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Inspector Gadget 

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A bumbling bionic police inspector stumbles about on his cases, while his niece and dog secretly do the real investigative work.
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1985   1983  
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Series cast summary:
Don Adams ...  Gadget / ... 86 episodes, 1983-1985
Frank Welker ...  Brain / ... 86 episodes, 1983-1985
Luc Durand ...  Gadget (French version) 86 episodes, 1983-1985
Don Francks ...  Big M.A.D Agent / ... 65 episodes, 1983
Dan Hennessey Dan Hennessey ...  Chief Quimby / ... 65 episodes, 1983
Greg Duffell Greg Duffell ...  M.A.D Agent / ... 65 episodes, 1983
Patricia Darnot Patricia Darnot ...  Sophie 65 episodes, 1983
Gerard Delmas Gerard Delmas ...  Chef Gontier 65 episodes, 1983
Victor Désy Victor Désy ...  Docteur Gang 65 episodes, 1983
Hadley Kay Hadley Kay ...  Additional Voices / ... 65 episodes, 1983
Cree Summer ...  Penny 64 episodes, 1983
Melleny Melody ...  Amazon Annie / ... 64 episodes, 1983
Jeri Craden Jeri Craden ...  Additional Voices / ... 64 episodes, 1983


Bumbling Inspector Gadget battles the forces of M.A.D. with the aid of the various gadgets he has on his person: pop-up rollerskates, extensible arms, a helicopter-hat, etc. Despite the arsenal at his disposal (which is just as likely to misfire as work properly), Gadget never seems to be able to catch Dr. Claw, the mastermind behind M.A.D. Quite often, in fact, any success that Gadget might have is often caused by his niece Penny and her dog, who Gadget consistently fails to recognize as working incognito on the case. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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It's a case of laughter in the first degree. See more »


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USA | France | Canada | Japan | Taiwan


English | French

Release Date:

12 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inspektor Gadget See more »

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Technical Specs


(86 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The recurring MAD agents in the series actually had names. The names were used by the production staff, though none of their names were spoken on air during the series. The following are the names of the MAD agents followed by a brief description of their appearances.
  • Fred: Large, hulking build, low brow, no visible neck.
  • Dick: Tall, thin, wiry limbs, combed-over hair, pointy nose.
  • Pops: Bald, grumpy old man with a big jaw.
  • Jarvis: Fat, balding middle-aged man with no neck.
  • Bruce: Muscular build, large chin. Resembles Buzz Lightyear.
  • Slick: Slicked-back hair with a goatee.
  • Lenny: Tall and lumbering, has a dopey-looking face with a long nose.
  • Squirt: Short and toad-like in appearance.
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[repeated line]
Dr. Claw: I'll get you next time, Gadget. Next time!
M.A.D Cat: Meeeoww!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits, Dr. Claw says "I'll get you next time Gadget, next time!". Then Mad Cat meows. See more »

Alternate Versions

The pilot episode featured an opening different than the one used in the regular series episodes: Inspector Gadget's siren entered from the left of the screen instead of the right and the buildings had a different look, Gadget had a mustache, different sounds were used in various places, scenes from the pilot were intercut with traditional scenes from the opening, and the title letters fell on a green screen rather than the traditional orange. Completely different end credits were used too: Inspector Gadget performing various heroic and bumbling acts. See more »


Spoofed in Friends: The One Where Chandler Can't Cry (2000) See more »


Inspecteur Gadget
(French Theme)
Written by Shuki Levy & Haim Saban
Performed by Jacques Cardona (as "Apollo")
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User Reviews

Good work, "Gadget"!
12 June 2000 | by Mister-6See all my reviews

Here's your assignment: find another animated policeman who could possibly match Jacques Clouseau for accidents per hour...and happens to be loaded with all kinds of mechanical props.

"Inspector Gadget" makes for the perfect kid's show: lots of slapstick, the kids are the smartest ones in the room, the bad guys are all lunk heads, good always wins over evil and the dog gets all the best scenes. And then, there's Gadget himself.

Logic would dictate that Don Adams should do the voice (after all, he WAS Maxwell Smart!). That sharp, snappy voice was the perfect accent for a character who thought himself right all of the time; no matter whether he was or not.

When searching for clues, foiling the plans of Dr. Claw and his MAD organization with a heroic declaration like "I'm always on duty", accidentally blowing up his Chief Quimby every episode and striking fear into all agents out to destroy him (usually, through no fault of his own), Gadget was always cool, on top of the situation and, even when his first guess was always wrong, his third or fourth guesses made up for them.

His niece Penny was the thinker of the family, though, with her computerized notebook and keen mind for deductive reasoning. She was the main reason her uncle stayed around every episode. And faithful pet dog Brain kept a close eye on Gadget and, even when mistaken for a MAD agent, helped him time and again out of very sticky situations.

Forever alive in syndication, nothing can ever dim the might and power that is "Inspector Gadget". Gadget is, quite simply, THE MAN (main emphasis on the "simply" part)!

Ten stars. Go, "Gadget", go!

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