A screenshot from the "Street Sharks" episode "Sharkbait." Clockwise from upper left: Jab, Streex, Slammu, Ripster
D. Kevin Williams
J. Michael Lee
|Country of origin||United States
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||40|
|Running time||30 min.|
|Original channel||Syndicated (1994–1995)|
|Original run||September 1, 1994 – May 1, 1995|
|Related shows||Extreme Dinosaurs|
Street Sharks is an American-Canadian animated television series about crime-fighting half-man/half-sharks. It was produced by DIC Entertainment and aired from 1994 to 1995, originally as a part of the Amazin' Adventures lineup. Later, in 1996, the Street Sharks teamed up with the Dino Vengers and the show became "Dino Vengers Featuring Street Sharks". It was created to promote an existing Mattel toy line of the same name. The creators were David Siegel and Joe Galliani of Mr. Joe's Really Big Productions.
A university professor named Dr. Robert Bolton had invented a gene-manipulation device for peaceful uses on animals with his fellow professor named Dr. Luther Paradigm. In the first episode, Dr. Paradigm tested his gene-manipulation techniques (which was referred to as "gene-slamming") on a marlin and a lobster. Dr. Robert Bolton attempted to destroy Paradigm's research and was transformed into an inhuman monstrosity by the evil scientist using the gene-slamming device on him before escaping. Dr. Paradigm later kidnapped Bolton's four sons John, Bobby, Coop, and Clint to transform them into sharks. As soon as they are gene-slammed after their bodies were washed down the river, the four brothers ate a hot dog stand upon their transformation and fled from the police by diving into a lake and burrowing their way into the city by eating the dirt. The brothers planned to capture Dr. Paradigm so that they could force him to return them to their human selves and expose Dr. Paradigm's genetic experiments.
In subsequent episodes, Dr. Paradigm began to convince the residents of Fission City that the Street Sharks (as they became known) were vicious, deadly killers who were mutated by their father Dr. Bolton. The brothers teamed up every episode to stop Paradigm and his deadly Seaviates from transforming the citizens of Fission City into mutants with no free will. One of the characters' favorite catchphrases was "Jawesome," and their favorite food consists of Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and French Fries (although they're capable of eating just about anything that is not food). The brothers have also expressed an obvious and very vocal dislike for Pizza (a nod toward the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who are well known to love pizza) as seen in "Sharkbite" when Lena's offer to go get pizza was met with groans of disgust.
The Bolton Family
- Ripster (voiced by Lee Tockar) - John Bolton is the smartest and oldest of the four brothers and enjoys creating inventions; taking up most of his knowledge and skills from his father. He's also an avid pool player. In the first episode of the show, he rides a motorbike. When he is transformed into Ripster, he becomes a great white shark with teeth that can chew through steel.
- Jab (voiced by Matt Hill) - Clint Bolton's defining characteristic is that he is the lazy brother, but one of his hobbies is boxing. He appears to have some talent with mechanics as he uses a jetpack in the first episode. When he is transformed into Jab, he becomes a hammerhead shark in which he uses his head as a battering ram. Jab also appears to be more in tune with his animal side than his siblings, roaring and snarling when angry or excited over something.
- Streex (voiced by Andrew Rannells) - Robert "Bobby" Bolton Jr. is one of the brothers who’s token (cool) and self proclaimed ladies' man. He's seen everywhere wearing his rollerblades and appears to enjoy extreme sports like parachuting and snowboarding. Later on, he demonstrates the ability to play drums professionally. When he is transformed into Streex, he becomes a tiger shark. He gets his name from the purple streaks on his body. In the pilot movie (eventually to be episodes 1-3), he was originally called "Blades" due to his skills as a rollerblader.
- Big Slammu (voiced by D. Kevin Williams) - Coop Bolton is the sport-oriented brother and the strongest (as well as youngest) of the four. He is also a football player in high school. In the first episode, he uses a skateboard to get around. When he is transformed into Big Slammu, he becomes a whale shark (which was depicted as a carnivorous shark in this franchise instead of a filter-feeding shark). His most prominently featured attack is called "Seismic Slam" where Slammu sets off an earthquake by hitting the ground with his fists.
