Jabberjaw (TV series)

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This article is about the TV series. For other uses, see Jabberjaw.
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On-screen title card.
Network ABC
Production company Hanna-Barbera
Original release September 11December 18, 1976
Starring Frank Welker
Tommy Cook
Julie McWhirter
Pat Parris
Barry Gordon
Producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Music composed by Hoyt Curtin
Writer(s) George Atkins
Haskell Barkin
John Bates
Larz Bourne
Tom Dagenais
Robert Fisher
Ray Parker
Director(s) Charles A. Nichols

Jabberjaw is an American animated mystery comedy TV series produced by Hanna-Barbera (H-B) for ABC's Saturday morning children's programming. It ran in 1976, airing 16 episodes that spanned one season. It was the ninth Scooby-Doo "clone" series.

The series centers on Jabberjaw, a 15-foot amphibious great white shark and the drummer for The Neptunes, a rock group made up of four teenagers: Biff, Shelly, Bubbles and Clamhead. They live in an underwater civilization in the year 2076, and travel to various underwater cities where they encounter and deal with assorted megalomaniacs and supervillains who want to conquer the undersea world.

The entire series has been released on DVD.



As with the majority of Hanna-Barbera cartoons in the 1970s, the format of the series is similar to shows such as Scooby-Doo, Josie and the Pussycats, and Speed Buggy, the latter two of which are also similar to Scooby-Doo. The series is also inspired by the overall shark mania of the 1970s[1] caused by the then-recent success of the 1975 film Jaws.


The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin.


Title Number Original air date
"Dr. Lo Has Got to Go" 1x01 September 11, 1976
"There's No Place Like Outer Space" 1x02 September 18, 1976
"Atlantis, Get Lost" 1x03 September 25, 1976
"Run, Jabber, Run" 1x04 October 2, 1976
"The Sourpuss Octopus" 1x05 October 9, 1976
"Hang On to Your Hat, Jabber" 1x06 October 16, 1976
"The Great Shark Switch" 1x07 October 23, 1976
"Claim-Jumped Jabber" 1x08 October 30, 1976
"Ali Jabber and the Secret Thieves" 1x09 November 6, 1976
"Help, Help, It's the Phantom of the Kelp" 1x10 November 13, 1976
"No Helpin' the Sculpin" 1x11 November 20, 1976
"The Bermuda Triangle Tangle" 1x12 November 25, 1976
"Malice in Aqualand" 1x13 November 27, 1976
"The Fast Paced Chase Race" 1x14 December 4, 1976
"The Piranha Plot" 1x15 December 11, 1976
"There's No Heel Like El Eel" 1x16 December 18, 1976



Although the series was considered to be a cash-in to Scooby-Doo, the title character of Jabberjaw would make another appearance in 1977's Laff-A-Lympics, where he is one of the show's guest announcers and referee in some episodes.

In 2021, Jabberjaw and the Neptunes appear in the Jellystone! series on HBO Max (later rebranded as Max), in which Jabberjaw is female in the show's continuity.

In popular culture

  • In the Robot Chicken skit "JJ's Summer Vacation" of the episode "Things Look Bad for the Streepster," the Neptunes suggest Jabberjaw to go on a vacation to relax. Although Jabberjaw assumes the gang is using it as an excuse to replace him, he obliges and ventures into the sea. After encountering a not so friendly shark and a "go go dancer" (which is a diver in a cage), Jabberjaw runs into the cast of Jaws, accidentally giving one of the cast a "Shark BJ" trying to get on the boat. He is then killed the same way the shark is killed in Jaws, having a helium tank blown up in his face. The Neptunes are worried about Jabberjaw but are happy with their new drummer; the not so friendly shark Jabberjaw ran into earlier.


  1. ^ Mallory, Michael (1998). Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. Warner Bros., Hugh Lauter Levin Associates Inc. ISBN 0-88363-108-3.