The show was scheduled to run 24
episodes but only 14 were completed.
Roddy McDowall as Chimpanzee Galen
Ron Harper as astronaut Virdon
James Naughton as Astronaut Burke
Mark Leonard as Gorilla Urko
Booth Colman as Orangutan Dr. Zaius
The Planet of the
Apes movie saga ventured into a live action
series which premiered in 1974 on CBS. The show
takes place after the events of the first movie.
The premise of the show is that two astonauts
from Earth's past, Virdon and Burke arrive in
Earth's future which is dominated by Apes. They
befriend a chimpanzee named Galen and together
the three of them exist as fugitives from ape
Each episode began with music building slowly
in the background which climaxes with a loud
trumpet call. Then the camera slowly zooms in on
a hunter raising his rifle overhead in triumph.
The hunter is a Gorilla soldier and his salute to
victory represents man's downfall from dominance.