Lost in Space (1965–1968)
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Return from Outer Space 

Using a matter transfer device left behind by the Taurons, Will beams himself back to Earth. He arrives safely in the small town of Hatfield Four Corners, Vermont, but his pleas for help are considered the fantasies of a runaway boy.


Nathan Juran


Peter Packer, Irwin Allen (created by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Williams ... Prof. John Robinson
June Lockhart ... Maureen Robinson
Mark Goddard ... Maj. Don West
Marta Kristen ... Judy Robinson
Bill Mumy ... Will Robinson (as Billy Mumy)
Angela Cartwright ... Penny Robinson
Jonathan Harris ... Dr. Zachary Smith
Reta Shaw ... Aunt Clara Simms
Walter Sande ... Sheriff George Baxendale
Sheila Allen ... Ruth Templeton (as Sheila Mathews)
Robert Easton ... Newsman Lacy
Harry Harvey ... Grover (as Harry Harvey Sr.)
Helen Kleeb ... Phone Operator Rachel
Anne Dore Anne Dore ... First Selectman (as Ann Dore)
Donald Losby Donald Losby ... Davey Sims


Penny discovers an egg on the transportation machine left behind by the Taurons. After Dr. Smith makes off with it, Penny is trapped in a maser beam accidentally activated by Debbie the bloop. Both vanish. Will wonders if the machine has had anything to do with her unexplained disappearance and, with the Robot's help, effectively brings her back. She has no memory of the experience, and everyone comes to take Will's report as just fanciful imagination. Nevertheless, Prof. Robinson thinks they should destroy the machine to keep Will from playing around with it. Distressed by its imminent and needless destruction, Will takes the Robot and has himself beamed to Earth, with instructions for the Robot to bring him back in four hours. On Earth, Will is taken for a runaway with fanciful tales; back on the planet, Dr. Smith takes the Robot away for selective reprogramming while John and Don arrive to destroy the alien machine. Written by statmanjeff

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Release Date:

29 December 1965 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Will proclaims the planet the Jupiter 2 crash-landed on is called Priplanus, it's the first time the name appears in the series. See more »


When the Taurons left they took the matter transfer unit along with them along yet now it shows up again. See more »


Davey Sims: Why don't you just come over to my house and you can phone your mother from there?
Will Robinson: My mother's at least ten light years from here. So's the rest of my family.
Davey Sims: Oh, your "mother's at least ten light years from here." You know, you kids are getting whackier every day.
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References Miracle on 34th Street (1947) See more »

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Writer Peter Packer Loved The Old Look
12 February 2015 | by StuOzSee all my reviews

Will goes back to earth.

Many have questioned why earth looks so old-fashioned in this hour, the explanation: Peter Packer wrote it!

Peter Packer was known for scripting many TV westerns and so when he wrote for Lost In Space he seemed to want to bring the old west into this series (see Welcome Stranger, The Space Croppers, Blast Off Into Space and A Visit To A Hostile Planet).

Return From Outer Space is a fine hour and it was even more pleasing when I was a kid of the 1970s. My favourite line in the hour actually comes at the end when someone asks "What do we tell Alpha Control?" The response makes me laugh.

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