Land of the Giants

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  • TV-G
  • 1968
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.1  (2,890)

Land of the Giants was a science fiction television series that aired on ABC from 1968 to 1970. The show was created by legendary producer Irwin Allen, who also brought audiences other popular sci-fi shows like Lost in Space and The Time Tunnel. The plot of Land of the Giants revolved around a group of travelers who are on board a spaceship called the Spindrift. The ship is on a routine flight from Earth to another planet, but something goes wrong during the journey, and the vessel is pulled off course and crash-lands on a mysterious planet.

Upon landing, the crew discovers that they have arrived on a world that is very similar to Earth, but with one significant difference: everything is much larger. The travelers soon find themselves marooned on this strange planet where they are constantly battling the giants that live there and trying to find a way to get back to their own world.

The show's main characters included Captain Steve Burton (Gary Conway), co-pilot Dan Erickson (Don Matheson), the ship's engineer Mark Wilson (Don Marshall), young boy Barry Lockridge (Stefan Arngrim), socialite Valerie Scott (Deanna Lund), and stewardess Betty Hamilton (Heather Young).

Throughout the series, the crew encounters a variety of dangerous situations and is forced to use their wits and bravery to survive. They face everything from hostile giants and treacherous terrain to mysterious natural disasters and even a sinister organization known as the Special Functions Agency (SFA).

Despite the show's fantastical premise, Land of the Giants was widely praised for its sophisticated storytelling and well-developed characters. The series tackled a variety of important themes, including the dangers of blind conformity, the need for scientific exploration, and the importance of teamwork and collaboration.

Land of the Giants was also notable for its impressive special effects, particularly in its use of oversized props and miniature sets to create the illusion of a world populated by giants. The show's production team was led by legendary effects artist L.B. Abbott, who had previously worked on classics like King Kong and The War of the Worlds.

The show's popularity led to the release of a variety of tie-in merchandise, including comic books, novels, and even a board game. The series also spawned a spin-off novel called Giants' Star, which was published in 1969.

Despite its popularity, Land of the Giants was cancelled after just two seasons due to budget constraints and declining ratings. However, the show has remained a cult favorite among sci-fi fans, and its influence can be seen in many later works of science fiction.

Overall, Land of the Giants was a groundbreaking science fiction series that pushed the boundaries of what was possible on television. Its creative premise, complex characters, and impressive special effects all contributed to the show's enduring popularity and legacy.

Land of the Giants is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (51 episodes). The series first aired on September 22, 1968.

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Graveyard Of Fools
25. Graveyard Of Fools
March 22, 1970
Twin brothers plot to take over the planet, and need the earthlings to recover an alien servo-actuator for them.
Wild Journey
24. Wild Journey
March 8, 1970
When human time travelers from the future arrive on the Land of the Giants for a research mission, Steve and Dan steal their time machine and try to return to the day of the Spindrift launch to prevent the fateful trip.
The Marionettes
23. The Marionettes
March 1, 1970
When the earthlings help a sympathetic Giant puppeteer as his new puppets, the circus owner becomes suspicious and plans to collect the reward for their capture.
A Small War
22. A Small War
February 22, 1970
A sadistic child discovers the earthlings and unleashes his mechanical toys against them.
21. Doomsday
February 15, 1970
After several of the little people are carried away by a balloon, they end up many miles away in a new despotic land ruled by a dictator who rules by a regime of torture and fear.
The Retaliator (The Deadly Dart)
20. The Retaliator (The Deadly Dart)
February 1, 1970
Dan is accused of murdering two Giants and begins acting suspiciously, arousing his crewmates' suspicions.
19. Panic
January 25, 1970
A friendly Giant scientist tries to help the earthlings with his teleporter, but the SID find out about his sympathies and set a trap.
The Secret City Of Limbo
18. The Secret City Of Limbo
January 18, 1970
The earthlings stumbles upon a miniature teleporter which gives access to the secret city of Limbo, whose inhabitants have hidden from the dictatorship of the surface people.
Pay The Piper
17. Pay The Piper
January 11, 1970
An alien Pied Piper, who claims to be the original from Earth, comes to the Land of the Giants and targets a politician's daughter.
The Delta Effect
16. The Delta Effect
January 4, 1970
Following exposure to radiation the little people become temporarily invisible to the giants.
Our Man O'Reilly
15. Our Man O'Reilly
December 28, 1969
O'Reilly, a superstitious Irish Giant, mistakes the little people for leprechauns and captures them so they can help him.
Home Sweet Home
14. Home Sweet Home
December 21, 1969
The little people find an abandoned time machine, but when Fitzhugh accidentally activates it, he and Steve end up on Earth... in the 1900s.
Land Of The Lost
13. Land Of The Lost
December 14, 1969
After several of the little people are carried away by a balloon, they end up many miles away in a new...
A Place Called Earth
12. A Place Called Earth
December 7, 1969
Two earthmen from the distant future (the year 5477) land on the giants' planet with a mission to observe.
The Clones
11. The Clones
November 30, 1969
A giant scientist experimenting with cloning technology succeeds in cloning Valerie and Barry.
10. Comeback
November 23, 1969
A desperate actor captures the little people, and forces them to act in his new movie so he can help the director save money on special effects.
Chamber Of Fear
9. Chamber Of Fear
November 16, 1969
Diamond thieves take refuge in a wax museum, and Fitzhugh and Barry are caught in the middle.
Every Dog Needs A Boy
8. Every Dog Needs A Boy
November 9, 1969
When Clipper is injured by a giant dog, the little people must take him to a pet store owner, but his employee isn't so sympathetic.
Collector's Item
7. Collector's Item
November 2, 1969
A nephew schemes against his uncle, a collector, and captures Valerie. He forces her to pretend to be a toy ballerina... unaware that the display cage she's in is rigged with explosives.
Giants and All That Jazz
6. Giants and All That Jazz
October 26, 1969
A down-and-put trumpet player is in trouble with crooks, and a sympathetic Dan offers him a way out by teaching him Earth-style jazz.
The Unsuspected
5. The Unsuspected
October 19, 1969
While fleeing the giants, Steve takes a hit of hallucinogenic mushroom dust and becomes a raving paranoid who makes an alliance with Inspector Kobick to turn in his fellow little people.
Deadly Pawn
4. Deadly Pawn
October 12, 1969
An eccentric millionaire with an obsession for chess captures several of the little people and forces Dan and Barry to play his own twisted version of chess... with their friends as the pieces.
The Inside Rail
3. The Inside Rail
October 5, 1969
Fitzhugh comes up with a foolproof betting system to win at the tracks. However, when he convinces a giant hobo to help him place his bets, the local criminals become suspicious.
Six Hours To Live
2. Six Hours To Live
September 28, 1969
A giant has been framed for a murder he didn't commit and now awaits execution for the crime.
The Mechanical Man
1. The Mechanical Man
September 21, 1969
A giant scientist has created a super android that has gone awry and wrecked a lab, killing a giant policeman...
Where to Watch Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Land of the Giants on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 22, 1968
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (2,890)