Fish Police is an animated television series from Hanna-Barbera based on the comic book series created by Steve Moncuse. It first aired on CBS in 1992, lasting six episodes over one season. In February of that year, three episodes aired, then the show was axed after falling in the television ratings. The remaining three episodes never aired in the United States, but the entire series ran in European syndication. The show had a decidedly more mature tone than most other animated Hanna-Barbara shows. Episodes often contained innuendo and cases of mild profanity.
The series was part of a spate of attempts by major networks to develop prime time animated shows to compete with the success of Fox's The Simpsons, alongside ABC's Capitol Critters (co-produced by Fox, which also produced The Simpsons) and CBS's own Family Dog. Hanna-Barbera Productions (which also worked on Capitol Critters) pitched the series to CBS Entertainment, which quickly agreed to pick it up. All three were canceled in their first seasons.
|Based on||Fish Police created by|
|Developed by||Jeanne Romano|
|Voices of||John Ritter|
|Composer(s)||James Horner (theme) |
Steve Bramson (score)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||6 (3 unaired) (list of episodes)|
|Production company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television|
|Original release||February 28 –|
March 13, 1992
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||"The Shell Game"||February 28, 1992|
|A wealthy casino owner, Clams Casino, is found murdered, and Angel is the primary suspect. Gil, however, senses something more sinister behind the murder, suspecting a link between Calamari and Clams's widow.|
|2||"A Fish Out of Water"||March 6, 1992|
|Gil is partnered with a new Casanova of a cop, Inspector C. Bass, much to his chagrin. When their first investigation together goes bust, Gil becomes convinced that Bass, despite his clean record, is on the take.|
|3||"Beauty's Only Fin Deep"||March 13, 1992|
|A beauty contest nears Fish City, with the grand prize being a year's worth of holidays, and a jealous Pearl immediately schemes to ensure Angel wins the contest. Meanwhile, a bitter assassin begins targeting the competitors.|
|4||"The Codfather"||April 4, 1992|
|A high-ranking mob boss, the Codfather, is found murdered shortly after attempting to "do business" with Calamari, with one of Calamari's signature napkins on the crime scene. Calamari is arrested, but Gil begins to voice doubts about Calamari's guilt when the Codfather's tax records come up.|
|5||"The Two Gils"||May 5, 1992|
|Calamari employs Bill, a doppelgänger for Gil, to impersonate the real Inspector Gil and take his place in Fish Police as his mole. But things start to get complicated when Gil's personal life and Bill's greed are involved.|
|6||"No Way to Treat a Fillet-dy"||June 16, 1992|
|Calamari brings his three nephews to Fish City, and around the same time, a mugger steals the Charity Ball savings from Goldie. Gil turns his eyes to Calamari's nephews, but they appear to be innocent after they and Calamari are robbed, while having to deal with accidentally having asked both Pearl and Angel to the Charity Ball.|
Critics' opinions were mixed to negative. Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly gave the show a "C", saying that the "comics are a lot more varied and better constructed — their plots worked as mysteries, whereas here the stories are just excuses for more fish humor." Marion Garmel of the Indianapolis Star thought that the show lacked the "dark edge" of the comics. In a 2010 interview, Moncuse said of the show, "The less said about the animated series the better."
Rick Calabash (born in Wheeling, West Virginia) is an American film and television producer, writer and director, particularly of animated family films.
As a teen, Calabash once worked for Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, for whom he designed and built theatrical sets.
His first break in the entertainment industry came from producer, David Kirschner, for whom he developed many television and feature film projects during Kirschner's tenure as president of Hanna-Barbera Productions.
When Kirschner formed Turner Feature Animation, Calabash joined the team as a storyboard supervisor, character designer and writer, working on such films as The Pagemaster, which starred Christopher Lloyd and Macaulay Culkin and the Annie Award winning animated feature Cats Don't Dance, which starred Scott Bakula and Hal Holbrook with original songs by Randy Newman and Natalie Cole.
Notable television productions for which Calabash served as producer, writer, and director are Disney's 101 Dalmatians: The Series, for which he received two Emmy nominations and won a Silver Angel Award, Disney's House of Mouse and Disney's Mickey Mouse Works for which he won a Golden Reel Award. He also served as a storyboard supervisor and director on the two highest-grossing home video releases of 2001 and 2002, Mickey's House of Villains and Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse.In addition to his work in television and film, he was a storyboard artist and creative consultant on the popular theme park attraction Mickey's PhilharMagic, a 3-D musical featurette, which premiered on the largest screen in the world at the Walt Disney World Resort in 2003.
Calabash is currently the president of Scarab Productions, Inc., a film, television and new media production company which has projects in development with The Disney Channel, The Zanuck Company, Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil and Warner Bros. Pictures.