Turner Classic Birdman

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Turner Classic Birdman
Busy Day for Birdman title card.png
Premiere date: August 21, 2005
Music composed by: Michael Kohler
Writers: Michael Ouweleen and Erik Richter
Directors: Richard Ferguson-Hull
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"Turner Classic Birdman" is the fifth episode of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law season three, and the twenty-fifth overall. It aired on August 21, 2005 on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block. It was written by 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 Birdman itself.

Robert Osborne of Turner Classic Movies presents "Busy Day for Birdman," which bridges the gap between Birdman and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Live-action Robert Osborne Himself
General Unavailable
Reducto Stephen Colbert
Birdman Gary Cole
Avenger Unavailable
Falcon 7 Stephen Colbert
Vulturo Neil Ross
Mentok the Mindtaker John Michael Higgins
Mamie Van Doren
Mentok the Mindtaker Peter MacNicol
Birdman's date N/A
Harvey Birdman Gary Cole
Mr. Peebles
Mr. Dibble
Fred MacMurray
Barbara Stanwyck
Fred Capra
Lucille Reyburn
Frank Fay
Robert Taylor





  • X's jet





The score was composed by Michael Kohler.


Dates are in order of release:

Behind the scenes

  • The episode title and opening of the episode is a parody of Turner Classic Movies, hosted by Robert Osborne at the time.
  • As Osbourne talks about Birdman's past superhero career, the title cards of the Birdman episode "Morto the Marauder," and the Galaxy Trio episode "Revolt of the Robots" are displayed on screen.
  • The whole episode except for the final scene with Harvey, is presented in the original style of Birdman, even the end credits. The only time it's indicated that it's still a Harvey Birdman episode is from Osborne.
  • This is the fourth episode to get a title card, although it is done for the "Busy Day for Birdman" segment.
  • Birdman asking for "Threepio" to shut down the trash compactors on the detention level, is taken from a line said by Luke Skywalker in the film Star Wars Episode V: A New Hope.
  • Double Indemnity is a real film released by Paramount Pictures in 1944, which Osbourne suddenly starts talking about at the end of the episode.


  • Peter MacNicol is credited as Peter Mac Nicol.

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