The Powerpuff Girls (1998 TV series)

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The Powerpuff Girls
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Created by: Craig McCracken
Network: Cartoon Network
The WB
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Cartoon Network Studios
Distributor: Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original release: November 18, 1998March 25, 2005
Run time: 22 minutes
Narrated by: Tom Kenny
Starring: Catherine Cavadini
Tara Strong
E.G. Daily
Tom Kane
Tom Kenny
Executive producer(s): Craig McCracken
Producer(s): Craig McCracken
Genndy Tartakovsky
Donna Castricone
Music composed by: Thomas Chase
Steve Rucker
James L. Venable
Writer(s): Craig McCracken
Jason Butler Rote
Michael Ryan
Lauren Faust
Director(s): Craig McCracken
Genndy Tartakovsky
Randy Myers
John McIntyre
Collette Sunderman (voices)
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The Powerpuff Girls is an American animated superhero-comedy television series created by Craig McCracken. It was produced first by Hanna-Barbera (seasons 1-4) and then Cartoon Network Studios (seasons 5-6) for Cartoon Network. It ran from 1998 to 2005, airing a total of 78 episodes that spanned six seasons. It is the first series in the Powerpuff Girls franchise, with its huge popularity spawning a 2002 theatrical movie, and three TV specials (two of them post-series).

Professor Utonium was determined to create the perfect little girl, who would be made up of "sugar, spice, and everything nice," but the experiment was contaminated when he accidentally knocked into a vial of Chemical X. What appeared to be a disaster inadvertently created an even better result, as he created three little girls: Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup. Born with extraordinary "ultra superpowers," these little girls, dubbed the Powerpuff Girls, have taken the job of defending the city of Townsville.



During Craig McCracken's first year in the character animation program of CalArts,[1] he wanted to make a short film using a wrestler-type character he called "El Fuego." At the same time, he also drew three large-eyed girls, visually inspired by the art of Margret Keane,[2] on a small sheet of orange construction paper as a birthday card design for his brother. Intrigued by the girls' "cute" appearance, McCracken ditched El Fuego and made them child superheroes called "The Whoopass Girls". The short, Whoopass Stew! The Whoopass Girls in: A Sticky Situation, was created in 1992, and was later shown at Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation in 1994. McCracken also made other three shorts at that time (all of them starring the three girls) but were never finished.[3]

While working as an art director for 2 Stupid Dogs, McCracken showed his student short to Fred Seibert, the head of Hanna-Barbera at the time. The two negotiated and the short was picked up as a series by Cartoon Network, where it became part of its What a Cartoon! animated shorts showcase. However, Cartoon Network executives believed that no one would make a kids' show with the partial word "ass" in it, so the title was changed to The Powerpuff Girls. The name "Whoopass" was renamed "Powerpuff" by McCracken's suggestion, and the "can of whoopass" (the substance that made the girls) was changed to "Chemical X".[3] McCracken's new short, entitled "The Powerpuff Girls in: Meat Fuzzy Lumpkins", aired as part the network's World Premiere Toon-In on February 20, 1995. It was not popular, being surpassed by another short titled "Dexter's Laboratory"; a pilot of which McCracken and former classmate Genndy Tartakovsky worked together on. "Meat Fuzzy Lumpkins" also received a negative reaction from test screening, with McCracken claiming that it didn't fare well with an 11 year-old male audience.[4] While Dexter's Laboratory was the first one greenlit into a full series, CN executive Mike Lazzo showed interest in The Powerpuff Girls, which McCracken stated that they were "more interested in a negative reaction than a lukewarm reaction."[3] He allowed McCracken to produce a second short titled "Crime 101", which aired on What a Cartoon! in January 28, 1996.



The main title theme and music were composed by Thomas Chase, Steve Rucker, and James L. Venable. The end credits song was performed by the Scottish indie-pop band Bis.


