The Starlost (1973– )

TV Series   |    |  Sci-Fi

Episode Guide
The Starlost (1973) Poster

A group of humans must explore a vast starship in order to find the controls to save it from destruction.

Add this title to your Watchlist
Save movies and shows to keep track of what you want to watch.



  • The Starlost (1973)
  • The Starlost (1973)
  • The Starlost (1973)
  • The Starlost (1973)
  • The Starlost (1973)
  • The Starlost (1973)

See all photos

More of What You Love

Find what you're looking for even quicker with the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Cast & Crew

Top Series Cast


Harlan Ellison


1 win.

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review

User Reviews

5 February 2009 | Blueghost
Much maligned.
And deservedly so, but I think the harshest critics of this show are being overly hard.

The best way I can describe "The Starlost" is as a low-budget version of "Dr. Who". In fact, for the longest time (like someone posted on the BBS) I too thought this was a lost episode of the British TV show that I just needed to it track down.

Through the miracle of Youtube I rediscovered it, then went on to investigate what happened to this show.

Ho boy.

As has already been posted, the creative powers were sold a bill of goods. The money people wanted to recapture that low steady audience market share that Star Trek had proved existed, and talked sci-fi types into creating what eventually became "The Starlost". The creative types, seeing that the wool had been pulled over their eyes, walked and put all the blame on the backers.

I think this too is also too harsh. Harlan Ellison and his confederates were duped, of that there is no doubt, but, in my opinion, they should have bucked the money people, shot what they wanted, and pull a page out of the BBC's play-book by making a quality low-budget TV show.

And, believe it or not, this is what they did, though unwillingly and begrudgingly. As other commentators have pointed out the production values are sub-par. The "special" effects are not so special, the supporting cast is hit-and-miss, and the rewritten dialogue should not have been as dumbed down as it was.

But, in spite of all the poor tweakings by the financial powers, and despite the callous and blame-minded psychology that the creative team eventually adopted, the crux of the story still manages to shine.

Poor production values to somewhat hamper this show, but despite marginal execution, the coordination of story and those same low production values help preserve the creative teams' intent.

The SFX are poor (marginal at best), the actor thesping the computer terminal acts like he's in a B-movie, before CGI we're treated to a poorly shot (though magnificently designed) miniature and cheap video animation, and the local theatre groups cast in the support parts have a hard time keeping up with the leads. But, for all that, and for a show produced in the early 70s, it's actually okay for what it is.

Mind you, if I were to helm this thing I would've either stopped production entirely or thumbed my nose at the backers and shot what I wanted. But, I would've made the best of a bad situation, and not cry foul when given the opportunity of a lifetime to shoot what could have been a truly magnificent sci-fi show.

Critic Reviews

More Like This

  • Battlestar Galactica

    Battlestar Galactica

  • Space: 1999

    Space: 1999

  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

    Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

  • The Lost World

    The Lost World

  • One Step Beyond

    One Step Beyond

  • Planet of the Vampires

    Planet of the Vampires

  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

    Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

  • Futureworld


  • Tombs of the Blind Dead

    Tombs of the Blind Dead

  • Return of the Evil Dead

    Return of the Evil Dead

  • The Starlost: The Beginning

    The Starlost: The Beginning

  • The Haunted Palace

    The Haunted Palace


Plot Summary



Yorgos Who? Inside 'The Favourite' Director's World

Get to know the fractured films of Yorgos Lanthimos, director of Oscar-nominee The Favourite. And join us here for the IMDb LIVE at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party, streaming at 7:30 p.m. EST/4:30 p.m. PST on Sunday, Feb. 24.

Watch now

Featured on IMDb

Check out our guide to the Academy Awards, our coverage of the 2019 awards season, and more.

Around The Web


Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on