Man from Atlantis, The (NBC 1977, Patrick Duffy, Victor Buono)

Scifi drama series The Man From Atlantis was about the web footed and web handed (and last remaining survivor from the city of Atlantis) Mark Harris who is washed ashore in California, rescued by Dr Elizabeth Merrill, he is then drafted into the Foundation For Oceanic Research (for whom Merrill also works) here he uses his specials talents to tackle all manner of threats to the worlds oceans.

Harris could only survive out of water for a maximum of twelve hours, the teams headquarters were an undersea craft called the ‘Cetacean’. Recurring villain was the evil Mr Schubert. The first four episodes were all feature length.

Harris could only survive out of water for a maximum of twelve hours, the teams headquarters were an undersea craft called the ‘Cetacean’. Recurring villain was the evil Mr Schubert. The first four episodes were all feature length.

production details
USA / NBC – Solow / 1×90 minutes and 16×50 minutes / Broadcast 25 September 1977 – 25 July 1978

Producer: Herman Miller
Executive Producer: Herbert F. Solow
Music: Fred Karlin
Special Effects: Tom Fisher

cast
Patrick Duffy as Mark Harris
Belinda Montgomery as Dr. Elizabeth Merrill
Alan Fudge as C.W. Crawford
Victor Buono as Mr. Schubert

THE EPISODES 17 Episodes / 25 September 1977 – 25 July 1978

1. THE MAN FROM ATLANTIS (100 minute episode)
After being washed up on the shore a young man is discovered by Dr Elizabeth Merrill of The Foundation for Oceanic Research to be the last known survivor from the city of Atlantis, learning that the man, Mark Harris, has webbed hands and feet and gills instead of lungs, Merrill brings him back to full health and persuades him to help her tackle an evil scientist called Mr Schubert.

guest cast
ART LUND as Admiral Pierce / ALLEN CASE as Lt Cmdr Johnson / LARRY PRESSMAN as Phil Roth / DEAN SANTORO as Ernie Smith

WRITER: Mayo Simon
DIRECTOR: Lee H. Katzin

 

2. THE DEATH SCOUTS (100 minute episode)
Mark is now working for the Foundation and whilst investigating the strange disappearance of three young scuba divers Mark tangles with a pair of human looking aliens.

guest cast
KENNETH TIGAR as Dr Miller Simon / TIFFANY BOLLING as Lioa and Dilly / BURR DEBENNING as Xos and Chazz / ANNETTE CARDONA as Ginny Mendoza / ALAN MENDELL as Grant Stockwood

WRITER: Robert Lewin
DIRECTOR: Marc Daniels

 

3. KILLER SPORES (100 minute episode)
Only Mark can help save the Earth when a contaminated NASA space probe full of killer spores (that only Mark can see) threaten the world with extinction. Mark has to see that the spores are able to return to their home safely.

guest cast
KENNETH TIGAR as Dr Miller Simon / JAMES B. SIKKING as Colonel Manzone / FRED BEIR as Sub Captain / IVAN BONAR as Edwin Shirley

WRITER: John D. F. Black
DIRECTOR: Reza Badiyi

 

4. THE DISAPPEARANCES (75 minute episode)
Mark and Dr Simon must do battle with the evil Dr Mary Smith who has kidnapped Merrill and taken her to a island miles away from anywhere.

guest cast
KENNETH TIGAR as Dr Miller Simon / DARLEEN CARR as Dr Smith / PAMELA PETERS SOLOW as Jane Smith / DENNIS REDFIELD as Dick Restone / IVOR FRANCIS as Dr Medlow / FRED BEIR as Sub Captain

WRITERS: Jerry Sohl, Luther Murdoch
DIRECTOR: Charles Dubin

 

5. MELT DOWN
As part of a plan top get his hands on Mark Schubert unleashes a plan to melt the polar ice caps.

guest cast
JAMES E. BRODHEAD as Trubshawe

WRITER: Tom Greene
DIRECTOR: Virgil Vogel

 

6. MUDWORM
A ‘Mudworm’ type robotic creature invented by Schubert to suck up minerals from the sea bed starts to go out of control.

