The Tom and Jerry Show (1975 TV series)

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The Tom and Jerry Show
Tom Jerry Show.jpg
GenreAnimated sitcom
Directed byCharles A. Nichols
Voices of
Theme music composerHoyt Curtin
Opening theme"The Tom & Jerry Show"
Ending theme"The Tom & Jerry Show" (Instrumental)
Composer(s)Hoyt Curtin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes16 (48 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Iwao Takamoto (creative)
Cinematography
  • Jerry Mills
  • Ray Monahan
  • Norman Stainback
  • Roy Wade
Editor(s)
  • Pat Foley
  • Joe Sandusky
  • James Yaras
  • Richard Allen
  • Terry Moore
Running time
  • 22–24 minutes (whole)
  • 7–8 minutes (segments)
Production company(s)
DistributorMGM Television
Release
Original networkABC
Audio formatMono
Original releaseSeptember 6 (1975-09-06) – December 13, 1975 (1975-12-13)
Chronology
Preceded byTom and Jerry (1940–1967)
Followed byThe Tom and Jerry Comedy Show (1980–1982)

The Tom and Jerry Show, also known as The New Tom and Jerry Show, is an animated television series produced for Saturday mornings by Hanna-Barbera Productions in association with MGM Television in 1975 for ABC based on the theatrical shorts and characters Tom and Jerry. This series marked the first time ever that Tom and Jerry appeared in animated installments produced exclusively for television. The show was made by Hanna-Barbera Productions and is owned by Warner Bros. Television (thru Warner Bros. Family Entertainment and Turner Entertainment Co.).

Plot[edit]

Here, in a much toned down, non-violent, Yogi Bear and Boo Boo-esque format, the long-popular Tom and Jerry, after years of fighting, have finally become the best of friends in episodes wherein they roamed the world competing in sports, enduring on-the-job misadventures, running afoul of dastardly villains, solving mysteries and helping others. Some of the time, they are pretty competitive against each other. Quacker appears only once in this series, with Don Messick voicing the duckling. The characters Toodles Galore, Butch, Lightning, Topsy, Meathead, Tyke, Tuffy, Mammy Two Shoes, Joan and George do not appear in this show. Also, Jerry wears a red bow tie in the series.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Cartoons Original air date


1"No Way, Stowaways / The Ski Bunny / Stay Awake or Else..."September 6, 1975 (1975-09-06)

  • No Way, Stowaways (PC 80-01): Caught stowing away on a pirate ship, Tom and Jerry compete to become the ship's cabin boy and avoid being thrown overboard by Weirdbeard the Pirate. (This episode is predeced by "Purr-Chance to Dream" in 1967.)
  • The Ski Bunny (PC 80-02): While skiing in the Swiss Alps, Tom and Jerry compete for the affections of a pretty female cat, and try not to get into trouble with Spike.
  • Stay Awake or Else... (PC 80-03): After partying all night, a circus roustabout Tom cannot stay awake on the job, Jerry tries to keep him from being fired by the ringmaster.
2"No Bones About It / An Ill Wind / Beach Bully"September 13, 1975 (1975-09-13)

  • No Bones About It (PC 80-04): A dinosaur's toe bone was missing from the museum in which Tom and Jerry work; they see Spike carrying what they think is the missing bone, so they try to get it away from him.
  • An Ill Wind (PC 80-05): An old traveler in a desert gives Tom and Jerry a map to a gold mine to thank them for saving his life; the two of them fight over it, and also have to deal with the outlaw Black Barney who wants it too.
  • Beach Bully (PC 80-06): Tom and Jerry's day at the beach is being interrupted by a macho cat who will not leave them alone. They plan to get revenge on the cat in creative ways, and also get Spike involved.
3"The Mammoth Manhunt / The Wacky World of Sports / Robin Ho Ho"September 20, 1975 (1975-09-20)

