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Land of the Giants: TV Classic

Updated on September 17, 2016
Land of the Giants UK Box Set
Land of the Giants UK Box Set | Source

An Irwin Allen Production & Creation

The television show Land of the Giants is one of those series that I remember watching when I was growing up. Until recently, it had become all but a distant memory when I happened to be flicking through the channels one evening and happened upon it for the first time in around forty years.

All the memories of rushing home from school to watch it came flooding back. I was once again transported back to an innocent time when our heroes were clean cut guys-(and girls)-next-door fighting the forces of evil.

Evil in this show came in the shape of giant cats, spiders, dogs and gophers. Added to that, each week our miniature heroes pitted their wits against determined giants who wanted their capture. At the age of 11, this show captured my imagination and that of many others too and has since become a cult television favorite.

In just a few years, the series will mark its fiftieth anniversary and, if you are of a certain age, you may remember it too. So, let's take a trip back and remind ourselves of this cult television classic: Land of the Giants.


The Cast

Don Matheson, Heather Young, Kurt Kasznar, Deanna Lund, Gary Conway and Don Marshall
Don Matheson, Heather Young, Kurt Kasznar, Deanna Lund, Gary Conway and Don Marshall | Source

The Show's Main TV Theme

Stefan Arngrim confronts a Giant
Stefan Arngrim confronts a Giant | Source

Land of the Giants: An Overview

Land of the Giants replaced another series produced by Irwin Allen, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, on the ABC Sunday night schedule in the United States. By all accounts, it was very expensive to make, costing around $250,000 per episode. A hefty amount in the late 1960s.

It was set in the then-future year of 1983 and revolved around the crew and passengers of the spaceship Spindrift which, on its way to London, crashed on a planet where the humanoid inhabitants were hostile and unbelievably huge.

Most of the cast did many of their own stunts, such as being dropped into specimen jars or climbing ropes, as they endeavored to remain alive in the hope of returning home. The little people were filmed from cranes high above them, while images of the "giants" were captured from the floor with hand-held cameras.

By today's standards, a lot of the special effects may now appear primitive, but remember, this was filmed in the days before advanced CGI techniques. For a television show that is approaching its fiftieth birthday, in many departments, it still stands the test of time.


Season 1: Download on Instant Video

Land of the Giants Season 1
Land of the Giants Season 1

Download each episode individually or purchase the entire first season of 26 episodes for one low price.

 

Season 1: Episode Guide

  1. The Crash
  2. The Weird World
  3. The Trap
  4. The Bounty Hunter
  5. The Golden Cage
  6. The Lost Ones
  7. Manhunt
  8. Framed
  9. The Creed
  10. The Flight Plan
  11. Underground
  12. Double-Cross
  13. On A Clear Night You Can See Earth
  14. Ghost Town
  15. Brainwash
  16. Terror-Go-Round
  17. Sabotage
  18. Genius at Work
  19. Deadly Lodestone
  20. The Night of Thrombeldinbar
  21. Seven Little Indians
  22. Target: Earth
  23. Rescue
  24. Return of Inidu
  25. Shell Game
  26. The Chase

Original American broadcast September 1968 - April 1969. Shown here in production order.

Land of the Giants: Cast & Characters

The leading cast of actors and characters of the show consist of the following:

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Stills From the Show

Season 2: Download on Instant Video

Land of the Giants - Season 2
Land of the Giants - Season 2

Download one, some or all 25 of the second season episodes from this cult TV sci-fi from the 1960s.

 

Season 2: Episode Guide

  1. The Inside Rail
  2. Chamber of Fear
  3. The Mechanical Man
  4. Collector's Item
  5. Giants, and All That Jazz
  6. Six Hours to Live
  7. The Unsuspected
  8. A Place Called Earth
  9. Deadly Pawn
  10. Land of the Lost
  11. Every Dog Needs a Boy
  12. The Clones
  13. Comeback
  14. Nightmare
  15. Home Sweet Home
  16. Our Man O'Reilly
  17. Panic
  18. Pay the Piper
  19. The Secret City of Limbo
  20. Doomsday
  21. Wild Journey
  22. The Deadly Dart
  23. Graveyard of Fools
  24. A Small War
  25. The Marionettes

Original American broadcast September 1969 - March 1970. Shown here in production order.

Land of the Giants Cast
Land of the Giants Cast | Source

Where Are They Now?

Heather Young, now known by her married name Patricia Youstetter, retired from acting once Land of the Giants concluded.

Don Matheson passed away June 29, 2014 from lung cancer aged 84.

Gary Conway is still in the acting profession, but his main focus is now management of his own winery.

Don Marshall continues to travel to conventions held on both sides of the Atlantic in order to promote the show.

Kurt Kasznar passed away in August 1979 from cancer.

Stefan Arngrim continues to act and was last seen in a minor role in the film version of The A Team.

These days, Deanna Lund is teaching drama and regularly attending conventions as a member of the Land of the Giants cast.

© 2014 Richard

Do You Have Memories of Land of the Giants?

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      Robert Sacchi 9 days ago

      I watched the show when it was originally aired. The cast seemed a cross between Lost in Space and Gilligan's Island. The characters were more serious of course. Alexander Fitzhugh immediately reminded me of Dr. Smith. The series had an interesting premise. The giants were humans who acted like humans, some were good and some were bad. Thank you for the trip down memory lane.

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      Nathan M 15 months ago from Tucson

      I really enjoyed this show when I was young. Saw it again a few years back, and it was still entertaining..

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      I remember this show really well! it was one of my favourites back in the 60s when I was a little girl, about 6 years old and totally engrossed with the programme! lol!

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      Brian Stephens 2 years ago from France

      Definitely remember the 'Land of the Giants', one of my favourite TV shows as a youngster.

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      Melody Lassalle 2 years ago from California

      I don't remember this show. If it was on Sunday nights in the US, did it air opposite the Wonderful World of Disney? That might be why I don't recall it.

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