Portal (partially lost television series; 2002-2004)

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Title card of the G4 television series Portal.

Status: Partially Lost

Portal is a television series that aired from May 2002 to February 2004 on the video game-oriented channel G4. It is notable for being one of the launch programs for G4 when the channel first launched, as well as being the channel's only scripted series at launch. It is unrelated to the video game series Portal produced by Valve Corporation.

Portal is a machinima series focused on Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs).[1] The show is a mix of numerous genres, including sketch comedy, satire, serialized drama, and nonfiction news, and informational segments on new MMORPG features.

Portal follows a Cybernaut named Dave (played by show creator and writer Dave Meinstein[2]), who is tasked with monitoring the transmissions from various online games from a place called The Hub. He is assisted by an artificial intelligence named VAL. He eventually finds allies such as The Drifter, Sonny Dove, and Grooter, as well as enemies such as The Ultimate, Apex, and Bob Claws. [3]

60 episodes of Portal were produced from May 2002 to February 2004. Of those 60, 35 have been found online in their entirety. Additionally, 2 episodes are partially complete. These episodes have lasted thanks to fans preserving them on video websites such as DailyMotion and YouTube. Information on missing episodes can be found on Wayback Machine's archive of the old G4TV.com website.[4]

Portal was suddenly cancelled in early 2004 when G4 decided to change their programming strategy in response to lower-than-anticipated rating growth. For a brief time afterward, Portal aired in occasional reruns. On June 22, 2006, Dave Meinstein, star, and writer of the show, also indicated on the G4TV.com forums that there would be a web-based continuation of the series, although these plans never materialized.[5]

Meinstein eventually left G4 and withdrew from having an internet presence entirely. Portal last aired in reruns in the Summer of 2008. [6] G4 went off the air on December 31, 2014.[7]

Episode List

The following is a complete list of episodes:

Season 1

# Episode Title Air Date Status
1 Mission Briefing May 1 2002 Found
2 Anarchy Online May 1 2002 Lost
3 Asheron's Call May 8 2002 Found
4 More Anarchy Online May 15 2002 Lost
5 EverQuest May 22 2002 Lost
6 More Asheron's Call May 29 2002 Lost
7 More Everquest Jun. 5 2002 Lost
8 E3 Jun. 12 2002 Lost
9 Dark Age of Camelot - Albion Jun 19 2002 Lost
10 A Very Swampy Portal Jul. 3 2002 Found
11 Dark Age of Camelot - Hibernia Jul. 10 2002 Lost
12 Everquest: Past, Present, and Future Jul. 17 2002 Lost
13 The High Level Hoedown Jul. 24 2002 Lost
14 VBS Is On The Air Jul. 31 2002 Partially Found
15 Dark Age of Camelot - Midgard Aug. 7 2002 Lost
16 Visions of Rick Aug. 14 2002 Lost
17 The Secret Origin of Grooter Aug. 21 2002 Lost
18 Tales of Sacrifice Aug. 28 2002 Lost
19 Love & Hate Sep. 4 2002 Lost
20 How to Make Friends Online Sep. 11 2002 Found
21 Vanished Sep. 18 2002 Lost
22 Fist of the Redneck Sep. 25 2002 Lost
23 Captive! Oct. 2 2002 Lost
24 Portal's Salute to the Elements Oct. 9 2002 Found
25 Dave Quits Oct. 16 2002 Lost
26 A Crappy Portal Halloween Oct. 27 2002 Lost
27 Vacation Day Nov. 6 2002 Found
28 Portal's 1st Annual Film Fest Nov. 20 2002 Found
29 Searching for Bodies Dec. 4 2002 Found
30 Virtual Arbor Day Dec. 18 2002 Found
31 Down The Tubes, Pt. 1 - Enter: Apex Jan. 8 2003 Found
32 Down the Tubes, Part 2 - Rust Jan. 15 2003 Found
33 Down the Tubes, Part 3 - Desperate Measures Jan. 22 2003 Found

Season 2

# Episode Title Air Date Status
34 Down the Tubes, Part 4 - Heroes, Villains, & Bed Wetters Feb. 12 2003 Found
35 Down the Tubes: The Aftermath Feb. 19 2003 Found
36 The Trial of Zherbo Reaufeaux Mar. 5 2003 Found
37 New Beginnings Mar. 12 2003 Found
38 Plumbers, Gambling Addiction, and Tatooine Mar. 26 2003 Partially Found
39 What About Bob? Apr. 9 2003 Found
40 What About Dave? Apr. 27 2003 Found
41 VBS 2 Apr. 30 2003 Lost
42 Hearts & Boulders May 14 2003 Found
43 A Gal Named Yoodle Jun. 4 2003 Found
44 People of the Portal Jun. 11 2003 Lost
45 The Patient Jun. 25 2003 Found
46 The Social Relevance of Film in Early 21st Century Culture Jul. 9 2003 Found
47 Power Fluting Jul. 30 2003 Found
48 The Wrath of Bob Aug. 6 2003 Found
49 Boxing for Boxes Aug. 20 2003 Found
50 The Tears of Little Michael Sep. 3 2003 Found
51 The Supermodel Episode Sep. 17 2003 Found
52 Attack of the Unrelated Orange Villains Oct. 1 2003 Found
53 Another Portal Crapoween Oct. 15 2003 Lost
54 The Incredible Shrinking Woman Nov. 5 2003 Found
55 Ultimate Victory, Part 1: Hawks and Doves Nov. 12 2003 Found
56 Ultimate Victory, Part 2: Who's the Dummy Now? Nov. 26 2003 Found
57 Portal's Weirdest Moments Dec. 10 2003 Found
58 Ultimate Victory, Part 3: The Foul Smell of Death Jan. 14 2004 Found
59 Ultimate Victory, Part 4: Tearing Through the Ranks Feb. 25 2004 Found
60 Ultimate Victory, Part 5: The Day the Portals Died Feb. 25 2004 Found

References