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Scorpio - American spaceship seen on the situation comedy IT'S ABOUT TIME/CBS/1966-67.

Scorpio Spacecraft - IT'S ABOUT TIME

Scorpio (ID No. E-X-1) was manned by Air Force astronauts Captain Mac Mackenzie (Frank Aletter) and Lieutenant Hector "Hec" Canfield (Jack Mullaney).

While returning from a NASA mission (that exceeded speeds of 60,000 miles per second), the crew of the Scorpio land in a remote jungle which they feel is the terrain of another planet. But after seeing a cave man and a Tyrannosaurus Rex, they quickly conclude they have broken the time barrier and are now existing in the year 1 million B.C.

Jack Mullaney and Frank Aletter - Cast of IT'S ABOUT TIME
The astronauts face the dangers of prehistoric times

They also discover that their spacecraft is damaged (faulty condenser points) and so they set out in search of the minerals to repair their engines and return to their own time.

With the assistance of a cave family consisting of Gronk (Joe E. Ross), Shad (Imogene Coca), Mlor (Mary Grace) and Breer (Pat Cardi), the astronauts discover a diamond from the eye of an tribal idol that could correct the condenser points and send them home.

Animation from the opening of the series IT'S ABOUT TIME

Animation from the opening of the series IT'S ABOUT TIME

Animation from the opening of the series IT'S ABOUT TIME

Opening scenes from the series "It's About Time"

Unfortunately, the cave family is now vilified by the local clan and so to protect them, the astronauts (called "evil spirits" by the tribal elders) take them onboard the Scorpio and travel back through time to modern America.

After the Scorpio lands about 50 outside Los Angeles, the astronauts sequester their prehistoric friends from the staring eyes of twentieth century onlookers and teach them to adjust to their new and strange surroundings (which they call "The Other Side of the Hill").


Theme Song (Opening Lyrics)

It's about time
It's about space,
About two men in the strangest place.
It's about time
It's about flight
Traveling faster than the speed of light.

This is the tale of the brave crew
As through the barrier of time they flew.
Past a fighting minuteman,
Past an armored knight,
Past a Roman warrior,
To this ancient site.

It's about caves
Cavemen too,
About a time when the earth was new.
Wait'll they see what is in sight!
Is it good luck or is it good night?
It's about two astronauts, it's about their fate,
It's about a woman and her prehistoric mate.

It's about time
It's about space,
About two men in the strangest place.
They will be here right on this spot
No matter if they like it or not.
How will they live in this primitive state?
Will help ever come before it is too late?
Will they ever get away?
Watch each week and see!
Will they be returning to the 20th Century?
It's about time for our goodbyes
To all these prehistoric gals and guys.
It's about time!

Gold Key Comic - IT'S ABOUT TIME

Alternate version when the Astronauts returned to the future

It's about time,
It's about space,
About strange people in the strangest place.
It's about time,
It's about flight,
Travelin' faster than the speed of light.

About space people and a brave crew,
As through the barrier of time they flew.
Pass the Roman Senators,
Pass an armored knight,
Pass the firing Minutemen,
To this modern site.


It's about time
For you and me
To meet these people of amazing feats.
It's about two astronauts and how they educate
A pre-historic woman and her pre-historic mate.

It's about time
It's about space
About strange people in the strangest place
They will be here
With all of us
Dodging a taxi, a car, a bus.

Where will they go
What will they do
In this strange place where everything is new.
Will they manage to survive
Watch each week and see.
Will they get accustomed to the Twentieth Century.

It's about time
For our good byes
To all our pre-historic gals and guys.

And now,
It's About Time
It's About Time
It's About Time
It's About Time!


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