Josie and the Pussycats

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Josie and the Pussycats
Josie and the Pussycats-Logo.jpg
Premiere September 12, 1970
Finale January 2, 1971
Creator Dan DeCarlo (characters)
John L. Goldwater (characters)
Network CBS
Style 30-minute animated comedy
Company Hanna-Barbera Productions
Radio Comics (copyright holder)
Seasons 1
Episodes 16
Origin USA

Josie and the Pussycats is an animated comedy that aired on CBS.

Josie began as a character from Archie Comics (under the Radio Comics copyright), which basically entailed the same motif as Archie: a comedy of teen romance with Josie, with her pals Valerie, Melody (a sweet airhead whose dialogue balloons are dotted with musical notes) and boyfriend Alan. Coveting Josie's affections is rich boy Alexander Cabot III and her vainglorious sister Alexandra (who covets Alan). Just prior to the cartoon's premiere, the rock band slant was added and for some reason Alexandra was made a sorceress.

The cartoon has the band usually on their way to a gig, only to get caught up an clandestine adventure, squaring off against a megalomaniac who seeks to get rich or rule the world. Alexandra's attempts to steal Alan from Josie are usually foiled by her own eager ineptitude or by her wise-guy cat Sebastian. Alexander was given more hair and serves as the band's road manager, although through Casey Kasem's voice he comes across as a clone of Shaggy from Scooby Doo.

This show ran two years on CBS. In 1972 it was retooled as Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space (the group sent into space in a rocket accidentally). It ran to February 1974 and was replaced by the original series. Josie and the Pussycats returned in 1975 on NBC, played in repeats.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Janet Waldo Josie McCoy (speaking voice) 1
Cathy Dougherty Josie McCoy (singing voice) 1
Jackie Joseph Melody Valentine (speaking voice) 1
Cheryl Ladd Melody Valentine (singing voice) 1
Barbara Pariot Valerie Brown (speaking voice) 1
Patrice Holloway Valerie Brown (singing voice) 1
Jerry Dexter Alan M. Mayberry 1
Casey Kasem Alexander Cabot III 1
Sherry Alberoni Alexandra Cabot 1
Don Messick Sebastian the Cat 1

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
CBS
Season One September 12, 1970 January 2, 1971 16

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Complete Series
The Complete Series September 18, 2007 2 purchase
Episode Collections - Various Series
1970s Volume 1 May 26, 2009 2 purchase

External Links