[[caption-width-right:250:"Stand by for action!"]]

->''"Anything can happen in the next half-hour!"''

->''"It dives under the sea, into the world below''\\
''Where beauty and mystery can always be found''\\
''It dives fearless and free, chasing the strangest foe''\\
''But against all adversity, sails homeward '''BOOOOOOUND!"''''''

'''''Stingray''''' is a children's marionette television show, created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, that ran from 1964-65. Stingray was also the first British television programme to be filmed entirely in colour (the earlier series ''The Adventures Of Sir Lancelot'' had been made in colour from halfway through its run thanks to Creator/{{NBC}} money - although British TV viewers wouldn't get colour television until 1967).

Set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, the show's focus was the day-to-day adventures of the crew of [=WASP=], the '''W'''orld '''A'''quanaut '''S'''ecurity '''P'''atrol (why, [[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant what [=WASP=] were]] ''[[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant you]]'' [[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant thinking of]]?), a Californian naval organization dedicated to keeping the world's waters free of any danger -- in particular, any danger caused by the Aquaphibians, a race of evil [[HumanAlien fish-men]]. Helping them to lead the way is Captain [[AlliterativeName Troy Tempest]], who pilots the titular Stingray submarine alongside George Lee "Phones" Sheridan (so named because he operates the ship's hydrophones).

The organization falls under the direction of Commander [[AlliterativeName Sam Shore]], who as a result of a submarine accident is now confined to a [[SuperWheelChair hoverchair]] around the base. His daughter is Atlanta Shore, the assistant communications officer who loves Troy Tempest from afar.

Tagging along with the two pilots is a mute, [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent tail-less]] mermaid by the name of Marina. It's revealed AllThereInTheManual that she is actually forbidden by her ruler Titan to ever speak (if she does so, he will destroy her people). Unfortunately for Atlanta, Troy [[MermaidProblem seems to be attracted to her.]]

All of the underwater sequences were shot dry-for-wet by filming the puppets or models through narrow water tanks containing small fish and bubble machines, and using lighting effects to give an underwater look.

A compilation movie of the series, ''Invaders from the Deep'', was the very first film ever riffed in ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', in its local-access season on KTMA-TV23 in Minneapolis.

It has nothing to do with [[Series/{{Stingray 1985}} the American '80s series of the same name]].


