Sea Hunt

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The television series Sea Hunt was about a scuba diver known as Mike Nelson, who was played by Lloyd Bridges and involved his exploits of various adventures underwater. In the episodes, Lloyd Bridges does most of the narrations needed for the series which gave the episodes a sense of being similar to a radio program. At the time the series aired, scuba diving was relatively new and many new things were being added to the sport of scuba diving.

The majority of the episodes involved Lloyd Bridges being called in for projects being done by the government that had sunk at sea or helping to locate sunken treasure. In the episode 60 Feet Below, a Navy jet pilot crashes into the ocean and Mike Nelson is called to locate and mark where the plane sank. When he gets to the plane and sends the marker to the surface, he realizes that the pilot is still alive and trapped inside of the plane.

There were many different actors and actresses who appeared on the series. Among the actors were Lloyd Bridges's two sons Jeff and Beau Bridges. Jeff Bridges only appeared in four episodes as Boy and his brother Beau appeared in two episodes as Warren Tucker. Other actors included Leonard Nimoy and Larry Hagman. Hagman played the role of Alex Kouras in three episodes and Nimoy was in eight different episodes as Hoya Saboteur.

The series was created by James Buxbaum, who was also the associate producer, writer and first story editor of the series. Courtney Brown was the technical adviser for three episodes involving deep sea diving and the supervisor for 113 episodes involving diving operations. During the time the show was aired there were eleven different directors. Leon Benson directed 95 episodes, which is the most episodes directed by one director.

The series was filmed in black and white and shown in a thirty minute time slot allowed for it to be shown weekly.

4 Seasons, 154 Episodes
January 4, 1958
Action & Adventure
Cast: Lloyd Bridges
Sea Hunt

Sea Hunt Full Episode Guide

  • Mike must disarm a torpedo that's been sent into the outflow tank of a hydroelectric plant.

  • When her father is murdered, the daughter of Mike's old Navy UDT commander gets our hero to investigate.

  • Mike investigates when a hydroplane rams into a Coast Guard ship during a race.

  • Someone is sabotaging a series of experiments that Mike is conducting for the Coast Guard.

  • A rich eccentric has invented a remote control guidance device and hires Mike to test it out but some baddies are out to steal the device.

  • Mike once again finds himself in a full blown mess when he travels to South America. This time, his assistant is trapped underwater by an overturned truck containing drums of poison that could endanger the water supply of a port city.

  • Mike must get insulin to a diabetic whose boat has been sunk--by his wife.

  • An impostor posing as Mike is stealing diamonds from a sunken yacht but Mike is unable to provide an alibi for himself due to the fact that he's on a top-secret mission for the government.

  • Once again, Mike is somewhere in Latin America. This time he's searching a harbor for a sunken statue and discovers a homing beacon being used to guide submarines into the harbor.

  • After a friend of his is seriously injured in a speedboat accident, Mike goes after the no talent assclown movie star responsible.

  • Mike discovers that a sunken truck is tied into the murder of a political boss and the killer is someone close to him.

  • A hot chick and her father become homicidal after eating a type of fish that causes hallucinations while vacationing in the Bahamas.

  • This time, Mike gets involved in couterfeiting and kidnapping when he's hired to work for the Treasury.

  • Mike is hired by an old Navy buddy to salvage a sunken freighter but pirates are out to make sure they get there first.

  • Mike goes undercover once again, this time as a tourist, in order to locate an underwater missile launcher in the Caribbean.

  • Hostile natives interfere with Mike's passage downriver when he attempts to get a missionary's baby to a hospital for medical attention.

  • Mike and an escaped Mexican convict uncover nefarious activity on an atoll off the South American coast.

  • Mike tries to make sure two salvage divers don't disappear while diving on a sunken boat off the coast of Yucatan. It seems as though a previous diver vanished completely.

  • Marking on the body of a dead diver convince a marine biologist that a killer octopus inhabits a lagoon. Mike must prove or disprove the theory.

  • Mike's attempts to capture a poisonous lion fish are complicated by the presence of a restless youth and his galpal.

  • Mike and two other divers try to disarm a pair of unexploded torpedoes at the bottom of a busy harbor.

  • An man offers to pay Mike extra to continue teaching diving lessons to an inept student.

  • After a man is killed testing an underwater device, Mike convinces his hesitant daughter to continue her father's work.

  • Mike helps his former college history professor search for buried pirate treasure off the North Carolina coast.

  • A German consulate hires Mike to salvage a survival kit from the wreckage of a World War II U-Boat.

  • Mike helps three hot chicks undergoing astronaut training and must face unexpected perils.

  • With the help of a young Mexican boy, Mike locates a safe entrance to an underwater fossil cave.

  • Mike goes up against underwater heroin smugglers and uses sonar to foil their scheme.

  • A youth to whom he's been giving diving lessons complicates Mike's efforts to retrieve a pair of radioactive cylinders.

