Benji, Zax & the Alien Prince

“At last, your highness… Planet Earth!”

We all know how much Saturday morning cartoons ruled our lives in the 80s, but there was plenty of live-action Saturday morning fun, too (and not only of the Pee Wee Herman variety).

Take, for instance, 1983’s Benji, Zax & the Alien Prince, a short-lived show that aired at 11am on CBS, beginning in September.

Starring everyone’s (at the time) favorite mutt Benji, the show centered around young Prince Yubi from the distant (waaaaay distant) planet of Antars, which had been recently overrun by the evil Zanu.

Yubi fortunately escaped, along with his trusty robot sidekick Zax, to Earth where (natch) the first creature they meet is the lovable Benji.

Of course young Yubi couldn’t just escape and spend his days chilling by the pool with a bag of Bugles and a Pepsi–– no… he had to be constantly on the lookout for those dastardly Antarian bounty hunters Khyber and Darah, who also had their own droid Zord and spent their days tracking his highness in their creepy black van.

And just how, do you ask, did young Yubi survive on Earth? Well, it’s because he had his trusty cipher (bracelet), which endowed him with the magical power to breath Earth air.

Alas, Benji, Zax & the Alien Prince wasn’t long for this world; it was canned after only 13 episodes, but for those of us who made it appointment viewing every Saturday, well… was there anything better?

Seriously–– it’s Benji and it’s aliens! And that’s a win-win in our book, any day of the week.

We ♥ Benji, Zax & the Alien Prince.

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~ by weheart80s on April 5, 2012.

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