WRITER: Alan Cailou
DIRECTOR: Virgil Vogel

 

7. THE HAWK OF MU
A sinister statue of a Hawk discovered by Mark is then stolen by Schubert, but it is soon causing problems with its power to harness electricity.

guest cast
VICKY HUXTABLE as Juliette Schubert / SYDNEY LASSICK as Smith / CAROLE MALLORY as Vicki

WRITERS: David Balkan, Luther Murdoch
DIRECTOR: Harry Harris

 

8. GIANT
When it looks like the ocean has a sprung a leak Mark is sent to investigate, he discovers that a mysterious giant being (well nine foot high anyway) who has been getting up to a little bit of mining.

guest cast
KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR as Thark / TED NEELEY as Muldoon

WRITER: Michael Wagner
DIRECTOR: Richard Benedict

 

9. MAN O’ WAR
Schubert’s latest plot involves a giant jellyfish being used against the competitors in an important swimming competition.

guest cast
HARVEY JASON as Dashki / GARY OWENS as Announcer

WRITER: Larry Alexander
DIRECTOR: Michael O’ Herlihy

 

10. SHOOT-OUT AT LANDS END
Mark travels back in time and is amazed to find himself back in the days of the old west and doing battle with his doppelganger – bad Billy Jones.

guest cast
PATRICK DUFFY as Bill Jones / PERNELL ROBERTS as Clint Hollister / NOBLE WILLINGHAM as Artemus Washburn / JAMIE SMITH JACKSON as Bettina Washburn / BILL ZUCKERT as Virgil

WRITER: Luther Murdoch
DIRECTOR: Barry Crane

 

11. CRYSTAL WATER, SUDDEN DEATH
Mark meets a strange race called the Deepspeople whilst trying to prevent Schubert getting hold of some valuable crystals.

guest cast
RENE AUBERJONOIS as Havergal / ROZELLE GAYLE as Conrad / TINA LENNERT as Click One / FLIP READE as Click Two / WHITNEY RYDBECK as Click Three

WRITER: Larry Alexander
DIRECTOR: David Moessinger

 

12. THE NAKED MONTAGUE
Another time travelling adventure as Mark finds himself meeting Romeo and Juliet in Italy six hundred years ago.

guest cast
LISA EILBACHER as Juliet / JOHN SHEA as Romeo / SCOTT PORTER as Mercutio

WRITER: Stephen Kandel
DIRECTOR: Robert Douglas

 

13. THE SIREN
Nark gets involved with a mermaid who has been kidnapped by a rascally pirate.

guest cast
MICHAEL STRONG as Hugh Trevanian / LAURETTE SPRANG as Amanda / CAROL MIYAOKA as Siren / LISA BLAKE RICHARDS as Jenny / TIMOTHY SCOTT as Caine

WRITER: Michael Wagner
DIRECTOR: Ed Abroms

 

14. C W HYDE
Crawford is left with a split personality (much like the evil and good Jekyll and Hyde characters) after he swallows some deep sea material.

guest cast
VAL AVERY as Lew Calender / PAMELA PETERS SOLOW as Sarah / MICHELE CAREY as Belle

WRITER: Stephen Kandel
DIRECTOR: Dann Cahn

 

15. DEADLY CARNIVAL
Mark goes undercover at a Carnival to discover why a government agent went missing, he then has to try and prevent a piece of Egyptian antiquity being stolen.

guest cast
BILL BARTY as Moxie / ANTHONY JAMES as Summersday / SHARON FARRELL as Charlene Baker

WRITER: Larry Alexander
DIRECTOR: Dennis Donnelly

 

16. IMP
An evil imp called Moby is able to send people back to their childhoods – he is soon targeting Mark.

guest cast
PAT MORITA as Moby

WRITER: Simon Wincelberg
DIRECTOR: Paul Krasny

 

17. SCAVENGER HUNT
Mark finds himself face to face with a two headed monster of the sea whilst trying to trace the whereabouts of some vital gas canisters that have gone missing.

guest cast
TED NEELEY as Jack Muldoon / TONY URBANO as Oscar / TED CASSIDY as Canja / YABO O’BRIEN as Toba / EUGENIA WRIGHT as Trivi

WRITER: Peter Allan Fields
DIRECTOR: David Moessinger

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