- Dr. Robert Bolton - A university professor who is the father of the Bolton Brothers that had invented the gene-manipulation device for peaceful uses. He is only seen on-screen in the first episode where he tries to stop Dr. Paradigm's experiments only to become his next subject upon being hit by the gene-slamming device. He transforms into an unseen inhuman creature only to escape. Afterward during the series, he is only ever represented by a shadow cast on the wall which gives some idea to the creature he was transformed into. It is suggested through the series that Dr. Bolton is helping the Street Sharks from the sidelines and keeps close contact with his sons. He now lives in hiding because the mutation process done to him by Dr. Paradigm is unchangeable. Now he lives to stop Dr. Piranoid and at the same time give other mutations refuge from the humans who fear them. The episode "Shark Source" shows him defeating Dr. Piranoid and his Seaviants to rescue a kidnapped young mutant crocodile. He goes on to defeat Dr. Piranoid, knocking off all his armor revealing his piranha-like form and commenting that Paradigm has become something less than human (even something lesser than Bolton himself).
- Sir Thomas Bolton - A medieval ancestor encountered in the episode "Sir Shark-a-lot," he was the target of Paradigm's time-travel excursion to rid the mad man's present of the Bolton family. Sir Thomas was a known inventor in his time.
- Dr. Luther Paradigm (voiced by J. Michael Lee) - A university professor and the primary antagonist of the show. Dr. Luther Paradigm was plotting to take over Fission City with Dr. Bolton's gene-manipulation dive while maintaining a public image. He is easily identified by his metal eyepatch, a villain's cliché. By the second episode, he's seen wearing a giant yellow robotic exoskeleton suit to deal with the Street Sharks, using offensive capabilities like the ability to fire harpoons. Due to an accident in the second episode, Dr. Paradigm is injected with piranha DNA meant for the Street Sharks gaining the moniker Dr. Piranoid. The piranha DNA was unstable however and as a result, Paradigm's face morphs into a piranha-like one with a heightened voice whenever he gets highly agitated (similar to the Hulk) without the personality shift. He later injected himself with iguana DNA believing it was Velociraptor DNA where he was renamed Dr. Iguanoid as a result.
- SharkBot (voiced by Steve Gibbs) - A machine which was a result of Dr. Paradigm's experimentation with robotics. Sharkbot was used to bust Repteel out of prison as well as frame the Street Sharks for the crime. The Sharks ultimately reprogrammed it to destroy Paradigm's lab resulting in the robot's destruction. Its shell was salvaged and remade into SharkBot 2.0. It continued to be a threat for the sharks on many occasions until its final destruction at the end of season 2.
- Tentakill - A biped creature of unknown origins and species (if even applicable). It was first seen in the episode "Sir Sharkalot" as Paradigm's newest tactile weapon, harnessed with mounted laser cannons and buzz saw cutters and despite that, it was shown defeat. It is incapable of speech, shows limited intelligence, and was not utilized often in episodes to follow.
- Seaviates - A group of mutant sea creatures that serve Dr. Paradigm.
- Slobster (voiced by D. Kevin Williams) - One of Paradigm's earlier experiments along with Slash. He was created by injecting a lobster with the DNA of villainous figures like Genghis Khan and Captain Thomas Blood, becoming an anthropomorphic lobster that salivates constantly.
- Slash (voiced by Terry Berner) - Another of Paradigm's first experiments with gene manipulation. A marlin that was also injected with the DNA of villains like Genghis Khan and Captain Thomas Blood, it transforms into an anthropomorphic fish with a drill bit on its nose and a purple leotard. Slash speaks in a hissing lisp. There is a running gag in the series that revolves around Slash somehow getting his nose jammed in a wall and being unable to remove it. Slash also doesn't get along well with Killamari because Slash made a snide remark about Killamari's initial inability to talk and that Killamari is much more intelligent than Slash.
- Killamari (voiced by D. Kevin Williams) - The third of Dr. Paradigm's evil Seaviates created from a squid that was captured off the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Slash and Killamari despise each other, mostly because Slash made a snide remark about Killamari's initial inability to talk and that Killamari is much more intelligent than Slash. Killamari has the ability to project natural 'spears' or 'harpoons' from his mouth and the many suckers covering his body; these projectiles drip with an extremely potent venom. In his debut in the episode "Lone Shark," he almost killed Jab, but Lena and Bends concocted an anti-venom which has since reduced his threat.
- Repteel (voiced by Tony Wike) - The only one of Paradigm's Seaviates to have originally been human. Mr. Cunneyworth is the aged owner and hotel manager of a run-down hotel that was accidentally demolished by the Street Sharks during a fight with Paradigm's Seaviates. He willingly allowed Paradigm to merge his genetic codes with those of a moray eel and an electric eel. As Repteel, he feeds on electricity and shoots miniature eels from his hands (which are also charged with electricity).
- Shrimp Louie (voiced by Andrew Rannells) - A mutated shrimp and one of Paradigm's later Seaviates. He's not very strong, is quite the coward, and his primary weapons are big blaster guns.
