The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles TV Series Overview


Introduction

The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles is an American television series that aired on ABC from 04 March 1992 to 24 July 1993.

Filming took place in various locations around the world, with “Old Indy” bookend segments filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina and on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

The series was an Amblin Television/Lucasfilm production in association with Paramount Network Television.

The series explores the childhood and youth of the fictional character Indiana Jones and primarily stars Sean Patrick Flanery and Corey Carrier as the title character, with George Hall playing an elderly version of Jones for the bookends of most episodes, though Harrison Ford bookended one episode.

The show was created and executive produced by George Lucas, who also created, co-wrote, and executive produced the Indiana Jones feature films.

Due to its enormous budget and quite low ratings, the series was cancelled in 1993. However, following the series’ cancellation, four made-for-television films were produced from 1994 to 1996 in an attempt to continue the series.

In 1999, the series was re-edited into 22 television films under the title The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones.

Outline

The series was designed as an educational program for children and teenagers, spotlighting historical figures and important events. Most episodes feature a standard formula of an elderly (93-year-old) Indiana Jones (played by George Hall) in present-day (1993) New York City encountering people who spur him to reminisce and tell stories about his past adventures. These stories would either involve him as a young boy (10, played by Corey Carrier) or as a teenager (16 to 21, played by Sean Patrick Flanery).

The younger Indy would travel to different parts of the world with his family. The older, teenaged Indy rebels against his father by joining the Belgian army. Using a fake name he fights both at Verdun and in Africa. He later becomes a spy. In one episode, a fifty-year-old Indy (played by Harrison Ford) is seen reminiscing. Initially, the plan was for the series to alternate between the adventures of Indy as a child (Corey Carrier) and as a teenager (Sean Patrick Flanery), but eventually the episodes featuring Flanery’s version of the character dominated the series. The series’ bookends revealed that the elderly Jones has a daughter, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

There is no mention of a son, but in 2008, the film Kingdom of the Crystal Skull introduces Mutt Williams as his son with Marion Ravenwood.

Many of the episodes involve Indiana meeting and working with famous historical figures. Historical figures featured on the show include Leo Tolstoy, Howard Carter, Charles de Gaulle, and John Ford, in such diverse locations as Egypt, Austria-Hungary, India, China, and the whole of Europe. For example, Curse of the Jackal prominently involves Indy in the adventures of T. E. Lawrence and Pancho Villa. Indy also encounters (in no particular order) Edgar Degas, Giacomo Puccini, George Patton, Pablo Picasso (same episode as Degas), Eliot Ness, Charles Nungesser, Al Capone, Manfred von Richthofen, Anthony Fokker, Annie Besant, Charles Webster Leadbeater, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, Norman Rockwell (same episode as Degas and Picasso), Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Seán O’Casey, Siegfried Sassoon, Patrick Pearse, Winston Churchill, a very young Ho Chi Minh, Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, and Carl Laemmle; at one point, he competes against a young Ernest Hemingway for the affections of a girl, is nursed back to health by Albert Schweitzer, has a passionate tryst with Mata Hari, discusses philosophy with Nikos Kazantzakis, and goes on a safari with Theodore Roosevelt.

The show provided back story for the films. His relationship with his father, first introduced in Last Crusade, was depicted in episodes showing his travels with his father as a young boy. His original hunt for the “Eye of the Peacock”, a large diamond seen in Temple of Doom, was a recurring element in several stories. The show also chronicled his activities during World War I and his first solo adventures. Later, in the 2008 film Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Indy describes his adventures with Pancho Villa (chronicled in the first episode) to Mutt Williams (at the time, his sidekick; later on revealed to be his son).

Cast

  • Henry ‘Indiana’ Jones, Jr.:
    • Corey Carrier (age 8-10).
    • Sean Patrick Flanery (age 16-21).
    • Harrison Ford (age 50).
    • George Hall (age 93).
  • Henry Jones Sr.:
    • Lloyd Owen.
  • Anna Jones:
    • Ruth de Sosa.
  • Miss Helen Seymour:
    • Margaret Tyzack.
  • Remy Baudouin:
    • Ronny Coutteure.
  • T.E. Lawrence:
    • Joseph A. Bennett (young).
    • Douglas Henshall.
  • Ernest Hemingway:
    • Jay Underwood.

