|Written by||Bill Dial|
|Theme music composer||Bill Conti (pilot)|
Cory Lerios (series)
John D'Andrea (series)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||6 (3 unaired)|
|Executive producer(s)||Richard Chapman|
|Production location(s)||Queensland, Australia|
|Running time||45 minutes|
Paramount Network Television
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Original release||September 16 –|
September 29, 1990
E.A.R.T.H. Force is an American action adventure television series starring Gil Gerard. The series aired 3 episodes on CBS from September 16, 1990, to September 29, 1990, before being canceled due to low ratings. However all episodes (including the ones skipped by CBS) were aired by some non-English TV stations (like TVP in Poland as an example).
The series is about an elite group, the Earth Alert Research Tactical Headquarters (E.A.R.T.H.), that was brought together by a dying millionaire to prevent environmental disasters around the world.
- Gil Gerard as Dr. John Harding M.D.
- Joanna Pacuła as mission coordinator Diana Randall
- Clayton Rohner as nuclear physicist Dr. Carl Dana
- Tiffany Lamb as oceanographer Dr. Catherine Romano
- Robert Knepper as zoologist Dr. Peter Roland
- Stewart Finlay-McLennan as mercenary soldier Charles Dillon
- Robert Coleby as business magnate Frederick Winter
All six episodes are registered with the United States Copyright Office.
|Nº||Title||Directed by:||Written by:||Air date|
|"E.A.R.T.H. Force"||Bill Corcoran||Richard Chapman & Bill Dial||September 16, 1990|
|2-hour pilot: When sabotage at a nuclear power plant triggers an alert, industrialist Frederick Mayer assembles a team to combat the crisis.|
|3||"Not So Wild Kingdom"||Bill Corcoran||Richard Chapman & Bill Dial||September 22, 1990|
|Animals from a refuge/preserve are being sold.|
|4||"Not in My Back Yard"||Rod Hardy||Richard Chapman & Bill Dial||September 29, 1990|
|A widow whose son is dying of toxicity asks the team to a Kansas town that's possibly being poisoned by a big developer's landfill.|
|5||"Oil Spill Story"||TBA||TBA||N/A|
|6||"They Shoot Trees, Don't They?"||TBA||TBA||N/A|
Howard Rosenberg of the Los Angeles Times gave the "forgettable" series the "Big Greenback Award", "for foisting formulaic cretinous TV on viewers under the guise of environmentalist drama". Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret News called the show an "absolute stinker". "Bad writing. Bad acting. Bad directing. E.A.R.T.H. Force has it all." Ray Richmond of The Orange County Register said the series is "painfully banal" and that it "resemble a kind of socially conscious knockoff of The A-Team. The acting is stiff, the plot contrived". Richmond also speculated that CBS was never confident in the series to begin with since they only ordered six episodes, rather than the usual 13, and they scheduled the premiere against the 42nd Primetime Emmy Awards. CBS also scheduled the series on Saturday nights, a near certain death sentence. John Martin of The Providence Journal called the series "pretentious" while noting the obvious conflict between the message and its medium. Martin said "saving the environment can only be accomplished by changing the habits of consumption". "In television, encouraging consumption is Job One". "Don't look for a TV series to point the finger at its advertisers".
- Du Brow, Rick (October 5, 1990). "CBS Makes Season's First Changes". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 25, 2009.
- Richmond, Ray (September 14, 1990). "Maybe this show should be called 'E.A.R.T.H. Farce'". The Orange County Register. p. 41.
- Martin, John (September 14, 1990). "'E.A.R.T.H. Force' pollutes prime time Channel 10 wins primary coverage; Rush Limbaugh replaces Jefferds at WPRO". The Providence Journal. pp. D-15.
- Harris, Mark; Benjamin Svetkey (August 17, 1990). "News & Notes". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 25, 2009.
- "Weekend TV - Parade of Celebrations, Premieres". Los Angeles Times. September 15, 1990. Retrieved July 25, 2009.
- Rosenberg, Howard (June 9, 1991). "Cover Story". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 25, 2009.
- Pierce, Scott D. (September 16, 1990). "Worst Show of Season is 'E.A.R.T.H. Force'". Deseret News. Retrieved July 25, 2009.[permanent dead link]