|Genre||Comedy, Detective, Drama|
|Created by||Steve Moncuse|
|Starring|| John Ritter|
|Country of Origin||United States|
|No. of Seasons||1|
|No. of Episodes||6 (List of Episodes)|
|Running Time||22 minutes (approx.)|
|Composer(s)|| James Horner (theme)|
Steve Bramson (score)
|Production Company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
|Original Run||February 28, 1992 – March 13, 1992|
The series later briefly aired on Cartoon Network in the mid-90's.
Deep within the depths of the murky underwater metropolis, Fish City, a scaly police detective battles cold-blooded criminals in this comic tale of carps and robbers. (Based on the comic book series by Steve Moncuse.) Set in the underwater world of Fish City, the noir-style series follows a group of gill-bearing police as they take on organized crime.
Inspector Gil (voiced by John Ritter) — The main protagonist of the series. Gil is a detective in a similar mold of classic film noir stylings. He sees things as very black and white demonstrated by his 'good/bad' narratives during episodes. He has been in a relationship with Pearl for five years (to which some have joked that they should have been married by now) and maintains a flirtatious 'friendship' with Angel. Dialogue in the first episode implies that he is friends with several other fictional characters, such as Fred Flintstone and Kermit the Frog.
Chief Abalone (voiced by Edward Asner) — The angry, ill-tempered Police Chief at Gil's precinct. He appears to dislike his staff, but secretly has faith in them, particularly Gil.
Mayor Cod (voiced by Jonathan Winters) — As the title implies, the Mayor of Fish City. He is rather cowardly and somewhat inept.
Detective Catfish (voiced by Robert Guillaume) — An undercover officer at Gil's precinct. He has known Gil for quite some time and they appear to be good friends, demonstrated when he is visibly saddened when Gil is sent to prison for crimes committed by an impostor. Among his disguises, he occasionally dresses in drag. His design is identical to Gil's appearance in the original comics.
Pearl (voiced by Megan Mullally) — The owner of her own diner that Gil frequents; she is also his main love interest, with them having been in an on-again, off-again relationship for five years. She often hopes for Gil to change into a more exciting person, as she feels their relationship has become predictable. She often grows jealous of Angel, due to her constant flirting with Gil.
Angel Jones (voiced by JoBeth Williams) — The lead singer at Calamari's club and another love interest for Gil. Despite his protests in the first episode that they are just friends, Angel strongly hints at being interested in Gil with her constant seductive flirting with him throughout the entire series. She has a very voluptuous figure and seems to be slightly inspired by Jessica Rabbit. The series itself makes note of this in the first episode, where she parodies Jessica's infamous 'I'm not bad...' line.
Goldie (voiced by Georgia Brown) — The secretary of the Police Station. Goldie is a widow having been married more than five times. She usually makes very dry and witty sarcastic remarks towards her colleagues.
Tadpole (voiced by Charlie Schlatter) — Pearl's younger brother who works at the precinct with Gil. He usually seems to know exactly what Gil or anyone else is thinking whenever he is given an order (a running gag in the series is a character wondering aloud, "How does he do that?") and seems to work in forensics.
Biscotti Calamari (voiced by Hector Elizondo) — A squid crime boss who keeps his operations extremely discreet. He is confident that the police can never touch him for any of his crimes and even appears to contribute towards them occasionally, believing it is better to be on their good side should he ever need them. This has led Gil, Catfish and Abalone to take a great disliking to him and his methods.
Sharkster (voiced by Tim Curry) — Calamari's sleazy smooth-talking shark lawyer. He is quick to defend his client in whatever way possible, but does so in the slimiest possible way, seemingly knowing that his client can commit any crime and get away with it. He frequently uses his knowledge of the law to cause headaches and obstacles for Gil, causing the two to dislike each other greatly.
Mussels Marinara (voiced by Frank Welker) — Calamari's dim-witted and overweight bodyguard.
Hanna-Barbera Productions pitched the series to Syndication Entertainment and the series was quickly picked up by Syndication, but due to the high cost of the series (at the time the average half-hour sitcom cost about $500,000 or less an episode, while "Fish Police," cost closer to $600,000), Syndication ordered only six episodes.
Due to its primetime time slot, 8:00pm on Fridays, the series had a decidedly more mature tone than most other animated Hanna-Barbara series as episodes would often be filled with innuendo and cases of mild language. The series' tone was also due to it being part of a spate of attempts by major networks to develop prime time animated shows to compete with the surprise success of Fox's The Simpsons, alongside ABC's Capitol Critters and CBS's own Family Dog. All three series were canceled in their first season.
Fish Police has a total of 6 episodes, however only 3 episodes aired on CBS in the United States before the series was cancelled.
- ↑ Margulies, Lee (February 28, 1992). "TV Ratings `Fish Police' Can't Get Arrested ". Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/1992-03-04/entertainment/ca-3206_1_fish-police. Retrieved on September 29, 2014.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Cerone, Daniel (February 28, 1992). "'Fish Police' on Endangered Species List ". Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/1992-02-28/entertainment/ca-2993_1_prime-time-programs. Retrieved on September 29, 2014.
- ↑ "CBS tries to hook a live ~`Fish' Toons moving into prime time, but Will `Fish' float? ". Hartford Courant. February 28, 1992. http://articles.courant.com/1992-02-28/features/0000205235_1_capitol-critters-fish-police-animation. Retrieved on 2011-01-06.