The Aquanauts

The Aquanauts (later known as Malibu Run) is an American adventure/drama series that aired on CBS in the 1960–1961 season. The series stars Keith Larsen, Jeremy Slate and Ron Ely, who later replaced Larsen on midseason.

The Aquanauts
Sam Levene, Sue Randall, and Jeremy Slate in The Aquanauts - 1960.jpg
Scene from the episode "Night Dive". From left: Sam Levene, Sue Randall, and Jeremy Slate (1960)
Also known asMalibu Run
Written byE.M. Parsons
Directed byWilliam Conrad
Fred Hamilton
Jack Herzberg
Herman Hoffman
Andrew Marton
StarringKeith Larsen
Jeremy Slate
Ron Ely
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes32
Executive producer(s)Ivan Tors
Producer(s)Fred Hamilton
Ivan Tors
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Ziv-United Artists
DistributorZiv-United Artists
Original networkCBS
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 14, 1960 (1960-09-14) –
June 7, 1961 (1961-06-07)
Related showsSea Hunt


The hour-long series focuses on the adventures of two Southern California divers, Drake Andrews (Larsen) and Larry Lahr (Slate), who made their living salvaging sunken wrecks. In January 1961, Larsen left the series due to health problems. His character rejoined the Navy and a new character, Mike Madison (Ron Ely), joined the cast. A month later, the format of the series was also changed with the show's characters, Larry and Mike, opening up a shop in Malibu. No longer encountering underwater dangers, storylines shifted to situations involved on land. To reflect the changes in the format, the series was retitled Malibu Run.[1]

The program was in competition with the short-lived Hong Kong on ABC and NBC's Wagon Train. Unable to compete with NBC's highly rated Wagon Train, the series was canceled after one season.[2]


  • Keith Larsen as Drake Andrews
  • Jeremy Slate as Larry Lahr (1960)
  • Ron Ely as Mike Madison (1961)
  • Charles Thompson as The Captain (1961)

Notable guest starsEdit

Dyan Cannon, Russ Conway, Donna Douglas, Peter Falk, Robert Knapp, Sam Levene, Audrey Meadows, Carroll O'Connor, Burt Reynolds, Sue Randall, Inger Stevens, Jane Withers, Keenan Wynn, James Coburn, Jim Davis, Larry Pennell and Ken Curtis, these two last actors, later of Ripcord fame. In the episode "The Double Adventure" Rue McClanahan makes a small appearance as a waitress in a diner.

Production notesEdit

Produced by Ivan Tors for Ziv-United Artists and the rights to this series are currently held by MGM Television.

Despite its short run, The Aquanauts was popular with the programmers at Buffalo TV station WNYP-TV, who at one point aired the series every day at the same time. Unfortunately, the station inadvertently played the same episode every day for two weeks until someone noticed.


Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "The Aquanauts: Paradivers" September 14, 1960
1-2 "The Aquanauts: Collision" September 21, 1960
1-3 "The Aquanauts: Rendezvous: 22 Fathoms" September 28, 1960
1-4 "The Aquanauts: Safecracker" October 5, 1960
1-5 "The Aquanauts: Deep Escape" October 12, 1960
1-6 "The Aquanauts: The Stowaway" October 19, 1960
1-7 "The Aquanauts: Disaster Below" October 26, 1960
1-8 "The Aquanauts: Arms of Venus" November 9, 1960
1-9 "The Aquanauts: Night Dive" November 16, 1960
1-10 "The Aquanauts: The Cavedivers" December 7, 1960
1-11 "The Aquanauts: The Big Swim" December 14, 1960
1-12 "The Aquanauts: Underwater Demolition" December 21, 1960
1-13 "The Aquanauts: River Gold" January 4, 1961
1-14 "The Aquanauts: Niagra Dive" January 11, 1961
1-15 "The Aquanauts: Killers In Paradise" January 25, 1961
1-16 "The Aquanauts: Secret At Half Moon Key" February 1, 1961
1-17 "The Aquanauts: Stormy Weather" February 8, 1961
1-18 "The Aquanauts: The Amored Truck Adventure" February 15, 1961
1-19 "The Aquanauts: The Defective Tank Adventure" February 22, 1961
1-20 "Malibu Run: The Jeremiah Adventure" March 1, 1961
1-21 "Malibu Run: Tidal Wave Adventure" March 8, 1961
1-22 "Malibu Run: The Radioactive Object Adventure" March 22, 1961
1-23 "Malibu Run: The Double Adventure" March 29, 1961
1-24 "Malibu Run: The Margot Adventure" April 5, 1961
1-25 "Malibu Run: The Rainbow Adventure" April 19, 1961
1-26 "Malibu Run: The Frankie Adventure" April 26, 1961
1-27 "Malibu Run: The Guilty Adventure" May 3, 1961
1-28 "Malibu Run: The Landslide Adventure" May 10, 1961
1-29 "Malibu Run: The Kidnap Adventure" May 17, 1961
1-30 "Malibu Run: The Stakeout Adventure" May 24, 1961
1-31 "Malibu Run: The Scavenger Adventure" May 31, 1961
1-32 "Malibu Run: The Diana Adventure" June 7, 1961


The TV show was also adapted into a comic book by Dan Spiegle, distributed by Dell Comics as part of their 4-Color series #1197.[3]

A paperback novel was published dated February 1961 by Popular Library titled "The Aquanauts" by Daniel Bard and featuring Keith Larsen's character Drake Andrews. It is listed on the cover as Popular Giant G516 with a cost of 35 cents.


  1. ^ Tonks, Douglas (2002). TV's Most Wwanted: The Top 10 Book of Crazy Casting, Off-Camera Clashes, and Other Oddities. Brassey's. p. 196. ISBN 1-57488-515-4.
  2. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (2003). Short-lived Television Series, 1948-1978: Thirty Years of More Than 1,000 Flops. McFarland & Co. p. 106. ISBN 0-7864-1420-0.
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