9 Fakest History Channel Reality Shows (And 6 That Are Totally Real)
Which reality shows are real and which are fake these days? Here's the verdict on some of The History Channel's programs.
The History Channel used to be a respected network of airing well-done, historically accurate documentaries. Then the channel moved over to an inordinate amount of WWII focused programs. It didn’t take long for the History Channel to get the nickname "The Hitler Channel."
The reality show boom in the mid-2000s saw the onslaught of staged scenes, somewhat scripted programs, and forced drama. It was hard to tell in those early shows, but as time went on and more people spoke out behind-the-scenes, viewers understood to take what they saw with a grain of salt. However, people couldn’t get enough of the drama, no matter how ridiculous, and the over-the-top reality stars.
In an effort not to be left behind in ratings and viewership, The History Channel slowly started adding reality shows similar to those on Bravo and TLC. Fans of the channel criticized the network for moving away from actual historical content. But television is a business, and we can’t fault the History Channel for making movies to obtain and keep viewers. We can fault the channel, however, for not realizing that the actual history programs are what truly made the channel's name.
The percentage of real to fake shows appears to be dwindling each year across networks. Fake shows are getting easier to spot and actual “reality” shows are vanishing, especially on The History Channel.
Here are the 9 Fakest History Channel Reality Shows (And 6 That Are Totally Real)
The History of Reality TV
Even though the term reality television is largely used to identify shows that have emerged since the year 2000, the history of reality TV goes back farther than you might think.
This is in large part due to the broadness of the term ‘reality television’ and the many ways in which aspects of reality and daily life are integrated into what people like to watch on television. Since its conception, television has been portraying the lives of people through dating shows, contests and pranks, giving reality television a much broader history than most people might think when considering modern reality television and its boom in popularity in recent years.
In looking back through the history of reality TV it is interesting to see where the foundation for modern reality television began. One of history’s most famous reality TV programs emerged in the late 40’s, when Allen Funt brought Candid Camera into the lives of millions of people. This show, which highlighted funny pranks and humorous situations being pulled on the unknown masses was an instant hit with audiences and remained on-air for years. Today, versions of prank-style reality programming still exist in America’s Funniest Home Videos, MTV’s Punk’d and prank-style features on a variety shows such as late night talk shows, Comedy Central’s The Man Show and many more. Humor at the hand of an unknown bystander has its roots along side the root of television itself, in a reality television format that has proven to consistently deliver for audiences and is one that continues to be loved, used and watched by many.
Aside from jokes and hijinks, contest-style reality television shows have proven a crowd favorite throughout the history of television. Programs such as The Miss America Pageant, which first aired in the early 1950’s has continued to remain one of the largest themes in reality TV even today. Family Fued, Star Search and Amateur Hour just to name a few, are talent based reality television programs that were early favorites which continue to be modeled in today’s favorite reality programs as well. Now, these contest-based shows range thematically from Survivor, The Amazing Race, Project Runway, Deal or No Deal, Top Chef and a slew of many others.
Contest-based reality TV has been a tried and true format for entertainment throughout the years and continues to be so with more and more reality shows offering prizes to ‘Average Joe’ competitors. American Idol is one such contest-style reality show that has not only become one of the most popular reality based television shows in history but consistently pulls in some of the highest ratings in television among both reality based and fictional television programs. These competition-style reality programs, which began in the 50’s, have been a successful model for modern reality TV as we see it today.
In the 70’s shows that outlined a more somber view of people’s lives began to gain in popularity with programs like PBS’s An American Family, a program that showed a traditional American family that was going through the stressors of a divorce. This reality style format is more reminiscent of the reality television that we see today which tries to go behind the scenes of a situation that is popular, or of great interest to audiences. Within this same time period The Dating Game, Newly Weds and other relationship style reality programming was introduced, proving just how interesting audiences found the lives, love lives and dating struggles of their peers. These early formats, or the fundamental behind these formats rather, gained a lot of ground during the 70’s and 80’s bringing shows like MTV’s Real World and COPS, two shows which are considered pioneers in the history of reality television, to the forefront. These to shows although very different in tone and style, represent two arenas of reality television that have since become incredibly popular.
In a way very voyeuristic, MTV’s Real World began to a large degree the modern world’s fascination with watching the lives of everyday people interacting with one another and fueled this interest in reality television. It can be argued that shows like Big Brother, The Mole, Road Rules, The Osbournes and infinitely more are spin offs of MTV’s successful first attempt at reality TV of this sort. COPS outlined the behind the scenes nature of an industry, another hugely popular realm of reality television that has become increasingly popular. Today there are shows such as Dr. 90210, Sun Set Tan, Emergency Vet, Miami Ink, West Coast Choppers, American Casino, Deadliest Catch and many more where cameras follow professionals in an industry while they complete their work.This documentary style reality TV is some of the most popular as people continue to be fascinated with the how, why and what that goes on behind the scenes.
While in recent years the number of reality television programs has increased incredibly compared to what was being watched in years past, many of the formats are the same. From the time television was born, people were fascinated with seeing everyday people fight, claw, cry, laugh, love, struggle, work and find their way – all to the delight of the viewer. As you can the history of reality TV has really paved the way for many of today’s most popular television shows.
Color television traces its roots as far back as 1904, when a German inventor received a patent for color television. However, that inventor did not actually have a working color television – it was just a patented idea.
A conceptualized color television system appeared in 1925 from inventor Vladimir Zworykin. However, this system was never converted into reality. All attempts to convert it into reality did not succeed.
Color television was placed on the backburner for about 20 years. In 1946, the idea of color television was renewed in earnest. As TheHistoryOfTelevision.com explains,
“By 1946, the Second World War was history, and people in America wanted to make up for all the time lost to the war. Black and white television was thought of as old and it was time to do something new. This is when color television systems first began to be considered seriously.”
The color television war in America was fought between two industry giants: CBS and RCA. CBS was the first company to create a color television set. However, the main drawback was that it was a mechanical television based on John Baird’s original system. Thus, it was not compatible with black and white TV sets in use across America.
Despite this major flaw, the FCC declared that the CBS color television was going to be the national standard.
RCA protested, stating that it was unfair to make CBS color TV the standard when it could even be used by millions of customers across America (most of whom owned RCA televisions).
Unfazed, RCA continued to develop their own color television system that would be compatible with its customers RCA sets. In 1953, the FCC acknowledged that RCA’s color TV system was better. Starting in 1954, color RCA TV systems were sold across America.
Color TV had a similar initial problem as 3D TV and other technologies: people owned the color TV technology, but broadcasters weren’t producing color TV content. Few people owned color TV sets between 1954 and 1965. However, starting in 1966, color TV programming was broadcast across America, leading to a surge in sales of color television sets.
Maude Findlay (Beatrice Arthur) first appears in two season-two episodes of All in the Family: the first in December 1971 as a visitor to the Bunker home, and the second, a backdoor pilot setting up the premise of the Maude series, in March 1972. She is Edith Bunker's (Jean Stapleton) cousin who has been married four times. Her first husband, Barney, died shortly after their marriage she divorced the next two, Albert and Chester. Albert was never portrayed on screen, but the episode "Poor Albert" revolved around his death, while second former husband Chester would appear once on the show (played by Martin Balsam). Her current husband, Walter Findlay (played by Bill Macy), owns an appliance store called Findlay's Friendly Appliances. Maude and Walter met just before the 1968 presidential election. Maude sometimes gets in the last word during their many arguments with her hallmark catchphrase, "God'll get you for that, Walter", which came directly from Bea Arthur.  Maude's deep, raspy voice is also an occasional comic foil whenever she answers the phone and explaining in one episode, "No, this is not Mr. Findlay this is Mrs. Findlay! Mr. Findlay has a much higher voice."
Maude's daughter, Carol Traynor (played by Adrienne Barbeau – in the All in the Family pilot episode the character was played by Marcia Rodd), is also divorced and has one child, like Maude. Carol and her son, Phillip (played in Seasons 1-5 by Brian Morrison and in the sixth and final season by Kraig Metzinger), live with the Findlays. Though single, Carol maintains her reputation of dating many men. She dates various men throughout the early seasons, later forming a serious relationship with a man named Chris (played by Fred Grandy) Grandy left at the end of the second season. Like her mother, Carol is an outspoken liberal feminist who is not afraid to speak her mind, though they often clash. There are conflicting accounts as to whether Carol's father was Maude's first or second husband. In the series first episode "Maude's Problem", Maude reveals to Carol's psychiatrist that Carol's father was her second husband.
The Findlays' next-door neighbors are Dr. Arthur Harmon, a stuffy, sardonic Republican and foil for Maude played by Conrad Bain and his sweet but scatterbrained second wife Vivian, played by Rue McClanahan, who confirmed in an interview with the Archive of American Television that she was approached by Norman Lear during the taping of the All in the Family episode "The Bunkers and the Swingers" (1972) to take on the role as a late replacement for Doris Roberts, the original choice for the part.  Arthur has been Walter's best friend since the two men served together in World War II he was the one who brought Walter and Maude together in 1968 and "affectionately" called Maude "Maudie." Vivian has been Maude's best friend since they attended college together. At the beginning of the series, Arthur is a widower. Vivian is introduced in a guest appearance that focused on her split with her first husband. She later got involved with Arthur as a divorcée.
The housekeepers Edit
For the entire run of the show, Maude also has a housekeeper. At the beginning of the series, the Findlays hire Florida Evans, a no-nonsense black woman who often has the last laugh at Maude's expense. Maude often makes a point of conspicuously and awkwardly demonstrating how open-minded and liberal she is (Florida almost quits working for Maude because of this). Despite Florida's status as a maid, Maude emphasizes to Florida that they are "equals," and insists she enter and exit the Findlay house via the front door (even though the back door is more convenient).
As portrayed by Esther Rolle, the character of Florida was so popular that, in 1974, she became the star of her own series, titled Good Times. In the storyline of Maude, Florida's husband Henry receives a promotion at his job, and she quits to be a full-time housewife. While Maude took place in New York, the setting for Good Times was Chicago, with numerous other differences in Florida's situation, such as her husband being called James Evans  -- "Henry" being the name of James' long lost father.
After Florida's departure in 1974, Mrs. Nell Naugatuck (played by Hermione Baddeley), an elderly (and vulgar) British widow who drinks excessively and lies compulsively, assumes the role of housekeeper. Unlike Florida, who commuted to work, Mrs. Naugatuck is a live-in maid. She meets and begins dating Bert Beasley (an elderly security guard at a cemetery, played by J. Pat O'Malley) in 1975. They marry in 1977 and move to Ireland to care for Bert's mother. Mrs. Naugatuck's frequent sparring with Maude is, arguably, just as comedically popular as Florida's sparring. The difference in the two relationships was that Mrs. Naugatuck often seems to despise Maude Findlay, whereas Florida seems only periodically frustrated by her boss.
Lear said the last name 'Naugatuck' was taken directly from the town of Naugatuck, Connecticut, which he found amusing. Due to the popularity of the program, Baddeley visited the town in the late 1970s and was given a warm, official ceremony at the town green.
Maude then hires Victoria Butterfield (played by Marlene Warfield),  a native of Saint Norman in the West Indies, whom Maude initially accuses of stealing her wallet on the subway. Victoria remains until the end of the series in 1978. However, Warfield's character was never as popular as her two predecessors, and she was not seen as often, nor given a credit as a series regular.
The character of Maude Findlay was loosely based on creator Norman Lear's then-wife Frances.   She first appeared on two episodes of All in the Family as Edith Bunker's cousin. A "Cousin Maud," with a similar role, had also appeared on an episode of Till Death Us Do Part, the British series on which All in the Family had been based. Maude represented everything Archie Bunker did not: She was a liberal, a feminist, and upper-middle-class, whereas Archie was conservative, sexist, and working class.
Maude's political beliefs were closer to those of the series creators than Archie Bunker's, but the series often lampooned Maude as a naive "limousine liberal". They did not show her beliefs and attitudes in an entirely complimentary light. Just before the show's premiere in September 1972, TV Guide described the character of Maude as "a caricature of the knee-jerk liberal."
