September 1965 - September 1968, Wednesday
7:30-8:30 on CBS
Professor John Robinson..... Guy Williams
Maureen Robinson..... June Lockhart
Major Donald West..... Mark Goddard
Judy Robinson..... Marta Kristen
Will Robinson..... Billy Mumy
Penny Robinson..... Angela
Dr. Zachary Smith..... Jonathan Harris
The Robot..... Bob May
The Robot's Voice..... Dick Tufeld
The spaceship Jupiter II was supposed to
take the Robinson family – Professor John, wife Maureen, and their three
children – on five-year voyage of exploration to a planet in the Alpha Centauri
star system. It was, that is, until Dr. Zachary Smith sabotaged the control
system so that it could not function properly. The control system was tied into
the programming of the robot that went along as part of the exploration team, a
friendly, logical, ambulatory machine that was strongly reminiscent of Robby the
Robot in the movie Forbidden Planet.
Smith, apparently in the employ of some foreign
government, found himself trapped aboard the ship when it took off, leaving him
hopelessly "lost in space" with the Robinson's and the ship's pilot, Major Don
West. An uneasy truce was made among all parties, for none of the scheduled
passengers particularly trusted Dr. Smith, knowing what he had done.
For three seasons the Robinson's and their
unwanted guest wandered from planet to planet, trying to find their way home.
The stories were fanciful and rather childish, full of monsters and strange
intelligent life-forms that were a constant threat, and an endless series of
cliff-hanger endings designed to bring viewers back the following week.
Dr. Smith always tried to make a deal of some
form of extraterrestrial intelligence to get him back without the others, but
his plans never worked out. If he wasn't thwarted by the adults in the party,
resourceful little Will Robinson, or the Robot, he managed to botch it up all by
himself. He was a rather pompous, cowardly, and inept character.