A bumbling bionic police inspector stumbles about on his cases, while his niece and dog secretly do the real investigative work.
2,508 ( 1)

On Disc

at Amazon




2   1  
1985   1983  
1 nomination. See more awards »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Smurfs (1981–1990)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The Smurfs are little blue creatures that live in mushroom houses in a forest inhabited mainly by their own kind. The smurfs average daily routine is attempting to avoid Gargomel, an evil man who wants to kill our little blue friends.

Stars: Don Messick, Danny Goldman, Lucille Bliss
The Flintstones (1960–1966)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The misadventures of two modern-day Stone Age families, the Flintstones and the Rubbles.

Stars: Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The adventures of a quartet of humanoid warrior turtles and their friends.

Stars: Cam Clarke, Barry Gordon, Rob Paulsen
The Jetsons (1962–1963)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The misadventures of a futuristic family.

Stars: George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc
Taz-Mania (1991–1993)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The daily satirical adventures of the Looney Tunes star The Tazmanian Devil, along with his extended family, friends, and enemies on the island of Tasmania.

Stars: Jim Cummings, Rob Paulsen, Maurice LaMarche
The Road Runner Show (1966–1973)
Animation | Family | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The desert in the U.S. southwest is the natural habitat of the Road Runner, a high-octane, cartoon bird who runs so fast on the desert's roadways that he leaves a trail of flame or causes ... See full summary »

Stars: Mel Blanc, June Foray, Paul Julian
Popeye the Sailor (1960–1962)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The continuing animated adventures of Olive Oyl, Wimpy, Swee'pea and Popeye.

Stars: Jack Mercer, Mae Questel, Jackson Beck
Animation | Family | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A Saturday morning series, collecting of some of the most popular classic cartoons from the Looney Tunes catalogue.

Stars: Mel Blanc, June Foray
DuckTales (1987–1990)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The globe-trotting treasure-hunting money-making adventures of billionaire Scrooge McDuck and his nephews.

Stars: Alan Young, Russi Taylor, Terence McGovern
The Pink Panther Show (1969–1976)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The Pink Panther is a heroic, moral cartoon cat with pink fur and the manners of an English aristocrat. He only becomes flustered or angry at obtuse or offensive humans who try to disrupt ... See full summary »

Stars: Paul Frees, Rich Little, Dave Barry
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Disney's fun-loving chipmunks are reimagined as the leaders of a team of detectives/crime-fighters, rounding out the team are two mice, Gadget Hackwrench and Monterey Jack and Zipper, a fly.

Stars: Peter Cullen, Corey Burton, Jim Cummings
The Sylvester & Tweety Show (TV Series 1976)
Animation | Family | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Sylvester Cat is a lisping, inept, and often loud-mouthed cartoon alley cat with a penchant for chasing elusive mice and a weakness for various types of fowl, especially an innocent-looking... See full summary »

Stars: Mel Blanc, June Foray, Daws Butler


Series cast summary:
...  Gadget / ... 86 episodes, 1983-1985
...  Gadget (French version) 86 episodes, 1983-1985
...  Brain / ... 80 episodes, 1983-1985
...  Big M.A.D Agent / ... 65 episodes, 1983
Dan Hennessey ...  Chief Quimby / ... 65 episodes, 1983
Greg Duffell ...  M.A.D Agent / ... 65 episodes, 1983
Patricia Darnot ...  Sophie 65 episodes, 1983
Gerard Delmas ...  Chef Gontier 65 episodes, 1983
Victor Désy ...  Docteur Gang 65 episodes, 1983
Hadley Kay ...  Additional Voices / ... 65 episodes, 1983
...  Penny 64 episodes, 1983
Melleny Melody ...  Amazon Annie / ... 64 episodes, 1983
Jeri Craden ...  Additional Voices / ... 64 episodes, 1983


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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


TV-Y | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:




| | | |



Release Date:

12 September 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Inspektor Gadget  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


(86 episodes)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Before it was reworked a bit for the official series, the Pilot first aired as a special on December 4, 1982 on all five Field Communications stations: WFLD-TV Chicago, KBHK-TV San Francisco, WKBD-TV Detroit, WLVI-TV Boston and WKBS-TV Philadelphia. See more »


Inspector Gadget: [to Corperal Capeman, who is following him] Inspector Gadget always works alone. You'll have to volunteer for something else.
See more »

Crazy Credits

After the Credits and the DIC logo is shown, Inspector Gadget runs on rollerskates and accidentally smashes the logo with his mallet. See more »


Spoofed in Robot Chicken: Star Wars III (2010) See more »


Inspecteur Gadget
(French Theme)
Written by Shuki Levy & Haim Saban
Performed by Jacques Cardona (as "Apollo")
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Wowers, What A Show
8 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

Recently I finished watching every episode of the original "Inspector Gadget" episode. It's kind of crazy considering I didn't even like the show as a kid.

The main reason for the differences because how I perceive Gadget as a kid as an adult is that when I saw it as a kid, I didn't know who Don Adams was. Becoming acquainted with "Get Smart", I learned what a genius Don Adams was and this gave a lot more credibility to Gadget as Don Adams voiced him. "Inspector Gadget" has long been considered a spiritual successor to "Get Smart". It helps that Gadget said "sorry about that, chief" on a few occasions and even said "would you believe..." once or twice.

"Inspector Gadget" is one of those shows that has a set formula for what happens in each episode but it's so entertaining in action and comedy that even after 86 episodes it didn't seem stale. No matter what happens, you'll still be laughing at Gadget and cheering on his niece Penny & dog Brain as they're the real ones who save the day. You'll probably laugh at the self-destructing messages harming Chief Quimby but I always felt sorry for him.

Of course you can't talk about "Inspector Gadget" without its awesome villain. Dr. Claw is always entertainingly evil (he perhaps gets his name from Get Smart's villain "The Claw"). I never get tired of hearing him threatening his underlings. His pet/punching bag, Mad Cat is also very entertaining, especially when he does random stuff like mimicking Dr. Claw's fish- shaking or tying Dr. Claw's hand to his chair for no reason.

While the show was always good, it declined a bit in the second season. It seemed a tad lazy to use the same chief henchman in 3 separate episodes after all Season 1 episode used a different chief henchman. I was disappointed that they did less travel episodes and keep most of Season 2 in Metro City. The less said about Corporal Capeman the better. DIC thought he's be a welcome addition and they were wrong.

One good thing I can say about season 2 is they had good parodies of movies like Ghostbusters, Gremlins, The Godfather and Arsenic & Lace. It's good to see Frank Welker & Maurice Lamarche working on the same show 1 year before they began voicing Egon & Ray in "The Real Ghostbusters".

DIC was no match for Nicktoons or Disney Afternoon but they still made some dang good cartoons.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 40 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial