Harry runs a salvage operation, in which he and his partners reclaim trash and junk and sell it as scrap (or as other things). Harry also has a home-made spaceship which he sometimes uses to reclaim junk satellites.


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Complete series cast summary:
Andy Griffith ...  Harry Broderick 19 episodes, 1979
Joel Higgins ...  Skip Carmichael 19 episodes, 1979
Trish Stewart Trish Stewart ...  Melanie Slozar 19 episodes, 1979
J. Jay Saunders ...  Mack 14 episodes, 1979
Richard Jaeckel ...  Jack Klinger 13 episodes, 1979


Harry runs a salvage operation, in which he and his partners reclaim trash and junk and sell it as scrap (or as other things). Harry also has a home-made spaceship which he sometimes uses to reclaim junk satellites.

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Release Date:

20 January 1979 (USA) See more »

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Código rescate 1 See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This winter offering from ABC went head to head against popular shows WKRP in Cincinnati and Little House on the Prairie. That likely explains why it managed a mere 20 episodes. See more »


Narrator: [opening narration] Once upon a time, a junkman had a dream.
Harry Broderick: I want to build a spaceship, go to the moon, salvage all the junk that's up there, bring it back, sell it.
Narrator: So he put together a team. An ex-astronaut. A fuel expert. They built a rocketship, and they went to the moon. Who knows what they'll do next.
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Several episodes were not broadcast in the US due to the show's cancellation. These final episodes were, however, shown in the UK. See more »


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A great little short lived TV show
8 December 2015 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

So there I am, channel surfing, feeling like much of America at the time and saying to myself "nothing's on..." and droning on about why they don't make more adventure shows, or shows about space, or shows about soldiers fighting for us, or even shows about pirates.

Then comes Salvage-1, and it's fairly entertaining, and creates a niche audience, and suddenly all is right with the world. I don't have to wait for Star Wars to hit the theatres again ... I don't have to wait for 2001 to come to KTVU ... I don't have to keep rewatching Kirk and Spock on my TV ... nor watch Battlestar Galactica with a wry expression because it's really a children's program.

I don't recall too much about the show, other than the very technically inaccurate near shootdown by USAF F-4 Phantoms of Salvage-1 (the pilots counting down to launch a sidewinder? Give me a break), but I do recall enjoying the show for what it was, and am terribly sorry that more shows that reached beyond family and law enforcement weren't made, because people liked them. Read that as usually young folks or older folks who were heavily into science and engineering, and wanted to create a better future for themselves, and mankind.

Such was Salvage-1. It also brought a very healthy recycling theme to America, which was still contending with environmental abuse by some sociopathic corporate board members who had to be reigned in through our national and state level legislature. Salvage-1 was just that; a vessel that salvaged, and brought home things that were broken so they could be remade to work again. That applies to people and animals, not just machines. What healthier message could there be for the TV viewing audience? I really liked this show, and I was sorry it got side tracked in non space-oriented stories, and that it was eventually cancelled. Oh well.

If you see it again, then give it a chance. You might like it.

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