Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV series)

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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
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Cover art from the 2006 DVD release of the 1st season of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea showing stars Richard Basehart and David Hedison, with the submarine, Seaview (center)
Created byIrwin Allen
StarringRichard Basehart
David Hedison
Robert Dowdell
Henry Kulky
Terry Becker
Del Monroe
Arch Whiting
Paul Trinka
Allan Hunt
Richard Bull
Paul Carr
ComposersPaul Sawtell
Hugo Friedhofer
Alexander Courage
Morton Stevens
Michael Hennagin (one episode)
Jerry Goldsmith (one episode)
Leith Stevens
Lennie Hayton
Nelson Riddle (one episode)
Herman Stein (one episode)
Robert Drasnin (one episode)
Harry Geller
Joseph Mullendore
Irving Gertz (one episode)
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes110
Running time60 minutes (including commercials)
Production companiesCambridge Productions Inc.
Irwin Allen Productions
20th Century-Fox Television
Distributor20th Century-Fox Television
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 14, 1964 (1964-09-14) –
March 31, 1968 (1968-03-31)

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is a 1964-1968 American science fiction television series based on the 1961 film of the same name. Both were created by Irwin Allen, which enabled the film's sets, costumes, props, special effects models, and sometimes footage, to be used in the production of the television series.[1] Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea was the first of Irwin Allen's four science fiction television series (the three others being Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel, and Land of the Giants), and the longest-running. The show's theme was underwater adventure.

Voyage was broadcast on ABC from September 14, 1964, to March 31, 1968, and was the decade's longest-running American science fiction television series with continuing characters. The 110 episodes produced included 32 shot in black-and-white (1964–1965), and 78 filmed in color (1965–1968). The first two seasons took place in the then-future of the 1970s. The final two seasons took place in the 1980s. The show starred Richard Basehart and David Hedison.

Show history[edit]

Pilot episode[edit]

The pilot episode "Eleven Days to Zero" was filmed in color but shown in black-and-white. It introduces the audience to the futuristic nuclear submarine S.S.R.N. Seaview and the lead members of her crew, including the designer and builder of the submarine Admiral Harriman Nelson (Richard Basehart), and Commander Lee Crane (David Hedison), who becomes the Seaview's captain after the murder of her original commanding officer. The submarine is based at the Nelson Institute of Marine Research in Santa Barbara, California, and is often moored some 500 feet beneath the facility in a secret underground submarine pen carved out of solid rock. The Seaview is officially for undersea marine research and visits many exotic locations in the Seven Seas, but its secret mission is to defend the planet from all world and extraterrestrial threats[2] in the then-future of the 1970s.

Season 1[edit]

Adm. Nelson and the ill-fated Capt. Phillips are attacked after leaving the Nelson Institute of Marine Research.

The first season's 31 episodes included gritty, atmospheric story lines devoted to Cold War themes and excursions into near-future speculative fiction, involving espionage and sci-fi elements. Aliens, sea monsters and dinosaurs were featured, but the primary villains were hostile foreign governments. While fantastic, the scripts had a recognisably contemporary setting.[3]

The first episodes began with Admiral Nelson and the crew of the Seaview fighting against a foreign government to prevent a world-threatening earthquake, and continuing with a foreign government destroying American submarines with new technologies in "The Fear Makers" and "The Enemies". The season also had several ocean peril stories in which the Seaview crew spent the episode dealing with the normal perils of the sea. Two examples are "Submarine Sunk Here" and "The Ghost of Moby Dick". The season introduced a diving bell and a mini-submarine, and the first episodes featuring extraterrestrials (Don Brinkley's "The Sky is Falling") and sea monsters.

During the course of the first season, Nelson was promoted from a three-star to a four-star admiral. It was also established that while essentially a marine research vessel, SSRN Seaview was also part of the U.S. nuclear armed fleet (most notably defined in William Read Woodfield's episode, "Doomsday").[4] The season ended with the Seaview crew fighting a foreign government to save a defense weapon.

Season 2[edit]

DVD cover art of the 2nd season (Vol. 2) of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea featuring depictions of Seaview and the Flying Sub (bottom)

The second season began with a trip inside a whale, a trip inside a volcano, and a few Cold War intrigue and nuclear war-themed episodes, and saw several brushes with world disaster. The season ended with a ghost story, one of the show's few sequels.

Due to ABC's demands for a somewhat "lighter" tone to the series,[citation needed] the second season saw an increase in monster-of-the-week type plots, yet there were still some episodes that harkened back to the tone of the first season. The second season also saw a change from black-and-white to color. The beginning of the second season saw the permanent replacement of Chief "Curly" Jones with Chief Francis Ethelbert Sharkey, due to the death of Henry Kulky, who portrayed Chief Jones.

The most important change in the series occurred during this season when a notably redesigned Seaview interior was introduced, along with the Flying Sub, a yellow, two-man mini-submarine with passenger capacity. The Flying Sub could leave the ocean and become airborne. The futuristic craft greatly increased the Seaview crew's travel options. It was launched from a bay, access to which was via a sealed hatch stairway at the bow section. The Seaview's private observation deck from the first season was never seen again. The Seaview control room was expanded and a large rectangular panel screen of flickering lights was added. The Seaview also now had a powerful laser beam in its bow light. The small mini-sub from the first season was retained and occasionally still used in the color episodes.

