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Our journey back to watch the first episodes of classic, forgotten or just plain weird TV shows

Auto Pilot: Captain N

To get ready for the retro gaming awesomeness going on at AVGC this weekend, we headed back to 1989 for the Nintendo mashup Captain N which, along with The Super Mario Bros Super Show, was part of Nintendo’s all out pop culture domination in the late 80’s and into the 90’s.
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Auto Pilot: Sonic the Hedgehog

The second Sonic cartoon from DiC, Sonic the Hedgehog took things a little more seriously than the Tex Avery inspired Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and pitted Sonic (Jaleel White) and a band of freedom fighters up against Dr. Robotnik (Jim Cummings) and his robotic army.
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Auto Pilot: Rambo: The Force of Freedom

Presumably taking place after First Blood Part 2, Rambo: The Force of Freedom finds everyone’s favorite one man army taking on the evil General Warhawk and his band of colorful evil doers as they try to take over the world.
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Auto Pilot: Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys

Airing in 1997, Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys pitted the titular crew of primates, who gain enhanced intelligence from a mysterious alien race, against Nebula, a living black hole who wants to destroy the universe and remake it in his own image.
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Auto Pilot: Thunder in Paradise

Closing out our month of vehicular action for Auto Pilot is 1994’s Thunder in Paradise, which featured Hulk Hogan as ex-Navy SEAL “Hurricane” Spencer, who along with his buddy Bru (Chris Lemmon), develops a high-tech power boat nicknamed Thunder that they use to take on various villains in the water around Florida.
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Auto Pilot: Cobra

American Ninja’s Michael Dudikoff starred in this 90’s syndicated show as Scandal Jackson, an ex-Navy SEAL who is recruited by the mysterious Cobra agency to be their field agent and help people the criminal justice system has failed.
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Auto Pilot: Street Hawk

A $3 million high tech crime fighting motorcycle, Street Hawk took on crime with former motorcycle cop Jesse Mach (Rex Smith) at the helm, taking on a drug dealing Christopher Lloyd in the first episode.
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Auto Pilot: Viper

Created as basically an advertisement for the new Dodge Viper SR 1, Viper debuted on NBC in 1994 and followed a special task force in the fictional future city of Metro City, where Project Viper is created to help stop the evil crime syndicate The Outfit with a souped up, gadget filled muscle car.
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Auto Pilot: Knight Rider

Our look at TV first episodes is back for the summer and we’re celebrating ridiculous vehicular action shows all month, kicking things off with the classic 80’s show Knight Rider, where The Hoff and a robotic car voiced by Mr. Feeny patrolled the backroads of America fighting for justice.
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Auto Pilot: Samurai Jack

Setting the tone for incredible action and masterful visual storytelling right off the bat, the first episode of Samurai Jack features the return of the evil demon wizard Aku, Jack’s lifelong training around the world and what was supposed to be the first and final battle between the two foes.
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