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Sidekicks is a Disney Channel martial arts television series, a spin-off of the original Walt Disney one-time special, The Last Electric Knight. The series starred Ernie Reyes Jr. as Ernie Lee, the Last Electric Knight, and Gil Gerard as Sergeant Jake Rizzo. Sidekicks aired as part of ABC's Friday night primetime lineup during the 1986-1987 season at 9pm and then moved to Saturdays at 8pm.


Sergeant Jake Rizzo (Gil Gerard) is chosen by Sabasan as tutor of his grandson Ernie Lee (Ernie Reyes Jr.), the last heir of an antique clan of special martial artists and a highly trained karate fighter.

Through the series, Ernie tends to often get into dangerous situations where bullies at school or in the streets of Los Angeles threaten him or his friends, or in dangerous situations where his adoptive father ends up needing his help after criminals which he has captured try to escape or try to harm him. With help of his quick moves, unique powerful skills and the clever advice of his deceased grandfather, Ernie manages every time to overcome all of the dangerous situations he gets into and manages to overwhelm his opponents.


  • Ernie Lee - played by Ernie Reyes Jr. - The Last Electric Knight. The main character of the series. Ernie is a young boy who specializes in martial arts.
  • Sergeant Jake Rizzo - played by Gil Gerard - Ernie's adoptive father. Works as a police officer.
  • Sabasan - played by Keye Luke - Ernie's deceased grandfather. Appears through the series in short flashbacks. In each episode Ernie is faced with different dilemmas to which he cannot find solutions. Most of the times, after he uses meditation he is capable of remembering relevant advice Sabasan gave him in the past which helps him gain success.
  • Patricia Blake - played by Nancy Stafford - Sergeant Rizzo's love interest.
  • Capt. Blanks - played by Vinny Argiro - Rizzo and Mooney's commanding officer.
  • Det. R.T. Mooney - played by Frank Bonner - Sgt. Rizzo's partner.

Episode list

  1. "The Last Electric Knight" (Pilot) / 1986.02.16
  2. "Are These Your Kicks?" / 1986.09.26
  3. "Open House" / 1986.10.03
  4. "I Hate the Neighbors" / 1986.10.17
  5. "My Dad the Crook" / 1986.10.24
  6. "Down and Out in Van Nuys" / 1986.10.31
  7. "Thrill of the Chase" / 1986.11.07
  8. "Catherine the Not-So-Great" / 1986.11.14
  9. "My Dad's Bigger Than Yours" / 1986.11.22
  10. "The Birds and the Killer Bees" / 1986.11.29
  11. "I Remember Mama, But Does She Remember Me?" / 1986.12.13
  12. "Grey Belts" / 1986.12.20
  13. "The Cousin Who Fell to Earth" / 1987.01.03
  14. "The Boy Who Saw Too Much" / 1987.01.10
  15. "Just for Kicks" / 1987.01.17
  16. "Kicked Upstairs" / 1987.01.31
  17. "An Eye for an Ear" / 1987.02.07
  18. "The Next Best Thing to Winning" / 1987.02.14
  19. "The Patusani Always Rings Twice" / 1987.02.21
  20. "Petty Cache" / 1987.02.28
  21. "The Worst of the Mohicans" / 1987.03.07
  22. "Playing for Keeps" / 1987.06.06
  23. "Read Between the Lines" / 1987.06.13

Alternative titles

  • Le Chevalier Lumière (French title)
  • ילד הקראטה (Yeled Ha-Karate) (Israeli title, translated: The Karate Kid)
  • El Karateca eléctrico (Latin American title)
  • El Pequeño Karateca (Argentinian title)
  • O Pequeno Mestre (Brazilian title)
  • 태권소년 어니 (Korean title)
  • 功夫小子 (Gongfu Xiaozi) (Chinese title)
  • Az utolsó(elektromos)lovag (Hungarian title)
  • Partnerzy (Polish title, translated: Partners)

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