Spoofs and Cultural References
The series was parodied many times over the years. Radio comics Bob and Ray came up with King Yukon of the Northwest, a rabid dog who viciously attacked the mountie and all around him. Two episodes of the animated series Dudley Do-Right paired Dudley with a wild wolf who he attempted to train in the manner of Yukon King. More recently, in an issue of the comic book Cerebus the Aardvark, bungling superhero The Roach posed as Sgt. Preston.
The series was parodied in the 1972 short film Sergeant Swell of the Mounties, written by and starring Chuck Menville.
The National Lampoon Radio Hour parodied Sergeant Preston in "Corporal McInerny of the Northwest Mounted Library Police, with Yukon Glenn, the Wonder Moose." In the parody, Corporal McInerny tracked down a trapper, Frenchy LeMerde, who had broken an unwritten law of the Yukon by keeping the only copy of the Kama Sutra within 500 miles past its due date.
The title "Sergeant Preston of the Yukon" was also used for a song written and performed by Ray Stevens for National Recording Corporation. The producers of the program, The King-Trendle Broadcasting corporation, objected to Stevens' use of their characters without permission and threatened him with a lawsuit. Unaware that he had committed copyright infringement, NRC agreed to pull the record, and King dropped the suit.
The Arrogant Worms song "The Mountie Song" contains the lines "Sometimes I just want to puke on/Sergeant Preston of the Yukon".
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