The ship's enlisted men were also given more colorful uniforms (red or light blue jumpsuits) and white Keds Champion sneakers. The traditional sailor uniforms worn in the first season were only seen in stock footage from the first season and on characters who were newly filmed to match up with that footage.

A second-season episode, "The Sky's On Fire", was a remake of the basic storyline of Irwin Allen's original film Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) using considerable film color footage, though several film sequences were removed and had been featured in other first-season episodes such as "The Village of Guilt" and "Submarine Sunk Here."

A few later season two episodes were filmed without Richard Basehart, who was hospitalized for a bleeding ulcer. He filmed the scenes in the Flying Sub for "The Monster's Web" before hospitalization, requiring a stand in and other characters taking over his lines. He was missing entirely from the next two episodes. These episodes didn't feature his character at all, while in one story "The Menfish" Gary Merrill guested as Admiral Park, a colleague of Nelson's who substituted for him. Basehart returned for "Return of the Phantom," the final episode of the season.

Season 3[edit]

The third season of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea ran simultaneously with two other series produced by Irwin Allen, Lost in Space (in its second season) and The Time Tunnel.

The third season began with Dick Tufeld (voice of the Robot on Lost in Space) playing an evil disembodied brain from outer space. The season continued with a werewolf story that is one of the few episodes to inspire a sequel. In one episode, the Seaview's officers and crew encountered Nazis who believed World War II was still ongoing. The third season only had two espionage stories and one ocean peril story that were reminiscent of the first season. One of those three stories was about a hostile foreign government trying to steal a strange new mineral with the aid of a brainwashed Admiral Nelson. This espionage story was the end of the third season.

The final two seasons continued the shift towards paranormal storylines that were popular in the late 1960s.[2] Mummies, werewolves, talking puppets, and an evil leprechaun all walked the corridors of the Seaview. There were also fossil men, flame men, frost men, lobster men, and shadow men. The opening credits were largely identical to the revised season two, but the initial season two yellow lettering credits that were first altered to white, (and then back to yellow on the later revised sequence) were now depicted in a golden/yellowish lettering, and closing credits were set over a green-backed painting of Seaview underwater.

Season 4[edit]

Nelson and Sharkey fight an alien spy, 1968.

The fourth and final season of Voyage began with Victor Jory playing a five-centuries old alchemist and the Seaview is threatened by the hydrodynamic effects of a major volcanic eruption. Starting with the eighth episode of the season, there were revamped opening credits depicting action sequences and the stars' pictures in color set on a sonar board design. The closing credits picture remained unchanged from season three. Near the end of the fourth season, there were three unrelated stories of extraterrestrial invasion. One episode had an unknown master of disguise infiltrating and wreaking havoc aboard the Seaview. Another episode depicted Nelson, Morton and Sharkey gaslighting Crane. There were two time travel stories featuring the enigmatic but dangerous Mister Pem. The second had the Seaview going back in time to the American Revolution. The episode (and series) ended with the Seaview returning to the present. The final scene of the show had Nelson and Crane sitting in the seldom used easy chairs on the port side of the observation nose discussing how fast time goes by.

In March 1968 it was announced that Voyage would not be back for a fifth season.[5]


The series' main theme, "The Seaview Theme", was written by Paul Sawtell. A new darker, more serious theme composed by Jerry Goldsmith was introduced at the beginning of the second-season episode "Jonah and the Whale", but this was quickly replaced by the original version. A version of the Goldsmith suite re-orchestrated by Nelson Riddle was heard as incidental music in the episode "Escape From Venice", and the original Goldsmith suite was used as incidental music throughout the rest of the series. The series' main composer, supervisor and conductor was Lionel Newman, who for the second season composed a serious sounding score for when the episode credits (episode title/guests/writer/director) were shown just after the theme song, which would be used by many episodes (starting with "The Left Handed Man") thru the second and into the early third season. Other guest composers included Lennie Hayton, Hugo Friedhofer, Star Trek: The Original Series composer Alexander Courage, Morton Stevens, Leith Stevens (no relation) who wrote the music to nine episodes, and Sawtell, who worked on the show for a while in the first season.

GNP Crescendo issued a soundtrack album in 1997 as part of its series tying into the documentary The Fantasy Worlds Of Irwin Allen, featuring Sawtell's theme from the series and his score for the pilot episode "Eleven Days To Zero" (tracks 2–6) and Goldsmith's work for "Jonah and the Whale."

  1. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Main Title (:29)
  2. Murderous Pursuit (2:54)
  3. Ocean Floor Search/Squid Fight (5:34)
  4. Solid Ice (1:48)
  5. Lost/Job Well Done (3:35)
  6. End Title (The Seaview Theme) (:40)
  7. Jonah and the Whale (Main Title) (:30)
  8. A Whale of a Whale/Thar She Blows/A Whale of a Time/The Second Dive (4:23)
  9. A Meal Fit for a Whale/Crash Dive/Sub Narcotics (4:18)
  10. Collision Course I/Collision Course II/Diving Party/Going Down (4:44)
  11. Home Free Part I/Home Free Part II (3:58)
  12. Jonah and the Whale (End Credit) (:50)


David Hedison as Lee Crane in the episode "Time Lock", 1967

Scott McFadden, Ray Didsbury, Marco Lopez, and Ron Stein provided additional crewmen in non-speaking roles, often requiring stunt work.

