1 9 6 4 – 1 9 6 5 (USA)
26 x episodes
After decades of friendly animated animals, Hanna-Barbera came up with a new winner: an animated adventure series about a young boy, his scientist father, their bodyguard, their Indian ward, and a bulldog pup.
Jonny Quest was the bright 10-year old son of bearded widowed scientist Dr Benton Quest, leader of a small team of intelligence specialists.
With Jonny, Indian chum Hadji, their pilot/bodyguard Race Bannon, and miniature bulldog Bandit, Dr Quest whizzed around the globe in a supersonic plane, investigating reports of strange happenings and unearthing rare treasures in Indiana Jones style.
Whether it was the sighting of an alien creature or any other bizarre event, Quest and his crew soon got to the bottom of it, usually battling against the clock in the process.
They usually concluded their adventures by explaining the scientific reasons behind the phenomenon they had just encountered.
The series featured non-stop motion: sinister villains, one very alluring female character (who everyone remembers even though she was only in two episodes), hidden treasure, gunrunners, laser guns, madmen, supernatural monsters, and all the cool Hindu magic Hadji could do.
The series – originally proposed as an animated version of Jack Armstrong, All-American Boy, a syndicated comic strip adventure – was aired during evening prime time in the USA, just like its Hanna-Barbera predecessors The Flintstones, The Jetsons and Top Cat.
New episodes were created for cable in 1987 along with two made-for-cable movies, Jonny’s Golden Quest (1993) and Jonny Quest vs. the Cyber Insects (1995). These are all better left undiscussed!
Dr Benton C Quest
John Stephenson (1)
Don Messick (2)
Roger ‘Race’ Bannon