Astronauts Alan Virdon and Peter Burke leave Earth on a deep-space mission in 1985. They inadvertently pass through a timewarp and return to Earth, but find that they have jumped 1,100 years into the future. Apes have now evolved intelligence and speech and are the predominant lifeform, keeping the uncivilized humans as slaves. The apes know that human kind almost wiped itself out in nuclear war and are afraid of any technology more sophisticated than guns.
Alan and Pete are quickly captured by the ruling authorities but catch the interest of a intelligent young chimpanzee scientist, Galen. With his help they escape and now roam the Planet of the Apes trying to find a way to tap into the navigational disk from their ship's computer and find a way back to their own time.
The three travel the lands helping humans in need with the aid of their advanced knowledge. They're hunted by General Urko, a gorilla and a military commander, who is in an uneasy alliance with Doctor Zaius, an orangutan elder who seeks to suppress all technology and make sure the apes maintain their supremacy... while fearing that the astronauts may bring back the wars that almost destroyed Earth the first time.
(l to r: James Naughton, Roddy McDowall, Ron Harper)
Recaps1x8: The Deception recap
: In an ape community, the citizenry bury Lucian, a favorite of all. His blind daughter Fauna mourns while swearing vengeance on the humans who her uncle Sestus says attacked and killed her father. Prefect Perdix swears to bring the killers to justice, but refuses to let the other apes proposal vigilante action... read more.1x7: The Surgeon recap
: Galen, Alan, and Pete are making their way through the woods when an ape patrol sneaks up on them and stage an ambush. Alan is badly wounded but the other two manage to get away with him. They get to a cave and realize he’ll need medical attention, but the only hospital that can handle him is the one in Central City. Galen boasts that he knows the surgeon, Kira, there and they’re old friends... read more.1x4: The Good Seeds recap
: The trio is fleeing through the wilderness with a gorilla patrol in hot pursuit. Galen is exhausted and they’re forced to slow down. However, they quickly pick up the pace by traveling at night since Alan uses an improvised compass and the gorillas can’t travel by the stars when the clouds are out. However, Galen stumbles in the dark and falls off a small hillock, breaking his leg. The guys are forced to take Galen to a nearby farm run by a chimpanzee, Polar. A delirious Galen barely manages to spin a story about how he was injured and Alan and Pete are his human slaves. Polar’s wife Zantes overrules his objections and insists that they let Galen stay... read more.1x3: The Trap recap
: The trio are fleeing for their lives from Urko and his men and manage to lose them temporarily by sending fake heliograph signals. They take refuge in a village and the astronauts notice that a girl, Mary, is wearing a necklace made out of electrical components. She tells them she found it in a nearby city that belonged to humans back before they were wiped out, but the villagers warn them not to go there because of the frequent earthquakes... read more.1x1: Escape From Tomorrow recap
: In a forest, an old man dressed in homespun is forced to climb up a tree when a dog attacks him. The dog’s owner shows up: a humanoid ape boy. However, a spaceship crashes near by, scaring both of them. The boy, Arno, runs away with his dog and the old man, Farrow, goes to investigate. The ship’s door open and he climbs inside to find three men: one is dead and the other two unconscious... read more.