1 9 8 2 – 1 9 8 4 (USA)
44 x 30 minute episodes
This ABC television show (produced by Hanna-Barbera and based on the hugely popular arcade game) featured the adventures of the title character (voiced by Marty Ingels), his wife Pepper Pac-Man (Barbara Minkus), their child Pac-Baby (Russi Taylor), their dog Chomp-Chomp (Frank Welker) and their cat Sour Puss (Peter Cullen).
The family lived in Pac-Land, and most of the episodes recounted the ongoing battle between the Pac family and their enemies, the Ghost Monsters: Blinky, Pinky (both voiced by Chuck McGann), Inky (Barry Gordon), Clyde (Neil Ross) and Sue (Susan Silo).
The Ghost Monsters worked for Mezmaron (Allan Lurie) – a mysterious Darth Vader-like figure whose mission was to locate and control the source of “Power Pellets” which served as the primary food and power source for the city.
The second – and final – season introduced the characters of Super-Pac (voiced by Lorenzo Music) and Pac-Man’s teenage cousin PJ (for ‘Pac Junior’, voiced by Darryl Hickman).
The highest rating Saturday morning show of a season that also included shows like The Smurfs and Spiderman and his Amazing Friends, Pac-Man was watched by twenty million children – and a fair few adults.
This flimsy idea not only ran for 44 episodes, it also inspired the games that inspired it, with Pac-Land and Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures featuring concepts invented for the TV show. The cartoon received an airing in the UK as part of the Roland Rat-presented children’s block on TV-AM.
Mrs Pepper Pac-Man