Strange World (TV series)

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Strange World
Strange World titlecard.jpg
Created byTim Kring
Howard Gordon
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (10 unaired) (list of episodes)
Running time43-44 minutes
Production companiesTeakwood Lane Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Original releaseMarch 8 (1999-03-08) –
March 16, 1999 (1999-03-16)

Strange World is an American television program about military investigations into criminal abuses of science and technology. ABC commissioned 13 episodes, of which three aired in March 1999, before the network cancelled the program. The remaining ten episodes produced subsequently premiered on the Sci-Fi Channel in Spring 2002. The series was created by Howard Gordon and Tim Kring.

In a webchat during the 2002 run on Sci Fi, Gordon stated that, since the producers felt ABC was not going to support the show, the producers had the opportunity to write a conclusion to the story.[1]


USAMRIID was created in 1970 to counter the threat of chemical and biological weapons.
Section 44 of the charter permits it to investigate criminal abuses of science.

—Text at the beginning of the pilot episode.

Captain Paul Turner (Tim Guinee) is a doctor for The United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), who suffers from a rare form of aplastic anemia as a result of exposure to chemical weapons during the Persian Gulf War. USAMRIID lures him out of his sickbed with the opportunity to bring justice to others suffering from unethical uses of science and technology. Unknown to his superiors, he is given a temporary cure for the symptoms of his disease by a mysterious woman who is an agent of a shadowy organization that may be trying to thwart the goals of USAMRIID. He requires periodic doses of the cure to remain functional, a weakness that the shadowy organization occasionally uses to control him. Both the machinations of the "shadowy organization" and Turner's dependency on the "cure" are ultimately resolved in the final episode of the series.


Title sequence[edit]

The opening-title sequence was added to the permanent collection of the American Institute of Graphic Arts[2] in 1999. It was created by Imaginary Forces.[citation needed]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
1"Pilot"Mick JacksonHoward Gordon & Tim KringMarch 8, 1999 (1999-03-08)1ACG79
2"Lullaby"Joseph ScanlanTim MinearMarch 9, 1999 (1999-03-09)1ACG03
3"Azrael's Breed"Vern GillumManny CotoMarch 16, 1999 (1999-03-16)1ACG08
4"Spirit Falls"Peter MarkleStory by : Todd Ellis Kessler
Teleplay by : Todd Ellis Kessler & Tim Minear
5"The Devil Still Holds My Hand"Tucker GatesJohn ChambersUNAIRED1ACG06
6"Skin"Brett DowlerJessica Scott & Mike WollaegerUNAIRED1ACG07
7"Man Plus"Peter MarkleHoward Gordon & Thania St. JohnUNAIRED1ACG02
8"Rage"James Whitmore Jr.Manny CotoUNAIRED1ACG01
9"Aerobe"Dan LernerStory by : Manny Coto
Teleplay by : Hans Tobeason & Manny Coto
10"Eliza"Vern GillumTim MinearUNAIRED1ACG10
11"Down Came the Rain"Ian ToyntonManny Coto & Jose MolinaUNAIRED1ACG11
12"Food"Tucker GatesStory by : John Chambers & Thania St. John
Teleplay by : John Chambers
13"Age of Reason"Dwight LittleHoward Gordon & Tim MinearUNAIRED1ACG12

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Howard Gordon". (Chat transcript) February 8, 2002. Archived from the original on June 14, 2002.
  2. ^ "AIGA's Strange World exhibit". Archived from the original on July 20, 2006. Retrieved 2008-12-20.

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