No Place To Hide (unaired pilot)
The adventures of the space family Robinson, who become hopelessly lost in space while on their way to colonize a new world.
This was the first pilot shot for the series.  Network execs felt the show needed more conflict and shelved this version.

Differences are: no Doctor Smith or Robot.  The ship is called the Gemini 12 instead of the Jupiter 2.  Hardcore fans will recognize footage used in later episodes.
Trivia: The original title for this series was Space Family Robinson. Walt Disney Productions threatened to sue because of the similarity between this title and Swiss Family Robinson.

The Reluctant Stowaway
Air Date: 15-Sep-65
Teleplay: S. Bar David
Story: Shimon Wincelberg
Director: Tony Leader
Guest Cast: Don Forbes, Hal Torey, Byron Morrow, Hoke Howell, Brett Parker, Fred Crane, Tom Allen

In the year 1997, the Robinson family takes off in the Jupiter 2, America's first colonization mission to Alpha Centauri.  However, a spy for a foreign country, Dr. Zachary Smith, sneaks on board and sabotages the mission by reprogramming the ship's robot to destroy the Jupiter 2 after launch.  But Smith becomes trapped on board, and the Robinsons save the ship, but not before it's guidance system is damaged, and the Jupiter 2 becomes lost in space.
[Note: Originally, the Robot was a villain, and not the good guy it would later become.  Also, Dr. Smith was more ruthless.]

The Derelict
Air Date: 22-Sep-65
Teleplay: Peter Packer
Story: Shimon Wincelberg
Director: Alex Singer
Guest Cast: Don Forbes, Dawson Palmer

The Jupiter 2 is pulled into a giant alien spaceship, where they encounter an advanced race of bubblelike creatures.  John and Don search for maps and equipment, while Dr. Smith and Will get into trouble.

Island in the Sky
Air Date: 29-Sep-65
Teleplay: Norman Lessing
Story: Shimon Wincelberg
Director: Tony Leader
Guest Cast: None

While outside the ship, Prof. Robinson's parajets misfire, and he plummets towards the planet below.  Don attempts to follow in the Jupiter 2, but Dr. Smith's sabotage causes the retro-rockets to fail, and the ship crash lands. They then search the planet for Prof. Robinson, using the space chariot.
[Note: This is the first time the "space chariot" (a combination tractor and bus) is used.]

There Were Giants In The Earth
Air Date: 6-Oct-65
Writer: Carey Wilber
Story: Shimon Wincelberg
Director: Leo Penn
Guest Cast: Lamar Lundy

John discovers that the planet they are on will soon move farther from its sun and freeze.  The Robinson's attempt to abandon the ship and move South in hopes of surviving.  They encounter a carnivorous Cyclops who impedes their escape.

The Hungry Sea
Air Date: 13-Oct-65
Teleplay: William Welch
Story: Shimon Wincelberg
Director: Sobey Martin
Guest Cast: None

John discovers that the planet's orbit will again carry it back towards the sun.  The family heads back towards the Jupiter 2 in the Chariot, but encounter earthquakes and storms.  They cross an island sea to reach their ship.

Welcome Stranger
Air Date: 20-Oct-65
Writer: Peter Packer
Director: Alvin Ganzer
Guest Cast: Warren Oates

The Robinsons find astronaut Jimmy Hapgood, also lost from Earth, on the planet.  They help him repair his ship, which is in better condition, so that he can return to Earth.  Mr. and Mrs. Robinson ask him to take Will and Penny with him, but Dr.  Smith plots to have himself taken instead. However, Hapgood enjoys life in space, and no one returns to Earth.

My Friend, Mr. Nobody
Air Date: 27-Oct-65
Writer: Jackson Gillis
Director: Paul Stanley
Guest Cast: William Bramley

Penny plays with an "imaginary" companion, actually a disembodied life force living below the surface.  When Dr. Smith accidentally injures Penny, the companion unleashes its wrath across the entire planet, until Penny intervenes and calms it down, and then it undergoes a startling transformation.

