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 Flipper - The Original Series, Season 1


Show Type: Adventure

First Telecast: September 19, 1964

Last Telecast: September 1, 1968

Broadcast History:

September 1964 - September 1967, Saturday 7:30-8:00 on NBC

January 1968 - June 1968, Sunday 6:30-7:00 on NBC

June 1968 - September 1968, Sunday 7:00-7:30 on NBC


Porter Ricks..... Brian Kelly

Sandy Ricks..... Luke Halpin

Bud Ricks..... Tommy Norden

Hap Gorman (1964-1965)..... Andy Devine

Ulla Norstrand (1965-1966)..... Ulla Stromstedt


Porter "Po" Ricks was the chief ranger of Coral Key Park, Florida, responsible for protecting both the game fish and the skin divers in the park. A widower, he lived with his two children, 15-year-old Sandy and 10-year-old Bud, in a cottage near the shore. The real star of the series was the boys' pet dolphin, Flipper, who was both friend and helper in their weekly adventures. The stories generally revolved around Flipper and his two young companions, with Bud involved more often than Sandy. Also regularly seen during the first season was Hap Gorman, an old marine carpenter with endless numbers of stories about sea life and adventures. During the second season, Ulla Norstrand, an attractive oceanographer, was a regular character.

The role of Flipper was played by a dolphin named Suzy