I'm looking for the name of a program that appeared on TV around 1952-53 in Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania. There was a new (the first I think) educational TV channel; 13, KQED or WQED maybe. They had a space show. I thought it might be one of several shows named captain something. I checked those out and it wasn't. One of the characters was named Astro. He was from another planet. I think he bounced from crew to crew cause he was always mouthing off. Anyway, I recall an episode where he was kvetching because he thought Earth's air stank.

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    You've tagged this question "aliens". Were there aliens?
    – Valorum
    Nov 26, 2017 at 19:48
  • As I said Astro's character was not of the Earth. Thanks for your edit (zero?) But that will confuse the response to my question. in my research I viewed on u tube Captain Zero episodes. He's not the one, he zips around Earth sub space in what looks like a model of the Bell X5. The space crew of the show I remember were always in the control deck of a space ship. I won't remove your edit out of my respect for your rank. But you might.
    – Eric
    Nov 26, 2017 at 19:56
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    If people can't work out what you're asking, your question is essentially useless, regardless of how funny you might think it is
    – Valorum
    Nov 26, 2017 at 20:04
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    Stack Exchange: Where we Hate Fun. In short it's perfectly ok to have a bit of fun, but not at the expense of actually posting an answerable question or a sensible answer.
    – Valorum
    Nov 26, 2017 at 20:13
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    See also The Illusion of Transparency. Nov 26, 2017 at 20:30

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This is Tom Corbett, Space Cadet. It was shown in the 1950s, featured a captain named "Captain Strong" and a Venusian character named Astro who didn't like Earth very much.

  • Valorum that's it. Well done. Maybe I'm the Astro here.
    – Eric
    Nov 26, 2017 at 20:22
  • My father had a homemade Tom Corbett costume.
    – Buzz
    Nov 26, 2017 at 20:25
  • I'm sure I saw my costume around here just a few minutes ago----
    – Eric
    Nov 26, 2017 at 20:37

Could this be Captain Z-Ro from 1955?

Scientist Captain Z-Ro, working in his remote laboratory, safeguarded mankind and history from impending harm. He had a time machine, the ZX-99, both to view history and to send someone back in time. Each week, he and his teenage assistant Jet would view an episode in time and inevitably see that some event was unfolding contrary to history (e.g., King John not signing the Magna Carta). Captain Z-Ro would then send Jet back in time to intervene and ensure that history played out as originally recorded.

  • No I already checked this one out. But You nailed it on your first answer. I didn't see your answered come in until just a few minutes ago. I don't understand the time shift between comments showing up faster than answers. That would have changed mi dialogue with you. I'm going to brew another cup of coffee. Ciao
    – Eric
    Nov 26, 2017 at 20:30
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    @eric the time shift is an unfortunate side effect of Jet interfering with the time stream. Later generations know this as "a glitch in the matrix" Carry on with your coffee, nothing to see here.
    – Criggie
    Nov 27, 2017 at 8:28

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