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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Official Thread

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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea


Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)


"Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1964)










Voyage chronicled the adventures of the world's first privately owned nuclear submarine, the SSRN Seaview. Designed by Admiral Harriman Nelson, she was a tool of oceanographic research for the Nelson Institute of Marine Research. Though the show is known for its few "monster" episodes, many plots were veiled commentaries of what was happening in the news. Such plotlines as nuclear doomsday, pollution of natural resources, foreign threat, and theft of American technology are all still relevant today. Written by Linda Adams {Garridon@aol.com}

Season 1

Season 1, Episode 1: Eleven Days to Zero

Original Air Date: 14 September 1964
In exactly eleven days there will be a terrible polar earthquake. The resulting tidal wave could destroy civilization. The Seaview is dispatched for damage control. Certain enemy forces also go there to upset the Seaview's mission.

Season 1, Episode 2: The City Beneath the Sea

Original Air Date: 21 September 1964
A research vessel vanishes during a routine mission near an island off Greece. Another ship is sent to investigate, and also disappears without a trace. Now the Seaview pays a visit. They find nothing, but a local fisherman claims to know of a 'city beneath the sea'.

Season 1, Episode 3: The Fear-Makers

Original Air Date: 28 September 1964
The Seaview continues the secret underwater explorations that another sub was on when it mysteriously disappeared.

Season 1, Episode 4: The Mist of Silence

Original Air Date: 5 October 1964
The Seaview arrives at an ocean rendezvous to pick up a Latin-American president, but the ship it meets is empty.

Season 1, Episode 5: The Price of Doom

Original Air Date: 12 October 1964
A scientist on a research facility in Antarctica discovers a new form of sea plankton that turns monstrously large and aggressive if exposed to heat. After the scientist mysteriously disappears, the Seaview is sent in to investigate.

Season 1, Episode 6: The Sky Is Falling

Original Air Date: 19 October 1964


Season 1, Episode 7: Turn Back the Clock

Original Air Date: 26 October 1964
Nine months ago a diving bell was lost with four men aboard during an Antarctic expedition. One man, Jason Kemp, is found alive. He is suffering from amnesia and can't remember anything after the dive. Nelson thinks he may be suffering from shock as he rambles on about a tropical land filled with monsters. Kemp and Carol Denning, an underwater photographer and the daughter of one of the missing men, joins the Seaview and returns to the place where the bell was lost. Their bell suffers the same fate and Nelson, Crane, Kemp and Carol Denning somehow find themselves washed up on a tropical beach in the frozen Antarctic.

Season 1, Episode 8: The Village of Guilt

Original Air Date: 2 November 1964
In the Fjords of a small Norwegian fishing village a small boat manned by three drunken fishermen is attacked by what appears to be a giant sea monster. When Admiral Nelson hears of this he is fascinated by it and takes the Seaview to the Norway to investigate and interview the one survivor. The villagers are not happy to see them and reluctant to talk and answer questions. Someone is so desperate to keep their silence that the survivor is murdered before he could talk. With no one willing to talk Nelson is preparing to leave when they discover evidence of giant sea life. Nelson is determined to solve this mystery.

Season 1, Episode 9: Hot Line

Original Air Date: 9 November 1964
The Soviets have launched a rocket carrying a new satellite to be placed in orbit around the Earth. Everything is proceeding normally when they lose control of the rocket and their power to abort it. The rocket with its nuclear pile will fall back to Earth and splashdown near the San Franciscan coast. The Seaview is ordered to pick up two Russian missile experts and find the rocket and disarm the nuclear pile before detonation.

Season 1, Episode 10: Submarine Sunk Here

Original Air Date: 16 November 1964
Chip Morton and Curley Jones are in New London making repairs on the diving bell's guidance system. At the same time a skirmish in the control room of the Seaview sails directly into a derelict mine field. The sub becomes entangled and attempts to free it send it to the bottom. With their air running out the diving bell is their only hope.

