Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law

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Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law
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On-screen title card.
Created by: Michael Ouweleen
Erik Richter
Network: Adult Swim (Cartoon Network)
Production company: Williams Street
Allie Art & Science
Distributor: Warner Bros. Television
Original release: December 30, 2000July 22, 2007
Run time: 11-12 minutes
Starring: Gary Cole
Stephen Colbert
Thomas Allen
John Michael Higgins
Peter MacNicol
Producer(s): Matthew Charde
Jeffrey Goldstein
Fred Macdonald
Franny Reynolds
Brandi Young
Music composed by: Michael Kohler
Writer(s): Michael Ouweleen
Erik Richter
Director(s): Vincent Waller
Richard Ferguson-Hull
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Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law is an American adult animated superhero/courtroom drama spoof TV series produced by Williams Street and Allied Art & Science for Cartoon Network's late-night programming block, Adult Swim. It ran from 2000 to 2007, airing 39 episodes.

The series is a spin-off spoof of the more kid-friendly Hanna-Barbera series from the 1950s-80s, with Birdman from the Birdman segments of Birdman and the Galaxy Trio as a starting point, who has gone from fighting crime as a superhero to serving justice in a courtroom, representing the law firm Sebben & Sebben, with the staff mostly comprised of the heroes of Birdman, while his rivals are made up of past villains. Birdman's clientele is made up of usually warped stars from Hanna-Barbera series that either predate or came after Birdman. The primary object of this is to poke fun at the adult innuendos in Hanna-Barbera's many shows that were usually aired in Saturday morning blocks for children.

Eleven years later in 2018, Adult Swim broadcast the special, Harvey Birdman: Attorney General, and then had a spin-off commissioned in the form of Birdgirl in 2021.

The entire series has been released on DVD.

Production

Development

Music

The music was composed by Michael Kohler at Bluetube.

Episodes

Episode Number Air date
"Bannon Custody Battle" 1x01 December 30, 2000 (preview)
September 2, 2001
"Very Personal Injury" 1x02 September 23, 2001
"Shaggy Busted" 1x03 July 7, 2002
"Death by Chocolate" 1x04 July 14, 2002
"Shoyu Weenie" 1x05 July 21, 2002
"The Dabba Don" 1x06 July 28, 2002
"Deadomutt Part 1" 1x07 May 25, 2003
"Deadomutt Part 2" 1x08 June 1, 2003
"X, the Exterminator" 1x09 June 8, 2003
"SPF" 2x01 January 1, 2004
"Trio's Company" 2x02 April 18, 2004
"The Devlin Made Me Do It" 2x03 April 25, 2004
"High Speed Buggy Chase" 2x04 May 2, 2004
"Back to the Present" 2x05 May 9, 2004
"Blackwatch Plaid" 2x06 May 16, 2004
"Grape Juiced" 2x07 May 30, 2004
"Peanut Puberty" 2x08 June 6, 2004
"Gone Efficien...t" 2x09 June 13, 2004
"Droopy Botox" 2x10 July 18, 2004
"Guitar Control" 2x11 November 2, 2004
"Booty Noir" 3x01 July 24, 2005
"Harvey's Civvy" 3x02 July 31, 2005
"X Gets the Crest" 3x03 August 7, 2005
"Bird Girl of Guantanamole" 3x04 August 14, 2005
"Turner Classic Birdman" 3x05 August 21, 2005
"Beyond the Valley of the Dinosaurs" 3x06 August 28, 2005
"Evolutionary War" 3x07 September 4, 2005
"Free Magilla" 3x08 September 11, 2005
"Return of Birdgirl" 3x09 September 18, 2005
"Mindless" 3x10 September 25, 2005
"Sebben and Sebben Employee Operation" 3x11 October 16, 2005
"Identity Theft" 3x12 October 23, 2005
"Shazzan" 4x01 October 1, 2006
"Incredible Hippo" 4x02 October 8, 2006
"Babysitter" 4x03 October 15, 2006
"Birdnapped" 4x04 October 22, 2006
"Grodin" 4x05 October 29, 2006
"Juror in Court" 4x06 July 15, 2007
"The Death of Harvey" 4x07 July 22, 2007

Cast

Harvey Birdman, Junior Associate

Fake title card.

For April Fools Day 2021, Adult Swim advertised they would be making regressed versions of their cartoons, such as Harvey Birdman, Junior Associate.

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