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2000 Plus

was the first purely science fiction, adult anthology to hit the airwaves.* It first aired over the Mutual network in the spring of 1950 and ran until very early in 1952. All of the stories were original, unlike its contemporary rival Dimension X, which drew much of its material from the Sci-Fi pulps of the time. Production values and acting were excellent, and it's a great pity that the series was so short-lived and that so few episodes survive—nearly 100 episodes aired, but fewer than 20 survive.

The scriptwriting of the surviving episodes is variable—some are fairly childish, some are quite good. The best of the surviving episodes, however, can't match the best of Dimension X, Exploring Tomorrow, or X Minus One... although with so many lost episodes, it is hard to judge the quality of the entire series.

The Lost episodes and their plots, listed below, are taken from the 2000 Plus log at the Digital Deli Too.

[*Well, almost. Beyond Tomorrow might have beaten 2000 Plus to the airwaves. At least three episodes and a pilot were produced, but it is unclear if any of the episodes actually aired. If they did, they probably aired very early in 1950, beating 2000 Plus by a month or two.]

Currently this archive contains 17 of 35 plotlines

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Alone    *LOST*

Year: 1950; 1953
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by:

The story of a man who finds himself alone in the world. --- Pacific Stars and Stripes, 1953/01/29.

I've heard rumors that this expisode exists but is not in circulation.

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Break in the Chain, A    *LOST*

Year: 1952
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by:

What will the criminal be like in Two Thousand plus? Join in the hunt for thugs who are bent on robbing the world bank in "A Break In the Chain." --- Pacific Stars and Stripes, 1952/10/16

Brooklyn Brain, The

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Super Science
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by:

A thick-headed dimwit hopes that being the subject of a science experiment will help him win the woman of his dreams.

Reviews:
This episode has a good air of humor to it and is quite an enjoyable listen... Good ending, too.... 4 stars. --- Douglas Hoyer

Diamond Helmet, The    *LOST*

aka: "The Diamond Skull"
Year: 1950
Duration: 30 mins
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by:

Doom Machine, The

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Super Science / Robots
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by: Edgar Marvin ??

Irritated by human failings, a scientist working to harness solar power creates a robot to assist him in his efforts, because robots—as everyone knows—are incapable of error... Another version was produced a decade later for Suspense.

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Earth vs Alexander Corday, The    *LOST*

Year: 1950; 1953
Duration: 30 mins
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by:

Scientist goes to moon to plot Earth's destruction. --- Wisconsin State Journal, 1950/06/14.

Explorers from Space    *LOST*

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 mins
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by:

First Men, The    *LOST*

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 mins
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by:

Flower of Evil, The    *LOST*

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 mins
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: N
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Flying Saucers

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Aliens
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Pierre Gerson

An alien spacecraft appears over an Air Force base; in a dazzling display of military logic, the local general decides the wisest response is to shoot at it—igniting a series of rather unfortunate consequences.

Reviews:
My favorite episode of the series. It has all the elements of great 50's Sci-Fi...fear of the strange and unknown, a bit of suspense and mystery and the unexpected twist ending. To top it all off, the episode was excellently produced and acted. The music and sound effects are very good in this series, and are particularly well-done in this episode. ~ Highly recommended! --- Douglas Hoyer

Giant Walks, The

Year: 1950; 1953
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Super Science
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Julian Schneider

A megalomaniacal scientist concocts a serum that makes men into titans, with the intention of creating a super race for world conquest.

Reviews:
A great "Mad Scientist" story. One of the best in the series IMO. The 2000 PLUS acting troupe was quite good and gives a particularly effective performance in this episode. Listen for Henry Norrell's performance as Dr. Ellsworth is particular. Highly recommended episode! --- Douglas Hoyer

Green Thing, The

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Aliens
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Edgar Marvin

Patients at a sanitarium complain of sharing the same nightmare of a 'green thing' threatening them in their sleep. But how can they all be having the exact same dream?

Reviews:
One of the best episodes of the series...excellent acting and production...good air of mystery, very suspenseful. Classic 50's Sci-Fi from start to finish. ~4 stars. --- Douglas Hoyer

Hosts above the Thunder    *LOST*

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 mins
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by:

Insect, The

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Super Science
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by:

The wife of a scientist experimenting on enlarging organisms gets trapped in his lab by one of his more 'successful' efforts.

Reviews:
Apparently the skies were just chocked-full of giant insects back in the 50's (along w/ all the saucers of course). Well...this show has got some of 'em, and a very melodramatic episode this is indeed! Listen for the wife's performance in particular. Great stuff / recommended! --- Douglas Hoyer

Journey into the Germ World    *LOST*

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 mins
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: N
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Living Dead, The    *LOST*

Year: 1950; 1953
Duration: 30 mins
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by:

A scientist joins the land of the dead. --- Pacific Stars and Stripes, 1953/05/04.

Man Who Conquered Time, The    *LOST*

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 mins
Genre: Time Travel
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by:

A man uses machine to project himself into year 10,000 A. D. --- Wisconsin State Journal 1950/04/12.