- Maximillian Grecko - An aged mafioso who before his genetic enhancement was frequently caught saying "I am NOT dead!" During the course of his debut episode, Grecko discovered Dr. Paradigm's secret as a fake savior of the city and blackmailed Dr. Paradigm into gene-slamming him with rhinoceros hair 'collected' earlier by Killimari. The geneslam de-aged Grecko to half his age. He later returned in another episode where he was running a casino.
- Zeus and Apollo - Maximillian Grecko's pet chihuahuas. They were genetically enhanced by Dr. Paradigm.
- Malcolm Medusa III - A rich, business-owning big game hunter who frequently targets endangered animals for his trophies. He trapped Moby Lick and the Street Sharks in a twisted hunt as the ultimate form of sportsmanship. He was eventually arrested and sent to an island prison.
- Clamando - A mutant clam who was originally human. As Medusa's employee, he slipped into the toxic waters of a clam bed and mutated underwater. He is currently Medusa's right-hand man and his arsenal includes gas grenades and a bazooka that shoots pearl-based shots.
- The Raptors - A trio of rogue velociraptor-like criminals.
- Bad Rap -
- Haxx -
- Spittor -
- Lena Mack (voiced by Pam Carter) - A student of Dr. Paradigm's who suspects that he's not as good-natured as he makes himself out to be. Her suspicions prove right when she rescues the Street Sharks and discovers what he has done to the Bolton brothers. She helps the brothers whenever she can. She also has a younger brother, Malik, in high school who featured in an episode. Lena seemed to have been written out later on in the series. Around the time that the Dino Vengers were being introduced, Lena rarely ever appeared and when she did, her role was reduced to that of a non-speaking background character in brief scenes.
- Bends (voiced by Jim Hoggatt) - Fission University's technical genius, despite being as much of a goof as Streex and Jab. He is the Street Sharks' best pal even before they became Street Sharks and supplies the Street Sharks with their motorbikes and other gear. He also provides them with a hidden base underneath the University's ice rink. In episode 16, it is revealed that he cannot be mutated by a gene-slamming airborne virus. This genetic trait was passed down to his great, great, great grandson, who is a member of the resistance against Dr. Paradigm in an alternate future.
- Moby Lick - After dosing Jets Taylor with an experimental mind-control serum, Dr. Paradigm then gene-slammed him with a killer whale in his attempt to make a fourth Seaviate. However, he eventually broke free of Paradigm's mind control and became an ally of the Sharks. Moby Lick has a long prehensile tongue (the source of his name), great strength, the ability to suck up water and then expel it through his blowhole, and later demonstrated the ability to communicate with other killer whales. He also retains an acquaintanceship/friendship with Jab and Bends. Moby eventually trades in the vigilante life to become an eco-conservationist in the Everglades National Park.
- Rox - Melvin Kresnik is an up-and-coming musician before he stumbled upon a makeshift laboratory (supposedly Dr. Bolton's) and ate some of Paradigm's mutating popcorn that Bolton had stolen from Paradigm's warehouse earlier in the episode "Shark 'N' Roll". Melvin goes to bed and the mutation occurs as he sleeps turning him into a mako shark. Bolton had, however, previously developed an antidote for the mind control serum and put it in a salt shaker. As a result of ingesting the two together, Melvin still retained his free will along with his hair. Dr. Piranoid had wanted to gene-slam all the people at a concert (which was to originally feature Melvin Kresnik) into mutants by combining popcorn with animal genes. Ultimately, the Street Sharks stopped Dr. Piranoid and Rox continued to live his life as a rock star remaining close friends with fellow musician Streex.
- El Swordo (voiced by Garry Chalk) - A circus performer who worked with a large swordfish named Spike. Spike was abducted and used by Dr. Paradigm and his trainer sought them out in the desert. The two were eventually "fused" together resulting in a combination of memories, but is dominantly the human in action and personality. El Swordo remains active in entertainment having been on a Naval ship in one episode, exercising his skills with double swords by slicing fruit in half while they're in mid-air.
- Epsta one - An alien specimen was found encased in stone by Dr. Terrence "Terry" Morton. The alien wasn't dead however, but merely in suspended animation and it was reactivated by Dr. Paradigm's meddling. Morton then deliberately gene-slammed himself with a combination of the alien's DNA and manta ray DNA to help the Street Sharks fight the original alien. Dr. Morton (or now Mantaman) was then seen leaping towards the Earth's atmosphere at the very end of the episode. He has a younger brother named Ryan who appears in a later episode. Around the tenured "Dino Vengers" episodes, Mantaman returns under the control of the Raptors using his alien DNA to sway his allegiance away from the Sharks. This lasts for an episode before he's freed of their control.