Most episodes of the series depicted famous and not-so-famous historical figures, including Theodore Roosevelt, T.E. Lawrence, Charles de Gaulle, Leo Tolstoy, Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway, Manfred von Richthofen, Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, George Patton, Al Capone, Pablo Picasso, Frederick Selous, Princess Sophie of Hohenberg, and Mata Hari.

Notable guest stars (playing either fictional or historical characters) include: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Daniel Craig, Christopher Lee, Clark Gregg, Tom Courtenay, Peter Firth, Vanessa Redgrave, Beata Pozniak, Jennifer Ehle, Elizabeth Hurley, Timothy Spall, Anne Heche, Paul Freeman, Jean-Pierre Castaldi, Jeffrey Wright, Jeroen Krabbé, Jason Flemyng, Michael Kitchen, Kevin McNally, Francisco Quinn, Ian McDiarmid, Max von Sydow, Douglas Henshall, Sean Pertwee, Vincenzo Nicoli, Terry Jones, Keith David, Lukas Haas, Frank Vincent, Jay Underwood, Michael Gough, Maria Charles, Elsa Zylberstein, Isaach de Bankolé, Emil Abossolo-Mbo, Haluk Bilginer and Saginaw Grant.

Production

Development

During the production of the Indiana Jones feature films, the cast and crew frequently questioned creator George Lucas about the Indiana Jones character’s life growing up. During the concept stages of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Lucas and director Steven Spielberg decided to reveal some of this backstory in the film’s opening scenes. For these scenes, Lucas chose River Phoenix to portray the character, as Harrison Ford believed that Phoenix most resembled Ford as a young man. Phoenix had appeared as the son of Ford’s character in The Mosquito Coast. This decision to reveal an adventure of a young Indiana led Lucas and crew to the idea of creating the series.

Writing

Lucas wrote an extensive time-line detailing the life of Indiana Jones, assembling the elements for about 70 episodes, starting in 1905 and leading all the way up to the feature films. Each outline included the place, date and the historical persons Indy would meet in that episode, and would then be turned over to one of the series writers. When the series came to an end about 31 of the 70 stories had been filmed.

Had the series been renewed for a third season, Young Indy would have been introduced to younger versions of characters from Raiders of the Lost Ark: Abner Ravenwood (“Jerusalem, June 1909”) and René Belloq (“Honduras, December 1920”). Other episodes would have filled in the blanks between existing ones (“Le Havre, June 1916”, “Berlin, Late August, 1916”), and there would even have been some adventures starring a five-year-old Indy (including “Princeton, May 1905”).

During production of the series, Lucas became interested with the crystal skulls. He originally called for an episode which would have been part of the third season involving Jones and his friend Belloq searching for one of the skulls. The episode was never produced, and the idea ultimately evolved into the 2008 feature film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Casting

A number of actors connected to the Indiana Jones films and/or George Lucas’s Star Wars franchise made guest appearances. Harrison Ford appeared as a middle-aged Indy (age 50) in the episode “Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues”, which aired in March 1993. Paul Freeman, who played Rene Belloq in Raiders of the Lost Ark, portrayed Frederick Selous in a couple of episodes, while Roshan Seth, who played Chattar Lal in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, played a North African sheikh in “Morocco, 1917” (later re-edited into “Tales of Innocence”). The late William Hootkins (Major Eaton from Raiders of the Lost Ark) played Russian ballet producer Sergei Diaghilev and Wolf Kahler (Colonel Dietrich in Raiders of the Lost Ark) played a German diplomat in “Barcelona, May 1917”. In the episode Attack of the Hawkmen, Star Wars veteran Anthony Daniels played François, a French Intelligence scientist (in the mode of James Bond’s “Q”) who gives Indy a special suitcase filled with gadgets for a special mission in Germany. Clint Eastwood was approached to play the elder brother of Indiana Jones, but he turned it down despite a $10 million offer.

