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Based on the novel 'La Planète des Singes' (trans. ‘Monkey Planet’) by Pierre Boulle, ‘Planet of the Apes’ is one of the most famous and popular movie series of all time. Starring movie icon Charlton Heston, the first film was released in 1968, and immediately proved a massive hit with audiences, with its innovative script, amazing make-up, excellent acting, and arguably one of the best shock endings in cinema history. A sequel, ‘Beneath the Plane of the Apes’ was released in 1970, closely followed by ‘Escape From the Planet of the Apes’, ‘Conquest of the Planet of the Apes’, and ‘Battle For the Planet of the Apes’. (The original was remade in 2001, but despite some excellent production values, it was not met by much critical acclaim by the critics, fans and general movie-goers). In 1975, a ‘Planet of the Apes’ television series debuted, which charted the adventures of astronauts Alan Virdon and Pete Burke, and their ape friend, Galen. However, the show was met by a warm reception by audiences, and only lasted for fourteen episodes.

The following year, the ape saga was taken up once more, this time in the form of an animated series, ‘Return to the Planet of the Apes’. The premise was almost the same as the movies and television series - astronauts Bill Hudson, Jeff Carter and Judy Franklin lift off in the NASA spacecraft Venturer, but hit a strange warp which takes them one thousand years into the future, to a planet ruled by apes. However, this ape-world is more technologically advanced than those previously seen, showing using cars, airplanes and even visiting movie theatres. Despite the typically low-budget animation that is seen in every 70s production, the series has some interesting ideas, with an overall story arc that ran through all fourteen episodes.

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Planet of the Apes - Season 1
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