Who started it is a moot point now. Greedy, arrogant leaders pushed a few buttons and changed the world forever. Nuclear war and ecological plundering has torn asunder all that had been created, and now I, Jonah, along with Ruth, a brilliant scientist, and Samuel, our trusty assistant, must restore civilization to this barren planet called Earth. Accompanying us on this journey will be Adam, a chimp I trained myself. Some in the old world would scoff at me- “Hey, Jonah, nice monkey!” they would say, or “Jonah, which one’s the ape?”
They would imply that Adam was somehow inferior to humans- yet when I look and see what humans have done to our beloved planet, I wonder. I wonder what those doubters would say, if only they hadn’t been turned to ash by the mighty blast. I wonder what they would say if they saw Adam, precious Adam, flourishing in a world of their creation. Who’s laughing now, Phillip- WHO’S LAUGHING NOW? ? ? ? ?
I digress. The year is 2476. We roam the Earth (or what is left of it) in our white Land Rover, Ark II. It provides adequate shelter from the harsh elements, but more importantly it houses our lab, which has allowed us to make great strides toward our goal of bringing back life as we knew it. I also have a jet rocket, for additional transportation. Our typical day involves some science, some adventure, and providing all of those people we come into contact with some helpful information about the environment.
Our mission: “To bring the hope of a new future to mankind.” We will do this mostly on Saturdays, but from 9/11/77 to 11/13/77, we will be doing it on Sundays instead. Oh, and from 9/16/78 to 8/25/79, our adventures will be repeats only.
Ark II was a half-hour live-action adventure series set in the year 2476. The Filmation produced series chronicled the adventures of three young scientists and their chimp as they traversed the pollution ravaged earth in an attempt to help rebuild civilization.
USA / CBS – Filmation / 15×22 minute episodes / Broadcast 11 September 1976 – 1977
Creator: Martin Roth / Music: Yvette Blais, Jeff Michael / Producer: Dick Rosenbloom / Executive Producers: Lou Scheimer, Norm Prescott
Terry Lester as Jonah
Jean Marie Hon as Ruth
Jose Flores as Samuel
Adam the chimp as himself