Episode list[edit]

Note: Two different episodes (28 and 73) are both titled "The Creature".

  • = Overall episode number
  • Ep = Episode number by season

Season 1 (1964–65)[edit]

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Season 2 (1965–66)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
331"Jonah and the Whale"Sobey MartinShimon WincelbergSeptember 19, 1965 (1965-09-19)

Admiral Nelson and a Soviet scientist are in a diving bell when the vessel is swallowed by a giant whale. With only 90 minutes of oxygen, Captain Crane, Kowalski, and Riley swim into the whale's mouth to attempt a harrowing rescue. Guest starring Gia Scala.

Note: This is the first episode to be shown in color.
342"Time Bomb"Sobey MartinWilliam Read Woodfield & Allan BalterSeptember 26, 1965 (1965-09-26)
The Chinese have developed a way to turn a human body into an intense bomb. They intend to infiltrate the Soviet Union and create a diplomatic incident that will draw the US and Soviets in nuclear annihilation. Guest star Ina Balin, co-starring Susan Flannery.
353"...And Five of Us Are Left"Harry HarrisRobert Vincent WrightOctober 3, 1965 (1965-10-03)
A message is received from a US sub presumed sunk in the last months of WW2. The Seaview is sent to try and locate a cave that is mentioned in the message and to try and rescue the 5 men believed to be still alive. Guest Star Phillip Pine, co-starring Robert Doyle, Teru Shimada.
364"The Cyborg"Leo PennWilliam Read Woodfield & Allan BalterOctober 17, 1965 (1965-10-17)
Nelson visits a scientist who's created cyborgs who hold him prisoner. Then a Nelson cyborg is sent to the Seaview to start a war. With special guest star Victor Buono, co-starring Brooke Bundy.
375"Escape from Venice"Alex MarchCharles BennettOctober 24, 1965 (1965-10-24)
Captain Crane is in Venice to meet a secret agent when she is killed. It is believed she had knowledge of a new secret Soviet weapon, and how to combat it. Crane's mission is made more complex when he is accused of the agents death. Co-starring Renzo Cesana, Vincent Gardenia and Delphi Lawrence.
386"The Left-Handed Man"Jerry HopperWilliam WelchOctober 31, 1965 (1965-10-31)
Admiral Nelson is contacted by a strange man claiming to be from the Office Of Naval Intelligence. He gives Nelson a cryptic message that Penfield is not to be allowed to become Secretary of Defense. Guest star Cyril Delevanti, co-starring Regis Toomey, Barbara Bouchet and Charles Dierkop.
397"The Deadliest Game"Sobey MartinRik VollaertsNovember 7, 1965 (1965-11-07)
The President of the United States is visiting a new underwater installation when a power interruption freezes all communication. To complicate the situation they discover there is some sort of beam weapon stopping any of the safety over-ride mechanisms from activating. Guest starring Lloyd Bochner. Co-starring Audrey Dalton, Robert Cornthwaite and Robert F. Simon.
408"Leviathan"Harry HarrisWilliam WelchNovember 14, 1965 (1965-11-14)
A research team are taking measurements of an underwater eruption. They discover a fissure that appears to lead all the way to the Earth's core. While the discovery is exciting, what exists in that fissure could lead to deadly consequences. Guest starring Karen Steele, co-starring Liam Sullivan.
419"The Peacemaker"Sobey MartinWilliam Read Woodfield & Allan BalterNovember 21, 1965 (1965-11-21)
Nelson and the Seaview witness the detonation of a new bomb developed by the Chinese. No bigger than a milk carton it creates a blast 70 miles across. An American scientist who had defected to the other side steals it for plans of his own. Guest starring John Cassavetes, co-starring Whit Bissell, Irene Tsu & Dale Ishimoto.
4210"The Silent Saboteurs"Sobey MartinStory by : Max Ehrlich
Teleplay by : Sidney Marshall
November 28, 1965 (1965-11-28)
A manned probe is returning to Earth when it is suddenly caught in the grip of a strange force and destroyed. Investigations point to a secret Chinese installation being responsible. Capt Crane is tasked with locating the base and destroying it. Guest starring Pilar Seurat, co-starring George Takei, Bert Freed.
4311"The X Factor"Leonard HornWilliam WelchDecember 5, 1965 (1965-12-05)
Word comes through that Dr Liscomb has been kidnapped by a foreign agent posing as a toy importer. Liscomb has cracked the secret of the X factor, a new ingredient and everyone wants it. Guest star John McGiver, co-starring Jan Merlin.
4412"The Machines Strike Back"Nathan JuranJohn and Ward HawkinsDecember 12, 1965 (1965-12-12)
Admiral Nelson is under pressure when a drone sub system he pioneered malfunctions and fires three missiles at New York City. The race is on to establish what went wrong and how to stop it happening again. Guest starring Roger C. Carmel.
