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Land of the Lost
|Country of origin
|| United States
|No. of episodes
||approx. 0:22 (per episode)
||September 7, 1991 – December 5, 1992
Land of the Lost is a half-hour
Saturday-morning children's series that debuted on ABC in the fall
of 1991. The series was very popular
ranking #1 on Saturday Mornings during its first season and ran for
an additional season. However, it was not renewed for a third
season as Disney elected to run its own programming after
purchasing ABC. Re-runs were later picked up by Nickelodeon. Tiger Toys
received the license to produce a toyline which included regular
and "talking" action figures, several dinosaurs and playsets, an
electronic Crystal Sword, as well as an electronic LCD game and a
Because of the success in syndication of the cult 1974
series Land of the
Lost, Sid and Marty Krofft created a
remake. The new
Land of the Lost saw advanced special effects and a
lighter, less survivalist-oriented tone.
The series ran for 26 episodes spread over two seasons, with
each season consisting of thirteen episodes. It featured the Porter
family—father Tom, son Kevin and daughter Annie—trapped in a
parallel universe after their Jeep Cherokee (referred to as a
"truck" in the series) fell through a time portal while exploring the back
country. They soon meet another human, a beautiful "jungle girl"
named Christa who came from 1960s San Francisco. Christa became trapped in
the Land of the Lost when she was very young and grew up alone. (An
earlier concept would have featured an adult Holly Marshall as the
"mystery girl" along with Cha-Ka but due to casting the characters
were revisualized as Christa and Stink).
Intelligent natives of the Land of the Lost include
chimpanzee-like Pakuni and the lizard-like Sleestak,
and there are many species of dinosaurs filling the jungle. A Paku named
Stink and a baby dinosaur named Tasha were befriended by the
Porters. Acting as antagonists were a trio of exiled Sleestak
criminals named Shung, Keeg and Nim. Shung is their leader and
possesses a powerful crystal sword. Another major obstacle faced by
the Porters was a one-eyed Tyrannosaurus named Scarface, who
lived near the area where the family made their home and frequently
chased after them in an attempt to eat them.
A sorceress named Keela with genuine magical powers was
introduced in the second season and appeared in two episodes.
Another character added in the second season was Namaki, a strange
fish-like human who befriended Christa when she was just a little
The first eight episodes of Season 1 were released onto videocassette at two episodes per video. As
of 2010 the series has yet to be released on DVD.
The Porters live in a large "treehouse" (although it is actually
built between a series of large logs and not rooted trees) that the
family built after they realized their tents provided little safety
from dangerous predators. They have improvised an "early warning
system" of sorts by stringing up a series of empty tin cans
surrounding the treehouse perimeter.
- Thomas "Tom" Porter (played by Timothy
Bottoms): Tom is the widowed father of two kids. After his
wife, Natasha, died in a car accident, he spent the next few years
burying himself in his work as a lawyer. Before his wife's death,
Tom would take his family camping most weekends in order to devote
more time to them. Continuing the tradition, he arranged to take
his children on the camping trip which ultimately led to their
arrival in the Land of the Lost. As a result, he feels enormous
guilt for trapping his family in this dangerous place and strives
to find a way back home to San Francisco at every opportunity. He
is a compassionate man with a deep sense of morality and fairplay
even when dealing with those who would threaten him or his family.
Tom is a devoted and protective parent but is not above giving his
kids "space" when he feels it is acceptable to do so. Back home, he
often spent his afternoons jogging, hoping one day to win a
- Kevin Porter (played by Robert Gavin): Kevin
is Tom's son. He is the most laidback member of the family and
would rather relax than do chores. Not only does he accept their
situation but he actually grows to like it. Unfortunately, his
carefree attitude breeds indifference to the dangers around him and
he often finds himself in more peril than he expected. He likes to
think of himself as an adult and will often disobey his father if
he thinks Tom is being unfair. Of all the Porters, Kevin is the one
most reliant on the comforts and conveniences of the modern world.
In addition to the usual camping gear, Kevin also smuggled in a
portable six-inch TV, a camcorder, a boom-box, and a bag of
various junk foods which
he keeps hidden from the others. His goal is to one day become a
world-famous director, and he carries the camcorder with him at all
times to capture the sights and wonders of the Land of the Lost. He
expects this footage to propel him to stardom once they return to
their own world. However, his real talent lies elsewhere. He is a
capable, self-taught mechanic, and one of his primary
responsibilities is taking care of the family truck to ensure that
it is running smoothly when they need it. Kevin often prefers to
explore alone and dislikes having to "babysit" his little sister
Annie. He thinks of her as being a bit of a "nerd" and often trades
insults with her. However, deep down he's very much a caring
brother and won't hesitate to act if she's in danger. Kevin also
has a crush on Christa and often goes out of his way to impress
her. His catchphrase is, "Fabulous," which he will usually
sarcastically say when he is annoyed.
