Shortly after Star Wars came out in the late 70's, every major studio wanted a piece of the space action. Whether it was the foreign produced The Adventures of Stella Star in movie theaters, or Universal's Battlestar Galactica for television, everyone wanted to cash in on the huge success of science fiction.
Then there was Quark. Not so much trying to duplicate the success of Star Wars, Quark tried instead to lampoon it. From the genius that is Buck Henry came this NBC series that followed the captain and crew of a garbage scowl as it patrolled the galaxy for ... well, garbage.
Starring Richard Benjamin as Captain Quark, the rest of the crew was filled out by Tim Thomerson as Gene/Jean, a character who had equal parts of Male and Female chromosomes, Patricia and Cyb Barnstable as Betty 1 and Betty 2 (one was a clone, but each would claim the "other" was the clone), Conrad Janis as Otto Palindrome and Joan Van Ark.
As you might imagine coming from Buck Henry, the show was funny, quick and lasted only 8 episodes.
I wish I could say those episodes are available on DVD, but they're not. I did find, however, a very cool website that has some cool info on the show as well as some links to watch either entire episodes, or at the very least selected scenes.
For those unfamiliar with Buck Henry, he was the genius behind Get Smart, Catch 22 (screenplay), The Owl And The Pussycat, wrote for cinema The Day Of The Dolphin and probably my favorite What's Up Doc.
Henry was also a frequent guest on the original Saturday Night Live in some performances which I can only imagine aren't even airable today.
Anyway, if you have a chance, check out this link for some great space fun.