4513"The Monster from Outer Space"James ClarkWilliam Read Woodfield & Allan BalterDecember 19, 1965 (1965-12-19)
In 1978, the first space probe to Saturn returns and the Seaview is sent to retrieve it. Despite their stringent decontamination procedures an alien life form survives and, once inside, begins to take over the ship. No guest star.
4614"Terror on Dinosaur Island"Leonard HornWilliam WelchDecember 26, 1965 (1965-12-26)
Admiral Nelson and Chief Starkey are marooned on an island with prehistoric creatures. The Seaview is trying to rescue them but they have an undersea monster of their own to contend with. Co-starring Paul Carr.
4715"Killers of the Deep"Harry HarrisWilliam Read Woodfield & Allan BalterJanuary 2, 1966 (1966-01-02)
By air Nelson and Crane pursue a mysterious submarine stealing nuclear missiles. Their craft is shot down and Crane is captured. Nelson, recovered by a Navy destroyer, is bent on destroying the sub, not realizing Crane is on board. Guest star Michael Ansara, co-starring Patrick Wayne.
4816"Deadly Creature Below!"Sobey MartinWilliam Read Woodfield & Allan BalterJanuary 9, 1966 (1966-01-09)
The Seaview rescues two men apparently lost at sea. They are actually escaped prisoners who try to take over the Seaview. The situation is complicated by the presence of a giant sea monster attacking the ship. Guest star Nehemiah Persoff, co-starring Paul Comi.
4917"The Phantom Strikes"Sobey MartinWilliam WelchJanuary 16, 1966 (1966-01-16)
The Seaview finds a sunken German U-boat while mapping the ocean floor. Sunk during WWI in the north Atlantic, it is now somehow in the south Pacific. Its captain boards the Seaview with Capt. Crane as his prey. Guest star Alfred Ryder.
5018"The Sky's on Fire"Gerald MayerTeleplay by : William Welch
Screenplay by: Irwin Allen & Charles Bennett
January 23, 1966 (1966-01-23)
A meteor storm ignites atmospheric gases in the southern hemisphere. Adm. Nelson believes one of the Seaview's missiles can extinguish it but someone on board is secretly trying to stop him. Guest Star David J. Stewart, Co-starring Robert H. Harris, Frank Marth.
5119"Graveyard of Fear"Justus AddissRobert Vincent WrightJanuary 30, 1966 (1966-01-30)
The Seaview is returning to the location of a sunken ship to recover its secret cargo. There are a number of other sunken ships in the area, and the thing responsible for all of them soon threatens the Seaview. Guest starring Robert Loggia.
5220"The Shape of Doom"Nathan JuranWilliam WelchFebruary 6, 1966 (1966-02-06)
The construction of an undersea canal is about to start with the Seaview tasked with placing the first charge, a 50 megaton nuclear bomb. But as it is being lowered an enormous whale swallows it and swims off. Guest star Kevin Hagen.
5321"Dead Man's Doubloons"Sutton RoleySidney MarshallFebruary 13, 1966 (1966-02-13)
While operating over the remains of a sunken 16th century pirate ship, the Seaview encounters a reincarnation of its dead captain. Guest star Albert Salmi.
5422"The Death Ship"Abner BibermanMichael Lynn & George ReedFebruary 20, 1966 (1966-02-20)
Everyone but Nelson and Crane are removed from the Seaview and replaced by 8 civilians to test new equipment. One of them is a foreign agent who wants to kill everyone on board and use the ship to provoke an incident and start a war. Guest star David Sheiner, co-starring Lew Gallo and Elizabeth Perry.
5523"The Monster's Web"Justus AddissStory by : Peter Packer
Teleplay by : Al Gail & Peter Packer
February 27, 1966 (1966-02-27)
A test submarine carrying a load of experimental fuel is disabled and lying on the ocean floor. The Seaview is sent to recover the volatile fuel canisters but an enormous underwater spider threatens to destroy them. Guest star Mark Richman
5624"The Menfish"Tom GriesWilliam Read Woodfield & Allan BalterMarch 6, 1966 (1966-03-06)
While Adm. Nelson is away, Capt. Crane tries to prevent Dr. Borgman from implanting human DNA into marine animals to create a new type of undersea creature. Guest star Gary Merrill, special guest star John Dehner.
5725"The Mechanical Man"Sobey MartinJohn and Ward HawkinsMarch 13, 1966 (1966-03-13)
While assisting an undersea drilling operation, Capt. Crane and the Seaview become locked in a life-and-death struggle with an android, powered by a new source of limitless energy, Subterranium 116. Guest star James Darren, special guest star Arthur O'Connell.
5826"The Return of the Phantom"Sutton RoleyWilliam WelchMarch 20, 1966 (1966-03-20)
Captain Krueger returns and once again wants Captain Crane's body. He threatens to kill everyone on the Seaview if Admiral Nelson doesn't shoot Crane and deliver his body to him. Guest star Alfred Ryder, co-starring Vitina Marcus.

