The crew of the Land of the Lost (1974-1976) had a large number of writers:

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In fact, there were almost as many writers as all the other crew members combined. Is this normal? Why would the series have so many different writers?

  • Dammit, now I'm going to have that theme song in my ear all day..... Nov 16 '17 at 21:55
  • Perhaps some got lost.
    – iMerchant
    Nov 17 '17 at 13:29

This is/was entirely normal.

It's likely that the writers were only responsible for writing perhaps a single episode or two...or perhaps just consulted on script/story re-writes.

See the same list on IMDB

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Individual writers would often pitch or be contracted for a single episode. If you are a SF reader you'll recognise many of the names on the list of contributors.

...the same was true of Star Trek-TOS

Recall that these episodes are usually written for a weekly broadcast and were pushed out at a remarkable rate and number. It just makes sense that you field the largest "team" possible.

Single episode writers wouldn't have been "on-staff"...they would have been contracted. There would have been a core of staff writers who would take the submitted scripts and fit them into the show format.

  • Ok, but what is the rationale? Why not just simplify things by having a small number of writers that focus on the show? Nov 16 '17 at 18:47
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    Because you take ideas from anywhere and fit them into the show format. Added more to the answer.
    – Paulie_D
    Nov 16 '17 at 18:51
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    DC Fontana and Walter Koenig were both involved with Star Trek, in fact. Probably more, but I recognize those 2 right off the bat. Koenig wrote and played Checkov, of course. Nov 16 '17 at 19:10
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    @JohnnyBones David Gerrold wrote The Trouble with Tribbles. Norman Spinrad: The Doomsday Machine. Larry Niven wrote an episode of the animated Star Trek series... and that's just off the top of my head. Nov 17 '17 at 0:31

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