Since its second season I’ve likened “The Handmaid’s Tale” to another serialized alternate history depicting a world upended by a beastly totalitarian regime.

In that other show, as in “Handmaid’s,” powerful oppressors lord over those they deem lesser and press humans into slave labor. A few of the bravest attempt to escape bondage time and again only to fail and be imprisoned once more.

I’m alluding to the TV adaptation of “Planet of the Apes,” a flop that starred Roddy McDowall, Ron Harper and James Naughton.

Most people never knew a small screen “Planet of the Apes” spinoff existed because it scraped by on CBS from September to December in 1974. But its relevance isn’t in the fact that it lived but why it died.

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