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In September 1972, a spin-off series titled Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space debuted on CBS. This version of the series launched the characters into outer space; the opening credits sequence shows Alexandra accidentally knocking the cast into a spaceship and launching it into deep space. Every episode centered on the Pussycats encountering a strange new world, where they would encounter and often be kidnapped by various alien races before escaping and attempting to return home.

Musical numbers and chase sequences set to newly recorded songs were featured in this spin-off series as with the original. Josie in Outer Space also added the character of Bleep, a pet-sized fluffy alien adopted by Melody, who was the only one who could understand the creature (who only says "Bleep") and numerous other alien animals encountered.

The 16 episodes of Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space were re-run for the 1973–1974 season until January 26, 1974, when CBS canceled it and ordered no more new Josie episodes from Hanna-Barbera. Like its predecessor, Josie and the Pussycats, Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space contained a laugh track as well, though this time around, an abridged, inferior laugh track was utilized.

Afterlife

Josie and the Pussycats made a final appearance as animated characters in a guest shot on the September 22, 1973 episode of of The New Scooby-Doo Movies, "The Haunted Showboat." Early production art for Hanna-Barbera's 1977 "all-star" Battle of the Network Stars spoof Laff-a-Lympics featured Alexandra, Sebastian, Alexander and Melody among other Hanna-Barbera characters as members of the "Scooby Doobies" team, but legal problems prevented their inclusion in the final program.

In 1976, Rand McNally published a children's book based on the Josie TV show, Hanna-Barbera's Josie and The Pussycats: The Bag Factory Detour.

The original Josie and the Pussycats series was re-run on NBC Saturday morning for the 1975–1976 season. In the mid-1980s, both series, along with a number of other 1970s Hanna-Barbera cartoons were on board USA Network's Cartoon Express; they would next appear on Cartoon Network in 1992, where all 32 episodes were run in the same timeslot.