Season 3 (1966–67)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
591"Monster from the Inferno"Harry HarrisRik VollaertsSeptember 18, 1966 (1966-09-18)
A strange intelligent organism is found at the bottom of the ocean. Once brought on Seaview the real threat the creature represents is realized. Suddenly every life on board the Seaview is in danger. Guest star Arthur Hill.
602"Werewolf"Justus AddissDonn MullallySeptember 25, 1966 (1966-09-25)
Scientists on a tropical island are measuring the radioactivity of a volcano when they are attacked by a wolf. Prof. Hollis shows signs of lycanthropy and threatens everyone on board, especially Admiral Nelson, whom he has infected. Guest star Charles Aidman.
613"The Day the World Ended"Jerry HopperWilliam WelchOctober 2, 1966 (1966-10-02)
After the arrival of a newly elected U.S. Senator to inspect Admiral Nelson's new weapon, strange things begin to happen, culminating with the realization that everyone outside of the Seaview appears to have disappeared from the Earth. Guest star Skip Homeier.
624"Night of Terror"Justus AddissRobert BloomfieldOctober 9, 1966 (1966-10-09)
The Seaview's diving bell is driven by a tsunami onto a tropical island where a mysterious mist causes the survivors to see imaginary people and creatures. Guest star Henry Jones.
635"The Terrible Toys"Justus AddissRobert Vincent WrightOctober 16, 1966 (1966-10-16)
An old man, adrift at sea, is rescued along with a sack of toys by the Seaview. The toys take on a life of their own and begin to sabotage the ship. The toys appear to be connected to an alien space ship lying on the ocean floor. Guest star Paul Fix.
646"Day of Evil"Jerry HopperWilliam WelchOctober 23, 1966 (1966-10-23)
An alien being, capable of impersonating any member of the crew, gets on board the Seaview. He plans to use the Seaview's missiles to start a nuclear war and thereby make the Earth ready for conquest.
657"Deadly Waters"Gerald MayerRobert Vincent WrightOctober 30, 1966 (1966-10-30)
An emergency mission leads the Seaview to rescue Kowalski's brother Stan. Once on board, Stan's refusal to help anyone else threatens the sub's survival after it sinks to the ocean floor, a thousand feet below it's crush limit. Guest star Don Gordon.
668"Thing from Inner Space"Alex MarchWilliam WelchNovember 6, 1966 (1966-11-06)
A controversial filmmaker's crew is killed by a creature on a remote island. The Seaview goes to investigate the incident. One of the crewmen has a special interest in the mission as his father was one of the victims. Guest star Hugh Marlowe.
679"The Death Watch"Leonard HornWilliam WelchNovember 13, 1966 (1966-11-13)

Admiral Nelson wanders the Seaview and finds it abandoned except for Captain Crane and Chief Sharkey. He has no memory of what happened before or what the strange sounds over the intercom mean. Capt. Crane is also trying to kill him.

Only episode not to feature Lt. Cdr. Chip Morton (Bob Dowdell)
6810"Deadly Invasion"Nathan JuranJohn and Ward HawkinsNovember 20, 1966 (1966-11-20)
Space aliens led by an entity which takes the form of a deceased WW2 officer acquaintance of Nelson's invade the Seaview, intending to reactivate an underwater atomic base to acquire its energy.
6911"The Haunted Submarine"Harry HarrisWilliam WelchNovember 27, 1966 (1966-11-27)
Strange sounds and events begin to be reported on board the sub. While still coming to grips with the crews edginess, the Seaview encounters a strange 17th century warship that fires on the sub.
7012"The Plant Man"Harry HarrisDonn MullallyDecember 4, 1966 (1966-12-04)
A scientist in an underwater sea lab has created a new form of plant life. His twin brother, who can control him telepathically, is on his way there via the Seaview, with plans of using the new plant creatures for his own sinister purposes.
7113"The Lost Bomb"Gerald MayerOliver CrawfordDecember 11, 1966 (1966-12-11)
An unfriendly government shoots down a cargo plane carrying a new top secret bomb. The race is on to retrieve the bomb and avoid detection from the enemy before the bomb can be accidentally exploded.
