Synopsis by Bruce Eder
This science fiction/adventure series from producer/director Irwin Allen was inspired in part by Jules Verne's novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and the Disney feature film adaptation of that book from the mid-'50s. The plot dealt with a doomsday scenario, in which the Van Allen Radiation Belt (at the time a new discovery) is ignited by a meteor shower, and only the atomic submarine Seaview, designed and built by a brilliant but eccentric admiral, Harriman Nelson (Richard Basehart), can save the world. Also starring were David Hedison as Commander Lee Crane, the captain of the submarine Seaview; Bob Dowdell as the ship's executive officer Lt. Commander Chip Morton; Paul Trinka as crewman Patterson; ex-wrestler-turned-actor Henry Kulky as the chief-of-the-boat, CPO Curly Jones, and Del Monroe, as crewman Kowalski.