List of The Problem Solverz episodes

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The Problem Solverz is an animated TV series created, co-written and directed by Ben Jones. The series aired in the United States on Cartoon Network, from April 4, 2011 – September 29, 2011. Season 2 episodes were scheduled to air beginning September 24, 2012, but programming was delayed.[1][verification needed] On March 30, 2013, the eight episodes of Season 2 were released on Netflix.

Each episode ends with the narrator saying, "Another exciting case solved by: The Problem Solverz!" At the end of the first six episodes, the show featured a 1–2 minute segment called "Ask Alfe", where Alfe resolved various problems. The Cartoon Network website also provided an "Ask Alfe" feature, where web visitors could submit a problem for Alfe to solve. His responses would be shown after the end of the episode.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired Distributor
Shorts June 13, 2006 (2006-06-13) & 2008 Various DVDs
Pilot August 7, 2010 (2010-08-07) Adult Swim
1 18 April 4, 2011 (2011-04-04) September 29, 2011 (2011-09-29) Cartoon Network
2 8 March 30, 2013 (2013-03-30) Netflix

Episodes[edit]

Shorts[edit]

The Problem Solverz main characters first appeared in an animated short entitled, "Alfe: Gone Cabin Carzy" [sic]. The short was created and produced by the art collective Paper Rad, and it was written by a member Ben Jones. Finally, this short was included on their DVD Trash Talking, published by Load Records in 2006.

The second animated short made by Paper Rad, "Problem Solvers", was released on DVD in 2008 as a bonus for the volume # 7 of The Ganzfeld, the periodical book series written by Dan Nadel. In it does not include The Problem Solverz main characters but introduces for the first time the problem solving's concept, with which Ben Jones will use as the storyline basis in the homonymous series on Cartoon Network.

Title Written and storyboarded by Original air date
"Alfe: Gone Cabin Carzy" Ben Jones (as Paper Rad) June 13, 2006

Horace is convinced that there is radiation outside since they have not gone out for 5 days.

Note: A prototype of Alfe's cousin Ralphe appears in this short. He also appears in The Problem Solverz episode 15, "Glam-Vampire Hunterz".[2]
"Problem Solvers" Ben Jones (as Paper Rad) 2008

The short describes the adventures of six original characters: Dewey, T Bubbles, Pandemonia, Riviera, Buck, and D-O-G. It is composed of three segments ("Intro", "Dewey's Bike Ride", and "D-O-G's Song"), and from only two episodes:

  • Case #1220: "My Script"
  • Case #1211: "Give Pizza a Chance"
Note: D-O-G, Dewey, and Buck are the only characters of the short that made cameo appearances in The Problem Solverz.

Pilot (2010)[edit]

The pilot episode "Neon Knome" was produced for Adult Swim and released on the website Adultswim.com, in the show's section "Big, Über, Network, Sampling", but was rejected and not given the start of transmission by the same channel.

The Problem Solverz pilot
Title Written and directed by Original air date Production
code
"Neon Knome" Ben Jones August 7, 2010 100
Horace, Alfe and Roba try to destroy a giant rollerblade appeared on their yard, but eventually end up getting lost in the forest.

Season 1 (2011)[edit]

The Problem Solverz season 1 episodes
No. in
series
No. in
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Title Written by Storyboarded by Original air date Production
code
U.S. viewers
(in millions)
1 1 "Time Twister" Eric Kaplan Ben Jones April 4, 2011 102 1.138[3]

The Problem Solverz encounters on the city's amusement park a time-traveling rollercoaster called "Time Twister", that ages a class of elementary school students. They solve the problem of students and seal the rollercoaster, but Alfe later uses it to satisfy his pizza cravings by traveling back in time and getting a slice of pizza, and ends up causing the appearance prehistoric animals in the city plus its transformation in a baby. To put an end to this mess, the Problem Solverz on the advice of Tux Dog must reverse the process destroying Time Twister through its core of Eternitron, a giant clock time monster. The trio achieves this through the many Alfe's clones collected by the same rollercoaster.

Ask Alfe: Ask Alfe Instruction.
Guest voice: Chris Parnell as The Mayor/Eternitron

Note: One of the scenes in which Alfe capture his clone is taken from the segment "D-O-G's Song" of the Paper Rad's 2008 short Problem Solvers.
2 2 "Videogamez" Michael Yank Nick Bertonazzi April 11, 2011 103 1.262[4]

Horace hinders a mission by being addicted to a video game "Tomb of Nefertiti", given to him from Famitaro's owner Mr. Konishi, to kill its rogue AI. Horace himself continuing to play for 8 days, is hypnotized, until after the world is threatened by the same videogame enemies. To stop the invasion Alfe and Roba, with the help of a special cable given to him to their by Tux Dog, enter the game but on their return are before Horace completely transformed into a virtual human block. Once finding him immediately the trio must pass the last three levels and then defeat the AI at the final level.