7214"The Brand of the Beast"Justus AddissWilliam WelchDecember 18, 1966 (1966-12-18)
While racing to the aid of a ship the Seaview suffers a critical engine failure. While doing repairs Admiral Nelson suffers a critical dose of radiation which affects him in a most unexpected way.
7315"The Creature"
"The Creature Returns"
Justus AddissJohn and Ward HawkinsJanuary 1, 1967 (1967-01-01)
While on a routine scientific expedition Capt Crane encounters a strange hybrid seaweed humanoid creature. Crane is captured by the creature and the crew of Seaview launch a desperate attempt to rescue Crane before his air runs out.
7416"Death from the Past"Justus AddissStory by : Charles Bennett
Teleplay by : Sidney Marshall & Charles Bennett
January 8, 1967 (1967-01-08)
The Seaview encounters a strange structure on the sea floor. Investigating they discover a German submarine from WW2. Surviving Germans on-board think the war is still being fought. And they have weapons on-board of unimaginable destructive power.
7517"The Heat Monster"Gerald MayerCharles BennettJanuary 15, 1967 (1967-01-15)
A Norwegian scientific installation makes contact with an alien intelligence. The Seaview goes to investigate and ends up in a life and death struggle after the alien invades the sub. Guest star Alfred Ryder.
7618"The Fossil Men"Justus AddissJames WhitonJanuary 22, 1967 (1967-01-22)
While on routine patrol the Seaview begins to hear strange noises coming from an undersea canyon. Investigating they discover the source of the noise and the power behind the destruction of a British fleet in the area 200 years before.
7719"The Mermaid"Jerry HopperWilliam WelchJanuary 29, 1967 (1967-01-29)
Captain Crane discovers and captures a real mermaid. Everyone is interested in what the specimen might reveal until its mate turns up looking for revenge. Guest star Diane Webber.
7820"The Mummy"Harry HarrisWilliam WelchFebruary 5, 1967 (1967-02-05)
The Seaview is tasked with transporting a Mummy from New York for special secret testing. It becomes apparent very quickly not all is as it should seem, and soon a terrible threat is unleashed on the crew of Seaview.
7921"Shadowman"Justus AddissRik VollaertsFebruary 12, 1967 (1967-02-12)
The Seaview is tasked with attempting a space probe launch from sea. To avoid interference a skeleton crew is manning the ship. While en route the ship encounters a strange object that unleashes a threat that could destroy Seaview and all on board
8022"No Escape from Death"Harry HarrisWilliam WelchFebruary 19, 1967 (1967-02-19)
While on patrol the Seaview is attacked and badly damaged by an unknown submarine. As the crew frantically work to save the vessel and themselves an even greater menace appears.
8123"Doomsday Island"Jerry HopperPeter GermanoFebruary 26, 1967 (1967-02-26)
The Seaview is following up reports of a strange island being sighted when it discovers a strange egg on the ocean floor. Everyone is puzzled and excited by the find until it hatches on board.
8224"The Wax Men"Harmon JonesWilliam WelchMarch 5, 1967 (1967-03-05)
The Seaview is tasked with moving a series of crates supposed to contain statues dating from the time of Atlantis. Something far more sinister is in the crates and Capt Crane is the only one in a position to save the ship. Guest star Michael Dunn.
8325"Deadly Cloud"Jerry HopperRik VollaertsMarch 12, 1967 (1967-03-12)
The Seaview investigates a strange cloud that seems to be the source of immense destruction around the world. The world has only 24 hours to live unless Seaview can crack the secret. Meanwhile, an ominous silver-skinned being materializes next to an unconscious Captain Crane...
8426"Destroy Seaview!"Justus AddissDonn MullallyMarch 19, 1967 (1967-03-19)
Crane and the Admiral are on a mission to secure a new element that could be used to control the world. While exploring an undersea cave events occur that leave the admiral as the only survivor of the expedition and a changed man.