Filming

A variety of filmmakers wrote and directed many episodes of the series, including Frank Darabont, Nicolas Roeg, Mike Newell, Deepa Mehta, Joe Johnston, Jonathan Hensleigh, Terry Jones, Simon Wincer, Carrie Fisher, Dick Maas and Vic Armstrong. Lucas was given a ‘Story By’ credit in many episodes, along with his input as a creative consultant.

The series was unusual in that it was shot on location around the world. Partly to offset the cost of this, the series was shot on 16mm film, rather than 35. The series was designed so that each pair of episodes could either be broadcast separately, or as a 2-hour film-length episode. Each episode cost about $1.5 million and the filming with Young Indy usually took around 3 weeks. The first production filming alternated between “Sean” and “Corey” episodes. The segments with old Indy were referred to as “bookends.” Filming a pair of them typically took a day and most were shot at Carolco Studios in Wilmington, North Carolina and on location in Wilmington. The show also featured footage from other films spliced into several episodes.

The series was shot in three stages. The first production occurred from 1991 to 1992, and consisted of sixteen episodes; five with younger Indy, ten with older Indy, and one with both – for a total of seventeen television hours. The second production occurred from 1992 to 1993 and consisted of twelve episodes; one with younger Indy and eleven with older Indy, for a total of fifteen television hours. The third and final production occurred from 1994 to 1995, and consisted of four made-for-television movies, for a total of eight television hours. In 1996, additional filming was done in order to re-edit the entire series into twenty-two feature films.

Soundtrack

The series’ main theme was composed by Laurence Rosenthal, who wrote much of the music for the series. Joel McNeely also wrote music for many episodes; he received an Emmy in 1993 for the Episode “Scandal of 1920”. French composer Frédéric Talgorn composed some music for the episode set in World War I France (“The Somme, July 1916/Germany, August 1916”). Music for “Transylvania, September 1918” was composed by Curt Sobel.

Release

Broadcast

The pilot episode was aired by ABC in the US in March 1992. The pilot, the feature-length Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Jackal, was later re-edited as two separate episodes, “Egypt, May 1908” and “Mexico, March 1916.” Eleven further hour-long episodes were aired in 1992 (seven in the first season, four were part of the second season) – during the second season, it was placed as the lead-in to Monday Night Football, just as fellow Paramount series MacGyver had done for the previous six years.

Only 16 of the remaining 20 episodes were aired in 1993 when ABC cancelled the show.

The Family Channel later produced four two-hour TV movies that were broadcast from 1994 to 1996. Though Lucas intended to produce episodes leading up to a 24-year-old Jones, the series was cancelled with the character at age 21.

Home Media

The revised and updated edition of the book George Lucas: The Creative Impulse, by Charles Champlin, explains how The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles series would be re-edited into the new structure of twenty-two Chapter TV films, for the 1999 VHS release.

New footage was shot in 1996 to be incorporated with the newly re-edited and re-titled “chapters” to better help it chronologically and provide smooth transitions. The newly shot Tangiers, 1908 was joined with Egypt, 1908 from the Curse of the Jackal to form My First Adventure, and Morocco, 1917 was joined with Northern Italy, 1918 (now re-dated as 1917) to form Tales of Innocence.

Also included in the home video release were four unaired episodes made for the ABC network: Florence, May 1908; Prague, 1917; Transylvania, 1918; and Palestine, 1917. The series itself was also re-titled as The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones.

The 93-year-old Indy bookends for the original series were removed, as well as Sean Patrick Flanery’s bookend for “Travels With Father”; however, the Harrison Ford bookend, set in 1950, from “Mystery of The Blues” was not cut.

VHS and Laserdisc

The series received its first home video release on 21 April 1993, when a Laserdisc box set was released in Japan containing fifteen of the earlier episodes and a short documentary on the making of the series. The discs were formatted in NTSC and presented with English audio in Dolby surround with Japanese subtitles. In 1994, eight NTSC format VHS tapes with a total of fifteen episodes from the first two seasons were released in Japan.