- Anamarie "Annie" Porter (played by Jennifer
Drugan): Tom's 10-year old daughter. She is very bright and
intuitive for her age and resents her family (especially Kevin whom
she considers a a "dork") for treating her like a baby. She has had
to grow up rather quickly in a hostile environment and has shown
that she is more than capable of taking care of herself on many
occasions. Annie is a vegetarian, and one of her responsibilities
is maintaining her garden at the base of the treehouse. The
sorceress Keela also takes her on as an apprentice and entrusts her
with her spellbook when she has to leave for extended periods.
Annie is extremely protective of the dinosaur Tasha and treats her
not as a pet but as a member of the family. She is also a bit of an
artist, as seen when the Porters gave Christa a birthday. Her full
name is revealed to be Anamarie in Annie In Charge. Her
catchphrase is "Oh, my gosh."
- Christa (played by Shannon Day): Like the
Porters, the beautiful cave-girl Christa is from San Francisco back
on Earth but was born in Chicago. Her family was trapped in the Land of
the Lost through similar circumstances to the Porters. At one
point, Christa's family built a raft to try and sail to the other
side of the ocean, hoping to find signs of civilization. In a
subsequent storm, Christa was washed overboard but found refuge on
a floating treetrunk where after several days of drifting she found
her way to a far away beach. Separated from her parents, Christa
grew up practically alone, and by the time the Porters met her, had
repressed almost everything about her previous life. She is
fiercely independent and feels safe and at home in the jungle.
However, she's not oblivious to its many dangers and uses her
knowledge of its topography, inhabitants, and various medicinal
plants to aid the Porters whenever she can. She is fluent in Pakuni
often greeting her human friends with "Acuba Ne" to express either
"hello" or "goodbye". She is like an older sister to Annie and the
object of Kevin's infatuation. Flashbacks of Christa as a child
were seen in "Life's a Beach". Young Christa was played Farrah
- Sir Balen (played by Bobby Jacoby): A squire who pretended to be a
knight from King
Arthur's Court. After "borrowing" his master's armor and sword
while he's asleep, Balin sets out into the moors and is enshrouded
in a "blue bubbling fog" and winds up in the Land of the Lost just
to save Christa from the Sleestaks. After Shung hears of this, he
sends the Sleestaks after "Ironface"'s "magic blade" (his sword).
Balen's desire to protect "M'lady Christa" causes friction with a
jealous Kevin as he sets out to escort her home not aware that she
can take care of herself. Kevin is guilted into going after him
when they again encounter Scarface ("The king of all dragons").
After eluding him, the ground shakes and another doorway appears.
Balen offers Kevin his morning star in recognition of his bravery
and disappears through the gate.
- Keela (played by Adilah Barnes): A sorceress
from another time who was banished to the Land for not using her
magic to aid Magas. She arrived through a green dimensional gate
located in a desert on the other side of the Land of the Lost. She
is gifted in the ways of magic and sorcery but is not powerful
enough to send the Porters (or herself) home. The Porters helped
her defeat her enemy, Magas, whom Keela had turned into a one-eyed
beast. Keela trusts the Porters entirely, even accepting Annie as
an informal apprentice and asking her to guard her spellbook while
away. She is a very compassionate person, but admits that even she
has times when she abuses her powers (i.e. turning her older
brothers into toads) although she may have been joking.
- Magas (portrayed by Ed Gale): A short, cruel
sorcerer and the brother of the late queen whom Keela served. She
recognized him as a heartless person and turned him into a Cyclopean dinosaur-like beast,
similar to a T-Rex, thus sealing his magical powers. Over time, he
slowly regained his power and hunted Keela down to the Porters'
treehouse. He was defeated by Keela with Tasha's help but not
before Keela restored him to his true form.
(played by Marta
DuBois): She was once a beautiful woman, but her beauty became
more important than her family. So she was sentenced to the Land
with no hope of ever seeing the ones she loved in the afterlife.
And she used her music to bring the Porters to her, and disguised
herself as Tom's wife, Natasha. After talking to Tom about her
past, she was finally able to ascend to the heavens.
- Simon Cardenas (played by Danny Gonzalez): A
teenage time-traveler from San Francisco Island in the year 2064.