While the show was conceived as a comedy, scripts also incorporated much darker humor, drama and controversy.  Maude took Miltown, a mild tranquilizer, and also Valium she and her husband Walter began drinking in the evening. Maude had an abortion in November 1972, two months before the Roe v. Wade decision made abortion legal throughout the U.S., and the episodes that dealt with the situation are probably the series' most famous and most controversial. Maude, at age 47, was dismayed to find herself unexpectedly pregnant. Her daughter Carol brought to her attention that abortion had become legal in the state of New York. After some soul-searching (and discussions with Walter, who agreed that raising a baby at their stage of life was not what they wanted to do), Maude decided at the end of the two-part episode that abortion was probably the best choice for their lives and their marriage. Noticing the controversy around the storyline, CBS decided to rerun the episodes in August 1973, and members of the country's clergy reacted strongly to the decision. Thirty-nine stations pre-empted the episode.  The two-part episode was written by Susan Harris, who would work with Bea Arthur again later on The Golden Girls. 
The producers and the writers of the show tackled other controversies.  In a story arc that opened the 1973–74 season, Walter came to grips with his alcoholism and subsequently had a nervous breakdown. The beginning of the story arc had Maude, Walter, and Arthur enjoying a night of revelry. However, Maude panicked when she awoke the following morning to find Arthur in her bed. This alarmed her to the point that both of them swore off alcohol entirely. Walter could not do it ("Dean Martin gets a million dollars for his buzz") and became so frustrated during his attempts to stop that he struck Maude. Afterward, he suffered a breakdown as a result of his alcoholism and guilt over the domestic violence incident. The arc, which played out in two parts, was typically controversial for the show but gained praise for highlighting how social drinking can lead to alcoholism.  
The first-season episode "The Grass Story" tackled the then-recent Rockefeller Drug Laws, as Maude and her well-meaning housewife friends try to get arrested in protest over a grocery boy's tough conviction for marijuana possession. The severity of the marijuana laws contrasted with the characters' lax attitudes toward drinking and prescription pill abuse.
In season four, Maude had a session with an analyst, in which she revealed insecurities about her life and marriage and talked through memories from her childhood. The episode was a solo performance by Beatrice Arthur.
During the fifth season, Walter suffered another nervous breakdown, this time even attempting suicide, when he saw his business go bankrupt.
The Nielsen ratings for Maude were high, in particular, during the first seasons of the program (during the heyday of topical sitcoms, which its presence helped to create), when it was regularly one of the top-ten highest-rated American television programs in any given week.
In Great Britain, Maude was not shown nationally, although it was shown (beginning in 1975) in the ITV regions of Scottish,  Westward,  Border,  Tyne Tees,  Anglia,  Yorkshire,  Granada  and Channel.  Satellite station Sky One ran the series in the early/mid-1990s.
In the fifth season, Maude unexpectedly plunged from No. 4 to No. 31 in the Nielsen ratings as its lead-ins Rhoda and Phyllis began to struggle. In 1978, late in the sixth season, CBS revamped the series. In the last three episodes of that year, the fictional governor of New York appointed Maude as a congresswoman from Tuckahoe, as a Democrat during the 1978 U.S. midterm elections (she helped campaign for a congresswoman who unexpectedly died in her home). With this change, Maude and husband Walter would move to Washington, D.C., and the rest of the regular cast would be written out of the series.  In the story, the Harmons moved to Idaho, where Arthur accepted a job offer as a country doctor (his "lifelong dream"), while Carol also got a new job offer and she and Phillip moved to Denver. [ citation needed ]
Bea Arthur felt that it didn't make sense to "start all over again" with a new group of supporting characters, and after season six she decided to leave the series, bringing Maude to an end.  Lear still liked the idea of a member of a minority group in Congress, and it evolved into the pilot Mr. Dugan, with John Amos replacing Arthur as the lead character. Intended for a March 1979 premiere, a negative backlash from a screening for African-American members of Congress resulted in CBS pulling the plug and not airing any of the three episodes produced. Lear went back to work on the project and it was eventually reworked into Hanging In, with Bill Macy returning to play a former professional football player turned university president. Premiering in the summer of 1979, the show did not find an audience and ended shortly after it began.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||22||September 12, 1972 ( 1972-09-12 )||March 20, 1973 ( 1973-03-20 )||4||24.7|
|2||24||September 11, 1973 ( 1973-09-11 )||March 5, 1974 ( 1974-03-05 )||6||23.5|
|3||23||September 9, 1974 ( 1974-09-09 )||March 31, 1975 ( 1975-03-31 )||9||24.9|
|4||24||September 8, 1975 ( 1975-09-08 )||March 15, 1976 ( 1976-03-15 )||4||25.0|
|5||24||September 20, 1976 ( 1976-09-20 )||April 4, 1977 ( 1977-04-04 )||31 ||19.9 |
|6||24||September 12, 1977 ( 1977-09-12 )||April 22, 1978 ( 1978-04-22 )||75 ||15.2 |
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the first season of Maude on DVD in Region 1 on March 20, 2007. Sony has since discontinued this release.
On August 27, 2013, Mill Creek Entertainment announced it had acquired the rights to various television series from the Sony Pictures library including Maude.  Mill Creek subsequently re-released the first season on DVD on February 3, 2015. 
On December 2, 2014, Shout! Factory announced it had acquired the rights to the series it subsequently released the complete series on DVD on March 17, 2015. Among the bonus features, the set includes the two Second season episodes of All in the Family, which introduced Maude ("Cousin Maude's Visit" and "Maude") two previously unaired episodes of Maude ("The Double Standard" and "Maude's New Friends") the Syndicated Sales Presentation, hosted by Norman Lear as well as three featurettes called "And Then There's Maude: Television's First Feminist" "Everything but Hemorrhoids: Maude Speaks to America" and "Memories of Maude" with interviews by Adrienne Barbeau and Bill Macy, along with newly discovered interviews with the late Bea Arthur, the late Rue McClanahan and Maude director, the late Hal Cooper. 
In 2015, Shout! began releasing individual season sets the second season was released on August 11, 2015, followed by the third season on November 10, 2015,  the fourth season on March 22, 2016,  the fifth season on June 14, 2016,  and the sixth and final season on August 9, 2016. 
|DVD Name||Ep #||Release Date|
|The Complete First Season||22||March 20, 2007|
February 3, 2015 (re-release)
|The Complete Second Season||24||August 11, 2015|
|The Complete Third Season||23||November 10, 2015|
|The Complete Fourth Season||24||March 22, 2016|
|The Complete Fifth Season||24||June 14, 2016|
|The Complete Sixth Season||24||August 9, 2016|
|The Complete Series||141||March 17, 2015|
Golden Globes Edit
- 1973: Best TV Show - Musical/Comedy (Nominated)
- 1973: Best TV Actress - Musical/Comedy: Bea Arthur (Nominated)
- 1974: Best TV Actress - Musical/Comedy: Bea Arthur (Nominated)
- 1975: Best TV Show - Musical/Comedy (Nominated)
- 1976: Best TV Actress - Musical/Comedy: Bea Arthur (Nominated)
- 1976: Best Supporting Actress - Television: Hermione Baddeley For playing "Mrs. Nell Naugatuck" (Won)
- 1977: Best Supporting Actress - Television: Adrienne Barbeau (Nominated)
- 1978: Best TV Actress - Musical/Comedy: Bea Arthur (Nominated)
Emmy Awards Edit
- 1973: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series - Bea Arthur For playing: "Maude Findlay" (Nominated)
- 1973: Outstanding New Series - Norman Lear (executive producer) and Rod Parker (producer) (Nominated)
- 1973: Outstanding Comedy Series - Norman Lear (executive producer) and Rod Parker (Nominated)
- 1974: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Bea Arthur For playing: "Maude Findlay" (Nominated)
- 1976: Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series - Jay Folb For episode "The Analyst" (Nominated)
- 1976: Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series - Hal Cooper For episode "The Analyst" (Nominated)
- 1976: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Bea Arthur For playing: "Maude Findlay" (Nominated)
- 1977: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Bea Arthur For playing: "Maude Findlay" (Won)
- 1977: Outstanding Art Direction or Scenic Design for a Comedy Series - Chuck Murawski (art director) For episode "Walter's Crisis" (Nominated)
- 1978: Outstanding Art Direction for a Comedy Series - Chuck Murawski (art director) For episode "The Wake (Nominated)
- 1978: Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series - Hal Cooper (director) For episode "Vivian's Decision" (Nominated)
- 1978: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Bea Arthur For playing: "Maude Findlay" (Nominated)
Maude aired on TV Land in 1999 for a brief time, including an introductory "Maude-a-thon" marathon. Maude was later seen on Nick at Nite in the United States in 2001. Reruns of Maude are occasionally shown on Canwest's digital specialty channel, DejaView in Canada. In 2010, Maude began reruns in Chicago, on WWME-CA's Me-TV. In 2011, Maude began airing on Antenna TV, a digital broadcast network, which has since run the entire six season cycle of the show. In 2015, reruns of Maude began airing on Logo TV during late night/early morning. It also airs weeknights on FETV (Family Entertainment Television). As of April 2021, Maude is on CHCH TV in the Toronto (Hamilton) Ontario area as part of their afternoon retro sitcom lineup. It is also available on the CTV app for free (with ads) as part of its “Throwback” library.
Maude was adapted in France as Maguy [fr] . Maguy aired on Sundays at 19.30 from September 1985 to December 1994 on France 2 for 333 episodes.
Maude had previously been adapted in 1980 by ITV in the United Kingdom as Nobody's Perfect.  Starring Elaine Stritch and Richard Griffiths, the show ran for two series with a total of 14 episodes. Of the 14 episodes, Stritch herself adapted 13 original Maude scripts and Griffiths adapted one.  The original series was screen by certain ITV companies. 
Frozen Inca Mummy Goes on Display
Known as La Doncella, the mummy sits literally frozen in sleep.
The mummy of an ancient Inca girl sits literally frozen in sleep at a museum in Argentina.
The mummy, called La Doncella or The Maiden, is that of a teenage girl who died more than 500 years ago in a ritual sacrifice in the Andes Mountains.
The girl and two other children were left on a mountaintop to succumb to the cold as offerings to the gods, according to the archaeologists who found the mummified remains in Argentina in 1999.
La Doncella was found dressed in a ceremonial tunic and adorned with a headpiece, tokens of her new status as a messenger to the heavens. The girl had also drunk corn liquor, likely to put her to sleep, scientists say, and her mouth still held fragments of coca leaves, which the Inca chewed to lessen the effects of altitude sickness.
National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Johan Reinhard, who co-led the expedition, described the discovery at the time as "the best preserved of any mummy I've seen." (National Geographic News is a division of the National Geographic Society.)
The discovery of La Doncella revealed rich details of ancient Inca life, such as the girl's finely braided hair, said Reinhard. In this regard, La Doncella even rivals Reinhard's previous discovery: a frozen mummy dubbed the Ice Maiden that he and a colleague found on a Peruvian peak in 1995.
"The discovery of the three mummies [in 1999] … was the highlight of my life, or certainly [of] my work in the Andes," Reinhard told National Geographic News in 2005. "These mummies were far better preserved … than the Ice Maiden."
The High Country Archaeological Museum in Salta, Argentina, unveiled La Doncella, the oldest of the three victims, for its first public viewing on September 6.
The museum is displaying the mummy in a refrigerated, low-oxygen environment to reproduce the high-altitude conditions that allowed for its remarkable, natural preservation.
The mummies of the other two children remain in storage for further study, museum officials said.
