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the Shark was a series about a tiger shark named Kenny (Jim Conroy) who
became sick of ocean life and decided to live on the surface in Tiburon,
California. Kenny became the pet of Kat Cassidy (Kelli Rabke); a 10-year-old
girl who could understand Kenny’s language. They lived with her parents, Grace
(Karen Culp), a psychiatrist who worked from home, and Petr (Russell Horton),
an eco-sensitive hippie who owned an organic grocery store, and her little
brother, Karl (Culp). Despite being domesticated, Kenny was still a shark and
had an obsession with seals: whenever he saw or smelled one, he just had to eat
it; usually resulting in him needing to be restrained to a gurney until the
feeling passed. Kenny often caused trouble for the Cassidys with his constant
appetite and frequent destruction of property with his antics.
Kat gives Kenny some chum.
Kenny was produced by Phase 4 Productions in
association with Discovery Kids. Based
on a concept by Jack Huber,
it was inspired by both the successful “Shark Week” documentary specials on the
Discovery Channel, as well as a series
shorts on the network from 1999-2000. Those shorts, shot from Kenny’s point
of view, taught viewers about sharks. Kenny
kept up that tradition, as well as taught about life problems such as
bullies while keeping things comedic with the kinds of situations that arose
from keeping a shark as pet. While there wasn’t a central antagonist, the
closest thing to it would be Burton Plushtoy III (Oliver Wyman); an obnoxious rich
kid who tried various methods to add Kenny to his collection of exotic pets.
Other characters included Kat’s best human friend, Oscar (Nicolas King), who was obsessed with
his Mayan ancestry, and Elly (Amy
Love), a bull shark from the city aquarium and Kenny’s love interest.
Kenny with his human family.
the Shark debuted on NBC on
November 1, 2003. It was shown under the title of “Real Toons” with Tutenstein as part of the Discovery Kids on
NBC programming block. Those two shows marked the first time that cartoons
had been seen as part of NBC’s children’s programming since 1992 when they
abandoned them in favor of teen-oriented live-action shows. Jared Faber composed the series’ music.
Antics will be had.
in 2006 after two seasons and 26 episodes. It continued to air on Discovery
Kids, closing out the network with a 4-hour marathon when it transitioned
over into The
Hub in 2010. Kenny continued
airing on The Hub until 2012. From 2013-14, reruns aired on the Spanish network
Azteca America before being offered
on Discovery Family On Demand. Magna
Pacific released three
DVD volumes in Australia in 2005, each one containing 8-10 segments. Genius Products and
Discovery Home Entertainment released three
volumes in North America containing six story segments each between 2007
and 2008. In 2009, the first 10 episodes were available to purchase from the iTunes Store.
Irresistible / Special Delivery” (11/1/03) – Grace brings home a patient afraid
of sharks, but while Kat tries to ease him with facts Kenny decides to eat him.
/ When Kenny eats her father’s gift, Kat tries to overfeed him so he’ll spit it
Menu / Will Work For Chum” (11/8/03) – Kat hypnotizes herself to remember to
renew Kenny’s tags, but forgets to feed him. / Kenny gets a job as a hockey
team’s mascot to pay for his food bills, but the team is unaware he’s a real
Love the Night Life / Dolphin for a Day” (12/6/03) – When Kenny can’t sleep, he
drags Kat out on the town. / Kat disguises Kenny as a dolphin to protect him
form a shark hunter that moved into the neighborhood.
Days of the Parrot / My Old School” (12/13/03) – Kat brings home a lost parrot
and Kenny gets jealous of all the attention she gives it. / Kenny’s old
classmate comes for a visit and threatens to reveal Kenny’s secret if he’s not
allowed to stay.
Me Later / Catscratch Fever” (1/3/04) – Kenny joins a mail-order-meat-of-the-day
club, but there’s a question of who will pay the bill. / Three girls at school
make fun of Kat, until they discover she has a scary pet.
the Veggie / Watching Karl” (1/10/04) – Kat asks Kenny to become a vegetarian.
/ Kat leaves Karl with Kenny and he crawls off, leading to a frantic chase to
“The Checkup / Naughty, Naughty Kenny”
(1/17/04) – Kat’s dentist mistakes Kenny for her. / After hijacking a fish
truck, Kenny is put into obedience school.
Tricks / Who Framed Kenny the Shark?” (1/24/04) – Kat tries to find Kenny’s
talent so he can appear on American Pet Idol. / Kenny is framed for food thefts
all over the neighborhood.
to Tango / Ball of Contention” (1/31/04) – Kenny makes a new friend to make Kat
jealous when she becomes too busy with her art lessons. / Kenny loses Oscar’s
soccer ball after he steals it.
Gotta Have It / Kat and the Sax” (2/7/04) – Kenny becomes addicted to sushi
after Kat gives him some for his birthday. / Kenny can’t tell Kat her sax
playing bothers his sensitive ears.
Talking / Kenny in Love” (2/14/04) – Kenny tries to stop some raccoons in their
trash, but they constantly outsmart him. / Kenny falls for a shark at the
aquarium but she doesn’t return his interest.
Tale / Father’s Day” (2/21/04) – Kat trains her dad to compete in a fishing
contest. / Kenny wants to give Peter a gift, but what he picks may end up
ruining the day for everyone.
Vacation / Gentle Ken” (2/28/04) – Kenny fakes an illness in order to get taken
along on the family’s trip. / Kenny becomes Kat’s bodyguard when a bear escapes
from the zoo.
the Hero / Whaling on Kenny” (10/2/04) – Kenny seeks recognition after saving
someone. / Kat tries to get Kenny to become friends with a whale.
Fate is Sealed / Surf’s Up” (10/9/04) – If Kenny can’t stop craving seals,
Peter is going to send him away. / The surfers at the local beach don’t
appreciate Kenny’s efforts to teach Kat how to surf.
Change / Boy Trouble” (10/30/04) – Kat tries to get Kenny in shape. / Kenny
becomes jealous when Kat gets a crush.
/ Kenny the Dad” (11/13/04) – A rich kid wants Kenny in his animal collection.
/ Kenny and Kat find themselves suddenly parents.
the Movie / Goodbye Ol’ Chum” (11/27/04) – Kat and Kenny set out to make a
movie to show tiger sharks are kings of the sea. / Kenny decides to join a
Shrunk / Kenny the Star” (12/4/04) – Kat tries to figure out what makes Kenny
mischievous. / Kenny join’s Kat’s school play.
Three / Antiques Roadshark” (1/15/05) – Kenny and Kat try to save the fish in
the Tiburon Aquarium. / Kat and Kenny attend an antique show that comes to
to Succeed in Business / Mr. Popularity” (10/1/05) – Kat tries to help Peter
with his financial troubles. / Kat and Kenny protect some girls from a shark.
the Ocean / A Dog’s Life” (10/22/05) – Kat and Kenny deal with Captain Ahearn’s
sleepwalking problem. / Kat enters Kenny into a dog show.
Move / Seasick” (11/19/05) – Kat’s parents decide to get a bigger house. / One
of Kenny’s friends begins trying to take over his life.
/ Kenny the Rock Star” (2/4/06) – A ghost from Kenny’s past haunts him. / Kat
gets Kenny’s help to win the talent show.
of the Shark Nerd / Bed and Breakfast” (2/11/06) – Kat and Kenny meet someone
who loves sharks. / Kenny believes he accidentally ate one of Kat’s other
Shark / All You Can Eat” (2/18/06) – After Kenny eats all the candy for Kat’s
school fundraiser, they have to figure out how to make money. / Kenny takes
advantage of Kat’s grandmother to get what he wants.