Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law
Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law (2000–2007) began as one of the founding series of Adult Swim. Its pilot aired during the days of Toonami: Midnight Run, but carried over into an actual series when the cartoon network adult-oriented block came into its own.
The story revolves around characters from the 1967 Hanna-Barbera cartoon series Birdman and the Galaxy Trio. Harvey Birdman, an ex-superhero and current defense attorney/litigator takes on cases from fellow Hanna-Barbera stars from the 1960s and 1970s including George Jetson, Yogi Bear, Fred Flintstone and even obscure characters like Ernie Devlin and Inch High Private Eye. In the series, Birdman faces off against former villains like Reducto in the court of law, often presided over by either Mentok (the Mind-Taker) or Mightor.
The series is defined by its extremely fast machine-gun approach at comedy where more comedy is hurled at the viewer in 15 minutes than an entire episode of a more conventional cartoon does in 30. This makes for an extremely rewatchable show as the viewer is bound to miss things in the first airing.
Although the series initially was produced using traditional cel animation (and was the only Williams Street show to do so), due to the massive delays between episodes caused by errors in Korean animation and the inability for the animators to nail down the fast pace of the show the series was moved in-house and done with Flash at Williams Street. However, they stay true to their roots by creating new characters and new backgrounds for many of their episodes, as opposed to fellow throwback series Sealab 2021 and Space Ghost Coast to Coast which used the same general background for the entire series.
|Gary Cole||Harvey Birdman||1||2||3||4|
|Stephen Colbert||Myron Reducto, Esq.||1||2||3||4|
|Phil Ken Sebben||1||2||3||4|
|John Michael Higgins||Mentok the Mindtaker||1||2||3||4|
|Paget Brewster||Judy Sebben||3||4|
|Chris Edgerly||Peter Potamus||1||2||3||4|
|Phil LaMarr||Black Vulcan||1||2|
|Peter MacNicol||X, The Eliminator||2||3||4|
|Lewis Black||Elliott the Deadly Duplicator||3||4|
|Season One||December 30, 2000||June 8, 2003||9|
|Season Two||January 1, 2004||November 2, 2004||11|
|Season Three||July 24, 2005||October 16, 2005||12|
|Season Four||October 1, 2006||July 22, 2007||7|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series
|Volume One||April 12, 2005||2||purchase|
|Volume Two||October 10, 2006||2||purchase|
|Volume Three||July 24, 2007||2||purchase|