Ask Alfe: What should I do if I have trouble falling asleep?
Guest voices: George Takei as Mr. Konishi, and Bronson Pinchot as AI

Note: Tomb of Nefertiti is also the only The Problem Solverz game on the official Cartoon Network website.
3 3 "K-999 and Da Little Explorerz" Michael Yank Nick Bertonazzi April 18, 2011 104 1.152[5]

The Problem Solverz team up with K-999, a robot dog to stop a Girl Scout-aided alien invasion.

Ask Alfe: My hair gets so tangled up!
Guest voices: Jaleel White as K-999, Alia Shawkat as Laura, and Jill Talley as Nina/Alpha's Queen Alien
4 4 "Awesome Banditz" Michael Yank Nick Bertonazzi April 25, 2011 105 1.148[6]

The Problem Solverz are involved, thanks to the Police Captain of the city's huge mall, in an underground elevator racing, world from which they capture a group of thieves place experts in this race, called the "Elevator Banditz". To capture Alfe and Roba go undercover, and to do dress up and look like them.

Ask Alfe: I'm not sneaky enough.
Guest voices: Nikka Futterman as Stratch, and Brian Tee as Captain/Granite/Mini Master
5 5 "Funny Facez" Michael Yank Leo Riley May 2, 2011 106 1.277[7]

The work of a funny-face artists named Tony Marv, which Roba is a biggest fan, is stolen due to someone who leaked the photos of him in his program for the next show. His assistant Buddy Huxton presents the Problem Solverz, who asked them to solve this problem, finding the culprit. At the beginning Roba and Horace are still in doubt to solve it due to Alfe, that under the effect of "Taco crazy" think they know you already know everything with a rangefinder taco, and doing even suspect that a loser funny-faces artist named Fungsten has not leaked the photos. But then discover that real culprit is still at large when the taco truck sign blocking the view. At the end the trio back to Buddy Huxton which, however, admits: he leaked that photos to postpone tonight's show of Tony, and in order to avenge him for his trauma as a child.

Ask Alfe: What can I do at the beach?
Guest voices: Paul Scheer as Tony Marv/Fungsten, and Mark Hamill as Buddy Huxton
6 6 "Hide and Seek Ninjaz" Michael Yank Nick Bertonazzi May 9, 2011 107 1.424[8]

Alfe, Roba and Horace find some Go-Seeki Hide and Seek Ninjaz in whom kidnap a little girl of the Hido Clan's mom.

Ask Alfe: I'm totally stumped!
Guest voices: Grey DeLisle as Candance/Luka, and James Avery as Go-Seeki Ninja Master/Ninja Master's Dad Head
7 7 "The Mayan Ice Cream Caper" Eric Kaplan Ben Jones May 16, 2011 101 1.647[9]

The Problem Solverz are called upon to stop an ice-cream factory from being destroyed by its owner.

Ask Alfe: From this episode none new Ask Alfe. The causes of his cancellation are unknown.
Guest voice: Pamela Adlon as Mister Creame/Sweetie Creame

Note 1: Before of the official debut of The Problem Solverz on April 4, 2011 on Cartoon Network, a preview of this episode was show on the official Paper Rad YouTube channel.
Note 2: The opening theme in this episode is one of Neon Knome, the Adult Swim's pilot.
8 8 "Badcat" Michael Yank Casey Leonard May 23, 2011 108 1.274[10]

Tux Dog gets over his head and tried to stop Badcat himself. The Problem Solverz promise the mayor to solve this problem. They enter Badcat's hideout, but Alfe and Roba refused because of their disguise. Horace insults the senses into them.

Guest voice: Mark Hamill as Badcat
9 9 "Fauxboro" Michael Yank Casey Leonard May 30, 2011 109 1.508[11]

The town of Farboro is getting a little stranger every minute; Alfe's drums sound weird, the root beer tastes bad, and the people of Farboro declare no more problems. Worse, they were replaced by Bionic Zombies! If the gang doesn't stop them, they're toast! At the end they discover that everything is a gimmick of Tux Dog.

Guest voice: Tom Kenny as Bionic Zombies/The Android-geist
10 10 "Magic Clock" Michael Yank Casey Leonard June 6, 2011 110 1.498[12]

Alfe, Roba and Horace try to get back a stolen clock, followed by hardcore fan Katrina Rad turns on them, because she wants to use the clock to date Roba.

Guest voices: Jason Walden as Tommy/JZ, and Kari Wahlgren as Katrina Rad
11 11 "Breakfast Wars" Michael Yank Casey Leonard June 13, 2011 112 1.588[13]

Alfe, Roba and Horace try to find more cereal for a sugar-crazed kid.

