Police Academy (TV series)
Genre Animated comedy
Theme music composer Scott Thomas Canfield
Opening theme "They Wear the Blue" by Scott Thomas Canfield, performed by The Fat Boys
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 64
Producer(s) Ruby-Spears Productions, Warner Bros. Television
Running time 30 minutes
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original channel First-run syndication Italia 1
Original run September 10, 1988 – September 2, 1989

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Police Academy, also known as Police Academy: The Animated Series, is a 1988 American animated television series based on the Police Academy series of films. It aired on Saturday mornings and lasted two seasons for a total of 64 episodes.Some episodes feature a crime boss named Kingpin. His keen intelligence, girth, and stature are very similar to the Marvel Comics character of the same name. New characters were added to the show as well. Among them were a group of talking police dogs called the Canine Corps. They were made up of Samson (the bulldog leader), Lobo (the noble yet clumsy husky), Bonehead (the dimwitted giant St. Bernard), Chilipepper (the excitable chihuahua), and Schitzy (the only female golden retriever with an identity crisis). In only two episodes, includes also the Fat Boys.The show was produced by Ruby-Spears Productions and Warner Bros. Television. In later years, the latter company would gain distribution rights to most of the pre-1990 shows by the former, as Time Warner bought Turner Entertainment (which had acquired the R-S library) in 1996.While the character of Carey Mahoney did appear in the show, he did not appear in either Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach, Police Academy 6: City Under Siege, and Police Academy: Mission to Moscow.

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The animated series takes place chronologically between the fourth and fifth films of the series of films.

Twelve characters are re-created for this animated version, including a team of Academy graduates led by Carey Mahoney, a likeable rogue bachelor boy, who unconsciously -- and consistently -- does his best to make life miserable for Captain Harris and his knucklehead assistant Sgt. Proctor.

Mahoney's friends include the aptly named Moses Hightower, walking sound effects machine Larvell Jones, trigger-happy Eugene Tackleberry, sweet & timid Laverne Hooks, tough-as-nails Debbie Callahan, larger-than-life House, and the bread-&-butter duo of reformed gang member Zed McGlunk and his best buddy, Carl Sweetchuck.

Eric Lassard is the highly-respected (albeit dreamy) Commandant, and Academy newcomer The Professor is also on hand, and also the cadets new friends, the K-9 Corps, a group of police dogs, and stocking our crime-fighting heroes with an endless supply of wacky gadgets as they combat a motley crew of Kingpin and other recurring villains such as Numbskull, The Claw, Mr. Sleaze, Lockjaw, and Amazona.

Characters

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  • Carey Mahoney - The most clever among the cadets. Mahoney is always ready to lend a hand to his companions. He is the patrol partner of Larvell Jones.
  • Larvell Jones - Mahoney's usual sidekick. He's a martial arts master, but his main talent is beatboxing - he is able to make every kind of noise (sirens, gunfire, helicopters, etc. ...).
  • Carl Sweetchuck - Sweetchuck is the most cowardly of the group. He is very accident prone and oblivious to the harm caused by his clumsiness. His patrol partner is Zed.
  • Zed McGlunk - Zed is the messy and unkempt member of the group. Zed usually drags his partner along in his wily and erratic pursuits.
  • Moses Hightower - Hightower is known for his great size and physical strength. His stature often comes into play when the characters find themselves in situations in which bars must be bent or walls need to smashed through. He is patrol partners with Laverne Hooks.
  • Laverne Hooks - Hooks is small, soft-spoken, and passive. However, she has shown herself capable of being extremely forceful and loud in situations in which she is provoked.
  • Thomas "House" Conklin - "House" is known for his large frame and his congenial nature. He is always hungry and proves himself to be cowardly. He patrols with Sweetchuck and Zed and often accompanies them in their escapades.
  • Eugene Tackleberry - Characterized by a pronounced jaw almost always wears glasses and helmet, is a fanatic of the weapons, gun enthusiast and Bazooka; has a weakness for his fellow patrol Callahan. Often uses the armored car of the police with whom ultimately erode the walls and doors. Often uses a bazooka.
  • Debbie Callahan is the statuesque beauty of the group who is tough-as-nails and has aeautiful singing voice.
  • Capt. Thaddeus Harris - Always carries a walking stick and is almost always in the company of his sidekick Proctor. Often tries to humilate the officers in order to gain a promotion.
  • Proctor is Capt. Harris' idiotic lieutenant.
  • Com. Eric Lassard - is the easygoing, idealistic commandant.
  • Professor - He is the inventor of numerous devices.
  • K-9 corps - They are trained dogs. They can talk, but only to themselves and other animals.


