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Also, not only was Don a great actor and comedian, but he also served in the US Marines during the Second World War. That's really saying something, isn't it?
This poll is a tribute to the late, great, nasally-voiced actor in question.
So, which of these three Adams characters is your favourite? Vote now!
P.S: Because he has voiced so many cartoon characters in his career, I've only put in the ones that I can think of.
Get Smart (1965)
The 1960s equivalent of Inspector Gadget
Made in a golden decade of television, Get Smart was, in my opinion, the true predecessor series to my favourite 1980s cartoon Inspector Gadget.
I mean Get Smart and Inspector Gadget have a quite a lot in common: A series plot involving a bungling, dim-witted agent going up against the evil forces of a malevolent organisation, both main characters were portrayed by the same man (Don Adams), both have a short tempered chief as their boss, both have a female accomplice that usually accompany them on their assignments (in the case of Inspector Gadget, anonymously), and ironically, both don't use their gadgets properly.
After all, Get Smart was the principal inspiration for Inspector Gadget (along with Inspector Clouseau), and without Get Smart, there would be no Inspector Gadget, so I am glad that this iconic 1960s spy spoof show was made.
They honestly couldn't have picked a finer man than Don Adams to portray a bungling agent such as Maxwell Smart (and of course later on, Inspector Gadget).
Whenever I watch Get Smart and I hear the voice of Maxwell Smart, it will always remind me of Inspector Gadget.
I love Get Smart! Loved it when I was younger, still love it today.
RIP Don Adams, of whom will live on in our hearts. 1923-2005
One of the best written and most helpful episodes of the series
Did You Myth Me? is arguably one of the best written and most helpful Inspector Gadget episodes I have ever watched, and one of the most sophisticated.
It helped me learn about the Ancient Greek craftsman Daedalus, of which the villain, Dr. Daedalus, gets his name from.
I like how the word "myth" is used as a play on the word "miss", and of which refers to Greek mythology, as the episode takes place in Greece.
This was also the episode where I learnt the phrase "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts", which is mentioned at the end of the episode.
All in all, this is a great episode, one of my absolute favourites, and of which I recommend to those Gadget fanatics who have yet to have seen it.
Wacky Races (1968)
A true cartoon classic. Ought not to be missed
Wacky Races is, to put it one way or another, like no other auto race in the whole wide world. Almost everything about this cartoon is wacky (hence the title): The cars, the characters, the effects, I mean pretty much everything. And that's what makes it great. My favourite characters from this wacky cartoon are none other than those "double dealing do-badders", Dick Dastardly and his wheezing canine sidekick Muttley in the Mean Machine. While we're on the subject of favourite characters, my dad's favourites from this cartoon are the Slag Brothers in their Bouldermobile. They just crack him up. My favourite car, on the other hand, is Peter Perfect's Turbo Terrific, in spite of getting destroyed throughout the series. In short, it is a great cartoon, and is on my list of my favourite cartoons ever to have existed on the face of the earth, along with Inspector Gadget, Looney Tunes, and Tex Avery. A true cartoon classic. Ought not to be missed! 15/10 for this one.
The Professionals (1977)
Like Starsky and Hutch... only British.
A lot of people say that The Professionals was inspired by the much more famous (in comparison) '70s cop show Starsky and Hutch. I can sort of see that. I mean they both drove Fords (in The Professionals from Series 2 onwards), Dave Starsky and Ray Doyle both shared the same sort of hair style, they were both sort of streetwise, and both had a pretty short-tempered boss as head of the organisation.
To be honest, I'm more of a Professionals man myself, in spite of Starsky and Hutch being higher in fame.
Also, there are differences. While Starsky and Hutch are coppers, Bodie and Doyle are not. They work for the special organisation CI5 (Criminal Intelligence 5), and also while Paul Michael-Glaser (who played Dave Starsky) complained about the Gran Torino's looks, Bodie never did such a thing about his Capri or Doyle his Escort RS2000 (later on Capri).