The program conducted investigations into the controversial and paranormal (e.g., UFOs, Bigfoot, and the Loch Ness Monster). Additionally, it featured episodes about mysterious historical events and personalities such as Anna Anderson/Grand Duchess Anastasia, the Lincoln Assassination, the Jack the Ripper murders, infamous cults (e.g., Jim Jones), and missing persons, cities, and ships (e.g., Amelia Earhart, Jimmy Hoffa, D. B. Cooper, the Mary Celeste, the Titanic, the lost Roanoke Colony). Because the show often presented offbeat subjects and controversial theories, each episode's opening credits included a verbal disclaimer about the conjectural nature of the evidence and theories to be presented:
This series presents information based in part on theory and conjecture. The producer's purpose is to suggest some possible explanations, but not necessarily the only ones, to the mysteries we will examine.
The production values were fairly typical of the period, with interviews, reenactments and scenic footage shot on film, all voiced over by Nimoy. The music was composed by Laurin M. Rinder and W. Michael Lewis. A soundtrack album was released on AVI (American Variety International) Records in 1977. 
Nimoy's popularity among science fiction fans (due to his role as Spock in the original Star Trek television series) won the show a following in fandom circles. Nimoy wrote an episode about the turbulent life of artist Vincent van Gogh, having earlier played the artist's brother Theo in a one-man show. As part of his research, Nimoy found records in the archives of the hospital where Van Gogh was treated that suggested that he suffered from epilepsy rather than insanity.
The show also spawned at least six spin-off books, all written by Landsburg with forewords by Nimoy: In Search of Lost Civilizations, In Search of Extraterrestrials, In Search of Magic and Witchcraft, In Search of Strange Phenomena, In Search of Missing Persons, and In Search of Myths and Monsters, with an additional book that collected the best segments from these existing volumes.
In 1978, Landsburg produced a Bigfoot documentary using portions of two In Search of. episodes ("The Monster Hunters" and "The Yeti") called Manbeast! Myth or Monster, based on his book In Search of Myths and Monsters. Though Nimoy had written the foreword to Landsburg's book, he did not narrate this documentary.
Reruns of the In Search of. series aired during the early 1990s on the A&E Network. In the later 1990s, the show aired on another of the A&E Television Networks' properties, the History Channel. The licensing agreement expired in the early 2000s, ending the show's run. When the show aired on A&E, a re-recording of the original theme music was used plus a new alternate theme. The original opening titles were also modernized. In this incarnation virtually all of Nimoy's on-camera appearances in the series were replaced with reused footage, so viewers could hear Nimoy but not see him.
A short-lived revival of the show, featuring Mitch Pileggi, aired on the Sci-Fi Channel in 2002.
In January 2018, it was announced that Zachary Quinto, who, like Nimoy, stars as Spock in the rebooted Star Trek films, will host the revived version of the show on History Channel.  On March 27, 2019, History Channel announced the series was renewed for a second season. 
The original series ran for six seasons.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|01||"In Search of Ancient Astronauts"||Harald Reinl||Don Ringe||January 5, 1973 ( 1973-01-05 )|
|Examines speculation about purported ancient astronauts, aliens that would have landed on Earth in ancient times, being responsible for many of mankind's oldest mysteries. Hosted by Rod Serling.|
|02||"In Search of Ancient Mysteries"||Fred Warshofsky||Fred Warshofsky||1973 ( 1973 )|
|An examination of mysteries of the ancient world and their connection to the possibility that aliens visited Earth. Hosted by Rod Serling.|
|03||"The Outer Space Connection"||Fred Warshofsky||Fred Warshofsky||February 1975 ( 1975-02 )|
|Examines the speculation that aliens have visited Earth in ancient times, and built structures to which they will return at a future date. Hosted by Rod Serling.|
|04||"Manbeast! Myth or Monster"||Nicholas Webster||Nicholas Webster||1978 ( 1978 )|
|Explores the existence of Bigfoot, the Yeti and other legendary humanoid-type creatures.|
Season 1 (1977) Edit
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod. |
|01||01||"Other Voices"||H.G. Stark||Roz Karson||April 17, 1977 ( 1977-04-17 )||726|
|Other Voices: Examines groundbreaking experiments that show the possibility that plants respond to people's thoughts.|
|02||02||"Strange Visitors"||TBA||S: Hans Holzer W: Hans Holzer & Robert L. Long||April 24, 1977 ( 1977-04-24 )||703|
|Strange Visitors: Was Oracle Chamber, which lies beneath New Hampshire's Mystery Hill, built by ancient Phoenicians who traveled to the continent thousands of years ago?|
|03||03||"Ancient Aviators"||TBA||Robert Long & Deborah Blum||April 24, 1977 ( 1977-04-24 )||708|
|Ancient Aviators: Are there signs of alien visitation here on earth? Might the mysterious markings on the Nazca Plain in Peru be landing instructions for UFOs?|
|04||04||"The Bermuda Triangle"||H.G. Stark||Alan Lansburg||April 27, 1977 ( 1977-04-27 )||715|
|The Bermuda Triangle: Probes a radio broadcast claim that the graveyard of ships and planes is actually a testing area for spacemen.|
|05||05||"Bigfoot"||Nicholas Webster||Larry L. Badger||April 28, 1977 ( 1977-04-28 )||713|
|Bigfoot: An evaluation of giant footprints and other evidence which some believe proves that the half-man, half-animal creature really exists.|
|06||06||"Killer Bees"||TBA||Alex Pomasanoff||May 1, 1977 ( 1977-05-01 )||735|
|Killer Bees: A photographic report from Brazil on the behavior of the bees and genetic experiments underway to stop the savage swarms from reaching the U.S.|
|07||07||"Earthquakes"||TBA||Alex Pomasanoff||May 7, 1977 ( 1977-05-07 )||728|
|Earthquakes: An examination of the techniques which scientists are developing in order to study seismic activity and predict quakes.|
|08||08||"The Mummy's Curse"||TBA||TBA||May 14, 1977 ( 1977-05-14 )||734|
|The Mummy's Curse: Probes the claim that a protective curse on king Tutankhamun's tomb accounted for a chain of mysterious deaths.|
|09||09||"Martians"||TBA||TBA||May 21, 1977 ( 1977-05-21 )||733|
|Martians: Offers the theory that the Red Planet is dying of climate changes and suggests that Earth may face a similar fate. Gerald Soffen is a guest in the episode.|
|10||10||"Atlantis"||TBA||TBA||May 22, 1977 ( 1977-05-22 )||701|
|Atlantis: Explores the possibility that 14 huge stone buildings beneath the waters of The Bahamas, and a 2000-year-old computer part, are part of the lost empire of Atlantis.|
|11||11||"Psychic Detectives"||TBA||TBA||May 26, 1977 ( 1977-05-26 )||736|
|Psychic Detectives: Meet a unique scientific detective squad that uses E.S.P. as an effective crime-solving tool.|
|12||12||"A Call from Space"||TBA||TBA||May 28, 1977 ( 1977-05-28 )||729|
|A Call from Space: Can the space technologies that discovered other galaxies help us communicate with other life?|
|13||13||"Learning ESP"||TBA||TBA||May 28, 1977 ( 1977-05-28 )||730|
|Learning ESP: Do the powers of extrasensory perception really exist, and can they be taught?|
|14||14||"Nazi Plunder"||TBA||TBA||May 29, 1977 ( 1977-05-29 )||TBA|
|Nazi Plunder: Pursues the rumor of Nazi plunder worth billions and a 30-year-old track that could lead to it.|
|15||15||"Amelia Earhart"||TBA||Alex Pomasanoff||June 1, 1977 ( 1977-06-01 )||718|
|Amelia Earhart: Runs down rumors that the famous aviatrix, who disappeared during a 1937 flight over the Pacific Ocean, was on a spy mission.|
|16||16||"Dracula"||TBA||TBA||June 8, 1977 ( 1977-06-08 )||712|
|Dracula: Investigates the life and recorded history of Vlad the Impaler in Romania, with comparisons to the main character of the famous Bram Stoker novel.|
|17||17||"The Easter Island Massacre"||TBA||TBA||June 15, 1977 ( 1977-06-15 )||709|
|The Easter Island Massacre: Provides answers to the mysteries of how 70-ton giant stones came to the remote island and who might have destroyed some of them.|
|18||18||"Ghosts"||TBA||TBA||June 22, 1977 ( 1977-06-22 )||704|
|Ghosts: Studies specters and a parapsychologist's theory that they are troubled earthbound souls in need of help.|
|19||19||"Life After Death"||TBA||TBA||June 29, 1977 ( 1977-06-29 )||720|
|Life after Death: A visit to a soul research institute for firsthand accounts of people who claim they have died and come back to life.|
|20||20||"The Loch Ness Monster"||TBA||TBA||July 6, 1977 ( 1977-07-06 )||725|
|The Loch Ness Monster: A hunt for the leviathan which has so far eluded all expeditions to prove that it truly exists. Includes footage of Bob Ballard as he performs underwater photography in an attempt to identify the monster.|
|21||21||"UFOs"||TBA||TBA||July 13, 1977 ( 1977-07-13 )||702|
|UFOs: An evaluation of reports by people who have seen "saucers", and the growing body of evidence that America is regularly being visited by UFOs.|
|22||22||"Voodoo"||TBA||TBA||July 26, 1977 ( 1977-07-26 )||714|
|Voodoo: Experience an actual voodoo rite, and meet a priest dedicated to disarming its effects.|
|23||23||"Inca Treasure"||TBA||TBA||August 11, 1977 ( 1977-08-11 )||TBA|
|Inca Treasures: Camera crews accompany a Peruvian excavation party in quest of a great Inca city believed lost for 300 years.|
|24||24||"The Magic of Stonehenge"||TBA||TBA||September 10, 1977 ( 1977-09-10 )||727|
|The Magic of Stonehenge: Suggests the site could be the source of a mysterious power that might hold all of Britain in a strange magnetic force field.|
Season 2 (1977–1978) Edit
Anastasia: An examination of evidence that the youngest daughter of Russia's Tsar Nicholas II Aleksandrovich Romanov survived the family executions, and settled in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Season 3 (1978–1979) Edit
Angel of Death: Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal tracks infamous war criminal Josef Mengele to his hiding place in Paraguay.
Mengele is believed to have died only six days after this episode was broadcast, having drowned as a result of a stroke while swimming. At the time of his death, his identity was not widely known.
King Tut: Investigates the ancient Egyptian monarch's final days. Was he a beloved leader who died a natural death or did court intrigues lead to his assassination?
Season 4 (1979–1980) Edit
Carlos, The World's Most Wanted Man: A chilling profile of the playboy-turned-terrorist, called Carlos the Jackal who was called "The World's Most Wanted Man."
