Far Out Space Nuts

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Far Out Space Nuts
Created by Sid and Marty Krofft
Joe Ruby
Ken Spears[1]
Chuck McCann
Earle Doud[2]
Starring Bob Denver
Chuck McCann
Patty Maloney
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 15
Production
Running time 25 minutes (per episode)
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run September 6, 1975 – September 2, 1976

Far Out Space Nuts is a Sid and Marty Krofft children's television series that aired in 1975 for one season, and produced 15 episodes. It was one of only two Krofft series produced exclusively for CBS (the second being 1984's Pryor's Place). Like most children's television shows of the era, Far Out Space Nuts contained a laugh track.

Like most of the Kroffts' productions, the show's opening sequence provides the setup of its fanciful premise: While loading food into various compartments to prepare a rocket for an upcoming mission, Barney instructs Junior to hit the "lunch" button, but Junior mistakenly hits the "launch" button. The rocket blasts off and takes them on various misadventures on alien planets.

The show starred Bob Denver as Junior, a grey-haired and seemingly dim-witted but uniquely clever NASA maintenance worker, and Chuck McCann as Barney, his plump and grumpy co-worker. Patty Maloney played Honk, their furry little alien friend who made honking sounds out of the horn on the top of her head instead of speaking. She was usually the smartest of the trio, although her attempts to communicate were often misunderstood by her two friends, who wore red baseball caps and orange coveralls.

Plot[edit]

Typically, in each episode, their spaceship (a NASA lunar module) would be captured by aliens (one being played by John Carradine, who so impressed Denver with his acting skills that the scene had to be reshot[3]) and taken to some strange planet, or the spaceship would just land somewhere. Then, either Barney and Junior or the ship would be taken away by the strange creatures on the planet. After some weird mission was carried out, the two astronauts would be reunited with the spaceship and be off on their next mission.

Episode list[edit]

Title Airdate Synopsis
1 "It's All in Your Mind" 1975·Sep·06
2 "The Crystallites" 1975·Sep·13
3 "Robots of Pod" 1975·Sep·20
4 "Fantastic Journey" 1975·Sep·27
5 "Tower of Tagot" 1975·Oct·02
6 "The Three Spacekateers" 1975·Oct·09
7 "Flight of the Pippets" 1975·Oct·16
8 "Birds of a Feather" 1975·Oct·23
9 "Dangerous Game" 1975·Oct·30
10 "Secrets of the Hexagon" 1975·Nov·06
11 "Captain Torque, Space Pirate" 1975·Nov·13
12 "Vanishing Aliens Mystery" 1975·Nov·20
13 "Barney Begonia" 1975·Nov·27
14 "Destination: Earth" 1975·Dec·04
15 "Galaxy's Greatest Athlete" 1975·Dec·11

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruby-Spears' Filmography. Received on 15 Sept. 2007.
  2. ^ The end titles of the series state "Created by Sid & Marty Krofft with Chuck McCann & Earle Doud"
  3. ^ bobdenver.com