Waterworld (TV Series)

A documentary/travelogue series of 52 half hours, produced in 1972-75 by Larry Jacobson’s Hethertel Corp. for U.S. syndication.  The first 26 programs are introduced by/feature Lloyd Bridges; they were titles “Lloyd Bridge’s Water World;” when the series was extended, , with the last 26 programs introduced by/featureing  James Franciscus, the title became just “Water World.”  Each program features visit(s) to water-related venues:  A tour of a mothballed battleship; a trip through the Bahamas; a tour of Monaco; a stint at a water-clown school; participation in the famed Canadian “Bathtub Derby;” shark fishing, and so on. The series is on 2″ videotape; only a few of the episodes have been transferred to modern video formats.  We did have a few VHS copies of a few of the episodes, the video viewers below gives you an idea of what the “Water World” looks like — digital versions made from the 2″ tapes will have much more intense color and sharper focus.

I.  THE LLOYD BRIDGES PROGRAMS

1.      “NOW AND THEN”

Lloyd and his son Beau go for a father and son cruise of the Bahamas.  They cruise     and swim in the crystal clear waters and go ashore on a deserted island searching for     buried treasure; enroute, Beau sings and accompanies himself on the guitar.

2.    “BIG FISH, LITTLE FISH, AND PERSONNEL PROBLEMS”

A.  Search for glamorous blue marlin at Ocean City, Maryland’s Annual Billfish
Tournament.

B.  Cruise down a quiet river in the mid-South with two young boys flat-fishing.

C.  Trials and tribulations of “First Mate” Dorothy Bridges when she joins Lloyd
for a day on the water.

3.      “THE RAGE TO WIN”

A.  National Championship D-Class Hydroplane races at Avon Park, Florida.

B.  A concentrated competition of one-design sailboats as Lloyd visits the National     Snipe Class Championships.

C.  Gold Cup race of the 1,000+ horsepower hydroplanes (“Thunderboats”) at Lake     Washington, Washington State.

4.    “THE RIVER AND THE OCEAN”

A.  Cruise down the mighty Tennessee River by houseboat and a go at one of river     boating’s most interesting procedures… dripping 90 feet from Lake Chicamouga to the     river through an enormous chain of locks.

B.  The Coast Guard responds to a Mayday distress call with a dramatic rescue     utilizing both boats and a helicopter.

5.    “UNDER AND OVER THE WATER”

A.  Lloyd explores the depths of John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park off Key Largo in     Florida, including a look at some dangerous marine animals.

B.  A lesson in water skiing.

C.  We watch thrills and spills at the National Water Skiing Championships.

6.    “DREAMBOAT TIME”

A.  Lloyd, his wife and their friends set off from Grenada for a week’s chartered     cruise on his personal dreamboat, the 72-foot auxiliary ketch Naraina.

B.  A weekend’s stay on a deserted island in a mountain lake with a family and its     dreamboat.

7.    “CATCHING AND RUNNING”

A.  Exploration of the many types of fishing available to a fisherman with a boat.

B.  Lloyd and a partner run a rushing mountain river in a canoe and watch a slalom     competition.

8.    “HISTORY AND TREASURE, FOG AND FIRE”

A.  Lloyd takes a poignant look into American history with a visit by boat to Fort     Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas, west of Key West.

B.  Lloyd and his two sons scuba dive for treasure in the eastern Bahamas and find an     enchanting underwater world.

C.  Lloyd is literally lost in a fog and with navigational skill brings his boat safely     back to harbor.

9.      “OLD AND NEW, FAST AND SLOW”

A.  Aboard the training barque Eagle, Lloyd visits with cadets as they learn the lore of     the sea.

B.  A grueling eight-hour, two-day marathon, the World Outboard Championship race     at Lake Havasu, Nevada.

C.  Cruise through one of the last truly wilderness waterways, skirting the western     Everglades in Florida.

10.    “ALL THOSE HELPERS OUT THERE”

A.  A visit to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and a special ride on the Alvin, the     Institute’s newest research submarine designed for exploring the bottom of the ocean.

B.  A night’s cruise along Long Island Sound on a power cruiser and nighttime     navigation.

C.  Review of radio equipment available to the pleasure boater.

11.    “BILGE RATES TO BILGE EXAMINATION”

A.  Aboard a modern ocean racing sailboat, Lloyd muses on the grand old days of     yacht racing in the Nineteenth Century.

B.  Present-day ocean sailboat racing and the Fall Off-Soundings race on eastern Long     Island Sound.

C.  Lloyd demonstrates harbor etiquette.

D.  A cabin cruiser undergoes a safety examination.

12.      “TWO DIFFERENT SIDES OF BOATING”

A.  Race of the eleven-foot, self-steering Class A. model sloops, perfect operating     replicas of racing sailboats.

B.  Lloyd demonstrates the basics of sailing.

C.  Boating’s most grueling test of men and boats, the Hennessy Grand Prix, ocean     power boat race of Point Pleasant, New Jersey.

