By Brother Bill / September 27, 2016
This timeline (also available in PDF) attempts to chronicle key events from the original Land of the Lost series, which ran for three seasons from 1974-1976. Key events include the introduction of a new character or location, any traveling through time and/or space via time doorway or other paranormal means, events that altered the geography or climate of the Land of the Lost itself (like the big earthquake that literally shakes things up at the beginning of season three), etc.
Only those episodes in which something noteworthy occurred (sorry, “Stone Soup”) appear on the timeline. I assembled it working under the assumption that the original episode broadcast order represents the correct sequence of events (this is not necessarily true or agreed upon by Land of the Lost fans, but seemed a safe approach), and that the in-universe story of the Marshalls begins at approximately the same time that the first episode aired in the real world—September 7, 1974. I also assumed about a year passed between seasons (the Marshalls seem to do about a year’s worth of off-screen “catching up” between the end of season one and the beginning of season two, and of course the young actors visibly age between seasons as well).
Where exact passage of time is unclear, I did a best guess based on clues in the dialogue. For example, I landed on roughly 1876 as the year Captain Ruben Van de Meer boards the Flying Dutchman based on Uncle Jack dating his (Van de Meer’s) telescope at around 100 years old (although this could, of course, be way off).
Events in the 1991-92 series reboot, the ridiculous 2009 Will Ferrell movie, and any non-series material (e.g. the 1975 Little Golden Book, The Surprise Guests) are excluded.
Brother Bill is curator of The Haunted Closet blog. He loves spooky children’s books and old Halloween records, and his taste for pop culture ranges from Rankin Bass to Russ Meyer.