The New People

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The New People
Created byLarry Gordon
Aaron Spelling
Developed byRod Serling
Directed byCorey Allen
Charles S. Dubin
Harry Harvey Jr.
George McCowan
Nicholas Webster
StarringTiffany Bolling
Zooey Hall
Jill Jaress
David Moses
Dennis Olivieri
Peter Ratray
Theme music composerEarle Hagen
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes17
Executive producersAaron Spelling
Danny Thomas
ProducerHarold Gast
Running time45 min.
Production companyThomas/Spelling Productions
DistributorWorldvision Enterprises
Paramount Television
CBS Paramount Television
CBS Television Distribution (current as of 2007)
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 22, 1969 (1969-09-22) –
January 12, 1970 (1970-01-12)

The New People is a 1969 American television series on ABC that focused on a group of young college students who were returning from a trip in Southeast Asia when their plane crashed on an island in the south Pacific Ocean. This program is an extremely rare example of a regularly scheduled network television series with 45-minute-long episodes; it aired immediately after The Music Scene, another 45-minute program.[1]


The crash killed several of the college students, and all but one of the adults, who was badly injured and later died. The surviving students were the only human life remaining on the island. The island was unusual in that it had been built up as a site for a potential above-ground nuclear test which never took place, leaving all of the buildings and (improbably) supplies untouched and ready for use by the survivors.[2] The trip to Southeast Asia was a goodwill tour arranged by the State Department showcasing what American youth were like, but it went awry when one of the students disrupted it, feeling that what they were doing was fake and a way to gloss over what was going on in the country and with relations to the Vietnam War.

The New People reflected the youth-oriented counterculture of the 1960s.[citation needed] All people over 30 were now dead, and it was up to the young people to start a new society on the island. The pilot episode was written by Rod Serling,[3] credited as "John Phillips."

Similar programs[edit]

The concept of having all the adults killed off leaving only the young people to survive was not a new one, nor was this to be its last appearance. This concept had also been used in William Golding's 1954 novel and subsequent film, Lord of the Flies, and in the 27 October 1966 Star Trek episode "Miri".

In 2004 ABC premiered the hit series Lost which also featured a group of plane crash survivors stranded on a strange island. Producer Damon Lindelof later joked that if he had heard of the series, he would have used the name New People for the band of character Charlie Pace.[4] In October 2005, NBC began broadcasting a Saturday morning series with a similar premise, Flight 29 Down.


No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Pilot"September 22, 1969 (1969-09-22)
2"Panic in the Sand"September 29, 1969 (1969-09-29)
3"The Tin God"October 6, 1969 (1969-10-06)
4"Murderer!"October 13, 1969 (1969-10-13)
5"Comes the Revolution, We Use the Girls' Shower"October 20, 1969 (1969-10-20)
6"Lifeline"October 27, 1969 (1969-10-27)
7"Marriage – Bomano Style"November 3, 1969 (1969-11-03)
8"Is This Any Way to Run an Island?"November 10, 1969 (1969-11-10)
9"The Dark Side of the Island"November 17, 1969 (1969-11-17)
10"A Bride In Basic Black: The Courtship"(part one)November 24, 1969 (1969-11-24)
11"A Bride in Basic Black: The Surrender"(part two)December 1, 1969 (1969-12-01)
12"The Pied Piper of Pot"December 8, 1969 (1969-12-08)
13"Speed Kills"December 15, 1969 (1969-12-15)
14"The Guns of Bomano"December 22, 1969 (1969-12-22)
15"The Prisoner of Bomano"December 29, 1969 (1969-12-29)
16"The Siege of Fern's Castle"January 5, 1970 (1970-01-05)
17"On the Horizon"January 12, 1970 (1970-01-12)

Original paperback novel tie-in[edit]

They Came from the Sea, an original tie-in novel based on the TV series was published in 1969 by Tempo Books, the young adult paperback imprint of Grosset & Dunlap. The author was the prolific tie-in specialist William Johnston, writing under the pseudonym "Alex Steele."


  1. ^ Gent, George (March 1, 1969). "A. B. C. Plans to Replace 12 TV Programs in Fall; Two 45-Minute Segments on List as Network Bids to Hold Audiences". The New York Times. p. 63.
  2. ^ Gould, Jack (June 7, 1970). "It Wasn't the Best of Seasons, But It Could Have Been Worse". The New York Times. p. 103. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
  3. ^ Buck, Jerry (July 21, 1970). "Serling Says He Prefers The 'Sidelines' of TV". The Owosso Argus-Press. Owosso, Michigan. Associated Press. p. 3. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
  4. ^ Before there was Lost..., Entertainment Weekly

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