On 26 October 1999, half of the series was released on VHS in the US for $14.99 each, along with a box set of the feature films. The series was labeled as Chapters 01-22, while the feature films were labelled as Chapters 23-25. In an effort to promote the series, the episode “Treasure of the Peacock’s Eye” was included with the purchase of the movie trilogy box set in the US. The episode was chosen for the fact that its plot continues into the opening of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, which was labelled as the first film chronologically in the film trilogy.

In other countries different chapters were included, for example in the UK The Phantom Train of Doom was included. The twelve VHS releases were released worldwide over the course of 2000, including the UK, Netherlands, Hungary, Germany, Mexico, France and Japan. The UK, German, French, Hungarian and Netherlands tapes were in PAL format, while the tapes released in the rest of the countries were in NTSC format.

DVD

In 2002, series producer Rick McCallum confirmed in an interview with Variety that DVDs of the series were in development, but would not be released for “about three or four years”. At the October 2005 press conference for the Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith DVD, McCallum explained that he expected the release to consist of 22 DVD’s, which would include around 100 documentaries which would explore the real-life historical aspects that are fictionalised in the show. For the DVDs, Lucasfilm upgraded the picture quality of the original 16 mm prints and remastered the soundtracks. This, along with efforts to get best quality masters and bonus materials on the sets, delayed the release. It was ultimately decided that the release would tie into the release of the fourth Indiana Jones feature film.

Two variations of Volume 1 were released by CBS DVD, one simply as “Volume One”, and the other as “Volume One – The Early Years” in order to match the subtitle of Volume 2.

The History Channel acquired television rights to all 94 of the DVD historical documentaries. The airing of the documentaries was meant to bring in ratings for the History Channel and serve as marketing for the DVD release and the theatrical release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The History Channel and History International began airing the series every Saturday morning at 7AM/6C on The History Channel, and every Sunday morning at 8AM ET/PT on History International. A new division of History.com was created devoted to the show.

As Paramount and Lucasfilm had already reserved IndianaJones.com solely for news and updates related to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, StarWars.com temporarily served as the official site for the DVD’s – providing regular updates, insider looks and promotions related to them. However, Lucasfilm and Paramount soon set up an official website proper for the series – YoungIndy.com. Paramount released a press kit for the media promoting the DVDs, which consists of a .pdf file and several videos with interviews with Lucas and McCallum, and footage from the DVD’s. A trailer for the DVDs was also published on YoungIndy.com, with a shorter version being shown on The History Channel and History International.

Lucas and McCallum hope that the DVDs will be helpful to schools, as they believe the series is a good way to aid in teaching history. Lucas explained that the series’ DVD release will be shopped as “films for a modern day high school history class.” He believes the series is a good way to teach high school students 20th-century history. The plan was always to tie the DVD release of the series to the theatrical release of the fourth Indiana Jones feature film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which was released on 22 May 2008.

Companion Historical Documentaries

Ninety-four historical documentaries were created over a nearly five-year period by Lucasfilm’s documentary crew for the DVD release of the series. Each documentary covers a historical topic connected to the chapter to which it is associated. The television broadcast rights for these documentaries was secured by the History Channel.

Award and Accolades

The series was nominated for 18 Emmy Awards and won 6.

In 1993, Corey Carrier was nominated for the Young Artist Award in the category of “Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series”.

In 1994, David Tattersall was nominated for the ASC Award in the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular Series”.

At the 1994 Golden Globes, the series was nominated for “Best TV-Series – Drama”.

Other Media

Four volumes of music from the series were released on CD. The show also spawned a series of adaptations and spin-off novels, a NES game The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles developed and published by Jaleco, a Sega Mega Drive game Instruments of Chaos starring Young Indiana Jones, trading cards and other products.

International Variations and Film Versions

International Variations

In some territories, certain episodes were split or combined under different titles.

