About the Series
Genre: British Supermarionation
First Transmission: 1968-1969
Dedicated Fansite: Bigrat.co.uk
Joe 90 was a sci-fi Supermarionation series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.
The series follows the adventures of a nine-year-old boy, Joe McClaine. Joe pursues a double life as a superspy when his scientist father invents a device ( the BIGRAT ) capable of duplicating expert knowledge and experience and transferring it to a human mind. Equipped with the skills of the foremost academic and military minds, Joe is recruited by the World Intelligence Network (WIN).
A live-action film adaptation of Joe 90 has been considered more than once since the 1960s but has never been realised.
Best Episode [ S1 Ep14 ]
Business Holiday – Joe is sent in to destroy an Army base that has been taken over by enemy forces.
29 December 1968
Worst Episode [ S1 Ep30 ]
The Birthday – It is Joe’s 10th birthday, but Mac has already gone to town before Joe wakes up and won’t be back until late.
20 April 1969
Full Episode Guide
Blue episodes rated above par.
Brown episodes rated below par.
The Most Special Agent (1968) –
Professor Ian McClaine completes his work on the BIG RAT, to WIN agent Sam Loover.
Hi-jacked (1968) –
Joe attempts to thwart Mario Coletti, a ruthless arms runner who sells weapons to the highest bidders.
Splashdown (1968) –
Joe must stop the organisation responsible for the kidnapping of two electronics experts before time runs out for him and his father.
International Concerto (1968) –
Joe takes on the persona of a famous pianist.
Operation McClaine (1968) –
A neurosurgeon is injured, so Joe must save the life of a novelist.
Big Fish (1968) –
A submarine malfunctions in enemy waters and Joe must remove it to prevent political carnage.
Relative Danger (1968) –
Joe becomes an expert explorer to save three miners.
The Unorthodox Shepherd (1968) –
There are unusual disturbances surrounding a church crypt in the days leading up to Christmas.
King for a Day (1968) –
Joe poses as the heir to a Middle Eastern throne as WIN tries to rescue the real prince from kidnappers.
Business Holiday (1968) –
Joe has to destroy an enemy base taken over by rogue forces.
Most Special Astronaut (1968) –
Joe attempts to neutralise Mario Coletti, a ruthless arms runner who sells weapons to the highest bidder.
Three’s a Crowd (1969) –
Joe intervenes when it seems that there is more to Mac’s new girlfriend than meets the eye.
Double Agent (1969) –
Joe unintentionally receives the brain patterns of a double agent.
Arctic Adventure (1969) –
A nuclear bomb needs to be removed from the Arctic.
The Fortress (1968) –
Joe has to rescue a fellow WIN agent from an impregnable stronghold.
Project 90 (1968) –
Mac is kidnapped.
Colonel McClaine (1968) –
Joe has to transport a dangerous chemical across Africa.
Lone-Handed 90 (1969) –
With the BIG RAT out of action, Joe dreams of life as a sheriff in the Wild West.
The Race (1969) –
Joe is given his father’s brain pattern and they share a dream,
The Professional (1969) –
Joe infiltrates a castle to retrieve a dictator’s gold bullion.
Talkdown (1969) –
Joe takes the place of an injured test pilot.
Breakout (1969) –
A pair of convicts threaten to kill the country’s prime minister unless they are given a generous ransom.
Child of the Sun God (1969) –
World leaders are left paralysed after being attacked with poison darts.
Trial at Sea (1969) –
Joe is given the brain pattern of a terrorist.
Viva Cordova (1969) –
Joe must act as a bodyguard to a new, democratically elected president.
Attack of the Tiger (1969) –
Joe pilots a new fighter-bomber to destroy a nuclear weapons base before a device is placed in orbit to hold the world to ransom.
Mission X-41 (1969) –
Joe tries to steal the antibody for a deadly virus before it can be used to attack the West.
Test Flight (1969) –
Joe investigates whether the crash of a prototype spaceplane was an accident or sabotage.
See You Down There (1969) –
An exploitative businessman is compelled to change his ways after he is bewildered by Joe 90’s multitude of brain patterns.
The Birthday (1969) –
Joe reaches his tenth birthday and celebrates with his friends as they reminisce over his many adventures.