13.    “THE TEST”

Lloyd asks questions and gives the answers about boating safety that yachtsmen     around the world should know and observe.

14.    “THUNDEBOATS, PADDLE BOATS AND PORTABLES”

A.  $25,000 Champion Spark Plug Regatta for hydroplanes at Miami’s Marine         Stadium.

B.  Visit aboard the Delta Queen, America’s last remaining overnight paddlewheel     steamboat.

C.  America’s portable navy, which sets sail every day from every conceivable     launching site.

15.    “DUCKS-DOCKS-WHITE WATER”

A.  Boy Scouts and other white water enthusiasts travel the wilderness by canoe.

B.  Duck hunting from an outboard boat on Wolf River, near Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

C.  Visit to San Diego Harbor, one of America’s most beautiful ports.

16.    “TODAY AND YESTERDAY”

A.  Long Beach-Hennessy Cup offshore powerboat race, the wildest, roughest ride in     the sport of boat racing.

B.  Canada’s Cup competition on Lake Ontario, the most prestigious sailing event     besides the America’s Cup Classic.

C.  The most luxurious diesel and steam yachts ever built.

17.    “BATHTUBS, SKIS, CHINA CLIPPERS”

A.  Great International Bathtub Race in British Columbia, the zaniest boat race afloat.

B.  Tommy Bartlett’s world-famous Ski and Sky Water Show, on Lake Denton,     Wisconsin Dells.

C.  The history of famous flying boats, the China Clippers, and the only plywood     flying boat ever built, by Howard Hughes, during World War II, the famed Spruce Goose.

18.    “THE BIG ONES THAT DIDN’T GET AWAY”

A.  Hunting for blue sharks in the Pacific, and study of other dangerous animals
of the sea.

B.  Bass Masters Classic, perhaps the most unique fresh-water fishing event of the     year.

C.  Review of vital information regarding coastal navigation during a cruise in     California waters.

19.  “SLOW AND EASY – FAST AND FRANTIC”

A.  An old-time salt relates his experiences sailing “around the Horn” by commercial     sail, before a cruise on a brigantine.

B.  Outboard Nationals at Miami’s Marine Stadium.

20.  “GIANT FISH AND GIANT WAVES”

A.  Two fishermen in a 20-foot open outboard challenge big sport-fishing rigs in the     famous Rhode Island Tuna Tournament.

B.  The world’s biggest ocean-racing yachts compete in Sydney’s Hobart Ocean Racing     Classic off the coast of Australia.

C.  Demonstration of the Coast Guard’s self-righting cutter.

21.  “WILD MEN OF THE WATER”

A.  All about the “Cats” (catamarans) and how to sail them.

B.  Introduction to wake surfing, a relatively novel sport practiced on lakes in the     wake of an outboard boat.

C.  “Kookie Water Things,” unusual items designed for the imaginative water-sports     buff.

22.    “PARADISE DISCOVERED”

Lloyd Bridges, his wife and his daughter-in-law explore the thrilling colorful beauty of     the “Pearl of the Pacific,” Hawaii.

23.    “FROM PIG BOATS TO FIBERGLASS BOATS”

A.  Visit aboard the U.S.S. Baya, one of the last remaining operational World War II     submarines, with Captain Edward Beach, author of “Run Silent, Run Deep.”

B.  Unusual sail boat race by Australian “18-footers” with unlimited sail size.

C.  Visit to a fiberglass boat factory.

24.    “FROM WILDERNESS TO WILDERNESS”

A.  Drag Boat Nationals at Long Beach, California, a “Happening of Speed.”

B.  New York-to-Bermuda cruise aboard a small yawl with a New York businessman     and his family

C.  Traveling by camper, with outboard boat in tow, a holiday for the entire family.

25.      “ROUGH RIDERS”

A.  Lloyd Bridges tries his hand at shooting the rapids of the turbulent Rogue River
in Oregon, by kayak.

B.  Western Hemisphere Ski Championship, at Montreal, with the world’s best water
skiers in competition.

26.    “FROM HOLLYWOOD TO HAVASU”

A.  A visit to four of the most glamorous boats that ever sailed, each features in a     famous motion picture:  The African Queen, Mutiny on the Bounty, Showboat, and The Hawaiians.

B.  World’s Outboard Championship on Lake Havasu, Arizona, the new home of the     famed London Bridge.

C.  Review of pleasure boats of all kinds.

II.  THE JAMES FRANCISCUS PROGRAMS

1.    “FROM HERMITS TO AIR BOATS”

A.  James Franciscus and golf professional Julius Boros adventure in the Florida     Everglades.

B.  Franciscus races an air boat through the swamp.

2.    “STRIPED KITES AND COSTUMES”

A.  Franciscus dangles from a free-flying spinnaker sail.

B.  Tethered to a speedboat far below, Franciscus flies a kite high over Miami’s     Biscayne Bay.

C.  Galveston, Texas teenagers put on a sensational water show.

3.    “JET BOATS UP THE COLORADO”

Franciscus leads a jet boat assault up the treacherous Colorado River Rapids.

