Godzilla (TV series)

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This article is about the TV series. For the title character, see Godzilla.
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Godzilla! Godzilla! Godzilla!
Created by Dick Robbins
Duane Poole
Network NBC
Production company Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Taft Broadcasting
Original release September 9, 1978December 8, 1979
Run time 22 minutes
Starring Ted Cassidy
Jeff David
Brenda Thompson
Hilly Hicks
Al Eisenmann
Don Messick
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s) Doug Wildey
Iwao Takamoto
Music composed by Hoyt Curtin
Writer(s) Dick Robbins
Duane Poole
Don Heckman
Tom Swale
David Villare
Kathleen Barnes
Bob Johnson
Ray Parker
Bob Stitzel
Director(s) Ray Patterson
Carl Urbano
Wally Burr (voices)

Godzilla is an American animated adventure television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for NBC's Saturday morning children's programming. It ran from 1978 to 1979, airing 26 episodes that spanned two seasons. It is based on the Godzilla film series produced by Japanese film studio Toho.

A team of scientists consisting of Doctor Darien, Brock Borden, and their leader, Captain Majors, travel aboard their boat, the Calico. They always manage to run into a monster, and when that happens, Carl uses a special handheld signal to call on Godzilla for help. It's unexplained why he does this, but it may have something to do with them babysitting his apparent relation, Godzooky, although the team usually places Godzooky under the guardianship of Quinn's younger brother, Pete.



Jack Kirby had been hired by Hanna-Barbera to successfully sell their second Fantastic Four cartoon (after the first one in 1967), but Marvel Comics decided to go with DaPatie-Freleng Enterprises instead, so a trade was made with DePatie-Freleng for Godzilla, along with Doug Wildey, too.[1] Marvel Comics was in fact publishing Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 1977. The trade may have been possible due to the fact that executive producer Joseph Barbera, a Godzilla fan, was a friend of Hank Saperstein of United Productions of America, who was the American distributor of Toho's films.[2]

According to Joseph Barbera, Standards and Practices wouldn't allow Godzilla to be depicted as his common destructive self, so they had to find a middle ground, hence the addition of Godzooky, who provided comic relief as the "occasional fool" to lighten the mood.[3] Godzooky had a "sort of father-son relationship" with Godzilla, similar to the relationships seen in Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy and Jonny Quest.[2] Not seen in the series,[3] but detailed in promotional material, Godzilla helped the team after they saved Godzooky from a coral reef.[2]

Duane Poole and Dick Robbins developed the series, with the former seeing Jonny Quest as an inspiration.[3] There was excitement at the studio as the series was more action than comedy.[3] They looked for a unique style to Godzilla so kids wouldn't confuse it with Scooby-Doo.[3]


The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin, credited as musical director, with musical supervision from Paul DeKorte.


Episode Number Original air date
"The Firebird" 1x01 September 9, 1978
"The Eartheater" 1x02 September 16, 1978
"Attack of the Stone Creature" 1x03 September 23, 1978
"The Megavolt Monster" 1x04 September 30, 1978
"The Seaweed Monster" 1x05 October 7, 1978
"The Energy Beast" 1x06 October 14, 1978
"The Colossus of Atlantis" 1x07 October 21, 1978
"The Horror of Forgotten Island" 1x08 October 28, 1978
"Island of Lost Ships" 1x09 November 4, 1978
"The Magnetic Terror" 1x10 November 11, 1978
"The Breeder Beast" 1x11 November 18, 1978
"The Sub-Zero Terror" 1x12 November 25, 1978
"The Time Dragons" 1x13 December 2, 1978
"Calico Clones" 2x01 September 15, 1979
"Microgodzilla" 2x02 September 22, 1979
"Ghost Ship" 2x03 September 29, 1979
"The Beast of Storm Island" 2x04 October 6, 1979
"The City in the Clouds" 2x05 October 13, 1979
"The Cyborg Whale" 2x06 October 20, 1979
"Valley of the Giants" 2x07 October 27, 1979
"Moonlode" 2x08 November 3, 1979
"The Golden Guardians" 2x09 November 10, 1979
"The Macro-Beasts" 2x10 November 17, 1979
"Pacific Peril" 2x11 November 24, 1979
"Island of Doom" 2x12 December 1, 1979
"The Deadly Asteroid" 2x13 December 8, 1979



In response to the Y2K hype in 1999, Cartoon Network created a short – "Godzilla vs. the Y2K Bug" – in which the Calico is attacked by a giant personified, talking Y2K Bug. The Godzilla calling device turns out to be useless this time, as Captain Majors forgot to update the embedded microchip.


  1. ^ Morrow, John (June 8, 2004). The Collected Jack Kirby Collector Vol. 2, page 104. Two Morrows Publishing. Retrieved July 22, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c Ryfle, Steve (December 1998). Japan's Favorite Mon-star, page 209. Retrieved July 21, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d e Ryfle, Steve (December 1998). Japan's Favorite Mon-star, page 210. Retrieved July 21, 2022.