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"Gentlemen, I give you W.I.N.'s most special agent - Joe 90."

Nine-year old Joe McClaine may look like an ordinary schoolboy, but when he dons his special glasses and enters the B.I.G. R.A.T. – Brain Impulse Galvanoscope Record And Transfer - he can take on the brain-patterns of virtually anyone, becoming a top test pilot, an astronaut, a racing car driver, an aquanaut or even a brain surgeon. When the B.I.G. R.A.T.’s inventor, Professor Ian 'Mac' McClaine, shows the device to his friend, Sam Loover, it is not long before the scientist and his adopted son are approached by Sam’s boss, Shane Weston, the director of the World Intelligence Network. Shane explains to the professor how his nine year-old adopted son, Joe, can become W.I.N.’s most special agent - and so begins the start of Agent 90’s daring adventures…

Created by the prolific husband and wife team of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, ‘Joe 90’ featured the more ‘realistic’ puppets as seen in its predecessor, ‘Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons’. However, instead of the usual square-jaw heroes such as Captain Scarlet, Troy Tempest or the International Rescue team, the star of this show was more close to home, as the producers wanted a character that their viewers would more readily identify with. Unfortunately, the idea that children would want to identify with what is essentially a know-it-all swot in glasses fell a bit flat, and the show was not as popular as the Andersons’ previous successes. That being said, each episode was packed with action and adventure, hi-tech gadgetry and vehicles, and the seriously psychedelic imagery and mega groove-tastic theme tune that accompanied Joe each time he went into the B.I.G. R.A.T. machinery is arguably one of the most memorable sequences in television history.

Personally, I always thought it rather disturbing that three grown men would be so eager and irresponsible to send a nine-year old boy into the midst of such dangerous and life-threatening missions – but then, Joe was adopted, so Mac could always just get another one…

Joe 90 - Season 1

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