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Jabberjaw is a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears and produced by Hanna-Barbera and aired from September 11, 1976 to September 3, 1978 on ABC.
Per a great deal of Hanna-Barbera's output in the 1970s, the format and writing for Jabberjaw was similar to that for Scooby-Doo and Josie and the Pussycats. The show also drew inspiration (in the use of a shark as a character) from the overall shark mania of the 1970s because of the then-recent film Jaws. It also shared The Flintstones' penchant for making use of puns as the names of locations, people, etc., in this case, ocean-themed puns (such as "Aqualaska" instead of Alaska).

Sixteen 30-minute episodes of Jabberjaw were produced, which aired on ABC Saturday Morning from September 11, 1976 to September 3, 1977 and rebroadcast for a second season of reruns on Sunday Morning from September 11, 1977 to September 3, 1978. In the 1980s, repeats of the kooky Carcharodon were shown on USA Cartoon Express and later resurfaced on Cartoon Network and Boomerang.

Jabberjaw is a great white shark who has the brain of a sardine and the courage of a guppy. He is also a drummer for The Neptunes, a rock group made up of four teenagers — Biff, Shelly, Bubbles and Clam-head — who live in an underwater civilization in the year 2076. Jabberjaw and The Neptunes travel to various underwater cities where they encounter and deal with diabolical villains who want to conquer the undersea world.

Cast and Characters Jabberjaw
  • Frank Welker as Jabberjaw
  • Barry Gordon as Clamhead
  • Julie McWhirter as Bubbles
  • Tommy Cook as Biff
  • Patricia Parris as Shelly
    The Neptunes
  • Jabberjaw
  • Clamhead
  • Bubbles
  • Biff
  • Shelly

Broadcast History Jabberjaw
First Telecast:September 11, 1976
Last Telecast: September 3, 1978
Number of Episodes: 16
Number of Seasons: 3
Original Network: CBS

Theme Song and Opening Credits

They call him Jabber-Jabber-Jabber-Jabber-Jabber-Jabber-Jabber-Jaw!
The most futuristic shark you ever saw!
I can walk, and talk, and LOOK, I'm even breathin'!
He's so sharp the things he does are unbelievin'!
I'm the latest greatest shark you ever saw,
When his friends get in a jam, they just call on this big ham
He's Jabber-Jabber-Jabber-Jabber-Jabber-Jabber-Jabberjaw, Jabberjaw,
He's the finniest, funniest, shark you ever saw,
He's Jabber-Jabbber-Jabber-Jabber-Jabber-Jabber-Jabberjaw!
Jabber: I don't get no respect! JABBERJAW! N-yuk n-yuk n-yuk!

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