Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp


Dayton Allen Lancelot and various other voices
Joan GerberMarta Hairi and various other voices
Steve HoffmanVarious voices
Bernie Kopell Various voices
Malachi ThroneThe Narrator and various voices

Air Dates:

On ABC, from 9/12/70 - 9/2/72

Number of Episodes:


Plot Synopsis:

In a world where there are chimpanzees instead of humans, Lancelot Link was one of the top agents of A.P.E. (Agency to Prevent Evil), an secret organization that protected the world from evil wrongdoers. Link's partner was Marta Hairi and his supervisor was Commander Darwin. A.P.E.'s evil counterpart was C.H.U.M.P. (Criminal Headquarters for Underworld Master Plan), an evil organization bent on world conquest. Baron Von Butcher was the evil leader of C.H.U.M.P. and was assisted by other evil apes including Creto, Wang Fu, the Duchess, Ali Assa Seen, and Dr. Strangemind. Most episodes consisted of Lancelot and Marta Hairi fighting the evil members of C.H.U.M.P..

Besides the main story, the chimps also appeared in musical segments of the show as the psychedelic Evolution Revolution (they even released an album).


Like Get Smart, Lancelot Link was a parody of the various spy movies and series that were popular in the mid-sixties through early seventies. The main difference between the two is that Get Smart used humans for all of the characters, while Lancelot Link used trained chimpanzees. Besides providing various evil voices on this show, Bernie Kopell also played Conrad Siegfried on Get Smart and went on to play Dr. Bricker on the Love Boat.

During the first season, the show was an hour long and featured Warner Brothers' cartoons. For the second season, the show was cut back to a half hour and only featured the Lancelot Link segments.


(May 2012) Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp re-released on DVD.

The new version is being put out by Film Chest, who worked with Lancelot Link producer Allan Sandler and ABC to re-release the show from the original masters. This new release is a 3 disc Collector's Edition with a behind the scenes documentary including Allan Sandler, producer, Bob Emenegger, the original music director, Diane Bernard's and Jeff Krulik's "I Created Lancelot Link" documentary, and Lancelot himself (the original Lancelot has been at the Wildlife WayStation living in retirement).

To go along with the release, there is now an official Lancelot Link site, along with Twitter and Facebook accounts:!/LancelotLink70

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(May 2009) Lancelot Link episodes available through You Tube.

Episode List:

There's No Business Like Snow Business - The Lone A.P.E. / Missile Beach Party - The Mysterious Motorcycle Menace / The Great Beauty Contest - C.H.U.M.P. Takes a Holiday / To Tell the Tooth - The Great Brain Drain / The Great Double Double Cross - Lance of Arabia / The Doctor Goes A.P.E. - The Surfin' Spy / The Missing Link - Bonana / The Greatest Chase in the World - The Reluctant Robot / The Royal Foil - The Great Great Race / The Great Plane Plot - Landlubber Lance / The Temporary Thanksgiving Turkey Truce - The Dreaded Hong Kong Sneeze / The Great Bank Robbery - The Sour Taste of Success / The Baron's Birthday Ball - The Golden Sword / The Chilling CHUMP Chase - The Spy Who Went Out in the Cold / Too Many CHUMPs - The CHUMP Code Caper / Weather or Not - The Evolution Revolution / The Great Water Robbery


The Evolution Revolution
Theme in Spanish

Opening theme (Real Video)

Closing theme (Real Video)

The Evolution Revolution perform (Real Video)

The entire Evolution Revolution album at TV Party(Real Video)

Images/Screen Captures:

(click on images for larger versions)

Lancelot Link
Mata Hairi
Commander Darwin
The Baron
Dragon Lady

Ali Assa Seen
Dr. Strangemind
Wang Fu
Lancelot & Mata


Lancelot Link Official Site

0fficial Lancelot Link Twitter Account

0fficial Lancelot Link Facebook Account

Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution at TV Party

I Created Lancelot Link at TV Party

Lancelot Link at the IMDB

Lancelot Link at the Jump the Shark


On May 29, 2012, a new, more complete and remastered version of the series was released as a 3 DVD set. Besides the 17 episodes, the set includes a documentary on the series.

On June 13, 2006, a 2 DVD set of 13 Lancelot Link episodes was released. Order it through Amazon.

Previously, six volumes of the show have been released on DVD and VHS. Each one contains two half hour episodes.

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Unlike most of the non-Krofft series, Lancelot Link has had a healthy life in syndication and cable, with runs on both Nick at Nite and TV Land, as part of the ill-fated Super Retrovision Saturdaze line up.

For more information on how to find episodes of this, or other Saturday morning series, go here.

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