Other characters
  • Kingpin - It is the largest of all the bandits of various episodes of the series, and together make a great ceremony to the Council of Crime.
  • Numbskull
  • Mr. Sleaze
  • Claw
  • Phoenix Amazona
  • Lockjaw
  • The Clown Gang
  • The Phantom
  • The London Bridge Gang
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • George and Lenny
  • Seedy McLeech
  • Mr. Crameneil
  • The Highway Robbers
  • Madame Zelda and the Land Pirates
  • Kranz
  • The Magnificent Mystopholes
  • Dr. Kamaleon
  • Mr. Bimmelman
  • Flung Hi
  • The Hang Ten Gang
  • Mr. Glitch and Cratchit
  • Waxen Wayne
  • Barracuda and his Diamond Gang
  • King Neptune
  • Ace, Queen of Hearths and Chester
  • Dr. Mackle
  • Falcon
  • Big Mary
  • Fox
  • Mr. Watkips and Watso
  • Lady Tina and Smalto
  • Skull Ned and the Rock Gang
  • Sheikh and the Guards
  • The Incredible Shandar
  • Maxine
  • Krutz and his gang
  • The Mexican Gang
  • Slik and his gang
  • Pop Corn and Family
  • Bad Knight
  • The Twin Humongo
  • Professor Pilpers/Bates
  • Jaguar the voodoo
  • Mr. Shee, Pack, Squitty and Fufy the crocodile
  • Big Burger
  • Mr. Ego and Charles
  • Prof. Pherril and Pack
  • Dr. Deadstone
  • The Hillbilly Sheriff
  • The Junkman
  • Mob Balsom
  • Old Clyde
  • Linda e Pongo
  • Robin Good
  • Tex and Mulgrew


Episodes

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Season 1
Season 2

Voice cast

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  • Ron Rubin as Carey Mahoney
  • Dan Hennessey as Zed McGlunk and Eugene 'Tack' Tackleberry
  • Howard Morris as Carl Sweetchuck and the Professor
  • Greg Morton as Larvell Jones and Moses Hightower
  • Len Carlson as Captain Thaddeus Harris
  • Don Francks as Thomas 'House' Conklin and Proctor
  • Denise Pidgeon as Debbie Callahan and Laverne Hooks
  • Tedd Dillon as Commandant Eric Lassard
  • Rex Hagon as Mauser
  • Noam Zylberman as Bobby and Bill
  • Suzette Myers as Anchor
  • Frank Welker as additional voices
  • Anthony Correa as additional voices
  • R. Nelson Brown as Elwin Bixby and additional voices
  • Dorian Joe Clark as additional voices
  • Charles W. Gray as additional voices
  • Gary Crawford as additional voices
  • Greg Swanson as additional voices
  • Elizabeth Hanna as additional voices
  • Catherine Gallant as additional voices


Other media

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Home video releases
Police Academy was released through chronological volumes on VHS. At least 6 volumes were released, each including two episodes.

Action figures
Kenner produced a line of Police Academy action figures based on the animated series. Each features multiple points of articulation and comical accessories. Two accessories, included with Claw and Eugene Tackleberry, would be reused for the Joker figures in Kenner's Dark Knight Collection. Five of the vehicles and playsets planned were left unproduced; however, the Copper Corner playset would later be released through the Argentinian company Josca.

  • Carey Mahoney and Samson Dog
  • Claw with Mouser Cat
  • Eugene Tackleberry with Armed Flak Vest
  • Larvell Jones and Bullhorn
  • Moses Hightower and Meter Reader Scooter
  • Mr. Sleaze with Fodo Dog
  • Numbskull with Smashing Helmets
  • Zed and Police Skateboard


  • Captain Harris (mail-away)
  • S.W.A.T. Eugene Tackleberry with Fistzooka
  • Flung Hi with Crazy Karate Gear
  • Kingpin with Thief-Trap Safe
  • Karate Larvell Jones


  • Undercover Carey Mahoney
  • Snack Attack House with Hoagie Blaster
  • Stakeout Sweetchuck (mail-away)
  • Sky Glidin' Zed with Hang Glider


  • Crash Cruiser
  • Cycle Crash w/ figure
  • Precinct Police Station
  • Copper Corner (released through Josco)


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