Man Who Found Himself, The    *LOST*

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 mins
Genre: Super Science
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by:

"The Man Who Found Himself" is the unusual futuristic tale of a man whose personality was altered by a psychoanalysis machine, presented on the 2000 Plus program Wednesday night (KMAC 8 p.m.). --- San Antonio Light, 1950/06/07.

Man Who Tried to Stop June 8th, The    *LOST*

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 mins
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by:

Men from Mars, The

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Aliens
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Peter Berry

Two kids, denied the opportunity to take a trip to Mars, decide to build their own damn rocket.

Reviews:
The textbook definition of 'corn'. --- Alex diPietro.

A good introduction to the series. The vision of the future year 2040 is quite amusing. The story—though slightly predictable—is good and the production is very good... well-acted and the sound is very effective—as it is in the entire series. --- Douglas Hoyer

Other Man, The

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Super Science
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by:

Scott Douglas returns home one evening to discover that he is being sought by the World Security Police for murder. And so is Scott Douglas...

This show is sometimes incorrectly tagged as 'The Man Who Found Himself'. A later version appeared on Theatre Five as 'Molecule Masquerade'.

Reviews:
My favorite episode of the series. A nice little super science mystery. Solid acting. Very clear audio quality. Loved the whole doppelganger conundrum. [8/10] --- zM

Robot Killer, The

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Robots
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by:

A suburban couple win a robotic house servant in a contest; sounds ideal, except that wifey is mentally unstable, with a taste for homicide.

Reviews:
Hysterical fear of technology. It just doesn't get any better than that! Listen for the "future" ads on "Happy Sam's" show...quite amusing. ~4 stars. --- Douglas Hoyer

Rocket and the Skull, The

Year: 1951
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Aliens
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by:

Communist spies, saboteurs, and extraterrestrials intrigue over a critical American space launch.

Reviews:
Mystery! Suspense!! Spies!!! Martians!!!! What more could you ask for? If you only listen to one episode of 2000 PLUS...you couldn't do much better than to listen to this one. BTW...this story's "future" (2006) has already passed! --- Douglas Hoyer

Rocket to the Moon    *LOST*

Year:
Duration: 30 mins
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: N
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"'Control the Moon and you control the world' is the watchword for peace in the years 2,000 plus. How the future policy makers of the world will be about this task will be unfolded on KCKG—KCRK's 2,000 Plus broadcast tonight at 8 o'clock" --- Cedar Rapids Gazette, 1950/04/19.

Silent Noise, The    *LOST*

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 mins
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: N
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Space Wreck

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Space Exploration
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by:

Titanic in space—on its maiden voyage, the interplanetary passenger liner Golden Star is struck by a meteor and set adrift.

Reviews:
Join 750 passengers aboard "The Golden Star" luxury space cruise liner...and get LOST IN SPACE!! An amusing note: listen for words about 'Super-atomic calculating machines". Don't we all want one of those? :D ...One of the better episodes. ~4 stars --- Douglas Hoyer

Sphinx, The    *LOST*

Year: 1953
Duration: 30 mins
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: N
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Temples of the Pharaohs, The

Year: 1950; 1953
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Time Travel
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by:

Two astronauts fall through a time warp and crash-land in ancient Egypt, where they find themselves guests in the court of the Pharaoh.

Reviews:
The quality of this recording is a bit on the poor side, but it is an excellent production and quite an interesting tale...and 2000 Plus's only time travel story. ~5 stars! --- Douglas Hoyer

That Which Lives in a Steel Head    *LOST*

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 mins
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: N
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Time Out of Hand    *LOST*

Year: ?
Duration: 30 mins
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by:

Under the Sea    *LOST*

Year:
Duration: 30 mins
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: N
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Veteran Comes Home, A

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre: War
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by:

A traumatized war vet returns from the Martian War to his family on Earth, only to discover to his horror that his son can't wait to enlist.

Reviews:
A somewhat anti-climactic episode, it nevertheless is worth a listen. The central character's reminiscences about the Martian War are the highlight of the show, but the beginning and ending, which bookends the Martian War part, is an interesting character study and worth a listen also. --- Douglas Hoyer

When Machines Went Mad

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Dystopian Future
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Donald Stapleton

A small knot of revolutionaries challenge the tyrannical Master Controller of a future computerized city.

Reviews:
This episode's plotline is one of the classic ones of the fifties...fear of technology run wild...and writer Donald Stapleton does an admirable job of encompassing that fear, as does the great cast in portraying it. As with all good Sci-Fi of the era—and as usual in 2000 PLUS—there is a good twist ending. See if it surprises you! --- Douglas Hoyer

When the Worlds Met

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Aliens
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Judith and David Bublick

Martians arrive on Earth to deliver a dire warning to the primitive, warlike natives.

Reviews:
One of the best episodes of the series. Well produced and acted. The sound effects are particularly "effective" in this episode. Good ending. Classic 50's Sci-Fi -recommended. --- Douglas Hoyer

Worlds Apart

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Space Exploration
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by:

A space expedition returning from Neptune find themselves arrested and imprisoned for reasons unknown.

This episode is sometimes incorrectly tagged as "Alone".

Reviews:
Quite a good episode. You may think you have it all figured out...but the ending may still surprise you a bit. This is also one of the better recordings... ~4 stars --- Douglas Hoyer


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