Episodes

Josie and the Pussycats: 1970-1971

Title Original airdate Prod. code

<tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep1">1</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Nemo's a No-No Affair" </td><td>12, 1970 (1970-09-12)</td><td id="pc51-1">51-1</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FACC31" colspan="4"> The gang runs into the latter-day Captain Nemo while on their way to a musical gig on Pago Pago Island. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep2">2</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"A Greenthumb Is Not a Goldfinger" </td><td>19, 1970 (1970-09-19)</td><td id="pc51-2">51-2</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FACC31" colspan="4"> The Pussycats encounter an evil botanist named Dr. Greenthumb, his man-eating plants, and headhunters in the Amazon jungle after Alexandra tricks the gang aboard the wrong plane in an attempt to keep Josie from accompanying the group to Nashville. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep3">3</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Secret Six Secret" </td><td>26, 1970 (1970-09-26)</td><td id="pc51-3">51-3</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FACC31" colspan="4"> The gang mistakenly enters the lair of a sinister organization called the Secret Six, which plans to replace an Indian leader with a member of its own using a potion that can reconstruct faces. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep4">4</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Swap Plot Flop" </td><td>3, 1970 (1970-10-03)</td><td id="pc51-6">51-6</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FACC31" colspan="4"> Valerie bears an uncanny resemblance to an abducted Arabian princess and becomes involved in a plan to catch her kidnapper, a hypnotist called the Evil Eye. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep5">5</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Midas Mix-Up" </td><td>10, 1970 (1970-10-10)</td><td id="pc51-5">51-5</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FACC31" colspan="4"> While skiing in the Alps, the gang ends up in the clutches of a baron called Dr. Midas who plans to destroy the world's entire supply of gold unless half of it is given to him. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep6">6</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"X Marks the Spot" </td><td>17, 1970 (1970-10-17)</td><td id="pc51-7">51-7</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FACC31" colspan="4"> The gang teams up with Professor Isaac Belfour (creator of the invisibility potion) to stop his deceitful and invisible partner Mr. X from secretly stealing confidential information. Mr. X has been targeting Professor Belfour in order to keep him from making an antidote to the invisibility potion. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep7">7</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Chili Today and Hot Tamale" </td><td>24, 1970 (1970-10-24)</td><td id="pc51-4">51-4</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FACC31" colspan="4"> In Mexico, the gang becomes involved in the scheme of a nuclear engineer called the Scorpion when capsules for a weather-control device are secretly stored in Melody's drum. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep8">8</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Never Mind a Master Mind" </td><td>31, 1970 (1970-10-31)</td><td id="pc51-8">51-8</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FACC31" colspan="4"> Melody innocently buys new shoes in Holland, unaware that they contain a message for a spy sent to stop Mastermind, a master of disguise. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep9">9</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Plateau of the Apes Plot" </td><td>7, 1970 (1970-11-07)</td><td id="pc51-9">51-9</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FACC31" colspan="4"> The gang's plane makes an emergency landing in a jungle inhabited by dinosaurs and bipedal apes which are all under the control of a mad scientist named Dr. Madro. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep10">10</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Strangemoon Over Miami" </td><td>14, 1970 (1970-11-14)</td><td id="pc51-11">51-11</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FACC31" colspan="4"> The gang's hot air balloon is set loose, and ends up on the island of Dr. Strangemoon, a mad scientist who plans to launch missiles that will devastate the Earth's atmosphere. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep11">11</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"All Wong in Hong Kong" </td><td>21, 1970 (1970-11-21)</td><td id="pc51-10">51-10</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FACC31" colspan="4"> Alexandra and Melody run into the Serpent, a toymaker with plans to rule Asia with an odd coin on a ferry in Hong Kong. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep12">12</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Melody Memory Mix-Up" </td><td>28, 1970 (1970-11-28)</td><td id="pc51-13">51-13</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FACC31" colspan="4"> The gang is pursued by the Hawk when confidential information is transferred from a tape recorder to Melody's memory. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep13">13</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Great Pussycat Chase" </td><td>5, 1970 (1970-12-05)</td><td id="pc51-12">51-12</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FACC31" colspan="4"> While in Paris, the gang is entrusted with a mysterious black box by an agent and are told to protect it from a criminal called the Shadow, who pursues them in a cat-and-mouse chase around the world. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep14">14</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Spy School Spoof" </td><td>12, 1970 (1970-12-12)</td><td id="pc51-14">51-14</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FACC31" colspan="4"> A mix-up in the mail leads the gang to New York City to receive plans for a top-secret device which can deactivate the world's technology which is targeted by the Laser. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep15">15</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Jumpin' Jupiter Affair" </td><td>19, 1970 (1970-12-19)</td><td id="pc51-15">51-15</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FACC31" colspan="4"> The gang encounters an alien spaceship in Peru led by a ruthless alien named Zor, who forces the gang and the local natives to work in a diamond mine. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep16">16</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Don't Count on a Countess" </td><td>2, 1971 (1971-01-02)</td><td id="pc51-16">51-16</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FACC31" colspan="4"> The gang is tricked by an evil Countess onto a ship that is driven to her secluded island, where she plans to use them as guinea pigs for her rapid aging mist. </td></tr>

Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space: 1972

Title Original airdate Prod. code

<tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epJPO-1">JPO-1</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Where's Josie?" </td><td>9, 1972 (1972-09-09)</td><td id="pc60-1">60-1</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #000070" colspan="4"> Finding themselves lost in space aboard a space ship, the Pussycats land on planetoid Zelc and encounter a creature named Bleep. At the same time, Josie is kidnapped by an alien named Karnak, a deposed ruler who is intent on reconquering the populace of Zelc. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epJPO-2">JPO-2</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Make Way for the Multi-Men" </td><td>16, 1972 (1972-09-16)</td><td id="pc60-2">60-2</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #000070" colspan="4"> The Pussycats land on a planet of cat people and quickly learn that the planet's queen is being held by the robot Menton. Can the Pussycats save the queen from the robot's clutches? </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epJPO-3">JPO-3</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Sleeping Planet" </td><td>23, 1972 (1972-09-23)</td><td id="pc60-3">60-3</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #000070" colspan="4"> The Pussycats land on the planet Arcobia, where they try to help expose the corrupt prime minister Rulo as the true thief of a device that is very important to the planet. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epJPO-4">JPO-4</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Alien Alan" </td><td>30, 1972 (1972-09-30)</td><td id="pc60-4">60-4</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #000070" colspan="4"> The Pussycats encounter a planet heavily devoted to magnets. While on the planet, Alan is brainwashed to serve the ruler Magno and only the Pussycats can save him. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epJPO-5">JPO-5</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Water Planet" </td><td>7, 1972 (1972-10-07)</td><td id="pc60-5">60-5</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #000070" colspan="4"> On a water planet, the Pussycats' ship is hijacked by locals intent on conquering Earth with a water-controlling device. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epJPO-6">JPO-6</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Sun Haters" </td><td>14, 1972 (1972-10-14)</td><td id="pc60-6">60-6</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #000070" colspan="4"> Josie and the gang encounter a race of giants on a planet that has developed a fluid capable of extinguishing the sun completely. Can the Pussycats stop them from carrying out their plan? </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epJPO-7">JPO-7</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Mini-Man Menace" </td><td>21, 1972 (1972-10-21)</td><td id="pc60-7">60-7</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #000070" colspan="4"> The Pussycats are shanghaied by robots and forced to journey to a planet ruled by the ambitious villain Mitchko. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epJPO-8">JPO-8</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Space Pirates" </td><td>28, 1972 (1972-10-28)</td><td id="pc60-8">60-8</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #000070" colspan="4"> The Pussycats' ship is seized by robotic space pirates under the command of Captain Braggo. Braggo intends to use the ship as a vessel in his pirate fleet to loot and plunder ships and planets he comes across. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epJPO-9">JPO-9</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Anything You Can Zoo" </td><td>4, 1972 (1972-11-04)</td><td id="pc60-9">60-9</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #000070" colspan="4"> The ship containing the Pussycats lands on a planet Kalex and Josie and the gang quickly find themselves unwilling parts of a circus run by frog-men of Kalex. The ruler Throg plans an attack on Earth and only Josie and her friends can stop him. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epJPO-10">JPO-10</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Now You See Them, Now You Don't" </td><td>11, 1972 (1972-11-11)</td><td id="pc60-10">60-10</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #000070" colspan="4"> The Pussycats encounter aliens who can seemingly become invisible at will. Josie and the others are baffled as to how to stop the aliens until Melody acquires the same ability as the aliens by chewing bubble gum. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epJPO-11">JPO-11</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Four-Eyed Dragon of Cygnon" </td><td>18, 1972 (1972-11-18)</td><td id="pc60-11">60-11</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #000070" colspan="4"> The Pussycats encounter two aliens, who attempt to persuade Josie and the gang to help them against a dragon that is menacing them. Can the Pussycats figure out who is the true menace before it's too late? </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epJPO-12">JPO-12</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Forward Backward People of Xarock" </td><td>25, 1972 (1972-11-25)</td><td id="pc60-12">60-12</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #000070" colspan="4"> Josie and the gang meet Tyran, whose weapon causes everything it zaps to go backward. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epJPO-13">JPO-13</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Hollow Planet" </td><td>2, 1972 (1972-12-02)</td><td id="pc60-13">60-13</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #000070" colspan="4"> Aliens that reside on a ship that resembles a planet plan to enslave others by using a ray that turns the victims into children. Can Josie and the Pussycats stop them? </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epJPO-14">JPO-14</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"All Hail Goddess Melody" </td><td>9, 1972 (1972-12-09)</td><td id="pc60-14">60-14</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #000070" colspan="4"> The Pussycats land on the planet Gezzner and are very surprised to find the natives hailing Melody as their goddess due to her similarity to images they have. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epJPO-15">JPO-15</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Outer Space Ark" </td><td>16, 1972 (1972-12-16)</td><td id="pc60-15">60-15</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #000070" colspan="4"> The group thwarts a power plot by the mad scientist Arkapus, whose sonic transmitter has enabled him to train the local animals for conquest. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epJPO-16">JPO-16</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Warrior Women of Amazonia" </td><td>30, 1972 (1972-12-30)</td><td id="pc60-16">60-16</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #000070" colspan="4"> Josie and the gang see flashes and decide to head toward them, but are captured by Merla and her Amazon warriors on a planet where only women rule. Merla then uses mind control rings to add the girls to her army. It's up to Alexander and Alan to escape and free them as well. </td></tr>

References

  • M. Keith Booker (2006). Drawn to television: prime-time animation from the Flintstones to Family Guy. Westort, CT: Praeger Publishers/Greenwood Publishing Group. page 158.

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