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Problem Child
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Genre Comedy
Based on Problem Child, by Robert Simonds, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski
Developed by Scott Alexander
Larry Karaszewski
Directed by
  • Antoni D'Ocon (season 1)
  • Lee Williams (season 2)
Voices of
Composer(s)
  • William Anderson (season 1)
  • Edmund Eagan (season 2)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Robert Simonds
  • Scott Alexander
  • Larry Karaszewski
Producer(s)
  • Arthur Leonardi (season 1)
  • Kathi Castillo (season 2)
  • Weldon Poapst (season 2)
  • Antoni D'Ocon (supervising producer, season 1 only)
Running time 21 minutes
Production company(s)
  • D'Ocon Films Productions (season 1)
  • Lacewood Productions (season 2)
  • Universal Cartoon Studios
Distributor MCA TV
Release
Original network USA Network
Picture format 1.33:1
Original release October 31, 1993 (1993-10-31) – December 4, 1994 (1994-12-04)

Problem Child is a 1993-1994 American animated television series produced by Universal Cartoon Studios and based on the Problem Child films. USA Network aired the series as part of their USA Cartoon Express programming block.

A significant feature has Gilbert Gottfried reprising his role of Igor Peabody from the films; this makes him the only actor in every film in the series and the cartoon.

Five tapes (containing two episodes each) were released in 1995 containing episodes from seasons 1 and 2.

Plot

Ten-year-old Junior continues his evil adventures with his dad Little Ben Healy, (who is now a police officer) and his new friend, Cyndi in Toe Valley. Junior continues to make life miserable for those who get in his way like his principal Igor Peabody and Junior's grandfather Big Ben Healy with pranks and mischievous ideas.

Characters

  • Junior Healy (voiced by Ben Diskin) – The main protagonist; a mischievous young boy who causes retributive trouble against the uncaring adults that get in his way.
  • Ben Healy (voiced by Mark Taylor) – Junior's kindhearted adoptive father and the sheriff of Toe Valley.
  • Big Ben Healy (voiced by Jonathan Harris) – One of the main antagonists; Ben's father and Junior's grandfather, Big Ben is the mayor of Toe Valley.
  • Igor Peabody (voiced by Gilbert Gottfried) – One of the main antagonists; Mr. Peabody is the principal of the local elementary school, and one of Junior's main rivals.
  • Murph (voiced by John Kassir) – One of Junior's classmates; a former bully turned accomplice.
  • Cyndi Kerrigan (voiced by E. G. Daily) – One of Junior's classmates; a pretty, popular girl whose name is a reference to figure skater Nancy Kerrigan.

Episodes

Season 1: 1993–94

No Ep Title Original air date
1 1 "Toys Will Be Toys" October 31, 1993 (1993-10-31)
Junior wants the Li'l Trooper Missile so badly that he earns money to buy one himself and takes revenge on the manufacturer when it does not work.
2 2 "Junior and the Grammy Bombs" November 7, 1993 (1993-11-07)
3 3 "Junior and the Jail Break" November 14, 1993 (1993-11-14)
4 4 "Junior and the Babysitter" November 21, 1993 (1993-11-21)
Junior is excited to go on a trip to Altanic City, but finds out he cannot go as he plans to have a party, but his plan is ruined after he is stuck with a babysitter as Junior tries to find a way to get rid of her to have his party.
5 5 "Junior and the Z Guys" November 28, 1993 (1993-11-28)
6 6 "Junior and the Dictator" December 5, 1993 (1993-12-05)
In order to evade trouble, Junior is sent on a field trip to Faragua where its dictator General Pierre Habib-Johnson is visiting Toe Valley. While in Faragua, Junior gets the child laborers in a revolt of the government by posing as General Pierre Habib-Johnson.
7 7 "Junior's Doomsday Debacle" December 12, 1993 (1993-12-12)
8 8 "Junior and the Clown" December 19, 1993 (1993-12-19)
Junior is being stalked by a creepy clown.
9 9 "Junior and the Bathroom Door" December 26, 1993 (1993-12-26)
Junior is trapped in the bathroom after locking himself in after not wanting to go to an annual barbecue since Big Ben is there since they always get back at each other. Then Big Ben comes and he is trapped with Junior. In the end, Junior finds a way out, but Big Ben is still trapped in the bathroom.
10 10 "Junior Dies Hard" January 2, 1994 (1994-01-02)
Peabody plans to get Junior back as he threatens to blackmail Junior and get his friends into trouble and make them suffer. As Junior agrees to obey Peabody as Junior is accused of putting glue on Peabody's chair as he claims he didn't do it, Peabody makes every student stay in the auditorium and watch a boring movie. As it seems it was Peabody's secretary whom mistaken it for wax. Junior then makes a deal with Peabody to apologize to Junior and the students, but Junior tricks him and Peabody falls off the stage and removing him from the chair.
11 11 "Junior and the Camp" January 9, 1994 (1994-01-09)
12 12 "Governing Principal" January 23, 1994 (1994-01-23)
13 13 "Junior and the Science Fair" February 13, 1994 (1994-02-13)

Season 2: 1994

No Ep Title Original air date
14 1 "Junior Healy, Superstar" September 12, 1994 (1994-09-12)
Junior begins to see double, when a new kid arrives that looks like him. But it turns out that it was a trick by the school bully and now Junior sets out to get even with him.
15 2 "My Fair Cyndi" September 19, 1994 (1994-09-19)
Junior gets a crush on Cyndi.
16 3 "The Wilderness Healys" September 26, 1994 (1994-09-26)
17 4 "Junior's Weird Olympics" October 2, 1994 (1994-10-02)
Junior tries to fix the school olympics, ending up making them a disaster. Then when his punishment is to help fix them, he creates his own olympics.
18 5 "Sawdust, Tinsel, and Junior" October 9, 1994 (1994-10-09)
Junior runs away and joins the circus when he is tired of Little Ben's rules.
19 6 "The Legend of Big Bob Healy" October 16, 1994 (1994-10-16)
20 7 "Tiny Ben and Junior Healy" October 23, 1994 (1994-10-23)
Junior meets a kid even more destructive than him in his little cousin.
21 8 "Junior and the Big Kids" October 30, 1994 (1994-10-30)
22 9 "Junior and the Big House" November 6, 1994 (1994-11-06)
23 10 "Teacher of the Year" November 13, 1994 (1994-11-13)
24 11 "The Cyndi Kerrigan Story" November 20, 1994 (1994-11-20)
Cyndi is injured and Junior plays detective to find the culprit.
25 12 "Grease My Palm" November 27, 1994 (1994-11-27)
The kids put on a telethon to save the school when Peabody to embezzle the school's funds.
26 13 "Junior Vanilli" December 4, 1994 (1994-12-04)

Cast

Additional voices

Crew

  • Ginny McSwain - Voice Director
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