The Devlin Made Me Do It

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The Devlin Made Me Do It
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Peanut doing something useful for a change.
Premiere date: April 25, 2004
Run time: 11:48
Music composed by: Michael Kohler
Writers: Jeffrey G. Olsen
Michael Ouweleen and Erik Richter
Directors: Richard Ferguson-Hull
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"The Devlin Made Me Do It" is the third episode of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law season two, and the twelfth overall. It aired on April 25, 2004 on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block. It was written by Jeffrey G. Olsen, and series creators, Michael Ouweleen, and Erik Richter, produced by Evan W. Adler, and directed by Richard Ferguson-Hull. The Hanna-Barbera series ridiculed in this episode is Devlin.

A child sues legendary daredevil Ernie Devlin, who's not the same man he used to be.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Super kid Grey Delisle
Spider kid Grey Delisle
Spider-Man (picture) N/A
Overweight kid Maurice LaMarche
Garfield (picture) N/A
Bobby Joseph Seal
Ernie Devlin Toby Huss
Harvey Birdman Gary Cole
Peanut Thomas Allen
Avenger Unavailable
Peter Potamus Chris Edgerly
Judge Mightor Gary Cole
Wally Gator (water ring) N/A
Debbie (voice only) Grey Delisle
Tangy Devlin Patience Cleveland
Yogi Bear N/A
Spooky Space Kook N/A
Green monster N/A
Fred Jones N/A
Suzie Chan N/A
Jabberjaw N/A
Jane Jetson N/A
Phil Ken Sebben Stephen Colbert
Janitor N/A
Stan Freezoid Maurice LaMarche
Judge Mentok John Michael Higgins
Nurses N/A
Bailiff N/A
Hair Bair N/A
Tod Devlin Chris Edgerly
Sandy Devlin N/A
Guard Erik Richter
Myron Reducto Stephen Colbert
Alexander N/A
Adolf Hitler
Doctor N/A
The Bear N/A
Spuzzmocker Maurice LaMarche
Jesse Jackson's baby Grey Delisle
Jesse Jackson N/A





  • Ernie Devlin's motorcycle




The producers wanted Devlin's instructional series to be presented as DVDs, instead of VHSes, to keep the series relevant.

The TV ratings weren't allowed to be exact, so they all had to be slightly altered.


The score was composed by Michael Kohler.


Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: April 25, 2004 on Adult Swim (Cartoon Network)

Behind the scenes

  • The episode title is a play on "The Devil made me do it."
  • Harvey alludes to the Evil Knievel connection by calling Devlin Knevlin.
  • The Prostitutes of the Caribbean ride is a parody of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean ride, although has become much more popular as a film series, which started in 2003, a year before this episode aired.
  • One of the places on the map ends with Ferguson-Hull named after the director.
  • Cleveland died a month after this episode aired. She was replaced by Paget Brewster in "Grodin."
  • Seal was also replaced by Delisle in "Grodin," as he quit acting a year after this episode.
  • Ouweleen, Richter, and Ferguson-Hull provide audio commentary for this episode on DVD releases. There is also a second audio commentary from the standards and legal side with James Bagley, Lorraine Lavender, and Evan W Adler.


  • For some reason, Bobby's parents are missing.

Everlasting influence

  • Bobby sues Ernie again in "Grodin."

Critical reception

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