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Salvage 1 is an American science fiction series that was broadcast for 16 episodes (of the 20 produced) on ABC during 1979. The pilot film, Salvage, was shown on January 20, 1979, to high ratings.[citation needed]

Salvage 1
GenreScience fiction
Created byMike Lloyd Ross
Theme music composerWalter Scharf
Composer(s)Jack Hayes
Ken Harrison
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20
Executive producer(s)Harve Bennett
Harris Katleman
Producer(s)Mike Lloyd Ross
Ralph Sariego
Craig Schiller
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Bennett/Katleman Productions
Columbia Pictures Television
Original networkABC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseJanuary 20 –
December 9, 1979 (1979-12-09)
Preceded bySalvage

This show is one of the first new filmed shows from Columbia Pictures Television to not display a copyright notice under the show's logo at the beginning, but rather at the end.



The pilot centers on Harry Broderick (Andy Griffith) who owns the Jettison Scrap and Salvage Co. and is a specialist in reclaiming trash and junk to sell as scrap. His dream is to recover equipment left on the moon during Apollo Program missions. In the show's opening title narration, Harry states:

I want to build a spaceship, go to the moon, salvage all the junk that's up there, bring it back and sell it.

He invites the former astronaut Addison "Skip" Carmichael (Joel Higgins) and NASA fuel expert Melanie "Mel" Slozar (Trish Stewart) to assist him in this effort.

Broderick and his ragtag crew complete their mission and go on to further adventures in the subsequent series.

The VultureEdit

Harry builds a spaceship dubbed Vulture, made completely from reclaimed salvage and powered by a chemical called monohydrazine. The main body of Vulture is composed of a Texaco gasoline semi-trailer tank truck with a cement mixer as the capsule. This is augmented with three shorter rocket boosters placed 120 degrees around the main tank.


Season 1 (1979)Edit

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
"Salvage"TBATBAJanuary 20, 1979 (1979-01-20)
33"Dark Island"Gene NelsonRuel FischmannJanuary 29, 1979 (1979-01-29)
44"Shangri-la Lil"Ron SatlofJudy BurnsFebruary 5, 1979 (1979-02-05)
55"Shelter Five"TBATBAFebruary 12, 1979 (1979-02-12)
66"The Haunting of Manderly Mansion"Ray AustinMike RobeFebruary 26, 1979 (1979-02-26)
77"The Bugatti Treasure"Ed AbromsTeleplay by: Richard Chapman & Ruel Fischmann
Story by: Mike Lloyd Ross
March 5, 1979 (1979-03-05)
88"The Golden Orbit: Part 1"TBATBAMarch 12, 1979 (1979-03-12)
99"The Golden Orbit: Part 2"Ron SatlofRobert SwansonMarch 19, 1979 (1979-03-19)
1010"Operation Breakout"Gerald FinnermanGerald K. SiegelApril 2, 1979 (1979-04-02)
1111"Mermadon"TBATBAApril 16, 1979 (1979-04-16)
1212"Up, Up and Away"Les GreenRobert SwansonMay 14, 1979 (1979-05-14)
1313"Energy Solution"TBATBAMay 21, 1979 (1979-05-21)
1414"Confederate Gold"TBATBAMay 28, 1979 (1979-05-28)

Season 2 (1979)Edit

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
151"Hard Water: Part 1"Les GreenMike Lloyd RossNovember 4, 1979 (1979-11-04)
162"Hard Water: Part 2"Les GreenMike Lloyd RossNovember 11, 1979 (1979-11-11)
184"Harry's Doll"TBATBAUNAIRED
206"Diamond Volcano"TBATBAUNAIRED

The last four episodes were shown in the early 1990s on The Nostalgia Channel, now known as Youtoo TV.[1]


Science fiction author Isaac Asimov was the show's scientific adviser.[2]


Estes Rockets made a prototype of a model rocket version of the Vulture. It was never brought to market.[3]


  1. ^ Salvage episodes Archived July 4, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Appeared only in closing credits of some Salvage 1 episodes after the pilot. Asimov also states in his autobiography, I, Asimov, that he served as an advisor for a few Salvage 1 episodes: Isaac Asimov, I, Asimov: A Memoir (New York, NY: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, 1994), 367-68.
  3. ^ Article & photos of Vulture Model Rocket

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