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Boldly Going Before Kirk and Spock 1950's TV Science Fiction

Find a fan of television Science Fiction and almost every one recognizes the following opening:

Space: the Final Frontier
These are the voyages of the Starship, Enterprise
Its 5 year mission
To explore strange new worlds
To seek out new life and new civilizations
To boldly go where no man has gone before

Sixteen years before the first televised episode of "Star Trek" I heard the following words on Saturday mornings:

Space Patrol
ABC presents high adventure in the vast reaches of space
Missions of darling in the name of Interplanetary Justice
Travel into the future with Buzz Corey
Commander and Chief of the Space Patrol

This is a look at five television programs that took young viewers, like myself, into "the vast reaches of space" from 1949 through 1955. I was four months short of my third birthday when the first premiered and three months short of my ninth birthday when the last of the five left the airwaves.

These programs, even compared to the look of that very …