TitleOriginal American Variant
Two-hour Young Indiana Jones and the Great Escape (no bookend)”Somme, Early August 1916” (including bookend with George Hall)
Two-hour Young Indiana Jones and the Great Escape (no bookend)”Germany, Mid-August 1916” (including bookend with George Hall)
“Chicago, April 1920” (including bookend with George Hall)Two-hour Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues (including bookend with Harrison Ford)
“Chicago, May 1920” (including bookend with George Hall)Two-hour Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues (including bookend with Harrison Ford)
”New York, June 1920” (including bookend with George Hall)Two-hour Young Indiana Jones and the Scandal of 1920 (no bookend)
”New York, July 1920″ (including bookend with George Hall)Two-hour Young Indiana Jones and the Scandal of 1920 (no bookend)

Film/Feature-Length Versions of the TV Series

In 1996, George Lucas hired T.M. Christopher to aid in re-editing the complete series into twenty-two feature-length episodes. The series was also retitled The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. Each chapter contains two episodes, with most of the chapters arranged in chronological order. The scenes in which an older Indiana Jones reminisces are not included in these versions, bar in “Chapter 20: Mystery of the Blues”, which featured Harrison Ford as an older Indiana Jones in 1950.

In 1999, only Chapters 6, 8, 10-13, 15-18, 20, and 22 were released on VHS in the “Complete Adventures of Indiana Jones” along with the re-release of the movie trilogy (credited as Chapters 23: Temple of Doom, 24: Raiders of the Lost Ark, and 25: Last Crusade). The movie trilogy also featured Chapter 18: Treasure of the Peacock’s Eye as a bonus tape (Chapter 10: Phantom Train of Doom in the UK). It was promoted with the rest of the episodes set for release later in 2000, but this was cancelled.

Although twenty-eight episodes were produced by Paramount Pictures and Lucasfilm, four were unaired during the series’ original 1992-1993 run on ABC. In 1996, some of the remaining episodes were combined and aired as four two-part TV movies on USA. The entire series, as noted above, was edited into twenty-two feature-length films later that year. Twelve of the films were released on VHS in 1999, while the rest were aired on the Fox Family Channel in 2001. All of the films were released on DVD throughout 2007 and 2008.

Unproduced Episodes

When the series was cancelled in 1993, a number of episodes Lucas had intended to shoot never went into production.

  • “Princeton, May 1905” was to involve Indy meeting Paul Robeson for the first time.
  • “Russia, March 1909” was the basis for part of Young Indiana Jones: Travels with Father.
  • “Geneva, May 1909”.
  • “Jerusalem, June 1909” was to involve Indy meeting Abner Ravenwood, who is trying to find a “sacred relic” – the Ark on the temple mount.
    • In “Palestine, October 1917”, Indy and his comrades suggest that they will be returning to this location by Christmas of 1917.
  • “Stockholm, December 1909” was to be a homage to Swedish children’s novel The Wonderful Adventures of Nils.
    • Indiana Jones said Stockholm was his favorite city in Sweden in the “London, May 1916” episode.
  • “Melbourne, March 1910” was to involve Indy meeting Harry Houdini and flying in an airplane with him.
    • The events of this episode are mentioned in “Palestine, October 1917”.
  • “Tokyo, April 1910” was to involve a meeting between the young Indy and Prince Hirohito of Japan, the future Emperor Shōwa.
  • “LeHavre, June 1916” was to involve Indy and Remy in basic training.
    • When Remy is accused of murdering their drill sergeant, Indy defends him.
    • The two also meet Jean Renoir, who teaches them how to fight in battles.
  • “Flanders, July 1916” was to involve Indy, Remy and Jaques fighting in Flanders.
    • The events of this episode are mentioned in “Trenches of Hell.”
  • “Berlin, Late August 1916” was to be a second-season episode that involved Indy escaping from prison and fleeing to Berlin, and would have been the third part in the Somme/Germany cycle following Indy’s capture in Somme, his escape from prison, his escape from Germany itself.
    • He has to decide between returning to the US (since the US is not at war with Germany yet) or returning to the Belgian Army.
    • He ultimately decides to return to the Belgian army.
    • Indy would have met Sigrid Schultz.
  • “Moscow, March 1918” was meant as a sequel to “Petrograd, July 1917.”
    • It would have involved Indy working with counter-revolutionary groups in order to allow the US to take over.
  • “Bombay, April 1919” was to involve Indy meeting Gandhi on his way back from his search for the Eye of the Peacock diamond, while Remy is still searching for the diamond.
    • Remy and Indy fight about continuing the treasure search.
  • “Buenos Aires, June 1919” was to involve Indy being robbed while trying to return to the US where he works as a tutor.
    • He then ends up in South America as a tutor.
  • “Havana, December 1919” was to involve Indy and his father in Cuba.
    • The episode would have revolved around integration issues and Indy and Henry Sr. seeing a black player outplay Babe Ruth.
  • “Honduras, December 1920” was to involve Indy meeting Belloq for the first time and the two becoming friends.
    • Belloq steals a crystal skull and sells it.
  • “Alaska, June 1921” was to involve Indy studying Eskimos, and rushing to deliver medical supplies by dogsled in order to save a village.
    • The events of this episode are foreshadowed in “Travels with Father”.
  • “Brazil, December 1921” was to involve Indy and Belloq in a search for a lost city, and meeting Percy Fawcett.

