San Francisco International Airport (TV series)

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San Francisco International Airport
Lloyd Bridges San Francisco International Airport 1970.JPG
Lloyd Bridges in the "Emergency Alert" episode.
StarringLloyd Bridges
Barbara Werle
Clu Gulager
Country of originUSA
No. of episodes7, including the pilot movie
Running time60 min.
Original networkNBC
Original releaseTV-movie pilot: September 29
Regular series: October 28, 1970 –
December 2, 1970

San Francisco International Airport is a television drama aired in the United States by NBC as a part of its 1970–71 wheel series Four in One.

The series starred Lloyd Bridges as Jim Conrad, the manager of the gigantic San Francisco International Airport, which at the time the series aired was said to be handling over 15,000,000 passengers annually and employing over 35,000 persons. Bob Hatten (Clu Gulager) was his chief of security, an important role at a time when security was beginning to emerge as a real-life major issue in air transport. June (Barbara Werle) was Conrad's secretary. Airport situations drawn from real life were addressed, such as protesting demonstrators, mechanical malfunctions, and similar problems.

San Francisco International Airport was the second program in the Four in One rotation, following McCloud. The six episodes were first shown in order from late October until early December, 1970, and were then replaced in the Wednesday night 10 PM Eastern time slot by Night Gallery. Once Night Gallery and The Psychiatrist had completed their first runs, episodes of all four series were rerun interspersed with each other. Night Gallery was picked up for the next season as a stand-alone series and McCloud was renewed as an element in a new wheel series, NBC Mystery Movie, but San Francisco International Airport and The Psychiatrist were cancelled with no more episodes ordered beyond the initial six.

The pilot for this series, also called San Francisco International Airport or simply San Francisco International, had been aired in the spring as a TV movie before the series premiered. It was largely similar, but starred Pernell Roberts as Conrad rather than Bridges. Despite the fact that critical response was underwhelming, the six episodes that comprised the series were ordered—with the stipulation that Roberts be replaced in the starring role by Bridges. This pilot was the subject of a sixth-season episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 in 1994.

Episode list[edit]

Title Air date
0"San Francisco International"TBATBASeptember 29, 1970 (1970-09-29)
1"Emergency Alert"TBATBAOctober 28, 1970 (1970-10-28)
2"We Once Came Home to Parades"TBATBANovember 4, 1970 (1970-11-04)
3"Hostage"TBATBANovember 11, 1970 (1970-11-11)
4"Crisis"TBATBANovember 18, 1970 (1970-11-18)
5"Supersonic Transport"TBATBANovember 25, 1970 (1970-11-25)
6"The High Cost of Nightmares"TBATBADecember 2, 1970 (1970-12-02)

Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode[edit]

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation of the series pilot first aired on November 19, 1994, as episode #614.[1] In The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide, writer Paul Chaplin remarked on star Pernell Roberts's "astounding pomposity and self-absorption ... Pernell struts and preens like a balding cock-of-the-walk." Three of the episode's non-movie segments focus on host Mike Nelson's imitation of Urkel from the ABC sitcom Family Matters, which Chaplin admits many found to be "an odd decision".[2]

The episode finished #99 out of 177 episodes in a poll voted upon by MST3K Season 11 Kickstarter backers.[3] Writer Jim Vorel ranked the episode #109 out of 191 MST3K episodes, saying, "The entire thing is a relentless barrage of wacky subplots. ... There’s so much going on the entire time that Mike and the Bots can barely keep up."[4]

The MST3K version of the pilot for San Francisco International was included as part of the Mystery Science Theater 3000, Volume XXXII DVD collection, released by Shout! Factory in March 24, 2015. The other episodes in the four-disc set include Space Travelers (episode #401), Hercules (episode #502), and Radar Secret Service (episode #520).[5]


  1. ^ Episode guide: 614- San Francisco International. Satellite News. Retrieved on 2018-07-15.
  2. ^ Beaulieu, Trace; et al. (1996). The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide (1st ed.). New York: Bantam Books. p. 129. ISBN 9780553377835.
  3. ^ Bring Back Mystery Science Theater 3000 Update #41. Kickstarter. Retrieved on 2018-07-15.
  4. ^ Ranking Every MST3K Episode, From Worst to Best. Vorel, Jim. Paste Magazine. April 13, 2017. Retrieved on 2018-07-15.
  5. ^ MST3K: Volume XXXII. Shout! Factory. Retrieved on 2018-07-11.

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