Space (miniseries)

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This article is about the 1985 American television miniseries. For the 1975-1977 British television series, see Space: 1999.
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Also known as James A. Michener's Space
Genre Miniseries
Written by James A. Michener (novel)
Richard Berg
Stirling Silliphant
Directed by Lee Philips
Joseph Sargent
Starring James Garner, Beau Bridges, Bruce Dern, Harry Hamlin, Michael York
Composer(s) Tony Berg
Miles Goodman
Country of origin United States United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Richard Berg
Martin Manulis
Editor(s) Donald R. Rode
Patrick Kennedy
George Jay Nicholson
Cinematography Héctor R. Figueroa (episodes 1, 5, 6)
Gayne Rescher (episodes 2-4)
Original network CBS
First shown in April 14–18, 1985

Space is a television mini-series created by CBS in 1985 that starred James Garner as Sen. Norman Grant. It is based on a novel of the same name by James A. Michener published in 1982. The program is also called James A. Michener's Space. Like the novel, the mini-series is a fictionalised history of the United States space program.

"Space" won an Emmy Award, for film sound mixing. It originally aired from April 14 through 18, 1985, and consisted of five parts running a total of 13 hours. In subsequent showings, it was cut to nine hours.[1]


Norman Grant (James Garner) is a former war hero turned senator who tirelessly promotes the American space program despite almost insurmountable opposition. Other principal players include John Pope (Harry Hamlin), who, after failing to win his way to Annapolis, matriculates from a Navy recruit to a naval officer, Naval Aviator, test pilot and pioneering astronaut in the company of fellow space-traveler Randy Claggett (Beau Bridges); Penny Hardesty Pope (Blair Brown), an ambitious and beautiful counsel to Senator Grant since his election and wife of John Pope; Leopold Strabismus (David Dukes), a hedonistic wheeler-dealer who hopes to capitalize on the 1947 UFO scare; German rocket scientist Dieter Kolff (Michael York), whose ideals (or lack thereof) are put to the test when he shifts his allegiance from the Nazis to the Americans; and Stanley Mott (Bruce Dern), an aeronautical engineer whose secret assignment is to make certain that men like Kolff aren't snatched up by the Soviets after the fall of Germany.

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  • 1985: Emmy Award, Outstanding Film Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or a Special
  • 1985: Emmy Award nominee, Outstanding Limited Series
  • 1986: Artios Award nominee, Best Casting for TV Miniseries


  1. ^ Most of this page, including summary and plot description, is primarily from [1]

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Preceded by
The Day After
Emmy Award for Outstanding Film Sound Editing for a Limited Series or a Special
Succeeded by
An Early Frost