ATOM SQUAD – No relation to Atom 12 (rimshot). This fun and campy science fiction/ spy series hybrid ran 5 days a week from 1953 – 1954 and was one of the many 15 minute-long television shows of the era. Anyone who enjoyed my earlier Forgotten Television Treasure titled Captain Z-Ro will no doubt love Atom Squad.  

Scientists Steve Elliot and Dave Fielding ( Robert Courtleigh and Bob Hastings) worked for the title organization and defended America from Commies, mad doctors and extraterrestrials. The Atom Squad specialized in cases involving radiation and atomic weapons so the outdated science and social attitudes on display are a HUGE part of the fun in this relic from the”duck and cover” days.

Elliot and Fielding are sort of the Gannon and Friday of the slide-rule set and are pure “Mom, home and apple pie” compared to their outrageously (not to mention hilariously) nefarious Communist and alien foes. Just like Captain Z-Ro the campy fun of Atom Squad starts right with the opening credits which roll by to the image of a man in a radiation suit stalking toward the camera like the monsters on the old movie host show Professor Cerebus and the Museum of Horrors.  

Don’t believe sources who say no kinescopes of this show have survived. There are some out there, but because Atom Squad was serialized in 3 to 5-part stories the episodes available don’t always form complete tales. Think of it like watching those Dr Who episodes from the 1960’s that have episodes before and after them missing.




Filed under Forgotten Television


  1. Thats one that was never on British tv.

  2. So funny! I would love to see episodes of this but I can’t find them anywhere.

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  4. Funny! You make these old things sound so much fun but i could never really sit through them I don’t think.

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  9. Richard

    Where would you begin looking for surviving episodes of this show?

  10. You are my blogging hero! I enjoyed this review!

  11. These shows must be hilarious looked at today.

  12. Elaine

    I would love to buy this series for my dad’s birthday, he enjoyed it so much as a child. I have looked everywhere until I saw this post saying there are some copies left. Balladeer do you know where I could find this series? Or anyone one else on this site would know where to find it?

    • Hello! The copies I had came from Video Yesteryear originally according to the person I bought them from on e-bay. I don’t know if Video Yesteryear is still in business or if their inventory still includes this show. Good luck!

  13. Klara

    I have some of these episodes on old Videoyesteryear vhs tapes!

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