I am trying to remember the name of a TV show in the late 70s, perhaps early 80s, in which a group of two or three people (there was a man and a woman) travelled between different sections of a large spaceship. The spaceship carried people from Earth. I seem to remember that the various sections of the spaceship (which were semi-spherical) contained different environments, and different ethnicities from Earth. Hence the protagonists found themselves in an unknown situation each time they entered a new part of the ship.

Can anyone help me to find out the name and suggest where I could get a hold of episodes?


It's The Starlost. It was an attempt by Harlan Ellison to create a novel for TV. He had plots outlined that would take several years and intended the series to be told as a story, where things changed and there was a definite beginning, middle, and end.

But Ellison was deeply disappointed in what the network did to them in terms of funding and forced changes, so he invoked the clause in his contract to change his name on the credits to Cordwainer Bird, which is his signal that he feels a good show was destroyed by producers or other people in power.

Unfortunately, Ben Bova also worked on the show and did not have a similar clause in his contract, so he was stuck with his name on the show.

Copies of episodes show up in places like YouTube from time to time.

  • @Martha: Thanks -- had that open in another tab and must have copied the wrong link! Fixing it now. – Tango Dec 28 '11 at 23:40
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    You can rent the series DVD (but not stream it) from NetFlix or buy it from Amazon. It sounds like the story would have been good but it didn't end up that way. BTW, there was a RPG on the same theme called "Metamorphosis Alpha". – jfrankcarr Dec 29 '11 at 2:34

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