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Classic Jonny Quest
Jonny Quest Season 1

© 1998-2007, Lyle P. Blosser

Here are links to brief summaries (with some additional comments, including flubs and trivia items) of the original 26 episodes of Jonny Quest from the 1964-65 season on ABC, listed in the order they were broadcast (according to TV Guide). Information on technical details such as production codes, working titles (when known and where different from the final title), original and rerun air dates (according to TV Guide) is included on each individual episode page.

Thanks to Jim Alexander for providing the TV Guide clippings seen on the individual episode pages!

Jonny Quest's place on Television
Jonny Quest debuted on Sept. 18, 1964 at 7:30 pm Eastern on ABC. It remained a Friday night favorite until Dec. 31, 1964 when it was moved to Thursdays at 7:30 pm Eastern. The first episode was "The Mystery of the Lizard Men" and television cartoons were changed forever. The last first-run show ("The Sea Haunt") was aired on March 11, 1965 ; the last prime-time rerun (also "The Sea Haunt") was broadcast on Sept. 9, 1965. But, despite its brief one season initial run, Jonny Quest was far from finished!

Jonny Quest as Classic Television
It's amazing to think that Jonny Quest was only on the air for one season in primetime, but has retained wide interest to this day. Some of that is due to the many seasons of re-runs it has enjoyed. But, why so many re-run seasons? What makes the show a classic? Scroll down for a few thoughts.

Select a link from the list below to see details for the episode.
  1. The Mystery of the Lizard Men
  2. Arctic Splashdown
  3. The Curse of Anubis
  4. Pursuit of the Po-Ho
  5. Riddle of the Gold
  6. Treasure of the Temple
  7. Calcutta Adventure
  8. The Robot Spy
  9. Double Danger
  10. Shadow of the Condor
  11. Skull and Double Crossbones
  12. The Dreadful Doll
  13. A Small Matter of Pygmies
  14. Dragons of Ashida
  15. Turu the Terrbile
  16. The Fraudulent Volcano
  17. Werewolf of the Timberland
  18. Pirates from Below
  19. Attack of the Tree People
  20. The Invisible Monster
  21. The Devil's Tower
  22. The Quetong Missile Mystery
  23. The House of Seven Gargoyles
  24. Terror Island
  25. Monster in the Monastery
  26. The Sea Haunt

What makes the classic "season 1" Jonny Quest so good?

There are quite a few points that, in my opinion, come together to make Jonny Quest such a well-remembered and well-respected show. Rather than discuss those points abstractly, I'll use an episode as an example and use specific content from that episode to illustrate.

The Robot Spy episode has numerous examples of what, IMHO, makes the classic 1964 Jonny Quest series stand head and shoulders above other animated shows (and even some live action shows). This, for lack of any better term, I call "less is more". The show's writers and artists collaborated in the use of dialogue and scene layout to create a world that feels much, much richer than it was drawn. Other shows have attempted to capture this feeling by drawing scenes so full of detail that they appear cluttered and, actually, more unrealistic. Jonny Quest takes the opposite approach, by letting the viewer's imagination fill in the scenes instead. Following are some examples from The Robot Spy episode that show what I mean: It is writing and artistry like this that make Jonny Quest feel so realistic -- and a lot of what we experienced during the show was provided by our imaginations!

Note that there are still lots of details in The Robot Spy, but they are small rather than over-large. Some examples:
The rest of the episodes are full of these details and scene techniques; next time you watch an episode, try to find some -- you'll be amazed at how many there are!

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