Barrier Reef


Joe JamesCaptain Ted King
Ihab NafaDr. Paul Hanna
Ken JamesKip Young
Harold Hopkins Steve Gabo
Rowena Wallace Tracy Dean
Susannah BrettElizabeth Grant
George AssangJack Meurauki
Elli MacLureDiana Parker

Air Dates:

On NBC, from 9/11/71 - 9/2/72

Number of Episodes:

39 (only 17 aired in the US)

Plot Synopsis:

The adventures of the crew of marine biologists on the Endeavor, a 220-ton windjammer, as they explore, encounter various creatures and do research in the Great Barrier Reef off the East coast of Queensland. The ship's commander was Captain Ted King.


The show was filmed on location at the Barrier Reef in Queensland and shot in 35 mm. Lee Robinson, producer/writer/director for the series, was one of the great documentary makers during the 1940s. Robinson is best remembered for his production of Skippy, an Australian series from the mid 60s about a bush kangaroo. (Thanks to Peter Goed, Archivist for the Redcliffe Picture Palace in Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia for corrections and additional information).

Episode Guides:

Air dates and synopsis for US airings

Titles, synopsis, and guest star information from Australian airings from TV Eye


Opening & Closing Themes

Images/Screen Captures:

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Captain Ted King
Tracey Deane
Steve Gabo
Diving for turtles
The Barrier Reef


Nostalgia Central's Barrier Reef page

TV Eye's Barrier Reef page

Barrier Reef at IMDB


No official videos have been released (as far as I know). The series was reaired in Canada in the early/mid 90s, so copies of episodes (including those that didn't air on Saturday mornings in the US) are available through collectors.

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