Do You Remember the TV Series about the talking Orangutan, “Mr. Smith”?


In 1983, NBC television networked aired a short-lived series about and Orangutan, who after ingesting some experimental drugs, becomes super intelligent. Rechristened “Mr. Smith”, the intelligent ape becomes a political consultant and moves to Washington DC (So…Mr. Smith goes to Washington). Sadly despite a rabid young fan in suburban New Jersey and an Emmy nomination, the show never managed to find an audience and was canceled after just 13 episodes.

The show did an interesting thing to try to promote itself. They got themselves a 900 number and charged people to call in and hear a message from Mr. Smith. I would like to say that I did not get suckered into calling, but I probably did. Who could resist this pitch?


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