Harvey Birdman

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Harvey Birdman
First appearanceSpace Ghost Coast to Coast
Last appearanceHarvey Birdman, Attorney General (2018)
Created byCartoon Network based on the Hanna-Barbera character
Voiced by
In-universe information
Significant otherBirdgirl

Harvey Birdman is a fictional character based on the superhero Birdman from the Hanna-Barbera show Birdman and the Galaxy Trio.[1] He is depicted as an attorney on Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law.[2]

Character history[edit]

Space Ghost Coast to Coast[edit]

In the 1990s, Cartoon Network decided to base new comedy shows on older characters (although in many cases, that simply meant creating a more or less original character sharing their basic name and appearance). Their earliest show of this style was Space Ghost Coast to Coast, where Birdman appeared in four episodes, voiced by Scott Finnell. On the show, he was portrayed comically; depressed, out-of-work and desperate for money. Birdman hosted the show in the episodes "Pilot" and "Sequel", and was fired on both occasions. It was here revealed, contradicting the original Birdman show, that his first name was Harvey.

Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law[edit]

Birdman later got his own show, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, now voiced by Gary Cole. In the show, Harvey is a defense attorney, and his clients are generally classic Hanna-Barbera characters given new roles (Fred Flintstone appears, for example, as a mafia don, and Boo-Boo Bear is accused in one episode of being a mad bomber). Many of Birdman's former associates and enemies appear on the show in supporting roles (the character Reducto, now given the first name Myron, regularly appears as a prosecuting attorney, and Mentok the Mind-Taker judges cases from late Season One onward). Instead of being a clever superhero, this version of Birdman is portrayed as a semi-competent, bungling lawyer, although among the show's increasingly outlandish cast of characters, he is often the straight man.

Other appearances[edit]

Harvey Birdman along with Space Ghost appeared in the background in multiple scenes of the Season 4 episode of The Powerpuff Girls titled "Members Only".