Mr. Terrific (TV series)
|Directed by||Byron Chudnow
|Voices of||Paul Frees|
|Theme music composer||Gerald Fried|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||17|
|Executive producer(s)||Jack Arnold|
|Running time||25 mins.|
|Production company(s)||Universal Television|
|Distributor||Universal City Studios|
|Original network||CBS Television|
|Original release||January 9, 1967 – August 27, 1967|
Mr. Terrific is an American TV sitcom that aired on CBS Television from January 9, to May 8, 1967. It starred Stephen Strimpell in the title role, and lasted 17 episodes. The show was similar to NBC's Captain Nice, which followed Mister Terrific on Monday nights during its run.
Riding the tide of the camp superhero craze of the 1960s, the show's premise involved gas station attendant Stanley Beamish (Strimpell), a mild-mannered scrawny youth who secretly worked to fight crime for a government organization, "The Bureau of Secret Projects," in Washington. All he needed to do was to take a "power pill" which gave him the strength of a thousand men and enabled him to fly, much like Superman, albeit by furious flapping while wearing the top half of a wingsuit. To the often-lamented misfortune of the Bureau of Secret Projects, he was the only person on whom the pills worked. It was established that, although the pill would give him high strength levels, he was still vulnerable to bullets. Furthermore, each power pill had a time limit of one hour (like Underdog and DC Comics's Hourman), although he generally had two 10-minute booster pills available per episode. Much of the show's humor revolved around the tendency of the amiable yet gullible Beamish to lose Mr. Terrific's powers at inopportune times, before he completed his given assignment.
Beamish's government employers were Mr. Barton J. Reed and Mr. Harley Trent, and his day-job partner at the service station was Hal Walters. Beamish was sworn to secrecy concerning his alter-ego and super-powers.
Alan Young, who had just completed his run as Wilbur Post on Mister Ed, was the original choice to play Stanley Beamish, and appeared in the original 1966 unaired version of the pilot, which featured a different supporting cast (Edward Andrews as The Chief, All Checco as Dr. Kramer, Dick Merrifield as Tony Lawrence, Sheilah Wells as Gloria Dickinson, and Jesse White as Mr. Finney).
- Stanley Beamish/Mister Terrific: Stephen Strimpell.
- Barton J. Reed: John McGiver.
- Hal Walters: Dick Gautier.
- Harley Trent: Paul Smith.
|Episode #||Episode title||Original airdate|
|1-1||"Matchless"||January 9, 1967|
|1-2||"Mr. Big Curtsies Out"||January 16, 1967|
|1-3||"I Can't Fly"||January 23, 1967|
|1-4||"My Partner, the Jewel Thief"||January 30, 1967|
|1-5||"The Formula Is Stolen"||February 6, 1967|
|1-6||"Stanley the Safecracker"||February 20, 1967|
|1-7||"Stanley the Fighter"||February 27, 1967|
|1-8||"Stanley the Jailbreaker"||March 6, 1967|
|1-9||"Fly, Ballerina, Fly"||March 13, 1967|
|1-10||"Harley and the Killer"||March 20, 1967|
|1-11||"Stanley and the Mountaineers"||March 27, 1967|
|1-12||"Has Mr. Terrific Sold Out?"||April 3, 1967|
|1-13||"Stanly Goes To the Dentist"||April 10, 1967|
|1-14||"Stanley the Track Star"||April 17, 1967|
|1-15||"Try This On For Spies"||April 24, 1967|
|1-16||"Stanley Joins the Circus"||May 1, 1967|
|1-17||"The Sultan Has Five Wives"||May 8, 1967|
- Some episodes (1, 3, 5 and 9) were edited together and released[when?] as a movie titled The Pill Caper.
The entire 17-episode series of Mr. Terrific was released commercially on DVD by Ufa/DVD in Germany under the title Immer wenn er Pillen nahm (Whenever He Took Pills) on July 17, 2009. The episodes can be heard in the original English, or in German.