|Who Is Captain Z-ro?|
|History / Series Outline|
|A Message From Captain Z-RO|
Somewhere in a remote, uncharted region of the planet Earth stands the laboratory of CAPTAIN Z-RO. In this secret location, known only to a few in the outside world, CAPTAIN Z-RO and his associates experiment in TIME and SPACE ...to learn from the past ...plan for the future...
Originally, this 15 minute sci-fi show garnered both a loyal fan base and critical acclaim during its three-year run on San Francisco's KRON-TV, the first "live" dramatic show in the Bay Area.
CAPTAIN Z-RO and his associates experiment in Time and Space via their Time Refractor apparatus and their space ship. They become involved with notables of the past and events of history, i.e. Ghengis Kahn, The Battle of Chalon, Christopher Columbus, Leonardo DaVinci, Molly Pitcher at the Battle of Monmouth and many others (see episodes). Captain Z-ro was hailed for being both educational and entertaining, applauded by adults, teenagers as well as children.
Media releases allege that this Sci-Fi-Fact production was written by and starred Roy Steffens, a man who lived in Palo Alto, California in what is now the Silicon Valley.
After three years on local live TV, Captain Z-ro expanded to a half-hour filmed by W. A. Palmer Films at Z-ro's laboratory and was syndicated nationally from 1954 to 1960, the first filmed show out of San Francisco. Captain Z-ro maintained its unique blend of history, mystery and dramatic adventure in Time and Space while winning national commendations and awards.
We are pleased to make available these rare half hour programs that capture the spirit of adventure and creativity that make Captain Z-ro as entertaining today as it was in the early days of television.
This series was far ahead of its time. Time travel, language translators, and materialization are part of almost every sci-fi program and movie since, but these inventions were all part of a T. V. series that had its start in the early 1950's: Science Fiction on Television in the 1950s: Captain Z-Ro.
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS - mutiny aboard the Santa Maria.
THE GREAT PYRAMID OF GIZA - the mystery of the tomb disclosed.
DANIEL BOONE - a nine year old Daniel encounters Indians alone.
MARCO POLO - traitorous and treacherous Chinese warlords.
SUTTER'S GOLD - gold in California.
METEOR - seconds to death in the ZX99.
XIUTECUHTL - Aztec treasure and the God of Fire.
WASHINGTON AND HOWE - a near fatal incident at Valley Forge.
MOLLY PITCHER: THE BATTLE OF MONMOUTH - during the Revolutionary War.
LEONARDO DA VINCI - Jet experiments with a pair of wings.
KING JOHN AND THE MAGNA CARTA - foiling the warring knights of England.
THE PONY EXPRESS - danger from a rival stagecoach company.
- struggles to free Switzerland from tyranny.
HERNANDO CORTEZ - traitors in the Captain's camp.
WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR - foiling the traitorous French assassins.
ROGER THE ROBOT - Roger shorts out and runs amok in San Francisco.
KING ALFRED - England's defeat of the Danish hordes.
BLACKBEARD THE PIRATE - lost in time with buried treasure.
Copyright © 2006, 2007 Fred Berney