Tuesday, March 13, 2007

WHY GOD CREATED YOUTUBE™: "Man From Atlantis" Opening Credits

Riding the crest of the Star Wars/sci-fi dork wave in 1977, Man From Atlantis is surely one of the strangest tv shows ever to be greenlit, and nowhere is that more evident than in these opening credits. Yes, you had the young, virile, pre-Dallas Patrick Duffy playing the web-fingered lead role, but he swam like he had something lodged in his buttocks that he was desperately trying to shake out (of course, that didn't stop a whole generation of dorks from trying to swim like him during the summer of 1978). And the theme music feels more than a tad incongruous, better suited to being an incidental cue from a noirish detective show than a theme tune about the last survivor of Atlantis. Plus there was a guy in there whose last name was "Fudge." Can anyone be shocked this only lasted one season?

Truly, this is why God created YouTube.


Anonymous "A" said...

I remember seeing these credits on a small tv in my grandparents' kitchen in the summer of '78 -- so I would have been 5.

The reason it stuck in my head is that I couldn't figure out why Aquaman wasn't a cartoon. And why he didn't look like Aquaman. I mean, he wasn't even wearing orange! And where were the other Superfriends, most especially Gleek? ;-)

1:56 PM  
Blogger Crispinus said...

The exec producer's last name is "So Low" -- 'nuff said!

7:34 AM  

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