  • Mike is assigned to chart a path through mine infested waters to that medical supplies can reach a port city suffering from an epidemic of cholera.

  • Mike sets a charge to blow up a sunken ship that is a threat to a busy shipping lane but is unaware that a treasure hunting friend is trapped inside.

  • Mike must retrieve a cache of medical supplies that were dumped in a river before a dictator can get his hands on them.

  • Mike must rescue a scuba diving ballerina when she catches her foot between loose plates of a sunken freighter.

  • A newspaperman becomes convinced that he's dying from a fatal illness and tries to end his life in such a way that his wife can collect his insurance.

  • Mike happens upon a jealous couple prospecting for emeralds while surveying a remote river in South America.

  • This time it's Mike who needs rescuing when the cable attached to his Scubasphere breaks.

  • Mike responds to a man overboard distress call but an extensive search turns up no victim.

  • Mike tries to retrieve a diplomatic pouch from an airliner that crashed into the sea but must outwit enemy agents.

  • Mike is in a race with foreign agents to find a missile fired from enemy territory that landed in the ocean in order to obtain its data recorder.

  • Hired as a technical advisor on a movie set, Mike springs into action when an explosion traps the star and a columnist aboard a sinking ship.

  • While diving on the ocean floor, Mike discovers an odd-looking plant that turns out to be a hybrid cannabis.

  • A scientific foundation hires Mike to obtain fossil samples from a newly discovered underwater cavern.

  • Mike is asked by the Coast Guard to investigate the suspicious drowning death of a scientist who'd just invented a new type of rebreather.

  • Mike discovers that his old diving mentor is getting a bit long in the tooth physically.

  • Mike trains two frogmen for a mission in which they will rescue a kidnapped head of state from an ancient fortress.

  • A newlywed teen sets out to commit a robbery but bungles the job and hides out in a storm drain system. It's up to Mike to bring him out.

  • Mike once again travels to Latin America. This time he has to defuse a sunken munitions ship that's been set to blow up by saboteurs.

  • While testing an underwater device, Mike discovers a submerged radio beacon.

  • Two teens poison a shark which Mike had captured for Marineland.

  • Mike helps a military pal test some new underwater radar equipment.

  • Mike and an old Navy buddy investigate an underwater missile site being constructed in a channel of an island owned by a Joe Kulak type.

  • Mike is assigned to investigate the disappearance of an oceanographer who was experimenting with infa-red light.

  • Mike is sent by the Coast Guard to investigate an item that crashed into Lake Ontario. The government believes that the item might be an enemy ICBM.

  • Mike smells a rat when he finds an art treasure on a hired dive to a sunken galleon.

  • While diving, Mike discovers the wreck of a navy ship that disappeared mysteriously and tries to learn what caused it to sink.

  • When a female oceanographer vanishes, Mike searches for her by retracing her charted course.

  • Mike must rescue a little girl trapped in the air shaft of a mine located near a man made lake.

  • Mike battles an alligator and arrows from hostile natives in the Mayan jungle where he's gone to search for a drug that could prove to be a boon to medicine.

  • Mike warns a group of scientists that the explosives they are using could trigger a tidal wave.

  • Mike travels to the Indian Ocean when he supervises an expedition to find a rare fish.

  • Mike must rescue a young boy trapped in a submerged grotto that has been mined with explosives.

  • A Latin American revolutionary, who has just overthrown a dictator, asks Mike to help him retrieve his nation's hidden gold reserves which might be on a freighter scuttled by the former strongman.

  • The Coast Guard hires Mike to do a security check on an area in preparation for a visiting dignitary.

  • Mike's latest salvage operation is to recover a fortune in gems located in the captain's safe of a sunken ship.

  • On patrol as part of the Coast Guard auxiliary, Mike discovers a deported mobster trying to re-enter the United States but ends up having to rescue him from some old enemies who want to make sure he doesn't try to sneak back in again.

  • Mike helps a female diver with her research into the origins of a jade statue of which she has come into possession.

  • Mike discovers that an underwater cable has been tapped in order that uauthorized personnel can monitor a missile test.

  • Mike poses as a scientist in order to retrieve counterfeit currency located on a crashed Nazi plane in the Caribbean.

  • It's up to Mike and a smokin' hot female health official to remove a radioactive capsule from a sunken ship.

  • An accidental death leads Mike to a spy ring that's using an underwater cave for a drop site.

  • Mike is recruited by the government in its fight against organized crime which wants him to photograph a secret meeting of mob bosses being held at a lakeside estate.

  • Mike thinks he's hit the jackpot when a swimsuit designer hires him to do an underwater fashion shoot with some smokin' hot models. Then corporate espionage rears its ugly head.

  • Mike is hired by the State Department to rescue a political prisoner from a South American jail. His method is to use the canal system of the city.