You might be wondering what “Captain Z-Ro” is, so I’ll get that out of the way right now. It’s probably the first time travel television series. Yes, even before Mr. Peabody and Sherman traveled in their way-back machine to interact with history on the Bullwinkle animated show.
Time travel is my favorite genre for both readings and writing (see my time travel e-books) and I’ve also enjoyed many time travel television shows — from the early days of “Time Tunnel” and “Quantum Leap”, to several episodes of various “Star Trek” series and “Seven Days”, to more recent shows like “Fringe”, “Continuum”, “12 Monkeys”, and “Timeless”. That’s not meant to be comprehensive, these are just a few I can think of right now.
I think what appeals to me is the variety of time travel mechanisms, and the way characters handle the paradoxes and situations that develop.
I have often written about classic gaming in my blog, so it was time to talk a little about classic time travel. “The Time Machine” is about as classic as it gets, but for television let’s hear it for “Captain Z-Ro”. It’s a bit predictable, and definitely corny compared to today’s sci-fi time travel efforts, but it led the way.