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Another show from the Hanna-Barbera stable, Secret Squirrel and his fez-wearing sidekick Morocco Mole (who sounded a lot like Peter Lorre) fought crime with the ultimate weapon – corny jokes.
Armed with only a purple hat and a white overcoat concealing a variety of strange secret weapons, Secret Squirrel – sometimes referred to as SS or Secret Agent 000 – rounded up the most fiendish villains in the world on behalf of the Double-Q Agency in England.
Together they eluded such villains as Yellow Pinky (whose name somehow didn’t instil as much fear as Goldfinger), and while James Bond escaped from capture by using a laser embedded in his watch, SS used a far more hi-tech approach – a pair of scissors he had hidden under his hat.
Secret Squirrel first appeared as half of The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show in 1965. After just over one season together, the two title heroes parted ways to star in their own self-titled shows.
But less than a year later, ant and squirrel realised they worked better as a team, and The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show was reborn for a final season.
The show would only last until 1968, but Secret Squirrel wasn’t done gracing the small screen.
More than 25 years later, the nutty agent could be seen in all-new episodes on Hanna-Barbera’s Two Stupid Dogs, accompanied by Morocco Mole and a bull superior.