Captain Nice

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Captain Nice
GenreComedy
Created byBuck Henry
StarringWilliam Daniels
Alice Ghostley
Ann Prentiss
Theme music composerVic Mizzy
Composer(s)Vic Mizzy
Jerry Fielding
Country of origin United States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes15
Production
Executive producer(s)Buck Henry
Producer(s)Jay Sandrich
Location(s)Paramount Studios
CinematographyW. Wallace Kelley
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)NBC Productions
Broadcast
Original channelNBC
Original run9 January 1967 – 28 August 1967
 
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Captain Nice
GenreComedy
Created byBuck Henry
StarringWilliam Daniels
Alice Ghostley
Ann Prentiss
Theme music composerVic Mizzy
Composer(s)Vic Mizzy
Jerry Fielding
Country of origin United States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes15
Production
Executive producer(s)Buck Henry
Producer(s)Jay Sandrich
Location(s)Paramount Studios
CinematographyW. Wallace Kelley
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)NBC Productions
Broadcast
Original channelNBC
Original run9 January 1967 – 28 August 1967

Captain Nice is an American comedy TV series that ran from January–May 1967 on NBC. Riding the tide of the camp superhero craze of the 1960s, the show's premise involved police chemist Carter Nash (William Daniels), a mild-mannered mama's boy who discovered a secret formula that, when taken, transformed him into Captain Nice.

Captain Nice didn't behave much differently from Carter. In fact, the good Captain ran around in a pajama-like costume sewn lovingly by his mother. Carter selected the name "Captain Nice" since he already had items monogrammed "CN." His superpowers included the ability to fly, but he was nervous about doing so as he was afraid of heights.

Carter had a girlfriend in the police department, Sgt. Candy Kane. Candy looked like the typical meter maid, but there was something about her that attracted Carter—not to mention Captain Nice.

The series was created by Buck Henry, who was a co-creator of the hit series Get Smart. The show's premise is similar to that of CBS's Mister Terrific, which preceded Captain Nice on Monday nights.

Ann Prentiss, younger sister of actress Paula and sister-in-law of actor Richard Benjamin, played Candy.

Alice Ghostley played Carter's mother. She later won fame as neighbor Bernice on the comedy Designing Women. She also played the klutzy nanny Esmerelda on Bewitched.

Carter's father, never seen in face, was portrayed by one of the movies' most prolific character actors, Byron Foulger. In a reverse of Foulger's ubiquity and familiarity in movies, his appearances in this series generally found him hidden behind a newspaper and not making a sound.

Episode list

Episode #Episode titleOriginal airdateShort Summary
1-1"The Man Who Flies Like A Pigeon" (pilot)January 9, 1967Carter tries to explain the importance of his new formula.
1-2"How Sheik Can You Get?"January 16, 1967Captain Nice helps rescue a woman from Sheik Abdul.
1-3"That Thing"January 23, 1967Caterpillar develops a ravenous appetite and super powers when it accidentally drinks Nice's secret formula.
1-4"That Was the Bridge That Was"February 6, 1967Carter searches for con artists who built a faulty bridge and kidnapped Mayor Finley.
1-5"The Man With Three Blue Eyes"February 20, 1967A mentalist is kidnapped by thugs who think he can find a fortune in stolen money.
1-6"Is Big Town Burning?"February 27, 1967Carter risks being unmasked as Captain Nice in order to reveal the identity of an arsonist.
1-7"Don't Take Any Wooden Indians"March 6, 1967Captain Nice prevents a disgruntled explorer from murdering his benefactor.
1-8"That's What Mothers Are For"March 13, 1967Carter is dismissed in an economy move and Mrs. Nash retaliates by stealing his costume.
1-9"Whatever Lola Wants"March 20, 1967While trying to stop a jailbreak, Captain Nice is slipped a pill that makes him appear intoxicated.
1-10"Who's Afraid Of Amanda Woolf?"March 27, 1967Captain Nice breaks up a potential massacre, so in retaliation, the gang invades the Nash home.
1-11"The Week They Stole Payday"April 3, 1967Carter discovers that the Bigtown payroll has been replaced with counterfeit money.
1-12"It Tastes Okay, But Something's Missing"April 10, 1967Carter Nash lacks the secret formula he needs to turn into Captain Nice in order to prevent a robbery.
1-13"May I Have The Last Dance?"April 17, 1967Carter and Sergeant Kane are captured by fur thieves.
1-14"One Rotten Apple"April 24, 1967A nightclub owner (played by Bob Newhart) must be protected from potential killers.
1-15"Beware Of Hidden Prophets"May 1, 1967Carter is fired when a quack mentalist predicts a criminal will escape from jail.

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