Now on DVD: Inspector Gadget the Original Series


Synopsis: A compilation of the first 22 episodes from the Inspector Gadget cartoon that ran from 1983 to 1986.

What I liked about this DVD: My wife and I both grew up with this show and I wanted the opportunity to share part of our childhood with my daughter. What I didn’t expect was for her to love the series as much as we did.

The great thing about this show is it is a cartoon that I can feel safe letting my daughter watch. The violence is limited (at least compared to some of the cartoons currently on TV) and the situations the bumbling detective gets himself into are both funny and yet somewhat educational at the same time (the episode she saw last night had lessons about safety around trains).

What I didn’t like about this DVD: Like many cartoons from this time period, some of the material is a bit dated. And, if you are watching the cartoons as an adult, the plots will seem a predictable at times. The animation is also going to be a bit weaker than some of the newer cartoons.

Final opinion: If you grew up watching this series and have young kids of your own now, this is a DVD set I recommend buying.

On a scale from one to 10: I would give this a 9.