Like the live-action Get Smart in primetime, Cool McCool was an animated parody of secret agent James Bond for the Saturday morning crowd. The series featured the animated exploits of Cool McCool, a gadget-wielding, trench coat-clad, 007-type who fought against an array of bizarre villains. Unlike the eternally smooth James Bond, however, Cool's dashing looks belied his bumbling manner.
Cool’s boss, Number One, dispensed orders without ever being seen on camera, an idea which predated Charlie’s Angels by a decade. Borrowing from yet another literary source, Number One’s secretary was referred to as Friday.
A recognizable predecessor to Inspector Gadget, Cool used an assortment of gadgets—including a mustache radio—to combat such foes as Greta Ghoul, the Rattler, Madcap, the Owl and the Pussycat, the Jack-in-the-Box and Hurricane Harry. But despite his ineptitude, Cool often earned his name. Driving around in the "Coolmobile," wearing an ascot, and routinely uttering the catch phrase, “Danger is my business,” our hero occasionally rivaled even the Fonz in his level of coolness.
Another segment on the show featured Cool’s dad, Harry McCool. The segment proved the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Harry was a member of the inept Komedy Kops, a knock-off of the old-time Keystone Kops.
Produced by Al Brodax for King Features Syndicate Television.
Cool McCool: Bob McFadden
Harry McCool: Bob McFadden
Number One: Chuck McCann
Friday: Carol Corbett
Jack-in-the-Box: Chuck McCann
Madcap: Chuck McCann
Rattler: Chuck McCann
Hurricane Harry: Chuck McCann
Owl: Chuck McCann
"Big Blowout", "Fine Feathered Friends", "If That Hat Fits", "House That Jack Built", "The Odd Boxes Caper", "Garden of Evil", "Rocket Racket ", "Queen's Ransom", "Big Brainwash", "Shrinking the Slinker", "The Box Fox", "Bagging the Windbag", "Will the Real Coolmobile Please Stand Up?", "Owl on the Prowl", "Snifflin' Snoozen', Sneezin'", "How No Fowl Owl", "Caps and Robbers", "Romantic Rattler", "Jack in the Boxer", "Love is a Gas", "Who Stole My 32 Secret Agents?", "500 Pound Canary", "Fun and Games", "Mother Greta's Wrinkle Remover", "Two Fats and a Fink", "Rock-a-bye for Rattler", "Hi Jacker Jack", "The Wind Goddess", "Hot McHott", "A Growing Problem", "Oh, Say Can You Seed", "What Goes Up Must Come Down", "Birds of a Feather", "The Box Popper", "Owl's Well That Ends Well", "A Tree is a Tree", "Whistler's Mommy Case", "College of Crooks".
Phantom of the Opera House", "Horsehide and Go Seek", "Vanishing Shoehorns", "Pie in Your Eye", "Woodchopper", "Gym Dandy", "Big Top Cops", "The New Car", "Three Men on a House", "Fowl Play", "The Jet Set Yet", "McCool Jazz", "Dog Tired", "High Jokers", "Time Out", "Monkey Dizziness", "Green Dragon", "Lots of Balloony", "Goat Chasers", "In the Dough".
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King Features Syndicate Television (NBC-TV) 1966
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