This series presents information based in part on theory and conjecture. The producer’s purpose is to suggest some possible explanations, but not necessarily the only ones to the mysteries we will examine. —Opening Narration to In Search Of . . .
1970s pop culture was a bubbling
cauldron of conspiracy theories, pseudo-science, New Age spiritualism, and
purported paranormal phenomenon. For anyone interested in that era, no TV
program better explores these various popular fads than the classic television
documentary series In Search of . . . , which ran from 1977 to 1982, narrated by Leonard Nimoy, and produced by Alan
Landsburg. The entire first season is available for viewing on my YouTube channel. See links below.
Over the course of four hour-long
specials and 144 half-hour syndicated episodes, In Search of . . . explored just about every far-out idea ever to come
out of the 1960s and 1970s. Then-popular theories about ancient astronauts, talking
to plants, killer bees, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, Dracula, Nazis, Amelia
Earhart, E.S.P., Atlantis, the Bermuda Triangle, and more, were all treated as
serious phenomenon. In most episodes, In
Search of . . .is explanatory in its approach to these topics rather than investigative,
so if something sounds preposterous and unbelievable the producers leave it to
the audience to make up their own minds.
Extraterrestrials, Magic & Witchcraft, Missing Persons, Myths & Monsters, Lost Civilizations, Special Phenomena. — Teaser/Tag to In Search Of . . .
sensational nature of the show, In Search
of… did produce a number of excellent scholarly programs, some of which are
included in the first season episodes presented below. The episodes on Incan
treasure, killer bees, and the historical Dracula are some of the stand-out episodes
in this regard. Nevertheless, the more fantastical episodes on so-called ancient
astronauts, Atlantis, the Bermuda Triangle, etc., give credence to myths
without any substantive evidence to back it up. It is particularly displeasing
to see the ancient astronaut theory continue to be promulgated today.
Wild-haired experts with dubious academic credentials, or none at all, have
found fame on cable networks hawking preposterous theories that have long been
discredited. All this does is to steal the honor due to the ancient cultures
who devised the technology and put money into the pockets of people who can only
be described as charlatans.
have a real fondness for In Search of . . . .
Whether real history and science or just unfounded speculation, the episodes are always compelling entertainment to watch. Part of it is the
excellent writing and Nimoy’s basso profundo narration, but also the film
production values are outstanding and the music by W. Michael Lewis and Laurin
Rinder always strikes the right chord and mood.
The rights to In Search of . . . were lost by the original
production company, Alan Landsburg Productions, who let them lapse. Subsequently, the show found its way into the hands of a wider
audience. I have posted the 24 first season episodes and the first two 1-hour
specials to my YouTube Channel. Interestingly, the two 1-hour specials were narrated
by Rod Serling who was to be the narrator for the series until his untimely
death at age 50 in 1976.
series episodes presented below are digital transfers of 16-mm film originals reportedly
found in the archives of a TV station who syndicated the program during its original
run. For several episodes, where indicated, one will find links to articles I wrote where the videos
are embedded while other links take the reader directly to the YouTube post.