After "borrowing" his father's time-belt, he collides with a
Myzarnian Cyborg while
traveling through the time/space corridor, and his damaged belt
drops him off in the Land following a dimensional shift. He wears a
"inter-trans" suit that apparently works in conjunction with the
belt, possibly protecting the wearer from the forces involved in
such travel. He frequently speaks using a form of "futuristic slang" that involves a shortening
of modern adjectives (for example, "pendous" for "stupendous" or
"morb" for "morbid"). He returns home once the belt's auto-recall
device is activated.
- Cy, also known as the Myzarnian
Cyborg, it is a gigantic rancor-like cyborg from the planet Myzar-3
who became trapped in the Land of the Lost after colliding with
another time traveler in the dimension corridor, damaging his time
device. He is exceptionally intelligent, and his strength alone
makes him more than an even match for the dinosaur Scarface. Some
of his cybernetic enhancements include the ability to see in the infrared spectrum in one eye as well as
heightened senses. He lives in a cave in the mountains that he has
made into a base of operations and attacks anyone who comes near.
The entrance to his lair is booby-trapped with
auto-defense mechanisms which include a form of nerve
gas that causes temporary memory loss in humans and renders
them unconscious. He wears a device on his wrist which can perform
a similar function. Because he comes from a world rich in hydrogen
and oxygen, he becomes winded easily in the Land due to the thinner
air. In addition, this particular model was recalled due to being
particularly succeptable to ultraviolet light.
Like its 1970s counterpart, the inhabitants of the Land of the
Lost are mostly dinosaurs. An iguana can be seen occasionally. A creature,
called an "osongi", which resembles an iguana, once bit Tom. A
spitting viper called
the "shika" is seen in the Valley of Death, and it blinds Kevin
temporarily. Termites have
also been found.
A Triceratops named
Princess is sometimes used as transportation for
Christa and Stink. Christa (perhaps unconsciously) named her after
a dog her family once owned. Princess is distinct from the other
Triceratops in that her right horn is broken in half. A male
Triceratops was seen in "Siren's Song" and "In Dinos We Trust".
A Stegosaurus named
Spike once fought with Scarface. Shung once used
his crystal to make Spike fight with Princess.
Tasha's mother, a Parasaurolophus was killed by
Scarface. Another one, named Momma TwoLegs,
appears frequently. An Apatosaurus whom the Porters sometimes
call Big Guy also appears frequently, mostly
browsing on the vegetation, either at big lakes or at the Porters'
treehouse. He once helped Annie down from a tree when Kevin took
away a ladder, and saved Tasha from the Sleestaks. Big Guy and
Momma TwoLegs can sometimes be seen at the lake. In "Life's a
Beach", Big Guy is seen with another Apatosaurus, possibly his
A Pteranodon tried to make a meal of
Kevin when he diverted the creature's attention while Christa
picked some special plants to help heal his dad who was bitten by a
poisonous lizard. One also tried to eat Kevin in another episode as
he was looking for a birthday present for Christa.
At the beach, there are also dangerous marine predators;
something resembling a small Mosasaur once attacked Kevin, until it was
shooed away by Tom and Christa. There is also a tentacled creature
that dwells within a oil pool seen in "Opah". Also it was noticed
that there is a pack of Dire Wolves that
chase Kevin in "Something's Watching" and Smilodon bones have also been found in
the valley of death.
One of the main dinosaurs in the show is Tasha,
an orphaned baby Parasaurolophus (played by Ed Gale,
voiced by Danny Mann).
After the death of her mother at the claws of Scarface, Tasha's egg
was rescued by Annie. Upon hatching, Kevin was the first person she
saw and she immediately imprinted on him. However, possibly because
he ignores her, Tasha treats Annie as her mother instead living
with the Porters as a pet. What will happen to her if the Porters
ever find a way home, is a frequent subject of discussion. Annie
names her after her mother. Tasha appears to be quite intelligent
for a dinosaur exhibiting almost human behavior at times. Through
pantomime, body language, and an extensive range of vocal emotions
she is surprisingly capable of communicating with humans. She seems
to understand complex commands and inquiries and is even able to
grasp and manipulate items in her claws (like throwing a ball). For
a short time, Tasha was given the ability to speak by Keela. Tasha
has a voracious appetite for a herbivore and will try to eat almost
anything within reach. However, she prefers melons.
A Tyrannosaurus, whom the Porters
named Scarface (this series' version of 1970s'
Grumpy), lives in the area. He has a scar through his right eye,
hence his name, which is a lasting testament to his aggressive
nature. Scarface is blind in his right eye because of the scar,
leaving him able to see through his left eye. He frequently chases
the Porters, trying to make a meal out of them. Scarface is one of
the Porters biggest enemies, as he has attacked the Porter
treehouse many times.
Because of his reputation of being a carnivore, Scarface is an
enemy to everybody in the series, including the Sleestaks. When Cy
arrived, it was thought that he killed Scarface in their fight, but
it was eventually revealed that Scarface survived and can heal
himself even if he's injured. Also, upon being hit by a "light gun"
found by Kevin and Stink in old Sleestak ruins, Scarface quickly
His scar bears a striking resemblance to the facial scar that Red Claw,
another villainous Tyrannosaurus, in The Land Before
Time. However, Red Claw has his scar on the left side of
his face, not the right, and can see through both eyes.
Pakuni are a tribe of monkey-like primates native to the Land. In
this series, their appearance is slightly different to the original
1974 series and 2009 movie.
- Stink (played by Bobby Porter): Stink is a
Paku, whose parents died as slaves in Shung's crystal mine when he
was very young. Some time later, he met Christa as a little girl
and they helped each other to survive becoming inseparable friends.
Despite his animal-like appearance, Stink is very intelligent, with
an intense knowledge of plant and animal life. He is also extremely
adaptable and quickly picks up modern slang, idioms, and mannerisms
from his human friends although sometimes he uses them
inappropriately. He is gifted with keen senses, incredible agility,
insatiable curiosity, and a wacky sense of humor. Stink is very
close to Annie. The two of them often work and play together, even
teaming up against her brother and father. Stink has an easy
friendship with Kevin as well, and sometimes a not-easy friendship
with Tasha. Possibly because of his ape-like ancestry, Stink has an
affinity for bananas and
suinaku fruit, as well as a fear of termites.
- Opah (played by Jonas Moscartolo): An elderly
grey-haired Paku and Stink's grandfather. Opah taught Stink almost
everything he knows about the Land and its native flora and fauna.
He carries a flute which allows him to "charm" Scarface and other
beasts (much like a snake-charmer) and passes both the
instrument and the knowledge onto his grandson before he leaves to
die. He also shows the Porters how to tap certain trees which
contain a special sap which they can use to fuel the
A race of intelligent, English-speaking reptilian humanoids, the Sleestaks were
highly-advanced until their own pollution drove them to live
underground in caves to avoid the dinosaurs ("Thunder lizards" in
their tongue). The Sleestaks seen in the show are a group of
criminals who were exiled to the surface world, their version of
the death penalty. Carnivores, they will consume any meat and have
threatened to eat the Porters and their companions on several
occasions, but more out of desperation for survival than malicious
intent. The terrible trio took up refuge in an old, abandoned
temple and have only managed to survive because of Shung's power
According to the toy's "bio", the temple contains a maze of
labyrinthine corridors that lead to various openings on the surface
cleverly concealed with large rocks. Utilizing these hidden
tunnels, the Sleestak can pop out and surprise hapless prey much
like a trapdoor spider. However, these passages were never depicted
on the show.
According to Shung, when he lived in the Sleestak underworld,
there were huge arenas where the best gladiators fought until only one was left.
Their appearance is closer to that of the native dinosaurs than the
insectoid like features in the original 1974 series and 2009
- Shung (played by Tom Allard): Self-proclaimed
leader of the Sleestak criminal band. He is arrogant,
self-absorbed, and contemptuous of anyone but himself. He calls
himself the ruler of the Land of the Lost, and he claims all that
lives there (including the Porters and their truck) belong to him.
While he possesses great strength and cunning, he is often depicted
as lazy, preferring to send his minions, Nim and Keeg, out into the
jungle to bring him food and to perform any other task he feels is
beneath him. He enforces his will with a powerful crystal that can
perform amazing feats of both telekinetic and telepathic prowess and even
gives him the ability to control minds. However, there is a price
for this power; it gradually corrupts the mind of its user, as
Annie discovers in "The Crystal". As a result, Shung is now
addicted to the crystal's unique energy, and, if separated from it,
will quickly weaken. Shung often refers to those he considers
inferior (meaning everyone) by nicknames, such as calling his
underlings "Wartsnippers", Christa "Long Hair", and Kevin
- Nim and Keeg (played by R.C.
Tass and Brian Williams/Ross Kramer and Bret Davidson,
respectively): Shung's underlings. Nim appears to be the smarter
one and was able to recite and use a spell Annie cast after hearing
it only once. Keeg appears to be the dumb one as he did not know
what a chariot was. However,
he is a strong fighter (his peripheral vision is his chief
weakness) and an excellent tracker. He is the most submissive of
the pair. Despite their differences, they both try to please Shung
with whatever they catch for him. However, their efforts almost
always go unnoticed or unappreciated.