Guest voice: Pamela Adlon as Danny/Danny's Mom
12 12 "Zoo Cops" Michael Yank Casey Leonard June 20, 2011 111 1.290[14]

The Problem Solverz try to help the zoo to capture Dork Face. But things goes bad when agent Lidget betrays the Problem Solverz, Dork Face sends them into a different world. Now Horace, Alfe and Roba have to get out in Flatland in time.

Guest voices: Eric Bauza as Dork Face/Ale, and Rich Fulcher as Lidget
13 13 "Hamburger Cavez" Michael Yank Casey Leonard August 25, 2011 114 1.125[15]

Horace and Roba force Alfe to go on a camping trip. Alfe, in a "mad-for-hamburgers" phase, wanders off looking for some, and stumbles upon an old cave and accidentally releases and gets possessed by a man eating spirit named Wendigo.

Guest voice: Kevin Michael Richardson as Wendigo

Note: Stylized versions of Mordecai and Rigby are briefly shown.
14 14 "Puffy Puppiez" Dave Tennant Casey Leonard September 1, 2011 115 1.055[16]
When Roba vows to take care of an old lady's puppies (much to the dismay of Alfe and Horace), things get complicated as the puppies destroy the trio's furniture and sends Roba spiraling into a craze. Meanwhile, Badcat returns to exterminate and put all dogs in a "dog jail". Later, Alfe enter in bike contest for save the dogs from Badcat's evil minions.
15 15 "Glam-Vampire Hunterz" Dave Tennant Casey Leonard September 8, 2011 116 1.191[17]

Alfe, Roba & Horace try to stop a group of metal rock vampires from taking over Farboro. Later, Ralphe (Alfe's cousin and mentor) stops by for a visit and claims to know the secret method of destroying the Glam Metal Vampirez. In the end they find that Ralphe might not be all that he had claimed to be.

Guest voice: Horatio Sanz as Ralphe
16 16 "Problem Solverz Academy" Ryan Levin Casey Leonard September 15, 2011 117 1.280[18]

Tux Dog sends the trio back to school to get better at solving problems. Roba becomes the "cool guy" and Horace finds out how tough it is to be the super dork. Later, Tux Dog sends K-999 too for training in the Problem Solverz Academy.

Guest voice: Matt Berry as Drill Sergeant
17 17 "Mermaid Raid" Ryan Levin Casey Leonard September 22, 2011 118 1.184[19]

Alfe pretends to be afraid of water, which prevents the Problem Solverz from answering a mermaid's distress call.

Guest voice: Vanessa Marshall as Emily
18 18 "Tux Dog's Island" Michael Yank Leo Riley September 29, 2011 113 1.072[20]

The trio goes on a vacation to an island resort sent by Tux Dog. But Horace thinks the island is too perfect, and tries to find a problem to solve.

Guest voices: Michael Dorn as Yamir, and Tia Carrere as Tara

Season 2 (2013)[edit]

Eight episodes were produced for Season 2 and were released through Netflix on March 30, 2013.[21]

The Problem Solverz season 2 episodes
No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Written by Storyboarded by Release date Production
code
19 1 "Making of The Problem Solverz Video Game"[22] Ryan Levin Casey Leonard March 30, 2013 N/A

When Mr. Konishi (from "Videogamez") is kicked out by his wife, the Solverz decide to take him in.

Guest voices: George Takei as Mr. Konishi, and Amy Hill as Mrs. Konishi
20 2 "Alfe Is Da Boss"[23] Ryan Levin Casey Leonard March 30, 2013 N/A
Alfe gains authority over the house and becomes corrupt beyond repair shortly after.
21 3 "Roba Has Dreadlocks"[24] Ryan Levin Casey Leonard March 30, 2013 N/A
Roba becomes a hippie after he runs out of his precious hand sanitizer.
22 4 "Alfe Has a Baby"[25] Ryan Levin Casey Leonard March 30, 2013 N/A
The Problem Solverz must care after the daughter of Alfe's Uncle Chocofus.
23 5 "Zazz Boyz Are Zazzing It Up"[26] Ryan Levin Casey Leonard March 30, 2013 N/A
Alfe and Roba form their own band, much to the chagrin of Horace when he is thrown out of the band due to his terrible vocal skills.
24 6 "Yogurt Nights"[27] Ryan Levin Casey Leonard March 30, 2013 N/A
Alfe catches Roba and Horace attending a support group for Fur Monsters.
25 7 "Super Close TV Watching"[28] Ryan Levin Casey Leonard March 30, 2013 N/A
The trio decide to join a league when Horace demonstrates his professional soccer skills.
26 8 "Alfe's Gonna Run Away"[29] Ryan Levin Casey Leonard March 30, 2013 N/A
After being disciplined by Roba and Horace too many times, Alfe decides to leave the gang in search of more 'awesome' places.

References[edit]

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  27. ^ "Yogurt Nights". Cartoon Network/Netflix. Retrieved 2013-04-21. 
  28. ^ "Super Close TV Watching". Cartoon Network/Netflix. Retrieved 2013-04-21. 
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