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The Man and the Challenge

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Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes  36
First episode date  12 September 1959
Network  NBC
Number of episodes  36
8.7/10 IMDb

Created by  Ivan Tors
No. of seasons  1
Running time  30 minutes
Final episode date  11 June 1960
Number of seasons  1
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Starring  George Nader Jack Ging Michael Masters Joyce Meadows Michael Keith
Cast  George Nader, Jack Ging, Joyce Meadows
Similar  The Aquanauts, Men into Space, This Man Dawson, Tombstone Territory, The DuPont Show wit

The man and the challenge the dropper

The Man and the Challenge is a 36-segment half-hour television adventure/science fiction series which ran new episodes on NBC from September 12, 1959, to June 11, 1960. It starred George Nader as Dr. Glenn Barton, a research scientist for the Institute of Human Factors, an agency that conducted experiments designed to measure human endurance for the United States government. The series was produced by Ivan Tors.


Nader's costars included Jack Ging as Dan Wright, Michael Masters as Bill Locke, the Canadian-born Joyce Meadows as Lynn Allen, and Michael Keith as Matt Adams. The episodes focused on various individuals setting world records of strength, endurance, and mastery of various difficult skills.

The program also featured appearances by Bethel Leslie as Eleanor Beck in "The Early Warning", Ted Knight, as Dr. Herter in the episode "Daredevils", and Raymond Bailey, in the role of Dr. Kramer on the series opener "The Sphere of No Return". Joining Knight in that segment was Paul Burke.

The man and the challenge the windowless room

Selected episodes and guest stars

Most guest stars on The Man and the Challenge were not well known at the time, though screen star Debra Paget appeared as Liza Dantes in the October 17 episode "Invisible Force", along with William Conrad, who was cast as Jim Harrigan. Here is a partial listing of some who appeared, their characters, the title of the episodes, and date of airing:

  • James Best as David Malloory and Robert Karnes as Henderson (both Kentucky natives) and Robert Conrad as Bill Howard, costarred in "Maximum Capacity" on September 19.
  • Whit Bissell as Dr. Robert Widener and Bethel Leslie as Nina Robinson in "Odds Against Survival" on September 26
  • Julie Adams as Linda Webb and Otto Kruger as David Mumford in "Experiments in Terror" on October 10
  • Sue Randall as Phyllis, in "The Windowless Room", January 30, 1960
  • Robert Knapp as Ryder, in "Flying Lab", March 12
  • Frank Maxwell, as Colonel Bill Blake in "The Extra Sense", April 2
  • Darryl Hickman as Max Edwards in "Man in a Capsule", April 9
  • Tyler McVey as Captain Whitlow in "The Dropper", April 23
  • Olive Sturgess as Sylvia Honig in "High Dive", April 30
  • Karl Swenson as Dr. Lindstrom in "Breakoff", June 4.
  • Carol Thurston as Alice Barron in "Invisible Force", October 17
  • The Man and the Challenge continued in reruns until September 3, 1960. It was replaced by the western The Tall Man starring Clu Gulager and Barry Sullivan as Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett, respectively. It aired at the 8:30 Eastern slot on Saturdays opposite Steve McQueen's Wanted: Dead or Alive on CBS and Leave It to Beaver on ABC. It followed and preceded NBC westerns, Bonanza in its first season, and The Deputy starring Henry Fonda and Allen Case, respectively.

    In 1967, The Man and the Challenge was introduced in West Germany.


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