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Beginning & Ending Narrations (Voice-overs)

THE SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY SERIES

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3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN/NBC/1996-2001

[Opening read by James Earl Jones for episodes 2-9]

Narrator:

"As many intelligent people know, aliens are all around us. This is the story of a band of four such explorers. In order to blend in, they have assumed human form. [shot of Dick] This is the High Commander. He has assembled an elite team of experts. [shot of Sally] A decorated military officer. [shot of Tommy] A seasoned intelligence specialist. [shot of Harry] And... well, they had an extra seat.  They say the Earth started with just two humans, now there are 5 billion of them; someone needs to turn a hose on them.

For the first nine episodes a joke followed the above introduction. Note that the episode titles incorporates the word "dick" into each title.
  • Post Nasal Dick: "The earth is a primitive place, notable for its pollution, squandered resources, and violent upheavals. But man, you should taste the doughnuts!"

  •  Dick's First Birthday: "The earth revolves around the sun. But ask most humans, they'll say it revolves around them." 

  • Dick is from Mars, Sally is from Venus: "The people of earth sometimes divide against each other based on national origin or skin color. Of course, no one else in the galaxy can tell them apart." 

  • Dick, Smoker: "The earth is actually two-thirds water...about the equivalent of scotch at a cheap wedding."

  •  Green-Eyed Dick: "They say earth started with just two humans. Now there are five billion of them. Someone needs to turn a hose on them." 

  • Lonely Dick: "The earth is populated by millions of beautiful women. And those who aren't beautiful have great personalities."

  • Body & Soul & Dick: "The earth is covered with a deep, hard crust
    ...although it does have a wonderful chewy center."

  • Ab-Dick-ted: "Earth is a place where backing down causes ego problems, and backing up causes severe tire damage."

[After episode nine, the introduction was shortened to:]
"As many intelligent people know, aliens are all around us. This is the story of four such explorers."

When the episodes were rerun, the shortened introduction was also used, with the opening credits being placed after the first scene (called a "teaser"), instead of before, as in their original runs.     

TEEN TITANS/SYN/1966
[Narrator] "Here come the Teen Titans, a portrait of towering talent. Kid Flash whose speed defies the eye to follow. Wonder Girl, swift and powerful super lass; Speedy whose fantastic arrows perform fantastic feats; Aqualad, bold and daring marine marvel. Fabulous foursome for Might against Right...THE TEEN TITANS!

TIMECOP/ABC/1997
[Narrator] "The year 2007, time travel is a reality and it's fallen into criminal hands. With history itself at risk the United States has formed the Time Enforcement Commission, a top secret agency responsible for policing the temporal stream. An elite team of agents track unlawful travelers across time, their mission: protect the past preserve the future. These agents are known as Timecops."

TIME TRAX/SYN/1993-95

[1st Season Opening]

Narrator: "It began in the future. A scientist turning to evil, a time machine called TRAX, beings who vanish and a lawman with a mission. He has one weapon and a computer named SELMA 
SELMA:   Good Morning Captain Lambert.
Narrator: With them he will travel to a time more innocent than his own. Now he is among us. A special breed of man, a hunter, traveling    through our world searching for fugitives from his own, knowing he can not go home until he has found them all. His name is Darian Lambert and this is his story." 

[2nd Season Opening]

Narrator:  "It began in the future. A time machine called TRAX, criminals who vanish, and a lawman who must pursue into the past. Now he is among us, a special breed of man. He has one weapon and a computer called Selma. With her, he will travel through our world, searching for fugitives from his own, knowing he cannot go home until he has found them all. His name is Darien Lambert and this is his story." 

THE TIME TUNNEL/ABC/1966-67
[Narrator] "Two American scientists lost in the swirling maze of past and future ages during the first experiments on America's greatest and most secret project: THE TIME TUNNEL. Tony Newman and Doug Phillips now tumble helplessly toward a new and fantastic adventure somewhere along the infinite corridors of time."

TOM CORBETT, SPACE CADET/CBS/ABC/NBC/DUM/1950-55

 [Voices of announcer Jackson Beck and Frankie Thomas as Tom Corbett

Narrator: "TOM CORBETT...SPACE CADET! 
Tom Corbett: "Standby to raise ship! Blastoff minus five...four...three...two...one...ZERO!!!!"
 Narrator:  "As roaring rockets blastoff to distant planets and far-flung stars, we take you to the age of the conquest of space with TOM CORBETT, SPACE CADET!"

