Beethoven (TV series)

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Genre Animated sitcom
Based on Beethoven, by Ivan Reitman
Voices of
Theme music composer Christopher Neal Nelson
Keith Baxter
Opening theme "Beethoven", performed by Geno Henderson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 26
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Paul Germain
Roy Smith
Production company(s) Northern Lights Entertainment
Universal Cartoon Studios
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Audio format CBS Stereosound
Original release September 10 – December 3, 1994 (1994-12-03)

Beethoven is an American animated television series loosely based on the 1992 motion picture of the same name. The series was produced by Northern Lights Entertainment, Universal Cartoon Studios and Universal Television, and aired for one season (1994–1995) on CBS, with 26 fifteen-minute episodes produced. Dean Jones, who played Dr. Varnick in the movie, voiced the role of George Newton; Nicholle Tom, who played teenage daughter Ryce in the movie and Beethoven's 2nd, was the only cast member from the films to reprise her role in the series.


Beethoven is a dog, who was first discovered by Emily Newton in her bedroom one morning. The whole family is soon introduced to the St. Bernard; however, the father George Newton has his moments with Beethoven, who ends up into different mishaps time after time. When not with the Newton family, Beethoven interacts with his puppies, or with animals outside of the house.

Unlike the movie, Beethoven could talk, at least among the other animals; incidentally he would also talk in the 2011 direct-to-video film, Beethoven's Christmas Adventure. The same plot was used in another animated series Free Willy, where the main character also could talk. Some of the music was used for the DIC cartoon, What-a-Mess.


Additional voices[edit]


No. Title Written by Original air date
1 "Good Old George" Joe Ansolabehere and Paul Germain September 10, 1994 (1994-09-10)
2 "The Pound" Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere September 10, 1994 (1994-09-10)
3 "Dog Dreams" Joe Ansolabehere September 17, 1994 (1994-09-17)
4 "The Good, the Bad, and the Poodle" Jonathan Greenberg September 17, 1994 (1994-09-17)
5 "The Experiment" Jonathan Greenberg September 24, 1994 (1994-09-24)
6 "The Incredibly Pointless Journey" Michael Ferris September 24, 1994 (1994-09-24)
7 "The Guard Dog" Buddy Chuck October 1, 1994 (1994-10-01)
8 "Mr. Huggs Wild Ride" Peter Gaffney October 1, 1994 (1994-10-01)
9 "Cat Fight" Jonathan Greenberg October 8, 1994 (1994-10-08)
10 "The Kindergarten Caper" Peter Gaffney October 8, 1994 (1994-10-08)
11 "The Gopher Who Would Be King" Jim Bernstein and Michael Shipley October 15, 1994 (1994-10-15)
12 "Pet Psychiatrist" Buddy Chuck October 15, 1994 (1994-10-15)
13 "Cyrano de Beethoven" Paul Germain October 22, 1994 (1994-10-22)
14 "The Mailman Cometh" Jonathan Greenberg and Joe Ansolabehere October 22, 1994 (1994-10-22)
15 "A Cat Named Rover" Buddy Chuck October 29, 1994 (1994-10-29)
16 "The Dog Must Diet" Jonathan Greenberg October 29, 1994 (1994-10-29)
17 "The Mighty Cone-Dog" Buddy Chuck November 5, 1994 (1994-11-05)
18 "Car Trouble" Joe Ansolabehere November 5, 1994 (1994-11-05)
19 "Puppy Time" Jonathan Greenberg and Joe Ansolabehere November 12, 1994 (1994-11-12)
20 "The Morning Paper" Michael Ferris November 12, 1994 (1994-11-12)
21 "The Big One" Joe Ansolabehere November 19, 1994 (1994-11-19)
22 "Fleas!" Jeff Lowell November 19, 1994 (1994-11-19)
23 "Scent of a Mutt" Jonathan Greenberg November 26, 1994 (1994-11-26)
24 "Down on the Farm" Michael Ferris November 26, 1994 (1994-11-26)
25 "Trash Island" Christian Fletcher December 3, 1994 (1994-12-03)
26 "The Long Weekend" Joe Ansolabehere and Jonathan Greenberg December 3, 1994 (1994-12-03)

Home video releases[edit]

Universal and Goodtimes released episodes of the show on VHS. Universal has not yet announced any plans to release the show on DVD.

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