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Mr. Terrific Power Pill - The fantasy situation comedy MR. TERRIFIC/CBS/1967 starred Stephen Strimpell as Stanley Beemish, a "weak and droopy daffodil" of a gas station attendant who was recruited by Barton J. Reed (John McGiver) from the Washington-DC-based Bureau of Special Projects to test a "Power Pill."

The pill made the "strongest men ill" but transforms Stanley Beemish into Mr. Terrific, a powerful flying superhero who was impervious to harm.

Mr. Terrific - Before

Stanley Transforming

Stanley Transformed into Mr. Terrific

Stanley swallows the Power Pill and turns into Mr. Terrific

Donning a baggy costume with goggles, cape, and a scarf, Stanley battled crime for the government in between pumping gas for the citizenry of Washington, D.C.

Each Power Pill gave Stanley super powers that lasted for one hour. But if needed, Stanley could swallow two more pills and boost his powers for a total of an additional 40 minutes. But after that Stanley retuned to normal and sometimes at the most inopportune situations.

To make the foul-tasting Power Pill more appetizing, it was candy coated. For safety, Stanley is limited to consuming a maximum of three pills per day.

The Power Pill (whose formula is top secret) was the by-product of an experiment supervised by Dr. Reynolds (Ned Glass), a government scientist who sought to find a cure for the common cold.

Cast of 'Mr. Terrific"

Mr. Terrific Title Card


A scientist both wise and bold
Set out to cure the common cold
Instead he found a power pill
Which he said most certainly will
Change a lamb into a lion
Like an eagle he'll be flying
Solid steel will be like putty
It'll work on anybody.

Then it was found this power pill
Made the strongest men quite ill
So the secret search began
To find the one and only man
Who can take this power pill specific?
And turn into the most prolific, terrific,
Mr. Terrific!

What they found made them squeamish
For only Stanley Beamish
A weak and droopy daffodil
Can take this potent power pill
That sent him soaring through the skies
Fighting foes and fighting spies.
When he took the pill specific,
He became the most prolific, hydrolific,
Mr. Terrific!

Mr. Terrific Flying

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