1 9 7 6 (USA)
13 x episodes
Good looking teen boys, wacky hi-jinks, and plenty of catchy tunes. What more could any red-blooded American girl want from a Saturday morning TV show?
C.A.P.E.R. (the Civilian Authority for the Protection of Everybody, Regardless) was a special, undercover division of the 927th Police Precinct, located in the city of NorthEast SouthWeston, under the supervision of Chief Vinton.
The team consisted of four members: Doc (John Lansing), the suave, romantic one; Doomsday (Biff Warren), the blonde, naive one who could talk to animals; PT (Steve Bonino), the leader of the group who was good with gadgetry and had a strong sense of smell – his nose was named “Seymour”; and Bugs (Cosie Costa), the one with unexplained superhuman strength (the word “bananas” made him go bananas).
They drove around solving crimes in the Big Baloney (a van with a large hot dog on top). In a tank inside the van was Mr Featherstone – a puppet shark who served as their guide and navigator.
Each of the kids had a special walkie-talkie on which was emblazoned a big letter “C” for C.A.P.E.R.
Many of their adventures took place in the Krelvin Building, which was the tallest building in the world without elevators.
Besides solving crimes, the guys were also a rock group and each episode featured at least one song.
The Kids from C.A.P.E.R. were the natural descendants of The Monkees (They shared the same executive producer in Don Kirshner).
Unfortunately, The Kids didn’t share The Monkees’ knack for Top 40 tunes. An album was released, but no hit singles resulted, and The Kids were left floundering in the Saturday morning ratings race.
NBC cancelled the show after two months, then brought it back briefly the following summer, but with the start of the new fall season, the Kids were grounded permanently.
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