* AbsenteeActor: Marina in "In Search Of The Tajmanon," and ''Stingray'' itself in "Marineville Traitor."
* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: Commander Shore's opening theme call-to-arms [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E06cNv55jTs "STAND by...for ACTION!"]]
* AlienInvasion: "The Invaders".
* AllJustADream: "The Cool Cave Man," "Tom Thumb Tempest" and "Raptures Of The Deep" (that's right, they did it ''three times''!). [[spoiler: In the last-named it's more of a hallucination, but it still counts.]]
* ApparentlyHumanMerfolk: Marina and some of the Aquaphibians, others of the species are more FishPeople.
* AsianRudeness: Two episodes - "Star of the East" and "Eastern Eclipse" - focused on the incredibly rude (and extremely deluded) Arabic [[spoiler: sometimes]] despot El Hudat.
* AtlantisIsBoring: Thoroughly averted throughout.
* TheCameo: In "Raptures Of The Deep," Marina speaks for the only time onscreen with the uncredited voice of Sylvia Anderson. [[spoiler: Too bad it's only in Troy's oxygen-starved imagination.]]
* CompilationMovie: Two, under the umbrella title ''Super Space Theater''.
** ''The Incredible Voyage of Stingray'', featuring the episodes "Stingray," "Plant of Doom," "Count Down, and "The Master Plan," in 1980.
** ''Invaders of the Deep'', featuring the episodes "Hostages of the Deep," "The Big Gun," "Emergency Marineville" and "Deep Heat," in 1981. Notable for being the first movie featured on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' (''ever'').
** A third one was put together to be shown for Japanese television executives, with framing footage bridging "Stingray," "An Echo Of Danger," "Raptures Of The Deep" and "Emergency Marineville." Said footage was later used as the basis for "The Reunion Party," shown on Creator/{{BBC}}4 as part of a Gerry Anderson celebration.
* CoolBoat: Stingray.
* CryptidEpisode: One episode has the crew shipped to Scotland to find the Loch Ness Monster.
* CuteMute: Marina. According to the audio adventure "Marina Speaks" a curse was put on her race by Titan so if any of them ever spoke, another of them would die.
* DamselInDistress: Atlanta and Marina, in several episodes.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Marineville's buildings could be retracted underground in an emergency.
* EndingTheme: [[SillyLoveSongs "Marina...aqua Marina...what are these strange enchantments that start when ever you're near?"]]
* FrenchJerk: The titular character of "The Man from the Navy", who drives Troy to distraction with his arrogance and need to prove the Navy's superiority.
* HumanAliens: Some of the Aquaphibians, including the love interest Marina, are quite human in appearance, despite their aquatic origins.
* JumpingFish: Performed by two ''submarines'' in the opening credits: [[http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/sabredelamar/vlcsnap-211824.png Stingray itself, followed by the Aquaphibian's "Terror Fish" craft]]. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome It's pretty damn impressive.]]
* LoveTriangle: Troy, Atlanta, and Marina.
* MovingBuildings: All of the buildings in Marineville can be lowered underground on hydraulic jacks in case of an attack. This idea also surfaced in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
* MusicalEpisode: "Tune of Danger" and "Titan Goes Pop".
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Surface agent X20, who sounded like Creator/PeterLorre, though his appearance was based on Claude Rains. Troy Tempest was modelled on James Garner, and Marina on Brigitte Bardot.
** X20's voice actor, Robert Easton[[note]] one of the few actual Americans to provide voices for Anderson shows - on ''Stingray'' Don Mason and Lois Maxwell both hailed from Canada while Ray Barrett was Australian, with David Graham the only British regular[[/note]], [[TalkingToYourself also did the voice of]] Phones, who was an {{Expy}} of Sparks (played by Easton) from the Creator/IrwinAllen movie ''Film/VoyageToTheBottomOfTheSea''.
* PunnyName: Atlanta Shore, Marina, Troy Tempest, Lt Fisher; also, the Titanians worship the living fish-god Teufel (German for "Devil"), and their [[TheAlcatraz maximum security prison]] is named [[IncrediblyLamePun Aquatraz]].
* SmallNameBigEgo: El Hudat, and ''how''.
* SoundToScreenAdaptation: Inverted with a series of original cast 'audio adventures', originally released on vinyl and included as DVD extras (and also released on CD by Fanderson, the official Gerry Anderson fan club).
* StockFootage: Notably on two occasions, besides the launch and battlestations sequences: the collapse of the drilling rig in "Sea of Oil" is seen again in "The Ghost of the Sea", and the destruction of Seaprobe in the pilot episode is reused in "A Nut for Marineville".
* SuddenlyVoiced: Marina actually does speak in one episode, her voice being provided by Gerry Anderson's wife, Sylvia (who would gain more recognition in [[WesternAnimation/{{Thunderbirds}} Anderson's next series]] as Lady Penelope).
* ThemeTuneCameo: In "Raptures Of The Deep," a hallucinating Troy sings "Aqua Marina" (the EndingTheme) to Marina.
* UltraTerrestrials: The various aquatic races.
* UnwinnableTrainingSimulation: Lieutenant Fisher is put through one of these in his DayInTheLimelight episode, "Rescue from the Skies".
* VitriolicBestBuds: Commander Shore and his InsaneAdmiral buddy Jack Denver.
* {{Zeerust}}: A guarantee in all of Anderson's Supermarionation works set in the future. According to the show's technical manual, Stingray is capable of speeds up to 600 knots and submerging to depths of 36,000 feet (for reference the Seawolf class fast attack submarine is rated at 35 knots and approx. 2350 feet) making it every bit as advanced today as it was then. Not so for pretty much everything else in the show: sixties decor and fashions, big computers with lots of flashing lights and spinning wheels, terrible graphics and resolution on every monitor etc.