The New People is a 1969 American adventure television series on ABC produced by Danny Thomas and Aaron Spelling for Thomas-Spelling Productions. The New People reflected the youth-oriented, counterculture of the 1960s. All people over 30 were now dead, and it was up to the young people to start a new society on the island. The pilot episode was written by Rod Serling credited as "John Phillips".

This program is an extremely rare example of a regularly scheduled network television series with 45-minute-long episodes; it aired immediately after The Music Scene, another 45-minute program.


It was focused on a group of young college students who were returning from a trip in Southeast Asia when their plane crashed on an island in the south Pacific Ocean. The crash killed several of the college students, and all but one of the adults, who was badly injured and later died. The surviving students were the only human life remaining on the island. The island was unusual in that it had been built up as a site for a potential above-ground nuclear test which never took place, leaving all of the buildings and (improbably) supplies untouched and ready for use by the survivors. The trip to Southeast Asia was a goodwill tour arranged by the State Department showcasing what American youth were like, but it went awry when one of the students disrupted it, feeling that what they were doing was fake and a way to gloss over what was going on in the country and with relations to the Vietnam war.

Why It Was CancelledEdit

  1. ==The show ran against Gunsmoke and Here's Lucy on CBS and Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In on NBC.==
  2. The show was cancelled, replaced by The ABC Monday Night Movie on January 19, 1970.