Season 5 (1980–1981) Edit
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod. |
|97||01||"UFO Coverups"||TBA||TBA||September 20, 1980 ( 1980-09-20 )||856|
|UFO Cover-Ups: Examines charges that the U.S. Air Force is hiding alien corpses and the remains of crashed space craft in Hangar 18 of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.|
|98||02||"Faith Healing"||TBA||TBA||September 27, 1980 ( 1980-09-27 )||852|
|Faith Healing: Is faith healing hoax or holistic medicine?|
|99||03||"Lee Harvey Oswald"||TBA||TBA||October 4, 1980 ( 1980-10-04 )||854|
|Lee Harvey Oswald: The assassination of John F. Kennedy: was there visual proof of two guns in Dallas and possibly two Oswalds?|
|100||04||"Daredevil Death Wish"||TBA||TBA||October 11, 1980 ( 1980-10-11 )||859|
|Daredevil Death Wish: A look at some of the impossible stunts daredevils attempt, and why they keep trying even after suffering near-fatal injuries. This reflected and echoed one of the That's Incredible! segments, "Incredibly Dangerous," which itself became embroiled in controversy when some of the stuntmen/daredevils it featured were injured severely enough to ruin their careers as such.|
|101||05||"Life After Life"||TBA||TBA||October 18, 1980 ( 1980-10-18 )||855|
|Life after Life: The stories of people who claim they have had after-life experiences and say they no longer fear death.|
|102||06||"Moon Madness"||TBA||TBA||October 25, 1980 ( 1980-10-25 )||853|
|Moon Madness: Violence and passion are commonplace when the moon is full. Is there any truth to the Werewolf legends? Leonard Nimoy hosts this historical look at lunacy.|
|103||07||"Dangerous Volcanoes"||TBA||TBA||November 1, 1980 ( 1980-11-01 )||868|
|Dangerous Volcanoes: Scientists wonder whether California's Mount Shasta, Washington's Mount St. Helens, and other American volcanoes will soon erupt again. |
|104||08||"The Lindbergh Kidnapping"||TBA||TBA||November 8, 1980 ( 1980-11-08 )||864|
|The Lindbergh Kidnapping: Digs for the facts behind the controversy that still rages today, the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh's baby. Was the wrong man executed for the crime?|
|105||09||"Acupuncture"||TBA||TBA||November 15, 1980 ( 1980-11-15 )||870|
|Acupuncture: A study of the healing technique which may cure incurable diseases. Leonard Nimoy investigates the power of the ancient Chinese healing art.|
|106||10||"Jimmy Hoffa"||TBA||TBA||November 22, 1980 ( 1980-11-22 )||862|
|Jimmy Hoffa: A probe into the disappearance of James Riddle Hoffa, the mob-connected President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Was he killed, kidnapped, or did he go underground?|
|107||11||"Fountain of Youth"||TBA||TBA||November 29, 1980 ( 1980-11-29 )||TBA|
|The Fountain of Youth: A look at the various scientific ways people use to stay young for years longer.|
|108||12||"Laugh Therapy"||TBA||TBA||December 6, 1980 ( 1980-12-06 )||858|
|Laugh Therapy: Can laughter combat disease? A Nobel-prize winner says he cured himself after doctors gave up hope.|
|109||13||"Salem Witches"||TBA||TBA||December 13, 1980 ( 1980-12-13 )||865|
|Salem Witches: Are the witches of Salem still casting spells in Massachusetts?|
|110||14||"Super Children"||TBA||TBA||December 27, 1980 ( 1980-12-27 )||867|
|Super Children: Investigates scientific efforts to produce a generation of child prodigies are they born or made?|
|111||15||"The Great Wall of China"||TBA||TBA||January 10, 1981 ( 1981-01-10 )||869|
|The Great Wall of China: The story of the one of the world's greatest wonders - who built it and why?|
|112||16||"The Castle of Secrets"||TBA||TBA||January 24, 1981 ( 1981-01-24 )||876|
|The Castle of Secrets: The saga of the Coral Castle, said to have been built by Edward Leedskalnin, a frail hermit who allegedly carved and lifted 1,100 tons of solid stone blocks weighing up to 30 tons each using the secrets of Atlantis.|
|113||17||"The Great Lovers"||TBA||Leonard Nimoy||January 31, 1981 ( 1981-01-31 )||878|
|The Great Lovers: A look at some of history's famous lovers. What drove certain men to pursue sensual pleasure above all else? The program compares the legends of Don Juan and Casanova. Host Leonard Nimoy wrote this installment.|
|114||18||"The Holy Grail"||TBA||TBA||February 7, 1981 ( 1981-02-07 )||879|
|The Holy Grail: Explores the claims that the chalice used by Jesus at the Last Supper may have been found.|
|115||19||"The Death of Marilyn Monroe"||TBA||TBA||February 14, 1981 ( 1981-02-14 )||860|
|The Death of Marilyn Monroe: Examines evidence that suggests that the Hollywood star may not have committed suicide.|
|116||20||"Chinese Explorers"||TBA||TBA||February 21, 1981 ( 1981-02-21 )||871|
|Chinese Explorers: Did the Chinese discover America 1,000 years before Columbus? Leonard Nimoy explores evidence that a Buddhist monk named Hu-Shen arrived on the American continent in 458 AD.|
|117||21||"The Hindenburg Mystery"||TBA||TBA||February 21, 1981 ( 1981-02-21 )||873|
|The Hindenburg Mystery: A probe into the theory alleging that the famed Nazi "lighter-than-air" ship, which exploded while landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey, in 1937, was destroyed by political saboteurs.|
|118||22||"The End of the World"||TBA||TBA||April 30, 1981 ( 1981-04-30 )||877|
|The End of the World: Will an asteroid or comet on a collision course with earth end it all?|
|119||23||"The Lusitania"||TBA||TBA||May 16, 1981 ( 1981-05-16 )||874|
|The Lusitania: An in-depth examination into the sinking of the British liner by a German submarine in 1915, killing over 1,000 passengers, including 114 Americans. Was it really all part of a plot to involve the U.S. in World War I?|
|120||24||"Sun Worshippers"||TBA||TBA||May 19, 1981 ( 1981-05-19 )||866|
|Sun Worshippers: Will solar energy free us from dependence on foreign oil? Leonard Nimoy analyzes how solar energy stacks up against fossil fuel and nuclear energy.|
Season 6 (1981–1982) Edit
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod. |
|121||01||"Jesse James"||TBA||TBA||September 21, 1981 ( 1981-09-21 )||913|
|Jesse James: Probes one of the most intriguing questions of the Old West—was legendary gunman Jesse James shot in the back, or did he escape capture and live to a ripe old age?|
|122||02||"Biofeedback"||TBA||TBA||September 28, 1981 ( 1981-09-28 )||901|
|Biofeedback: A revealing study of how computers are now healing the sick and building sports champions.|
|123||03||"Ghosts in Photography"||TBA||TBA||October 5, 1981 ( 1981-10-05 )||915|
|Ghosts in Photography: Is it possible to photograph the dead?|
|124||04||"M.I.A.'s"||TBA||TBA||October 12, 1981 ( 1981-10-12 )||914|
|M.I.A.s: An investigation into a highly controversial and emotional question: Are American servicemen still lingering in prison in Vietnam?|
|125||05||"The Elephant Man"||TBA||TBA||October 19, 1981 ( 1981-10-19 )||912|
|The Elephant Man: From side-show freak to the friend of royalty, review the true story of the horribly disfigured Joseph Merrick.|
|126||06||"The Lincoln Conspiracy"||TBA||TBA||October 26, 1981 ( 1981-10-26 )||907|
|The Lincoln Conspiracy: Cracks "the case of the 19th century"—how the assassination of Abraham Lincoln was meticulously planned and abominably executed.|
|127||07||"Jim Jones"||TBA||TBA||October 31, 1981 ( 1981-10-31 )||908|
|Jim Jones: The story that shocked the world—how Jim Jones, the cult Svengali from California, convinced over 900 of his followers to follow him—first to a commune in Guyana and then into suicide.|
|128||08||"King Solomon's Mines"||TBA||TBA||November 2, 1981 ( 1981-11-02 )||920|
|King Solomon's Mines: A look at one of the most exciting searches of all—the hunt for the riches of the Old Testament. Did King Solomon actually have a mine near Mount Sinai?|
|129||09||"The Tower of London Murders"||TBA||TBA||November 9, 1981 ( 1981-11-09 )||903|
|The Tower of London Murders: How the destiny of England was changed by the disappearance of young princes from the fabled Tower. Were they murdered on the orders of their uncle Richard III of England?|
|130||10||"The Aztec Conquest"||TBA||TBA||November 16, 1981 ( 1981-11-16 )||922|
|The Aztec Conquest: Why did the great Montezuma surrender to Cortes without fighting? What part did Aztec legend about a bearded white god play in the ultimate downfall of the Aztec Empire?|
|131||11||"Houdini's Secrets"||TBA||TBA||November 21, 1981 ( 1981-11-21 )||916|
|Houdini's Secrets: Probes the still-mysterious secrets of the world's greatest escape artist, including the theory that Houdini came back after death.|
|132||12||"Hiroshima Survivors"||TBA||TBA||November 23, 1981 ( 1981-11-23 )||904|
|Hiroshima Survivors: A revealing study of the wounds suffered by survivors of the first A-bomb blast, which killed more than 80,000 Japanese civilians on August 6, 1945.|
|133||13||"The Titanic"||TBA||TBA||November 30, 1981 ( 1981-11-30 )||918|
|Titanic: Investigates the most perplexing question about the 1912 North Atlantic disaster that cost 1,517 lives: Why did the captain ignore the ice warnings and speed on into oblivion?|
|134||14||"Future Life"||TBA||TBA||December 6, 1981 ( 1981-12-06 )||923|
|Future Life: What might the world be like for our children?|
|135||15||"Nostradamus"||TBA||TBA||December 13, 1981 ( 1981-12-13 )||911|
|Nostradamus: Examines the life of Nostradamus and his predictions.|
|136||16||"Spirit Voices"||TBA||TBA||December 20, 1981 ( 1981-12-20 )||925|
|Spirit Voices: Do loved ones call back to us from their next lives? Leonard Nimoy examines historical claims of voices from the beyond, as well as scientific research into the possibility of spirit voices.|
|137||17||"The Human Aura"||TBA||TBA||January 3, 1982 ( 1982-01-03 )||910|
|The Human Aura: A look at the multi-colored rays we transmit, which seem to change with our moods.|
|138||18||"The Missing Link"||TBA||TBA||January 17, 1982 ( 1982-01-17 )||921|
|The Missing Link: Delves into one of the most intriguing questions of all—which side is right, science or creationists?|
|139||19||"Time & Space Travel"||TBA||TBA||January 24, 1982 ( 1982-01-24 )||924|
|Time and Space Travel: Is it possible to travel through space faster than the speed of light and avoid aging?|
|140||20||"Eva Braun"||TBA||TBA||February 1, 1982 ( 1982-02-01 )||927|
|Eva Braun: Explores the possibility that Adolf Hitler's wife may not have died with him down in the bunker April 1945. This episode features British historians David Irving and Hugh Trevor Roper.|
|141||21||"The Walls of Jericho"||TBA||TBA||February 8, 1982 ( 1982-02-08 )||919|
|The Walls of Jericho: The great Biblical saga is examined for evidence that the walls really did tumble down for Joshua.|
|142||22||"Bishop Pike"||TBA||TBA||February 15, 1982 ( 1982-02-15 )||917|
|Bishop Pike: Was Bishop James Pike a minister, a martyr, or a madman?|
|143||23||"The Ultimate Disaster"||TBA||TBA||February 22, 1982 ( 1982-02-22 )||926|
|Ultimate Disaster: Delves into the ultimate question—how will life on this planet perish?|
|144||24||"Life Before Birth"||TBA||TBA||March 1, 1982 ( 1982-03-01 )||928|
|Life Before Birth: Is an unborn baby aware of the world around him?|
Mitch Pileggi revival (2002) Edit
History Channel revival (2018) Edit
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod. |
|01||01||"Aliens"||TBA||TBA||July 20, 2018 ( 2018-07-20 )||1001|
|Quinto sets out to discover whether aliens exist and what evidence we have to prove it. He meets with several people who say they have encountered extra-terrestrial life a man who claims to have been abducted by aliens several times since childhood a man who claims to have extracted an alien implant and a woman who shows Zachary what it feels like to be abducted into a spacecraft. Zachary also meets with the world's leading scientists at SETI in Green Banks, West Virginia. There, utilizing the world's largest telescope, they show him the methods they employ to communicate with potential other-worldly visitors and what this research has taught them about a mysterious radio signal they picked up 3 billion light years away.|
|02||02||"SuperHuman"||TBA||TBA||July 27, 2018 ( 2018-07-27 )||1002|
|Quinto wants to understand how one can have superhuman abilities of strength, pain, and endurance. He meets a man who bent the metal frame of a car door with his bare hands in a moment of crisis, and a man who can feel no pain. He also meets with a Shaolin warrior monk who shows him some of the secrets to his training as he demonstrates breaking a wooden staff over his own head. Zachary learns to harness superhuman powers of his own through demonstrations by the monk, who in turn teaches Zachary how to break the staff as well.|
|03||03||"Monsters of the Deep"||TBA||TBA||August 3, 2018 ( 2018-08-03 )||1003|
|Quinto sets out to research the strangest creatures from the depths of the ocean and to see how much they resemble monsters that are depicted in myth and legend. Starting in Australia, he meets with a teenager who was savagely attacked by a swarm of mysterious flesh-eating monsters, only to jump into the water himself the next day amongst highly venomous sea creatures. From the carnivorous fish of American rivers to the eyeless monsters of the Atlantic Ocean, Zachary finds some merit in these old monster stories.|
|04||04||"Artificial Intelligence"||TBA||TBA||August 10, 2018 ( 2018-08-10 )||1004|
|Quinto embarks on a journey to understand how the future of artificial intelligence may already be a threat to humanity. He visits Facebook headquarters where he learns about a failed AI experiment when two chat boxes created a language that only they could understand. Zachary also gets a firsthand look at the world's latest technology–including life-like dolls programmed with advanced AI, robots that learn and communicate, highly intelligent drones of war, and Uber self-driving cars.|
|05||05||"Time Travel"||TBA||TBA||August 17, 2018 ( 2018-08-17 )||1005|
|Quinto charts a journey to determine whether time travel is possible. He meets a man who claims to have traveled back in time due to a secret government program and a group of people living in Liverpool known as "time slippers". Zachary then makes a visit to the CERN headquarters in Geneva, where he attempts to understand the origins of the universe and the dimension of time. Equipped with this new knowledge, Zachary tests his own perception of time with an elaborate skydiving experiment to see if he can slow down time itself.|
