Monday, June 25, 2012

Geek TV: Captain Nice!

captain-niceConcept: Mild-mannered police chemist invents formula that transforms him into superhero, and hilarity ensues.


Total Episodes: 15

Original Air Dates: January 1967-August 1967

Original Network: NBC

Geek Factor: 6

Characters:

Carter Nash/Captain Nice (William Daniels): The above-mentioned mild-mannered police chemist who lives with his mother. His costume was made by mom, and he chose the name “Captain Nice” because he already had “CN” monogrammed on many items. Among his powers are the ability to fly, but he's nervous about using it, because he's afraid of heights!

Sgt. Candy Kane (Ann Prentiss): Carter's girlfriend in the police department.

Mrs. Nash (Alice Ghostly): Carter's mother and general pain in the tuchas (at least, to Carter).

Mayer Finney (Liam Dunn): Mayor of Bigtown, the city Captain Nice operates in!

Geek Guest-Stars: Julie Parrish, who played a hat check girl in two episodes, played Miss Piper in the original Star Trek pilot “The Menagerie”.

Geek Pedigree:

captain-nice-rare-complete-series-william-daniels-dvd-e927Series creator Buck Henry was a co-creator of Get Smart. He later created and wrote episodes of Quark. Vic Mizzy, who wrote the theme song, also did the theme music for The Addams Family, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, and later The Reluctant Astronaut and The Munsters' Revenge. Star William Daniels' closest geek-related role was a guest appearance on T.H.E. Cat, but he later guested on The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, The Incredible Hulk, Galactica 1980, and of course he'll probably always be recognized as the voice of K.I.T.T. on Knight Rider. Alice Ghostley had previously appeared in Car 54, Where Are You?, Get Smart, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, and other shows, but she'll probably always be remembered as Esmerelda on Bewitched. She continued to pop up in roles in genre TV shows and movies until her death in 2007. Ann Prentiss had previously guested on an episode of Bewitched, and later guested on Get Smart, and provided the voice of Gene/Jean on Quark and the voice of Bag in My Stepmother is an Alien.

DVD Release: None.


Website: http://www.crazyabouttv.com/captainnice.html is probably as good as any other site out there!

Notes: Never saw this when it was first on, but I did catch reruns in the early days of HA! (before it merged with The Comedy Channel to become Comedy Central). I enjoyed it! There was a paperback book written by William Johnston based on the series, and a single issue of a Gold Key comic book.

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