Beethoven (TV series)

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Beethoven The Animated Series Title Card.jpg
Title card
GenreAnimated sitcom
Based onBeethoven, by Edmond Dantès and Amy Holden Jones
Voices of
Theme music composerChristopher Neal Nelson
Keith Baxter
Opening theme"Beethoven", performed by Geno Henderson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes26
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Paul Germain
Roy Smith
Production company(s)Northern Lights Entertainment
Universal Cartoon Studios
DistributorMCA TV
Original networkCBS
Audio formatCBS Stereosound
Original releaseSeptember 10 –
December 3, 1994 (1994-12-03)

Beethoven is an American animated television series loosely based on the 1992 motion picture of the same name. The series was produced by Northern Lights Entertainment, Universal Cartoon Studios and Universal Television, and aired for one season (1994–1995) on CBS, with 26 fifteen-minute episodes produced. Dean Jones, who played Dr. Varnick in the movie, voiced the role of George Newton; Nicholle Tom, who played teenage daughter Ryce in the movie and Beethoven's 2nd, was the only cast member from the films to reprise her role in the series.


The Newton family love Beethoven, their St. Bernard dog. But the father, George, has his moments with Beethoven, who gets in different mishaps time after time. When not with the Newton family, Beethoven spends time with three other dogs, Sparky (the stray from the first film), Ginger, and Caesar.

Unlike the movie, Beethoven could talk, at least among the other animals; incidentally he would also talk in the 2011 direct-to-video film, Beethoven's Christmas Adventure. The same plot was used in another animated series Free Willy, where the main character also could talk. Some of the music was used for the DIC cartoon, What-a-Mess.

Voice cast[edit]

Additional voices[edit]



No.TitleWritten byOriginal air date
1"Good Old George"Joe Ansolabehere and Paul GermainSeptember 10, 1994 (1994-09-10)
2"The Pound"Paul Germain and Joe AnsolabehereSeptember 10, 1994 (1994-09-10)
3"Dog Dreams"Joe AnsolabehereSeptember 17, 1994 (1994-09-17)
4"The Good, the Bad, and the Poodle"Jonathan GreenbergSeptember 17, 1994 (1994-09-17)
5"The Experiment"Jonathan GreenbergSeptember 24, 1994 (1994-09-24)
6"The Incredibly Pointless Journey"Michael FerrisSeptember 24, 1994 (1994-09-24)
7"The Guard Dog"Buddy ChuckOctober 1, 1994 (1994-10-01)
8"Mr. Huggs Wild Ride"Peter GaffneyOctober 1, 1994 (1994-10-01)
9"Cat Fight"Jonathan GreenbergOctober 8, 1994 (1994-10-08)
10"The Kindergarten Caper"Peter GaffneyOctober 8, 1994 (1994-10-08)
11"The Gopher Who Would Be King"Jim Bernstein and Michael ShipleyOctober 15, 1994 (1994-10-15)
12"Pet Psychiatrist"Buddy ChuckOctober 15, 1994 (1994-10-15)
13"Cyrano de Beethoven"Paul GermainOctober 22, 1994 (1994-10-22)
14"The Mailman Cometh"Jonathan Greenberg and Joe AnsolabehereOctober 22, 1994 (1994-10-22)
15"A Cat Named Rover"Buddy ChuckOctober 29, 1994 (1994-10-29)
16"The Dog Must Diet"Jonathan GreenbergOctober 29, 1994 (1994-10-29)
17"The Mighty Cone-Dog"Buddy ChuckNovember 5, 1994 (1994-11-05)
18"Car Trouble"Joe AnsolabehereNovember 5, 1994 (1994-11-05)
19"Puppy Time"Jonathan Greenberg and Joe AnsolabehereNovember 12, 1994 (1994-11-12)
20"The Morning Paper"Michael FerrisNovember 12, 1994 (1994-11-12)
21"The Big One"Joe AnsolabehereNovember 19, 1994 (1994-11-19)
22"Fleas!"Jeff LowellNovember 19, 1994 (1994-11-19)
23"Scent of a Mutt"Jonathan GreenbergNovember 26, 1994 (1994-11-26)
24"Down on the Farm"Michael FerrisNovember 26, 1994 (1994-11-26)
25"Trash Island"Christian FletcherDecember 3, 1994 (1994-12-03)
26"The Long Weekend"Joe Ansolabehere and Jonathan GreenbergDecember 3, 1994 (1994-12-03)

Home video releases[edit]

Universal and Goodtimes released episodes of the show on VHS. Universal has not yet announced any plans to release the show on DVD, although the episodes are currently available to view on YouTube.

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