- Namaki (played by Tom Allard) is a strange, piscine-like humanoid who lives in a hut-like shelter on a
beach miles from the Porter treehouse. Years ago, he befriended
Christa's family and helped them build a raft to cross the ocean.
They were reunited many years later when Christa (whom he refers to
as "Christas") brought the Porters to that very same beach to
relax. Despite his aquatic physiology, Namaki has never been to the
other side of the ocean, afraid to attempt the crossing because of
the frequent storms and the dangerous marine predators. Namaki is
unable to hear music possibly due to his aquatic physiology. It is
revealed that Namaki has a dislike for dinosaurs ("thunder
lizards"), because of a scar he received on his right shoulder
years before. But after the incident with the Siren, Namaki comes
to like Tasha.
- Natasha Porter: Annie and Kevin's deceased
mother. It was revealed in Life's a Beach that she died in
a car accident two years before the episode. Her name was revealed
to be Natasha in the first episode, as Annie decided to name Tasha
after her mother.
- Stink's Mother and Father: Sometime before the
series, Stink's parents were worked to death by Sleestaks, along
with many other Pakuni.
As with its 1970s counterpart, the Land of the Lost (never
actually named within the series) exists in an entirely different
dimension. It is a world similar to prehistoric Earth but has three
moons. The area in which the Porters live is a tropical jungle,
although mention has also been made of a vast desert far away.
Unique to this world is a peculiar type of quartz-like crystal that can be found in various caves
throughout the Land. The Sleestaks often use Pakuni slave labor to mine
these special crystals which can function as an energy source. In
"Kevin vs. the Volcano", Kevin falls down a shaft covered in
Sleestak markings (often marked by pictographs of lizards)
and finds a huge shard nearly twice his size. Exposure to the sun
reactivates this crystal and it causes it to pulsate, exerting a
force which draws Kevin towards it when he tries to climb out of
the shaft. Tom posits that the Sleestaks probably used these giant
crystals to power their underground cities. It also might have been
placed as a controlling device for a nearby volcano as its
destruction somehow reverses the volcano's eruption. In "Power
Play", the Porters use the smaller pieces to act as surrogate
"batteries" to run their flashlights and portable devices, but larger
crystals (like Shung's) are much more powerful.
Even the smaller shards can be powerful when grouped together in
a certain fashion. The Porters discover such a grouping hidden
inside a stone carving in a cave in "Dreammaker". They find a
number of crystals, varying in length, set into a device very
similar to the matrix tables of the 1974 series. This particular
table is able to create very realistic illusions (but with physical substance) drawn
from ones mind, designed to lure them in to a carefully constructed
— but very real — trap. Tom believes that the Sleestaks probably
built it to be a psychic
These often blue (but sometimes green) swirling mists are
portals to other worlds and times. They appear to be triggered by
earthquakes and are
accompanied by sudden winds just before they open and only for a
few moments. In this version of Land of the Lost they seem
to materialize at random but can be tracked through their
electromagnetic interference using the Porter's portable TV. Tom
Porter believes these gates will get them home even though he
cannot be sure where or when it will take them.
- Directors: John Carl Buechler, Anthony Bona, Jeff Burr, Len
Janson, Frank De Palma, Ernest Farino, John Strysik, Gabe
- Writers: Phil Combest, Jules Dennis, Janis Diamond, Len Janson,
Chuck Menville, Richard Mueller, Gary Perconte, Michele Rifkin,
Marianne Sellek, Reed Shelly
- Producers: The Chiodo Brothers/Sid and
- Executive Producer: Jerry Golod
- Music: Kevin Kiner
||September 7, 1991
||September 14, 1991
||Shung The Terrible
||September 21, 1991
||September 28, 1991
||October 5, 1991
||October 12, 1991
||Day For Knight
||October 19, 1991
||Kevin vs. The Volcano
||October 26, 1991
||November 2, 1991
||Flight To Freedom
||November 9, 1991
||November 16, 1991
||November 23, 1991
||December 7, 1991
||September 12, 1992
||September 19, 1992
||September 26, 1992
||October 3, 1992
||Life's A Beach
||October 10, 1992
||October 17, 1992
||October 24, 1992
||In Dinos We Trust
||October 31, 1992
||Annie In Charge
||November 7, 1992
||Make My Day
||November 14, 1992
||November 21, 1992
||November 28, 1992
||Misery Loves Company
||December 5, 1992
The series has yet to be released on DVD.