|06||06||"Sinkholes"||TBA||TBA||August 24, 2018 ( 2018-08-24 )||1006|
|Quinto explores the unpredictable phenomenon of sinkholes to determine just what causes them. He visits a Florida man whose brother was killed when their family home was literally swallowed whole by earth. He also visits a series of caves that are forming right below the houses of a quaint suburban neighborhood.|
|07||07||"Mind Control"||TBA||TBA||August 31, 2018 ( 2018-08-31 )||1007|
|Quinto explores the dark world of psychological mind control. He meets with a person who claims that they were surgically implanted with an electronic harassment device in his head and neck. He continues his search by examining the recent sonic attacks on American diplomats in Cuba and listens to the sound of an actual sonic weapon. In the end, he agrees to give up total control of his mind in a showdown with a mentalist.|
|08||08||"Life After Death"||TBA||TBA||September 7, 2018 ( 2018-09-07 )||1008|
|Quinto tackles the ultimate existential question as he explores what happens when we die and whether or not we can have life after death. He meets with a Texas man who actually died and came back to life after a kayaking accident [ clarification needed ] . He continues his search by attempting to speak with spirits from beyond the grave with the help of a paranormal investigator who claims to possess audio and video communication with his deceased daughter. He also looks at the strange world of cryogenics at Alcor laboratories in Arizona, and uncovers a research on an anti-aging pill at Harvard University. [ clarification needed ]|
|09||09||"Atlantis, Part 1"||TBA||TBA||September 14, 2018 ( 2018-09-14 )||1009|
|Using a checklist derived from Plato's ancient writing as his guide, Quinto begins a journey to find the lost civilization of Atlantis and prove that it was a real empire. He begins in Greece where he dives deep into the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, looking for signs of Atlantis amongst the relics of a sunken settlement. His journey leads him to the Palace of Knossos on Crete, where he finds many alleged similarities between Atlantis and the mysterious Minoan civilization. Ultimately, he lands on the island of Sardinia, where he uncovers even more connections to Plato's checklist and possible evidence of an advanced ancient alphabet.|
|10||10||"Atlantis, Part 2"||TBA||TBA||September 14, 2018 ( 2018-09-14 )||1010|
|Quinto continues his quest to find the lost civilization of Atlantis and prove that it was a real and thriving empire. On the island of Sardinia, he uncovers even more compelling evidence of an advanced civilization matching Plato's description of Atlantis -- both inside a dark cave and amongst ancient circular ruins. He then shifts his search, looking for clues about the descendants of Atlantis and their connection to the rare RH negative blood type. This ultimately leads him to a new location in Morocco, where he uncovers more connections to Plato's checklist than anywhere else he's encountered on his search.|
In February 2012, it was announced that Visual Entertainment, under license from Universal Studios, had acquired the home video rights to the original series for the United States and Canada. In Search of: The Complete Collection was released in Canada and the U.S. on December 11, 2012 from VEI's website. 
The 21-DVD set includes all 144 installments hosted by Leonard Nimoy. Also included are two Rod Serling specials: In Search of Ancient Astronauts and In Search of Ancient Mysteries which aired prior to the start of the regular Nimoy series. Three Landsburg specials, The Outer Space Connection, Secrets of the Bermuda Triangle and Manbeast! Myth or Monster, are not included. VEI also included all eight episodes of the short-lived 2002 series, hosted by Mitch Pileggi. 
The style of the original In Search of. has been paid homage to and parodied by many productions. Examples include Mysteries in History, a show-within-a-show that plays a part in the plotline to Men in Black II (the faux series is hosted by Peter Graves in the film coincidentally, Graves once co-starred with Nimoy in Mission: Impossible). Two other examples are Truth from Legend and Fact from Myth, two nearly identical series existing in alternate universes for which "mini-episodes" were created for YouTube as part of the viral marketing campaign for the two-part video game BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea.
50 Celebrity Couples Who Met on Set
Some of your favorite stars were onscreen couples before they fell in love off-screen.
Meeting at work is a pretty common way to find a significant other, and that goes for celebrities, too. Many of the most beloved celebrity couples first crossed paths when they worked on the same movie or TV show—and the rest was history. While some of these couples are still together and others have parted ways, these celebrity couples who met on set have formed some of Hollywood's most iconic relationships.
Before they were married with three kids, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds met on the set of Green Lantern in 2011—and it wasn't until they went on a date with other people that they realized they should actually be dating each other.
"About a year after Green Lantern had come and gone and we were both single, we went on a double date. She was on a date with another guy and I was on a date with another girl," Reynolds told Entertainment Weekly's SiriusXM show in 2016. "That was the most awkward date because we were just like fireworks coming across."
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Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher first met on the set of That '70s Show when she was only 14 and he was 19, so it took them a long time to find their way to each other. Between the time they met and when they got together, Kutcher was married to Demi Moore, and according to what Kunis told Marc Maron on his WTF podcast, it was actually for the best that they didn't end up together sooner.
"We would have never been together if we didn't both go through what we went through in order to be the people that we were when we reconnected," she said.
Kunis and Kutcher have now been married for four years, and have two children together.
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While Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling were filming 2011's The Place Beyond The Pines, they were quickly spotted out and about together, including on a date to Disneyland. Although they never married—at least, not as far as fans know—Gosling and Mendes are still together and have two daughters, Esmeralda and Amada.
Adam Brody and Leighton Meester might be known for starring on their respective teen TV shows The O.C. and Gossip Girl, but they didn't meet until they ended up working on a different project, the 2011 movie The Oranges. This married couple likes to keep things pretty private, but they reportedly didn't start dating until 2012, and news of their engagement went public in 2013. Meester and Brody tied the knot in 2014, and they have one daughter together, Arlo.
It was love at first sight for Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas, now married for more than five years, when they met on the set of Once Upon a Time in 2011.
"On- and off-screen it was magical," Dallas told HelloGiggles in 2016. "And I think, particularly the first season, [it] had that kind of quality to it, and it was really exciting to play that couple Snow White and Charming, that couple that has that pure love, that real pure love from the start."
Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz were with other people when they met while filming Dream House—Weisz was married to Darren Aronofsky while Craig was engaged to Satsuki Mitchell. But by the time the movie was released, Weisz and Craig had married, and they've been living happily (and privately) ever after since. They both have children from previous relationships, and in September 2018, they welcomed their first child together.
Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz met while filming the movie Jamón Jamón in the early '90s, but it wasn't until they reunited on the set of 2008's Vicky Cristina Barcelona that they fell in love for real—and in July 2010, they married. They have two kids, Leo and Luna.
Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn were teenagers when they met for the first time on the set of The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band in 1968. But when they again crossed paths professionally while filming Swing Shift in 1983, sparks flew.
"What really got me was when I watched my kids when they'd come to the set, and how he was with them," Hawn said in a 2017 interview with People. "He was amazing with them. He was such a natural."
Although they never married, Hawn and Russell have been together ever since.
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos first met when he joined the cast of All My Children, which Ripa was starring on. The following year, in 1996, Ripa and Consuelos eloped in Las Vegas, and the rest is history. They're still together today, and have four children.
The beginning of LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian's relationship was a bit controversial, given that they were both married to other people when they fell in love on the set of the 2009 TV movie Northern Lights. Rimes was with Dean Cheremet, and Cibrian was married to Brandi Glanville. When news broke about their cheating scandal, it was everywhere—but the couple stuck together, despite the headlines.
"The truth is that we're human beings," Cibrian told ABC News in 2010. "We make mistakes and we learn from them, but we're human. We fell in love."
A decade later, they're still together.
In 2007, Hugh Dancy and Claire Danes met while filming the movie The Evening. At the time, Dancy was based in England, but was living in New York while working on Broadway. It was supposed to be a temporary stay—and then he met Danes.
"My personal life changed and I ended up staying there," Dancy told Evening Standard in 2013. "I made a movie and met my wife."
In 2009, Dancy and Danes tied the knot, and they have a son together, Cyrus.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer might be over, but the romance that started on set definitely isn't. Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof met while filming the show together in 1999, and in 2003, they got married in Palm Springs, California. They are raising two daughters, Satyana and Keeva.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's story goes all the way back to 1997 when they first met on the set of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Jada auditioned for the role of Will's girlfriend but ultimately wasn't cast. By the time Smith saw her on A Different World, he realized there was a connection—even though he was still married to Sheree Fletcher at the time.
"I had a realization I wasn't with the person I was supposed to be with," Smith said on a 2018 episode of Red Table Talk. "I was sitting in a stall and I was crying and laughing uncontrollably, and I knew [Jada] was the woman I was supposed to be with, but I was never getting divorced … I went back out, sat down with Sheree, and started going back on with my life."
Fletcher eventually ended things, though, clearing the way for the Smiths to find their way to each other.
Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli's relationship began on the set of Orange Is the New Black, where Wiley played Poussey Washington and Morelli was working as a writer on the show. When they met, Morelli was married to a man, and it was in working on OITNB that she realizes she was actually interested in women—and in Wiley specifically.
"Not even necessarily flirting on set, but on the phone, thousands of miles apart, talking about 'Who are we? And does this make me a different person? Does this actually make me who I am now?'" Wiley told BUST. "That's how we fell in love."
Morelli and Wiley dated for three years before getting married in 2017.
Not only was Black Swan a huge moment in Natalie Portman's career, but it also ended up being a big one in her personal life. While filming the movie, she met now-husband Benjamin Millepied, who worked as a choreographer and dancer on the film.
"It was really special and making it was really wonderful and so fun. It was really incredible," Portman said at Vulture Festival in 2017.
Portman and Millepied have been married since 2012 and have two children together.
Kit Harington and Rose Leslie's romance started back in 2012 on the set of Game of Thrones as they played love interests, but they kept their relationship private for years. It wasn't until 2016 that Harington finally opened up to Vogue Italia about falling in love with Leslie, calling the time they spent together in Iceland filming the show's second season his best Game of Thrones memory.
"If you're already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it becomes very easy to fall in love," he said.
Harington and Leslie tied the knot in 2018.
When Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green first met on the set of Hope & Faith in 2004, it wasn't exactly love at first sight—but over time, the attraction grew.
"I had just gotten out of a relationship … and I wasn't looking for a relationship at the time," Green admitted to Barstool Radio.
Fox and Green married six years later in 2010, and now they're raising three children together.
Although the exact timeline of their relationship isn't quite clear, Emily Van Camp and Josh Bowman met when Revenge started filming in 2011, and by the beginning of 2012, they were caught engaging in PDA while out on a lunch date. They finally married in 2018.
Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar met while they were filming I Know What You Did Last Summer, but they didn't start dating until three years later.
