Problem Child (TV series)
|Created by||Scott Alexander
|Starring||Benjamin Diskin as Junior Healy
Gilbert Gottfried as Igor Peabody
|Voices of||Nancy Cartwright
Mark L. Taylor
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||26 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Scott Alexander
|Production company(s)||D'Ocon Films Productions (season 1)
Lacewood Productions (season 2)
Universal Cartoon Studios
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Original channel||USA Network|
|Original run||October 31, 1993 – December 4, 1994|
Problem Child is an animated series produced by Universal Cartoon Studios and based on the Problem Child films. The TV series aired from 1993 to 1994. USA Network aired the series as part of their USA Cartoon Express programming block. The first 13 episodes can currently be seen on Hulu. The show is still aired in USA dubbed in Spanish language on the Telefutura network. In spite of this, Universal, as of November 19, 2009 has yet to announce any plans for a DVD release. 5 tapes (containing 2 episodes each) were released in 1995 containing episodes from seasons 1 and 2.
A significant feature has Gilbert Gottfried reprising his role of Igor Peabody from the films.
Ten-year-old Junior continues his evil adventures with his dad Little Ben Healy, (who is now a police officer) and his new friend, Cyndi in Toe Valley. Junior continues to make pure hell for those who get in his way like his principal Igor Peabody and Junior's grandfather Big Ben Healy with pranks and mischievous ideas.
The following characters from the film make an appearance in this show:
- Junior Healy (voiced by Benjamin Diskin) - The main protagonist of the series. Junior still continues his mischief against the uncaring adults that get in his way. It seems he has a pet mole now.
- Ben Healy (voiced by Mark L. Taylor) - Junior's adoptive father who works as a police officer in Toe Valley.
- Big Ben Healy (voiced by Jonathan Harris) - The father of Ben Healy and the grandfather of Junior Healy. He has become the Mayor of Toe Valley. Big Ben Healy and Junior Healy still hate each other.
- Igor Peabody (voiced by Gilbert Gottfried) - The principal of the school that Junior and his friends attend. But he is still enemies with Junior as he causes havoc around the school.
- Murph (voiced by John Kassir) - is now Junior's friend and helps Junior out sometimes.
Season One (1993–94)
- Toys Will Be Toys (October 31, 1993) - Junior wants the Li'l Trooper Missile so badly that he earns money to buy one himself and takes revenge on the manufacturer when it doesn't work.
- Junior & The Grammy Bombs (November 7, 1993) -
- Junior & The Jail Break (November 14, 1993) -
- Junior & The Babysitter (November 21, 1993) - Junior is excited to go on a trip to Altanic City, but finds out he can't go as he plans to have a party, but his plan is ruined after he is stuck with a babysitter as Junior tries to find a way to get rid for her to have his party.
- Junior & The Z Guys (November 28, 1993) -
- Junior & The Dictator (December 5, 1993) - In order to evade trouble, Junior is sent on a field trip to Faragua where its dictator General Pierre Habib-Johnson is visiting Toe Valley. While in Faragua, Junior gets the child laborers in a revolt of the government by posing as General Pierre Habib-Johnson.
- Junior's Doomsday Debacle (December 12, 1993) -
- Junior & The Clown (December 19, 1993) - Junior is being stalked by a creepy clown
- Junior & The Bathroom Door (December 26, 1993) - Junior is trapped in the bathroom after locking himself in after not wanting to go to an annual barbecue since Big Ben is there since they always get back at each other. Then Big Ben comes and he is trapped with Junior. In the end, Junior finds a way out, but Big Ben is still trapped in the bathroom
- Junior Dies Hard (January 2, 1994) - Peabody plans to get Junior back as he threatens to blackmail Junior and get his friends into trouble and make them suffer. As Junior agrees to obey Peabody as Junior is accused of putting glue on Peabody's chair as he claims he didn't do it, Peabody makes every student stay in the auditorium and watch a boring movie. As it seems it was Peabody's secretary whom mistaken it for wax. Junior then makes a deal with Peabody to apologize to Junior and the students, but Junior tricks him and Peabody falls off the stage and removing him from the chair.
- Junior & The Camp (January 9, 1994) -
- Governing Principal (January 23, 1994) -
- Junior & The Science Fair (February 13, 1994) -
Season Two (1994)
- Junior Healy, Superstar (September 12, 1994) - Junior begins to see double, when a new kid arrives that looks like him. But it turns out that it was a trick by the school bully and now Junior sets out to get even with him.
- My Fair Cyndi (September 19, 1994) - Junior gets a crush on Cyndi.
- The Wilderness Healys (September 26, 1994) -
- Junior's Weird Olympics (October 2, 1994) - Junior tries to fix the school olympics, ending up making them a disaster. Then when his punishment is to help fix them, he creates his own olympics.
- Sawdust, Tinsel, & Junior (October 9, 1994) - Junior is up to his old tricks, as Christmas time rolls around and is determined to ruin it for Big Ben. But no matter what he does, Big Ben still has a smile on his face and Junior eventually comes to realise why.
- The Legend of Big Bob Healy (October 16, 1994) -
- Tiny Ben & Junior Healy (October 23, 1994) - Ben tries to adopt a kid, but Junior puts a stop to it.
- Junior & the Big Kids (October 30, 1994) -
- Junior & the Big House (November 6, 1994) -
- Teacher of the Year (November 13, 1994) -
- The Cyndi Kerrigan Story (November 20, 1994) - Cyndi tells her version of Juniors latest adventure but over does it a bit.
- Grease My Palm (November 27, 1994) - Junior stops a bully from stealing the other kids money. But then the bully sets his sights on Junior and now Junior must try and get rid of him once and for all.
- Junior Vanilli (December 4, 1994) -
- Benjamin Diskin - Junior Healy
- Gilbert Gottfried - Igor Peabody
- Nancy Cartwright - Betsy, Ross
- Elizabeth Daily - Cyndi Kerrigan
- Jonathan Harris - Big Ben Healy
- John Kassir - Murph, Yoji
- Mark L. Taylor - Ben Healy
- Charlie Adler -
- Pamela Adlon -
- John Astin - General Pierre Habib-Johnson
- Michael Bell -
- Gregg Berger -
- Sheryl Bernstein -
- Earl Boen -
- S. Scott Bullock -
- Rodger Bumpass -
- Corey Burton -
- Joey Camen -
- Victoria Carroll -
- Dan Castellaneta -
- Marsha Clark -
- Brian Cummings -
- Jim Cummings -
- Debi Derryberry -
- Denny Dillon -
- Dave Fennoy -
- Pat Fraley -
- Brad Garrett -
- Linda Gary -
- Benny Grant -
- Jess Harnell -
- Billie Hayes -
- Dana Hill -
- Michael Horse -
- Tino Insana -
- Maurice LaMarche -
- Katie Leigh -
- Danny Mann -
- Edie McClurg -
- Candi Milo -
- Iona Morris - Miss Hill
- Laraine Newman -
- Hal Rayle -
- Robert Ridgely -
- Cree Summer - Spencer
- Laura Summer -
- B.J. Ward - Ms. Finch
- April Winchell -
- Ginny McSwain - Voice Director