Do the Rad Thing

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Do the Rad Thing
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Premiere date: September 15, 1990
Run time: 23:07
Writers: Charlie Schoon and
Ernie Contreras and Glenn Leopold
Directors: Robert Alvarez
Oscar Dufau
Don Lusk
Paul Sommer
Carl Urbano
Ray Patterson (supervising)
Gordon Hunt (voices)
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"Do the Rad Thing" is the second episode of Gravedale High season one. It aired on September 15, 1990 on NBC. It was written by Charlie Schoon, and series developers, Ernie Contreras and Glenn Leopold, and directed by Robert Alvarez, Oscar Dufau, Don Lusk, Paul Sommer, and Carl Urbano.

Gill neglects his schoolwork and friendship with Frankentyke to spend more time on the waves with his surfing hero, Kahuna Bob.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Gill Waterman Jackie Earle Haley
Frankentyke Frank Welker
Kahuna Bob
Headmistress Crone Georgia Brown
Iggy N/A
Max Schneider Rick Moranis
J.P. Ghastly III Frank Welker
Reggie Moonshroud Barry Gordon
Blanche Shari Belafonte
Sid Maurice La Marche
Duzer Kimmy Robertson
Cleofatra Ricki Lake
Sal Maurice LaMarche
Christopher Columbus
Mrs. Waterman (voice only) Unavailable
Wally Waterman
Dave Unavailable
Sam Unavailable
George Washington
Mr. Boneyard Brock Peters
Long John Silver
Trent Flaplip Unavailable
Jimbo N/A
Corky Lagoon N/A
Monty Zoomer N/A




  • Niña (unclear if seen or mentioned)
  • Pinta (unclear if seen or mentioned)
  • Santa Maria (unclear if seen or mentioned)
  • School bus




It was copyrighted in 1990.


The music was composed by the Tyrell Music Group. The theme song was written by John Parker, Randy Peterson, Kevin Quinn, Stephanie Tyrell, and Steve Tyrell.


Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: September 15, 1990 on NBC

Behind the scenes

  • The episode title is a play on "Do the right thing." You're welcome.
  • Gill refers to a shark as "Jaws," in reference to the film of the same name.
  • Gill's surname is revealed.
  • Kiwi Kola is a parody of Coca-Cola.


Critical reception

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Home availability

  • Not available. 😥