Monday, June 10, 2013

Captain Video

A Very nice Captain Video story by
George Evans and Al Williamson

Captain Video

Begun on a shoestring budget by the Dumont television network Vice President James Caddigan, it was both the first "tv kids show" cult series and the first science fiction/space fantasy series to air on television. Many imitators cropped up on other networks, most notably Space Patrol, which was also an old time radio series of the ABC network at the same time. While still largely influenced by old time radio in style, Captain Video's use of special effects in television was ground-breaking, while its use of moralistic PSAs to punctuate its content is strangely both ahead of its time in principle and archaic in content by more modern standards. 

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