“We travel through time to help history along. Give it a push when it’s needed…”
Sunday nights at 7pm in 1982-83, what are you watching?
That’s right, 60 minut— NO! WAIT! You’re supposed to be watching Voyagers!
The family-friendly, highly educational, and awesomely fun show was one of the first things we can remember watching religiously.
Starring blue-eyed and buff Jon-Erik Hexum (he’s dreamy!) and 12-year-old cutie-pie Meeno Peluce (he’s got a funky name!), Voyagers! (the exclamation mark is part of the title… it’s not just a reflection of our enthusiasm) is one show from the 80s that we actually wouldn’t mind seeing remade.
Seriously, would it kill one of the networks to put something on the air that actually educated kids and entertained them at the same time?
Hexum (who tragically died as the result of a handgun accident a year after Voyagers! went off the air) plays Phineas Bogg, a time treveler who (thanks to his trusty Omni– a pocketwatch-like time machine) has to fix things that aren’t going the way they’re supposed to. Helping him is Jeffrey Jones (Peluce), a particularly bright kid with an encyclopedic knowledge of world history.
And thank goodness those two guys were there to set things straight. Otherwise the Wright Brothers would have never invented the airplane, Benjamin Franklin would have never discovered electricity, and Yankee Stadium would have never been built (Okay, that last one might have not have been so terrible… am I right, Sox fans?) Robin Hood, Moses, the moon landing, and even President Lincoln all benefited from the work of our trusty Voyagers.
Sure Bogg often got distracted by the ladies (and vice versa), and, yes, Jeffrey sometimes whined a little too much (even for a 12-year-old), but by and large Voyagers! was just a heaping dose of good, clean (learnin’) fun.
It only lasted one season (going head-to-head with the juggernaut that is 60 Minutes has a tendancy to do that), but we certainly enjoyed it while it lasted.
We ♥ Voyagers!