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  • Comedy
  • Fantasy
Directed by Phil Weinstein
Theme music composer Alan Menken
  • Adam Berry
  • J. Eric Schmidt
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 65 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Tad Stones
  • Mark McCorkle
  • Robert Schooley
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Buena Vista Television
Original network
  • Syndication

(Season 1)

  • ABC (Season 2)
Picture format
Original release August 31, 1998 (1998-08-31) – March 1, 1999 (1999-03-01)

Disney's Hercules: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the 1997 film of the same name and the Greek myth. The series premiered in syndication on August 31, 1998, and on ABC through its Disney's One Saturday Morning block on September 12, 1998. The syndicated run lasted 52 episodes, while the ABC run lasted 13 episodes.


The series follows Hercules, as a teenager, training as a hero, as well as trying to adjust to life. With his free-spirited friend Icarus, his future-seeing friend Cassandra, and his teacher Philoctetes ("Phil"), he battles his evil uncle Hades. Like all teenagers, though, Hercules has to worry about peer pressure when the snobbish prince Adonis ridicules him. The series notably contradicts several events and plot points in the original film.


List of Hercules (1998 TV series) episodes


A majority of the cast from the film reprised their roles for the series.

  • Hercules (voiced by Tate Donovan) – The hero-in-training and the son of both Zeus and Hera, in contrast to the original myth of being half-mortal, half-god. Despite this, Hercules has been referred to as demigod throughout the series. Despite being a courageous youth in his hero training, Hercules is still an awkward teenager who clumsily goes about inadvertently destroying things or humiliating himself.
  • Philoctetes (voiced by Robert Costanzo) – The satyr hero trainer who serves as Hercules's coach, his best friend and sidekick. In the series, his training with Odysseus and Achilles remains intact. When asked about teenage Hercules' time attending Prometheus Academy, Phil told Megara it wasn't the most graceful period of Herc's life, partly because of Herc's flaws from his awkward phase as well as at one point sinking Phil's island briefly. Phil is one of the few characters from the original movie whose voice actor (Danny DeVito) did not return.
  • Pegasus (voiced by Frank Welker) – The winged horse "with the brain of a bird" formed from clouds by Zeus, he is the childhood pet and faithful companion of his owner Hercules.
  • Icarus (voiced by French Stewart) – Hercules' best friend, the boy who escaped from a labyrinth with his father on wax wings appears as a complete nut (he was "brain-fried" by flying too close to the Sun). Despite his accident, Icarus still flies every chance he gets resulting in a few more encounters with the Sun and other perils, often requiring Hercules to rescue him. Icarus is very adaptive, hence could adjust to about every situation, except when he is very jealous and acts irrationally. He could become an ultraserious soldier at boot camp or a nearly identical version of Hades himself. Thankfully, at the end of each episode, he reverts to his own odd self. He is also completely obsessed with Cassandra and flirts with her at every opportunity he gets. His father, Daedalus (voiced by David Hyde Pierce), is a teacher in the academy and Icarus does not acknowledge his parents' divorce. When Icarus graduates, he goes into inventing with his father and makes a fortune, earning the commercial title "Icarus, the Wax-Wing King".
  • Cassandra (voiced by Sandra Bernhard) – The Trojan War prophet appears as an attractive, yet antisocial girl, who has visions of the future (usually bad) once in a while, which are rarely believed. Icarus is obsessed with marrying her, though she has shown she has no reciprocation. She tolerated his presence even before Hercules joined the trio because otherwise, she would have had no friends, but even after she gained Hercules as a friend, she still continues to socialize with Icarus and even admitted to him that she considers him a good friend. After graduating, she joins the Oracle Friends Network.
  • Zeus (voiced by Corey Burton) – Hercules' father and king of the gods, he is always ready to provide advice on hero work, but is often prone to mistakes and recklessness, himself.
  • Hades (voiced by James Woods) – Ruler of the Underworld as well as Hercules' uncle and nemesis, he is wisecracking, devious, and hot-tempered; he constantly schemes to steal control of Mount Olympus from his brother Zeus.
  • Pain and Panic (voiced by Bobcat Goldthwait and Matt Frewer) – Two tiny shapeshifting demons, they are Hades's bumbling henchmen.

Guest stars: A few guest stars who have ended up on the show are Merv Griffin, Jennifer Aniston, and Lisa Kudrow. With Aniston, Kudrow, and Tate Donovan, it became a Friends minireunion. While on Friends, Donovan played Aniston's love interest Joshua. He became a part of the show, right after his marriage to Aniston ended. Also, while they were dating, Aniston became a part of one episode called "Hercules and the Dream Date", in which she played Hercules' love interest, Gallatea, who was sculpted from clay.



The animated television series' episodes and the direct-to-video film Hercules: Zero to Hero were animated by Toon City Animation, Inc. in Manila, Philippines, Walt Disney Animation Australia, Walt Disney Animation Japan, Studios Basara, Tama Productions, Delta Peak Productions, Frontier Pictures, Win Wood Productions, Nakamura Productions, Wang Films Productions Co., Ltd. and Thai Wang Films Productions Co., Ltd., Hanho Heung-Up Co., Ltd., Plus One Animation, Inc., Sunmin Image Pictures Co., Ltd., Sunwoo Animation, Korea, Hana Animation, Jade Animations International Co., Ltd. and a New Zealand studio called Slightly Off Beat Productions NZ Co., Ltd. which was also based in the other countries of Seoul, Korea, Xindian District, Taipei, Taiwan and Japan.



In 1998, The Show Simsub From ABC to CTV stations; all private CTV stations that Carried Global shows which also aired Hercules: The Legend Journeys on the same day, as well for some ABC stations.

In 2000, Hercules moved to the now-defunct channel Toon Disney, where it continued airing until 2009. Disney XD aired the series for the first time in June 2011, when the channel launched in Canada.


Currently, the first season is available on Disney+.


CommonSenseMedia gave the series a rating of 4 stars out of 5, noting that this "better-than-average spinoff has heart and brawn." Calhoun Times and Gordon County News gave the series 3 stars out of 4.

Awards and nominations

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1999 Jennifer E. Mertens, Robert Duran, Paca Thomas, Marc Perlman, Brian F. Mars, Melissa Ellis, Robbi Smith, Robert Poole III, Rick Hammel, Kenneth D. Young, Charles Rychwalski, Eric Hertsgaard, William Kean, David Lynch and Otis Van Osten Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing – Special Class Nominated
1999 Casey Stone for episode "Twilight of the Gods" Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing – Television Animation – Music Nominated
2000 James Woods for playing "Hades" Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Won
2000 French Stewart for playing "Icarus" Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Nominated
2000 Marc S. Perlman, Robert Duran and Paca Thomas Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing – Special Class Nominated
2000 Joseph LoDuca ASCAP Award for Top TV Series Won

Home media

Four episodes of Hercules were reformatted into the movie Hercules: Zero to Hero and released to home video in 1999. The episode "Hercules and the Yearbook" serves as the linking narrative, with random clips replaced with the episodes "Hercules and the First Day of School", "Hercules and the Grim Avenger" and "Hercules and the Visit From Zeus". Some of the dialogue between Hercules and Meg was altered to fit the episodes.

In 2003, a further VHS tape titled Hercules: TV Series was released. It contained two episodes of the series, Hercules and the World's First Doctor and Hercules and the Secret Weapon.

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Hércules (serie de televisión de 1998) para niños

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