  • The Mammoth Manhunt (PC 80-07): A baby woolly mammoth revived after being frozen in ice escapes from the explorer who had thawed him out and who wants to display him for money. Tom and Jerry help the mammoth to get back home to Alaska while evading the greedy explorer.
  • The Wacky World of Sports (PC 80-08): Tom and Jerry compete against each other in a decathlon. Tom uses a variety of underhanded tricks against Jerry which manage to work against Tom as well.
  • Robin Ho Ho (PC 80-10): Tom and Jerry want to join Robin Ho Ho's band of Merry Men. After passing a few tests, including laughing and archery, the duo must pass the final test by stealing the red plume from the Sheriff of Nottingham's helmet. The title character is a parody of Robin Hood.
4"Safe But Not Sorry / Gopher Broke / The Super Bowler"September 27, 1975 (1975-09-27)

  • Safe But Not Sorry (PC 80-18): Tom and Jerry are hired to deliver the heavy safe to a house at the top of a steep hill (à la The Music Box) but sabotaging their efforts is a mischievous puppy who lives in the house.
  • Gopher Broke (PC 80-09): The vegetables in Tom and Jerry's garden are being devoured by a gopher, and all of their attempts to get rid of him fail to work.
  • The Super Bowler (PC 80-11): Tom and Jerry's compete against each other in the National Bowl-Off, and Tom resorts to a number of dirty tricks to win.
5"Tricky McTrout / The Tennis Menace / Cosmic Cat and Meteor Mouse"October 4, 1975 (1975-10-04)

  • Tricky McTrout (PC 80-20): Fishermen Tom and Jerry attempt to catch a crafty fish named Tricky McTrout, but everything they try just gets them into trouble with the park ranger.
  • The Tennis Menace (PC 80-13): Tom and Jerry compete against each other in a tennis match, with Tom using a number of sneaky tricks to win.
  • Cosmic Cat and Meteor Mouse (PC 80-15): Tom and Jerry try to watch their favorite television show, Cosmic Cat and Meteor Mouse, without waking up Spike.
6"The Castle Wiz / Grim and Bear It / The Flying Sorceress"October 11, 1975 (1975-10-11)

  • The Castle Wiz (PC 80-14): Tom and Jerry are offered $20 to spend a night in a haunted castle.
  • Grim and Bear It (PC 80-16): Fledgling forest rangers Tom and Jerry try to protect a mischievous bear cub from danger without invoking his mother's wrath.
  • The Flying Sorceress (PC 80-19): A witch recruits Tom and Jerry to help her in her flying cauldron. First, she has them dust the crops (with a feather duster) and then she runs a passenger service. The title is a reference to the classic Tom and Jerry short with the same name.
7"The Kitten Sitters / Termites Plus Two / Planet's Pest"October 18, 1975 (1975-10-18)

  • The Kitten Sitters (PC 80-27): Tom and Jerry take in six abandoned kittens without Spike's knowledge, and the sight of a kitten who seems to be everywhere almost drives him crazy.
  • Termites Plus Two (PC 80-21): Tom and Jerry try to stop the gang of termites (on tiny motorcycles) from destroying their house.
  • Planet's Pest (PC 80-24): A shape-changing space alien tries to eat all the food in the house, causing Tom, Jerry, and Spike to fight each other and almost giving them a nervous breakdown.
8"The Hypochondriac Lion / Give 'Em the Air / The Egg and Tom and Jerry"October 25, 1975 (1975-10-25)

  • The Hypochondriac Lion (PC 80-23): A lion at the zoo has a splinter in his paw, and veterinarians Tom and Jerry are hired to remove it, but the nervous lion is not making it easy for them.
  • Give 'Em the Air (PC 80-31): Tom and Jerry work together in a cross-country airplane race against the cheating Purple Baron.
  • The Egg and Tom and Jerry (PC 80-34): When an egg falls out of an eagle's nest, the newly-hatched eaglet thinks that Tom is his mother, while the mother eagle thinks that Jerry is her baby.
9"Watch Out, Watch Dog / The Super Cyclists / The Police Kitten"November 1, 1975 (1975-11-01)

