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Planet of the Apes - Highly evolved society of talking apes on the sci-fi adventure PLANET OF THE APES/CBS/1974.

Galen and Zaius - PLANET OF THE APES

When a time-warping spaceship carrying astronauts Alan Virdon (Ron Harper) and Pete Burke (James Naughton) from the year 1988 landed on this futuristic landscape of A.D. 3085, a chimpanzee named Galen (played by Roddy McDowall) befriended and protected the astronauts from enslavement by his fellow creatures who saw "man" as an evil threat to their current world.

Galen and Urko - PLANET OF THE APES

Galen later fled with the earthmen after accidentally killing an ape leader who was trying to kill the astronauts. At this point the program became a futuristic version of THE FUGITIVE with a group of angry apes in hot pursuit espousing the sentiments "The only good human is a dead human."

Galen spoke the English language and walked upright as did the rest of his simian kind (an atomic holocaust destroyed most of mankind but evolved the apes on planet Earth to a higher form of life).

Other monkey character included: Urko the ape (Mark Lenard), a military leader; and Zaius (Booth Colman), an orangutan politician.

The TV series is based on the novel "Planet of the Apes" by Pierre Boulle. Other inspired spinoffs from the book included the films:

  • Planet of the Apes (1968) starring Charlton Heston
  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1969)
  • Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
  • Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
  • Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
  • Planet of the Apes (2001) starring Mark Wahlberg.

The animated series RETURN TO THE PLANET OF THE APES/NBC/1975-76 continued the franchise of the 1974 TV series.


In the movie The Planet of the Apes (1968) played the role of a chimpanzee scientist named Cornelius. See also "Icarus"

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