"We were fortunate enough to be at the right times in our lives where we both wanted something serious and it worked," Prinze, Jr. said at AOL Build panel in 2016, attributing their strong relationship to the fact that they were friends first. "So we're lucky, but we also work very hard at it. It's not just dumb luck, it's work."
They recently celebrated their 17-year wedding anniversary, and they have two children, Charlotte and Rocky.
Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin first crossed paths when they screen tested for their True Blood roles together. They ended up being cast in the show as Bill and Sookie, and were onscreen lovers first. But according to Moyer, it was love at first sight, especially when they came back together to start filming three months after that initial screen test.
"I didn't see her for three months, and she had gone from having dark hair to this beautiful blond, and I had gone from being blond to this dark vampire," Moyer told Watch What Happens Live. "By day three or four—oh, this is going to sound so syrupy—but I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. It was within seconds, really, and it just became a thing."
Moyer and Paquin married in 2010, and they have two children.
Although Alexis Bledel is best known for her role on Gilmore Girls, she didn't end up meeting Vincent Kartheiser until she guest starred on his show, Mad Men. But Kartheiser maintained that nothing happened between them on set—they waited two months after filming together to start dating.
"We were completely professional," Kartheiser told Vulture. We never saw each other out. We never—it was nothing, it was just work."
As two very private celebrities, it's hard to pinpoint the details of their relationship, but Kartheiser and Bledel have been married since 2014, and they welcomed their first child together in May 2016.
Grace Gealey and Trai Byers met on the set of Empire and started dating in 2015. Although they've both been very quiet about their relationship, they do occasionally open up about their love for each other on social media. Byers and Gealey quietly tied the knot in 2016.
Shortly after Blake Shelton's marriage to Miranda Lambert ended, and Gwen Stefani's marriage to Gavin Rossdale came to a close, the Voice coaches met and fell in love on the set of the singing competition. Reports that they were dating first began surfacing in 2015, and it didn't take long before they took their budding relationship public. As Shelton tells it, the fact that they were both going through painful breakups is what brought them together.
"It went from that, to checking in on each other once a week through email—'This shit happened to me, what happened to you?'—to maybe three times a week, then every day, to 'Hey, here's my phone number if you ever want to text,'" Shelton told Billboard in 2016. "Next thing I know, I wake up and she's all I care about, and I'm wondering if she feels the same about me."
Although Stefani has moved on from her coaching gig on The Voice, she and Shelton are still together.
Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender met and fell in love while playing a married couple in The Light Between Oceans in 2015, and two years later, they tied the knot. They've remained extremely private about their relationship, but it sounds like it was love at first sight.
"The chemistry was immediate, the spark, the intensity," Fassbender told The Sun. "I said early on, 'This girl frightens me.' She's so fierce and brave … it kind of bowled me over."
Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany first met in 2001 on the set of A Beautiful Mind, but it wasn't until after they finished filming that their relationship truly took off. During an interview with Larry King, Bettany revealed that after 9/11, he felt more compelled to act on his feelings, and that inspired him to pop the question before he and Connelly had even dated.
"I got her on the phone, and said, 'I'm coming over, let's get married,'" Bettany said. "And that's really what happened. We had never dated."
By 2003, they were wed, and they have two children together, Agnes and Stellan, along with Connelly's son from her previous marriage.
Going all the way back to 1983, Frances McDormand met Joel Coen when she starred in his movie, Blood Simple. A year later, they married—but it almost didn't happen, since McDormand originally refused to come to her callback audition for the film. Together they have one son, Pedro.
In 2000, Julia Roberts met her now-husband Danny Moder while filming The Mexican, and as she told Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop podcast, that moment ended up being one that caused a major "shift" in her life.
"I think that first kind of real… 'seismic shift' was meeting Danny," she said. "Getting married to Danny. That was the first, like, my life will never be the same in the most incredible, indescribable way … He truly, to this day, to this minute, is just my favorite human. I'm more interested in what he has to say or his point of view just more than anybody. Really, we're so lucky in that way. We just really, really like each other and we just enjoy each other's company."
They tied the knot in 2002, and they're still together today—and parents to children Hazel, Henry, and Phinnaeus.
While filming the second season of Fargo in 2015, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons met for the first time, but according to the actress herself, it wasn't until a year later that they actually started a relationship.
"We got together a year after [meeting]. We became really good friends first," she said on The Tonight Show.
Although some speculate that Dunst and Plemons may be secretly married, they've given no confirmation of that themselves, but they welcomed their first child together in 2018.
When Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk met for the first time in 2014, she was guest starring on Glee, a show that Falchuk co-created, and they'd both recently become single after their marriages ended. In 2015, word spread that they were dating, and in September 2018, they made things official with a private ceremony in the Hamptons.
Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys met when they both starred in The Americans, and they hit it off from the moment of their first screen test. Apparently, it all started with a slap.
"The first audition that I had, the chemistry read that I had with Keri … she was told by Gavin O'Connor, the director, to slap me in the scene, completely unbeknownst to me, and did incredibly hard, and has consequently continued to do so in two seasons now," Rhys told E! News.
They share a son, Sam, as well as Russell's children from her previous marriage to Shane Deary.
It's hard to imagine a time when Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson weren't one of Hollywood's most iconic couples, but their love story had to begin somewhere—and as it turns out, that would be the set of Bosom Buddies in 1981. In 1985, they came back together on the set of Volunteers, and the rest is history.
"Rita and I just looked at each other and—kaboing—that was that," Hanks said in an interview with GQ. "I asked Rita if it was the real thing for her, and it just couldn't be denied."
More than 31 years (and 2 kids) later, Hanks and Wilson are still living happily ever after.
Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan's relationship goes all the way back to the set of Family Ties, where Pollan played Fox's girlfriend. Their onscreen chemistry ended up translating to real life, but it wasn't until later, when Fox's character was dating a character played by Courteney Cox, that they ended up getting together.
"I'm having a great personal relationship with Tracy and a great professional relationship with Courteney," Fox told People in 1987.
They married in 1988, and have four children together.
After meeting on the set of Lemon Sky in the '80s, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick are still together, and they're parents to a daughter, Sosie, and a son, Travis.
"If someone had told me that at 22 I was going to meet the man I was going to marry, and at 23 I would marry him and have a child, I would have told them they were out of their mind," Sedgwick said in a 2008 interview with Redbook.
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Annette Bening and Warren Beatty connected while filming the 1991 movie Bugsy, and Beatty said in a 2016 interview with Entertainment Weekly that he knew something major had happened as soon as he met her.
"When I met Annette over lunch for Bugsy, I felt immediately that this was going to change my life," Beatty said. "I remember losing interest in the garlic chicken I was eating within 20 seconds. And the garlic chicken had been very good!"
He was right, and he and Bening have been married since 1992, with four children together.
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In 1996, Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow first crossed paths when she auditioned for The Cable Guy, and Apatow knew at that moment he was looking at his future wife.
"'There goes the future Mrs. Apatow,'" Apatow said in an interview with Elle. "I had a soul connection instantly. I meant it. That's why I remember it."
Just as he predicted, Apatow and Mann were married in 1997, and they have two daughters, Maude and Iris.
Lauren Graham and Peter Krause didn't meet while playing onscreen love interests—oddly enough, they were playing brother and sister on Parenthood.
"Once we got together, there was no game play," Graham told Good Housekeeping. "It was like, 'You like me, and I like you.' It gave me an understanding of life: This is how things happen, and it's completely random."
Although they aren't married, these two have been going strong since 2010.
Of course, not all of the beloved celebrity couples who met on set are still together—even if, at one time, it seemed as though Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie would be together forever.
Although Pitt was famously married to Jennifer Aniston at the time, he met Jolie while they were filming Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2004. Less than a year later, Pitt and Aniston announced their divorce, but it wasn't until 2014 that Pitt and Jolie ended up getting married.
And in August 2016, Brangelina announced their split. "I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids," Pitt said in a statement released to People at the time. "I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time."
For 13 years of marriage, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck were the quintessential Hollywood couple after meeting on the set of Pearl Harbor in 2001.
"We met on Pearl Harbor, which people hate, but we fell in love on Daredevil," Affleck told Playboy.
After three children together, Affleck and Garner called it quits. On the bright side, they seem to be on pretty good terms as they continue to co-parent their kids.
Talk about an iconic Hollywood couple! Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton first met in the '60s while filming Cleopatra and fell in love, which caused a major scandal at the time, since Taylor was married to Eddie Fisher. Burton and Taylor were married twice—first in 1964, then again in 1975. Ultimately, their second marriage suffered the same fate as their first one, but the former couple was said to have remained close until Burton's death in 1984.
It was heartbreaking to hear that Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum had decided to divorce in 2018, more than a decade after they first met on the set of Step Up. Today, Dewan is expecting her first child with boyfriend Steve Kazee, while Tatum has been dating singer Jessie J for more than a year. Dewan and Tatum co-parent their daughter, Everly.
Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger met and fell in love while filming the 2004 movie Brokeback Mountain together. During their three-year relationship, they had a child, Matilda. The couple had recently separated before Ledger's sudden death in 2008.
"I always say to Matilda, 'Your dad loved me before anybody thought I was talented, or pretty, or had nice clothes,'" Williams said in a 2018 interview with Vanity Fair.
Although Humphrey Bogart was married to Mayo Methot at the time, he couldn't help but fall in love with Lauren Bacall on the set of To Have and Have Not in 1944. They married a year later, and had two children, staying together until Bogart's death in 1957—despite the 26-year age difference that made their relationship so scandalous.
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After meeting on the set of Jumper, Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen kept their relationship as private as possible, spending more than 10 years together before deciding to go their separate ways. They never married, but they did welcome one child in 2014: a daughter named Briar Rose.
When former couple Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux met, it was on set—just not on the set of a movie they were both starring in. As Theroux worked on Tropic Thunder with their mutual friend, Ben Stiller, he and Aniston were introduced.
"I thought he was very sweet and he was always very nice," Aniston told PopSugar. "But I remember thinking he was very dark. At first you think he could be like a serial killer, but he is actually the nicest person in the world."
Later, they finally did work together on Wanderlust in 2010, and in 2015, they tied the knot. Unfortunately, it just wasn't meant to be—two years later, they split.
Anna Camp and Skylar Astin first met while filming Pitch Perfect in 2013, and they started dating soon after Camp split with ex-husband Michael Mosley.
"We were friends first and just hit it off," Camp told Glamour. "He's literally my best friend. He's a magical person."
Camp and Astin tied the knot in 2016. But just three years later, they announced their divorce, and this former couple has now officially parted.
Somehow, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco managed to have an entire relationship from beginning to end while working on The Big Bang Theory together, and fans weren't aware until after the fact.
"It was such a huge part of my life and no one knew about it," Cuoco told CBS Watch. "It was a wonderful relationship, but we never spoke a word about it and never went anywhere together."
Their relationship spanned almost two years before they decided to end things on good terms, and they have remained friends ever since.
Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn first met in 1941 on the set of Woman of the Year, and their relationship carried on while Tracy stayed married to his wife, Louise Tracy. Their 26-year relationship was something of an open secret in Hollywood, and Hepburn didn't speak about it publicly until after Louise's death.
After meeting on the set of Slumdog Millionaire, Freida Pinto and Dev Patel started dating in 2008. They decided to split in 2014, but Pinto said in an interview with The Daily Mail that they're still good friends.
"You can be with someone and it can be really good for your growth. That's what Dev was for me," Pinto told the outlet. "The seven years I was with him were so impactful. But I ended up being single when I started thinking about these other things."
After meeting and falling in love on the set of High School Musical, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens seemed like a match made in Disney Channel heaven—even though Hudgens did admit they had spats on set.
"I remember Kenny Ortega coming around the corner with the most concerned look on his face, like, 'Oh no, is our movie going to fall apart right now?'" Hudgens told The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast. "But I pride myself on being a professional."
Efron and Hudgens' relationship lasted five years, and in 2010, they announced their split.
