Salvage 1

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Salvage 1
Genre Science fiction
Created byMike Lloyd Ross
Starring
Theme music composer Walter Scharf
Composers Jack Hayes
Ken Harrison
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producers Harve Bennett
Harris Katleman
ProducersMike Lloyd Ross
Ralph Sariego
Craig Schiller
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesBennett/Katleman Productions
Columbia Pictures Television
Release
Original network ABC
Audio format Monaural
Original releaseJanuary 20 
December 9, 1979 (1979-12-09)
Chronology
Preceded bySalvage

Salvage 1 is an American science fiction series that was broadcast for 16 episodes (of the 20 produced) on ABC during 1979. The pilot film, Salvage, was shown on January 20, 1979, to high ratings.[ citation needed ]

Contents

Plot

The pilot centers on Harry Broderick (Andy Griffith) who owns the Jettison Scrap and Salvage Co. and is a specialist in reclaiming trash and junk to sell as scrap. His dream is to recover equipment left on the Moon during Apollo Program missions. In the show's opening title narration, Harry states:

"I wanna build a spaceship, go to the Moon, salvage all the junk that's up there, bring it back and sell it."

He invites the former astronaut Addison "Skip" Carmichael (Joel Higgins) and NASA fuel expert Melanie "Mel" Slozar (Trish Stewart) to assist him in this effort. During Slozar's fuel experiments, the Federal Bureau of Investigation becomes concerned over the purchases of chemicals.

Broderick and his ragtag crew complete their mission and go on to further adventures in the subsequent series. A recurring subplot drives numerous attempts to find the appropriate explosive mixture to break an iceberg from the Arctic Shelf, to be transported to the California coast as a source of fresh water.

Richard Jaeckel had a recurring role as Jack Klinger, the FBI agent tasked with keeping an eye on Broderick and his associates. Their relationship is generally rocky, but the Salvage crew fly to his rescue when he is captured during a mission to a Latin American dictatorship.

The Vulture

Harry builds a spaceship dubbed Vulture, made completely from reclaimed salvage and powered by a chemical called monohydrazine. The main body of Vulture is composed of a Texaco gasoline semi-trailer tank truck with a cement mixer as the capsule. This is augmented with three shorter rocket boosters placed 120 degrees around the main tank.

Episodes

Season 1 (1979)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1
2
1
2
"Salvage"Lee PhilipsMike Lloyd RossJanuary 20, 1979 (1979-01-20)
33"Dark Island"Gene NelsonRuel FischmannJanuary 29, 1979 (1979-01-29)
44"Shangri-la Lil"Ron SatlofJudy BurnsFebruary 5, 1979 (1979-02-05)
55"Shelter Five"TBATBAFebruary 12, 1979 (1979-02-12)
66"The Haunting of Manderly Mansion"Ray AustinMike RobeFebruary 26, 1979 (1979-02-26)
77"The Bugatti Treasure"Ed AbromsStory by: Mike Lloyd Ross
Teleplay by: Richard Chapman & Ruel Fischmann
March 5, 1979 (1979-03-05)
88"The Golden Orbit: Part 1"TBATBAMarch 12, 1979 (1979-03-12)
99"The Golden Orbit: Part 2"Ron SatlofRobert SwansonMarch 19, 1979 (1979-03-19)
1010"Operation Breakout"Gerald FinnermanGerald K. SiegelApril 2, 1979 (1979-04-02)
1111"Mermadon"TBATBAApril 16, 1979 (1979-04-16)
1212"Up, Up and Away"Les GreenRobert SwansonMay 14, 1979 (1979-05-14)
1313"Energy Solution"TBATBAMay 21, 1979 (1979-05-21)
1414"Confederate Gold"TBATBAMay 28, 1979 (1979-05-28)

The first season ranked 48th out of 114 shows that season with an average 17.7/26 rating/share. [1]

Season 2 (1979)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
151"Hard Water: Part 1"Les GreenMike Lloyd RossNovember 4, 1979 (1979-11-04)
162"Hard Water: Part 2"Les GreenMike Lloyd RossNovember 11, 1979 (1979-11-11)
173"Round Up"TBATBAunaired
184"Harry's Doll"TBATBAunaired
195"Dry Spell"TBATBAunaired
206"Diamond Volcano"TBATBAunaired

The last four episodes were shown in the early 1990s on The Nostalgia Channel, and overseas in the UK in some ITV regions in 1981. [2]

    Production

    Science fiction author Isaac Asimov was the show's scientific adviser. [3]

    Merchandise

    Estes Rockets made a prototype of a model rocket version of the Vulture. It was never brought to market. [4]

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    References

    1. https://www.americanradiohistory.com/hd2/IDX-Business/Magazines/Archive-BC-IDX/79-OCR/BC-1979-06-18-OCR-Page-0056.pdf#search=%22rounding%20up%20the%20ratings%22
    2. Salvage episodes Archived July 4, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
    3. Appeared only in closing credits of some Salvage 1 episodes after the pilot. Asimov also states in his autobiography, I, Asimov, that he served as an advisor for a few Salvage 1 episodes: Isaac Asimov, I, Asimov: A Memoir (New York, NY: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, 1994), 367-68.
    4. Article & photos of Vulture Model Rocket