Jonny Quest: Season 1, Episode 1

The Mystery of the Lizard Men (18 Sep. 1964)

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A foreign power uses the Sargasso Sea to conduct laser experiments and employs "lizard men" to scare away potential interlopers.


(as William D. Hamilton)
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Episode cast overview:
Mike Road ...
Jonny Quest (voice) (as Tim Matthieson)
John Stephenson ...
Vic Perrin ...
Roberts / Search Plane Pilot / Junior / Frogman Leader / Miguel (voice)
Nestor Paiva ...
Frogman 1 / Fishing Boat Helmsman / Doctor (voice)
Doug Young ...
Airplane Skipper / Mr. Corvin / Frogman (voice)
Don Messick ...
Bandit / Frogman 3 / Sailor on Dr. Quest's Ship (voice)


Two ships are destroyed by a beam of light in the Sargasso Sea, and one is invaded by strange looking 'lizard men'. The U.S. government asks Dr. Benton Quest to investigate. He is accompanied by his son Jonny and Race Bannon. Race has been assigned by the U.S. to protect the Quests, particularly Jonny, since anyone wanting a hold over Dr. Quest might choose to harm or kidnap the boy. Jonny and Race discover that a foreign power is using the area to conduct laser experiments with intent to blow up a U.S. rocket headed to the Moon. Written by Bill Koenig

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Hadji does not appear in the first episode Jonny Quest: The Mystery of the Lizard Men (1964) (18 September 1964). He appears in all other episodes, but is introduced as a new character in episode 2.7 Jonny Quest: Calcutta Adventure (1964) (30 October 1964). "Calcutta Adventure" was actually the second episode produced; the episodes were shown out of production order. See more »


Jonny Quest: What keeps this stuff floating, Race?
Roger T. 'Race' Bannon: Sargasso weed. It's formed by tiny bladders the size of grapes. Sargasso is the Portugese word for grapes.
Jonny Quest: Has it been here long?
Roger T. 'Race' Bannon: Well, Columbus sailed through it for days. He thought they'd NEVER get out.
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A solid way to start off the series
25 November 2008 | by (Tennessee) – See all my reviews

Over the years, I've seen everyone one of these Jonny Quest episodes at least a half-a-dozen times. When I was much younger, there wasn't much of anything on television as cool as Jonny Quest. It combined mysteries, monsters, and the unknown with some really groovy 60s music, and James Bond type gadgets. What boy wouldn't love this stuff!

Well, I'm not a kid anymore and it's not the 60s anymore, but I still enjoy watching Jonny Quest. Over the next few weeks, I'm going to give every episode of Jonny Quest another go round. I started this morning with the first episode, "The Mystery of the Lizard Men". While I don't think the sight of the lizard men's hands reaching over the side of the boat affected me the way it did several decades ago, it's still a nice moment. Overall, it's a solid way to start off the series. Spooky ghost ships, the mysterious Sargasso Sea, and deadly lasers – "The Mystery of the Lizard Men" packs a lot into its brief runtime. I don't rate this episode as highly as others because the main baddie doesn't really stand out and he's too easily defeated. Otherwise, it's an enjoyable episode. A 7/10 seems about right.

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