Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures (1990 TV series)

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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures
BillAndTedsExcellentAdventuresHannaBarbera.jpg
Genre Fantasy
Animation
Sci fi
Comedy
Adventure
Based on Bill & Ted by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon
Voices of
Theme music composer
Opening theme Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures
Country of origin United States
Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 21
Production
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 Entertainment (season 2)
Orion Television Entertainment
Nelson Entertainment
Distributor MGM Television
PolyGram Entertainment
Release
Original network CBS (season 1)
Fox Kids (season 2)
Picture format 4:3
Original release September 15, 1990 (1990-09-15) – November 16, 1991 (1991-11-16)
Chronology
Related shows Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures (1992 TV series)

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures is a 1990 animated television series spinoff from the 1989 film of the same title, following the misadventures of two time-travelling slackers as they travel into the distant past and future. It is part of the Bill & Ted franchise.

Overview[edit]

The first season of the animated series was produced by Hanna-Barbera and aired on CBS in 1990, with Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, and Bernie Casey reprising their film roles.[1]

For the second season in 1991, the animated series switched production companies and networks, now airing on Fox Kids,[2] and produced by DIC Entertainment. As Fox was also planning on airing a new live-action version series with the same name,[3] 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 1992 live-action television 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, the animated Bill & Ted series was cancelled.

Cast[edit]

Hanna-Barbera version (1990)[edit]

The voice director for the 1990 Hanna-Barbera version of the series was Gordon Hunt.

DiC version (1991)[edit]

  • Evan Richards – Bill S. Preston, Esq.
  • Christopher Kennedy – Ted "Theodore" Logan
  • Tara Charendoff – Mary Jane
  • Rick Overton – Rufus

The voice director for the 1991 DiC version of the series was Greg Morton.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1990)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date
1 1 "One Sweet & Sour Chinese Adventure" September 15, 1990 (1990-09-15)
Bill and Ted play loud rock n' roll music and 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 where they also meet the famous Italian explorer Marco Polo.
2 2 "The Birth of Rock & Roll or Too Hip for the Womb" September 22, 1990 (1990-09-22)
Bill and Ted are flunking music appreciation and are given an assignment about classical music, and end up meeting musical personalities such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Little Richard. They also get in trouble with history's greatest archer, William Tell.
3 3 "A Most Excellent Roman Holiday" September 29, 1990 (1990-09-29)
The dudes are taking a Latin class and are given an assignment about a rare ancient Roman coin, and they end up going to Latin America in 1450 and Rome in 44 B.C. They also save Julius Caesar from being assassinated.
4 4 "Model 'T' for Ted" October 6, 1990 (1990-10-06)
Ted is given driving lessons in his father's car, "Blue Betty", and he accidentally wrecks it, which leads to him and Bill going back in time to require some help. They also improve the first Thanksgiving feast, meet pirates and sea explorers like Sir Francis Drake, car pioneer Henry Ford and the inventors of the airplane, The Wright brothers.
5 5 "The More Heinous They are, the Harder They Fall" October 20, 1990 (1990-10-20)
Bill and 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 of England, evil Russian czar Ivan the Terrible, cowgirl personality Calamity Jane, and American patriot Paul Revere. They even help start the American Revolution, kick off the Boston Tea Party, help Benjamin Franklin discover electricity, and sign the United States Declaration of Independence.
6 6 "Birds of A Feather Stick to the Roof of Your Mouth" October 27, 1990 (1990-10-27)
The duo house-sit for an eccentric explorer named Mr. Stickler and 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 E. Byrd fly across the South Pole, build a nose for the Sphinx, and help Mr. Henry Morton Stanley find Dr. David Livingstone.
7 7 "A Black Night in San Dimas" November 3, 1990 (1990-11-03)
A math teacher named Ms. Spleen is fed up with Bill and Ted and 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 and Elizabeth from 15th century England, but end up in the Crusades with Muslim leader Saladin.
8 8 "Pocket Watch Full of Miracles" November 10, 1990 (1990-11-10)
It's Mr. Preston's birthday and 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 and the Empress of India, Queen Victoria.
9 9 "This Babe Ruth "BABE" is A DUDE, Dude" November 24, 1990 (1990-11-24)
The dudes are faced with lunchtime detention and accidentally wash off a signature off Coach Sweatsock's baseball which leads to meeting Babe Ruth, Harriet Tubman, and the famous vampire Count Dracula.
10 10 "When the Going Gets Tough Bill & Ted are History" December 1, 1990 (1990-12-01)
Bill and 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 to Bill and Ted meeting famous inventor Thomas Edison, professional artist, thinker, scientist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci, English chemist Joseph Priestley, and history's greatest sailor, Christopher Columbus.
11 11 "Never the Twain Shall Meet" December 8, 1990 (1990-12-08)
The dudes must find a person for Career Day, or "else". First they meet the greatest playwright ever, William Shakespeare, gold pioneer John Sutter, and American novelist and humorist Mark Twain.
12 12 "A Job, a Job – My Kingdom for a Job" December 15, 1990 (1990-12-15)
Bill and Ted must find a job, so they find jobs baking a cake for Marie Antoinette's birthday, help the Spanish explorer Juan de Oñate find the Lost City of Gold, help Lucrezia Borgia, and help write haikus with Matsuo Bashō.
13 13 "A Grimm Story of an Overdue Book" December 22, 1990 (1990-12-22)
Ted is on the library's "Most Over-due Book" list for not returning a story written by the Brothers Grimm, so he and Bill scour the past to find a copy of the book, and they meet the actual Grimm Brothers, George Washington, Davy Crockett, and Lady Godiva.

Season 2 (1991)[edit]

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures Season 2 title card

This season featured historical characters like Giacomo Casanova, Elvis Presley, Theodoric and Martin Luther.

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date
14 1 "Now Museum, Now You Don't" September 14, 1991 (1991-09-14)
15 2 "The Totally Gross Anatomy of a Gym Teacher" September 21, 1991 (1991-09-21)
16 3 "The Star Strangled Banner" September 28, 1991 (1991-09-28)
17 4 "Leave it to Bill and Ted" October 5, 1991 (1991-10-05)
18 5 "Goodbye, Columbus... and America" October 12, 1991 (1991-10-12)
19 6 "It's a Bogus Day in the Neighborhood" October 26, 1991 (1991-10-26)
20 7 "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure in Babysitting" November 2, 1991 (1991-11-02)
21 8 "The Apple Doesn't Fall Far from the Phone Booth" November 16, 1991 (1991-11-16)

Home media release[edit]

The first episode of the first season was released as a special feature on the Bill & Ted's Most Excellent Collection DVD box set, and on the Blu-ray of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

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.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Networks Juggle Saturday Morning TV Lineups". Los Angeles Times. United Press International. April 11, 1990. Retrieved 2018-04-29. 
  2. ^ "Fine-tuning cartoons for young and old". Providence Journal. September 6, 1991. 
  3. ^ DuBrow, Rick (May 22, 1991). "Fox Network Goes Out on a Limb Again". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-04-29. 
  4. ^ "Best of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures: Animated TV Series: Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Alex Winter". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2016-05-22. 

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