Men into Space
|Men Into Space|
William Lundigan as Edward McCauley.
|Also known as||Space Challenge|
Stuart J. Byrne
Robert Warnes Leach
Alan Crosland, Jr.
|Theme music composer|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||38|
|Executive producer(s)||Maurice Ziv|
Lewis J. Rachmil
William P. Whitley
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original release||September 30, 1959 –|
September 7, 1960
Men Into Space (a.k.a. Space Challenge in later UK syndication) was an American
Men Into Space was not set in a specified time period, but clues dropped in the scripts indicated that it took place between the mid-1970s and mid-1980s. The first
Men Into Space was somewhat unusual for a TV action series in that it had numerous recurring characters, but only one protagonist, Col. Edward McCauley (William Lundigan), who was in all 38 of the series' episodes.
McCauley was a sort of "everyman" character who was viewed in the show as the most experienced and illustrious
In many episodes the astronauts were faced with accidents or technical problems that required innovation. The program was not idealistic; missions sometimes failed and astronauts sometimes died. For example, a scientist-astronaut stricken with a
The series included an episode whose plot essentially paralleled the ill-fated
Scripts often considered the human factor, and while action was the show's forte, humor and romance were part of the mix. Men Into Space predicted women astronauts and scientists and married couples in space.