This month’s Spotlight shines on The Second Hundred Years, an ABC sitcom that ran for 26 episodes during the 1967-1968 season. Monte Markham played two roles in the series: prospector Luke Carpenter, frozen in a glacier in 1900 and later thawed out in 1967, as well as Luke’s grandson Ken. The two looked identical but acted nothing alike. Arthur O’Connell co-starred as Luke’s son and Ken’s father. Each week, the three found themselves caught up in some wacky adventure.
From the reviews I’ve found, most critics weren’t fond of the series. A few were, like George Gent of The New York Times. Initial ratings were relatively high but soon sank as viewers apparently tired of the gimmick. Many episodes involved Luke either being mistaken for or purposefully impersonating Ken.
Screen Gems produced the series for ABC. Harry Ackerman served as executive producer. Repeats aired on USA Network from 1986 to 1988. The series was also part of a Screen Gems syndicated package called “The Magic Show” during the 1980s.
Did you watch The Second Hundred Years when it originally aired in the 1960s? Did you see it on USA Network in the 1980s? Hit the comments with your thoughts.