Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures

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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures
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Network: CBS
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Orion Television Entertainment
Nelson Entertainment
Original release: September 15December 22, 1990
Starring: Keanu Reeves
Alex Winter
George Carlin
Executive producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s): Kay Wright
Music composed by: Chuck Leob
Director(s): Paul Sommer
Don Lusk
Robert Alvarez
Carl Urbano

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures is an American animated sci-fi comedy-adventure television series produced by Hanna-Barbera, in association with Orion Television Entertainment and Nelson Entertainment, for CBS' Saturday morning block. It is a continuation of the 1989 live-action film Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, with the same actors reprising the titular characters. It ran in 1990, airing 13 episodes that spanned one season. It did technically receive a second season of eight episodes in 1991, but this was produced by DIC for Fox Kids, instead, who hired different actors to coincide with the replacements starring in a 1992 live-action TV series for Fox, as well. The lesser DiC incarnation won't be covered here.

Bill S. Preston, Esquire and Ted "Theodore" Logan are destined to one day bring the world together through their music which will bring about a utopian society, but only if they complete their high school education together in San Dimas. To ensure this great task, they are aided by Rufus, a visitor from the future, who supplies them with a time machine shaped like a common phone booth (stored at the back of their favorite convenient store), which they regularly use to go back in time to speak with historical figures of art, literature, music, etc. While we did not see them fulfill out this destiny in the cartoon (as if that was going to happen), the duo did graduate in live-action form by the time we see them again in Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey in 1992, and then in 2020, they did finally fulfill their destinies in the third and final film, Bill & Ted Face the Music.

Production

Development

Music

The theme song was performed by Randy Peterson and Kevin Quinn. The music was composed by Chuck Leob for Score Productions. Bodie Chandler was the director of music production.

Episodes

Episode Number Air date
"One Sweet & Sour Chinese Adventure—To Go" 1x01 September 15, 1990
"The Birth of Rock & Roll or Too Hip for the Womb" 1x02 September 22, 1990
"A Most Excellent Roman Holiday" 1x03 September 29, 1990
"Model 'T' for Ted" 1x04 October 6, 1990
"The More Heinous They Are, the Harder They Fall" 1x05 October 20, 1990
"Birds of a Feather Stick to the Roof of Your Mouth" 1x06 October 27, 1990
"A Black Knight in San Dimas" 1x07 November 3, 1990
"Pocket Watch Full of Miracles" 1x08 November 10, 1990
"This Babe Ruth "BABE" is A DUDE, Dude" 1x09 November 24, 1990
"When the Going Gets Tough Bill & Ted are History" 1x10 December 1, 1990
"Never the Twain Shall Meet" 1x11 December 8, 1990
"A Job, a Job, My Kingdom for a Job" 1x12 December 15, 1990
"A Grimm Story of an Overdue Book" 1x13 December 22, 1990

Cast

Special guests

References