It's About Time (TV series)

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It's About Time
Its About Time Title.png
opening title card
FormatScience fiction
sitcom
Created bySherwood Schwartz
StarringFrank Aletter
Jack Mullaney
Imogene Coca
Joe E. Ross
Theme music composerGerald Fried
George Wyle
Sherwood Schwartz
Composer(s)Gerald Fried
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26
Production
Producer(s)Sherwood Schwartz
Running time30 minutes per episode
Production company(s)Redwood Productions, Inc.
Gladasya Productions, Inc.
United Artists Television
DistributorUnited Artists Television
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Original runSeptember 11, 1966 – April 2, 1967
 
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It's About Time
Its About Time Title.png
opening title card
FormatScience fiction
sitcom
Created bySherwood Schwartz
StarringFrank Aletter
Jack Mullaney
Imogene Coca
Joe E. Ross
Theme music composerGerald Fried
George Wyle
Sherwood Schwartz
Composer(s)Gerald Fried
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26
Production
Producer(s)Sherwood Schwartz
Running time30 minutes per episode
Production company(s)Redwood Productions, Inc.
Gladasya Productions, Inc.
United Artists Television
DistributorUnited Artists Television
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Original runSeptember 11, 1966 – April 2, 1967

It's About Time is an American fantasy/science-fiction comedy TV series that aired on CBS for one season of 26 episodes in 1966–1967. The series was created by Sherwood Schwartz, and used sets, props and incidental music from Schwartz's other television series in production at the time, Gilligan's Island.

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Description

Two astronauts, Mac (Frank Aletter) and Hector (Jack Mullaney), travel faster than the speed of light, resulting in being sent back in time to prehistoric days. There, they have to adjust to living with a cave family led by Shad (Imogene Coca) and Gronk (Joe E. Ross). (In the pilot Coca's name was credited as Shag; when CBS censors realized that in England the term 'shag' was common slang meaning "to have sex," they changed her name to 'Shad'.)[citation needed] Their children were 18-year-old Mlor (Mary Grace) and 14-year-old Breer (Pat Cardi). The chief of the tribe, Boss (Cliff Norton) and his right-hand man Clon (Mike Mazurki) were always suspicious of the astronauts.

Ratings were impressive for the first few weeks on the air, but they soon plunged. Show creator Sherwood Schwartz came to the conclusion that three factors were the cause of the decline in audience interest:

For these reasons, the series was retooled beginning with the January 22, 1967 episode. Essentially reversing the premise which had been followed the first half of the season, the astronauts repair their space capsule and return to 1967, with Shad, Gronk, and their children in tow. The prehistoric family must begin adjusting to life in the 1960s, reacting to the unfamiliar surroundings, and setting up home in 20th-century New York City. For example, one episode had Gronk and Shad learning to write their names and signing them for many salesmen who brought "presents," which later had to be paid for.

Episodes

The cave family in the 20th century.
EpisodeTitleOriginal Airdate
1"And Then I Wrote 'Happy Birthday to You'September 11, 1966
2"The Copper Caper"September 18, 1966
3"The Initiation"September 25, 1966
4"Tailor Made Hero"October 2, 1966
5"The Rainmakers"October 9, 1966
6"Me Caveman—You Woman"October 16, 1966
7"The Champ"October 23, 1966
8"Mark Your Ballets"October 30, 1966
9"Have I Got A Girl for You"November 6, 1966
10"Cave Movies"November 13, 1966
11"Androcles and Clon"November 20, 1966
12"Love Me, Love My Gnook"November 27, 1966
13"The Broken Idol"December 4, 1966
14"The Sacrifice"December 11, 1966
15"King Hec"December 18, 1966
16"The Mother-in-law"December 25, 1966
17"Which Doctor's Witch?"January 1, 1967
18"To Catch a Thief"January 8, 1967
19"20th Century Here We Come"January 22, 1967
20"Shad Rack and Other Tortures"January 29, 1967
21"The Cave Family Swingers"February 5, 1967
22"To Sign or Not to Sign"February 19, 1967
23"School Days, School Days"February 26, 1967
24"Our Brothers' Keepers"March 5, 1967
25"The Stone Age Diplomats"March 12, 1967
26"The Stowaway"April 2, 1967

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