It's About Time [TV Series] (1966)

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A half-decade after his sitcom Bringing Up Buddy wrapped, character actor Frank Aletter returned to CBS's prime-time lineup for this much different sci-fi-themed comedy about two astronauts, Hector and Mac (Jack Mullaney and Aletter), whose spaceship "took a wrong turn" in mid-orbit and broke through an interstellar "time barrier" without their knowledge. They re-entered the Earth's atmosphere, but touched down to discover themselves in the prehistoric age -- surrounded by bands of cavemen. Episodes for the first half of this one-season outing pertained to the 20th century boys' attempts to live in the Stone Age, surrounded by such nutty caveperson neighbors as Shad (Imogene Coca), her husband Gronk (Joe E. Ross), and their children Breer (Pat Cardi) and Mlor (Mary Grace). But in the January 22, 1967 episode, the format changed somewhat: the men figured out a way to repair their spaceship, returned to the present day, and took Shad and Gronk's family with them; thereafter, episodes focused exclusively on the attempts of the cavepeople to adjust to mid-20th century Los Angeles -- an experience fraught with complications (that probably, to no small degree, signified a desperate attempt on the part of the producers to clamor for higher ratings). It didn't work: It's About Time ran for the last time around a year after it premiered, on August 27, 1967.