Saddle Rash/CARTOON NETWORK (Adult Swim)/2002 (No Arms)
Slim (Sam Seder), an armless gunfighter seeks revenge on Tommy Morgan (H. Jon Benjamin) an outlaw hiding out near a small town in the Old West.
Before his final encounter with Tommy Morgan, Slim meets and falls in love with Hanna Headstrong (Sarah Silverman), a local rancher’s daughter.
When Slim meets two of Morgan’s loud-mouth outlaws in a saloon, Slim tells the big guy that he has a message for him, but it is under his hat. When the big guy lifts off Slim’s hat, he head-butts the big guy and knocks him out. Consequently, the man’s partner draws on Slim who kicks the gun from his hand and kicks him in the crotch.
The series only ran one episode.
See also – Saddle Ranch Cartoon clip @ YouTube
THE X-FILES/FOX/1993-2002 (Missing Arm & Color-Blind)
Alex Krycek (Nicholas Lea), Soviet double agent working with C. G. B. Spender, a.k.a. the Cigarette Man (William B. Davis), a mysterious operative under orders from a shadowy organization called The Syndicate.
On the episode “Terma” Krycek lost his left arm escaping villagers who tried to help him from being a test subject at the Russian chain gang excavating rock from Tunguska, Russia.
Krycek is responsible for terminating both William Mulder, the father of FBI agent Fox Mulder and Melissa Scully, the sister of FBI agent Dana Scully.
Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) is red-green colored blind as revealed in episode “Wetwired.”
THREE STOOGES (Crippled Foot & Disabled Arm/Hands)
Curley (Jerome “Babe” Howard), the zany, bald-headed character who made up a third of the Three Stooges comedy act.
Early in life, Curley was accidentally shot in the ankle. His injury never quite healed and so Curley walked with an exaggerated gate which he utilized for comedy effect in his many film shorts.
Larry Fine, the frizzy-haired member of the Three Stooges was also injured in childhood.
Once, Larry inadvertently was going to drink from a bottle that contained acid. Luckily, his father knocked the bottle from Larry’s hand but some of the acid scalded Larry’s hands. As therapy to loosen up his injured arm, Larry took violin lessons . He later incorporated the violin into his vaudeville act.
TATE/NBC/1960 (Injured Arm)
Tate (David McLean), a one-armed gunfighter who roamed the American frontier of the 1870s. He was a casualty of the Civil War (The Battle of Vicksburg in May 1863).
Tate lost the use of his left arm when an explosion shattered it. Finding it difficult to obtain work, Tate became a drifter/gunfighter.
Marshall: How long’s it been?
Tate: Ten years.
Marshall: The war and then some. Where’d it happen?
Tate: Vicksburg. I didn’t run fast enough, Morty.
Marshall: You’re home, son. What do you think of it?
Tate: The same. A little smaller, a little dirtier. Just a memory, Morty, it doesn’t exist any more.
Tate’s left arm was encased in a sheath of black leather stitched up with rawhide lacing that ran from his fingers to his elbow. His right gun arm was lightning swift and could “shoot five times without reloading.”
SPECIAL UNIT 2/UPN/2001-02 (Missing Hand)
Captain Richard Page (Richard Gant), a no-nonsense black veteran cop with a missing hand who leads a secret division of the Chicago Police Department known as Special Unit 2.
The Captain’s prosthetic hand was once stolen by Carl the Gnome, who later came to work for SU2.
SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN/ABC/1974-78 (Injured Arm, Legs, Eye)
Colonel Steve Austin (Lee Majors), USA Astronaut badly injured in the crash of an NASA experimental moon-landing craft at Edwards Air Force Base in the California desert.
Coming to his aid was a special government project headed by Dr. Rudy Wells (Martin Balsam/Alan Oppenheimer/Martin E. Brooks) who had perfected a series of artificial limbs/organs that could reconstruct Steve Austin’s body into a Cyborg…part machine, part human.
Narrator: Steve Austin. Astronaut. A man barely alive.
