Teen Wolf (TV series)

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This article is about the TV series. For the character with the same name, see Scott Howard.
Teen Wolf
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On-screen title card.
Network: CBS
Production company: Hanna-Barbera Australia
Original release: September 13, 1986November 7, 1987
Run time: 24 minutes
Starring: Townsend Coleman
James Hampton
Stacy Keach, Sr.
June Foray
Don Most
Jeannie Elias
Executive producer(s): Buzz Potamkin
Jonathan Dana
Music composed by: David Kitay
Richard Kosinski
Wells Christie
John Lewis Parker
John Donnellan
Director(s): Gordon Kent

Teen Wolf is an American-Australian animated supernatural television series co-produced by Hanna-Barbera Australia and Southern Star in association with Clubhouse Pictures (season one) and Atlantic/Kushner-Locke (season two) for CBS' Saturday morning children's programming. It ran from 1986 to 1987, airing 21 episodes. The TV series is a spin-off of the big-screen film of the same name starring Michael J. Fox in the title role. Fox did not reprise the role, with Townsend Coleman cast instead, although James Hampton returned as the father.

The series deals with 16-year-old Scott Howard, who on top of dealing with the usual problems of a boy his age, has to deal with the added burden of living as a werewolf with the rest of his family, which he must hide to the rest of the Wolverton. The only people who know his secret are his best friend, Stiles, who would also happen to sell him out in an instant if he could, his other friend, Boof, and the housekeeper, Frieda. He is constantly pining for the most attractive girl at his school, even in spite of her alpha jock boyfriend.

If the reader is familiar with the film, they already know this greatly diverges from the film, making it a loose inspiration, instead of a direct continuation. In the film, Scott only lived with his father, had the same two friends, while his secret became known to the whole town, which was known as Beacontown, and he was propelled into a mini-celebrity. With this knowledge, his unrequited crush, Pamela, took more of an interest in him, eventually leading to seducing him, but in reality, she was still with her first boyfriend, Mick. Scott ended up seeing the truth and no longer relied on his werewolf form to impress his friends, while also ditching Pamela, and finally seeing Boof as more than just a friend, who in turn had the same feelings. Scott is two years older in the film.

Also worth noting is that the last episode also has ties to the sequel, Teen Wolf Too, as it features the same cousin, Todd. Both the episode and the film are also different from each other, with the latter having Todd learn about his family heritage and becoming a werewolf for the first time, while in the movie he knew about his heritage, but hadn't shown signs yet.





Title Number Original air date
"Teen Wolf's Family Secret" 1x01 September 13, 1986
"Grampa's in the Doghouse" 1x02 September 20, 1986
"The Werewolf Buster" 1x03 September 27, 1986
"Shopworn Wolf" 1x04 October 4, 1986
"The Beast Within" 1x05 October 11, 1986
"Up a Family Tree" 1x06 October 18, 1986
"Wolf Pride" 1x07 October 25, 1986
"Wolf of My Dreams" 1x08 November 1, 1986
"Leader of the Pack" 1x09 November 8, 1986
"The Curse of the Red Paw" 1x10 November 15, 1986
"The All American Werewolf" 1x11 November 22, 1986
"Under My Spell" 1x12 November 29, 1986
"Teen Wolf Punks Out" 1x13 December 6, 1986
"Teen Wolf's Curse" 2x01 September 19, 1987
"It's No Picnic Being Teen Wolf" 2x02 September 26, 1987
"Toot Toot, Tut Tut and All That Rot" 2x03 October 3, 1987
"Down on the Farm" 2x04 October 10, 1987
"Diary of a Mad Werewolf" 2x05 October 17, 1987
"Teen Wolf, Come Home" 2x06 October 24, 1987
"Scott and the Howlers" 2x07 October 31, 1987
"Howlin' Cousins" 2x08 November 7, 1987