In an attempt to capitalize on the mega-popular Flipper movie, production began on a televised version of the character that wound up being even more popular than the big-screen one. Focusing on the exploits of the famous bottlenose dolphin, the show usually dealt with Flipper stopping criminals and saving his young friend, Bud, from harm.

You would think that these criminals would stop trying to commit these crimes so close to the water after a while, but Flipper isn’t about logic; it’s about a pretty resourceful dolphin. We know that the show was basically an aquatic version of Lassie but it totally worked despite being a blatant rip-off.