E.A.R.T.H. Force

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E.A.R.T.H. Force
Genre Action adventure
Written by Bill Dial
Starring Gil Gerard
Joanna Pacuła
Clayton Rohner
Robert Knepper
Stewart Finlay-McLennan
Tiffany Lamb
Theme music composer Cory Lerios
John D'Andrea
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6 (3 unaired)
Production
Executive producer(s) Richard Chapman
Bill Dial
Location(s) Queensland, Australia
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) Paramount Network Television
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run September 16, 1990 – September 29, 1990

E.A.R.T.H. Force is an American action adventure television series starring Gil Gerard. The series aired 3 episodes on CBS from September 16, 1990, to September 29, 1990, before being canceled due to low ratings.[1] The show is about an elite group, the Earth Alert Research Tactical Headquarters (E.A.R.T.H.), that was brought together by a dying millionaire to prevent environmental disasters around the world.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

E.A.R.T.H. Force was filmed in Queensland, Australia.[2][3] Working titles for the series include The Elite and The Green Machine.[4]

Episodes[edit]

All six episodes are registered with the United States Copyright Office.

Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
1 "E.A.R.T.H. Force" Bill Corcoran Richard Chapman,
Bill Dial
16 September 1990 (1990-09-16)
2-hour pilot:[5] When sabotage at a nuclear power plant triggers an alert, industrialist Frederick Mayer assembles a team to combat the crisis.
2 "Not So Wild Kingdom" Bill Corcoran Richard Chapman,
Bill Dial
22 September 1990 (1990-09-22)
Animals from a refuge/preserve are being sold.
3 "Not in My Back Yard" Rod Hardy Richard Chapman,
Bill Dial
29 September 1990 (1990-09-29)
A widow whose son is dying of toxicity asks the team to a Kansas town that's possibly being poisoned by a big developer's landfill.
4 "Oil Spill Story" * * N/A
5 "They Shoot Trees, Don't They?" * * N/A
6 "Club Dead" * * N/A

* Unknown

Reception[edit]

Howard Rosenberg of the Los Angeles Times gave the "forgettable" series the "Big Greenback Award", "for foisting formulaic cretinous TV on viewers under the guise of environmentalist drama".[6] Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret News called the show an "absolute stinker". "Bad writing. Bad acting. Bad directing. E.A.R.T.H. Force has it all."[7] Ray Richmond of The Orange County Register said the series is "painfully banal" and that it "resemble a kind of socially conscious knockoff of The A-Team. The acting is stiff, the plot contrived". Richmond also speculated that CBS was never confident in the series to begin with since they only ordered six episodes, rather than the usual 13, and they scheduled the premiere against the 42nd Primetime Emmy Awards. CBS also scheduled the series on Saturday nights, a near certain death sentence.[2] John Martin of The Providence Journal called the series "pretentious" while noting the obvious conflict between the message and its medium. Martin said "saving the environment can only be accomplished by changing the habits of consumption". "In television, encouraging consumption is Job One". "Don't look for a TV series to point the finger at its advertisers".[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Du Brow, Rick (October 5, 1990). "CBS Makes Season's First Changes". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-07-25. 
  2. ^ a b Richmond, Ray (September 14, 1990). "Maybe this show should be called 'E.A.R.T.H. Farce'". The Orange County Register. p. 41. 
  3. ^ a b Martin, John (September 14, 1990). "'E.A.R.T.H. Force' pollutes prime time Channel 10 wins primary coverage; Rush Limbaugh replaces Jefferds at WPRO". The Providence Journal. pp. D–15. 
  4. ^ Harris, Mark; Benjamin Svetkey (August 17, 1990). "News & Notes". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-07-25. 
  5. ^ "Weekend TV - Parade of Celebrations, Premieres". Los Angeles Times. September 15, 1990. Retrieved 2009-07-25. 
  6. ^ Rosenberg, Howard (June 9, 1991). "Cover Story". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-07-25. 
  7. ^ Pierce, Scott D. (September 16, 1990). "Worst Show of Season is 'E.A.R.T.H. Force'". Deseret News. Retrieved 2009-07-25. 

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