Question: I vaguely remember a show from the early '70s called Kids from C.A.P.E.R. I don't remember what it was about or who was in it. No one else I know remembers the show at all. Can you help? Sandy
Televisionary: That I can, Sandy. The Kids From C.A.P.E.R. (Civilian Authority for the Protection of Everybody, Regardless), which ran on NBC's Saturday-morning schedule for a year beginning in September 1976, was a Monkees-like show featuring a team of talented teens who fought crime and sang pop songs. Matter of fact, it was produced by music man Don Kirshner, who worked with the Monkees, with singing and tunes from the talent behind the Archies.
The group included frontman P.T. (Steve Bonimo), Doc (John Lansing), Bugs (Cosie Costa) and Doomsday (Biff Warren), each of whom possessed special abilities (superstrength, the ability to talk to animals the usual types of things to get you into your typical school's gifted program) to help with the task at hand. The C.A.P.E.R. kids took their marching orders from Chief Vinton (Robert Emhardt), and received guidance from a talking shark. Not odd enough for you? They also drove around in their Big Bologna van, which sported a big wiener on top of it.
Please don't ask me to explain or justify the above. I was a mere kid at the time, and didn't question any of it.