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[[caption-width-right:350:Left to right: Alexander, Valerie, Melody, Josie, Alan, Alexandra. Foreground: Sebastian.]]

Although based on an ArchieComics publication, this series was produced by Creator/HannaBarbera rather than Creator/{{Filmation}}. The all-female rock [[PowerTrio trio]] comprised guitarist Josie [=McCoy=], tambourinist Valerie Brown and drummer Melody Valentine. Valerie is BlackAndNerdy, Melody is a DumbBlonde and Josie is of average intellect.

Supporting characters were Alan Mayberry, an ex-country singer who became the Pussycats' roadie and Josie's love interest; Alexander Cabot III, the Pussycats' manager; Alexandra Cabot, Alexander's twin who continually tried to steal Alan away from Josie and/or replace Josie as leader of the band; and Sebastian, Alexandra's snickering cat. In the successor series, ''Josie and the Pussycats [[RecycledInSpace in Outer Space]]'', a woolly creature named Bleep joined the cast.

Voice talent included Janet Waldo, CaseyKasem and DonMessick, enabling Josie and friends to cross over to ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo''.

It was adapted into [[LiveActionAdaptation a live-action film]] in 2001. For information on that, click [[Film/JosieAndThePussycats here]].

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!!This series provides examples of the following tropes:

* AnimatedAdaptation: It started in Archie Comics, after all.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: In the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHBcmIKe-n4 Japanese version]].
* AscendedExtra: Similar to Hot Dog in ''WesternAnimation/TheArchieShow,'' Sebastian has a much larger role in the cartoon than he did in the comics.
* {{Badass}}: Yes, Alexandra has her good qualities, when used against any "creeps."
* BettyAndVeronica: Averted slightly in that Alan is very clearly involved with Josie and has no interest in the scheming Alexandra.
* TheBlank: Mastermind from "Never Mind a Master Mind".
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead
* CatsAreMean: Sebastian was a nasty prankster in the main show. He bedeviled Scooby when there was a CrossOver, and he and Bleep were in a constant state of war when the show ended up RecycledInSpace.
* CatGirl: The theme of the band.
--> -"...long tails, and ears for hats."
* ChaseScene: A staple of each episode accompanied by a song from the 'Cats.
* ClassicalAntiHero: Alexander, the self-described "chicken."
* {{Crossover}}: Particularly noticeable is the one with [[WesternAnimation/TheNewScoobyDooMovies Scooby Doo]].
* TheDitz[=/=]DumbBlonde: Melody, to the point she could be the poster child of both tropes!
* DumbAndDrummer: It likely isn't a coincidence that [[TheDitz Melody]] is the drummer.
* DumbIsGood: Melody. Besides being uber-nice:
** She had a preternatural power to understand the speech of alien animals.
** She wept when upon hearing Alexandra's voice (she was hiding in a plant - see ShoutOut below), she thought Alexandra was eaten by one of Greenthumb's plant-monsters!
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: Usually because of some tragedy befalling Alexandra.
* {{Expy}}: The show being heavily inspired by ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', Alan and Alexander have been {{Re Tool}}ed into fairly obvious expies for Fred and Shaggy. The change is most noticeable with Alexander, whose comic-book counterpart is an {{Expy}} of [[Franchise/ArchieComics Reggie Mantle.]]
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Once the series was recycled in Space, this became the only option for our heroes finding their way home. Even if some benevolent aliens pointed them in the right direction, Alexandra would inevitably accidentally bump into something, throwing them off course (which is how they got lost in space in the first place).
* {{Fainting}}: Alexander is prone to this, whether out of fright or by ForeignQueasine.
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Josie.
** TheLancer: Alexander.
** TheSmartGuy: Valerie.
** TheBigGuy: Alan.
** TheChick: Melody.
** TokenEvilTeammate: Alexandra.
** TeamPet: Sebastian.
* GeniusDitz: As dumb as Melody is, she plays the drums professionally.
-->'''Melody:''' Eat your heart out, Ringo!
* GlurgeAddict
* HairDecorations: Josie's bowed headband and Alexandra's ponytail ribbon. Also, of course, those [[AnimalEaredHeadband "ears for hats."]] In one episode, Melody briefly wears a bow that's actually a homing device.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Though he's not TheHero (he fits as a sort-of Lancer), Alan would rather have Josie than Alexandra.
* InsultBackfire: LaserGuidedKarma aimed at Alexandra, especially when she calls anyone "dum-dum."
* IronButtMonkey: Alexandra, for all of her AmusingInjuries.
* IronicEchoCut: In "The Jumpin' Jupiter Affair":
--> '''Alexandra:''' ''([[NiceJobBreakingItHero after blowing one of the gang's plans - again]])'': Thanks to me, I'll bet the rest of the gang is heading this way with help.
-->''(cut to Alexander, running for his life as a result of his sister's bumbling)''
-->'''Alexander: HELP!'''
* {{Jerkass}}: Alexandra.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Sebastian. He's an often [[CatsAreMean mean-spirited]] prankster who finds other people's pain and humiliation hilariously funny, but he ''does'' care about his humans, particularly Alexandra, and will provide aid and support when needed.
* LargeHam: Alexander in the comics, Alexandra in the cartoon.
* LetsSplitUpGang: {{Lampshaded}} by Alexandra in the final episode, having been sent off with Sebastian, Alexander, and Melody:
--> Oooh, why do I always get stuck with [[NonHumanSidekick a cat]], [[LovableCoward a chicken]], and a [[TheDitz giggling blonde]]?
* LimitedWardrobe
* TheLoad: Alexandra, full stop.
* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: If you're gonna kidnap Valerie, you'd better be damn sure she can't move or speak.
* LovableCoward: Alexander, who looks and acts almost nothing like he did in the comics.
* LoveTriangle: Josie, Alan, Alexandra. In the comics, Alexander (who was ''far'' less cowardly and much meaner) had a crush on Josie.
* MacGyvering: Valerie was the champion of this, making solutions and springing traps with guitar strings, bubble gum and hairspray.
* MadScientist: SEVERAL.
* MilesGloriosus: Alexander will gladly take credit for foiling the {{Villain}}. However, in "Plateau of the Apes Plot," he has this to say at the end - this was after he had been transformed into a gorilla and had to be rescued from the pound:
--> '''Alexander:''' "There ''never'' was any doubt that we could handle the situation. After all, under my [[HypocriticalHumor skillful and fearless]] leadership, mmph ..."
-->'''Alexandra:''' ''(stuffing a {{b|rickJoke}}anana in his mouth)'': [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech "You'd still be in that funny farm for animals if it weren't for me!"]]
* MindControl: Melody gets hypnotized, brainwashed and mind-controlled by the villains a ''lot.'' In every single instance they end up wishing they hadn't, because her ditzy nature is only exaggerated when she's hypnotized, and she will [[StopHelpingMe screw up the simplest of tasks]].
* MindControlEyes: Again, Melody gets them when under the influence of the villains.
* NearlyNormalAnimal[=/=]SpeechImpairedAnimal: Sebastian falls in between.
* NonHumanSidekick: Sebastian, and Bleep in outer space.
* PokemonSpeak: Bleep
* PowerTrio: Josie, Melody, Valerie.
* PrinceAndPauper: Melody was more than once mistaken for somebody of elevated status, including one ''Outer Space'' episode where the residents of a planet mistook her for their goddess.
** For that matter, a pair of shoes was accidentally mixed up for another pair of shoes that were intelligence-gathering devices.
** Valerie turned out to be a dead ringer for a princess from India, and agreed to act as a decoy to catch a villain who was after her.
* RecognizableBySound: While sneaking around the mansion of MadScientist Doctor Greenthumb in the episode "A Greenthumb Is Not A Goldfinger," the three band members encounter a walking pile of leaves. They presume that this is one of the mad doctor's plant creatures, and attack it. While Josie and Valerie are pummeling the creature, it cries in pain from the blows. Melody recognizes the voice, and begins sobbing, "That sounds like Alexandra. The creature-plant must have eaten her!" Immediately, Josie and Valerie realize that DumbassHasAPoint, and it's revealed that the creature was Alexandra disguised as a creature plant.
* RedHeadedHero: Josie is the leader of the Pussycats and often leads the whole group.
* RichBitch: Alexandra, the sarcastic and selfish twin sister of the Pussycats' manager, Alexander.
* RockTrio: A pop version that swapped the bass guitar with a tambourine.
* ScoobyDooHoax: The plot of "The Jumpin' Jupiter Affair," subverted in that the villains were revealed to the audience in the middle of the episode.
* ShoutOut: From the second episode, "Greenthumb Is Not a Goldfinger", after the others find Alexandra, Alexander and Sebastian hiding in plants:
-->'''Josie:''' Alexandra, it's you!
-->'''Alexandra:''' Of course it's me! Who were you expecting? Scooby-Doo?
* ShrunkenHead: Having fled the mansion of the MadScientist, The Pussy Cats are soon captured by a tribe of Amazon natives. Alex wonders what the natives will do with their captives. Valerie shows him some shrunken heads, and replies, "Do these answer your question?" Fortunately, the Pussy Cats are able to use the natives' superstition to effect an escape.
* SkintoneSclerae
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Alexandra suffered by far the most comic mishaps on the show, with Alexander coming in a distant second.
* SkunkStripe: Alexandra.
* SpySpeak: In the episode "Never Mind a Master Mind".
* StrictlyFormula: Similar to a lot of Hanna-Barbera mystery shows. The gang shows up in a new town, stumbles onto some great crime or mad plot, solves the mystery, and then everyone laughs as [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Alexandra's attempt to steal Alan screws up]].
* StylisticSuck: Results whenever Alexandra actually gets to perform.
* SuddenlyFluentInGibberish: A second-season episode has the team flying into outer space and encountering a [[SmallAnnoyingCreature dog-bird alien]] named Bleep, who communicates as follows: "Bleep bleep bleep." Melody, the Ditz, says, "Bleep bleep bleep, bleep bleep?" Bleep responds, "Bleep bleep bleep, bleep." Melody then gives an English translation.
* SunglassesAtNight: Alexander, who's seldom seen without his sunglasses.
* TokenMinority: Valerie, but this was the late 1960s and early 1970s. Pretty progressive for the times, really, especially considering her TVGenius and Series/{{MacGyver}} talents.
* TVGenius: Valerie could often hold her own, understanding what the MadScientist was talking about.
* VillainBall: In many episodes, the villains would have gotten away if they didn't ''kidnap'' [[YouMeddlingKids those meddling kids!]]
* WalkingTheEarth: The band was always getting into trouble in a city or town they'd visit as part of a gig for their tour.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Wherever they tour, a supervillains is always around.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Alexandra and Alexander (sometimes Alan as well) got the Pussycats more often in trouble than aided them.
* XRaySparks: Alexander in one episode experiences this, complete with his [[SunglassesAtNight shades being visible over his skull eyes!]]
* YouMeddlingKids: Very rarely were those words used verbatim, but the sentiment was there when the gang solved the mystery. This was true for the majority of Hanna-Barbera's AnimatedSeries in the 1970s.

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