Trivia

  • Filmed in 23 different countries, travelling over 165,000 miles (approximately six times around the world).
  • Cast and crew shot for 152 weeks, making this the longest location shoot in history at that time.
  • The series featured over 1,500 speaking parts, 50,000 extras, for whom over 120,000 meals were served.
  • Enough 16-millimetre film was shot to go from New York City to Phoenix.
  • George Lucas wrote an extensive timeline, detailing the life of Indiana Jones, assembling the elements for about seventy episodes of this show, starting in 1905, and leading all the way up to the theatrical movies.
    • Each outline, included the place, date, and the historical people Indy would meet in that episode, and would then be turned over to one the the series writers.
    • When the series came to an end, twenty-eight of the seventy stories had been filmed.
  • Harrison Ford was offered the role of the older Indiana Jones, but he turned it down, since he thought television had nothing to offer his career.
    • However, Ford appeared as a middle-aged Indy in season two, episode five, “Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues”, where he recalled one of his early adventures.
  • Though difficult to see, Sean Patrick Flanery wears a prosthetic scar based on Harrison Ford’s actual one in all his scenes.
  • River Phoenix, who played Young Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), was offered the title role, but turned it down, since he did not want to return to television.
  • Had the series been renewed for a third season, Young Indy would have been introduced to younger versions of characters from, or mentioned in, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981): Abner Ravenwood (“Jerusalem, June 1909”) and René Belloq (“Honduras, December 1920”).
    • Other episodes would have filled in the blanks between existing ones (“Le Havre, June 1916”, “Berlin, Late August, 1916”), and there would even have been some adventures starring a five-year-old Indy (Including “Princeton, May 1905”).
  • Sixteen installments were filmed for the first season. Only six were initially broadcast in the US, the remaining ten being held back for season two.
    • Meanwhile, various European countries did broadcast the entire sixteen episode run the way the first season was meant to be seen.
    • The episodes that were produced for season one, but broadcast as part of season two in the US, are: The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: Paris, September 1908 (1993), The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: Petrograd, July 1917 (1992), The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: Barcelona, May 1917 (1992), The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: Somme, Early August 1916 (1992), The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: Benares, January 1910 (1993), The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: Germany, Mid-August 1916 (1992), The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: Peking, March 1910 (1993), The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: Paris, October 1916 (1993), The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: Vienna, November 1908 (1993), and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: Austria, March 1917 (1992).
  • Several actors from the Indiana Jones film franchise have appeared in this series, though not all of them as their movie counterparts, as they would be too old for their characters (except Harrison Ford, who played fifty-year-old Indy in a flash-forward).
    • Paul Freeman (Belloq), William Hootkins (Major Eaton), Terry Richards (the Hapless Swordsman in Cairo), Wolf Kahler (Dietrich), Vic Taliban (Barranca), Kevork Malikyan (Kasim), and of course, Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones).
  • The episode in which Indy encounters the vampire Vlad Dracula in his castle bears similarities to the opening sequence in Chris Columbus’s abandoned script for the fourth Indiana Jones feature.
    • This prologue was also set in a haunted house and featured a macabre scene around a dinner table.
  • Both seasons were filmed asymmetrically (out of sequence), so throughout, Corey Carrier (Henry Jr.) appears in varying and inconsistent stages of puberty.
    • During production of the television movies that followed the series, bridging sequences were filmed for the home video releases, leading to even more inconsistencies regarding the actor’s ages.
  • Clint Eastwood was reportedly offered ten million dollars to play the elder brother of Indiana Jones in this series, but he turned it down.

