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New People covers
First Issue #1 - January 1970
Last #2 - May 1970
An off-course airliner goes down on a mysterious island where the survivors find themselves in eerie, bizarre surroundings.
Lost? No, The New People, an ABC series that ran from September 22, 1969 to January 12, 1970.
The similarities to Lost are many. Like Lost, the survivors found food and shelter, although of a more conventional nature here, and a cache of guns. Like Lost, a character sabotages the only hope of rescue early on. And like Lost, the show sported a multi-cultural cast (a bit of a rarity at the time) rife with racial tensions.
More than anything the production reinforced stereotypes of 1960's hippy dippy college kids as violent anarchists, reflecting the campus unrest going on over the Viet Nam war.
The format was somewhat unique, the show ran for 45-minutes.