Invaders From The Fifth Dimension
Air Dates: 3-Nov-65 and 23-Aug-66
Writer: Shimon Wincelberg
Director: Leonard Horn
Guest Cast: Ted Lohmann, Joe Ryan

Luminous aliens capture Dr.  Smith, and plan to replace their burnt-out computer with his brain.  However, he bargains with them, and promises them Will's brain instead.  Thus they are pitted against the Robinsons.

The Oasis
Air Date: 10-Nov-65
Writer: Peter Packer
Director: Sutton Roley Guest Cast: None

Smith eats some alien fruit before it can be tested, and grows into a giant. Convinced that the Robinsons were trying to kill him, he plots to finish them off.  However, he is returned to normal size, and does not kill any Robinsons.

The Sky is Falling
Air Date: 17-Nov-65
Writers: Barney Slater, Herman Groves
Director: Sutton Roley
Guest Cast: Don Matheson, Francoise Ruggieri, Eddie Rosson

The Robinsons find themselves unable to understand the electronic language of a visiting space family.

Wish Upon a Star
Air Dates: 24-Nov-65 and 7-Sep-66
Writer: Barney Slater
Director: Sutton Roley
Guest Cast: Dawson Palmer

Banished from the Robinson Camp, Dr.  Smith takes refuge in the wreck of an alien spaceship, where he finds a machine that can materialize anything one wishes.  To get the Robinsons to allow him back into the Jupiter 2, he donates the machine to them.  It then starts to play on their greed. The machine's original owner, a strange Rubberoid creature, then returns to retrieve it.

The Raft
Air Date: 1-Dec-65
Writer: Peter Packer
Director: Sobey Martin
Guest Cast: Dawson Palmer

The Robinsons construct a small space craft capable of carrying two people back to Earth.  Dr. Smith takes off in it, with Will, but it isn't on the Earth that they land.

One Of Our Dogs Is Missing
Air Dates: 8-Dec-65 and 24-Aug-66
Writer: William Welch
Director: Sutton Roley
Guest Cast: Dawson Palmer

The Robinsons find a suspended animation test ship with a twenty-year-old dog in it.  Then at night, food is being taken off the ship, and growling noises are heard.  It's not the dog, however, but a giant, hairy mutant who attacks Judy, until the dog saves her.

Attack of the Monster Plants
Air Dates: 15-Dec-65 and 4-May-66
Writers: William Read Woodfield, Alan Balter
Director: Justin Addis
Guest Cast: None

Giant cyclamen plants, which duplicate anything put into them, make an evil duplicate of Judy, in an attempt to get the Jupiter 2's supply of deutronium fuel.  The evil Judy feeds all of the fuel to the plants, while Dr. Smith refuses to tell the Robinsons where the real Judy is.

Return From Outer Space
Air Dates: 29-Dec-65 and 11-May-66
Writer: Peter Packer
Director: Nathan Juran
Guest Cast: Reta Shaw, Walter Sande, Donald Loxby, Sheila Mathews

Will is able to use the Tauron's maser device to transport himself back to Earth.  However, nobody will believe that he is one of the Robinsons, or that they are shipwrecked.

The Keeper
Air Dates: Part I - 12-Jan-66 and 18-May-66
                 Part II - 19-Jan-66 and 25-May-66
Writer: Barney Slater
Director: Harry Harris
Guest Cast: Michael Rennie, Wilber Evans

An intergalactic zookeeper comes by, and the Robinsons are suspicious of the way he treats them as specimens, rather than humans, which is true. He decides to add Will and Penny to his menagerie.  Hoping to steal the Keeper's ship, Dr.  Smith sneaks on board, but accidentally lets all of the animals loose.  The Keeper then says that if the Robinsons do not hand over Will and Penny, he will allow the dangerous monsters to overrun the planet.

The Sky Pirate
Air Dates: 26-Jan-66 and 1-Jun-66
Writer: Carey Wilber
Director: Sobey Martin
Guest Cast: Albert Salmi

Will is kidnapped, and later befriends Tucker the space pirate, who is being chased by a creature from another galaxy.

Ghost In Space
Air Dates: 2-Feb-66 and 8-Jun-66
Writer: Barney Slater
Director: Sobey Martin
Guest Cast: Dawson Palmer

Dr.  Smith throws an explosive into a gaseous bog, creating an invisible, destructive force that threatens the Robinsons.  Dr. Smith is convinced that the thing is the spirit of his uncle Thaddeus.  While the Robinsons figure out how to capture it, Smith tries to exorcise it.