- Dino Vengers - An intergalactic military unit selected to hunt down the Raptors, they come from a far away planet inhabited by anthropomorphic dinosaurs self-described as 'soft skin' (different origins than their ED counterparts). They were genetically augmented to be tougher, to complete their mission, and wound up stranded on Earth as were the Raptors.
- Guy in the Sky (voiced by Tony Wike) - Fission City's top air radio reporter and paparazzo. He was never fully seen, but people recognize him for his yellow helicopter that shows up everywhere. He was a constant nuisance to most people in Fission City, especially the Street Sharks.
- President David Horne (voiced by Tony Wike) - The President of the United States. After the Street Sharks proved their innocence by stopping Paradigm from taking over the country, President Horne proclaimed the Street Sharks as heroes and appointed them as special agents.
- Detective Michael Brock - The police detective who is generally seen in charge of shark-related incidents and investigating them out of duty (not obsession).
List of Street Sharks episodes
This list of episodes is incomplete and is to be finished. There must be a reliable source found for the original air dates as well.
Season 1 (1994)
|Title||Written by||Original air date||TV broadcast|
While in search of their father Dr. Bolton, John, Clint, Robert, and Coop are mutated into sharks by the evil Dr. Paradigm, while adapting to their new looks, the four brothers must avoid being seen.Note: Part 1 of the pilot and where the story begins. First appearances of the Bolton brothers and when they're mutated into Street Sharks (Ripster, Jab, Streex, and Slammu), Bends, Dr. Lena Mack, Dr. Paradigm, Slobster, Slash, and the Guy in the Sky. Also the first and only appearance of Dr. Robert Bolton. First appearance of the Shark Van.
The Street Sharks are on a runaway from the police along with their friends Bends and Dr. Lena, the Sharks must find a new place to live in and be safe from society.Note: Part 2 of the pilot. First appearances of the Sharks' new pad, the Sharks' motorcycles and car. First appearance of Dr. Paradigm's mutated form, Dr. Piranoid.
Ripster, Jab, Streex, and Slammu must protect their reputations and change the way they are being viewed in Fission City, they must fight Dr. Piranoid, as well as finding their father once and for all.Note: Part 3 of the pilot and the conclusion.
Note: Sharkbait, Sharkbite, and Sharkstorm were combined for a direct-to-video movie titled The Gene Slamming Begins.
Season 2 (1994)
|Title||Written by||Original air date||TV broadcast|
|4||"Shark Quest"||Douglas Booth||1994||S02E01|
Dr. Paradigm captures Big Slammu to control his mind and the Street Sharks must break into Dr. Paradigm's hideout to attack and save their brother.Note: First appearance of Detective Michael Brock.
|5||"Lone Shark"||Dennis O'Flaherty||1994||S02E02|
While the Shark crew's going out for burgers and shakes, a squid transforms into one of Dr. Paradigm's new Seaviate members. The Sharks have to stop them from breaking into the Bolton home and stealing important genetic research data that their father left behind.Note: First appearance of Killamari.
|6||"Shark n' Roll"||Robert Schecther||1994||S02E03|
|When a musician called Melvin Kresnik accidentally digests contaminated popcorn and water, he becomes a mako shark later known as Rox and befriends the other fellow Sharks, together they have to save the concert in town and its attendants from being mutated into more sea creatures.|
|7||"Fresh Water Sharks"||Bill Matheny||1994||S02E04|
|The citizens of Fission City hear an announcement from Dr. Paradigm that he has invented a vaccine against the geneslamming formula, this fishes out trouble for the Street Sharks.|
|8||"Shark Treatment"||Dennis O'Flaherty||1994||S02E05|
Dr. Paradigm turns Jets Taylor into a killer whale mutant named Moby Lick to be his latest Seaviate.Note: First appearance of Jets Taylor and his whale form Moby Lick.
|9||"Road Sharks"||Steve Hayes||1994||S02E06|
|When Streex has been captured by Dr. Paradigm, the rest of the Street Sharks alongside Moby Lick take to the roads to rescue them.|
|10||"Shark Fight"||George Arthur Bloom||1994||S02E07|
|Rox is back in town for the Fission City Music Awards and plans to play the evidence that would expose Dr. Paradigm's gene-slamming activities.|
|11||"Sky Sharks"||Michael O'Mahony||1994||S02E08|
|When Repteel is ordered by Dr. Paradigm to steal an advanced supercomputer part for his robotic machine, the Street Sharks take a cruise around the city to find the doctor's new Seaviate's location and put a stop to their evil plans.|
|12||"Shark of Steel"||Douglas Booth||1994||S02E09|
The Street Sharks are framed and brought out of hiding by Sharkbot, the robotic machine built by Dr. Paradigm, the Street Sharks must once again defend their reputations and take on Sharkbot.Note: First appearance of Sharkbot.
