Jason of Star Command is a 1978-1981 live action television series by Filmation.
The series revolved around the exploits of space adventurer Jason (Craig Littler) and his colleagues, including Professor E.J. Parsafoot (Charlie Dell) and the pocket robot “Wiki” (formally W1K1).
The series also starred Sid Haig as the evil Dragos, and, in the first season, James Doohan. Jason was inspired by Filmation’s 1977 live-action show Space Academy, and used the same robot, Peepo.
James Doohan left the series at the end of the first season to join the rest of the original Star Trek cast in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). He was replaced by John Russell, who played the blue-skinned “by the book” Commander Stone. Originally, Jonathan Harris was to have reprised his role as Commander Gampu from Space Academy, but according to the DVD booklet, he “had a falling out” with Filmation, thus the creation of Doohan’s character.
The asteroid prop used for Space Academy was re-used for Jason, where Star Command was stated to be “in a secret section of Space Academy”. Other than the appearance of the robot Peepo and the appearance of a Seeker shuttle piloted by Lt. Matt Prentiss (John Berwick), no references were made to the characters or situations in Space Academy.
After the first run episodes that were shown on CBS during the fall lineup on CBS Saturday Morning, Jason Of Star Command was replaced by Shazam! in January 1980, which took Jason Of Star Command to being towed from the Saturday morning lineup of 12 noon ET to Sunday morning CBS hiding lineup at 8:30 am ET for a year and two months, before CBS had brought back the Jason Of Star Command series on Saturday at 1:00 pm ET, right before 30 Minutes. Jason Of Star Command would finally be canceled from the CBS lineup after the first episode of season two was shown on CBS that day, before it was finally cancelled from the CBS Saturday morning lineup.
Jason of Star Command Series
You can find a full index and overview of Jason of Star Command here.
- Episode 01: Mission to the Stars.
- Episode 02: Frozen in Space.
- Episode 03: Web of the Star Witch.
- Episode 04: Beyond the Stars!
- Episode 05: Secrets of the Ancients.
- Episode 06: The Power of the Star Disk.
- Episode 07: Through the Stargate.
- Episode 08: Face to Face.
- Episode 09: Phantom Force.
- Episode 10: Little Girl Lost.
- Episode 11: Mimi’s Secret.
- Episode 12: Battle for Freedom.
Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 15 September 1979 to 01 December 1979.
- Running Time: 30 minutes (per episode).
- Rating: PG.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.