Oscar Goldman: Gentlemen…we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first Bionic Man.
Narrator: Steve Austin…..will be that man. Better than he was before. Better. Stronger. Faster.
The operation replaced Steve’s right arm, both his legs, and a left eye. After adjusting to his new body, Steve’s new legs enabled him to run at incredible speeds; his new arm with his nuclear power source gave him the strength of a bulldozer; and his new eye not only approximated but transcended normal vision. The price tag for this operation was six million dollars.
With his new special abilities, Steve (a.k.a. “The Bionic Man”) worked for the government Office of Scientific Information (OSI) headed by Oscar Goldman (Richard Anderson) and battled the enemies of America.
Month’s later Steve’s girlfriend Jaime Sommers (Lindsay Wagner) was injured in a sky diving accident. With Steve’s intervention, OSI equipped her with artificial legs, a right arm and right electronic ear.
Unfortunately, Jaime died after her body rejected her bionic parts but she was brought back to life via cryogenic suspension methods as THE BIONIC WOMAN/ABC/NBC/1976-78 (The Bionic Woman’s catalog number was 87312.) The resulting trauma to her body left her with no memory of having known her fiancé Steve. Jaime, too, eventually worked for the OSI in between teaching school in Ojai, California.
Others to benefit from bionic technology included:
- Andy Sheffield, The Bionic Boy (Vincent Van Patten), a paralyzed teenager who had both legs replaced.
- Maximillian “Max” the Bionic Dog, a German shepherd injured in a laboratory fire equipped with a bionic jaw and four bionic legs at a cost of $1 million (Max became Jaime’s pet)
- Barney Miller (Monte Markham), a bionically rebuilt race driver. Barney Miller was given nuclear-powered parts in a 1974 episode. He was the only living man stronger than Steve Austin.
The SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and THE BIONIC WOMAN were inspired by the novel “Cyborg” (1972) written by Martin Caiden.
Steve Austin is THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN
In 1987, the NBC network aired the TV movie THE RETURN OF THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN AND THE BIONIC WOMAN (5/17/87) with Lee Majors and Lindsay Wagner reprising their roles to save America from a group of mercenaries.
The movie introduced Steve’s son, Michael Austin (Tom Schanley) from an earlier marriage who sustained major injuries when his Air Force jet malfunctioned/crashed during his solo flight. Again, at the insistence of Steve, the OSI reconstructed his son and fitted him with a microchip computer in his chest, a new bionic right arm, 10 artificial ribs, reinforced spine, a laser equipped right eye and two new bionic legs. Due to the advances in technology, Michael was even faster than Jamie and Steve.
The movie also featured a happy ending with Jamie regaining her memory of her love for Steve. At the end of the movie they walked arm-in-arm toward a happier future.
The TV movie THE BIONIC SHOWDOWN (4/30/89) again teamed Steve and Jaimie with a new bionic woman named Kate Mason (Sandra Bullock) to battle a renegade cyborg.
Note: Other TV shows have featured bionic entities:
- The espionage adventure A MAN CALLED SLOANE/NBC/1979-80 costarred. Torque (Ji-Tu Cumbuka), a 6-foot 5-inch black secret agent with a bone-crushing stainless steel (in reality aluminum) bionic hand equipped with drills, saws, lock pick, laser beam and even a radio transmitter whose antenna doubled as a spear.
- The low-budget sci-fi movie Cyborg (1966) written by Arthur C. Pierce starred Michael Rennie as Garth, a cyborg who came from the future to destroy a mind controlling device that would in years to come reign supreme as a tool of a vicious totalitarian government.
- The animated CYBORG-BIG “X” told the story of Cyborg Big X, (aka “Akira”), a robot body with the brain of a human which battled criminals. The cartoon was adapted from a Japanese comic strip Big X created by Osamu Tezuka. The program debuted in Japan in 1964-65 and was syndicated in 1967.