Season 1, Episode 11: The Magnus Beam

Original Air Date: 23 November 1964


Season 1, Episode 12: No Way Out

Original Air Date: 30 November 1964
A very important Soviet official is defecting to the USA with his daughter. They are scheduled to be picked up in Indonesia by the Seaview. On the last leg of their escape, the official is wounded and the daughter is captured. With the official recovering in the sick bay, the Seaview now must either leave the daughter behind or make a rescue attempt. Time is running out, and dangerous agents are snooping around everywhere.

Season 1, Episode 13: The Blizzard Makers

Original Air Date: 7 December 1964


Season 1, Episode 14: The Ghost of Moby Dick

Original Air Date: 14 December 1964


Season 1, Episode 15: Long Live the King

Original Air Date: 21 December 1964


Season 1, Episode 16: Hail to the Chief

Original Air Date: 28 December 1964


Season 1, Episode 17: The Last Battle

Original Air Date: 4 January 1965


Season 1, Episode 18: Mutiny

Original Air Date: 11 January 1965


Season 1, Episode 19: Doomsday

Original Air Date: 18 January 1965


Season 1, Episode 20: The Invaders

Original Air Date: 25 January 1965


Season 1, Episode 21: The Indestructible Man

Original Air Date: 1 February 1965


Season 1, Episode 22: The Buccaneer

Original Air Date: 8 February 1965


Season 1, Episode 23: The Human Computer

Original Air Date: 15 February 1965


Season 1, Episode 24: The Saboteur

Original Air Date: 22 February 1965


Season 1, Episode 25: Cradle of the Deep

Original Air Date: 1 March 1965


Season 1, Episode 26: The Amphibians

Original Air Date: 8 March 1965


Season 1, Episode 27: The Exile

Original Air Date: 15 March 1965


Season 1, Episode 28: The Creature

Original Air Date: 22 March 1965


Season 1, Episode 29: The Enemies

Original Air Date: 29 March 1965


Season 1, Episode 30: The Secret of the Loch

Original Air Date: 5 April 1965


Season 1, Episode 31: The Condemned

Original Air Date: 12 April 1965


Season 1, Episode 32: The Traitor

Original Air Date: 19 April 1965


Season 2

Season 2, Episode 1: Jonah and the Whale

Original Air Date: 19 September 1965


Season 2, Episode 2: Time Bomb

Original Air Date: 26 September 1965


Season 2, Episode 3: ...And Five of Us Are Left

Original Air Date: 3 October 1965


Season 2, Episode 4: The Cyborg

Original Air Date: 17 October 1965


Season 2, Episode 5: Escape from Venice

Original Air Date: 17 October 1965


Season 2, Episode 6: The Left-Handed Man

Original Air Date: 24 October 1965


Season 2, Episode 7: The Deadliest Game

Original Air Date: 31 October 1965


Season 2, Episode 8: Leviathan

Original Air Date: 14 November 1965


Season 2, Episode 9: The Peacemaker

Original Air Date: 21 November 1965


Season 2, Episode 10: The Silent Saboteurs

Original Air Date: 28 November 1965


Season 2, Episode 11: The X Factor

Original Air Date: 5 December 1965


Season 2, Episode 12: The Machines Strike Back

Original Air Date: 12 December 1965


Season 2, Episode 13: The Monster from Outer Space

Original Air Date: 19 December 1965


Season 2, Episode 14: Terror on Dinosaur Island

Original Air Date: 26 December 1965


Season 2, Episode 15: Killers of the Deep

Original Air Date: 2 January 1966


Season 2, Episode 16: Deadly Creature Below!

