Today marks the 50th anniversary of ABC sitcom The Second Hundred Years. The series debuted on Wednesday, September 6th, 1967 and ran for 26 episodes. Monte Markham played two different, yet identical characters. Prospector Luke Carpenter froze in a glacier in 1900. He thawed out in 1967 and discovered he had a grandson named Ken. Luke and Ken looked exactly alike. Arthur O’Connell co-starred as Luke’s son–and Ken’s father–Edwin.
I published a Spotlight about The Second Hundred Years last November. While researching it, I viewed four episodes. It’s not amazing television but it’s not a terrible show, either. Critics hated it, based on the reviews I’ve come across. Following a highly-rated debut, viewers soon tuned out. Perhaps watching Luke being mistaken for or impersonating Ken week after week quickly grew boring.
Two decades after it went off the air, USA Network began running repeats of the series in 1986 and continued to do so until 1988.
Do you remember watching the premiere of The Second Hundred Years on ABC fifty years ago? Would you buy the series on DVD, given the opportunity?