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It's About Time (TV series)

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It's About Time
Created bySherwood Schwartz
StarringFrank Aletter
Jack Mullaney
Imogene Coca
Joe E. Ross
Cliff Norton
Mike Mazurki
Theme music composerGerald Fried
George Wyle
Sherwood Schwartz
ComposerGerald Fried
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26 (list of episodes)
ProducerSherwood Schwartz
Running time30 minutes per episode
Production companiesRedwood Productions, Inc.
Gladasya Productions, Inc.
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 11, 1966 (1966-09-11) –
April 2, 1967 (1967-04-02)

It's About Time is an American science fantasy comedy television series that aired on CBS for one season of 26 episodes in 1966–1967. The series was created by Sherwood Schwartz, and used sets, props and incidental music from Schwartz's other television series in production at the time, Gilligan's Island.


The cave family in the 20th century with Joe E. Ross, Imogene Coca, Mary (Graham) Grace, and Pat Cardi

Astronauts Mac McKenzie (Frank Aletter) and Hector Canfield (Jack Mullaney) travel faster than the speed of light, resulting in being sent back in time to prehistoric days where they have to adjust to living with a cave-dwelling family led by Shag/Shad (Imogene Coca) and Gronk (Joe E. Ross). Their children were 18 year-old Mlor (Mary Grace) and 14 year-old Breer (Pat Cardi). Tribe chief Boss (Cliff Norton) and his right-hand man Clon (Mike Mazurki) were always suspicious of the astronauts.

Ratings were impressive for the first few weeks on the air, but they soon plunged. Show creator Schwartz concluded that three factors were the cause of the decline in audience interest:

  • Repetition of the astronauts being in danger from dinosaurs, clubs, spears, volcanoes, and cavemen
  • An unattractive look to the show (e.g., caves, dirt streets, etc.)
  • The cave dwellers speaking a primitive form of English that was difficult to listen to[1]

He retooled the series beginning with the January 22, 1967 episode, after 18 episodes set in prehistoric times, essentially reversing the premise which had been shown the first half of the season. The astronauts repair their space capsule and return to 1967, with Shad, Gronk, and their children in tow. Boss and Clon make their final appearances in this episode, which also introduces two new supporting characters who remained with the show: Alan DeWitt as Mr. Tyler, manager of the apartment building where Mac and Hector live, and Frank Wilcox as General Morley, their commanding officer.

The prehistoric family begins adjusting to life in the 1960s, reacting to the unfamiliar surroundings and setting up home in 20th-century Los Angeles. For example, Gronk and Shad had to learn to write their names and sign them for many salesmen who brought "presents" which had to be paid for later. Mac and Hector also had to convince their disbelieving superior that they really did travel in time, and are not playing some sort of elaborate practical joke. Seven episodes were produced with this new premise before the series was cancelled at the end of the season.

According to Pat Cardi who played Greer, CBS considered reversing their cancellation decision after ratings improved during summer reruns; however, Imogene Coca and Joe E. Ross had already committed to other projects, officially ending the series.


