This early 1970s series was basically ''Series/GetSmart'' [[RecycledInSpace with Chimpanzees]] (and in fact was created by two of that show's writers).
Lance Link and his partner, Mata Hairi, are agents of A.P.E. (the Agency to Prevent Evil), led by Commander Darwin. They oppose the sinister plans of CHUMP, whose members include Baron Von Butcher and his chaffeur Creto, [[DragonLady the Dragon Woman]] and her assistant Wang Fu, MadScientist Dr. Strangemind, evil sheik Ali Assa Seen and the Duchess.
Lance and Mata are also part of a rock group called the Evolution Revolution, who are always introduced by [[Series/TheEdSullivanShow Ed Simian]].
Airing on ABC, the first season included a selection of Warner Bros. cartoons which up to then had not been screened on TV (mainly the "Dork Age" cartoons with the Daffy/Speedy pairing along with Cool Cat, Merlin the Magic Mouse, and Bunny & Claude).
The technique of lip-syncing chimpanzee actors was already well-known in Britain because of its use in a long-running series of tea commercials.
!!This series contains examples of:
* DragonLady: Dragon Woman
* FakeBand: Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution
* FunWithAcronyms: A.P.E. is the Agency to Prevent Evil; C.H.U.M.P. is the Criminal Headquarters for Underworld Master Plan.
* GrandeDame: The Duchess.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Baron Von Butcher is [[Series/GetSmart Siegfried]]![[note]]Indeed, Bernie Kopell based his portrayal of Baron Von Butcher on Siegfried as if he were running KAOS.[[/note]]
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Several episodes were titled "The Great ______."
* PunnyName: The Evolution Revolution segments were introduced by "Ed Simian".
** There's also Lance's partner Mata "Hairi".[[note]]Remove the first "i", and you'll understand...[[/note]]
** Lance and Mata's boss is named "Darwin" ("What's your theory, Darwin?")...
** Von Butcher's chauffeur is named "Creto" supposedly a pun on "cretin".
** One of CHUMP's agents is the Arab-themed "Ali Assa Seen". See what they did there?...
** Another CHUMP agent is named [[Film/DrStrangelove "Dr. Strangemind"]].
* TalkingToHimself: Bernie Kopell not only voiced Baron Von Butcher, he also voiced his chaffeur/henchman Creto.
* YellowPeril: Wang Fu.