Most people have never heard of these shows, probably because they didn’t get good ratings and each of them only lasted for about 12 episodes or less. But they were very good, and I have fond memories of them.
While visiting a pyramid in Egypt, a family is transported to Earth in a parallel universe. They trek across various “Provinces,” relentlessly pursued by a “Zone Trooper,” a soldier in a dictatorial police state, as they search for a portal that will supposedly return them to their own reality.
The Phoenix (1982)
Starred Judson Scott, mostly famous for being Khan’s henchman in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. In this short-lived series, he played an ancient astronaut who for some reason was trapped in Peru a long time ago, or put in suspended animation or something. He awakens in modern times and travels around in search of Mira, his female companion from long ago. He’s pursued by a government agent intent on capturing him.
The Fantastic Journey (1977)
You could almost call this show the original Lost. A group of people are shipwrecked on a strange island after a storm in the Bermuda Triangle. The island is sectioned off into zones that exist in different time periods, so that the castaways time travel as they move around the island. As they move around the island and jump around in time, they encounter people from both the past and the future, relative to their own time. Starred Roddy McDowell and Ike Eisenmann of Disney’s “Witch Mountain” movies.
Wishman (circa early 1980s)
I’m not sure if this was a TV series or just a movie. All I remember about it is that it concerned a couple of scientists who “liberate” a genetically-created human, named Wishman, and go on the run. Wishman, as I recall, was a short, strange-looking humanoid. Beyond that, I can’t recall anything about this show, other than that I enjoyed it and want to see it again, for nostalgia’s sake.
Logan’s Run (1977-1978)
Logan’s Run isn’t an obscure show, since it’s a spin-off of the very good and popular movie. But the television series only lasted for 14 episodes, so it qualifies for this list. It also wasn’t that good, story-wise, which probably explains why it didn’t last long. But when I was a kid, it was great stuff, and as an adult, it’s a nice piece of retro-TV and fun to watch.
The Man From Atlantis (1977-1978)
Starred Patrick Duffy as man with webbed fingers who could breath underwater, and was supposedly the last survivor from Atlantis.
These were some great shows. They just don’t make television like this anymore.