Throwback Thursday: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Wants to Bring Back ‘Flipper’

Julia Louis-Dreyfuss
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From Seinfeld to The New Adventures of Old Christine, and now HBO’s Veep, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus certainly knows what it takes to make a hit show. So, even though the comedian was joking when she talked about the idea of bringing back Flipper, it gave us a glimmer of hope. Or at least a reason to belt out the theme song and watch old clips on YouTube.

With the actress up for her thirteenth Emmy nomination, tying legend Lucille Ball for the most performance nods, the Associated Press asked her and several other nominees to share their favorite TV shows. Louis-Dreyfus, 51, said hers was Flipper, which aired when she was just a tot, between 1964 and 1967.

"Talking dolphin. How can you beat it?" she said. "Well, sort of talking. It communicated. A dolphin who beats the bad guy every week. I think we should redo that. I think I'm going to pitch that. That's my new HBO show: 'Flipper: Part II.'"

If you’re too young to remember Flipper — or the reruns that ran for years after it was cancelled — it featured a clicking bottlenose dolphin who was the companion of the warden of the fictional Coral Key Park and Marine Preserve in South Florida and his two young sons, Sandy and Bud.

Flipper, as Louis-Dreyfus said, wasn’t just any dolphin. His Lassie-like qualities helped with finding thugs in the park and rescuing young Bud from danger on more than one occasion.

Since Louis-Dreyfus was just dreaming aloud about Flipper, we’ll leave you with a clip of everyone’s favorite clicking character.


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