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A spoof of science fiction films and TV series, these are the adventures of Adam Quark, captain of a United Galactic Sanitation Patrol ship. His cohorts include Gene/Jean, a "transmute" with male and female characteristics; a Vegeton (a highly-evolved plant-man) named Ficus; and Andy the Android and Betty and Betty (who always argue over who's the clone of the other). Based at Space Station Perma One are Otto Palindrome and The Head. Though Quark is supposed to stick to his sanitization patrols, he and his crew often meet adventure with such colorful space denizens as the evil High Gorgon (head of the villainous Gorgons), Zoltar the Magnificent, and Zargon the Malevolent.
The cancellation of Quark after a mere eight episodes makes us ponder yet again the existence of intelligent life in the television universe. Created by Buck Henry, who with Mel Brooks, sent up the spy genre with Get Smart, this quite funny 1978 series spoofs space operas like Star Trek and Star Wars. Richard Benjamin stars as Adam Quark, an "ordinary human," who commands a United Galaxy Sanitation Patrol ship. His mission: "To boldly seek out grime and grit, to collect the uncollectible space baggie, and to always leave the area cleaner than when I found it." His eccentric crew includes Ficus (Richard Kelton), a Spock-like Vegeton; Gene/Jean ("Timothy" Thomerson), a male/female "transmute"; the gorgeous, hot pantsed navigators Betty I and Betty II (Cyb and Patricia Barnstable, who gained commercial fame as the Doublemint Twins), one of which is a clone; and Andy; the cowardly robot. The hapless Quark yearns for greater adventures, but gets no votes of confidence from bureaucrat Otto Palindrome (a pre-Mork & Mindy Conrad Janis), who administers Space Station Perma One as the behest of the behemoth The Head (Alan Caillou). Proceed with warp speed past the pilot episode. The series really takes off with the second episode, "May the Source Be With You," featuring the voice of Hans Conreid as the galaxy's supposed greatest weapon, but, that, after 200 years of inaction, is a little rusty. The Force may not be entirely with the cheesy-looking Quark, but, like Mel Brooks' When Things Were Rotten, this dimly remembered curiosity rates rediscovery. May it live long and prosper on DVD. --Donald Liebenson
Stills from Quark – The Complete Series (click for larger image)
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The special effects are enjoyable, but the stories and comedy is a little weak for my taste. Others may enjoy this attemp of Spaceballs-type series, but I didn't.Published 8 months ago by nicefunguy
The show is very funny. You never know what you can find in space.
Space adventurers fly around rescuing princesses and saving worlds with a dedicated crew and enough red shirts so they can kill off enough extras and not miss them. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ace Rimmer
Get this for your nerdiest sci-fi friend and have a binge-watching viewing party with this one. This series was a great parody of TOS Star Trek but also of Glen Larson's "Buck... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mark Paul Suszko
This TV program did not last anywere near long enough to go into syndication -- you usually need about 100 episodes to make the cut with syndicators. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Quality Control
My sister has wanted this for along line so I got it for her for her birthday. It was like new and promptly delivered. She was so happy and surprised.Published 21 months ago by Animal lover
Laughed my ass off. Saw it on tv decades ago. Never hoped I'd own it! Wow, this is great. I even get episodes that weren't aired. What jerks the networks are. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Happy Feet
You can see so many things wrong with what we thought the future was going to be... Fun to watchPublished on August 22, 2013 by C. Quirk
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not much of a fansite but more than I expected for Quark and I have bookmarked
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Yes I remember it. Thought it was a very smart comedy.
That is probably why it was canceled!
Richard Benjamin was the director and went on to direct several movies and TV projects.
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