This Day in Television History – September 11th, 1976 – Jabberjaw Premieres

An animated series about an underwater band and their sentient shark that play music and also end up solving mysteries debuted on this day in history.

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Jabberjaw was created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears for Hanna-Barbera animation and made its debut on ABC on September 11th, 1976. Courtesy: Warner Bros. / Hanna-Barbera

Jabberjaw was created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears for Hanna-Barbera animation and made its debut on ABC on September 11th, 1976.

The show followed the adventures (and misadventures) of an underwater band called the Neptunes, set in the late 21st century. They, along with their sentient shark, often find themselves in the middle of sinister plots while trying to play their next gigs.

The cast of the show includes Frank Welker (known for numerous roles including Fred from Scooby-Doo) as the title character, his mannerisms somewhat based on Curly from the Three Stooges. Other cast members include Pat Parris, Tommy Cook, and Julie McWhirter. The show, like similar series Scooby-Doo and Josie and the Pussycats, featured a laugh track.

The show only had 16 episodes produced, but was a staple of Cartoon Network during its earlier years. Jabberjaw has also been released on DVD.

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