  • Watch Out, Watch Dog (PC 80-12): Spike is assigned as a night watchdog for a department store; he mistakes janitors Tom and Jerry for prowlers, and spends the night chasing them throughout the store.
  • The Super Cyclists (PC 80-25): Tom and Jerry compete against each other in a cross-country motorcycle race.
  • The Police Kitten (PC 80-28): Police officers Tom and Jerry are assigned to train Katy O'Kitty, a female feline rookie, by letting her ride with them; their resentment over this assignment is made worse by the fact that she is better at their job than they are.
10"The Outfoxed Fox / The Towering Fiasco / The Lost Duckling"November 8, 1975 (1975-11-08)

  • The Outfoxed Fox (PC 80-30): A pushy fox hides out in Tom and Jerry's house from a pursuing hound.
  • The Towering Fiasco (PC 80-17): Professional dog walkers Tom and Jerry are hired to walk an English sheepdog who keeps running into trouble. The title is a takeoff with The Towering Inferno.
  • The Lost Duckling (PC 80-37): Tom and Jerry help a duckling (Quacker in his only appearance on the show) to go south for the winter, using a variety of methods from a paper plane to a railroad handcar. The plot is the same as the classic CinemaScope Tom and Jerry short, Southbound Duckling, but in the short Tom does not help.
11"Beanstalk Buddies / Two Stars Are Born / Son of Gopher Broke"November 15, 1975 (1975-11-15)

  • Beanstalk Buddies (PC 80-22): In this takeoff of Jack and the Beanstalk, an impoverished Tom and Jerry find themselves in a giant's castle in the sky, and try to evade a giant watchdog in order to get some food.
  • Two Stars Are Born (PC 80-29): Tom and Jerry are hired as stuntmen in a movie in which Catman and Reubin (a takeoff with Batman and Robin) do battle with a giant space alien.
  • Son of Gopher Broke (PC 80-39): In this sequel to "Gopher Broke", groundskeepers Tom and Jerry try to stop the gopher from ruining their wealthy employer's garden and they create chaos in the process.
12"The Sorcerer's Apprentices / Hold That Pose / The Supercape Caper"November 22, 1975 (1975-11-22)

  • The Sorcerer's Apprentices (PC 80-26): Sapstone the Sorcerer, dissatisfied with his canine apprentice Manfred, recruits Tom and Jerry to be his new apprentices. Upset about being replaced, Manfred challenges the duo to a duel of magic wands.
  • Hold That Pose (PC 80-38): Safari photographers Tom and Jerry try to get a picture of the rare Pip Squaker bird which has never been photographed before.
  • The Supercape Caper (PC 80-42): Supercape, a Superman-like superhero, has lost his courage. He "deputizes" Tom and Jerry, who help him take down a number of villains.
13"Chickenrella / Double Trouble Crow / Jerry's Nephew"November 27, 1975 (1975-11-27)

  • Chickenrella (PC 80-32): After falling asleep when reading Cinderella, Tom and Jerry dream themselves into the story, helping Cindy and her blundering fairy godmother (who briefly turns the girl into a chicken, hence the title).
  • Double Trouble Crow (PC 80-33): Corn farmers Tom and Jerry try to get rid of a crow who is intent on devouring their crops; it later turns out that they were dealing with a whole family of lookalike crows.
  • Jerry's Nephew (PC 80-44): Jerry's nephew Dinky (who refers to both Tom and Jerry as his uncles) has come to visit, and the duo are run ragged when trying to keep him out of danger.
14"See Dr. Jackal and Hide / Planet of the Dogs / The Campout Cutup"November 29, 1975 (1975-11-29)

  • See Dr. Jackal and Hide (PC 80-35): Dr. Jackal is working on a formula to make short people tall, but when he tests it on himself, he transforms into a monster, causing his assistants Tom and Jerry to run for their lives. This cartoon is a spoof of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
  • Planet of the Dogs (PC 80-43): While running from Spike, Tom and Jerry find themselves on a NASA rocket headed for the planet Dogstar, where the canine inhabitants of the planet are being brainwashed by a giant talking idol into believing that cats and mice are their enemies. This cartoon is a parody of Planet of the Apes.
  • The Campout Cutup (PC 80-45): While camping, Tom and Jerry are bedeviled by a mosquito who resists their attempts to get rid of him.
15"Triple Trouble / The Bull Fighters / The Cruise Kitty"December 6, 1975 (1975-12-06)

