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and the Pussycatsbecame an event, with musicians of various levels of notoriety
coming on to play for the series’ soundtrack after producer Danny Janssen defended keeping the character of
Valerie (Barbara Pariot & Patrice Holloway) black when the studio wanted to
change her to white. The follow-up season to the show, unfortunately, wasn’t as
For the 1972-73
decided to revamp the show. As depicted in the opening sequence, the band was
taking promotional photographs in front of a new spaceship. Jealous Alexandra
(Sherry Alberoni) knocked them all into the capsule and caused it to
accidentally take off, leading to Josie
and the Pussycats in Outer Space.
Bleep, Alan M. and Josie character models.
episode was the same as the previous series: the Pussycats would end up in a
new location (in this case, a planet) where they would stumble upon malevolent
forces (in this case, aliens) and have to escape capture during a music-laden chase
scene. However, the music was not as much of a focus this time around after the
failure of the previous series to generate The Archies-level interest in the
fictional band. Aside from the new character designs featuring the band in
matching space suits, the only new addition to the program was the character of
Bleep; a fuzzy alien who spoke only in “bleeps” whom Melody (Jackie Joseph
& Cheryl Ladd) could understand. An element of Lost in Spacewas thrown in by the characters constantly trying to
find their way home from uncharted space.
Their rocket ship model sheet.
Debuting on September 9, 1972, the series only ran
for a single season of 16 episodes. CBS kept
it on its schedule until 1974, but ultimately did not order any further
installments. Hanna-Barbera, however, wasn’t quite done with the Archie Comics characters. The Pussycats
appeared in a 1973 episode of The
New Scooby-Doo Moviesteaming-up with Scooby (also Messick) and the
gang. They were also intended to be included in the Battle of the
Network Starsspoof series Laff-A-Lympics
as members of Scooby’s team, the Scooby-Doobies, but they had lost the
rights by then. As a result, the Pussycats were replaced by Captain Caveman (Mel Blanc) and the Teen Angels from
their own series. The Hanna-Barbera series Speed
Buggywas notable for recycling several plots from the Josie series. They also utilized the Outer Space episode “Warrior Women of
Amazonia” for their episode “The Hidden Valley of Amazonia.”
Although another attempt to bring Josie to TV has yet to materialize, the Josiecomic
continued on until 1982, ending after 106 issues. The Pussycats continued
appearing in various Archie publications, notably as an alternating feature in Archie Giant Seriesand
Archie & Friends. In
the early 2000s, Archie experimented with giving the band a manga makeover and
a new origin by Tania del Rio.
That same year, Cartoon Network created and aired a
short called “Musical Evolution” which featured the Pussycats playing in
different musical styles with accompanying artwork and outfits. The Comedy Central series Drawn Together,
which was a “reality show” featuring various cartoon characters living
together in the same house, included a direct parody of Valerie in the character
of Foxxy Love (Cree Summer).
“Where’s Josie?” (9/9/72) – The band befriends Bleep while Josie is
kidnapped by Karnak who is intent on reconquering the planet Zelc.
“Make Way For the Multi-Men” (9/16/72) – The band must save the queen
of a planet of cat people.
“The Sleeping Planet” (9/23/72) – The band helps expose a corrupt
Prime Minister in the theft of a device important to planet Arcobia.
“Alien Alan” (9/30/72) – Alan is brainwashed to serve the ruler of a
“The Water Planet” (10/7/72) – The band’s ship is stolen by aliens
intent on conquering Earth.
“The Sun Haters” (10/14/72) – The band must stop a race of giants from
extinguishing the sun.
“The Mini-Man Menace” (10/21/72) – Robots kidnap the band and take
them to the villainous Mitchko.
“The Space Pirates” (10/28/72) – Captain Braggo’s robotic space
pirates capture the band’s ship to use to loot and plunder other ships.
“Anything You Can Zoo” (11/4/72) – The band ends up in a zoo on planet
Kaltex while the ruler plots to attack Earth.
“Now You See Them, Now You Don’t” (11/11/72) – Aliens that can turn
invisible seem unstoppable until Melody develops the same power after chewing
“The Four-Eyed Dragon of Cygnon” (11/18/72) – Two aliens attempt to
convince the band to help them against a dragon.
“The Forward Backward People of Xarock” (11/25/72) – Tyran has a
weapon that zaps everything into going backwards.
“The Hollow Planet” (12/2/72) – Aliens in a planet-like ship plan to
enslave others by using a ray to turn them into children.
“All Hail Goddess Melody” (12/9/72) – The natives of planet Gezzner
worship Melody as their goddess due to her resemblance.
“Outer Space Ark” (12/16/72) – The mad scientist Arkapus uses a sonic
transmitter to train the local animals into a conquering army.
“Warrior Women of Amazonia” (12/30/72) – A planet ruled by women
captures the band and uses mind control to have the girls join their ranks,
leaving Alan and Alexander to save them all.