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If you watched He-Man and Transformers religiously but missed out on Bionic Six (like many of us did since it only aired for two seasons), things are about to get so-LAR!
Bionic Six is one of those '80s cartoons you almost forget about until you see a clip of it somewhere and suddenly have to re-watch the whole series. Secret Agent Jack Bennett, aka Bionic-1, is a human enhanced with bionic powers that the ingenious Professor Sharp had to infuse his entire family with so they could survive an avalanche. With their new bionic powers, they keep saving the planet from evil Dr. Scarab, who kind of looks like you crossed the Gromble from Aaahh! Real Monsters! with human DNA.
By the way, the voice of Dr. Sharp is Alan Oppenheimer, who played Dr. Rudy Wells on The Bionic Woman and The Six Million Dollar Man. Seriously, could you think of anyone more appropriate for this character?
The theme song to this show is enough to make you want to dust off your leg warmers and hi-tops, but did you know one of the Bee Gees was involved in it? That could be why it's so awesome.
Maybe you never even heard of Bionic Six, but you probably do know of at least one show developed by the brains behind it, Ron Friedman. Think My Favorite Martian, I Dream of Jeannie, Fantasy Island, Charlie’s Angels, Starsky and Hutch and a later animation breakout with G.I. Joe and Transformers, plus The Transformers: The Movie.
Professor Sharp couldn't have brought Bionic Six to life without Japanese company TMS, which also animated Adventures of the Gummi Bears and Batman: the Animated Series. Let’s be real here — some of the best animation ever has come out of Japan.
Watch to find out what other secrets from Dr. Sharp's lab will be revealed, and whether the Bionic 6 ever realized they were cartoon characters…
Additional material by Elizabeth Rayne.