Title Number Original air date
"Meat Fuzzy Lumpkins" 0x01 February 20, 1995
"Crime 101" 0x02 January 28, 1996
"Monkey See, Doggie Do" / "Mommy Fearest" 1x01 November 18, 1998
"Insect Inside" / "Powerpuff Bluff" 1x02 November 25, 1998
"Octi Evil" / "Geshundfight" 1x03 December 2, 1998
"Buttercrush" / "Fuzzy Logic" 1x04 December 9, 1998
"Boogie Frights" / "Abracadaver" 1x05 December 16, 1998
"Telephonies" / "Tough Love" 1x06 December 23, 1998
"Major Competition" / Mr. Mojo's Rising" 1x07 January 6, 1999
"Paste Makes Waste" / "Ice Sore" 1x08 January 13, 1999
"Bubblevicious" / "The Bare Facts" 1x09 January 20, 1999
"Cat Man Do" / "Impeach Fuzz" 1x10 January 27, 1999
"Just Another Manic Mojo" / "Mime for a Change" 1x11 February 3, 1999
"The Rowdyruff Boys" 1x12 April 7, 1999
"Uh Oh Dynamo" 1x13 May 27, 1999
"Stuck Up, Up and Away" / "Schoolhouse Rocked" 2x01 June 25, 1999
"Collect Her" / "Supper Villain" 2x02 August 6, 1999
"Birthday Bash" / "Too Pooped to Puff" 2x03 August 20, 1999
"Beat Your Greens" / "Down n' Dirty" 2x04 September 10, 1999
"Dream Scheme" / "You Snooze You Lose" 2x05 September 24, 1999
"Slave the Day" / "Los Dos Mojos" 2x06 October 8, 1999
"A Very Special Blossom" / "Daylight Savings" 2x07 November 26, 1999
"Mo Job" / "Pet Feud" 2x08 February 13, 2000
"Imaginary Fiend" / "Cootie Gras" 2x09 March 17, 2000
"The Powerpuff Girls Best Rainy Day Adventure Ever" / "Just Desserts" 2x10 April 28, 2000
"Twisted Sister" / "Cover Up" 2x11 May 26, 2000
"Speed Demon" / "Mojo Jonesin'" 2x12 June 2, 2000
"Something's a Ms." / "Slumbering with the Enemy" 2x13 June 30, 2000
"Fallen Arches" / "The Mane Event" 3x01 July 28, 2000
"Town and Out" / "Child Fearing" 3x02 August 18, 2000
"Criss Cross Crisis" 3x03 September 8, 2000
"Bubblevision" / "Bought and Scold" 3x04 September 15, 2000
"Gettin' Twiggy With It" / "Cop Out" 3x05 September 22, 2000
"Three Girls and a Monster" / "Monkey See, Doggy Two" 3x06 October 6, 2000
"Jewel of the Aisle" / "Super Zeroes" 3x07 October 20, 2000
"Candy is Dandy" / "Catastrophe" 3x08 November 10, 2000
"Hot Air Buffoon" / "Ploys R' Us" 3x09 December 1, 2000
"The Headsucker's Moxy" / "Equal Fights" 3x10 January 5, 2001
"Powerprof." 3x11 February 9, 2001
"Moral Decay" / "Meet the Beat Alls" 3x12 February 9, 2001
"Helter Shelter" / "Power Lunch" 3x13 April 3, 2001
"Him Diddle Riddle" 4x01 June 21, 2002
"Film Flam" 4x02 April 20, 2001
"All Chalked Up" 4x03 June 29, 2002
"Get Back Jojo" 4x04 May 4, 2001
"Superfriends" 4x05 June 8, 2002
"Members Only" 4x06 June 15, 2002
"Nano of the North" 4x07 June 22, 2002
"Stray Bullet" 4x08 July 5, 2002
"Forced Kin" 4x09 June 28, 2002
"Knock It Off" 4x10 July 12, 2002
"Keen on Keane" / "Not So Awesome Blossom" 4x11 December 6, 2002
"Power-Noia" 4x12 December 13, 2002
"Monstra-City" / "Shut the Pup Up" 5x01 September 5, 2003
"Toast of the Town" / "Divide and Conquer" 5x02 September 12, 2003
"Burglar Alarmed" / "Shotgun Wedding" 5x03 September 19, 2003
"Save Mojo" / "Substitute Creature" 5x04 September 26, 2003
"The Boys Are Back in Town" 5x05 November 6, 2003
"See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey" 5x06 January 20, 2009
"Pee Pee G's" / "Boy Toys" 5x07 November 13, 2003
"Seed No Evil" / "City of Clipsville" 5x08 November 25, 2003
"Lying Around the House" / "Bubble Boy" 5x09 January 9, 2004
"The Powerpuff Girls: A Documentary" / "Girls Gone Mild" 5x10 January 16, 2004
"Curses" / "Bang for Your Buck" 5x11 April 2, 2004
"Silent Treatment" / "Sweet 'n' Sour" 5x12 April 9, 2004
"Prime Mates" / "Coupe D'Etat" 6x01 April 16, 2004
"Makes Zen to Me" / "Say Uncle" 6x02 April 23, 2004
"Reeking Havoc" / "Live & Let Dynamo" 6x03 April 30, 2004
"Mo' Linguish" / "Oops, I Did It Again" 6x04 May 7, 2004
"A Made Up Story" 6x05 May 14, 2004
"Little Miss Interprets" / "Night Mayor" 6x06 June 25, 2004
"Custody Battle" / "City of Nutsville" 6x07 July 2, 2004
"Aspirations" 6x08 July 9, 2004
"That's Not My Baby" / "Simian Says" 6x09 July 16, 2004
"Sun Scream" / "City of Frownsville" 6x10 July 23, 2004
"West in Pieces" 6x11 July 30, 2004
"Crazy Mixed Up Puffs" / "Mizzen in Action" 6x12 August 20, 2004
"Roughing It Up" / "What's the Big Idea?" 6x13 August 27, 2004
"Nuthin' Special" / "Neighbor Hood" 6x14 March 25, 2005
"I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future" / "Octi-Gone" 6x15 March 25, 2005


