In the year 2222 A.D., Adam Quark is commander of a starship with a priority mission: clean up the garbage in the milky way. Richard Benjamin, in his first series role since the critically acclaimed comedy "He and She", stars as Quark.
To help him in his strange duties are a wacky crew: chief engineer Gene/Jean, a transmute with a full set of male and female chromosomes (played by Tim Thomerson); first officer Ficus, a logical being who is more vegetable than animal (Richard Kelton); co-pilot and co-co-pilot Betty I and Betty II, one of whom is a clone of the other (Tricia and Cyb Barnstable, who are identical twins); and Andy the Robot, a mechanical being thrown together with spare parts (Bobby Porter).
Guiding Quark is Otto Palindrome, the chief architect of Space Station Perma One (Conrad Janis). Making frequent appearances is The Head, the all-knowing director of Perma One (Alan Caillou).
Quark's constant hope is that he will receive a mission of great importance
-- but The Head has a way of assigning him the work, that no one else wants to
do, like blowing up the Gorgon's Death Star ship or traveling to a planet that
no one has ever returned from.
Bruce Johnson is producer of "Quark" and David Gerber and Mace Neufeld are executive producers for David Gerber Productions, in associa-tion with Columbia Pictures Television and NBC-TV.
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Aboard the United Galaxy Sanitation Patrol
Starnote: 25-34, 76-10, 2222 A.D.
Horace Greeley LXVII, Editor
Perma One Morning Telegraph, Afternoon Tribune, Evening Star, Daily Planet and Weekly Reader
I've completed my assignment aboard the United Galaxy Sanitation Patrol vessel commanded by Adam Quark. When you asked me to come aboard and write "personality-in-the-news" features on Quark and his garbage-collecting crew because of their heroic actions in blowing up the Gorgon Death Star, I had no idea this was the typical assignment given to cub reporters to "break them in" to reporting.
Despite your cruel humor, I have managed to retain my dignity and a greal deal of my sanity while aboard Quark's ship. Never mind that Quark sails blindly into any danger; never mind that you can't tell Betty I from Betty II; never mind that one minute you're talking to this great guy named Gene and the next minute she's turned into Jean; never mind that you have to ask Ficus to speak in two or three syllable words for the benefit of us who weren't raised in soil; never mind that Andy the Robot is a walking pile of junk; and boss, I know I had a point to make here, but never mind.
I had hoped to be back on Perma One by now, but somehow Quark keeps
finding new adventures. Like the time he and the crew fell into a black hole and were split into their good and evil counterparts; or the time Quark was to have an extended romantic interlude with the sensuous Princess Carna, and a space virus aged him into an 80-year-old man; or the time he found a planet where dreams come true and all Quark's crew could come up with were nightmares.
So, boss, I hope to see you soon. Meanwhile, I am sending these "personality-in-the-news" features on Quark's crew for the Morning Tele-graph, Afternoon Tribune, Evening Star, Daily Planet and Weekly Reader. I hope you have room for them -- I know the masthead doesn't leave much room for copy. And boss, don't forget my byline.
You know, from all my research in the library on Perma One, these adventures we're having-wduld have made a good video series in the 29th century. Too bad none of the primitives who existed then could have imagined what we'd be doing in the 23rd century, eh?
Woodward S. Bernstein XXVIII