First episode date
14 September 1975
Final episode date
4 April 1976
Also known as
''Island of Adventure''
Anthony LawrenceJohn Meredyth LucasWilliam Welch
Christian I. Nyby IILeslie H. Martinson
Martin MilnerPat DelaneyWillie AamesEric OlsonHelen HuntCameron Mitchell
American Broadcasting Company
The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson, Swiss Family Robinson (1974 TV series), Land of the Giants
The swiss family robinson 1 the arrival
The Swiss Family Robinson is an American action and adventure series that was broadcast during the 1975–76 TV season. The two-hour pilot for the series was first shown on April 15, 1975. Based upon the novel The Swiss Family Robinson, the pilot and its 20 subsequent episodes of the series were produced by Irwin Allen, who had earlier produced a futuristic adaptation of the same novel in the TV series Lost in Space.
The series starred Martin Milner as Karl Robinson, the survivor of a shipwreck who found himself, his wife, and two sons stranded on a volcanic island. In one of her first acting performances, Helen Hunt co-starred as a young girl who was stranded on the island from the same shipwreck and taken in by the Robinson family. Befriending the Robinsons was Jeremiah Worth (played by Cameron Mitchell), a sailor who had survived on the island alone for seven years following an earlier shipwreck.
The series was initially scheduled opposite NBC's Wonderful World of Disney and CBS's Three for the Road. In December 1975, CBS replaced Three for the Road with 60 Minutes which soon became a popular Sunday night staple. In addition to the tough competition, The Swiss Family Robinson was preempted several times and showed repeat episodes four times during its short run. The final original episode was telecast on April 4, 1976.
Because the Canadian series of the same name had come first, this was shown in Britain and other international territories as Island Of Adventure.