(ABC, Toon Disney, September 14, 2002-January 30, 2004)
Walt Disney Television Animation
- Danny O'Farrell, Everett Konquist, Ken Himmelman, various
Crime doesn’t pay.
Especially in middle school.
|Fillmore and Ingrid on the case.|
In the hallowed halls of X Middle
School, the students were protected by the Safety Patrol. Run by Junior
Commissioner Horatio Vallejo (Horatio Sanz), the Safety Patrol was responsible
for maintaining law and order within the school and ensuring the perpetrators
are properly punished. Their primary officers were Cornelius C. Fillmore
(Orlando Brown) and his partner, Ingrid Third (Tara Strong). Fillmore was
originally a delinquent until he was busted by officer Wayne Ligget (Lukas Behnken) and given the choice of serving permanent detention or helping him on
a case, which led to Fillmore joining the Safety Patrol. Ingrid, also a former
delinquent, was transferred in from a reform school in Nepal after a stink bomb
and piñata incident, and partnered up with Fillmore after he cleared her name
in a case. Together, they took on some of the shadiest members of the student
body—often resulting in property damage that would cause Vallejo to lose his
|Vallejo tries to keep his operation running smoothly.|
Created by Scott M. Gimple, the series was
a spoof of 1970s police dramas. While firmly set in the world of a middle
school, the crimes perpetrated were meant to echo and emulate major crimes in
the larger outside world while keeping them age appropriate for the viewing
audience. In response, the Safety Patrol acted as if they were the actual
police dealing with these crimes. Some of their cases involved stolen scooters,
counterfeit baseball cards, vigilante-like retaliation against bullies, smuggling
tartar sauce, illegal frog races, stolen cash-like tokens, and stink bomb
incidents. Fillmore would do whatever it
took to bring his suspects to justice.
|Danny and Karen inspect a crime scene.|
Other characters included Safety
Patrol crime scene investigator Karen Tehama (Lauren Tom) and her partner,
Joseph Anza (Danny Tamberelli), who was trained as a bodyguard; the Safety
Patrol’s crime scene photographer Danny O’Farrell (Kyle Sullivan), who served
as the series’ primary source of comic relief with his eccentric antics; the
school’s Principal Dawn S. Folsom (Wendie Malick), who served as the
archetypical image-conscious mayor; and Vice Principal Raycliff (Jeff Probst),
who didn’t say much but was quick with school facts. All of the characters’
last names were taken from various San Francisco streets and were designed by Brent Gordon
|Joseph takes a witness' statement.|
Fillmore! debuted on ABC on September 14, 2002 as part of its ABC Kids programming
block. It was the final series produced by Walt Disney
Television Animation for ABC as they had begun exclusively making content
for The Disney Channel. The series’
theme song was written and performed by Ookla
the Mok, and was included on their album Super Secret as
the intro to the song “Das
Uber Tuber, or the Mystery of Mr. P”. Announcing for the series was
provided by Don LaFontaine, the voice of many movie trailers known for his catchphrase “In a [place/time]…”.
It was written by Eddie Guzelian,
Scott M. Gimple, Matthew Negrete, Madellaine Paxson, Laura McCreary, Mark Meyers, John Cervenka, Sean Whalen, Christian Roman, Julie DuFine, Amanda Rudolph and Keith Blocker. Animation was
provided by Starburst
Animation, Toon City Animation, and Wang Film Productions.
|The crew outside of X Middle School.|
After two seasons, the series was ultimately cancelled due to low ratings
and was removed from the ABC line-up before it finished its second season. In March
of 2003, Disney Channel added Fillmore! to their line-up, debuting it
with a three-hour primetime marathon. Toon Disney also began
airing reruns that September and eventually played the final five new episodes in
January. Fillmore! continued to air on Toon Disney through its
changeover to Disney XD until the beginning of 2009. Despite its short run, the
show had developed a strong cult following with a loyal fanbase. Although it
hasn’t seen any kind of official home release, the series was made available
for digital download on iTunes
and Amazon in Germany, and later Disney+ in the United Kingdom.
“To Mar a Stall” (9/14/02) – Fillmore and Ingrid go to Randall, a
tagger in solitary detention, for leads on the tagger “STAINLESS” currently
defacing the bathroom renovation project.