Season 4 (1967–68)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
851"Fires of Death"Jerry HopperArthur WeissSeptember 17, 1967 (1967-09-17)
The Seaview is sent to stop an active volcano from erupting and causing a catastrophe. Accompanying them is Dr. Turner who's suppose to help them. But it turns out he has a different plan and that is to make the volcano erupt so he can acquire something that will make him immortal. Guest Starring Victor Jory.
862"The Deadly Dolls"Harry HarrisCharles BennettOctober 1, 1967 (1967-10-01)
A puppeteer comes on board to entertain the crew. But it is later revealed that his puppets are alive and they plan to take over the sub. That's when they replace the crew members with duplicates. Only Nelson and Crane are left to try and stop them. Guest Starring Vincent Price.
873"Cave of the Dead"Harry HarrisWilliam WelchOctober 8, 1967 (1967-10-08)
When four capital ships vanish, Admiral Nelson and Commander Van Wyck are sent to investigate. They find an island where Nelson removes a dagger from a skeleton which happens to be the captain of the Amsterdammer, the Flying Dutchman, and is then cursed. Van Wyck is in reality the first mate who killed the Captain. His plan is to kill Nelson with the dagger so that he can be free and Nelson will take his place. Guest Starring Warren Stevens.
884"Journey with Fear"Harry HarrisArthur WeissOctober 15, 1967 (1967-10-15)
Aliens from the planet Centaur bring a capsule containing Commander Morton to Venus. They want to keep earth from invading their planet and kidnap Captain Crane in an attempt to bring the Seaview to their planet.
895"Sealed Orders"Jerry HopperWilliam WelchOctober 22, 1967 (1967-10-22)
When a top secret Neutron Bomb begins leaking radiation, Seaview crew men begin disappearing and those who haven't begin seeing things. The Seaview is racing the clock to fire or disarm the missile before it explodes.
906"Man of Many Faces"Harry HarrisWilliam WelchOctober 29, 1967 (1967-10-29)
Admiral Nelson and Captain Crane are shocked to see a scientist shot to death during a live televised news conference viewed from the Nelson Institute. Especially shocking is that the killer appears to be Admiral Nelson. Both Nelson and Crane are eventually able to overcome efforts to stop them from boarding the Seaview. The submarine races to stop an earth-threatening project set in motion by the radical scientist, who may not really be dead after all. In the meantime, a very dangerous master of disguise causes mayhem and confusion as he tries to stop the Seaview ...
917"Fatal Cargo"TBATBANovember 5, 1967 (1967-11-05)
A scientist friend of Nelson has developed a device to control a rare white ape. The scientist's jealous assistant causes the beast to kill the scientist and the ape runs wild after being brought aboard Seaview causing destruction. Guest Starring Woodrow Parfrey.
928"Time Lock"Jerry HopperWilliam WelchNovember 12, 1967 (1967-11-12)
A man named Alpha from 2823 sends 2 Collectors to bring Nelson to his time to add the Admiral to his collection of military officers. Chief Sharkey goes to the future to help while the Collectors wreak havoc on the Seaview. Guest Starring John Crawford.
939"Rescue"TBATBANovember 19, 1967 (1967-11-19)
Captain Crane, while seeking an enemy craft in the Flying Sub, is attacked. Guest Starring Don Dubbins.
9410"Terror"Jerry HopperSidney EllisNovember 26, 1967 (1967-11-26)
A shore party from Seaview encounters a dying scientist, who warns that deadly planet life threatens the Earth. Guest Starring Damian O'Flynn and Pat Culliton
9511"A Time to Die"TBATBADecember 3, 1967 (1967-12-03)
The Seaview is cast back a million years in time by the mysterious Mr. Pem and Nelson has to play a deadly game with Pem to escape. Guest starring Henry Jones as Mr. Pem.
9612"Blow Up"TBATBADecember 10, 1967 (1967-12-10)
Admiral Nelson starts behaving very oddly after using an experimental breathing apparatus.
9713"The Deadly Amphibians"TBATBADecember 17, 1967 (1967-12-17)
Seaview is trapped on the ocean floor by malicious amphibian creatures. Guest Starring Don Matheson and Joey Tata.
9814"The Return of Blackbeard"TBATBADecember 31, 1967 (1967-12-31)
The ghost of Blackbeard appears, and attempts to seize the Seaview. Adding complications is that Nelson is trying to protect the US President, who is attending a diplomatic meeting. Guest Starring Malachi Throne.
9915"The Terrible Leprechaun"TBATBAJanuary 7, 1968 (1968-01-07)
Two leprechauns, one good and one evil, appear on the Seaview. Guest Starring Walter Burke.
10016"The Lobster Man"TBATBAJanuary 21, 1968 (1968-01-21)
A lobster-like humanoid is found on the ocean floor. Guest Starring Victor Lundin.
10117"Nightmare"TBATBAJanuary 28, 1968 (1968-01-28)
Captain Crane returns from a trip in the Flying Sub to find the Seaview apparently abandoned. It soon transpires someone is putting him through a sinister test. Guest Starring Paul Mantee.
10218"The Abominable Snowman"TBATBAFebruary 4, 1968 (1968-02-04)
Visiting an experimental station in the Antarctic, the Seaview discovers the station is almost abandoned, and a strange white-furred creature is glimpsed.
10319"Secret of the Deep"TBATBAFebruary 11, 1968 (1968-02-11)
Seaview investigates a sea-lab surrounded by dangerous creatures. Guest Starring Peter Mark Richman.
10420"Man-Beast"Jerry HopperWilliam WelchFebruary 18, 1968 (1968-02-18)
An experiment with an artificial diving-bell atmosphere has disturbing consequences. Guest Starring Lawrence Montaigne.
10521"Savage Jungle"TBATBAFebruary 25, 1968 (1968-02-25)
Mysterious jungle growths invade the submarine. Guest Starring Perry López.
10622"Flaming Ice"TBATBAMarch 3, 1968 (1968-03-03)
Seaview is under the ice cap, trying to investigate the cause of mysterious flooding. The malicious Frost Men are revealed as the culprits.
10723"Attack!"Jerry HopperWilliam WelchMarch 10, 1968 (1968-03-10)
The US Navy is attacked by a hostile UFO. Nelson is captured by the UFO's inhabitants. Guest starring Skip Homeier and Kevin Hagen.
10824"The Edge of Doom"TBATBAMarch 17, 1968 (1968-03-17)
There is a treacherous impostor hiding among the Seaview's crew.
10925"The Death Clock"Charles RondeauSidney MarshallMarch 24, 1968 (1968-03-24)
The malevolent scientist Mallory creates an evil version of Captain Crane. Guest starring Chris Robinson as Mallory.
11026"No Way Back"Robert SparrWilliam WelchMarch 31, 1968 (1968-03-31)
The Seaview is destroyed in a mysterious explosion. A distraught Admiral Nelson encounters the time-travelling Mr. Pem. Nelson asks Pem, to help him travel into the past to change history and save the Seaview. However, Pem has his own plans, and soon Nelson finds himself on the Seaview with the infamous Benedict Arnold. Guest starring Henry Jones as Mr. Pem and Barry Atwater as Benedict Arnold.

