VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA
The first episode started with a statement that became the premise of the show. "This is the Seaview. The most extraordinary submarine in all the seven seas. Its public image is that of marine research. In actuality, it is the mightiest weapon afloat, and is secretly assigned to the most dangerous missions against the enemies of mankind. In overall charge ofscientific projects, is the creator and builder of the fabulous ship, Admiral Harriman Nelson."
Admiral Harriman Nelson. Richard Basehart made the character his own. To a lot of people no one else could ever replace Richard Basehart in this role. Numerous rumors persist about why he took the role since it did not really allow him to use his abilities to their full extent. But, if he had not taken the role there would be millions of people that would never have met the acting genius named Richard Basehart.