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TV and Film of the Sea


Thank you, Mr. Lucas, for including creatures of the abyss in The Phantom Menace.

Introduction

The sea has always held a special place in Hollywood. I bet any of us could name at least a dozen films and maybe even that many TV programs where the ocean plays a central role.

The television programs and films listed here are but a drop in the bucket in the ocean of media that has been produced over the ages. I'm sure I've missed some really important ones, too. 

So I'm asking for your help in making this a community page. If you know about a TV series, a TV special, a movie-of-the-week, a documentary, a feature film or any other visual media product that's missing here, submit the name of the piece, the year (if you know it) and any other relevant information. A URL would be golden. With your help, we can make this page the most comprehensive list of film references in the whole wide world.

Submit your TV show or film here:

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Note: This page will always be under construction as new information is gathered and included here. Please feel free to drop me a note if you have any suggestions or comments.

Television of the Sea


SeaQuest DSV (Seaquest 2032)
1993-1995
Ultra-tech research sub with a talking dolphin


Sea Hunt
1958-1962
A scuba diver battles evil

Flipper
1964-1967
A people-loving dolphin radiates happiness
Gilligan's Island
1964-1967
Seven people stranded on an uncharted Pacific isle
Fantasy Island
1978-1984
An island and your fantasies fulfilled
Captain Planet and the Planeteers
1990-
Captain Planet battles environmental villains
Love Boat
1977-1986
A ship, lots of people, lots of betty and bob action
Acapulco
1961
Two dudes wander the California coast
Adventures in Paradise
1959-1962
One-hour series loosely based on Michener's South Pacific
The Adventures of the Sea Hawk
1961
Aloha Paradise
1981
A land-based Love Boat
Amanda's
1983
British sit-com by the sea
The Aquanuats
1960-1961
Two divers play Sea Hunt
Assignment Underwater
1960
Father and daughter on boat
B.L. Stryker
1989-1990
New Orleans cop living on a houseboat
Baa Baa Black Sheep
aka Black Sheep Squadron
1976-1977
Fighter pilots on South Pacific Island
The Baileys of Balboa
1964-1965
Sitcom about inept charterboat operators
Barrier Reef
1971-1972
Action-adventures series in Australia with a marine biologist
Batman
1966-1968
Why is Batman here? The Penguin, of course!
Baywatch
1989-1990; 1991-
Dudes and babes playing SoCal's finest lifeguards
The Beachcomber
1961
An adman seeks tranquility on a South Pacific island
Big Wave Dave's
1993
Chicago stockbroker and friends open surf shop in Hawaii
Broadside
1964-1965
McHale's Navy with women
Hawaii Five-O
1968-1980
Book 'em, Dano! Hawaiian cops battle bad guys in awesome scenery.
McHale's Navy
1962-1966
A squadron of goof-offs on a South Pacific Island
The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau
1956-196?
The man, the myth, the legend, why oceanography exists
Oceanquest
1985
Non-divers go underwater
Perry Mason
1957-1966
Okay, the reason the world's most popular criminal lawyer show is here is because the opening of the original series had a really eerie shot of waves swirling in a cove
SeaLab 2020
1972-1973
Cartoon about oceanauts
Waterfront
1954-1956
Adventures on a tugboat in San Pedro Harbor
The Bucaneers
1956-1957
Caribbean island pirates-turned-good
The Byrds of Paradise
1994
A Yale Professor moves to Hawaii

more coming soon...

Reference: Total Television: The Comprehensive Guide to Programming from 1948 to the Present by Alex McNeil. 1996. Penguin Books. Available at Borders.

Films of the Sea

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Eventually, this list will go alphabetical. Right now, it's pretty random.

The Abyss
1989
The Big Blue
1988
Jaws
1975
Jaws 2
1978
Jaws 3-D
1983
Jaws: The Revenge
1987
Adrift
1993
Adventure Island
1947
Adventures of Captain Fabian
1951
The Adventures of Huck Finn
1993
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
1939, 1960, 1978, 1985
The African Queen
1951
Against All Flags
1952
Jason and the Argonauts
1963
Cocoon
1985
Aloha Summer
1988
Altered States
1980
2010: A Space Odyssey
1984
I Know What You Did Last Summer
1997
Moby Dick
1956
The Thing
1951
Flipper
1996
Poseidon Adventure
1972
North Shore
1987
In God's Hands
1998
Point Break
1991
Titanic
1997
Across the Pacific
1942
Crimson Tide
1995
Hunt for Red October
1990
Sphere
1998
 Deep Blue Sea
1999
Creature from the Black Lagoon
1954
Godzilla
1956
Abandon Ship
1957
Above Us the Waves
1956
Waterworld
1995
A Night to Remember
1958
Leviathan
1989
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
1916, 1954
The Ten Commandments
1956
Big Wednesday
1978
White Squall
1996
Dead of the Deep
(coming soon...!)