1 9 9 1 – 1 9 9 5 (USA)
91 x 30 minute episodes
In the city of St. Canard, the people are plagued by the most bizarre criminals, but they have a protector as well, Darkwing Duck.
This bumbling and egotistical superhero – the alter-ego of suburban dad Drake Mallard – battles evil in that fair city with the help of his dumb pilot sidekick, Launchpad McQuack and his rambunctious adopted daughter, Gosalyn.
The creators admitted that the show was created specifically as a satirical parody of Batman, in particular, the 1989 film featuring Michael Keaton.
Early versions of the series were going to have a Robin-like sidekick and a butler like Alfred, but in an effort to not call too much attention to Batman, these characters were dropped and Launchpad McQuack was added in place of these two roles.
A few episodes of Darkwing Duck were banned. The most infamous was season three’s ‘Hot Spells’ which only aired once on ABC. The plot line involved Gosalyn trying to gain magic powers like Morgana, and, in the process, selling Darkwing’s soul to the devil.
Another banned episode was ‘Aduckaphobia’ which was banned because it parodied Spiderman.
Darkwing Duck/Drake Mallard
Dr Reginald Bushroot
J. Gander Hooter