The War Of The Robots
Air Dates: 9-Feb-66 and 15-Jun-66
Writer: Barney Slater
Director: Sobey Martin
Guest Cast: Robby the Robot

Will finds a robot and repairs it.  It helps the Robinsons with their chores, but is in actuality an evil robot created by an advanced race.  It is programmed to have a will of its own, and it plans to capture the Robinsons for its masters, and destroy their Robot.  [The robot used is actually Robby the Robot, from several MGM SF movies.]

The Magic Mirror
Air Dates: 16-Feb-66 and 22-Jun-66
Writer: Jackson Gillis
Director: Nathan Juran
Guest Cast: Michael J.  Pollard

Penny, and her pet Bloop, Debbie (don't ask what a Bloop is! All I know is that it is something like a chimpanzee) fall through an alien mirror into another dimension, onto a planet inhabited by a lonely, nameless boy.

The Challenge
Air Dates: 2-Mar-66 and 29-Jun-66
Writer: Barney Slater
Director: Don Richardson
Guest Cast: Michael Ansara, Kurt Russell

An alien and his son come to the Robinsons, and challenge John and Will to a test of strength and courage to prove their superiority over Earthlings. Unknown to the Robinsons, if John and Will win, they will all be killed.

The Space Trader
Air Dates: 9-Mar-66 and 6-Jul-66
Writer: Barney Slater
Director: Nathan Juran
Guest Cast: Torin Thatcher

When a space merchant attempts to drum up business by destroying the Robinson's food supply, a hungry Smith promises to will his body to the trader in 200 years in exchange for food.  Unfortunately, the fine print allows the trader to collect immediately.

His Majesty Smith
Air Dates: 16-Mar-66 and 13-Jul-66
Writer: Carey Wilber
Director: Harry Harris
Guest Cast: Liam Sullivan, Kevin Hagen

Smith is selected to be king of an alien civilization, but later finds the reason - the aliens select only the most useless creatures of the Universe, to be sacrificed to their primitive deities.

The Space Croppers
Air Dates: 30-Mar-66 and 20-Jul-66
Writer: Peter Packer
Director: Sobey Martin
Guest Cast: Mercedes McCambridge, Sherry Jackson, Dawson Palmer

Hoping to get back to Earth, Smith romances the mother of a clan of space hillbillies, unaware that they are growing a crop of plants that feed on animal and human flesh.

All That Glitters
Air Dates: 6-Apr-66 and 27-Jul-66
Writer: Barney Slater
Director: Harry Harris
Guest Cast: Werner Klemperer, Larry Ward, Ted Lehmann

A space thief entrusts Penny and Smith with a neck-ring that turns anything the wearer touches into platinum.  Smith betrays the thief and keeps the ring for himself, then accidentally turns Penny into platinum.

The Lost Civilization
Air Dates: 13-Apr-66 and 3-Aug-66
Writer: William Welch
Director: Don Richardson
Guest Cast: Kym Karath, Royal Dano, Dawson Palmer

According to the rules of an ancient civilization, Will must marry the princess he kissed and awoke from suspended animation.  The civilization has been stockpiling soldiers in freezing tubes, and now plans to conquer the universe, beginning with Earth.  [For a primitive planet, Earth attracted a lot of universe-conquerors!]

A Change Of Space
Air Dates: 20-Apr-66 and 10-Aug-66
Writer: Peter Packer
Director: Sobey Martin
Guest Cast: Frank Graham

Will returns from a faster-than-light trip into the sixth dimension in an alien spaceship with his intelligence greatly enhanced.  Smith, trying to repeat the incident, returns as an old man.

Follow The Leader
Air Dates: 27-Apr-66 and 17-Aug-66
Writer: Barney Slater
Director: Don Richardson
Guest Cast: Gregory Morton

Knocked unconscious during a cave-in, John's mind and body are possessed by an alien warrior's spirit.  When the rest of the Robinson's become suspicious of John's unusual behavior, he seals them up in the cave, and plots to throw Will off a cliff.  Will exorcises the spirit through the power of his love for his father.


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