Remember that one day when you could wake up without an alarm? When you would get your favorite bowl of cereal and sit between the hours of 8 and 12? This is a blog dedicated to the greatest time of our childhood: Saturday mornings. The television programs you watched, the memories attached to them, and maybe introducing you to something you didn't realize existed. Updated every weekend.
Quest followed the adventures of 11-year-old Johnny (Tim Matheson) as he journeyed
around the world on adventures with his father, scientist Dr. Benton C. Quest (John Stephenson for the first
five episodes, Don Messick
for the remainder), special agent, bodyguard and pilot Roger T. “Race” Bannon (Mike Road) and his adopted
Kolkatan brother, Hadji (Danny
Bravo). Johnny’s dog, Bandit (Messick combined with actual dog barks), was
conceived and designed by animator Dick
Bickenbach as the show’s comedy relief. Together, they investigated
scientific mysteries that typically ended up being the work of various
villains, leading them to fight foes such as robots, monsters, mummies and
dinosaurs. They also had a recurring nemesis in the form of Dr. Zin (Vic Perrin): a yellow-skinned
Asian criminal mastermind (a common depiction with Cold War-era fiction at the
time). The show was the first attempt on television to depict realistic-looking
characters in an otherwise fantastic world. Scenes from the abandoned Jack Armstrong series were recycled in
the end credits and were part of the package Wildey used to sell the show to ABC.
Quest was broadcast in primetime on ABC for 26 episodes. Despite being a
critical and ratings success, the series wasn’t renewed for a second season.
When it entered syndicated reruns in 1967, it became a big money-maker. Reruns
aired on CBS from 1967-70, and NBC from 1971-72, making it one of the few to
air on all three major television networks. It was heavily featured on Cartoon Network from its launch in
1992 through 2003 and was also shown on its sister network Boomerang from 2000-14.