The final episode of Flipper aired on April 15, 1967. After three seasons NBC chose not to renew the show for a fourth run. Even though the show only ran for three years, its place as a staple of American pop culture had been cemented. The show enjoyed decades of syndication on various cable networks and inspired a second TV series in the 1990s as well as TV and theatrically released films. Flipper became the standard introduction to dolphins for most American children for multiple decades. The loveable, intelligent, and friendly Flipper became the way most Americans thought of dolphins, and while Flipper may not be on TV today the narrative created by the show remains in most people’s minds.
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