“Test of the Tested” (9/21/02) – Someone dressed as the school’s
mascot steals the S.A.T.T.Y. 9 tests and Fillmore and Ingrid have only 48 hours
to recover them before they have to be retaken.
“A Wurm in Our Midst” (9/28/02) – Tony Clementina eagerly accepts
credit for the theft of library books while Ingrid is led to new clues on an
old case that points to Fillmore.
“Cry, The Beloved Mascot” (10/5/02) – Psychic Alistair Greystone holds
the only leads to finding the school’s kidnapped mascot.
“Red Robins Don’t Fly” (10/12/02) – Fillmore learns the outgoing
leader of the Red Robins was an undercover Safety Patrol agent and Ingrid is in
danger of becoming her replacement.
“Next Stop, Armageddon” (11/2/02) – Fillmore and Ingrid are given
convention duty as the train convention is sabotaged and ruined.
“Nappers Never Sleep” (11/9/02) – A reporter is coming to do a story
on Duappy, the longest-living virtual pet, when it ends up stolen.
“Ingrid Third, Public Enemy #1” (11/16/02) – Flashback: Fillmore’s
partner moves away and Ingrid comes to school, becoming a suspect in a giant
stink bomb explosion.
“A Cold Day at X” (11/23/02) – A blizzard and a teacher’s cold leaves
Fillmore alone to defend a math final exam from desperate thieves.
“Masterstroke of Malevolence” (2/15/03) – A museum field trip turns
into a crime scene when someone defaces a famous painting.
“Two Wheels, Full Throttle, No Breaks” (2/22/03) – Derek Minna starts
Boys And Girls Against Scooter Theft who are determined to stop the thefts and
replace the Safety Patrol.
“Of Slain Kings on Checkered Fields” (5/10/03) – Someone is out to get
Checkmatey, a rapper and the school’s best chess player, before he can
participate in the chess tournament.
“A Forgotten Yesterday” (5/17/03) – Fillmore teams-up with his former
criminal partner to track down a stolen case of computer disks.
“The Currency of Doubt” (9/20/03) – Tina and Toby’s smoit stash goes
missing, leading Fillmore to discover Toby’s massive gambling debts.
“The Shreds Fell Like Snowflakes” (9/27/03) – “The Shredder” is going
around shredding people’s projects, and with Vallejo’s second term coming up
he’s determined to stop it.
“Foes Don’t Forgive” (10/4/03) – Reformed thug Linus Santiago performs
a magic trick making Dewey Hubbie’s robotic dog disappear—and he can’t bring it
“South of Friendship, North of Honor” (10/11/03) – Fillmore visits his
old partner at his new school and learns that something is rotten with their Safety
“Immune to All But Justice” (10/18/03) – Counterfeit baseball cards
turn up at the same time the Canadian ambassador visits the school.
“The Nineteenth Hole is a Shallow Grave” (11/1/03) – A past mini-golf
incident haunts Fillmore as he goes undercover to unearth shading dealings
plaguing professional golfers.
“Links in a Chain of Honor” (11/8/03) – Rookie officer Peter Chestnut
has a family legacy to live up to in Safety Patrol, and seems to do so by
closing his first case—or does he?
“The Unseen Reflection” (11/15/03) – Terri and Torrey work on projects
to audition to be in the next book of a popular series, but each one ends up
“Codename: Electric Haircut” (1/2/04) – A girl disappears from the
school entirely while a computer virus is released that can cause major
reputation damage to popular students.
“Play On, Maestro, Play On” (1/9/04) – Gaming mastermind “The Maestro”
will stop at nothing to get the hot new game system The Ultrabox.
“This Saviour, a Snitch” (1/30/04) – Fillmore is framed for the
destruction of Folsom’s statue made out of macaroni.
“A Dark Score Evened” (1/16/04) – Fillmore finds himself having to
protect bullies when they begin to be bullied.
“Field Trip of the Just” (1/23/04) – Fillmore is sent after Eric
Orben, the prime suspect in the poisoning of the Science Department’s tarantula
Originally posted in 2015. Updated in 2020.
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