In the 1960s, a certain sleek ocean animal took the TV ratings by storm. It was "Flipper," a series about a bottlenose dolphin that finds danger and adventure all over the sea. How much do you remember about "Flipper"?
"Flipper" has been called the "Lassie" of the sea. It's all about the adventures of a bottlenose dolphin that helps people.
"Flipper" takes place in Florida, at a fictional park called the Coral Key Park and Marine Preserve.
Porter Ricks is the head of Coral Key Park and Marine Preserve. He's also Flipper's loving owner.
Porter is the hard-working, conscientious chief of the preserve. And he's also a good father to two sons, Bud and Sandy.
Flipper isn't some dumb fish. He's a super-intelligent mammal who has a strong bond with his human family, and he'll do anything to keep them safe.
The "Flipper" concept has legs -- the Miami Seaquarium is still putting on a Flipper-themed show, even after all of these years. So now you know where to get your dolphin fix.
He convinces Sandy to dive into an old shipwreck, but the boys become trapped --%0D oh no! Fortunately, Flipper is smarter than the humans and manages to save them.
Bud is the (sometimes brainless) younger brother who accidentally winds up in dangerous situations. But because he and Flipper have such a close relationship, the dolphin often saves the boy.
In 1963 a movie called "Flipper" ignited a surge in dolphin-related stories, and then the film was adapted into a TV series.
Male dolphins are often more aggressive than females, so it was the latter that typically played the role of Flipper.
Porter's wife died, leaving him as the sole parent of Bud and Sandy. He's portrayed as a better-than-average human being, one who always thinks before he acts.
Pete the Pelican makes numerous appearances in the show. But of course, he's no Flipper -- he's just a minor cast member.
Bud is the little brother, and he's often getting into trouble, often because he doesn't think about the consequences of his actions. That means Flipper frequently has to save him.
Sandy is mostly responsible, trying to emulate his smart, wonderful father. But sometimes he's prone to boyish mistakes.
Porter and Ulla go exploring in a small sub, which subsequently breaks down underwater. Flipper must save them before they run out of oxygen.
The shark attack victim is dying, and the rescue team accidentally drops the blood overboard. But Flipper saves the day by retrieving the bag of blood from the ocean bottom.
As if finding a car on the ocean bottom isn't strange enough, Bud becomes more concerned about another detail -- there are bullet holes in the windshield.
Hap is the old guy who tells tall tales. Bud and Sandy are often transfixed by Hap's fanciful yarns.
The family takes the boat into the shallow areas of the Everglades, and Flipper follows. But he's stranded, and he's faced with a life-threatening situation.
Ulla is just an oceanographer. And in spite of the fact that she and Porter are both single, they never really start a relationship.
Flipper uses a series of dolphin cues, like chattering and head nodding, to get the attention of adults who can help whoever is in danger.
Bud is ecstatic when Flipper brings him a pile of money. But all sorts of trouble ensues when the cash turns out to be counterfeit.
In "The White Dolphin," Flipper finds a rare white dolphin ... but so does a poacher. Flipper must help the creature escape capture.
A scientist is stung by a rare venomous fish and his life is in danger. Have no fear! Flipper leads Porter to the rescue.
The family is in need of some down time, but there's a convicted killer loose on the island. The Ricks must fight to stay alive ... with a little help from Flipper.
In "Dolphin for Sale," a poacher wants to catch Flipper and put him in the circus. The boys and their father must save the day.
Flipper finds an old coin and gives it to Bud. The coin turns out to be incredibly rare, and it sparks a flood of treasure seekers in the park.
Poachers capture Flipper and take him to a marine exhibit hundreds of miles from home. Somehow, Flipper must escape to freedom.
In this episode, sharks overrun the park. It's a dangerous time for Flipper, and a marine scientist is brought in to investigate the situation.
Bud and Sandy were growing boys, and they grew out of their parts. So they were written out of the show, which didn't last much longer, anyway.