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Western Animation: Alias the Jester

"Alias the Jester was a time traveller bold
Through sheer bad luck his ship got stuck in the Earth's magnetic hold.
From the middle of space
To the Middle Ages"

A children's cartoon from Britain's Cosgrove Hall, which featured an alien time traveller named Alias, who crashed into Earth in the Middle Ages. There, he adopts the disguise of a Jester, and gains employment in the court of King Arthur (just a King Arthur, not the King Arthur). Hilarity Ensues.

The series lasted from November, 1985 to February, 1986. A total of 13 episodes in a single season.


This series provides examples of:

  • Anachronism Stew
  • Clark Kenting: The king and court have no idea that Alias, the weird flying space guy is the same person as the Jester. Because he's wearing a different hat.
  • Ear Wings: Boswell has a pair of small but functional wings sprouting from his head. There's reason to believe that Alias (never seen without a hat that covers the sides of his head) does too.
  • Film Felons: A band of robbers get into the castle by posing as a film crew on location. Alias spends most of the episode distrusting them without being quite sure why before he finally remembers that film hasn't been invented yet.
  • Flight: One of Alias's alien powers.
  • George Jetson Job Security: The first episode ends with Alias being hired. Every subsequent episode ends with him getting fired.
  • Happy Harlequin Hat: As seen in the image.
  • Horny Vikings: Raid the kingdom in one episode.
  • Human Alien: Alias.
  • It Will Never Catch On: Several of Meredith the Magician's inventions.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: The most common reason for Alias to get fired.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Each of the regular characters has only one outfit, except Alias, who alternates between his one jester's outfit and his one set of Space Clothes.
  • Namedar: Played for Laughs when Alias encounters a small slimy creature and makes an involuntary noise of disgust — which turns out to be the creature's actual name.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Alias's pet dog(like creature), Boswell.
  • Once an Episode: "Jester!" "Yes, your majesty?" "You're fired." "Yes, your majesty."
  • Snap Back: But he always has his job again by the beginning of the next episode.
  • Time Travel: Only in the Back Story, though.

Alfred J. KwakWestern Animation of the 1980sAlvin and the Chipmunks
Alan PartridgeBritish SeriesAlas Smith and Jones
Alfred J. KwakWestern AnimationAlice Comedies

alternative title(s): Alias The Jester
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