Josie and the Pussycats (TV series)

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Josie and the Pussycats
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On-screen title card.
Network CBS
Production company Hanna-Barbera
Archie Comics
Distributor Taft Broadcasting
Original release September 12, 1970-January 2, 1971
Starring Janet Waldo
Barbara Pariot
Jackie Joseph
Jerry Dexter
Sherry Alberoni
Casey Kasem
Don Messick
Producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Music composed by Ted Nichols
Writer(s) Larz Bourne
Tom Dagenais
Bill Lutz
Director(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
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Josie and the Pussycats, titled on-screen as Josie and the Pussy Cats, is an American animated musical/comedy/mystery television series produced by Hanna-Barbera and Radio Comics, the latter an imprint of Archie Comics, for CBS' Saturday morning line-up. It ran from 1970 to 1971, airing 16 episodes that spanned one season.

Josie, Valerie, and Melody tour the world in their bubblegum pop band Josie and the Pussycats, which inadvertently gets them on misadventures involving megalomaniacs and twisted scientists. They are joined by their manager, Alexander, their roadie, Alan, and Alexander's sister and foil to Josie and her cat, Alexandra and Sebastian, respectively.

Despite being publicized as a real-life band with real female singers who performed real music, the series didn't really catch on, so Hanna-Barbera made the logical conclusion that the characters needed to go to space to generate more viewers, which was called--you guessed it--Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space, which had the same amount of episodes, but didn't even last through the next year like the previous series.




The theme song was composed and sung by Hoyt Curtin and Patrice Holloway, respectively. The music was composed by Ted Nichols. The songs were supervised by La La Productions.


Episode Number Original air date
"The Nemo's a No No Affair" 1x01 September 12, 1970
"A Greenthumb is Not a Goldfinger" 1x02 September 19, 1970
"The Secret Six Secret" 1x03 September 26, 1970
"Swap Plot Flop" 1x04 October 3, 1970
"The Midas Mix-Up" 1x05 October 10, 1970
"X Marks the Spot" 1x06 October 17, 1970
"Chili Today, Hot Tamale" 1x07 October 24, 1970
"Never Mind a Master Mind" 1x08 October 31, 1970
"Plateau of the Apes Plot" 1x09 November 7, 1970
"Strangemoon Over Miami" 1x10 November 14, 1970
"All Wong in Hong Kong" 1x11 November 21, 1970
"Melody Memory Mix-Up" 1x12 November 28, 1970
"The Great Pussycat Chase" 1x13 December 5, 1970
"Spy School Spoof" 1x14 December 12, 1970
"The Jumpin' Jupiter Affair" 1x15 December 19, 1970
"Don't Count on a Countess" 1x16 January 2, 1971



Title Number Original air date
The New Scooby-Doo Movies: "The Haunted Showboat" 1 September 15, 1973

In popular culture

  • In the Student Bodies episode "Snowed In," Mags tries to find a common interest with Flash, but it isn't Josie and the Pussycats. Instead, it turns out to be Scooby-Doo
  • In The Fairly OddParents episode "Shelf Life," Tom Swayer changes the story Jason and the Argonauts so that Jason and his Argonaut soldiers are magically changed into a music band "Jason and the Pussycats," singing a parody of the theme song to fight off a cyclops.
  • In Comedy Central's adult animated series Drawn Together, Valerie serves as a template for one of the main characters, Foxxy Love. A deleted scene in "Hot Tub," the first episode, explained that she was a lead singer in a band called the Foxxy 5, who solved mysteries on the side like in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! In "Hot Tub," the girls were of all different ethnicities, while in their official appearance in "Captain Hero's Marriage Pact," they are all black like Foxxy. They are also revealed to have driven in a van like Mystery Incorporated drove The Mystery Machine in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! In "Clara's Dirty Little Secret," Foxxy led the housemates into a dance number during a chase.


  • "Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!:" Kevin refers to the Pussycats as having long tails and ears for hats just like in the theme song.
  • "Chapter Ninety-One: The Return of the Pussycats:" The Pussycats perform part of their theme song in a benefit gig for Riverdale, cutting off before they refer to their world travels, because in this continuity they have not achieved that kind of fame. The end of the series also sets up a potential spin-off after it is discovered Josie's father may have been murdered, with Melody alluding to the Hanna-Barbera series when she says they would embark on "magical musical mysteries unknown."