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Probing Super Spies

This show aired for one season in 1972 but it sounds really cool! The story revolved around a group called Probe who specialized in finding lost people and things. I was bummed that they didn’t show the super spy gadgetry in the credits but the internet tells me it included cool looking ring scanners, ear implants, and a dental beeper that they could sound to Probe HQ when they couldn’t speak (one beep for yes, two for no). One of the agents was played by Tony Franciosa who later starred in “Finder of Lost Loves.”

Here’s an interesting bit of trivia: The theme song was written by Dominic Frontiere who was arrested for scalping tickets to the 1980 Super Bowl. He got the tickets because his (then) wife owned the LA Rams (I’m guessing they played). He spent nearly a year in federal prison for the crime. He did write a great theme song though. His other credits include the opening theme from “The Outer Limits,” “That Girl,” and “The Flying Nun.” Here’s his theme for “Probe.”

The first secret agents I liked were Steve “Six Million Dollar Man” Austin and Jamie “Bionic Woman” Summers. Oh the happy hours we spent staging super strength fight scenes and trying to figure out how to jump off of stuff in slow motion! As I was writing this post I wondered to myself if bionics actually made that techno percussion sound that we the audience heard every time they activated the cyborg powers. Did you know there are volumes of heated forum discussions related to the topic? Man it’s creepy how obsessed people can get with a TV show isn’t it? I, of course, obsess about absolutely nothing!


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