Land of the Lost (1970s) | Sid & Marty Krofft


“Land of the Lost” is the story of a forest ranger and his two teenage children who fall through a time vortex into another universe. They try to return to our universe, but their lives are constantly endangered by dinosaurs, the ‘Sleestaks’, seven-foot tall hissing lizard people who live in an underground city and the Land of the Lost’s peculiar laws of physics. They also befriend the ‘Pakuni’, a small tribe of ape-like creatures.

Chaka, the young Paku actually spoke a real language – the Pakuni language was developed by famed UCLA linguist Victoria Fromkin Ph.D.

The writers were the “crème de la crème” of Science Fiction. Some were also wrote on the original Star Trek including David Gerrold who wrote the most popular Star Trek episode “Trouble with Tribbles”.
And, Walter Koenig, who played “Chekov” on Star Trek, wrote an episode.

The sleestaks were played by college basketball players; probably the most famous is basketball player Bill Laimbeer who is presently an assistant coach for the NBA basketball team Minnesota Timberwolves. Being a sleestak was sweaty work because the costumes were built on wet suits.

One of the sleestak costumes made a guest appearance on The A Team TV series as Larry the Lizard, one of Hannibal’s ruses.


Land of the Lost: Complete Series (Limited Edition Set)

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