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Captain Video And His Video Rangers, The Original TV Kids Show That Started The Whole Genre Off! 3 Episodes Of This 1949-1955 Dumont Science Fiction Classic, Plus 1 Episode Of Its ABC Competitor, Space Patrol, For A Full Four Half-Hour Episode Set, All Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive!
Begun on a shoestring budget by the Dumont television network Vice President James Caddigan, it was both the first "tv kids show" cult series and the first science fiction/space fantasy series to air on television. Many imitators cropped up on other networks, most notably Space Patrol, which was also an old time radio series of the ABC network at the same time. While still largely influenced by old time radio in style, Captain Video's use of special effects in television was ground-breaking, while its use of moralistic PSAs to punctuate its content is strangely both ahead of its time in principle and archaic in content by more modern standards. Space Patrol bridged both TV and Radio stylistically, while ranging beyond the confines of both to produce a more mature and sophisticated show. Both series live on in the hearts of millions of American kids of all ages of that bygone era for whom the medium of television was first tailoring its children's programing.
Captain Video And His Video Rangers was an American science fiction television series that aired on the DuMont Television Network and was the first series of its genre on American television. The series aired between June 27, 1949, and April 1, 1955, originally on Monday through Saturday at 7 p.m. ET, and then Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. ET. A separate 30-minute spinoff series called The Secret Files of Captain Video aired Saturday mornings, alternating with Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, from September 5, 1953, to May 29, 1954, a total of 20 episodes. Researcher Alan Morton estimates there were a total of 1,537 episodes (not counting the 20 Saturday morning episodes), although few of them exist after the destruction of the original broadcasts, which was commonplace at that time. Sponsors included Post Cereals, Skippy Peanut Butter, DuMont-brand television sets, and Peter Paul's PowerHouse candy bars. Premiums sold via the show included a flying saucer ring, a "secret seal" ring, cast photos, electronic goggles, a "secret ray gun", a rocket ship key chain, decoders, membership cards, and a set of 12 plastic spacemen.