Original Air Date: 9 January 1966


Season 2, Episode 17: The Phantom Strikes

Original Air Date: 16 January 1966


Season 2, Episode 18: The Sky's on Fire

Original Air Date: 23 January 1966


Season 2, Episode 19: Graveyard of Fear

Original Air Date: 30 January 1966


Season 2, Episode 20: The Shape of Doom

Original Air Date: 6 February 1966


Season 2, Episode 21: Dead Men's Doubloons

Original Air Date: 13 February 1966


Season 2, Episode 22: The Death Ship

Original Air Date: 20 February 1966


Season 2, Episode 23: The Monster's Web

Original Air Date: 27 February 1966


Season 2, Episode 24: The Menfish

Original Air Date: 6 March 1966


Season 2, Episode 25: The Mechanical Man

Original Air Date: 13 March 1966


Season 2, Episode 26: The Return of the Phantom

Original Air Date: 20 March 1966


Season 3

Season 3, Episode 1: Monster from the Inferno

Original Air Date: 18 September 1966


Season 3, Episode 2: Werewolf

Original Air Date: 25 September 1966


Season 3, Episode 3: The Day the World Ended

Original Air Date: 2 October 1966


Season 3, Episode 4: Night of Terror

Original Air Date: 9 October 1966


Season 3, Episode 5: The Terrible Toys

Original Air Date: 16 October 1966


Season 3, Episode 6: Day of Evil

Original Air Date: 23 October 1966


Season 3, Episode 7: Deadly Waters

Original Air Date: 30 October 1966


Season 3, Episode 8: Thing from Inner Space

Original Air Date: 6 November 1966


Season 3, Episode 9: The Death Watch

Original Air Date: 13 November 1966


Season 3, Episode 10: Deadly Invasion

Original Air Date: 20 November 1966


Season 3, Episode 11: The Haunted Submarine

Original Air Date: 27 November 1966


Season 3, Episode 12: The Plant Man

Original Air Date: 4 December 1966


Season 3, Episode 13: The Lost Bomb

Original Air Date: 11 December 1966


Season 3, Episode 14: The Brand of the Beast

Original Air Date: 18 December 1966


Season 3, Episode 15: The Creature

Original Air Date: 1 January 1967


Season 3, Episode 16: Death from the Past

Original Air Date: 8 January 1967


Season 3, Episode 17: The Heat Monster

Original Air Date: 15 January 1967


Season 3, Episode 18: The Fossil Men

Original Air Date: 22 January 1967


Season 3, Episode 19: The Mermaid

Original Air Date: 29 January 1967


Season 3, Episode 20: The Mummy

Original Air Date: 5 February 1967


Season 3, Episode 21: Shadowman

Original Air Date: 12 February 1967


Season 3, Episode 22: No Escape from Death

Original Air Date: 19 February 1967


Season 3, Episode 23: Doomsday Island

Original Air Date: 26 February 1967


Season 3, Episode 24: The Wax Men

Original Air Date: 5 March 1967


Season 3, Episode 25: Deadly Cloud

Original Air Date: 12 March 1967


Season 3, Episode 26: Destroy Seaview!

Original Air Date: 19 March 1967


Season 4

Season 4, Episode 1: Fires of Death

Original Air Date: 17 September 1967


Season 4, Episode 2: The Deadly Dolls

Original Air Date: 1 October 1967


Season 4, Episode 3: Cave of the Dead

Original Air Date: 8 October 1967


Season 4, Episode 4: Journey with Fear

Original Air Date: 15 October 1967


Season 4, Episode 5: Sealed Orders

Original Air Date: 22 October 1967


Season 4, Episode 6: Man of Many Faces

Original Air Date: 29 October 1967


Season 4, Episode 7: Fatal Cargo

Original Air Date: 5 November 1967


Season 4, Episode 8: Time Lock

Original Air Date: 12 November 1967


Season 4, Episode 9: Rescue

Original Air Date: 19 November 1967


Season 4, Episode 10: Terror

Original Air Date: 26 November 1967


Season 4, Episode 11: A Time to Die

Original Air Date: 3 December 1967


Season 4, Episode 12: Blow Up

Original Air Date: 10 December 1967


Season 4, Episode 13: Deadly Amphibians

Original Air Date: 17 December 1967


Season 4, Episode 14: The Return of Blackbeard

Original Air Date: 31 December 1967


Season 4, Episode 15: Terrible Leprechaun

Original Air Date: 7 January 1968


Season 4, Episode 16: The Lobster Man

Original Air Date: 21 January 1968


Season 4, Episode 17: Nightmare

Original Air Date: 28 January 1968


Season 4, Episode 18: The Abominable Snowman

Original Air Date: 4 February 1968


Season 4, Episode 19: Secret of the Deep

Original Air Date: 11 February 1968


Season 4, Episode 20: Man-Beast

Original Air Date: 18 February 1968


Season 4, Episode 21: Savage Jungle

Original Air Date: 25 February 1968


Season 4, Episode 22: Flaming Ice

Original Air Date: 3 March 1968


Season 4, Episode 23: Attack!

