Far Out Space Nuts
|Far Out Space Nuts|
|Genre||Children's television series|
Comic science fiction
|Created by||Sid and Marty Krofft|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||15|
|Executive producer(s)||Sid and Marty Krofft|
|Production location(s)||Samuel Goldwyn Studios|
Compact Video Systems, Inc.
|Running time||25 minutes (per episode)|
|Production company(s)||Sid & Marty Krofft Television Productions|
|Original release||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). Reruns of the show aired in daily syndication from 1978 to 1985 as part of the "Krofft Superstars" package with six other Krofft series.
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.
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) 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.
The show starred Bob Denver as Junior, a grey-haired (Denver was 40 years old at the time) 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.
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||"It's All in Your Mind"||September 6, 1975|
|2||"The Crystallites"||September 13, 1975|
|3||"Robots of Pod"||September 20, 1975|
|4||"Fantastic Journey"||September 27, 1975|
|5||"Tower of Tagot"||October 4, 1975|
|6||"The Three Spacekateers"||October 11, 1975|
|7||"Flight of the Pippets"||October 11, 1975|
|8||"Birds of a Feather"||October 25, 1975|
|9||"Dangerous Game"||November 1, 1975|
|10||"Secrets of the Hexagon"||November 8, 1975|
|11||"Captain Torque, Space Pirate"||November 15, 1975|
|12||"Vanishing Aliens Mystery"||November 22, 1975|
|13||"Barney Begonia"||November 29, 1975|
|14||"Destination: Earth"||December 6, 1975|
|15||"Galaxy's Greatest Athlete"||December 13, 1975|
- Ruby-Spears' Filmography. Received on 15 Sept. 2007.
- The end titles of the series state "Created by Sid & Marty Krofft with Chuck McCann & Earle Doud"
- Woolery, George W. (1985). Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981, Part II: Live, Film, and Tape Series. The Scarecrow Press. pp. 164–165. ISBN 0-8108-1651-2.
- Far Out Space Nuts, archived from the original on July 8, 2011