'Land of the Lost,' the complete 1974 television series

Xeni and I are both freaking out about how much we loved this series as kids. Sid and Marty Krofft's Land of the Lost is truly a classic that provides even more entertainment now than it did as a child.

Join the picture perfect American Marshall family. Adventuring somewhere in the wildness are Marshall, his son Will and daughter Holly. When a random dimensonal portal opens up they are dramatically transported to THE LAND OF THE LOST. Here, they struggle amongst the wackiest looking dinosaurs, including one named Dopey, a small gaggle of awesome Pakuni and the fearsome yet mindless Sleestak.

For years I've pondered things like Cha-ka's strange dedication to Holly, the family's relationship to Grumpy the t-rex and that awful Dad for Uncle swap they pulled off. Now, with this complete set of each episode at hand I can rewatch favorites and bore my friends with insane minutiae. Perhaps I can finally figure out how those crystals worked.

I love the song played during the closing credits too...

Land of the Lost: The Complete Series

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  1. Here's some minutia for you... former Detroit Piston's center Bill Laimbeer played a Sleestak.

  2. Being a step or two younger, this was the scariest mass-media production that I remember.

    The sleastak hissss still makes me shudder.

    Still loved the show.

  3. Beware, Jason! I got these on DVD several years back, and I was all tickled to watch them, since I hadn't seen any episodes since the 70s. But I must warn you: seasons 2 and 3 do not hold up.

    Even in college I remembered that 6-year-old me knew the acting was over-the-top awful. But the stop-motion was pretty dang awesome, and look at who wrote the scripts that first season: Ben Bova! Dorothy Fontana! Norman Spinrad! Larry Niven! Walter Koenig! David Gerrold! Even Theodore Sturgeon stuck his toe in in Season 2. Money can't buy writing talent like that anymore, especially for a Saturday morning kids' show.

    But Gerrold and most of the real SF talent left after Season 1. Sturgeon was a lonely exception. The writing got painfully awful after the first season. There's a bright spot: The first season finale works perfectly well as a series finale, so you don't even have to feel particularly obligated to watch the other two seasons.

    But as a kid, I was too in love with Torchy, the fire-breathing Dimetrodon, to turn off the TV when a Season Three episode came on. Torchy was cool.

    ETA: having trouble with the spoiler tag. Oh, well.

  4. You do realize, Skipper, that a sizable portion of the readership in this thread can only read your comments like thisssss

  5. Another fun Krofft tidbit: They built an indoor amusement park based on their shows. In one of the marque rides you sat in a giant pinball and was shot and bumped around a huge multi level pinball machine. It suffered from mechanical problems and the theme park never truly gained traction so it was closed after only six months. Today the building that housed their amusement park is the headquarters of CNN.

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