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Going Bananas
Genre Comedy
Created by Len Janson
Chuck Menville
Written by William Cannon
Richard Dimitri
Marc Gass
Len Janson
Chuck Menville
Michael Reeves
Directed by Bob LaHendro
Starring James Avery
Marie Denn
Emily Moultrie
Bill Saluga
Tim Topper
Lynnanne Zager
Music by Haim Saban
Shuki Levy
Opening theme "Going Bananas", performed by Irene Cara
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running time Approx 30 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Television
Original network NBC
Original release September 15 (1984-09-15) – December 1, 1984 (1984-12-01)

Going Bananas is a live-action superhero/comedy television series produced by Hanna-Barbera and ran from September 15 to December 1, 1984 on NBC.


Roxana Banana is an orangutan that escaped from the zoo and was adopted by the Cole family. One night, a mysterious spaceship comes down from the sky and endows Roxana with super powers via a lightning bolt. Roxana is pursued by two crooks who want to use her super powers for their own ill will, but Roxana's outdodging them by means of her powers, as well as the predicaments she creates for the Coles, provide much of the comedy for this series.

Show add-ons

Also included was "Jungle Jukebox", a takeoff on the then-popular music videos using popular songs with animals in the visuals, as well as parodies of then-current TV shows and commercials using animals.


  • James Avery as Hank
  • Marie Denn as Gran
  • Emily Moultrie as Louise Cole
  • Bill Saluga as Hubert
  • Tim Topper as Jamie Cole
  • Lynnanne Zager as Delivery Girl
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