To The Bottom Of The Sea depicts the hazardous adventures of the crew on board
the atomic-powered submarine, Seaview.
Allen's television series, Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea depicts the
often hazardous adventures of the crew on board the atomic-powered submarine,
Seaview. The television series is based on the 20th Century-Fox feature-film
of the same name, also produced by Irwin Allen, who spent five years undertaking
research for the original idea.
The high production values on the series owe much to the fact that the interiors
of the Seaview are those used in the motion-picture. The main interior
sets used for the film and the series are estimated to have cost more than $400.000.
The television series also utilized costumes, special effects models and stock
footage from the 1961 film.
Harriman Nelson (Richard Basehart) is a retired US Navy four-star admiral,
he is also one of the world's leading scientists, and holds degrees in both Marine
Biology and Nuclear Physics. Nelson is also one of the most brilliant computer
geniuses alive. Admiral Nelson is the director of the Nelson Institute
of Marine Research, whose headquarters is in Santa Barbara, California. The
Seaview was designed by Nelson and built under the auspices of his
series is set in the near future; the early 1970s to the early 1980s (the series
originally aired between 1964 &1968). The Seaview undertakes many missions
and has an impressive, if somewhat eclectic passenger list, which changes from
mission-to-mission; they can be world leaders, politicians, scientists, spies,
or even castaways. The Seaview's crew also encounter a host of monsters
and aliens during the course of the missions.
captain of the Seaview is Commander Lee Crane (David Hedison) who
is on secondment from the US Navy. Robert Dowdell plays executive officer Lt
Commander Chip Morton. The crew members include - Chief Curley Jones (Henry
Kulky from 1964 to 1965 - Terry Becker from 1965 to 1968), and Crewman
Kowalski (Del Monroe).
the first episode, Eleven Days to Zero, a huge tidal wave is about to destroy
the majority of the civilized world, unless the Seaview and her crew can
prevent it from happening. Admiral Nelson plans to set off a nuclear explosion
at a propitious time and place in order to stop the the approaching wave. Unfortunately,
there are some who do not wish to see the tidal wave stopped in its tracks - as
they believe that with the ensuing upheavel, they can take over the world!
Allen Productions / 20th Century Fox Television
x 52 minute episodes
season: monochrome, seasons 2,3,4 in Colour
aired in the US on ABC Television - September 14 1964 to September 15 1968.
thanks to Diane Kachmar of davidhedison.net
of reference for some of the above: The Irwin Allen News Network