Original Air Date: 10 March 1968


Season 4, Episode 24: The Edge of Doom

Original Air Date: 17 March 1968


Season 4, Episode 25: The Death Clock

Original Air Date: 24 March 1968


Season 4, Episode 26: No Way Back

Original Air Date: 31 March 1968


  • The props used in this show, (such as the computers and guns) also were used in "Lost in Space" (1965), "The Time Tunnel" (1966), "Land of the Giants" (1968) and "Batman" (1966).
  • Epsiode 2.1, "Jonah And The Whale," was the first episode to be broadcast in color. Seaview is redesigned with only one set of observation windows and a hatch for the flying sub, although stock footage was used throughout seasons 2-4 showing the sub with three or six windows. New uniforms appear also as well as the flying sub. Over the course of seasons 2-4, there were six different flying sub models used for filming.
  • The Seaview had a sister sub called the Polydor that was destroyed in the second episode.

  • This is the longest-running of all Irwin Allen-produced science fiction series. It ran for four seasons, from 1964 to 1968.
  • Late in the filming of the second season, Richard Basehart fell ill during the filming of the episode "The Monster's Web" and was unable to complete that episode and work in the next two. "The Monster's Web" was rewritten to minimize the part of his character, Adm. Nelson (knocked out of action in the first act), with a stand-in used for many shots with the face hidden and lines dubbed. The next episode, "The Menfish", had Nelson away and his lines reassigned to guest character Adm. Park (Gary Merrill). The following episode, "The Mechanical Man", had Nelson still away and reassigned his lines to Capt. Crane (David Hedison) and Crane's lines to Cmdr. Morton (Robert Dowdell). Basehart returned in time to appear in the season's last episode, "The Return of the Phantom."
  • Popular character actor, and former professional wrestler, Henry Kulky was chosen as a series regular in the role of Chief Curley Jones. The role was cut short when Kulky was stricken by a fatal heart attack in February 1965 that ended his career which included over 100 features and television episodes.

Edited into

Alien Nation (1989) (TV)
Attack of the 50 Foot Monster Mania (1999) (TV)
Spin off from

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)


  • Some of the sub's equipment and sound effects were recycled from The Fly (1958).
  • The model and interior sets of the submarine cost producer Irwin Allen $400,000, so he was naturally quite keen to get some further use out of them. Since the film was a hit, he was able to convince ABC-TV to turn it into a series, which became the longest-running one he ever had.
  • Director's Trademark: The voice-over for the newscasts that crew members watch, detailing the burning forests, etc., is done by director Irwin Allen.

Referenced in

"Mystery Science Theater 3000: Wild Rebels (#3.7)" (1990)
- referenced as part of Joel & the Bots' comments
"Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Barugon (#4.4)" (1991)
- "Next time on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea"
"Mystery Science Theater 3000: Stranded in Space (#4.5)" (1991)
- "Richard Baseheart card"
"Mystery Science Theater 3000: Master Ninja II (#4.24)" (1992)
- Gypsy says Richard Basehart is the star of this
Toys (1992)
- Show guards were watching on the security video
Free Enterprise (1998)
Attack of the 50 Foot Monster Mania (1999) (TV)
The Secret Life of Words (2005)
- Josef mentions this show
Featured in

The Craven Sluck (1967)
- A scene from an episode of "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" is featured in a close-up of a television set while George Kuchar's character watches it.
Beyond Titanic (1998) (TV)
Spoofed in

Dead End (1985)
- parody of the "ship rocking" scenes







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