Saturday, December 20, 2014

Captain Nice

Captain Nice was an American comedy TV series that ran from 9 January 1967 to 28 August 1967 on NBC. Reruns aired on Ha! (aka Comedy Central) in 1991.

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 taken, transformed him in an explosive burst of smoke into Captain Nice.

Captain Nice didn't behave much differently from Carter. In fact, the Captain ran around in a white, red, and blue pajama-like costume, complete with cape, lovingly sewn by his domineering mother who had basically bullied him into his crime-fighting career. Carter selected the name Captain Nice since he already had items monogrammed "CN." His superpowers included superhuman strength, invulnerability and the ability to fly, but he was nervous about doing the latter as he was afraid of heights, and his natural clumsiness was increased exponentially 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. The series was created by Buck Henry, who was a co-creator of the hit series Get Smart.

Ann Prentiss, younger sister of actress Paula and sister-in-law of actor Richard Benjamin, played Candy.

Alice Ghostley played Carter's mother. She later won fame as neighbor Bernice on the comedy Designing Women. She also played the forgetful Aunt Esmeralda on Bewitched.