Saturday Supercade

CBS (ended 1985)


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Saturday Supercade was an hour-long TV program following the adventures of various video game characters including Donkey Kong, Frogger, Pitfall, Kangaroo, Space Ace and Q*Bert, all some of the world's favorite video games, had their own cartoons in this spectacular show, as well as a couple of less popular (but very fun) arcade oldies. They took characters from relatively simple games and gave them distinct personalities, fitting them into goofball adventures which weren't all that interesting, but fun nonetheless. Unlike many game cartoons, this show did not flop. In fact, this show had such great success that it lasted two years, which is very long for a video game-themed show. The Shows Within the Show Frogger- The cartoon focuses in on Frogger's exploits as a field reporter. He's always on the lookout for the next great story, either finding them on his own or being ordered to cover some godforsaken grand opening of another 9.95 Chinese buffet by his chief editor, who also happens to be a frog. Frogger wasn't alone on his adventures in journalism. He's frequently accompanied by Fanny Frog and Shelly Turtle. The trio usually only seek out stories that will ultimately lead to them being chased by someone holding some type of bludgeoning weapon. They're not masochistic, they just enjoy the sense of adventure. Donkey Kong- After escaping from the circus, DK is perpetually on the lam, running from the one person talented enough to catch him. Along the way, he'll have plenty of adventures that usually result in mass banana feasts or someone putting comical sunglasses on him, but he'll always need to have one thing in the back of his mind: stop moving for too long, and Mario will throw a giant net over his head. In this, Mario is just a normal little Italian guy who spends every waking moment hunting a big gorilla. On the plus side, he's not going about this endeavor by himself. Mario's taken along his favorite niece, Pauline... Pitfall- The story's set in the jungle featuring the adventures of Pitfall Harry & his daughter, along with Quick Claws, the cowardly lion. Q*Bert- The story here was that Q*Bert and his friends lived in a town where everything was made up of cubes. Most of the action took place within their school, where they usually ended up at odds with the resident bullies, who happen to be the same guys Q*Bert squares off against in the video game. Q*Bert is helped by his girlfriend and his friends, "Slick" and "Sam," who were small green raindrop creatures who helped him conquer the cube mountains. They were basically twins, but Slick wore sunglasses to be different from the other. Coilee was the main villain and he had two minions named Ugh and Wrong Way. Pitfall & Q*Bert were rotated weekly. Donkey Kong Jr.- This was about a monkey's never-ending search for his father. Since Donkey Kong's on the run from Mario and the circus, his son can't seem to find him. He hasn't given up hope, and just keeps on trucking, hopeful that one day his adventures will lead him right into the arms of Proud Papa Ape. DK's son is a lot smarter than he. He speaks perfect English, and doesn't have anyone trying to throw him in cages. This is mostly because he's got a friend, who is also a human, named 'Bones' to protect him. They pass the time by taking odd jobs while trying to locate Donkey Kong, Sr. Basic, but fun. Monkey muscle! The second season knocked off Pitfall & Donkey Kong Jr. to make room for... Kangaroo- Misadventures set in a zoo where Katy & Joey Kangaroo lived, along with friend Sidney Squirrel, and their monkey nemesis Bingo, Bango, Bongo & Fred. Space Ace- Based on the Don Bluth disc game. Space Ace, our hero, once got zapped by the Infanto ray Borf invented. But the ray is temporary as he switches from the hero to his nerdy teenage kid, Dexter. Only Kimberly knows that her boyfriend can switch back & forth from hero to nerd & back again. Space Ace/Dexter & Kimberly protect the universe from the evil Borf & all other aliens. NOTE: Most of the synopsis' for the guide are the same because almost every episode of this shown featured the same story shown over and over again in the same format. (Guide Updated: June 20th, 2006)moreless