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While they were together, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult kept their relationship very private after meeting on the set of X-Men: First Class. But after five years of dating, the couple split in 2014. Today, Lawrence is married to Cooke Maroney, while Hoult is dating Bryana Holly.
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Bearcats! ran on CBS for one season beginning on September 16, 1971 and ending on December 30, 1971. This action adventure show was set in 1914 and concerned the adventures of Johnny Reach (Dennis Cole) and Hank Brackett (Rod Taylor) who traveled around the American Southwest in a Stutz Bearcat. The guys were mercenaries of sorts, taking on a variety of dangerous jobs for rich clients and their fee was determined at the end of their missions. The more dangerous the job the more it would cost. How else would the guys pay for their Bearcat!
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Pilot episode Edit
The pilot episode "Eleven Days to Zero" was filmed in color but shown in black-and-white. It introduces the audience to the futuristic nuclear submarine S.S.R.N. Seaview and the lead members of her crew, including the designer and builder of the submarine Admiral Harriman Nelson (Richard Basehart), and Commander Lee Crane (David Hedison), who becomes the Seaview's captain after the murder of her original commanding officer. The submarine is based at the Nelson Institute of Marine Research in Santa Barbara, California, and is often moored some 500 feet beneath the facility in a secret underground submarine pen carved out of solid rock. The Seaview is officially for undersea marine research and visits many exotic locations in the Seven Seas, but its secret mission is to defend the planet from all world and extraterrestrial threats  in the then-future of the 1970s.
Season 1 Edit
The first season's 31 episodes included gritty, atmospheric story lines devoted to Cold War themes and excursions into near-future speculative fiction, involving espionage and sci-fi elements. Aliens, sea monsters and dinosaurs were featured, but the primary villains were hostile foreign governments. While fantastic, the scripts had a recognisably contemporary setting. 
The first episodes began with Admiral Nelson and the crew of the Seaview fighting against a foreign government to prevent a world-threatening earthquake, and continuing with a foreign government destroying American submarines with new technologies in "The Fear Makers" and "The Enemies". The season also had several ocean peril stories in which the Seaview crew spent the episode dealing with the normal perils of the sea. Two examples are "Submarine Sunk Here" and "The Ghost of Moby Dick". The season introduced a diving bell and a mini-submarine, and the first episodes featuring extraterrestrials (Don Brinkley's "The Sky is Falling") and sea monsters.
During the course of the first season, Nelson was promoted from a three-star to a four-star admiral. It was also established that while essentially a marine research vessel, SSRN Seaview was also part of the U.S. nuclear armed fleet (most notably defined in William Read Woodfield's episode, "Doomsday").  The season ended with the Seaview crew fighting a foreign government to save a defense weapon.
Season 2 Edit
The second season began with a trip inside a whale, a trip inside a volcano, and a few Cold War intrigue and nuclear war-themed episodes, and saw several brushes with world disaster. The season ended with a ghost story, one of the show's few sequels.
Due to ABC's demands for a somewhat "lighter" tone to the series, [ citation needed ] the second season saw an increase in monster-of-the-week type plots, yet there were still some episodes that harkened back to the tone of the first season. The second season also saw a change from black-and-white to color. The beginning of the second season saw the permanent replacement of Chief "Curly" Jones with Chief Francis Ethelbert Sharkey, due to the death of Henry Kulky, who portrayed Chief Jones.
The most important change in the series occurred during this season when a notably redesigned Seaview interior was introduced, along with the Flying Sub, a yellow, two-man mini-submarine with passenger capacity. The Flying Sub could leave the ocean and become airborne. The futuristic craft greatly increased the Seaview crew's travel options. It was launched from a bay, access to which was via a sealed hatch stairway at the bow section. The Seaview ' s private observation deck from the first season was never seen again. The Seaview control room was expanded and a large rectangular panel screen of flickering lights was added. The Seaview also now had a powerful laser beam in its bow light. The small mini-sub from the first season was retained and occasionally still used in the color episodes.
The ship's enlisted men were also given more colorful uniforms (red or light blue jumpsuits) and white Keds Champion sneakers. The traditional sailor uniforms worn in the first season were only seen in stock footage from the first season and on characters who were newly filmed to match up with that footage.
A second-season episode, "The Sky's On Fire", was a remake of the basic storyline of Irwin Allen's original film Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) utilizing considerable film color footage, though several film sequences were removed and had been featured in other first-season episodes such as "The Village of Guilt" and "Submarine Sunk Here."
A few later season two episodes were filmed without Richard Basehart, who was hospitalized for a bleeding ulcer. He filmed the scenes in the Flying Sub for "The Monster's Web" before hospitalization, requiring a stand in and other characters taking over his lines. He was missing entirely from the next two episodes. These episodes didn't feature his character at all, while in one story "The Menfish" Gary Merrill guested as Admiral Park, a colleague of Nelson's who substituted for him. Basehart returned for "Return of the Phantom," the final episode of the season.
Season 3 Edit
The third season of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea ran simultaneously with two other series produced by Irwin Allen, Lost in Space (in its second season) and The Time Tunnel.
The third season began with Dick Tufeld (voice of the Robot on Lost in Space) playing an evil disembodied brain from outer space. The season continued with a werewolf story that is one of the few episodes to inspire a sequel. In one episode, the Seaview's officers and crew encountered Nazis who believed World War II was still ongoing. The third season only had two espionage stories and one ocean peril story that were reminiscent of the first season. One of those three stories was about a hostile foreign government trying to steal a strange new mineral with the aid of a brainwashed Admiral Nelson. This espionage story was the end of the third season.
The final two seasons continued the shift towards paranormal storylines that were popular in the late 1960s.  Mummies, werewolves, talking puppets, and an evil leprechaun all walked the corridors of the Seaview. There were also fossil men, flame men, frost men, lobster men, and shadow men. The opening credits were largely identical to the revised season two, but the initial season two yellow lettering credits that were first altered to white, (and then back to yellow on the later revised sequence) were now depicted in a golden/yellowish lettering, and closing credits were set over a green-backed painting of Seaview underwater.
Season 4 Edit
The fourth and final season of Voyage began with Victor Jory playing a five-centuries old alchemist and the Seaview is threatened by the hydrodynamic effects of a major volcanic eruption. Starting with the eighth episode of the season, there were revamped opening credits depicting action sequences and the stars' pictures in color set on a sonar board design. The closing credits picture remained unchanged from season three. Near the end of the fourth season, there were three unrelated stories of extraterrestrial invasion. One episode had an unknown master of disguise infiltrating and wreaking havoc aboard the Seaview. Another episode depicted Nelson, Morton and Sharkey gaslighting Crane. There were two time travel stories featuring the enigmatic but dangerous Mister Pem. The second had the Seaview going back in time to the American Revolution. The episode (and series) ended with the Seaview returning to the present. The final scene of the show had Nelson and Crane sitting in the seldom used easy chairs on the port side of the observation nose discussing how fast time goes by.
In March 1968 it was announced that Voyage would not be back for a fifth season. 
The series' main theme, "The Seaview Theme", was written by Paul Sawtell. A new darker, more serious theme composed by Jerry Goldsmith was introduced at the beginning of the second-season episode "Jonah and the Whale", but this was quickly replaced by the original version. A version of the Goldsmith suite re-orchestrated by Nelson Riddle was heard as incidental music in the episode "Escape From Venice", and the original Goldsmith suite was used as incidental music throughout the rest of the series. The series' main composer, supervisor and conductor was Lionel Newman, who for the second season composed a serious sounding score for when the episode credits (episode title/guests/writer/director) were shown just after the theme song, which would be used by many episodes (starting with "The Left Handed Man") thru the second and into the early third season. Other guest composers included Lennie Hayton, Hugo Friedhofer, Star Trek: The Original Series composer Alexander Courage, Morton Stevens, Leith Stevens (no relation) who wrote the music to nine episodes, and Sawtell, who worked on the show for a while in the first season.
GNP Crescendo issued a soundtrack album in 1997 as part of its series tying into the documentary The Fantasy Worlds Of Irwin Allen, featuring Sawtell's theme from the series and his score for the pilot episode "Eleven Days To Zero" (tracks 2–6) and Goldsmith's work for "Jonah and the Whale."
- Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Main Title (:29)
- Murderous Pursuit (2:54)
- Ocean Floor Search/Squid Fight (5:34)
- Solid Ice (1:48)
- Lost/Job Well Done (3:35)
- End Title (The Seaview Theme) (:40)
- Jonah and the Whale (Main Title) (:30)
- A Whale of a Whale/Thar She Blows/A Whale of a Time/The Second Dive (4:23)
- A Meal Fit for a Whale/Crash Dive/Sub Narcotics (4:18)
- Collision Course I/Collision Course II/Diving Party/Going Down (4:44)
- Home Free Part I/Home Free Part II (3:58)
- Jonah and the Whale (End Credit) (:50)
- as Admiral Harriman Nelson as Captain Lee Crane as Lieutenant Commander Chip Morton
- Derrik Lewis as Lieutenant Commander O'Brien (pilot episode, 1st-2nd seasons) as Chief "Curly" Jones (1st season) as Chief Petty Officer Francis Ethelbert Sharkey (2nd–4th seasons) as Kowalski
- Arch Whiting as Sparks
- Paul Trinka as Patterson
- Brent Davis as Peters (crew member – 1 episode) as Kruger (crew member – 1 episode)
- Ralph Garrett as Somers (crew member – 1 episode) as Stuart "Stu" Riley (2nd Season) as the Doctor as Seaview Doctor (2nd Season 1965–1966, 3 episodes) as Casey Clark (1st season, recurring afterwards only in stock footage scenes)
Scott McFadden, Ray Didsbury, Marco Lopez, and Ron Stein provided additional crewmen in non-speaking roles, often requiring stunt work.
Note: Two different episodes (28 and 73) are both titled "The Creature".
Season 1 (1964–65) Edit
In exactly eleven days there will be a terrible polar earthquake. The resulting tidal wave could destroy civilization. The Seaview is dispatched for damage control. Certain enemy forces also go there to upset the Seaview's mission. Guest starring Eddie Albert, Theo Marcuse, and John Zaremba.
Admiral Nelson is deeply concerned when he hears his sister has been kidnapped. He soon discovers she was not the real target and he is being placed in a position to have to go against everything he ever stood for. Guest star George Sanders, co-starring Michael Pate, Susan Flannery.
Season 2 (1965–66) Edit
Admiral Nelson and a Soviet scientist are in a diving bell when the vessel is swallowed by a giant whale. With only 90 minutes of oxygen, Captain Crane, Kowalski, and Riley swim into the whale's mouth to attempt a harrowing rescue. Guest starring Gia Scala.
Season 3 (1966–67) Edit
Admiral Nelson wanders the Seaview and finds it abandoned except for Captain Crane and Chief Sharkey. He has no memory of what happened before or what the strange sounds over the intercom mean. Capt. Crane is also trying to kill him.
