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Nearly Forgotten TV Shows

Through the many years of television, there have been thousands of TV shows created.  Usually only the cream of the crop last for multiple seasons, and go on to live vividly in the memories of the people who enjoyed them.  There are also the shows that captured people’s imaginations, and even though they didn’t last too long, are still widely remembered.  Then there are those shows that only ran a few episodes or a short season or two, but were so good, they’ve not totally faded from memory yet.  These are the shows I’m talking about.  Shows that are worth seeking out if you’ve never watched them before.  Here’s five of these shows that are nearly lost to time.

Man From Atlantis

The Man From Atlantis

The Man From Atlantis only lasted for one season of 13 episodes, and ran on NBC during the 1977-1978 season.  The series actually began as a series of 4 made for television movies, and based on the ratings success of these movies, a TV series was given the green light.

The Man From Atlantis starred Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing on Dallas) as an amnesiac man who is given the name of Mark Harris, and he’s believed to be the only surviving citizen of the lost civilization of Atlantis.  He has extraordinary powers, such as the ability to breathe underwater, and endure extreme depth pressures.  He also has superhuman strength, and his hands and feet are webbed.  His weakness though is that his eyes are unusually sensitive to light.

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Following his discovery, he is recruited by The Foundation of Oceanic Research, which is a government agency that conducts top-secret research and explores the depths of the ocean in a sophisticated submarine.

The Man From Atlantis was an early attempt at a superhero television show, coming along in the same time frame as Wonder Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man, and The Bionic Woman.  It enjoyed a few brief runs in syndication, but episodes of this show haven’t seen the light of day in years.

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Man From Atlantis

Man From Atlantis

When the Star Wars wave hit in the late 1970’s, science fiction rode that crest back to the major media in a major way. Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century took most of the TV sci-fi glory, but one of the more unique shows to emerge during this time was The Man From Atlantis. Unlike its interstellar competitors, this show went into the undersea kingdom to find sci-fi magic. As a result, it became a cult sensation and produced a major new star in the process.

The saga of The Man From Atlantis began when a mysterious man washed ashore on a beach. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was discovered by scientist Dr. Elizabeth Merrill. As she nursed him back to health, she noticed he was possessed of superhuman abilities, including great strength, acute senses, and the ability to swim at great depths without any breathing equipment. It was soon revealed that this mystery man was Mark Harris, the last survivor of the mythical undersea kingdom of Atlantis, which somebody should’ve clued into based on his webbed hands and feet and the fact that he had gills instead of lungs.

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