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The Time Tunnel is a science fiction series. It is about time travel similar to the movie Time Machine. It was produced by Irwin Allen. The TV series had 30 episodes. The plot involves two scientists Tony Newman and Doug Phillips who are heads of the Project Tic Toc. It is a government facility built under the dessert. They have designed and built a time machine that allows people to visit anywhere in time and space. They tested the machine the Time Tunnel for a senator to find themselves visiting the site of a past historical event each week. This is the theme of the series.

The two scientists find out the machine works when a senator threatens to cut funding for the facility unless they prove to him it does. The facility has 800 floors and employs over 36,000 people. The first episode has one of the scientists going back to the sinking of the Titanic. Both scientists are transported to another place in time as the ship sinks to keep them from dying. While on board they try to warn the captain about the iceberg to no avail. They end up in a rocket ship that is about to be launched.

The second episode is about Tony and Doug going to Mars. It is the first to go to Mars from the US. They have another adventure with the crew on their way to Mars. Another episode is in 1910, they help with Hailey's Comet which is headed towards earth. The comet could destroy earth that very day. During this adventure the two scientist are separated.

Each show will gives you a preview of next week's episode. Every episode is exciting giving the viewer plenty of conflict and suspense. It is a series that younger and older children can watch. Some episodes use footage from the producer's other science fiction series on TV. An overall good show for the whole family.

1 Season, 30 Episodes
September 9, 1966
Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Cast: James Darren
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The Time Tunnel Full Episode Guide

  • From the Mahdist War of 1883 Doug and Tony hurtle to the seaside town of Cliffport, Maine in September 10, 1978 - a full ten years in the future. They appear in a basement packed with strange scientific gear. Upstairs is a chemical laboratory. The door out of that leads to a hotel whose kindly owner has no idea she even has a cellar! The travelers show her the door to the chemical lab. When she opens it, it leads to a pantry! The travelers follow her inside and show her the door to her basement. Then she taps each man on the head, instantly paralyzing him. Seconds later she transforms into a black robed and purple skinned alien! What sort of trouble have the time traveling pair uncovered this time?

  • No sooner are the travelers freed from the clutches of the Curator in the far future than they're in trouble again - they land in the middle of the Mahdist War near Khartoum, April 2, 1883. They no sooner evade skirmishing Sudanese Muslims and British troops than they encounter... aliens? Doug and Tony must help British troops defend their fort against the Mahdists, and then they have to learn what the aliens want and figure out what to do about it. And the aliens seem capable of influencing the operation of the Time Tunnel itself.

  • Before Arthur can enlist them in the Knights of the Round Table the time travelers vanish back into the time stream - and a time traveler from the future appears at Project Tic Toc! This sinister silver clad figure stuns and kills his way through the guards, seizes Dr. Ann McGregor, and vanishes. The only clue he leaves is a data card made of strange metal but readable by the Project Tic Toc computers. From the card the Project team learns where Dr. McGregor has been taken and sends Doug and Tony there to rescue her. They arrive on a planet orbiting Canopus in 1910 - that planet's year 1910, which is 8433AD! There they learn Ann's abduction was a lure to draw them to the planet!

  • Doug and Tony vanish from ancient China into the time stream - and freeze there. The scientists of Project Tic Toc attempt to correct the problem but a commanding voice cries "No!" A man standing on the computer towers freezes the entire control room and pulls Doug and Tony into the present! He compels them obey his commands and sends them hurtling into the past, to the time of Arthur Pendragon in 544AD. For this is Merlin the Magician and he needs Doug and Tony to help ensure the reign of King Arthur by helping the young king expel hordes of vicious Vikings from Cornwall!

  • From the Barbary Pirates the pair hurtle backwards to Mongolian China in 1287. Genghis Khan has tried and failed to conquer the world but there are those inspired by his ideas. One such is Batu, who recovers the travelers. Convinced they know how he can break the fortress that stands between him and his goal, he puts Tony on the rack. With Doug's help Tony escapes. The travelers must seek the only shelter they can find - that fortress and its commander, Marco Polo. But the Mongol hordes remain. And Tony may just be falling in love with Princess Sarit, daughter of Kublai Khan!

  • Having narrowly escaped death in one million AD and one million BC, Doug and Tony land in the middle of one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in July of 1863. Artillery fire knocks out Tony and robs him of his memory; Confederate forces find him and assume he belongs with them. Meanwhile, Union forces essentially draft Doug into their army! Both sides are looking for a large cache of gunpowder under the control of an enigmatic man named Michaels. When Doug finds out who Michaels really is, he realizes his problems have only begun!

  • Doug and Tony transit during a rare off-shift period. As the scientist on duty watches them, a man sneaks up behind him and murders him! Then the man replaces a component in one of the time tunnel consoles. But when the dead scientist fails to check in, security is dispatched to the control room and the man is forced to flee... through the Time Tunnel! Now Doug and Tony are trapped in time with a murderer. Worse, instructions decoded from the man's quarters reveal that he has planted a powerful atomic bomb somewhere inside Project Tic Toc! Doug and Tony must chase the man through time to learn where the device is, before the Project is destroyed and they are stranded!

  • From ancient Jericho to Mexico, 1519. Doug and Tony find themselves caught between Hern'án Cortés and a golden mask he wants very much. The mask conveys an authority that will permit the conquistador to overwhelm the tribes easily. Now Doug, Tony, and two Aztecs must outrace a group of Spaniards determined to kill them and reach the mask first!

