In 1979, one show changed television forever. In 2017, it changes the internet! The first season of Space Cops is ready to be shared with a whole new generation and I wanted to take a moment to break down how all this is going to work.
Starting this week, we will release an episode every Sunday night at 8pm Eastern (the show's original air time for the bulk of the series). One episode every week for 11 weeks and a BONUS episode on Week 3! A few of you may have seen Episodes 1-3 a few years ago, but we're going to start from the beginning for anyone who is new to the party. Plus, further restoration has been done to those episodes, they are cleaner than ever, and include a few minor adjustments. Subscribe right now to the new Space Cops YouTube Channel and you won't miss an episode.
Where Has It Been?
Space Cops' final episode, "Play That 'Ol Squeezebox," aired May 6, 1984. And, thanks to politics and business dealings that are far too complex for me to understand, it was the last time the show would ever be seen on broadcast television. Despite having produced over a hundred episodes, the series was locked away and never re-ran in syndication. Executive Producer Stan Shallets tried to broker a deal for the Space Cops Christmas Special to be aired annually, but to no avail. The tales of Don, Jonny, and the Chief would only continue through a handful of Space Cops: The Animated Series episodes in 1985.
Space Cops proper sat dormant on 110 reels of Type C one-inch video tape in a San Diego County salt mine for 30 years. That's where we come in. Walk Softly Films acquired the rights to all episodes and materials of the series in 2011. We immediately released three episodes, but started to realize the amount of work it would take to get the entire series restored to a condition that we felt was worthy of the show's genius. So here we are. Years later, the first batch is ready to be watched, ready to be shared, ready to be loved all over again. We really hope you enjoy these episodes as much as we have, whether it's the first time you've seen them or the first time since you were a kid.