I could think of more, but I'll leave it there.
In conclusion, and in spite of the few differences, The Professionals was pretty much Starsky and Hutch only British.
I love it! 10/10
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964)
Classic and stylish
The '60s were a golden age for television, in the days before political correctness and when everything was easy (sort of) and stylish, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was no exception.
Here you have the dashing, handsome, and womanising American spy Napoleon Solo, the cute, blonde, hunk of a Soviet spy Illya Kuryakin, and the embodiment of a stereotypical English gentleman and head of the U.N.C.L.E. Mr. Alexander Waverly, all fighting against the evil forces of their greatest enemy THRUSH.
Also, the equipment they used were way ahead of their time.
Another thing I particularly have to mention about this show, is Barbara Feldon of Get Smart fame's appearance in the episode, "The Never-Never Affair", as a Portuguese weather translator Mandy Stevenson. I mean, I had my fists clenched just seeing Barbara Feldon in this episode, because she just looked so darn beautiful and sexy (especially when after she took off her glasses), with her seductive voice to match. Also, I could really see the bonding (this being a spy series, no pun intended) between Napolean and Mandy in the scene in which they are both captured.
All and all, this show is great, and in my opinion redefined the spy genre.
R.I.P. Robert Vaughn (1932-2016)
Inspector Gadget (1983)
These are the characters as follows:
Gadget: A cyborg police detective with a Maxwell Smart-like personality (hence Don Adams' previous role) and Clouseau attire, who always bumbles about on his assignments (except on a couple of extremely rare occasions)
Penny: Gadget's precocious, brave, intelligent, (rather cute) little niece who is the one well and truly responsible for thwarting M.A.D's evil schemes, even though she lets her uncle take all the credit
Brain: Gadget and Penny's bipedal dog and loyal companion who usually assists Penny in helping her thwart M.A.D's evil schemes, and whenever he is in disguise, usually fools Gadget into thinking he is either a M.A.D agent or another type of person
Chief Quimby: Gadget's boss and Metro City police chief who, whenever after he gives Gadget his assignment, ends up getting blown up in the face by it. He also congratulates Gadget after all the "work" he's done, not knowing it is really Penny that saved the day, despite often being contacted by her
Dr. Claw: The deep, gruffly-voiced leader of the evil organisation M.A.D (a parody of SPECTRE from the James Bond films, and THRUSH from The Man From U.N.C.L.E), and Gadget's mortal enemy, is short tempered, devious, sinister and whose face is never seen. Only his arms and cat are. (Much inspired by Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld)
How can you not love a list like this?
Even though Gadget is officially the main protagonist of the series, it is pretty much effectively Penny that is the protagonist. It's just the feeling of it, whenever you watch this series. I mean, whilst Gadget is bumbling about during an assignment, it is Penny that is doing all the real McCoy detective work (albeit secretly), with a little help from Brain. And yet, that's the sheer beauty of this series.
Despite often getting captured and left in perilous situations by enemy agents whilst snooping around (much inspired by The Man From U.N.C.L.E), Penny is a VIC (Very Important Character) in this series, and is one of the characters that makes it come alive. She is one of my top favourite female TV characters, along with Agent 99 from Get Smart.
Also, me being an absolute petrol-head, I just love the Gadgetmobile (which I think best resembles a 1983 Toyota Celica Supra), Gadget's equivalent of James Bond's Aston Martin DB5. Although, unlike the DB5, a car of which I shall always cherish, the Gadgetmobile can be converted from a minivan into, uh... well... the Gadgetmobile.
And the soundtrack? Oh, the soundtrack! It's absolutely to die for!
I loved Inspector Gadget when I was younger, and I still do today. Albeit, more now than I ever did at the time when I was younger.
10 out of 10? Nah! I'll go further than that: 15 out of 10!
As Gadget's real life and secret agent counterpart Maxwell Smart would say: "And... loving it!"
Inspector Gadget is more than just a cartoon... it's a piece of history.