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Saturday Morning Fun – Round 3

I’m going to go a bit further back this time and introduce you youngsters to the one and only Jonny Quest:

Jonny Quest originally hit Saturday Morning TV back in 1964, and ran through 1965 as a new show. It continued long after in reruns however. It also had two reboots; 1986-1987’s The New Adventures of Jonny Quest:

This one only lasted a season and most fans agreed it was a pale imitation of the original, despite having newer sci-fi gadgets.

And there was also “The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest”, introduced in 1996. This version was (sort of) a sequel and featured a teenage Jonny Quest and Hadji along with Jessie Bannon; Race Bannon’s teenage daughter. This one was well received.

The earlier two series featured Jonny and Hadji tagging along with Dr Quest and Race Bannon as they investigated all manner of things. Dr Quest was one of those 1950s and 60s scientists who knew everything, and Race Bannon was the bodyguard for Dr Quest and Jonny. All that was explained (that I recall) of Hadji’s origin is that they found him on the streets of Calcutta.

During these investigations, the boys were always told to “wait at camp”, but never did and always stumbled upon some clue or the bad guys’ plot and/or location. That in turn helped the adults crack the case.

Being older in the third series, the teens were more apt to do their own thing and crack the case, only sometimes needing to be rescued by Race and Dr Quest. 🙂

This is the first few minutes of the very first episode ever, and gives an idea of the show’s flavor:

Note the show also had a successful parody on the Cartoon Network’s late night “Adult Swim” time block; The Venture Brothers:

The humor was fairly crude on the show, and the premise was that Dr Venture (Rusty) was a character like Jonny Quest with a famous scientist adventurer dad and had his whole childhood televised. Now he’s doing the dad thing with two clueless teenage boys and a semi-psychotic bodyguard name Brock Samson.