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23 September 1983 (USA) See more »
An orangutan accidentally raised to genius human-level intelligence secretly works in Washington, DC as a political adviser. Full summary »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast [7])

Leonard Frey ... Raymond Holyoke (13 episodes, 1983)
Tim Dunigan ... Tommy Atwood (13 episodes, 1983)

Terri Garber ... Dr. Judy Tyson (13 episodes, 1983)
Laura Jacoby ... Ellie Atwood (13 episodes, 1983)

Stuart Margolin ... Dr. Klein (13 episodes, 1983)
Ed. Weinberger ... Cha Cha / ... (13 episodes, 1983)
C.J. the Orangutan ... Cha Cha / ... (13 episodes, 1983)

Series Directed by
Gerald Hirschfeld (6 episodes, 1983)
Ed. Weinberger (4 episodes, 1983)
Stan Daniels (2 episodes, 1983)
Series Writing credits
Stan Daniels (13 episodes, 1983)
David Lloyd (13 episodes, 1983)
Ed. Weinberger (13 episodes, 1983)

Series Original Music by
Patrick Williams (5 episodes, 1983)
Series Production Design by
Gene Callahan (2 episodes, 1983)
Series Art Direction by
Hub Braden (13 episodes, 1983)
Series Set Decoration by
Robert Gould (11 episodes, 1983)
Lee Poll (2 episodes, 1983)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph Paul Moore .... second assistant director (13 episodes, 1983)
Ira Shuman .... first assistant director (13 episodes, 1983)
Randy Carter .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1983)
Series Art Department
Jerry Esposito Jr. .... construction coordinator (13 episodes, 1983)
Jack Mann .... property master (13 episodes, 1983)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Doug Mathias .... gaffer (3 episodes, 1983)

Owen Marsh .... camera operator (unknown episodes, 1983)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sanford Slepak .... costume supervisor (5 episodes, 1983)
Series Other crew
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Gentle Jungle [us] (13 episodes, 1983)

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Additional Details

30 min

Did You Know?

The TV pilot's set decorator, Lee Poll, purchased all the set furniture used in the permanent Washington D.C.Georgian interiors mansion set. The desk top had to be adapted for all the puppet work required when the star Mr. Smith (the orangutan) was replaced for close-up filming. Other furniture pieces were duplicated, which were replaced when the three puppeteers had to perform with the puppet upper body form. After the series was in the process of filming each show, the art director made a point of measuring the orangutan's hand-to-elbow, elbow-to-shoulder, the orangutan's full body height standing erect, and when the orangutan was relaxed. Measuring the orangutan like a tailor measuring for a suit, the orangutan's reaction was hilarious, with his two trainers standing adjacent the animal allowing the measurements being taken. These measurements became critical in scenes when the orangutan had to stand at a court room railing, or scenes with large pieces of furniture, related with the use of the puppet form replacing the orangutan for close-up filming. The puppet top body shoulder-head unit was filled with fiber tubing which controlled all the facial (mouth and nose) expressions, eye and eye-brow movement, and with a puppeteer hidden below the head-shoulder to maneuver the body movement. Tied with the camera picture was an off camera TV monitor for the puppeteers to view the camera's shot. The camera only photographed the orangutan in long shots. Sadly, the D.P. should have had a second close up camera on the actual orangutan's reactions during filming, because his expressions were priceless! sometimes, better than the puppet's facial expressions!See more »
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