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    Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels (1977-1980) was a Saturday morning cartoon created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears and produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. It was originally broadcast on ABC as part of the programming block Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics, which also included Scooby-Doo, Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, and Laff-A-Lympics.

    Captain Caveman's powers include super-strength, a variety of useful objects hidden inside his fur, and a club that allows him to fly and from which pops out different tools he uses to fight crime. His trademark is his battle cry of "Captain CAAAAAAAVEMAAAAAAAAANNNN!!!!" Captain Caveman's voice was provided by Mel Blanc.

    Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels centres on the mystery-solving adventures of the Teen Angels (cowardly brunette Brenda Chance, seductive blonde Taffy Dare and brainy African-American Dee Dee Sykes) and their friend Captain Caveman (or Cavey for short), a prehistoric caveman whom the girls discovered and thawed from a block of ice. The concept and general plot for the show was seen as a parody of Charlie's Angels. It also borrowed heavily from other Hanna-Barbera shows such as Scooby-Doo and Josie and the Pussycats, among others.

    The show remained part of the Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics block through 1979. In March 1980, Cavey and the girls were given their own show. There were 40 total episodes of Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels that were produced (16 in 1977-1978, 8 in 1978-1979, and 16 in 1979-1980).

    Starting in the fall of 1980, Captain Caveman began to star in segments of his own in The Flintstones Comedy Show, one of many spin-offs of Hanna-Barbera's popular prime-time show The Flintstones, often in a role similar to that of Superman. Captain Caveman worked at the same newspaper where Betty and Wilma worked. His "secret identity" was Chester, the office boy. To disguise himself as Chester, Captain Caveman wore a pair of glasses and a tie. Despite the simplicity of his disguise, he required a coat rack and an elaborate transformation sequence to become Captain Caveman.

    In 1986, Captain Caveman appeared in a backup segment of The Flintstone Kids called Captain Caveman...and Son! with his son, Cavey Jr. In this case he appeared on a show-within-a-show that the younger versions of Fred, Barney, Wilma, and Betty enjoyed watching. The whole "secret identity" idea was also ignored or forgotten.

    Captain Caveman and Cavey Jr. later appeared on Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, where Cavey Jr. was expelled from school because his existence proved the Theory of Evolution.

    Like other cartoon shows produced in the 1970s, the Hanna-Barbera laugh track was added to the soundtrack of Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels.


    (Courtesy of Wikipedia)