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"And Then I Wrote 'Happy Birthday to You'"Richard DonnerDavid P. Harmon, Elroy Schwartz, Sherwood SchwartzSeptember 11, 1966 (1966-09-11)
Mac and Hector introduce present day birthday customs to the cave people.
2"The Copper Caper"George CahanJoel KaneSeptember 18, 1966 (1966-09-18)
The astronauts need copper, but the local supply is limited to a necklace worn by the unfriendly chief.
3"The Initiation"Jack ArnoldBruce HowardSeptember 25, 1966 (1966-09-25)
The astronauts try to obtain a dinosaur tooth.
4"Tailor Made Hero"Jack ArnoldAlan Dinehart, Herbert FinnOctober 2, 1966 (1966-10-02)
Gronk tries to prove he is as heroic as the astronauts.
5"The Rainmakers"George CahanBill Freedman, Ben GershmanOctober 9, 1966 (1966-10-09)
Hector and Mac must end a drought or they will be sacrificed to the water spirit.
6"Me Caveman—You Woman"Jack ArnoldBudd GrossmanOctober 16, 1966 (1966-10-16)
The astronauts are troubled that cavemen drag their women around by the hair as their form of courtship, so they do their best to institute modern, civilized courting techniques.
7"The Champ"Jerry HopperAlan Dinehart, Herbert FinnOctober 23, 1966 (1966-10-23)
The cave people learn how to use a slingshot.
8"Mark Your Ballots"Leslie GoodwinsRoland MacLaneOctober 30, 1966 (1966-10-30)
Mac and Hector try to persuade the cave people to elect a new leader.
9"Have I Got A Girl for You"Leslie GoodwinsJerry AdelmanNovember 6, 1966 (1966-11-06)
Shad tries to find perfect mates for Mac and Hector.
10"Cave Movies"Jerry HopperBruce HowardNovember 13, 1966 (1966-11-13)
Hector and Mac try to document their prehistoric predicament by filming daily activities.
11"Androcles and Clon"Jerry HopperRoland MacLaneNovember 20, 1966 (1966-11-20)
Boss (Cliff Norton) wants to execute the astronauts because they have made an evil device.
12"Love Me, Love My Gnook"George CahanAlan Dinehart, Herbert FinnNovember 27, 1966 (1966-11-27)
A puppy has the astronauts facing death sentences - the cave dwellers believe dogs are bad luck.
13"The Broken Idol"Leslie GoodwinsBrad RadnitzDecember 4, 1966 (1966-12-04)
Hector and Mac try to keep the lid on a bubbling volcano.
14"The Sacrifice"Gary NelsonBill Freedman, Ben Gershman, Martin RothDecember 11, 1966 (1966-12-11)
Mlor (Mary Grace) is about to be sacrificed in a cave ritual.
15"King Hec"Anton LeaderArthur WeingartenDecember 18, 1966 (1966-12-18)
Hector steals Boss's thunder by making weather forecasts.
16"The Mother-in-law"Jerry HopperJerry AdelmanDecember 25, 1966 (1966-12-25)
Gronk (Joe E. Ross) moves in with the astronauts.
17"Which Doctor's Witch?"Leslie GoodwinsAlbert E. LewinJanuary 1, 1967 (1967-01-01)
Mac and Hector search frantically for Boss, who has disappeared.
18"To Catch a Thief"Jerry HopperBudd GrossmanJanuary 8, 1967 (1967-01-08)
Someone is robbing the cave people.
19"20th Century Here We Come"George CahanElroy SchwartzJanuary 22, 1967 (1967-01-22)
Mac and Hector orbit back to the 20th century, accompanied by the Stone Age family.
20"Shad Rack and Other Tortures"Jerry HopperDavid P. HarmonJanuary 29, 1967 (1967-01-29)
The astronauts try to convince a general that their primitive pals are in Los Angeles.
21"The Cave Family Swingers"Steve BinderSam Locke, Joel RappFebruary 5, 1967 (1967-02-05)
The cave dwellers form a rock-and-roll band.
22"To Sign or Not to Sign"David Orrick McDearmonJoel KaneFebruary 19, 1967 (1967-02-19)
Mac teaches Gronk and Shad to write their names. With this new talent, they sign up for things.
23"School Days, School Days"Jack SheaMichael MorrisFebruary 26, 1967 (1967-02-26)
Breer goes to school in the modern day world.
24"Our Brothers' Keepers"David Orrick McDearmonBill Freedman, Ben GershmanMarch 5, 1967 (1967-03-05)
Hector and Mac bring the cave family to the airbase to meet General Morley as proof they traveled back in time to the Stone Age.
25"The Stone Age Diplomats"Leslie GoodwinsJoel KaneMarch 12, 1967 (1967-03-12)
Mac and Hector's landlord wants to kick out Gronk and family from their apartment, but the boys set up a ruse that they are diplomats from a foreign country who simply dress differently.
26"The Stowaway"Dick DarleyBurt StylerApril 2, 1967 (1967-04-02)
Hector tries to save Mlor from marriage to Boss's son.
  • "The Stowaway" was originally scheduled to air January 15, 1967, but was pre-empted by an episode of Lassie after CBS revamped its prime time line up following the first-ever Super Bowl which aired earlier that evening. This episode was set in prehistoric times, and clearly predates the previous seven episodes. However, it did not air until April 2, 1967. In the show's current syndication reruns on certain networks – such as Antenna TV – this episode airs in its intended order, immediately preceding "20th Century Here We Come...".

Home media[edit]

On June 27, 2017, ClassicFlix released The Complete Series on DVD in region 1.[2][3]


The TV series was adapted into a comic strip by Dan Spiegle, distributed by Gold Key Comics.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Thomas, Bob. "It's About Time Undergoing Changes" Ocala Star-Banner (December 28, 1966)
  2. ^ It's About Time - Date, Details, Extras for 'The Complete Series' Starring Imogene Coca. 4-DVD set is coming from ClassicFlix in just over a month! Archived 2017-05-21 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ It's About Time - A First-Ever Release of 'The Complete Series,' Starring Imogene Coca! DVD Plans for this title, coming later in 2017 from ClassicFlix Archived 2017-03-01 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Dan Spiegle - Lambiek Comiclopedia".

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