SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron (TV series)

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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, 1993December 24, 1994
Run time 22 minutes
Starring Charlie Adler
Barry Gordon
Tress MacNeille
Gary Owens
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 television series created by Christian and Yvon Tremblay. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera for TBS' Saturday morning block. It ran from 1993 to 1994, airing 25 episodes that spanned two seasons, followed by one clip-show special.

In a world populated by anthropomorphic cats, T-Bone and Razor—two disgraced ex-Enforcers—have turned to vigilantism (calling themselves the SWAT Kats) to continue safeguarding Megakat City from various threats, including criminals, sorcerers, mutants, and robots.

The entire series has been released on DVD.




Despite the series being a successful program, Ted Turner, the CEO of Turner Broadcasting System, was reportedly displeased with the level of violence in his cartoons at the time, leading to the delay of the series' merchandising and its eventual cancellation.[1] He went on record on Congress and in a 1995 interview after the show's cancellation, where he made his statement on the matter:

“We have more cartoons than anybody: The Flintstones, The Jetsons, The Smurfs, Scooby-Doo. They're nonviolent. We don't have to worry that we're encouraging kids to kill each other - like some of the other cartoon programs do.”
- Ted Turner, 1995[2]


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.


Episode Air date
1x01 September 11, 1993
1x02 September 18, 1993
1x03 September 25, 1993
1x04 October 2, 1993
1x05 October 9, 1993
1x06 October 16, 1993
1x07 October 23, 1993
1x08 October 30, 1993
1x09 November 6, 1993
1x10 November 13, 1993
1x11 November 20, 1993
1x12 November 27, 1993
1x13 December 4, 1993
2x01 September 10, 1994
2x02 September 17, 1994
2x03 September 24, 1994
2x04 October 29, 1994
2x05 November 5, 1994
2x06 November 12, 1994
2x07 November 19, 1994
2x08 November 26, 1994
2x09 December 10, 1994
2x10 December 24, 1994


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



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.

In 2015, the Tremblay Bros., who managed to retain the rights to the property, created a Kickstarter to crowdfund a potential revival under the working title of SWAT-Kats Revolution, and if possible, a 70-minute film. Although they had succeeded all their goals, they faced difficulties in securing an investor and a place to air, having been passed over by Warner Bros., Hulu, Netflix, and not finding Amazon to be suitable. In a Kickstarter campaign update on July 23, 2020,[3] co-creator Christian Tremblay alluded their issues with the revival getting picked up due to the 2019 film Cats becoming a major box office disaster, causing Hollywood to not see SWAT Kats any differently.

On January 20, 2021, the Tremblay Bros. announced on Kickstarter that they had secured an official backer in Indian studio, Toonz Media Group,[4] and on February 1, Kidscreen reported that they had gone into preproduction.[5] An official press release was given the next day.[6]

In popular culture

  • In the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Balloonenstein," when the portal first appears, it is stock footage of the Pastmaster's portal from "The Pastmaster Always Rings Twice."


Home media

In 1995, Turner Home Entertainment released three VHS volumes which include two episodes each: Strike of Dark Kat, Deadly Dr. Viper, and Metallikats Attack. These also included the "Secret Files of SWAT Kats" bumpers that aired on TBS.

On December 14, 2010, Warner Archive Collection released the entire series on DVD, calling the set SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron: The Complete Series. Due to an error in printing, many of the episodes came with the wrong end credits, leading to its removal from Warner Archive Collection's website on March 3, 2011, so the issue could be fixed. On January 19, 2012, Warner Archive Collection rereleased the set correctly. Unfortunately, neither version has the "Secret Files of SWAT Kats" bumpers that TBS aired with.


In 1994, Remco released a line of action figures based on Razor, T-Bone, Dark Kat, and Dr. Viper.

Gordy Toys released plastic "playsets" which included two different types of eyeglasses, a flash gun, and handcuffs.

Kids meal toys were also included by White Castle in 1994, and Carl's Jr. in 1996.

Video games

The TV series inspired a SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron sidescrolling action video game on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, which was released on August 21, 1995. There is also a SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron electronic LCD handheld video game released Micro Games of America.


  1. ^ Tremblay, Christan (November 30, 2012). "SWAT Kats The Animated Series Tlak to the Co-Creator Christian Tremblay". Reddit. Retrieved March 30, 2023.
  2. ^ Kim, Albert (April 21, 1995), "Ted's Excellent Speaking Engagement", Entertainment Weekly.
  3. ^ "Update 43: Re: Swat-Kats Revolution Update · SWAT-KATS REVOLUTION". Kickstarter. Retrieved March 30, 2023.
  4. ^ Tremblay Bros. Studios (January 20, 2021). "Update No. 45". Kickstarter. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  5. ^ Foster, Elizabeth (February 1, 2021). "SWAT-KATS Get Back In Action With Toonz". Kidscreen. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  6. ^ Sarto, Debbie Diamond "Cult Classic ‘Swat-Kats’ Returns". (February 2, 2021). Animation News Network. Retrieved May 5, 2021.