1 9 9 2 (USA)
6 x 30 minute episodes
The hilariously absurd Fish Police – inspired by a British comic book in a fusion of Raymond Chandler meets The Little Mermaid – ran for only one season in 1992 and consisted of just six episodes.
The short-lived prime-time Hanna-Barbera series about 1940s-style law enforcers who were, well, fish pulled out some big guns, with Ed Asner, John Ritter, Tim Curry and Robert Guillaume providing voice work.
Inspector Gil (voiced by John Ritter) was a carp who was also a cop trying to clean up the underwater metropolis of Fish City, often solving Mafia-related crimes while resisting the seduction of voluptuous casino singer Angel Jones (JoBeth Williams) and avoiding marriage to diner owner Pearl (Megan Mullally).
Gil’s boss was gruff Chief Abalone (Ed Asner), and his partner was Detective Crabby (Buddy Hackett). Scurrilous crime boss Calamari was voiced by Hector Elizondo.
The city’s newspaper was the Ancient Mariner; Fort Lox was the treasury; Haddica was its prison; and Weenie King Hot Dogs was the fast food establishment.
The animation was vivid and colourful, and the backgrounds were painterly and detailed, but the show was a bit too violent and sexy for family viewing and was eventually buried by CBS (but received a small cult following).
Only the first three episodes were shown in the US before the show was pulled off the air. The whole six episodes aired in Europe.
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