The Brown Hornet


The Brown Hornet

Voiced by

Bill Cosby

The Brown Hornet is a "show-within-a-show", featured in The New Fat Albert Show beginning in 1979 until 1984. To wit, The Brown Hornet is the title character of a TV show frequently watched by Fat Albert and the rest of the Junkyard Gang.

In the show, the Brown Hornet is able to almost effortlessly defeat his adversaries, and in the process teach valuable life lessons to the villain, and also to the viewers which, though initially ambiguous, are remembered and clearly applied to whatever situation Fat Albert or the others are dealing with in each episode.

The Brown Hornet vignette replaced the Junkyard Band songs from the earlier episodes of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.

While the Brown Hornet himself didn't appear in the movie, a long-sleeved shirt with a graphic of him is seen being worn by Bill throughout the whole movie, as well as a Brown Hornet comic book Bill is seen holding in one scene.

Character Inspiration

The Brown Hornet was originally inspired by the long-running radio series The Green Hornet. In 1970, Bill Cosby produced a syndicated radio show which borrowed heavily from the Green Hornet series. By the time episodes of the New Fat Albert Show began airing, the character was completely revamped, though the name "Brown Hornet" remained.


The Brown Hornet is an intergalactic superhero. His face is modeled after that of his creator Bill Cosby. He wears a predominantly yellow superhero-style costume (shirt, shorts and boots) with an orange cape, reddish belt, off-white gloves and black domino mask. He is assisted by Tweeterbell, a small robot/computer, and Stinger, his beefy sidekick.


The Brown Hornet is highly confident in his own abilities. At the beginning of each episode, viewers are reminded of the end of a previous (but never seen) episode, in which Hornet and his "trusty pal" Stinger are "hopelessly trapped" in some outrageous predicament. But in each episode, using his super powers, Brown Hornet and Stinger "naturally escape unharmed".

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