Created by Mike Lloyd Ross
Country of origin United States
First episode date 20 January 1979
Number of episodes 20
Genre Science fiction
Composer(s) Jack Hayes
Original language(s) English
Final episode date 11 November 1979
Number of seasons 2
|Starring Andy GriffithJoel HigginsTrish StewartRichard JaeckelJacqueline ScottJ. Jay SaundersHeather McAdam|
Network American Broadcasting Company
Cast Andy Griffith, Trish Stewart, Joel Higgins, Richard Jaeckel, Heather McAdam
Similar The Six Million Dollar Man, Captain Scarlet and the Myste, The Amazing Spider‑Man, The Bionic Woman, Lost in Space
Salvage 1 is an American science fiction series that was broadcast for 16 episodes (of the 20 produced) on ABC during 1979. The pilot film, Salvage, was shown on January 20, 1979, to high ratings.
The pilot centers on Harry Broderick (Andy Griffith) who owns the Jettison Scrap and Salvage Co. and is a specialist in reclaiming trash and junk to sell as scrap. His dream is to recover equipment left on the moon during Apollo Program missions. In the shows' opening title narration, Harry states:
I want to build a spaceship, go to the moon, salvage all the junk that's up there, bring it back and sell it.
He invites the former astronaut Addison "Skip" Carmichael (Joel Higgins) and NASA fuel expert Melanie "Mel" Slozar (Trish Stewart) to assist him in this effort.
Broderick and his ragtag crew complete their mission and go on to further adventures in the subsequent series.
Harry builds a spaceship dubbed Vulture, made completely from reclaimed salvage and powered by a chemical called monohydrazine. The main body of Vulture is composed of a Texaco gasoline semi-trailer tank truck with a cement mixer as the capsule. This is augmented with three shorter rocket boosters placed 120 degrees around the main tank.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov was the show's scientific adviser.
Estes Rockets made a prototype of a model rocket version of the Vulture. It was never brought to market.