Lost in Space

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Lost in Space was a TV series of space exploration second in popularity only to Star Trek. It features a married couple and 3 children, a bachelor crew member (and an eccentric bachelor stowaway), Zachary Smith. The name of the family, Robinson, evokes the titles of the classic novels Robinson Crusoe (1719) and Swiss Family Robinson (1812).

The series had more in common with 1950s upper middle class idealism than cutting-edge science fiction. In the first episode, meteors disable the ship, but it crash lands safely on a planet with breathable air. The mother indulges her children as they play with local wildlife which looks like an ostrich and a monkey, and she anxiously awaits her husband clutching a laundry basket. Meanwhile, Commander Robinson and his assistant confront a burlap-clad giant cyclops.

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