Friday, September 24, 2010

Let's Reminisce: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

Voyage to the Bottom of the SeaImage via WikipediaBy Mel Davey

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea was a TV show in the 1960s American fiction genre. The show was based on the 1961 movie starring Walter Pidgeon and Joan Fontaine. Irwin Allen created the television show, as well as writing and directing the film, a fact that made it possible to use the movie's costumes, sets, special effects models, props, and even footage in the television series' production. Irwin Allen eventually had four different science fiction series on television - Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea being the first. Underwater adventure was the show's overall theme.

ABC broadcast the TV show from September 1964 to March 1968. It would become the longest running television series of the American science fiction genre with continuing characters throughout the decade. 32 of the 110 episodes produced were filmed in black and white from 1964 to 1965, and the remaining 78 were shot in color.

The series had four seasons. The first two seasons were set in the (then) future of the 1970s. The two last seasons were set in the 1980s. The series starred David Hedison and Richard Basehart.

Paul Sawtell wrote the show's theme song, "The Seaview Theme." The beginning of the second season briefly featured a darker, more serious theme composed by Jerry Goldsmith, but was replaced shortly thereafter with the original song. The Goldsmith song featured as incidental music throughout the remainder of the series as both a re-orchestrated version and the original.

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