[Alternate opening]

 Narrator: 

"Space Academy, USA in the World Beyond Tomorrow. Here the Space Cadets train for duty on distant planets. In roaring rockets they blast through the millions of miles from Earth to far-flung stars and brave the dangers of cosmic frontiers, protecting the liberties of the planets, safe guarding the cause of universal peace in the age of the conquest space. 

 [Program closing] 

Tom Corbett:

"So long for now, and spaceman's luck to all of you." 

[Alternate closing spoken in earlier episodes]

Narrator:

"Don't miss the next action-packed episode, when the space cadets are faced with new, mysterious dangers in their exploration of the planet never before seen by Earth mortals." 

UNDERDOG/NBC/CBS/1966-73

Underdog: There's no need to fear. Underdog is here.
Narrator Time again for the UNDERDOG SHOW starring that champion of champions... Underdog!
Narrator: One of the city's most humble and lovable characters was Shoeshine Boy.
Shoeshine Boy:

All finished sir.

Customer: Thanks Shoeshine boy you're humble and loveable
Shoeshine Boy Bless you sir.
Narrator: Little did anyone know that whenever there was a call for help ["Help!...Help! Help!"] Shoeshine boy became in real life... Underdog!

Chorus of Singers:
 

When criminals in this world appear
and break the laws that they should fear
and frighten all who see or hear
the cry goes up both far and near for
UNDERDOG Underdog.
UNDERDOG Underdog
Speed of lightning, roar of thunder.
Fighting all who vow to plunder
Underdog! Underdog! Underdog!

V/NBC/1984-85
[Narrator] "They arrived in fifty mother ships, offering their friendship and advance technology to Earth. Skeptical of the Visitors, Mike Donovan and Juliet Parrish infiltrated their ranks and soon discovered some startling secrets. The Resistance is all that stands between us...and the Visitors."

VALLEY OF THE DINOSAURS/CBS/1974-76
[Narrator] "Deep in the heart of the Amazon, the Butler family was exploring an uncharted river canyon. Suddenly, caught up in a violent whirlpool, they were propelled through an underground cavern and flung into a hostile world of giant prehistoric creatures-a world that time forgot."

THE VISITOR/FOX/1997

 [Various voices]
 Voice:

You have violated US air space. If you do not land immediately we will be forced to shoot you down.

Voice: It's coming right at us.
Voice:  You are red and free to engage unknown.
 Voice: Roger.

VOYAGERS!/NBC/1982-83
[Voice of John-Erik Hexum] "We travel through time to help history along, give it a push where it was needed. When the Omni is red it means history is wrong. Our job is to get everything back on track."

[Alternate opening]: "Far out in the cosmos there exists a planet known as Voyager, where the mystery of travel into space and through time has been solved. It is inhabited by a race who call themselves Voyagers. Their purpose is to keep constant surveillance on history. These people have a time machine device, the Omni, which will take them into the past, present or future. As each Voyager graduates he is given an Omni and a guidebook. One such graduate Phineas Bogg, who was assigned as a field worker to operate in certain time zones. [The preceeding narration was included in the re-released (1985) MCA Home Video Voyagers from the Unknown based on the original series episodes.]

WAR OF THE WORLDS/SYN/1988-90
[Voice of Jarid Martin as Dr. Harrison Blackwood] "In 1953 Earth experienced a WAR OF THE WORLDS. Common bacteria stopped the aliens but it didn't kill them. Instead the aliens lapsed into a state of deep hybernation. Now the aliens have been resurrected, more terrifying than before. In 1953 aliens started taking over the world; today they're taking over our bodies."

WEIRD SCIENCE/USA/1994-97

[Program began with scenes from the The Bride of Frankenstein movie]
Monster: You Make Man?
Scientist: No, Woman

[Theme Song "Weird Science"]

Scientist:   She's alive, alive! 

WITCHBLADE/TNT/2001-2002
[Narrator] "Sara Pezzini a New York City detective, drawn into a chance encounter with a supernatural weapon. Each day, each mystery, each encounter will ultimately reveal her true destiny."

[Revised Opening] "There is an ancient weapon, mysterious and powerful. It is called the Witchblade. Only a chosen woman can wield it. At the dawn of the new Millennium Officer Sara Pezzini became the chosen wielder. Will she be destroyed by the power she now yields? Or will she be the first to master the mysterious shape-shifting talisman of power called THE WITCHBLADE?"

WORLD OF GIANTS/SYN/1959
[Voice of Marshall Thompson] "You are about to see one of the most closely guarded secrets and one of the most fantastic series of events ever recorded in the annals of counterespionage. This is my story, the story of Mel Hunter, who lives in your world...a world of giants."

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