|13||"Shark Source"||Douglas Booth||1994||S02E10|
The Street Sharks discover an underground civilization of mutant crocodiles that happen to know Dr. Bolton after he cured them of their damaged genes. Meanwhile, Dr. Paradigm rebuilds Sharkbot and captures one of the mutant crocodiles.Note: Dr. Robert Bolton's shadow appears.
Season 3 (1995)
|Title||Written by||Original air date||TV broadcast|
|16||"Shark to the Future"||1995||S03E03|
|20||"A Shark Among Us"||1995||S03E07|
|21||"To Shark or Not to Shark"||1995||S03E08|
|23||"Close Encounters of the Shark Kind"||1995||S03E10|
|32||"20,000 Sharks Under the Sea"||1995||S03E19|
Principal voice actors
- Rob Baker -
- Terry Berner - Slash
- Pam Carter - Lena
- Matt Hill - Jab
- Jim Hoggatt - Bends
- Laura Marr -
- J. Michael Lee - Dr. Piranoid
- Andrew Rannells - Streex, Shrimp Louie
- Lee Tockar - Ripster
- Jerry Wall -
- D. Kevin Williams - Big Slammu, Killamari, Slobster
- Tony Wike - Repteel, Guy in the Sky
- Susan Baer Beck -
- Todd Campbell -
- Garry Chalk - El Swordo, Spike
- Ian James Corlett - T-Bone
- Kevin Erhardt -
- Aaron Fili -
- Steve Gibbs - SharkBot
- Adam Grant -
- Amy Kunz -
- Roberta Lawson -
- Clyde McNeal -
- M. Michelle Phillips -
- Alvin Sanders -
- Casey Sixt -
- Ryle Smith -
- Pam Carter - Casting and Voice Director
- Marsha Goodman - Casting and Voice Director
- Paul Quinn - Casting and Voice Director
Street Sharks comics
In 1996, Archie Comics released a short-lived comic book series based on Street Sharks. They published a three-issue mini-series which were based on the first three episodes of the series, and a regular comic series, which only lasted three issues.
Mattel action figures
Basic Figures (1995)
- Slash (1994)
- Slobster (1994)
- #12253 Jab – The Hammerhead Shark
- #12254 Ripster – Great White Shark
- #12255 Blades – The Tiger Shark
- #12256 Big Slammu – The Whale Shark
- #13438 Rox – Mako Shark
- #13439 Streex – Tiger Shark
- #13440 Moby Lick – Killer Whale
- #14037 Slugger Slammu – Whale Shark
- #14038 Jet Pack Jab – Hammerhead Shark
- #14039 Power Bite Piranoid – Half Human / Half Piranha
- #14040 Radical Bends – Homo Sapien (Human)
- #14041 Repteel – Electric Eel
- #15030 Mecho-Shark – Mechanical Shark
- #15034 Pool Shark Ripster – Great White Shark
- #15036 Mantaman – Manta Ray
- #15038 Turbo Jab
- #15028 Shark Force Jet
- #15029 Shark Force Tank
Night Fighters (1996)
- #15041 Trap Jaw Ripster – Great White Shark
- #15042 Stingshot Streex – Tiger Shark
- #15043 Hydrofire Jab – Hammerhead Shark
Select episodes were released on VHS.
- The Street Sharks were parodied in the Robot Chicken episode "Butchered in Burbank." In the episode, they are mockingly compared to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
- In an episode of Two Best Friends Play, Matt and Pat bring up how Woolie would kill everyone in "The Walking Dead" game because everyone in the game reminds him of "Street Sharks."
- char2renee User Score 5. "Amazin' Adventures on". Tv.com. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
- "Street Sharks (mini series) (1996)". Comic Book Database. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
- "Street Sharks (1996)". Comic Book Database. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
- Lifestyles: Street Sharks are Chompin' Good!. Electronic Gaming Monthly. Issue 69. Pg.137. April 1995.
- "Netflix: Street Sharks". Retrieved 2011-12-05.
- Street Sharks at the Internet Movie Database
- Street Sharks at TV.com
- Street Sharks at Cookie Jar Entertainment
- Street Sharks at the Big Cartoon Database