Swiss Family Robinson (1974 TV series)

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Swiss Family Robinson
Created by Johann David Wyss (novel)
Starring Chris Wiggins
Diana Leblanc
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 26
Executive producer(s) Gerald Mayer
Running time 30 minutes
Distributor Fremantle International
Peter Rodgers Organization
Original network CTV
Original release September 1974 (Canada)[1] – 1975

Swiss Family Robinson is a 1974–1975 Canadian television drama series, based on Johann David Wyss' novel The Swiss Family Robinson.

The series consisted of 26 30-minute episodes, and diverged somewhat from the original novel. Only one season was produced, due to the development of a Swiss Family Robinson series in 1975 by ABC in the United States. This situation precluded sales of the Canadian series to the lucrative American market.[2] Reruns, however, continued to be syndicated in Canada for many years, with stations often scheduling the program as part of their Saturday morning line-up.



The series was produced by CTV, Fremantle and Trident Television. Filming of beach scenes was conducted in Jamaica, while jungle scenes were filmed in Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada.[3]


Johann Robinson - referred to mostly as "Father" by sons Ernest and Franz and "Papa" by daughter Marie. A strong father figure, the children respect him. He, in turn, is understanding yet firm on the decisions he makes. Each episode begins and ends with a narration from a journal he is keeping.

Elizabeth Robinson - Mother to her three children, strong like her husband, it was her idea to build the treehouse, She is compassionate, yet can be tough when the situation calls for it.

Jack Robinson - youngest child, at 2, he helps his father protect the family. Ernest at times longs to be independent, can be over confident at times, which some times gets him into trouble, but otherwise, is protective, and cares very much for his younger brother and sister.

Franz Robinson - Eldest Kid At 18 years old, Franz, is very intelligent, and very inquisitive. He was separated from his family during the storm that caused them to be marooned on the island, and after a few days found his family. Franz, at times feels competitive with older brother Ernest, and often wishes his family would let him have more grown up responsibilities.

Becka Robinson - 11 year old Becka is the only character not to appear in the original story. In this version, the Robinsons have a young daughter . Marie is known for finding dangerous animals, like wild boars, lions, snakes. Marie is also known for her sense of humor, although, whether or not her jokes are funny, is debatable. Her brothers have been known to run away from her jokes, which was a running theme on the show.

DVD release[edit]

The Swiss Family Robinson - The Complete Series was released on DVD by Morningstar Entertainment on 20 March 2007 in a 4-disc set. The DVDs are Region 1, NTSC format, digitally enhanced and colour-corrected. One special feature on the discs is a split-screen demonstration of the enhancement.[4]

The DVD cover features a compass and a logo but not the one used on the TV series. There are a few cast-specific photos on the back.

The series received a second DVD release in 2009 (released this time by Image Entertainment) as a 3-disc set.

List of episodes[edit]

  1. "The Arrival"- 10 January 1801
  2. "Bruno" - 9 February 1801
  3. "Dead Man's Gold" - 11 February 1801
  4. "The Secret of Shark Island" - 4 March 1801
  5. "Nature's Child" - 28 March 1801
  6. "Return to Paradise" - 28 March 1801
  7. "The Animal Kingdom" - 4 April 1801
  8. "Disappearance" - 13 May 1801
  9. "The Weakest Link" - 23 May 1801
  10. "Somewhere on this Earth" - 11 June 1801
  11. "Rogue" - 9 July 1801
  12. "A Time to Live & A Time to Die" - 12 July 1801
  13. "Skeleton Clue" - 1 August 1801
  14. "Lost at Sea" - 4 August 1801
  15. "Deadly Feast" - 11 August 1801
  16. "The Visitor" - 13 August 1801
  17. "Cave of the Tiger" - 19 August 1801
  18. "Attack of the Cat" - 11 September 1801
  19. "Curse of the Idol" - 11 September 1801
  20. "The Intruder" - 22 September 1801
  21. "Second Honeymoon" - 13 October 1801
  22. "Monsoon" - 27 October 1801
  23. "The Mark of Captain Keel" - 4 November 1801
  24. "The Castaway" - 26 November 1801
  25. "Rescue!" - 8 December 1801
  26. "Terror on South Island" - 11 December 1801


  1. ^ Kirby, Blaik (7 September 1974). "76 new shows in the largely trendless TV season". The Globe and Mail. p. 29. 
  2. ^ Kirby, Blaik (29 April 1975). "Television: Trend against violence slaughters Mannix (multi-subject article)". The Globe and Mail. p. 18. 
  3. ^ Kirby, Blaik (20 April 1974). "A jungle in Kleinburg for that Swiss family". The Globe and Mail. p. 31. 
  4. ^ "Swiss Family Robinson". Retrieved 2007-12-02. 

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