  • Triple Trouble (PC 80-36): Tom and Jerry try to chop down a tree for a log cabin, but the squirrel who lives in the tree convinces them not to; the three of them then have to contend with Spike, who is bulldozing trees to make room for a freeway.
  • The Bull Fighters (PC 80-41): In Mexico, Tom and Jerry save the life of a bull named Toro the Terrible, who promises to be their friend for life. Later, Tom finds himself being a bullfighter against Toro. At first Tom and Toro put on a show for the crowd, with neither actually hurting the other, but the injured Toro is being replaced by a fiercer bull named El Rotteno.
  • The Cruise Kitty (PC 80-46): The captain of a cruise liner puts mascot Spike in charge of security, and Tom and Jerry are accidental stowaways on the ship. Spike keeps trying to call the captain's attention to them, but he keeps failing to prove their presence.
16"It's No Picnic / The Big Feet / The Great Motorboat Race"December 13, 1975 (1975-12-13)

  • It's No Picnic (PC 80-40): An ant who has accidentally been enlarged to human size escapes from a research laboratory and invades Tom and Jerry's picnic, eating all of the food, a baseball and a bat.
  • The Big Feet (PC 80-47): Lumberjack Pierre LeChopp enlists Tom and Jerry to help him trap the elusive Big Feet (a takeoff with Bigfoot), who has been scaring away all of his lumberjacks.
  • The Great Motorboat Race (PC 80-48): Tom and Jerry are working together to compete in a boat race (this episode is followed by "Farewell, Sweet Mouse" in 1980).

Broadcast history[edit]

A total of 48 seven-minute New Tom & Jerry cartoons were produced in 1975 and originally aired in these following formats on ABC Saturday morning:

  • The New Tom and Jerry/Grape Ape Show (September 6, 1975 (1975-09-06) – September 4, 1976 (1976-09-04), ABC Saturday 8:30–9:30 a.m. [EDT])
  • The Tom and Jerry/Grape Ape/Mumbly Show (September 11, 1976 (1976-09-11) – November 27, 1976 (1976-11-27), ABC Saturday 8:00–9:00 a.m. [EDT]) (reruns of Tom and Jerry and Grape Ape)
  • The Tom and Jerry/Mumbly Show (December 4, 1976 (1976-12-04) – September 3, 1977 (1977-09-03), ABC Saturday 8:00–8:30 a.m. [EDT]) (reruns)
  • The Tom and Jerry Show (international reruns)

Immediately following the end of the original ABC run, these cartoons were edited within the main and end title credits and added to run with theatrical-era MGM Tom and Jerry cartoons from 1940 to 1967 for syndication by MGM until 1986 (H-B retained ancillary rights to the Mumbly and Grape Ape segments, with syndication rights to those segments going to Worldvision Enterprises from 1979 until 1991).

The show was aired on WASEC's Nickelodeon from 1981 until January 1, 1985 when the channel lost the rights to the show after late-night changes, which replaced the A&E block with Nick at Nite, following its sale to Viacom.

Since 1986, after Nickelodeon lose the rights, it has been rebroadcast on TBS, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Canada's Teletoon and Teletoon Retro (the former three networks are part of WarnerMedia's Turner Broadcasting System, which purchased the pre-1986 MGM library in 1986 and Hanna-Barbera in 1991).

The cartoons have been shown with the main and end title credits intact on TBS and the Boomerang streaming service. However, the Cartoon Network airings do not.

DVD release[edit]

  • The premiere episode (show #TJGA-1, September 6, 1975 (1975-09-06)) of The New Tom and Jerry/Grape Ape Show has been released as part of Warner Home Video's Saturday Morning Cartoons – 1970s Volume 2 on October 27, 2009 (2009-10-27); it marked the first home video release of the 1975 made-for-TV version of Tom and Jerry.
  • Another cartoon, episode #80-15, "Cosmic Cat and Meteor Mouse", is included as part of the Tom and Jerry: The Deluxe Anniversary Collection, which was released by Warner Home Video on June 22, 2010 (2010-06-22).

As of 2018, a complete series of The Tom and Jerry Show, along with its successor, have yet to occur on DVD.

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