Popeye and Son

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Popeye and Son
Popeye and Son title card.png
On-screen title card.
Network CBS
Production company Hanna-Barbera
King Features Entertainment
Original release September 19December 12, 1987
Starring Maurice La Marche
Josh Rodine
Marilyn Schreffler
Allan Melvin
Don Messick
David Markus
Nancy Cartwright
Kaleen Kiff
Penina Segall
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Bruce L. Paisner
Producer(s) Charles Grosvenor
Music composed by Hoyt Curtin
Director(s) John Kimball
Paul Sommer
Gordon Hunt (voices)
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Popeye and Son is an American animated comedy television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and King Features Entertainment for CBS' Saturday morning children's programming. It ran in 1987, airing a total of 13 episodes that spanned one season. It is a spin-off from the Popeye the Sailor theatrical shorts from Fleischer Studios/Famous Studios, and the third and final series produced by Hanna-Barbera after The All-New Popeye Hour.

Popeye and long time girlfriend, Olive Oyl, have gotten hitched and settled down in the seaside town of Sweet Haven (borrowed from the 1980 live-action Popeye film), where they raise their preteen son, Popeye Jr. Unfortunately, they still have to contend with Popeye's old rival, Bluto, who's also got a wife and son named Lizzie and Tank, respectively. Not only does Bluto continue to try and prove himself to be the physically strongest, but also the town's unequaled businessman.

Past characters such as Wimpy and Eugene the Jeep also return. Wimpy has gone from eating burgers to selling them in his own restaurant. While he is still single, he acts as a role model for his nephew, Francis, and the mysterious Eugene still hangs around the Popeyes, despite having a family of his own.

The series generally focuses on Junior, his friends, and the continuing family rivalry between the Popeyes and the Blutos. In times of despair, Junior will also consume spinach to give him superhuman strength, although he has a strong dislike for it, unlike his father.

This series retcons both Popeye and Bluto's names as their family names, essentially making the former's full name Popeye Popeye (and by default, Junior's full name as Popeye Popeye, Jr.), as well as Bluto's full name possibly being Bluto Bluto, although neither are directly registered on-screen.

Noticeably absent are Swee'Pea, who's seemingly substituted with Junior (perhaps because the idea of an unofficially adopted son was harder to sell than a biological one), and Popeye's nephews.

Perhaps due to being short-lived and ill-received, nothing from this incarnation has made an impact on Popeye canon.




The music was composed and conducted by Hoyt Curtin.


Title Original air date
1x01 September 19, 1987
1x02 September 26, 1987
1x03 October 3, 1987
1x04 October 10, 1987
1x05 October 17, 1987
1x06 October 24, 1987
1x07 October 31, 1987
1x08 November 7, 1987
1x09 November 14, 1987
1x10 November 21, 1987
1x11 November 28, 1987
1x12 December 5, 1987
1x13 December 12, 1987


Dates are in order of release:



These identical credits appeared at the end of every episode.