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Toned down for TV,
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This review is from: Planet Of The Apes: The Complete TV Series [DVD]  (DVD)
As most things are!
The big change from the movies is that the humans are no longer mute. In the TV series, they've become the apes' serfs, rather than the unthinking, brutish animals that they were in the first two films. This change considerably lessens the shock value of the "upside down" (to us, anyway!) society in which the astronauts find themselves.
You can understand why the producers made this change: much more scope for guest stars and sub plots if you have humans that can talk and interact. Very often though, the plots de-generate into the "why can't we all get along" scenario, as used in the (godawful) fifth movie, Battle for the Planet of the Apes. (Dennis Sisterson's review, somewhere on these pages, is right on the money in its summary of the later plots).
Despite these considerable flaws, many of the episodes are very watchable, especially early on in the series.