Land of the Lost Page
|Any kid growing up in the early 1970s knew that Saturday mornings were reserved for one show, and one show alone, Sid and Marty Krofft's extraordinary live action adventure, Land of the Lost (1974-1976).
This series followed the adventures of one contemporary family, the Marshalls, as they struggled to survive in a pocket universe dominated by dinosaurs, primitive ape-people (the Pakuni) and the reptilian darkness-dwellers, known as the Sleestaks.
Every week for three years, the Marshalls struggled to escape the "land of the lost," and met unusual denizens of the realm like abominable snowmen, a two-headed dragon, Medusa, the Flying Dutchman and even a trapped alien!
Occasionally helped out by a kindly sleestak - actually a time-traveling Altrusian, named Enik, the Marshalls endured an amazing adventure. Starring Spencer Milligan (Rick Marshall), Walker Edmiston (Enik), Kathy Coleman (Holly), and Wesley Eure (Will), Land of the Lost was every kid's televised passport to prehistoric action and adventure.
Everything about this childrens' series was fantastic, from the literate scripts by legendary "Trouble with Tribbles" author, David Gerrold, to the amazing (for their time...) sets and stop-motion dinosaur special effects.
The series was re-made, to lesser impact, with a different "trapped" family and re-designed (and less effective) Sleestaks in the early 1990s, but it is the 1970s era show that is forever remembered fondly by fans and admirers.
Rumors abound that the entire 43 episode series will be released on DVD soon. We can only hope so.
Read John K. Muir's retrospective of the series.
Or his year 2000-2001 interview with screenwriter Teddy Tenenbaum on his script for a new Land of the Lost feature film!