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  • 1964
  • 4 Seasons
  • 6.3  (2,843)

Flipper is a classic American television series that was originally aired on NBC from 1964 to 1967. The show was produced by Ivan Tors and starred the handsome Brian Kelly in the lead role. The protagonist of the series is Flipper, a bottlenose dolphin who resides on the idyllic Coral Key Park in the Florida Keys with his human family, the Ricks.

The show revolves around Flipper and his interactions with his human companions, particularly young Sandy Ricks, played by Luke Halpin, and his older brother Bud Ricks, played by Tommy Norden. The Ricks family is involved in various adventures that involve Flipper in some form or the other. Flipper is always ready to help the Ricks family in their adventures, whether it is saving them from dangerous situations or just entertaining them with his playful antics and friendly personality.

Flipper is a favorite of fans of all ages, especially children, who are mesmerized by the dolphin’s intelligence, playfulness, and adorable looks. The show not only highlights Flipper's wonderful underwater abilities but also focuses on the Ricks family's camaraderie with him. The show provides a wholesome family experience, teaching important values such as compassion, responsibility, loyalty, and conservation.

The Coral Key Park, where Flipper lives, is an idyllic setting that features crystal clear waters, palm trees, and a lighthouse that serves as the residence for Porter Ricks, the patriarch of the family, played by Andy Devine. Porter’s role is integral to the show as his love for Flipper and his family provides the anchor for the show's values.

In each episode, the Ricks family, along with Flipper, finds themselves facing danger. The situation often involves an environmental threat, such as an oil spill or a contaminated water supply. Flipper’s role becomes crucial in these situations as he assists the Ricks family in combating these threats.

The show is also known for its theme song, which is catchy and memorable, and for Flipper's signature dolphin call, which is often used when he's communicating with the Ricks family.

Flipper was an instant success and became a cultural phenomenon of the 60s, inspiring a whole generation of kids to learn more about marine life and sea conservation. It was the first TV series to showcase a dolphin and paved the way for other animal-themed TV shows in the future.

The show was so successful that it spawned two feature films, 'Flipper' (1963) and 'Flipper's New Adventure' (1964). Flipper’s popularity also led to several spin-off comic books, toys, and other merchandising items.

Brian Kelly played the role of Mike Ricks, Porter’s son, in the series. Kelly, a sturdy and debonair actor, had previously acted in movies such as The Young Philadelphians (1959) and Inherit the Wind (1960). His charm, good looks, and excellent acting skills made him a popular choice for the lead role in Flipper. His on-screen chemistry with the dolphins, and Halpin, who played his younger brother Sandy, made the show all the more enjoyable.

In conclusion, Flipper is a classic TV show that has stood the test of time. Its timeless appeal, wholesome values, and the lovable character of Flipper continue to make it a favorite among audiences of all ages. The show is a must-watch for anyone who loves animals, sea creatures, and values the importance of conservation.

Flipper is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (164 episodes). The series first aired on September 19, 1964.

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Flipper: The Dreaming
27. Flipper: The Dreaming
July 1, 2000
Flipper is stranded in a tidal lagoon. As the tide recedes, Jackie falls ill, and Flipper's situation is revealed to her in a nightmare.
Flipper: Prodigal Father
26. Flipper: Prodigal Father
July 30, 2009
When Courtney's father goes missing, she is forced to deal with some long-hiding feelings about him.
Flipper: Destiny
25. Flipper: Destiny
June 10, 2000
Coutney and Jackie help a young girl who is desperately trying to avoid an arranged marriage.
Flipper: The Survivor
24. Flipper: The Survivor
July 30, 2009
Alex and Holly find a raft adrift with a woman aboard.
Flipper: Re-Educating Rita
23. Flipper: Re-Educating Rita
July 30, 2009
Flipper brings a sick dolphin to the Institute, placing the other dolphins at risk.
Flipper: Mystery Ship
22. Flipper: Mystery Ship
July 30, 2009
Holly and Delaney discover a haunted yacht.
Flipper: Mr. Mom
21. Flipper: Mr. Mom
April 15, 2000
The Hamptons are put to the test when Alex is called away to a Naval camp. Tom is left alone to take care of the kids while Alex braves a grueling mission.
Flipper: Kidd's Treasure
20. Flipper: Kidd's Treasure
July 30, 2009
When Alex goes to naval camp, Tom tends the family.
Flipper: Going Solo
19. Flipper: Going Solo
July 30, 2009
A solo yachtswoman learns an important lesson about human nature.
Flipper: Message In A Bottle
18. Flipper: Message In A Bottle
July 30, 2009
Jackie finds a romantic poem in a bottle. With Audrey, she sets out to find the poet, who turns out to be an attractive older man.
Flipper: Cap in Love
17. Flipper: Cap in Love
July 30, 2009
Audrey surprises Cap by arranging a reunion with an old flame. His nerves prompt him to create a whole new image for himself.
Flipper: The Inquiry
16. Flipper: The Inquiry
February 19, 2000
When a routine rescue mission goes awry, Delaney is held responsible.
Flipper: Class
15. Flipper: Class
February 12, 2000
A mysterious jet-skier causes havoc in the canals of Bal Harbor. Tom is faced with a moral dilemman when the suspect's father begins to shower him and his family with gifts.
Flipper: Black Dolphin
14. Flipper: Black Dolphin
July 30, 2009
A series of dolphin attacks occur in the waters of Bal Harbor and all fingers seem to point at Flipper.
Flipper: Waterworld
13. Flipper: Waterworld
January 15, 2000
A diver looking for Atlantis saves Courtney.
Flipper: Princess Weekend
12. Flipper: Princess Weekend
July 30, 2009
Susie runs away from Princess Weekend.
Flipper: Night to Remember
11. Flipper: Night to Remember
July 30, 2009
Tom and Alex mark their anniversary
Flipper: Free Diving
10. Flipper: Free Diving
July 30, 2009
Holly and Courtney help a diver try for a world free diving record.
Flipper: Hurricane
9. Flipper: Hurricane
November 13, 1999
Aphrodite goes into labor during a hurricane.
Flipper: Nickels and Dimes
8. Flipper: Nickels and Dimes
July 30, 2009
Chris befriends an elderly man who mourns the son that drowned at sea.
Flipper: Blind Faith
7. Flipper: Blind Faith
October 16, 1999
Tom loses confidence after a rescue attempt fails.
Flipper: Spring Break
6. Flipper: Spring Break
July 30, 2009
Courtney learns the perils of drinking.
Flipper: Saving Tom
5. Flipper: Saving Tom
January 1, 2009
An emergency call comes through while Tom and Chris are diving.
Flipper: The Wish
4. Flipper: The Wish
September 18, 1999
A dying girl's one wish.
Flipper: Helping Hands
3. Flipper: Helping Hands
January 1, 2009
While diving, Holly's life is put in danger by her friend's panic attack.
Flipper: One Perfect Day
2. Flipper: One Perfect Day
January 1, 2009
Joey falls overboard while learning to sail a catamaran.
Flipper: Wreck Of The Zephyr
1. Flipper: Wreck Of The Zephyr
January 1, 2009
Courtney runs away from home after a fight with her mother.
Where to Watch Flipper
Flipper is available for streaming on the MGM website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Flipper on demand at Amazon Prime and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 19, 1964
  • IMDB Rating
    6.3  (2,843)