4.      “BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS AND WATER SKIS”

A.  Exciting slalom, jumping and acrobatic water skiing at an international         championship meet.

B.  Franciscus scuba dives to an underwater laboratory in the Bahamas.

5.    “SAILS AND HURRICANES”

A.  National competitions for families sailing small, one-design sailboats.

B.  Franciscus takes a trip on a hurricane penetration plane, and tours the National
Hurricane Center.

6.    “SMALL SAILS AND BIG HYDROS”

A.  200 mile-per-hour “Thunderboats” race in the Champion Spark Plug Unlimited     Hydroplane Regatta.

B.  James Franciscus sails a dryland sailboat simulator and races with youngsters.

C.  Beautiful antique boats in contest and parade.

7.    “CLIPPER SHIPS AND DIVING BOARDS”

A.  Romantic barefoot cruise through the beautiful Virgin Islands aboard a 197-foot     sailing yacht.

B.  Franciscus learns about highdiving from Carrie Irish, Olympic hopeful.

8.    “FROGMEN AND SKI SCHOOLS”

A.  Franciscus meets members of the Navy’s famed Underwater Demolition Teams.

B.  A young family takes up water skiing at water ski school.

9.    “BIG FISH AND BOATING FUN”

A.  Franciscus teams up with the killer whale and dolphin acts at Miami’s famed
Seaquarium.

B.  Golfing great Julius enjoys a boating holiday with two of his sons.

10.    “FLYING WITH THE WIND”

A.  A daring stuntman flies 35 miles around New York City on a water-ski kite.

B.  Franciscus and “Yachting Magazine” editor Bill Robinson demonstrate the basics
of sailing a small family sailboat.

11.    “SURFBOARDS AND STRIPED BASS”

A.  The first World Windsurfing Competitions, with Franciscus learning how to ride     the tricky sailing surfboards.

B.  Julius Boros, golf pro, Jack Samson, editor of “Field and Stream,” and “New York     Times” outdoor columnist Nelson Bryant fish the Fall Striped Bass run.

12.    “THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD”

James Franciscus cruises through the magnificent and spellbinding waters of the
Lake Powell area.

13.    “BIG TEETH — SMALL BOAT”

James Franciscus and hockey star Gordie Howe fish for giant sharks on rod and reel
from a small boat.

14.    “RIVER OF NO RETURN”

Franciscus power boats up the famed Salmon River in Idaho, known as “The River
of No Return,” through treacherous jutting rocks and wild white waters.

15.    “FORMATION KITE FLYING”

Franciscus learns to para-sail, the exciting sport that puts a boat to work towing a man     and his parachute high in the sky, in the beautiful waters off Key Biscayne, Florida.

16.    “HIGH DIVING”

Franciscus becomes an “acquamaniac” when he joins a team of high diving “experts”
in Arlington, Texas, and learns how to execute a 5-man pyramid dive with them.

17.    “WATER, BOATS, GYPSIES, BULLS, HORSES & FLAMINGOES”

We join Franciscus in touring the picturesque world of Southern France’s watery     Camargue region, where time has stood still for 2,000 years.

18.      “HOT DOG WATERSKIING”

Franciscus and hockey star Garry Unger learn waterskiing tricks from five of the     world’s top waterskiiers.

19.    “THUNDERBOATS”

In Miami, Franciscus learns first-hand about the fastest and often most dangerous     boats in the world, when he takes a 200+ mile-per-hour ride on an unlimited-class     hydroplane.

20.    “A CRUISE THROUGH HISTORY”

Franciscus visits Mystic Seaport, a recreation of a 19th Century sailing village, to see     what life was really like in the early days of our country.

21.    “INNER SPACE”

Franciscus joins a U.S. Navy diving team for an exercise with the Naval Coastal     Systems Laboratory in Panama City.

22.    “THE YACHTING CAPITAL OF EUROPE”

Franciscus is given a tour of that glittering, romantic fairytale, Monaco, by His Serene     Highness, Prince Ranier.

23.    “GIANT TUNA”

Hockey stars Gordie Howe and Garry Unger fish for world record Bluefin Tuna off     Caraquet, New Brunswick, a small Canadian seaport fishing town.

24.    “BATTLESHIP STORY”

Franciscus explores a 35,000 ton, 680-foot long “dinosaur” in Fall River,         Massachusetts, and through historical film footage learns the history of the battleship.

25.    “CORAL REEF”

Franciscus visits Puerto Rico and dives its crystal-clear waters to explore some of the     world’s most beautiful coral reefs.

26.    “TARPON”

A.  Franciscus and hockey star Garry Unger fish the Florida Keys for the silver-sided
tarpon, one of the most elusive fish in the world.

B.  The program ends when we join family fun at a national sailboating regatta in
Michigan.