Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea [TV Series] (1964)

Genres - Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Prime-Time Drama [TV], Sci-Fi Adventure  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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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.