ITV (ended 1962)



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It is 1962 in Black Rock Laboratory, Nevada, where Prof. Popkiss and Dr. Beaker, after 5 years of hard work, have unveiled their new invention to the world: Supercar, an aircraft that can also travel underwater and in space. Piloting the amazing machine is Mike Mercury, who must battle to save Supercar from the clutches of the wicked Masterspy, who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the magnificent machine. Supercar was the first-ever supermarionation series by Gerry Anderson, who went on to make shows like Fireball XL5, Thunderbirds and Space: 1999.

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  • David Graham

    David Graham

    Dr. Horatio Beaker / Mitch / Bill Gibson / Zarin/Mitch the Monkey

    George Murcell

    George Murcell

    Prof. Rudolph Popkiss / Masterspy

    Graydon Gould

    Graydon Gould

    Mike Mercury

    Sylvia Anderson

    Sylvia Anderson

    Jimmy Gibson (uncredited)

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    • Early 1960s Sci-Fi series from puppet master Gerry Anderson. Surprisingly sophisticated scifi hardware and storylines. The Supercar team tests and uses an experimental rescue craft that can travel on land, underwater, in the air and even in space.moreless

      Charging Port... 9000, 12000, 15000... Interlock on... Fire One! Supercar's engines roar again into life and the Supercar team in Black Rock Nevada are once again out to the rescue. Early black and white classic from Gerry Anderson who went on to create Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet. Beautiful models and engaging characters put together by a team who really cared and who had foresight on many interesting developments. The 26 episodes in series one and the 13 episode i series 2 have the title craft performing all sorts of missions on land, underwater, in the skies and even in space. All sorts of gadgets and add-ons are designed by eccentric engineer and scientist Dr. Beaker, and tried out by fearless (and bushy eyebrowed) pilot Mike Mercury. Professor Popkiss keeps the team level headed, while Jimmy Gibson helps out where he can and pet monkey Mitch usually cause some problem or other.moreless
    • Supercar was a personal favorite as I grew up. I'd add the writers to the list (if it could be done - I've yet to figure out how). The writers are Martin and Hugh Woodhouse. Splendid gentlemen who are still actively writing.moreless

      The marionation style of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson was pretty good and the stories were entertaining, at least for this youngster.

      It was as entertaining as their other shows: Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds, Terrahawks, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90, and Secret Service.

      It is definitely worth watching and re-watching for nostalgic reasons. And it is special to me because of the gentlemen who wrote the series, Martin and Hugh Woodhouse.

    • SUPERCAR was the first in a series of Supermarionation shows by Gerry Anderson, and despite low budgets and few characters, is quite enjoyable for a first attempt.

      The story is set in the present day (1960) at Black Rock Laboratory, Nevada, where Professor Popkiss has invented his brainchild, Supercar. A flying machine which can journey into space and travel underwater.

      Accompanying them is the handsome hero and pilot, Mike Mercury, with the bumbling Dr. Beaker and the child hero Jimmy and his pet monkey, Mitch.

      Always plotting to steal Supercar is the grossly overweight Masterspy and his henchman, Zarin, but they always fail.

      Even if it is a black-and-white show, it still has a certain ambience, and is quite an achievement for Anderson.moreless