Land of the Lost (TV Series 1974–1977) - Plot Summary Poster



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  • A family is thrown back in time and must survive in a dinosaur dominated land.

  • The Marshalls - widowed ranger father Rick, and his two children Will and Holly - are on an outdoor expedition like they have many times before. While rafting on this trip, an earthquake opens up a chasm resulting in them tumbling across some raging rapids and over an unknown waterfall. They end up alive but in a world unfamiliar to them, a world they will ultimately coin the Land of the Lost. It is inhabited by creatures some they have never seen or heard of, and some which no longer exist in the world they knew back home, creatures such as dinosaurs. They will find that some of these creatures are friendly, and some of them which they need to stay away from for their lives. As they eke out a life in this strange land, they try to understand what got them here so that they can make their way back home, that process which is fraught with its own dangers based on the unknowns of what is on the path to home. What they are also initially unaware of is that Rick's brother, fellow ranger Jack Marshall, is trying to trace their path to locate them.

  • Rick Marshall is a park ranger who takes his two kids, Will and Holly, on a rafting trip down a river. During the trip, an earthquake occurs which somehow opens up a rift in time, propelling the Marshalls into a land populated by dinosaurs, ape-men, and the dreaded Sleestak. Later in the series, Rick manages to find his way home and is replaced by Uncle Jack (who had rafted down the same river looking for his family).

  • Widowed forest ranger Rick Marshall and his two children, Will and Holly, are enjoying a rafting trip when they accidentally fall over a waterfall. However, instead of being killed they somehow fall through a dimensional doorway into a closed universe populated by dinosaurs, ape men known as Pakune and a race of lizard like men known as Sleestacks. The Marshalls make the most of their time there as they try to find a way home for the next two years by using a monolithic chamber known as a pylon which acts as a doorway to other worlds. However, one day Rick tries to use one of them to try to get back home and disappears. However, Rick's brother Jack who has been searching for them lands in the Land of the Lost and joins his nephew and niece in trying to get back home.


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