September 1974 - September 1976, ABC
ho would suspect that mild-mannered
Penrod Pooch was Hong Kong Phooey, crime fighter extraordinaire
and hero of the people? As a cover, Penrod (called "Penry" by
his co-workers) was employed as a janitor at the city police
station, where his hair-brained inventions and other crazy
schemes often landed him in hot water with Sergeant Flint.
But by working at the station Penry was privy to incoming calls
taken by Rosemary the telephone operator. When there was trouble Penry dashed through a secret door behind one of the vending
machines and into a room that contained a filing cabinet, which
he used to change into his crime fighting costume. Inevitably,
the filing cabinet got stuck and the police station cat,
Spot, would have to let the newly changed crime fighter
extraordinaire and hero of the people, Hong Kong Phooey, out.
Accompanied by Spot, Hong Kong Phooey then
leaped through a back window and into a dumpster where the
"Phooeymobile" was hidden. By ringing a gong the Phooeymobile
could be transformed into any type of transportation that was
Generally, every clue to a crook's
whereabouts escaped Hong Kong Phooey and crimes were committed
under his very nose. It was up to Spot to point out any illegal
activity, although this was difficult for the cat because he
couldn't speak and had to do his best to point out what should have
been obvious to his heedless partner. When Hong Kong Phooey
finally went into action - often consulting his 'Hong Kong Book
of Kung Fu,' which was supposed to serve as a crime fighting
guide, but never offered any appreciable help - he would
showcase an incredible array of inept blundering that could in
no way be mistaken for the actions of a crime fighting champion.
But in the end, either by sheer accident or more commonly
through the efforts of Spot, the crooks were captured. Without
exception, Hong Kong Phooey was oblivious to anything that had
actually transpired and would be convinced that he had
single-handedly caught the crooks - a feat he then proudly
professed to the repeated chagrin of Spot.
Sgt. Flint showed up to take the
felons into custody Hong Kong Phooey always got credit for
saving the day. This also served to foster a not-so-secret crush
Rosemary had for Hong Kong Phooey, never suspecting that her
hero was in fact her everyday work associate, Penry.