Captain Nice is an American comedy TV series that ran from 9 January 1967 to 28 August 1967, Monday nights at 8:30 pm EST on NBC, opposite ABC's The Rat Patrol and CBS's The Lucy Show. The show was an unsuccessful attempt to cash in on the 1966 smash hit ABC TV version of Batman. A similar series on CBS, Mr. Terrific, also aired on Monday nights that season in the 8 pm EST time slot.
|Created by||Buck Henry|
|Theme music composer||Vic Mizzy|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||15|
|Executive producer||Buck Henry|
|Production location||Paramount Studios|
|Cinematography||W. Wallace Kelley|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company||NBC Productions|
|Original release||9 January –|
28 August 1967
Riding the tide of the camp superhero craze of the 1960s, the show's premise involved police chemist Carter Nash (William Daniels), a mild-mannered mama's boy who discovered a secret formula that, when he drank it, transformed him in an explosive burst of smoke into Captain Nice.
Nash called himself "Captain Nice" in his first appearance when a bystander asked him who he was: his belt buckle was monogrammed "CN," and Nash later admitted, "It was all I could think of!" On that occasion the explosion that transformed him blew off most of his clothes, leaving him in long underwear and with the remnants of his shirt suggesting a cape.
Captain Nice didn't behave much differently from Carter. His costume consisted of white pajamas adorned with gold stars, red stripes on the pants, the words "Captain Nice" (initially misspelled "Captin" until a smaller 'A' was added) in blue across the chest, a red-white-and-blue belt with a gold buckle, and an over-sized red and blue cape, all lovingly sewn by his domineering mother who had basically cajoled Nash into his crime-fighting career. In some episodes he wore his regular glasses as Captain Nice, but in others he wore a domino mask, but still wore his glasses over the mask. Despite the kitschy garb, the very sight of Captain Nice somehow struck fear into the hearts of criminals.
His superpowers included superhuman strength, invulnerability and the ability to fly, although Nash had a great fear of heights, and his natural clumsiness increased whenever he drank his super serum.
Carter had a would-be girlfriend in the police department, meter maid Sgt. Candy Kane, although he seemed mostly oblivious to her obvious attentions.
Carter's father, whose face was never seen, was portrayed by one of the films' most prolific character actors, Byron Foulger. In a reverse of Foulger's ubiquity and familiarity in films, his appearances in this series generally found him hidden behind a newspaper and not making a sound.
|Episode #||Episode title||Original airdate||Short Summary|
|1-1||"The Man Who Flies Like A Pigeon" (pilot)||January 9, 1967||Carter tries to explain the importance of his new formula.|
|1-2||"How Sheik Can You Get?"||January 16, 1967||Captain Nice helps rescue a woman from Sheik Abdul.|
|1-3||"That Thing"||January 23, 1967||Caterpillar develops a ravenous appetite and super powers when it accidentally drinks Nice's secret formula.|
|1-4||"That Was the Bridge That Was"||February 6, 1967||Carter searches for con artists who built a faulty bridge and kidnapped Mayor Finley.|
|1-5||"The Man With Three Blue Eyes"||February 20, 1967||A mentalist is kidnapped by thugs who think he can find a fortune in stolen money.|
|1-6||"Is Big Town Burning?"||February 27, 1967||Carter risks being unmasked as Captain Nice in order to reveal the identity of an arsonist.|
|1-7||"Don't Take Any Wooden Indians"||March 6, 1967||Captain Nice prevents a disgruntled explorer from murdering his benefactor.|
|1-8||"That's What Mothers Are For"||March 13, 1967||Carter is dismissed in an economy move, and Mrs. Nash retaliates by stealing his costume.|
|1-9||"Whatever Lola Wants"||March 20, 1967||While trying to stop a jailbreak, Captain Nice is slipped a pill that makes him appear intoxicated.|
|1-10||"Who's Afraid Of Amanda Woolf?"||March 27, 1967||Captain Nice breaks up a potential massacre, so in retaliation the gang invades the Nash home.|
|1-11||"The Week They Stole Payday"||April 3, 1967||Carter discovers that the Bigtown payroll has been replaced with counterfeit money.|
|1-12||"It Tastes Okay, But Something's Missing"||April 10, 1967||Carter Nash lacks the secret formula he needs to turn into Captain Nice in order to prevent a robbery.|
|1-13||"May I Have The Last Dance?"||April 17, 1967||Carter and Sergeant Kane are captured by fur thieves.|
|1-14||"One Rotten Apple"||April 24, 1967||A nightclub owner (played by Bob Newhart) must be protected from potential killers.|
|1-15||"Beware Of Hidden Prophets"||May 1, 1967||Carter is fired when a quack mentalist predicts a criminal will escape from jail.|
Captain Nice was released in Germany by Pidax film media Ltd (AL! VE) on Region 2 DVD on August 5, 2011 under the title Das Geheimnis der blauen Tropfen - Die komplette Serie. Audio is German language only, with no English language option. Episodes are reportedly heavily edited with some only running 14 minutes in length per episode.
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