Ark II
Ark II
Title: Ark II
Format: Live-action
Running time: 30 min.
country: USA
Network: CBS
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 15
Production company: Filmation Associates
Executive producers: Norm Prescott; Lou Scheimer
Producers: Richard M. Rosenbloom
Principal cast: Terry Lester; Jean Marie Hon; José Flores
Air dates
First aired: September 11th, 1976
Last aired: December 18th, 1976

Ark II is an American television series of the science fiction genre aimed at younger viewers. The series was created by Martin Roth and produced by Norm Prescott and Lou Scheimer and their company, Filmation Associates. It aired on weekends on CBS from September 11th to December 18th, 1976, spanning a total of only fifteen episodes. The show starred Terry Lester as Jonah, Jean Marie Hon as Ruth, José Flores as Samuel and the chimpanzee Adam as a highly-intelligent version of himself.

The setting of the series was Earth of the year 2476. After centuries of pollution and mistreatment, the Earth has now become a toxic and barren wasteland. A group of scientists led by Jonah travel across the planet in the highly advanced all-terrain vehicle, the Ark II, laboring to restore the planet to its former vitality.

Episodes Edit

Episode Title Airdate
1x1 The Flies September 11th, 1976
1x2 The Slaves September 18th, 1976
1x3 The Wild Boy September 25th, 1976
1x4 The Robot October 2nd, 1976
1x5 Omega October 9th, 1976
1x6 The Tank October 16th, 1976
1x7 The Cryogenic Man October 23rd, 1976
1x8 The Rule October 30th, 1976
1x9 Robin Hood November 6th, 1976
1x10 The Drought November 13th, 1976
1x11 The Lottery November 20th, 1976
1x12 The Mind Group November 27th, 1976
1x13 The Balloon December 4th, 1976
1x14 Don Quixote December 11th, 1976
1x15 Orkus December 18th, 1976

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • Ted Post directed 8 out of 15 episodes of the series; more than any other director.
  • Robert Specht wrote and/or co-wrote 5 episodes of the series; more than any other writer.
  • The musical score used for this series was composed by Ray Ellis and Norm Prescott.
  • All of the main characters in this series, including the ape, are named for Hebrew figures that appear in the Judeo-Christian Bible.
  • Episode 1x05, "Omega" features a guest appearance by 13-year-old actress Helen Hunt. Helen will go on to become more popularly known for playing Jamie Buchman on the comedy series Mad About You (with Aliens actor Paul Reiser), and will appear in such films as Twister, Pay It Forward, and As Good as It Gets.

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