Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures (1990 TV series)
|Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures|
|Format||Animated series, Comedy|
|Created by||Alyson Court|
|Voices of||Keanu Reeves (season 1)
Alex Winter (season 1)
George Carlin (season 1)
Christopher Kennedy (season 2)
Evan Richards (season 2)
|Theme music composer||Randy Petersen (season 1)
Kevin Quinn (season 1)
|Opening theme||Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures|
|Country of origin||English|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||21|
|Executive producer(s)||David Kirschner (season 1)
Paul Sabella (season 1)
Andy Heyward (season 2)
|Running time||20–23 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Productions (season 1)
DiC (season 2)
|Original channel||CBS (season 1)
Fox Kids (season 2)
|Original run||September 15, 1990 – November 16, 1991|
|Followed by||Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures (1992 TV series)|
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures is a 1990 spin-off animated television series following the misadventures of two time-travelling slackers as they travel into the distant past and future. It was based on the 1989 film, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and is part of the Bill & Ted franchise.
The first season was produced by Hanna-Barbera and aired on CBS, with Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, and Bernie Casey reprising their movie roles. In the second season, the show switched production companies and networks, now airing on Fox Kids and produced by DIC Entertainment. As Fox was also planning on airing a new live-action series of the same name, the cast was replaced, and the leads were now voiced by Evan Richards and Christopher Kennedy, the actors who respectively portrayed Bill and Ted on the short-lived series. The new episodes introduced a “Squint” phone booth that could take Bill and Ted into literature, television shows, and (after shrinking them) inside the human body. The new show had trouble catching on, and after one more season, Bill and Ted was cancelled.
Season one (Hanna-Barbera)
- One Sweet & Sour Chinese Adventure – To Go (9/15/90)
Plot: Bill & Ted play loud rock n' roll music & accidentally break a Chinese vase. To avoid getting in trouble, the dudes use their trusty phone booth time machine to go to ancient China to find a replacement, & also meet the famous Italian explorer, Marco Polo.
- The Birth of Rock 'N Roll or Too Hip for the Womb (9/22/90)
Plot: Bill & Ted are flunking music appreciation & are given an assignment about classical music, & end up meeting musical personalities such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Little Richard. They also get in trouble with history's greatest archer, William Tell.
- A Most Excellent Roman Holiday (9/29/90)
Plot: The dudes are taking a Latin class & are given an assignment about a rare Ancient Roman coin, & the end up going to Latin America in 1450 & Rome in 44 B.C. They also save Julius Caesar from being assassinated.
- Model 'T' for Ted (10/6/90)
Plot: Ted is given driving lessons in his father's car, "Blue Betty", & he accidentally wrecks it, which leads to him & Bill going back in time to require some help. They also improve the first Thanksgiving feast, meet pirates & sea exploerers like Sir Francis Drake, car pioneer Henry Ford & the inventors of the airplane, The Wright Brothers.
- The More Heinous They are, the Harder They Fall (10/20/90)
Plot: Bill & Ted use their phone booth to find a heinous bully to deal with a bully at Deacon's school. They try the English ruler Henry VIII, evil Russian king Ivan the Terrible, cowgirl personality Calamity Jane, & American patriot, Paul Revere & they even sign their names on the Declaration of Independence.
- Birds of A Feather Stick to the Roof of Your Mouth (10/27/90)
Plot: The duo housesit for an eccentric explorer named Mr. Stickler & a cat eats his most prized possession, a rare bird called " Prince Rupert III" which leads to finding a replacement. They also help polar explorer Richard Byrd fly across the South Pole, build a nose for The Sphinx, & help Mr. Stanley find Dr. Livingstone.
- A Black Night in San Dimas (11/3/90)
Plot: A math teacher named Ms. Spleen is fed up with Bill & Ted & threatens them with expelling them unless they can catch up with their homework. In order to get a great audience at their concert, they go back to get their old friends, Joanna & Elizabeth from 15th century England, but en up in the Crusades with Muslim leader Saladin.
- Pocket Watch Full of Miracles (11/10/90)
Plot: It's Mr. Preston's birthday & the dudes use their phone booth to get him a present: an antique pocket watch, but end up getting watches from Mr. Preston when he was 10 years old, folk hero John Henry, Swiss general Hannibal & the Empress of India, Queen Victoria.
- This Babe Ruth "BABE" is A DUDE, Dude (11/24/90)
Plot: The dudes are faced with lunchtime detention & accidentally wash off a signature off Coach Sweatsock's baseball which leads to meeting Babe Ruth, Harriet Tubman & the famous vampire Count Dracula.
- When the Going Gets Tough Bill & Ted are History (12/1/90)
Plot: Bill & Ted are fed up with not getting any applause, so they break up the band, which becomes a breach in time security which causes Rufus to get younger, which leads Bill & Ted meeting famous inventor Thomas Edison, professional artist, thinker, scientist & inventor Leonardo da Vinci, English chemist Joseph Priestley & history's greatest sailor, Christopher Columbus.
Never the Twain Shall Meet (12/8/90)
Plot: The dudes must find a person for Career Day, or "else". First they meet the greatest playwright ever, William Shakespeare, gold pioneer John Sutter & American novelist & humorist, Mark Twain.
A Job, a Job – My Kingdom for a Job (12/15/90)
Plot: Bill & Ted must find a job, so they find jobs baking a cake for Marie Antoinette's birthday, help the Spanish explorer Juan De Õnote find the Lost City of Gold, Lucrezia Borgia & help write haikus with Matsuo Basho.
A Grimm Story of an Overdue Book (12/22/90)
Plot: Ted is on the library's "Most Over-due Book" list for not returning a story written by the Grimm Brothers, so he & Bill scourge through many places in the past to find a copy of the book, & they meet the actual Grimm Brothers, George Washington, Davy Crockett & Lady Godiva.
Season two (DiC)
- Now Museum, Now You Don't (9/14/91)
- The Totally Gross Anatomy of a Gym Teacher (9/21/91)
- The Star Strangled Banner (9/28/91)
- Leave it to Bill and Ted (10/5/91)
- Goodbye, Columbus... and America (10/12/91)
- It's a Bogus Day in the Neighborhood (10/26/91)
- Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure in Babysitting (11/2/91)
- The Apple Doesn't Fall Far from the Phone Booth (11/16/91)
- Alex Winter – Bill S. Preston, Esq.
- Keanu Reeves – Ted "Theodore" Logan
- George Carlin – Rufus
- Bernie Casey – Mr. Ryan
- Danny Cooksey – Deacon Logan
- Peter Renaday – Detective Logan
- Christopher Kennedy – Bill S. Preston, Esq.
- Evan Richards – Ted "Theodore" Logan
- Tara Charendoff – Mary Jane
The first episode of the first season was released as a special feature on the Bill and Ted's Most Excellent Collection DVD box set.
In 2013, TGG Direct, LLC (under license from MGM Home Entertainment) released a 2 disc "Best of" DVD. Disc 1 has most of the episodes from Season 1 (5 episodes are missing), while Disc 2 has the complete second season. It was a Wal-Mart exclusive at first, but now it's available nationwide.
- New Zealand
- TV3 1992–1993
- "Networks Juggle Saturday Morning TV Lineups". Los Angeles Times. April 11, 1990. Retrieved 2011-01-05.
- "Fine-tuning cartoons for young and old". Providence Journal. September 6, 1991. Retrieved 2011-01-05.
- DuBrow, Rick (May 22, 1991). "Fox Network Goes Out on a Limb Again". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-01-05.
- Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures at the Internet Movie Database
- Bill and Ted's Excellent Online Adventure
- Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures at Hulu