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Cult TV Essentials: Voyagers!

Voyagers! was an American science fiction time travel-based television series that aired on NBC during the 1982–1983 season. The series starred Jon-Erik Hexum and Meeno Peluce and lasted for one season of twenty episodes.

PLOT

Phineas Bogg (Jon-Erik Hexum) was one of a society of time travellers called Voyagers who, with the help of a young boy named Jeffrey Jones (played by Meeno Peluce) from 1982, used a hand-held device called an Omni (which looked much like a large pocket watch) to travel in time and ensured that history unfolded as we know it. In the first episode, Jeffrey ensured that baby Moses’s basket traveled down the Nile where it was met by the Pharaoh’s daughter.

Bogg and Jeffrey first met when Bogg’s Omni malfunctioned and took him to 1982, landing him in the apartment of Jeffrey’s aunt and uncle, who were caring for him after his parents’ death. Jeffrey accidentally fell out of a window, and Bogg jumped out to rescue him by activating the Omni. Bogg’s Guidebook, which contained a detailed description of how history was supposed to unfold, had been grabbed by Jeffrey’s dog Ralph, so Bogg had to rely on Jeffrey (whose father had been a history professor) to help him.

Phineas was timeless in his machismo, and managed to fall for a beautiful woman in almost every episode. Whenever Jeffrey’s wisdom was paired up against Bogg’s stubbornness, Jeffrey usually won out, to which Bogg would always mutter, “Smart kids give me a pain!”

It was revealed later in the series that despite Jeffrey’s age, and the accidental circumstances of first encounter with Phineas, he was always destined to become a Voyager.

Over the closing credits of each episode, regular cast member Meeno Peluce said in voice over: “If you want to learn more about [historical element from the episode], take a voyage down to your public library. It’s all in books!”

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