The movie serial can be traced back to the early 1900's. Moviegoers would get a different episode each week prior to the showing of the featured movie. These episodes, or chapters, would end with "cliffhangers" where the hero was surely facing certain death thus enticing the audience members to return week after week to see the next installment.
Some of the popular serials of the time where King of the Rocketmen, Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe, The Adventures of Captain Marvel, Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe, Buck Rogers, The Shadow, The Green Hornet, Captain Video, Dick Tracy and many others. While a large majority of serials seem to have a science-fiction theme, there are also serials with themes including western, jungle, mystery, super-hero, aviation and others.
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