Indiana Jones Series

You can find a full index and overview of the Indiana Jones franchise here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Creator(s): George Lucas.
  • Narrator(s): George Hall.
  • Director(s): Carl Schultz (21 episodes, 1992-1993), Simon Wincer (6 episodes, 1992-1993), René Manzor (2 episodes, 1992-1993), Ellery Ryan (2 episodes, 1992), Bille August (2 episodes, 1993), Mike Newell (2 episodes, 1993), Vic Armstrong (1 episode, 1992), Terry Jones (1 episode, 1992), Jim O’Brien (1 episode, 1992), David Hare (1 episode, 1993), Joe Johnston (1 episode, 1993), Dick Maas (1 episode, 1993), Syd Macartney (1 episode, 1993), Peter MacDonald (1 episode, 1993), Gillies MacKinnon (1 episode, 1993), Deepa Mehta (1 episode, 1993), Gavin Millar (1 episode, 1993), Nicolas Roeg (1 episode, 1993), Michael Schultz (1 episode, 1993), and Robert Young (1 episode, 1993).
  • Producer(s): George Lucas (executive producer; 28 episodes, 1992-1993), Rick McCallum (producer; 28 episodes, 1992-1993), Vicente Escrivá hijo (line producer; 1 episode, 1992), and Cesare Landricina (line producer, Italy (unknown episodes).
  • Writer(s): George Lucas (created by) (20 episodes, 1992-1993), Frank Darabont (5 episodes, 1992-1993), Jonathan Hales (5 episodes, 1992-1993), Jonathan Hensleigh (5 episodes, 1992-1993), Matthew Jacobs (3 episodes, 1992-1993), Gavin Scott (3 episodes, 1992-1993), Rosemary Anne Sisson (3 episodes, 1992-1993), Jule Selbo (2 episodes, 1993), Carrie Fisher (1 episode, 1993), and Reg Gadney (1 episode, 1993).
  • Music: Laurence Rosenthal (11 episodes, 1992-1993), Joel McNeely (9 episodes, 1992-1993), Frédéric Talgorn (2 episodes, 1992), and Curt Sobel (1 episode, 1993).
  • Cinematography: David Tattersall (21 episodes, 1992-1993), Jörgen Persson (2 episodes, 1993), Miguel Icaza (1 episode, 1992), Hugh Miles (1 episode, 1992), Giles Nuttgens (1 episode, 1993), and Oliver Stapleton (1 episode, 1993).
  • Editor(s): Louise Rubacky (11 episodes, 1992-1993), Edgar Burcksen (10 episodes, 1992-1993), Ben Burtt (3 episodes, 1992-1993), Joan E. Chapman (1 episode, 1993), and Janus Billeskov Jansen (1 episode, 1993).
  • Production: Amblin Television, Lucasfilm Ltd, and Paramount Television.
  • Distributor(s): Paramount Domestic Television.
  • Original Network: ABC (series 01 and 02) and The Family Channel (films).
  • Release Date: 04 March 1992 to 16 June 1996.
  • Running Time: 45 to 90 minutes.
  • Rating: TV-G.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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