11 Cartoons Based On Primetime TV Shows

By September 16, 2016The Junk Drawer

1. Emergency+4

2 Seasons, beginning in 1973. Aired in re-runs until 1976.

Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe voiced their Emergency! characters, John Roderick Gage and Roy DeSoto. The animated Emergency +4 revolved around the paramedics we loved so much and four children and a dog who joined in the rescues. (Because, if there’s anything you want in an emergency situation requiring paramedics, it’s four kids and a dog.)

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2. The Brady Kids

Aired 1972-73

Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight, Eve Plumb, Mike Lookinland, and Susan Olsen voiced their roles of Greg, Marcia, Peter, Jan, Bobby, and Cindy Brady in the animated spinoff of The Brady Bunch. Mike, Carol, and Alice were nowhere to be seen. Though there was a talking wizard of a mynah bird, a dog named Mop Top and twin panda cubs who spoke a politically incorrect Chinese sounding gibberish.

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3. Partridge Family 2200 A.D.

Aired 1974-75

The Partridge Family wasn’t about to be bested by those Brady kids! Danny Bonaduce, Suzanne Crough, and Brian Forster voiced their roles of Danny, Tracey, and Chris Partridge. Susan Dey voiced Laurie for two episodes before being replaced. Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, and Dave Madden wouldn’t touch the show with a 10-foot space pole!

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4. The New Adventures of Gilligan

Aired 1974-77

The first animated reunion of the world’s most famous castaways features all of the main Gilligan’s Island voices, with the exception of Tina Louise and Dawn Wells. I seem to remember Tina Louise spending much of the 70s filming antiperspirant commercials, so I’m not really sure why she didn’t sign on for this. Dawn Wells was unavailable for this project.

In this show, Gilligan had a sidekick monkey named Snubby. Aside from Snubby the Monkey, The New Adventures of Gilligan looked a lot like the old adventures of Gilligan’s Island.

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5. Gilligan’s Planet

Aired 1982-83

This second animated reunion of the world’s most famous castaways featured Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, and Russell Johnson as Gilligan, the Skipper, Thurston Howell III, Mrs. Lovey Howell, and Professor Roy Hinkley. Dawn Wells voiced her character of Mary Ann Summers, as well as Ginger Grant. As usual, Tina Louise was a no-show for this Gilligan’s Island revisited project.

In this version, the Professor managed to get them off the island by building a spaceship. Great! Now they’re stranded on a distant planet. Honestly! Has the man never heard of building a boat?

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6. The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang

Aired 1980-82

Henry Winkler, Ron Howard, and Donny Most reprised their Happy Days characters of the Fonz, Richie Petrie, and Ralph Malph for this far out series. Mr. Cool, a talking dog, and Cupcake, a futuristic girl, rounded out the cast. They travel through history in a time machine while trying “to get back” to 1957 Milwaukee. The show was narrated by Wolfman Jack. Cupcake was voiced by none other than Didi Conn from Grease fame.

When the show ended, the Fonz and Mr. Cool headed on over to the animated Laverne & Shirley in the Army.

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7. Mork & Mindy/ Laverne & Shirley/ Fonz Hour

Aired 1982

This one has been lumped together, but really, this fun-fest of Gary Marshall’s most famous characters consisted of two different shows: Mork & Mindy and Laverne & Shirley with The Fonz.

On the Mork & Mindy side, Robin Williams and Pam Dawber voiced the roles they made famous. In this version, alien Mork and earthling Mindy are teenagers attending school.

On the Laverne & Shirley/Fonz side, it was a continuation of Laverne & Shirley in the Army with the addition of Fonzie and his talking dog sidekick, Mr. Cool.

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8. The Dukes

Aired 1983

The animated version of The Dukes of Hazzard had two seasons in 1983. Catherine Bach, Denver Pyle, James Best, and Sorrell Booke lent their voices for the duration. John Schneider and Tom Wopat joined them for the second season as Bo and Luke Duke. Most of the show’s adventures are revealed when Uncle Jesse reads postcards to Smokey, his pet raccoon.

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9. Little Rosey

Aired 1990

The spinoff of Roseanne, Little Rosey, centered around an eight-year-old Roseanne, her sister, Tess, and best friend, Buddy. Roseanne did not voice the animated version of herself. Tess and Buddy seem to have been based on the characters of Jackie and Dan.

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10. Star Trek: The Animated Series

Aired 1973-74

This animated version of the sci-fi classic was actually voiced by William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelly, James Doohan, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, and Majel Barrett. This was the first Star Trek series to win an Emmy Award!

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11. Jeannie

Aired 1973-75

I Dream of Jeannie had a magical spinoff of its own. Barbara Eden sat this one out, but… Wait for it… One of the voice actors for Jeannie was none other than MARK HAMILL! Yes, I AM screaming! Luke Skywalker voiced the role of Corey Anders. I have no idea who Corey Anders was, or how he fit into the show, but I am filing this bit of trivia away under, “Get out!”

Bonus trivia: Mark Hamill also voiced The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series.

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I leave you with the theme song to Gilligan’s Planet. No need to thank me!