Title Number Original air date
"Twas the Fight Before Christmas" 1 December 12, 2003
"The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!!" 2 January 19, 2009
"Dance Pantsed" 3 January 20, 2014



An anime adaptation known as Powerpuff Girls Z was produced by Cartoon Network Japan and Aniplex, and animated by Toei Animation. It aired in Japan on TV Tokyo in 2006-07, while an English Dub (in association with Ocean Productions in Canada) aired on Cartoon Network in the Philippines, and Boomerang in Australia and New Zealand in 2008.

Between 2016 to 2019, a reboot of The Powerpuff Girls aired on Cartoon Network. This series took on a new art style, while also having a completely different cast and tone. Unlike the original show, it was met with mixed to negative reviews from critics.

In 2020, a live-action TV series was announced in the works for The CW. After the pilot was filmed, it was shelved until the correct tone could be achieved.

In 2022, it was announced that Craig McCracken would be on board for a reboot for The Powerpuff Girls, in association with Hanna Barbera Studios Europe.[5]

In popular culture

  • Craig McCracken's next series for Cartoon Network was Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, which included some references to The Powerpuff Girls. For instance, the teenage caretaker Frankie Foster wears a t-shirt with silhouettes of Bubbles, Blossom, and Buttercup in their trademark colors. In the first episode, "House of Blues, Part 1," Wilt shows Bloo and Mac an imaginary friend resembling Mojo Jojo while a lazy kid watched TV.

Robot Chicken

Main article: Robot Chicken
  • "Celebrity Rocket:" During a three-second channel flip, Professor Utonium (voiced by Abe Benrubi), who's spiraled on the floor of his lab, comments to the Powerpuff Girls, "All thanks to stem cell research," with the girls (voiced by Seth Green) either cheekily or sinisterly replying, "Uh huh."
  • "I Love Her:" In the segment "Perfect Little Girls Who Flip The F&%$ Out," while creating the Powerpuff Girls, Professor Utonium adds cocaine to the recipe, causing the girls to go crazy and ravage the town.
  • "May Cause a Squeakquel:" Mojo Jojo is thrown into jail when the Powerpuff Girls realize that the town's judicial system is unfair and doesn't rehabilitate its criminals and so they break into the mayor's office and beat him up.


Main article: MAD
  • "WWe Bought a ZOO/2 Broke Powerpuff Girls:" During "2 Broke Powerpuff Girls," Bubbles and Buttercup are left broke and jobless in their apartment after being fired from their job as waitresses. They turn to Blossom for help and she employs them to work for her company which owns a restaurant, leaving them at square one again. Tara Strong reprises Bubbles for this skit.
  • "Taking Nemo/Once Upon a Toon": During "Once Upon a Toon," Samurai Jack trims a bush in the shape of the Powerpuff Girls.

In other languages

Language Name
Japanese パワーパフガールズ (Pawapaffu Garusu)
Spanish Las Chicas Superpoderosas


  1. ^ Wineman, Daniel (November 15, 1998). "SIGNOFF; Never Underestimate the Power of a Puff". The New York Times. Archived from the original on September 8, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2022.
  2. ^ Townsend, Emru (Summer 1995). "Craig McCracken on Stupid Dogs and Powerful Girls". Frames per Second Magazine (6). Archived from the original on August 10, 2011. Retrieved October 8, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c The Powerpuff Girls: Who, What, Where, How, Why... Who Cares? (DVD bonus feature). Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. 2009.
  4. ^ Lucas, Michael P. (February 28, 1999). "Power to the (Little) People". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 8, 2022.
  5. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (18 July 2022). "Original creator Craig McCracken is on board to reboot his hit series 'The Powerpuff Girls' and 'Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends' TELEVISIONWORLDWIDE Hanna-Barbera Studios Rebooting Craig McCracken Classics 'The Powerpuff Girls' & 'Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends'". Animaton Magazine.