Psychedelic late 60s visuals and sound from the esteemed Gerry & Sylvia Anderson team. A 9 year old boy who undergoes brain washing to undertake deadly spy missions? Could they get away with it today? I guess its ‘children’ are the likes of the Robert Rodriguez ‘Spy Kids’ trilogy (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spy_Kids_trilogy), and the Charlie Higson ‘young James Bond’ novels (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young_Bond). Joe 90 didn’t match the success of Thunderbirds & Captain Scarlet (it was limited to one series of 30 episodes), and was the last of the classic ‘Supermarionation’ filmed Anderson productions (see here for a fuller explanation of Supermarionation).
Joe 90 Wiki entry;
A huge (and very nice looking) fansite;
The mighty Fanderson site provides a list of episodes, with a lot of other resources;
The whole series of Joe 90 is available as a DVD boxset.
The next Gerry Anderson production was ‘The Secret Service’, of which I will write about at a future date.