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Inspector Gadget 

A bumbling bionic police inspector stumbles about on his cases, while his niece and dog secretly do the real investigative work.
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1985   1983  
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Don Adams ...  Gadget / ... 86 episodes, 1983-1985
Frank Welker ...  Brain / ... 86 episodes, 1983-1985
Luc Durand ...  Gadget (French version) 86 episodes, 1983-1985
Don Francks ...  Big M.A.D Agent / ... 65 episodes, 1983
Dan Hennessey Dan Hennessey ...  Chief Quimby / ... 65 episodes, 1983
Greg Duffell Greg Duffell ...  M.A.D Agent / ... 65 episodes, 1983
Patricia Darnot Patricia Darnot ...  Sophie 65 episodes, 1983
Gerard Delmas Gerard Delmas ...  Chef Gontier 65 episodes, 1983
Victor Désy Victor Désy ...  Docteur Gang 65 episodes, 1983
Hadley Kay Hadley Kay ...  Additional Voices / ... 65 episodes, 1983
Cree Summer ...  Penny 64 episodes, 1983
Melleny Melody ...  Amazon Annie / ... 64 episodes, 1983
Jeri Craden Jeri Craden ...  Additional Voices / ... 64 episodes, 1983
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Storyline

Bumbling Inspector Gadget battles the forces of M.A.D. with the aid of the various gadgets he has on his person: pop-up rollerskates, extensible arms, a helicopter-hat, etc. Despite the arsenal at his disposal (which is just as likely to misfire as work properly), Gadget never seems to be able to catch Dr. Claw, the mastermind behind M.A.D. Quite often, in fact, any success that Gadget might have is often caused by his niece Penny and her dog, who Gadget consistently fails to recognize as working incognito on the case. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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It's a case of laughter in the first degree. See more »


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Country:

USA | France | Canada | Japan | Taiwan

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

12 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inspektor Gadget See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(86 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jim Carrey auditioned for the voice of Corporal Capeman. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Penny: Uncle Gadget, are you alright?
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Crazy Credits

The title sequence has Inspector Gadget receive a mission from his Chief and go on a mission (with help from Brain and Penny), and finally catch Dr Claw... who turns out to be a decoy with a bomb. The bomb explodes and the title falls down, with an upside-down Gadget forming the I. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 1985 when the show was going for its second season, the show was changed somewhat. The opening's sound was redubbed and the color process was changed to a brighter tint. The cartoon's sound was also changed. The animation was done by the same new people who animated and recorded for the Heathcliff cartoons. Also Inspector Gadget was given a geeky assistant, Corporal Capeman who appeared off and on and was removed for half the season. The episodes also went in parts of three. Each three was about Gadget and sometimes Capeman dealing with the same M.A.D Agent throwing diffrent traps at them, whether in space, back in time, or right in their very own home. See more »

Connections

Referenced in As the World Turns: Episode dated 5 February 2004 (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

L'ispettore Gadget
(Italian Theme n°2)
Music by Carmelo Carucci
Lyrics by Alessandra Valeri Manera
Performed by Cristina D'Avena
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Frequently Asked Questions

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User Reviews

Good work, "Gadget"!
12 June 2000 | by Mister-6See all my reviews

Here's your assignment: find another animated policeman who could possibly match Jacques Clouseau for accidents per hour...and happens to be loaded with all kinds of mechanical props.

"Inspector Gadget" makes for the perfect kid's show: lots of slapstick, the kids are the smartest ones in the room, the bad guys are all lunk heads, good always wins over evil and the dog gets all the best scenes. And then, there's Gadget himself.

Logic would dictate that Don Adams should do the voice (after all, he WAS Maxwell Smart!). That sharp, snappy voice was the perfect accent for a character who thought himself right all of the time; no matter whether he was or not.

When searching for clues, foiling the plans of Dr. Claw and his MAD organization with a heroic declaration like "I'm always on duty", accidentally blowing up his Chief Quimby every episode and striking fear into all agents out to destroy him (usually, through no fault of his own), Gadget was always cool, on top of the situation and, even when his first guess was always wrong, his third or fourth guesses made up for them.

His niece Penny was the thinker of the family, though, with her computerized notebook and keen mind for deductive reasoning. She was the main reason her uncle stayed around every episode. And faithful pet dog Brain kept a close eye on Gadget and, even when mistaken for a MAD agent, helped him time and again out of very sticky situations.

Forever alive in syndication, nothing can ever dim the might and power that is "Inspector Gadget". Gadget is, quite simply, THE MAN (main emphasis on the "simply" part)!

Ten stars. Go, "Gadget", go!


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