Other media[edit]

  • A paperback novel, City Under the Sea, authored by Paul W. Fairman, was published in 1965, to tie into the series. It had a different storyline than the episode of the same name. The book should also not be confused with the later Irwin Allen film of nearly the same name, which was about the attempts of the world's first under-sea city to prevent the earth from being hit by a rogue asteroid. It is not about "A wealthy family attempting to move the Earth's oceans to another planet for resettlement" as has occasionally been stated.[6]
  • Western Publishing published a comic book based on the series. Western's comic company, Gold Key Comics put out a series that ran 16 issues from 1964 to 1970. Most covers were painted, and most had a photo of either Richard Basehart or David Hedison on them. The first issue of the Gold Key comic was a story called "The Last Survivor". The story brought back Dr. Gamma, the villain from the pilot episode, "Eleven Days to Zero". Gold Key's story was the only sequel to the pilot episode. Hermes Press reprinted the entire run in 2 hardback volumes; the first was released in 2009.
  • In 1966, World Distributors, a British publishing company in Manchester, England, published a City Beneath The Sea Annual, a hardback comic book. The British-made book used the series' characters in all new stories but also contained a reprint of a story from the Gold Key Comics series. Both books were mostly prose stories with some illustrations.
  • Aurora Plastics Corporation released a plastic model kit of Seaview as well as the Flying Sub during the original run of the series. From 1975 - 1977, Aurora reissued both kits; the Seaview (kit #253) was modified with a sea floor base (originally created for the Dick Tracy Space Coupe kit #819) and sub surface details, while The Flying Sub (kit #254) was remodeled in a different base color. The 1975 - 1977 kits—part of Aurora's reissue of 5 of their 11 TV & movie-related science-fiction kits, also included instruction sheets with a detailed history of the TV series or movie plot.
  • Both kits were recently re-released by Polar Lights. The Flying Sub model sold more than the Seaview model.[citation needed]
  • Other collectables from the show include a board game with illustrations based on the pilot episode, as well as a boxed card game with a painting of the divers' battle with the giant octopus, both from Milton Bradley, and a school lunch box with thermos from Aladdin with depictions of Admiral Nelson and Captain Crane trying to save the Flying Sub from an evil looking octopus. There was also a Sawyers View-Master slide reel based on the episode "Deadly Creature Below."
  • In 1964, a 66-card set of black-and-white trading cards was released by Donruss. Selling for 5 cents a pack, the set consisted of stills from the first season. Today, a set in mint condition can sell for several hundred dollars.
  • In the UK, TV Tornado published 14 issues that contained Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea stories, either comics or text with illustrations as per the issue and at least two TV Tornado annuals had original stories as well.
  • Theodore Sturgeon wrote a novel, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, based on the original script written by Irwin Allen for the movie, and published in 1961.

Popular culture[edit]

  • The popularity of the TV show inspired Mad Magazine (March 1966) to spoof the show, their version being called Voyage to See What's on the Bottom, featuring a submarine called the Seapew and a flying sub called Son of Seapew.
  • Australian TV show Fast Forward sent-up the series as Voyage to the Bottom of the Harbour.
  • Stock footage of Seaview was used in the Wonder Woman episode "The Bermuda Triangle Crisis."
  • An often referenced running joke[who?] is that in many episodes of the series, characters lurch to camera movements on the visibly static set, to give the illusion that Seaview had sustained impact. This was an old movie trick, and was commonly used by other television shows of the period, including Star Trek, but none did it so frequently, nor with such relish as Voyage.[7] Hence, the technique is still commonly known as "Seaview Rock and Roll".[8]
  • On the SciFi Channel's 1995 documentary tribute to Irwin Allen, The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen, series co-star June Lockhart recalled this technique being used also on Lost In Space, where the cast also knew it as "the rock-and-roll".
  • The Disney Channel animated series Phineas and Ferb has an episode with a pun on the title called Voyage to the Bottom of Buford.

Home media[edit]

20th Century Fox has released all 4 seasons on DVD in Region 1 in two volume sets.

In Region 2, Revelation Films has released the entire series on DVD in the UK in four complete season sets.[9][10][11][12] On March 26, 2012, they released Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea: The Complete Collection, a 31-disc set featuring all 110 episodes of the series as well as bonus features.[13]

In Region 4, Madman Entertainment released the first two seasons on DVD in Australia on August 20, 2014.[14][15]

DVD Name Ep # Release Date Additional Information
Season 1 Vol. 1 16 February 21, 2006
  • Unaired Color Pilot
  • Behind the scenes home movie from Irwin Allen
  • Promotional Reel featuring Irwin Allen from 1964
  • Still Gallery
Season 1 Vol. 2 16 July 11, 2006
  • Still Gallery (22 images)
  • Blooper Reel
  • David Hedison Interviews
Season 2 Vol. 1 13 October 24, 2006
  • Special Effects Footage (22:04)
  • Concept Art Gallery (5 stills)
  • Episodic Photo Gallery (35 stills)
  • Publicity Photo Gallery (8 stills)
Season 2 Vol. 2 13 February 20, 2007
  • David Hedison Interview
  • Still Gallery
Season 3 Vol. 1 13 June 19, 2007
  • Still Galleries
  • David Hedison Interviews
  • Visitors on Set
  • Letters from Fans
  • "The Rock and Roll"
  • David Hedison 1966 Interview (audio only)
Season 3 Vol. 2 13 October 23, 2007
  • Episodic Photo Gallery
  • Publicity Photos
  • TV Merchandise
  • David Hedison Interviews
  • Richard Basehart 1966 Interview (audio only)
Season 4 Vol. 1 13 March 31, 2009
  • Eleven Days to Zero (re-cut unaired pilot)
  • David Hedison Interviews:
    • Years 1–4
    • Irwin's Goal
    • Irwin's Office
    • Work Hours
    • Voice-overs
  • Still Gallery
Season 4 Vol. 2 13 January 11, 2011
  • Original Unaired Pilot
  • Broadcast Pilot with Vintage Commercials
  • Still Gallery


On November 23, 2020, it was announced that Legendary Entertainment is developing a new version. Chris Lunt and Michael A. Walker are writing the project.[16]


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