Harold Robbins' The Survivors

The Survivors is a high-profile prime time soap opera aired by the ABC television network as part of its Fall 1969 lineup.[1]

Harold Robbins' The Survivors
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Rossano Brazzi and Lana Turner in a scene from The Survivors
Also known asThe Survivors
GenreSoap opera
Created byRichard De Roy
Michael Gleason
Harold Robbins
StarringLana Turner
George Hamilton
Diana Muldaur
Ralph Bellamy
Natalie Schafer
Kevin McCarthy
Jan-Michael Vincent
Clu Gulager
Louis Hayward
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes15
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesThe Harold Robbins Company
Universal Television
Original networkABC
Original release22 September 1969 (1969-09-22) –
17 September 1970 (1970-09-17)


Hollywood film star Lana Turner made her only television appearance as a regular series character on The Survivors. The show also starred other "big names", including Jan-Michael Vincent, Ralph Bellamy, Diana Muldaur, George Hamilton, Louis Hayward, Kevin McCarthy, Clu Gulager, and Natalie Schafer.[2] Despite their presence, and that above the title of bestselling author Harold Robbins, since the characters were from his novel of the same name, the program was a ratings fiasco, losing badly to Mayberry R.F.D. and The Doris Day Show on CBS and The NBC Monday Movie on NBC. It was cancelled at midseason, although it was rerun the following summer.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Chapter One"Michael RitchieTBASeptember 29, 1969 (1969-09-29)
Baylor Carlyle demands the resignation of his son-in-law Philip Hastings because of embezzlement.
2"Chapter Two"Paul HenreidTBAOctober 6, 1969 (1969-10-06)
Baylor learns that he only has a short time to live and decides to bring Duncan into the bank.
3"Chapter Three"TBATBAOctober 13, 1969 (1969-10-13)
Baylor grants Duncan's request for a bank loan to Miguel Santerra after meeting with the revolutionary.
4"Chapter Four"TBATBAOctober 20, 1969 (1969-10-20)
Tracy and Antaeus meet again after a twenty-year absence.
5"Chapter Five"TBATBAOctober 27, 1969 (1969-10-27)
Jeff leaves home to go live with his friends Tom and Sheila.
6"Chapter Six"TBATBANovember 10, 1969 (1969-11-10)
Philip offers Tracy a divorce in exchange for her share of the bank when Baylor dies.
7"Chapter Seven"Marc DanielsTBANovember 17, 1969 (1969-11-17)
Philip discovers that the Carlyle Bank has financed Santerra's revolution.
8"Chapter Eight"TBATBANovember 24, 1969 (1969-11-24)
Tracy tells Jeff that Philip is not his father.
9"Chapter Nine"Lee PhillipsTBADecember 1, 1969 (1969-12-01)
Riakos tells Senator Jennings (Clu Gulager) of the Carlyle Bank's involvement in the Santerra revolution.
10"Chapter Ten"Lewis AllenTBADecember 8, 1969 (1969-12-08)
Baylor is subpoenaed to testify before the Senate about his bank loan to Santerra's revolutionary group.
11"Chapter Eleven"Paul HenreidStory by : Walter Doniger
Teleplay by : Norman Katkov
December 15, 1969 (1969-12-15)
Duncan finds Baylor dead.
12"Chapter Twelve"TBATBADecember 22, 1969 (1969-12-22)
Duncan tells Tracy he suspects Philip of murder.
13"Chapter Thirteen"Lewis AllenTBADecember 29, 1969 (1969-12-29)
The reading of Baylor's will is interrupted by the appearance of his widow, Eleanor (Natalie Schafer).
14"Chapter Fourteen"TBATBAJanuary 5, 1970 (1970-01-05)
Philip announces that he and Eleanor will fight Baylor's will.
15"Chapter Fifteen"TBATBAJanuary 12, 1970 (1970-01-12)
Duncan is injured in an automobile accident, and in the subsequent investigation, police find that it was no accident.

Television filmEdit

A made-for-TV-movie was made in 1971 based on the series titled The Last of the Powerseekers. Universal Television decided to re-edit two of The Survivors episodes into the TV movie.[3]



  1. ^ Schemering, Christopher (1987). The Soap Opera Encyclopedia (2nd ed.). Ballantine Books. pp. 223–225. ISBN 0-345-35344-7.
  2. ^ "The Survivors (1969) Cast". TVGuide.com. TV Guide. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  3. ^ Hyatt 2003, p. 193.


Further readingEdit

Brooks, Tim and Marsh, Earle, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows

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