Question: Please tell me I am not insane. I fondly recall a children's show in the '70s that starred chimpanzees as spies and was called Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp. No one I have ever asked remembers this show. Did my overactive imagination make this up? Beth H., Concord, Cal.
Televisionary: If so, it's a communal hallucination since I share it, too. Matter of fact, it's so powerful I even hallucinated about having a Lancelot Link lunchbox in second grade. (I also busted the glass thermos liner in that made-up memory twice, I think.)
Yes, Lancelot Link was a real show. So real, in fact, that the producers used real chimps as actors in the spoof, which pitted good-guy spy Lance and the agents of A.P.E. (Agency to Prevent Evil) against the evil-doers of C.H.U.M.P. (Criminal Headquarters for Underworld Master Plan). Lance's simian version of Maxwell Smart's Agent 99 was a sidekick named Marta Hairi, while the show's chief villain (C.H.U.M.P.'s leader) was Baron von Butcher. (And who can forget Evolution Revolution, the all-chimp band featured on the show?)
After debuting in September 1970 on ABC, Lancelot Link ran for two years.