Popeye and Son
Popeye and Son titlecard.png
Show's title card featuring Popeye, Junior, and Olive
Based onPopeye, by E. C. Segar
Directed by
Theme music composerHoyt Curtin
Opening theme"Like Pop, Like Son"
Ending theme"Pop-a-Wheelie"
ComposerHoyt Curtin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (26 segments)
Executive producers
ProducerCharles Grosvenor
EditorGil Iverson
Running time22 minutes (11 minutes per segment)
Production companiesHanna-Barbera Productions
King Features Entertainment
DistributorKing Features Entertainment
Original networkCBS
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseSeptember 19 (19-09) –
December 12, 1987 (1987-12-12)
Preceded byThe All New Popeye Hour (1978–1983)
Followed byPopeye’s Island Adventures (2018)

Popeye and Son is an American animated comedy series based on the Popeye comic strip created by E.C. Segar and published by King Features Syndicate. Jointly produced by Hanna-Barbera and King Features subsidiary King Features Entertainment, the series aired for one season of thirteen episodes on CBS.[1] It is a follow-up to The All New Popeye Hour. Maurice LaMarche performed the voice of Popeye in this series (succeeding Jack Mercer in that role), while much of the cast of The All New Popeye Hour reprised their respective roles with the exception of Daws Butler. However, Nancy Cartwright voiced Woody in the series in which she was trained by Butler. It is also the first set of Popeye cartoons that were produced since Mercer's death in 1984. Following its original run on CBS, this series reran on the USA Network in the 1989–90 season and on The Family Channel from September 1994 to December 1995.


Popeye and long-time girlfriend, Olive Oyl, are married and have a son named Popeye Junior (or simply, "Junior"),[2] who has inherited Popeye's ability to gain superhuman strength from eating spinach; however, Junior hates the taste of spinach (preferring hamburgers, like Wimpy), much to his father's disappointment, although he eats spinach anyway should any trouble come his way.[3] Popeye's long-time rival Bluto also has a wife of his own and a son named Tank. Like old times, Popeye and Bluto have an intense hatred towards each other, but Junior and Tank do not.

Voice cast

List of episodes

No. Title Written by Original air date
1a"Attack of the Sea Hag"John LoySeptember 19, 1987 (1987-09-19)
Tank takes a driftwood mermaid Junior found on the beach, claiming it as his own for Bluto's boat party with the Mayor. However Junior must go off and save the day when the mermaid belongs to Popeye's old foe: The Sea Hag.
1b"Happy Anniversary"John LoySeptember 19, 1987 (1987-09-19)
Popeye and Olive get into a fight on the night of their anniversary. While trying to get the two back together, Junior learns how the two finally got married.
2a"The Sea Monster"Cliff RobertsSeptember 26, 1987 (1987-09-26)
Polly finds and befriends a sea monster, one Bluto wants to capture and sell.
2b"Poopdeck Pappy and the Family Tree"Eric LewaldSeptember 26, 1987 (1987-09-26)
Pappy goes to Junior's school to tell his class about a past adventure.
3a"Bluto's Wave Pool"Anthony AdamsOctober 3, 1987 (1987-10-03)
3b"Here Today, Goon Tomorrow"Story by: Bruce Falk
Teleplay by: John Loy
October 3, 1987 (1987-10-03)
4a"Don't Give Up the Picnic"John LoyOctober 10, 1987 (1987-10-10)
Wimpy and his nephew challenge Bluto to the picnic games.
4b"The Lost Treasure of Pirate's Cove"Eric LewaldOctober 10, 1987 (1987-10-10)
5a"Junior's Genie"Story by: Kelly Ward and Mark Cassutt
Teleplay by: Eric Lewald
October 17, 1987 (1987-10-17)
5b"Mighty Olive at the Bat"Eric LewaldOctober 17, 1987 (1987-10-17)
6a"Junior Gets a Job"John LoyOctober 24, 1987 (1987-10-24)
6b"Surf Movie"Charles M. Howell, IVOctober 24, 1987 (1987-10-24)
7a"Junior's Birthday Roundup"Kelly WardOctober 31, 1987 (1987-10-31)
7b"Redbeard"Eric LewaldOctober 31, 1987 (1987-10-31)
8a"The Girl from Down Under"Anthony AdamsNovember 7, 1987 (1987-11-07)
8b"Olive's Dinosaur Dilemma"Bryce MalekNovember 7, 1987 (1987-11-07)
9a"Dr. Junior and Mr. Hyde"Eric LewaldNovember 14, 1987 (1987-11-14)
9b"Popeye's Surfin' Adventure"John LoyNovember 14, 1987 (1987-11-14)
10a"Split Decision"Pamela Hickey
Dennys McCoy
November 21, 1987 (1987-11-21)
10b"The Case of the Burger Burglar"Bryce MalekNovember 21, 1987 (1987-11-21)
11a"Orchid You Not"Scott ShawNovember 28, 1987 (1987-11-28)
11b"Ain't Mythbehavin'"Ken Koonce
David Weimers
November 28, 1987 (1987-11-28)
12a"There Goes the Neighborhood"Eric LewaldDecember 5, 1987 (1987-12-05)
12b"Prince of a Fellow"Kelly WardDecember 5, 1987 (1987-12-05)
13a"Olive's Day Off"Bryce MalekDecember 12, 1987 (1987-12-12)
13b"Damsel in Distress"Eric Lewald
John Loy
December 12, 1987 (1987-12-12)


In 2014, including it in an article about twelve 1980s cartoons that supposedly did not deserve remembrance, io9 was largely critical of the series, noting that it did not utilize the conventions established by the theatrical Popeye short films.[4]

Home media

In late 2008, Warner Home Video planned to release four Popeye and Son episodes (8 cartoons) on DVD (Volume One, released earlier in 2008, contained episodes of the previous Hanna-Barbera Popeye series, The All New Popeye Hour). As of 2021, the complete series as yet to come out on DVD.


  1. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1997). The Encyclopedia of Daytime Television. Watson-Guptill Publications. p. 347. ISBN 978-0823083152. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  2. ^ CHARLES SOLOMON (1987-10-09). "Kidvid Reviews : Cartoon Debuts Are All Drawn Out - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
  3. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 637–638. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  4. ^ Bricken, Rob (11 November 2014). "12 Cartoons From The 1980s No One Will Ever Have Nostalgia For". io9. Retrieved 11 September 2016.