Season 4 (1967–68) Edit
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|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|85||1||"Fires of Death"||Jerry Hopper||Arthur Weiss||September 17, 1967 ( 1967-09-17 )|
|The Seaview is sent to stop an active volcano from erupting and causing a catastrophe. Accompanying them is Dr. Turner who's suppose to help them. But it turns out he has a different plan and that is to make the volcano erupt so he can acquire something that will make him immortal. Guest Starring Victor Jory.|
|86||2||"The Deadly Dolls"||Harry Harris||Charles Bennett||October 1, 1967 ( 1967-10-01 )|
|A puppeteer comes on board to entertain the crew. But it is later revealed that his puppets are alive and they plan to take over the sub. That's when they replace the crew members with duplicates. Only Nelson and Crane are left to try and stop them. Guest Starring Vincent Price.|
|87||3||"Cave of the Dead"||Harry Harris||William Welch||October 8, 1967 ( 1967-10-08 )|
|When four capital ships vanish, Admiral Nelson and Commander Van Wyck are sent to investigate. They find an island where Nelson removes a dagger from a skeleton which happens to be the captain of the Amsterdammer, the Flying Dutchman, and is then cursed. Van Wyck is in reality the first mate who killed the Captain. His plan is to kill Nelson with the dagger so that he can be free and Nelson will take his place. Guest Starring Warren Stevens.|
|88||4||"Journey with Fear"||Harry Harris||Arthur Weiss||October 15, 1967 ( 1967-10-15 )|
|Aliens from the planet Centaur bring a capsule containing Commander Morton to Venus. They want to keep earth from invading their planet and kidnap Captain Crane in an attempt to bring the Seaview to their planet.|
|89||5||"Sealed Orders"||Jerry Hopper||William Welch||October 22, 1967 ( 1967-10-22 )|
|When a top secret Neutron Bomb begins leaking radiation, Seaview crew men begin disappearing and those who haven't begin seeing things. The Seaview is racing the clock to fire or disarm the missile before it explodes.|
|90||6||"Man of Many Faces"||Harry Harris||William Welch||October 29, 1967 ( 1967-10-29 )|
|Admiral Nelson and Captain Crane are shocked to see a scientist shot to death during a live televised news conference viewed from the Nelson Institute. Especially shocking is that the killer appears to be Admiral Nelson. Both Nelson and Crane are eventually able to overcome efforts to stop them from boarding the Seaview. The submarine races to stop an earth-threatening project set in motion by the radical scientist, who may not really be dead after all. In the meantime, a very dangerous master of disguise causes mayhem and confusion as he tries to stop the Seaview .|
|91||7||"Fatal Cargo"||TBA||TBA||November 5, 1967 ( 1967-11-05 )|
|A scientist friend of Nelson has developed a device to control a rare white ape. The scientist's jealous assistant causes the beast to kill the scientist and the ape runs wild after being brought aboard Seaview causing destruction. Guest Starring Woodrow Parfrey.|
|92||8||"Time Lock"||Jerry Hopper||William Welch||November 12, 1967 ( 1967-11-12 )|
|A man named Alpha from 2823 sends 2 Collectors to bring Nelson to his time to add the Admiral to his collection of military officers. Chief Sharkey goes to the future to help while the Collectors wreak havoc on the Seaview. Guest Starring John Crawford.|
|93||9||"Rescue"||TBA||TBA||November 19, 1967 ( 1967-11-19 )|
|Captain Crane, while seeking an enemy craft in the Flying Sub, is attacked. Guest Starring Don Dubbins.|
|94||10||"Terror"||Jerry Hopper||Sidney Ellis||November 26, 1967 ( 1967-11-26 )|
|A shore party from Seaview encounters a dying scientist, who warns that deadly planet life threatens the Earth. Guest Starring Damian O'Flynn and Pat Culliton|
|95||11||"A Time to Die"||TBA||TBA||December 3, 1967 ( 1967-12-03 )|
|The Seaview is cast back a million years in time by the mysterious Mr. Pem and Nelson has to play a deadly game with Pem to escape. Guest starring Henry Jones as Mr. Pem.|
|96||12||"Blow Up"||TBA||TBA||December 10, 1967 ( 1967-12-10 )|
|Admiral Nelson starts behaving very oddly after using an experimental breathing apparatus.|
|97||13||"The Deadly Amphibians"||TBA||TBA||December 17, 1967 ( 1967-12-17 )|
|Seaview is trapped on the ocean floor by malicious amphibian creatures. Guest Starring Don Matheson and Joey Tata.|
|98||14||"The Return of Blackbeard"||TBA||TBA||December 31, 1967 ( 1967-12-31 )|
|The ghost of Blackbeard appears, and attempts to seize the Seaview. Adding complications is that Nelson is trying to protect the US President, who is attending a diplomatic meeting. Guest Starring Malachi Throne.|
|99||15||"The Terrible Leprechaun"||TBA||TBA||January 7, 1968 ( 1968-01-07 )|
|Two leprechauns, one good and one evil, appear on the Seaview. Guest Starring Walter Burke.|
|100||16||"The Lobster Man"||TBA||TBA||January 21, 1968 ( 1968-01-21 )|
|A lobster-like humanoid is found on the ocean floor. Guest Starring Victor Lundin.|
|101||17||"Nightmare"||TBA||TBA||January 28, 1968 ( 1968-01-28 )|
|Captain Crane returns from a trip in the Flying Sub to find the Seaview apparently abandoned. It soon transpires someone is putting him through a sinister test. Guest Starring Paul Mantee.|
|102||18||"The Abominable Snowman"||TBA||TBA||February 4, 1968 ( 1968-02-04 )|
|Visiting an experimental station in the Antarctic, the Seaview discovers the station is almost abandoned, and a strange white-furred creature is glimpsed.|
|103||19||"Secret of the Deep"||TBA||TBA||February 11, 1968 ( 1968-02-11 )|
|Seaview investigates a sea-lab surrounded by dangerous creatures. Guest Starring Peter Mark Richman.|
|104||20||"Man-Beast"||Jerry Hopper||William Welch||February 18, 1968 ( 1968-02-18 )|
|An experiment with an artificial diving-bell atmosphere has disturbing consequences. Guest Starring Lawrence Montaigne.|
|105||21||"Savage Jungle"||TBA||TBA||February 25, 1968 ( 1968-02-25 )|
|Mysterious jungle growths invade the submarine. Guest Starring Perry López.|
|106||22||"Flaming Ice"||TBA||TBA||March 3, 1968 ( 1968-03-03 )|
|Seaview is under the ice cap, trying to investigate the cause of mysterious flooding. The malicious Frost Men are revealed as the culprits.|
|107||23||"Attack!"||Jerry Hopper||William Welch||March 10, 1968 ( 1968-03-10 )|
|The US Navy is attacked by a hostile UFO. Nelson is captured by the UFO's inhabitants. Guest starring Skip Homeier and Kevin Hagen.|
|108||24||"The Edge of Doom"||TBA||TBA||March 17, 1968 ( 1968-03-17 )|
|There is a treacherous impostor hiding among the Seaview's crew.|
|109||25||"The Death Clock"||Charles Rondeau||Sidney Marshall||March 24, 1968 ( 1968-03-24 )|
|The malevolent scientist Mallory creates an evil version of Captain Crane. Guest starring Chris Robinson as Mallory.|
|110||26||"No Way Back"||Robert Sparr||William Welch||March 31, 1968 ( 1968-03-31 )|
|The Seaview is destroyed in a mysterious explosion. A distraught Admiral Nelson encounters the time-travelling Mr. Pem. Nelson asks Pem, to help him travel into the past to change history and save the Seaview. However, Pem has his own plans, and soon Nelson finds himself on the Seaview with the infamous Benedict Arnold. Guest starring Henry Jones as Mr. Pem and Barry Atwater as Benedict Arnold.|
- A paperbacknovel, City Under the Sea, authored by Paul W. Fairman, was published in 1965, to tie into the series. It had a different storyline than the episode of the same name. The book should also not be confused with the later Irwin Allen film of nearly the same name, which was about the attempts of the world's first under-sea city to prevent the earth from being hit by a rogue asteroid. It is not about "A wealthy family attempting to move the Earth's oceans to another planet for resettlement" as has occasionally been stated.  published a comic book based on the series. Western's comic company, Gold Key Comics put out a series that ran 16 issues from 1964 to 1970. Most covers were painted, and most had a photo of either Richard Basehart or David Hedison on them. The first issue of the Gold Key comic was a story called "The Last Survivor". The story brought back Dr. Gamma, the villain from the pilot episode, "Eleven Days to Zero". Gold Key's story was the only sequel to the pilot episode. Hermes Press reprinted the entire run in 2 hardback volumes the first was released in 2009.
- In 1966, World Distributors, a British publishing company in Manchester, England, published a City Beneath The SeaAnnual, a hardback comic book. The British-made book used the series' characters in all new stories but also contained a reprint of a story from the Gold Key Comics series. Both books were mostly prose stories with some illustrations. released a plastic model kit of Seaview as well as the Flying Sub during the original run of the series. From 1975 - 1977, Aurora reissued both kits the Seaview (kit #253) was modified with a sea floor base (originally created for the Dick Tracy Space Coupe kit #819) and sub surface details, while The Flying Sub (kit #254) was remodeled in a different base color. The 1975 - 1977 kits—part of Aurora's reissue of 5 of their 11 TV & movie-related science-fiction kits, also included instruction sheets with a detailed history of the TV series or movie plot.
- Both kits were recently re-released by Polar Lights. The Flying Sub model sold more than the Seaview model. 
- Other collectables from the show include a board game with illustrations based on the pilot episode, as well as a boxed card game with a painting of the divers' battle with the giant octopus, both from Milton Bradley, and a school lunch box with thermos from Aladdin with depictions of Admiral Nelson and Captain Crane trying to save the Flying Sub from an evil looking octopus. There was also a Sawyers View-Master slide reel based on the episode "Deadly Creature Below."
- In 1964, a 66-card set of black-and-white trading cards was released by Donruss. Selling for 5 cents a pack, the set consisted of stills from the first season. Today, a set in mint condition can sell for several hundred dollars.
- In the UK, TV Tornado published 14 issues that contained Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea stories, either comics or text with illustrations as per the issue and at least two TV Tornado annuals had original stories as well.
- Theodore Sturgeon wrote a novel, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, based on the original script written by Irwin Allen for the movie, and published in 1961.
- The popularity of the TV show inspired Mad Magazine (March 1966) to spoof the show, their version being called Voyage to See What's on the Bottom, featuring a submarine called the Seapew and a flying sub called Son of Seapew.
- Australian TV show Fast Forward sent-up the series as Voyage to the Bottom of the Harbour.
- Stock footage of Seaview was used in the Wonder Woman episode "The Bermuda Triangle Crisis."
- An often referenced running joke [who?] is that in many episodes of the series, characters lurch to camera movements on the visibly static set, to give the illusion that Seaview had sustained impact. This was an old movie trick, and was commonly used by other television shows of the period, including Star Trek, but none did it so frequently, nor with such relish as Voyage.  Hence, the technique is still commonly known as "Seaview Rock and Roll". 
- On the SciFi Channel's 1995 documentary tribute to Irwin Allen, The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen, series co-star June Lockhart recalled this technique being used also on Lost In Space, where the cast also knew it as "the rock-and-roll".
- The Disney Channel animated series Phineas and Ferb has an episode with a pun on the title called Voyage to the Bottom of Buford.
20th Century Fox has released all 4 seasons on DVD in Region 1 in two volume sets.
In Region 2, Revelation Films has released the entire series on DVD in the UK in four complete season sets.     On March 26, 2012, they released Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea: The Complete Collection, a 31-disc set featuring all 110 episodes of the series as well as bonus features. 
In Region 4, Madman Entertainment released the first two seasons on DVD in Australia on August 20, 2014.  
- Unaired Color Pilot
- Behind the scenes home movie from Irwin Allen
- Promotional Reel featuring Irwin Allen from 1964
- Still Gallery
- Still Gallery (22 images)
- Blooper Reel
- David Hedison Interviews
- Special Effects Footage (22:04)
- Concept Art Gallery (5 stills)
- Episodic Photo Gallery (35 stills)
- Publicity Photo Gallery (8 stills)
- David Hedison Interview
- Still Gallery
- Still Galleries
- David Hedison Interviews
- Visitors on Set
- Letters from Fans
- "The Rock and Roll"
- David Hedison 1966 Interview (audio only)
- Episodic Photo Gallery
- Publicity Photos
- TV Merchandise
- David Hedison Interviews
- Richard Basehart 1966 Interview (audio only)
- Eleven Days to Zero (re-cut unaired pilot)
- David Hedison Interviews:
- Years 1–4
- Irwin's Goal
- Irwin's Office
- Work Hours
- Original Unaired Pilot
- Broadcast Pilot with Vintage Commercials
- Still Gallery
On November 23, 2020, it was announced that Legendary Entertainment is developing a new version. Chris Lunt and Michael A. Walker are writing the project. 
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