t have V up for very long, but it looks like it wasn’t all that hard to guess. In case you didn’t, however, it was…

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

(Yes, Arlee. It DID have to do with H2O! 😀 )

Another Irwin Allen production that came with all it’s own props thanks to the movie that preceded it, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea introduced the audience to the futuristic nuclear submarine S.S.R.N. Seaview and the lead members of her crew, including the designer and builder of the submarine Admiral Harriman Nelson (Richard Basehart), and Commander Lee Crane (David Hedison), who becomes the Seaview’s captain after the murder of her original commanding officer.

The submarine is based at the Nelson Institute of Marine Research (NIMR) in Santa Barbara, California, and is often moored some 500 feet below NIMR in a secret underground submarine pen carved out of solid rock. The Seaview is officially for undersea marine research and visits many exotic locations in the Seven Seas, but its secret mission is to defend the planet from all world and extraterrestrial threats in the then-future of the 1970s. (Gee, that wasn’t THAT far into the future!) And though the show is known for its “monster” episodes, many plots were veiled commentaries of what was happening in the news. Such plotlines as nuclear doomsday, pollution of natural resources, foreign threat, and theft of American technology are all still relevant today. Doesn’t that beat all? The more things change, the more they stay the same…

What can I say? I fell in love with under water adventures during my teenage years, too. From under space to outer space, so to speak. I had a hunger to learn about it all. There are two interesting bits of info about this series. Both from season four. In that season the Seaview became a time traveling vessel (thereby marrying TWO of my favorite themes!). But also during that season there was not ONE woman guest star or voice used in the series. I will always wonder, now that I know that, if it had anything to do with their being cancelled that season…

So did you figure it out? I’m sure it didn’t take you long.
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So onward and upward with number four in our April A to Z Challenge countdown, the letter W!

From ocean depths to high deserts, I watched them all. But W is a perennial favorite of mine on the old time TV channels. This series ran on NBC 1957–62 and then on ABC 1962–65. With 284 episodes in eight seasons, you might could say this was the original “trekkie” series as we watched all kinds of folks and families “line up” to trek across country to a better life “out there…” This series lost it’s lead star in the middle of its run and still managed to become one of the longest running series of the time.

So how about it? Do you think you can…

(Btw, if you know the answer, please keep it to yourself so as not to give it away. Stick a smiley face on your comment instead. Thank you so much!)

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(Just a quick note. If the title of the show is preceded with the word “The”, it will NOT be included in the name.)

Picture Sources:
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea — DVD Netflix
Letter W — http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/to-z-badges-and-banners.html
Name That TV Show — Pinterest

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