  • The temporal castaways hurtle from 1915 Italy to Old Testament Jericho, days before Joshua's attack. Joshua's men circle the city and he believes two spies will sneak into the city to learn whether the population is losing heart. Joshua believes Doug and Tony are the spies, and sends them into the heart of a city that will kill them if they're discovered! They must remember enough Biblical lore to find their ally and escape the sinister priest of Kemosh and the city before it falls!

  • From aliens to ghosts! Tony and Doug disappear from 1885 Arizona when the aliens leave, only to find themselves three decades later in 1915 Italy during The Great War. They land in a villa owned by Count Galba. In a crypt below lies the tomb of Nero, legendary emperor of ancient Rome. The shelling has disturbed the tomb and perhaps freed the ghost of the emperor - who wishes to kill Count Galba and anyone who aids him. The time travelers face an angry ghost on one side and angry Germans on the other in a villa soon to be leveled by artillery fire!

  • From Medieval England the duo catapults forward to the early months of 1945, where they land in a tiny island near Iwo Jima, days before a United States Marine landing force will occupy the group of islands. From a Japanese soldier left behind they learn that the Japanese Air Force plans to spring a trap on the Marines! They must defeat the Japanese lieutenant at his sadistic games and capture his radio before the landing, or else they'll have ringside seats to a slaughter - maybe their own!

  • Once again catapulted into trouble, this adventure finds the pair in France's Cherbourg Peninsula a day before the massive Allied attack on D-Day. It is the beginning of the end for Germany's occupation of Europe, but there remain enough Nazis to capture Doug and Tony! Tony manages a quick escape but Doug ends up in the hands of a sinister Nazi experimenter who brainwashes him into believing he is a German officer!

  • Doug and Tony arrive near the Khyber Pass in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Doug is quickly overpowered and captured by a tribe that wishes to overthrow British colonial rule, while Tony is found by a young Rudyard Kipling and returned to a nearby British fort. The men must reunite without dying in the inevitable battle between the tribesmen and British forces.

  • From 1861 to 1836 near what would later be known as San Antonio, Texas. Doug and Tony find themselves attacked by Mexican soldiers. They escape to a nearby mission only to learn that it is the Alamo, and the siege is just beginning. When they try to convince him Mexicans will overrun the mission, Colonel Bill Travis imprisons them on suspicion of espionage!

  • From the Russia of 1956 the duo chronoports backward nearly a hundred years to the outskirts of Baltimore, 1861. There they chance across several abolitionists who plan to murder Lincoln, four years before Booth will do so! They hope this will plunge the country into a war that will ultimately force an end to slavery. Jeremiah, leader of the abolitionist faction, has devised a large clock operated bomb that he plans to place on the President's train. Doug and Tony must persuade Allan Pinkerton of the President's peril or find and disarm the bomb before Jeremiah and his men change history...

  • In 1793 Paris agents of Robespierre's Committee for Public Safety capture Doug. Assigned quotas of people to bring in for execution, the agents are sometimes less than scrupulous in verifying their captives' guilt. Tony manages to free Doug but the pair then find themselves drawn into a plot to free Marie Antoinette from imprisonment. General Kirk sends back a radioactive ring for the duo to find, in hopes Project Tic Toc will be able to lock onto them and return them home. Unfortunately, Kirk has an ancestor in the past who intercepts the ring and who has sinister plans of his own for the time travelers and the former Queen.

  • Only a short jaunt forward to 1895, but the destination is the hellishly unpleasant French penal colony called Devil's Island. Doug and Tony must deal with the sinister commander and his sadistic henchman Lescaux and with a plot by the inmates to help wrongly convicted French artillery officer Alfred Dreyfus.

  • Nearly 3000 years forward this time, to the eastern Montana territory in late June of 1876. There Doug encounters General George Armstrong Custer, while Tony is captured by Lakota tribesmen. Tony finally persudes Chief Sitting Bull that he is an honorable man and tries to avert what he sees as a victory that will lead to defeat. Doug, meanwhile, tries to dissuade Custer from his ruinous course of action.

  • Far into the past: 1200BC and the siege of Troy! The Greeks seek the return of their princess, Helen, spirited off by Paris to be his wife. The pair are thought to be gods thanks to their unique insights. But when a traitor captures Doug, Tony must find a way inside Troy to free him. Fortunately, a Greek engineer may just have an answer - a horse of a different kind...

  • From 1815 New Orleans, Doug and Tony move forward nearly 70 years to the Indonesian Island of Krakatoa in 1883. Dr. Everett Holland assures them it will be decades before the volcano explodes again, but has the scientist deliberately misled everyone around him? Doug and Tony know they have only days until the volcano erupts with a blast literally felt round the world - and then they learn it's even later than they think...

  • From Pearl Harbor backwards 126 years to the outskirts of New Orleans before a final, fateful battle of the War of 1812. Doug and Tony encounter 'The Butcher' Southall, and the team in 1968 calls in his descendant, a general in the British Army for advice. Doug and Tony hope to escape The Butcher and his descendant hopes to learn why he made a horrific tactical error in attacking Stonewall Jackson's fortifications on their strongest side!

  • From the West of 1910, the duo travel forward thirty one years, to December 6, 1941. They've landed near the Pearl Harbor Naval Base hours before a Japanese attack will sink most of the Pacific Fleet. Among the officers stationed on the base: Lieutenant Commander Tony Newman, Senior! Can Tony find out what happened to his father, whose body was never found, on that fateful day? Or will Japanese agents put an end to the duo's chronoportation?

  • Doug and Tony materialize in a rocket bound for Mars, ten years in their future. Their extra weight almost scuttles the mission, but the commander figures a way to continue it by stopping at a fuel depot on the moon. Then things get worse: the radio mysteriously fails and the two stowaways are accused of sabotage!

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