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"The Invisible Man"

The Invisible Man

The original series itself, 1958's "The Invisible Man" started it all with two seasons and 26 half-hour episodes. Tim Turner had the leading role as the invisible man Doctor Peter Brady, although he was never credited on screen. No information on whether Greg or Marcia Brady was in it with their brother Peter. Once again, it's Iowa Public Television that aired it, and others would/could have also.

Twice in 1975 Steven Bochco attempted to do an update on it. Even the man who gave us "Doogie Howser" and "NYPD Blue" couldn't handle it. After "Invisible Man" failed with David McCallum, they fired all the cast and crew and started again from scratch the next year with "Gemini Man", starring Ben Murphy from "Alias Smith and Jones". It too bombed, and actually had one of its edited TV Movies on Mystery Science Theatre 3000. Luckily this didn't tarnish the career of Steven Bochco, who went on to give us Fish Police, Cop Rock, and Capitol Critters. Give that man an Emmy!

In 2000, the Sci-Fi Channel tried again, and appears to have succeeded with "The Invisible Man", but no doubt they gave it the go-ahead only because they would have a "Science-Fiction" Series that rarely has any special effects, beyond the simple effect of disappearing, and they no doubt can do that cheaply or they wouldn't have done it at all (limited special effects are the same reasons they produced more episodes of Sliders and First Wave). As a bonus, it repeats in Syndication several months later, raking in some more cash.



SCIENCE-FICTION ON PBS:
Doctor Who
Blake's 7
Red Dwarf
Starcops
The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Man from UNCLE
Star Trek
Japanese Animation
The Invisible Man
2001: A Space Odyssey
Space Island One
Godzilla
Lost in Space, Land of the Giants, The Time Tunnel
The Tripods
Neverwhere
The Prisoner
Overdrawn at the Memory Bank
Slaughterhouse Five
The Lathe of Heaven

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