SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron

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SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron
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Season 1's on-screen title card.
Created by: Christian Tremblay
Yvon Tremblay
Developed by:
Glenn Leopold
Davis Doi
Network: TBS
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Distributor: Turner Entertainment
Original release: September 11, 1993—December 24, 1994
Run time: 22 minutes
Starring: Charlie Adler
Barry Gordon
Tress MacNeille
Jim Cummings
Executive producer(s): Buzz Potamkin
Producer(s): Davis Doi
Music composed by: Matt Muhoberac
John Zucker
Randall Crissman
Nick Brown
Writer(s): Glenn Leopold
Lance Falk
Director(s): Robert Alvarez
Kris Zimmerman (voices)
Second title card
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Season 2's on-screen title card.

SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron is an American animated action/sci-fi/supernatural TV series produced by Hanna-Barbera for NBC's Saturday morning block. It ran from 1993 to 1994, airing 25 episodes.

In a world populated by anthropomorphic cats, T-Bone and Razor, two disgraced ex-Enforcers, have turned to vigilantism in order to continue to safeguard Megakat City from criminals, sorcerers, mutants, and robots.

Production

Development

Aftermath

It was canceled due to merchandise coming out late and TBS conforming to Ted Turner's wishes in not having violence on his network. Three episodes were in production at the time of the series cancelation. One of them, "Succubus!" was recycled by writer Glenn Leopold for The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest episode "Eclipse" and the direct-to-video film Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island.

Since 2015, the Tremblay Bros., the creators who managed to retain the rights to the property, have been using Kickstarter to crowdfund a potential revival under the working title of SWAT Kats: Revolution. Even though all their goals have been reached, they have faced difficulties in securing an investor and place to air, having been passed by Warner Bros., Hulu, Netflix, and not finding Amazon to be suitable. They also had to wait for time to pass when Cats was a major box office disaster and Hollywood would not see SWAT Kats any differently.

Music

The theme and score were composed by Matt Muhoberac and John Zucker for seasons one and two, with Randall Crissman and Nick Brown added to the latter. Bodie Chandler was director of music production.

Episodes

Episode Number Air date
"The Pastmaster Always Rings Twice" 1x01 September 11, 1993
"The Giant Bacteria" 1x02 September 18, 1993
"The Wrath of Dark Kat" 1x03 September 25, 1993
"Destructive Nature" 1x04 October 2, 1993
"The Metallikats" 1x05 October 9, 1993
"Bride of the Pastmaster" 1x06 October 16, 1993
"Night of the Dark Kat" 1x07 October 23, 1993
"Chaos in Crystal" 1x08 October 30, 1993
"The Ghost Pilot" 1x09 November 6, 1993
"Metal Urgency" 1x10 November 13, 1993
"The Ci-Kat-A" 1x11 November 20, 1993
"Enter the Madkat" 1x12 November 27, 1993
"Katastrophe" 1x13 December 4, 1993
"Mutation City" 2x01 September 10, 1994
"A Bright and Shiny Future" 2x02 September 17, 1994
"When Strikes Mutilor" 2x03 September 24, 1994
"Razor's Edge" 2x04 October 29, 1994
"Cry Turmoil" 2x05 November 5, 1994
"SWAT Kats Unplugged" 2x06 November 5, 1994
"The Deadly Pyramid" 2x07 November 12, 1994
"Caverns of Horror" 2x08 November 19, 1994
"Volcanus Erupts!" 2x09 November 26, 1994
"The Origin of Dr. Viper" 2x10 November 26, 1994
"The Dark Side of the SWAT Kats" 2x11 December 10, 1994
"Unlikely Alloys" 2x12 December 24, 1994

Special

Title Air date
"The SWAT Kats: A Special Report" January 6, 1995

Cast

References