Korg: 70,000 BC

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Juvenile tv series (1974). Hanna-Barbara Productions for ABC-TV. Created by Fred Freiberger. Produced by Freiberger and Richard L O'Connell. Cast includes Eileen Dietz, Bob Ewing, Jim Malinda, Christopher Mann, Naomi Pollack and Jenny Pransky. Narrator: Burgess Meredith. Directors included Irving J Moore, Christian Nyby. Writers included Freiberger, Ian Martin. 16 30-minute episodes. Colour.

This little-remembered Prehistoric SF series aired on Saturday mornings as a slightly more science-based alternative to similar programmes of the period such as Land of the Lost (1974-1977). Detailed information is difficult to come by. It concerned the adventures of an extended family of Neanderthal people based on the best information available at the time. Korg (Malinda) and Mora (Pollack) were apparently the parents of juveniles Pransky (Ree), and Dietz (Sala) while Tane (Mann) was a young adult relation and Bok (Ewing) a grandparent, father of either Korg or Mora. The narration by Meredith gave a semi-documentary feel to the programme. Reportedly, both the American Museum of Natural History and the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History were consultants for the series.

Although Korg: 70,000 BC was short-lived, some Tied merchandising was associated with the programme, including a thermos jug, a lunch box and a board game by the US toy company Milton-Bradley. Charlton Comics published nine issues 1975-1976 of a Comic based upon the series, drawn by Pat Boyette. [GSt]

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