'Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp (Authorized Edition)'
(Bernie Kopell, Dayton Allen, Joan Gerber, Steven Hoffman, et al / 3-DISC DVD / NR / (1970) 2012 / Film Chest)
Overview: In the spirit of Get Smart, ABC s action-adventure/comedy spy series (1970-72) aired Saturday mornings, starring a cast of chimpanzees whose performances were dubbed with human voices, including those of Dayton Allen, Joan Gerber, Steven Hoffman and The Love Boat s Bernie Kopell, among others.
DVD Verdict: In 1970, ABC aired a different type of show, starring CHIMPANZEES!! (not one human was seen). Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp was a spy spoof (influenced by James Bond, Get Smart, and a little Humphrey Bogart, since Lance sounded like him). This originally aired as an hour long series (not as the half hour versions seen on Nickelodeon and TV Land years back.)
This series aired at the same time as CBS' Sabrina and The Groovie Goolies (same time slot at 9am). I didn't catch this show until TV Land aired it as part of their Super Retrovision Saturdaze line-up in 1999. Keep in mind, this show aired 6 years before I was born, so I couldn't catch it in it's glory.
As for this series, it's funny and charming at the same time. It is harmless, stupid fun with music the Evolution Revolution. Yes, all chimps and familiar voice from the Love Boat Bernie Kopell. What a wonderful blast from the mod, mod past! I'm not finished with it yet (special features), but I'm glad I've got the complete set here to review. What you get is ALL 17 eps, with excellent bonus features. This is a Widescreen Presentation 1.85:1 enhanced for 16x9 TVs.