- In 1987, an animated sci-fi program called THE BIONIC SIX featured the adventures of two bionic parents and their four multi-racial adopted children who fought crime.
See also: The Bionic Woman
SABER OF LONDON/NBC/1957-60 (Injured Arm)
Mark Saber (Donald Gray, a.k.a. “Eldred Tidbury”), a one-armed former chief Inspector of Scotland Yard turned private detective.
The original Mark Saber (Tom Conway), a dapper police detective with a British accent, worked for a large American city homicide squad on MARK SABER/ABC/1951-54.
When the character was resurrected, on a series variously called THE VISE, SABER OF LONDON and DETECTIVE’S DIARY run on ABC & NBC from 1955-60, our English copper was suddenly transformed into a one-armed private detective based in London who chased crooks throughout the streets of Europe.
Donald Gray (who died in 1978) lost his left arm during the invasion of Normandy. He was proficient in Judo and reportedly once caused a riot in a BBC studio when he blew a kiss to his female fans.
THE RACING GAME/YTV/1979-1980 (Injured Hand)
Sid Halley (Mike Gwilym), a champion steeplechase jockey destroys his left hand in an accident and discovers a new career as a detective.
Urged by his aristocratic father to get his life back on track, Sid struggles to succeed in his new endeavor as a private eye. With help from friend and martial-arts expert, Chico Barnes (Mick Ford), Sid infiltrates the cutthroat world of British horseracing and brings down those who would corrupt it.
The series is based on the novel Odds Against and other stories written by former jockey and bestselling author Dick Francis. These six mysteries aired on Britain’s ITV in 1979-80, and came to the U.S. via PBS’s Mystery! series in 1980.
THE OBLONGS/FOX/2001 (Armless/Legless and other Abnormalities)
(Cartoon Voices) The Oblong family lives in Hill Valley, a toxic valley downstream from an industrial waste site.The program’s theme song explains the plight of the Oblongs as follows:
“Oblongs! Oblongs! Down in the valley where a chemical spill came from the people living up on the hill, there’s a family by the landfill with hazardous foam, in their happy glowing home. Oblongs!”
The Oblongs consist of:
- Bob (voice of Will Ferrell), the pipe-smoking father who has no arms and nor legs but who is just filled with a zest for life
- Pickles Oblong (Jean Smart), Bob’s bald wife who wears a wig and has addiction problems with alcohol-and-tobacco
- Biff and Chip (voices of Jason and Randy Sklar), the arguing twin sons who share three legs and three buttocks;
- Beth (voice of Jeannie Elias), 4-year-old daughter who has a penis-like growth protruding from her head;
- Milo (voice of Pamela Segall Adlon), the youngest one-eyed-one haired son who has all sorts of emotional and behavioral problems;
- Grammy, Bob’s mother who is a vegetable.
- The family pets include Milo’s narcoleptic dog, Scottie; and the chain-smoking family cat.
The Oblongs, just your average American family coping with life’s ups and downs, were inspired by characters from the adult-oriented children’s book “Creepy Susie and 13 Other Tragic Tales for Troubled Children” by Angus Oblong.
A MAN CALLED SLOANE/NBC/1979-80 (Prosthetic Hand)
Torque (Ji-Tu Cumbuka) is a 6-foot 5-inch black spy with a bone-crushing stainless steel (in reality aluminum) bionic hand equipped with drills, saws, lock pick, laser beam and even a radio transmitter whose antenna doubled as a spear.
Torque worked for UNIT, a counter-intelligence agency located behind “The Toy Boutique.” His partner was Thomas Remington Sloane, III (Robert Conrad).
EFFIE, the organization’s main computer (short for the E.F.I. Model 3000), supplied information to its agents via a sexy female voice (Michele Carey).
Torque and Thomas fought the criminals of KARTEL, a sinister organization.
Note: In the pilot episode “Death Ray 2000” the character of Torque was a villain who stole a heat ray that dehydrated victims. Robert Logan played the role of Thomas Remington Sloane III.