And thanks to the fact that we all grew up with basically five channels, the "Apes" movies were ALWAYS on, especially on weekends, especially on whatever the independent channel was in your area that really didn't have any money for anything else to show.
The "Apes" just would not die. In addition to the movies, there was a short-lived TV series, a cartoon, comic books, novelizations (and the whole thing was based on a novel) and more. Then, of course, in 2001 Tim Burton remade the original film. (In the Wikipedia entry, even Burton admits the ending was confusing.)
But did you realize that there is yet ANOTHER remake/reboot of "Planet of the Apes" on its way? Next year, "Rise of the Apes" will hit theaters. They're shooting now in Vancouver, and it sounds like it's a prequel to the whole series, showing how man experimented on apes and thus led to them gaining wisdom and eventually taking over. But I don't like the idea that the apes will be CGI.
What were your favorite memories of the series? Roddy McDowell? The masks? "You maniacs! You blew it up!" "Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape!" The Forbidden Zone? The Statue of Liberty scene? Dr. Zaius, Dr. Zaius on "The Simpsons"? Ape Lincoln? Ricardo Montalban? The mutants' hymn to the bomb?
My favorite is in "Escape from the Planet of the Apes" when the scientist apes, Zira and Cornelius, are on trial and they ask if the male can speak, and he says "Only when she lets me."