The adventures of a preteen secret agent who can have any useful skills downloaded into his brain.
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Series cast summary:
Len Jones Len Jones ...  Joe McClaine 30 episodes, 1968-1969
Rupert Davies ...  Professor Ian 'Mac' McClaine 30 episodes, 1968-1969
Keith Alexander Keith Alexander ...  Sam Loover / ... 30 episodes, 1968-1969
David Healy ...  Shane Weston / ... 30 episodes, 1968-1969
Gary Files Gary Files ...  1st Guard / ... 24 episodes, 1968-1969
Jeremy Wilkin Jeremy Wilkin ...  2nd Russian / ... 16 episodes, 1968-1969
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Joe McClaine is a 9-year-old boy whose adoptive father has developed a method of transferring specialist "brain patterns", and hence skills, into his son's mind. As a result, Joe is able to become a test pilot, brain surgeon, etc, as needed. Combined with his innocent appearance, he becomes an agent for the World Intelligence Network. Written by <dferstat@iinet.net.au>

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The worlds smartest secret agent is only 9 years old!


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UK

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English

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29 September 1968 (UK) See more »

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(30 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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According to Gerry Anderson, the plot of Joe 90 was based around Gerry's pre-Supermarionation days when he served as an assistant editor for such films as The Wicked Lady (1945), handling recording tape on a daily basis. While pondering on the blanking and re-use of such tape, Anderson made a connection to the human brain's electrical activities, as he would later explain, "I read somewhere that the human brain is controlled by electrical impulses and how thoughts are stored electronically. I started toying with the story potential of a process that would allow the recording of brain patterns and transferring them to another brain. I was really likening it to magnetic recording, where material could be stored or transferred to another tape." See more »

Alternate Versions

Several episodes were later re-edited into the made-for-video "movie," The Amazing Adventures of Joe 90. See more »

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Follows Thunderbird 6 (1968) See more »

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Evolution of Anderson's puppets
14 April 2009 | by FrankRandleSee all my reviews

I watched a "SuperMarionation" themed day yesterday on the SF TV Channel, comprising episodes of Stingray, Thunderbirds and Joe 90 and it struck me how much Anderson's puppets had evolved from Stingray, through Thunderbirds to Joe 90. Before Joe 90 the puppets looked toy-like with large heads and stunted limbs. However the puppets in Joe 90 have bodies that are correct in all proportions and faces that look human (in fact they look so human the visual effect can be a bit weird). I especially noticed it in scene in a church where the congregation puppets had such lifelike facial features that, for a second, I thought I was watching inserted library stock of human extras but they were all puppets, all with unique human facial features. Gerry Anderson had reached his goal with Joe 90 of having miniature people but it's a pity the scripts were a bit top-heavy with their wish-fulfilment fantasies of many of Britain's oppressed 10 year-old boys.


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