CatDog was an animated series that first aired on Nickelodeon in 1998 and ran for three seasons.The story revolved around CatDog, two conjoined twins who were a cat and a dog respectively. Cat was the sophisticated one, being into things such as the Opera and cleanliness. Dog, on the other hand, was much more laid back than his brother and enjoyed going on adventures and eating. The episodes revolved around Cat and Dog's daily adventures of living with each other and trying to avoid harassment from a gang of three dogs named the Greaser Dogs and their neighbor (who lives in one of the walls of their home) Winslow, a blue mouse.Most people familiar with the show either liked or disliked it, and it became one of Nick's most polarizing programs. Despite this, it does have a decent fanbase.The show now reruns in the block The '90s Are All That. The series is currently released in DVD by Shout! Factory.Has a character page and a recap page.
This animated TV show provides examples of:
Abnormal Ammo: Due to how CatDog's digestive system works, if Cat eats several small items, Dog can shoot them out of his nose with machine-gun force. They mainly use candies for this.
Adored by the Network: It was at first, in the beginning, it was one of the few cable cartoons at the time to be given more than the standard 13-episodes per season, which even surprised creator Peter Hannan... however, see Screwed by the Network below.
A Dog Ate My Homework: Cat tries to make money off this in one episode by letting people hire Dog to eat their homework for them. Even the President (Rancid again) asks them to eat his speech. However, Dog suffers a moral crisis before he can do so, so Cat has to eat it. Nobody believes that a cat could eat homework, so Rancid is booed off the podium and goes back into the clowning business.
Aesop: Noteworthy subversion is when Cat teaches Dog not to eat meat as animals are his friends. Dog then starts seeing plants asking him to be his friends, so he started eating rocks, but they asked him to be friends too........eventually, he resorted to eating Cat because he is his brother, not his friend. In the end, Dog gets to eat meat from steak plants instead.
All Just a Dream: In "Shriek Loves Dog", Cat plans to make Dog and Shriek fall for each other, hoping that the Greaser Dogs will thereby leave him alone. The rest of the episode is Cat's dream of what the consequences are: Dog marries Shriek, which causes the Greaser Dogs to move into their house and generally making Cat's life a living hell.
Also happens in "Dem Bones." The episode seemingly ends with CatDog in museum jail, but it turns out to be just a dream Cat had.
In "Full Moon Fever," Dog turns into a wolf-like form in the full moon. Cat decides to let Dog "get it out of his system" and he ends up joining the Greasers. Dog passes their initiation test, making Cat miserable all the while. He passes and they accept him, and even give him a tail by putting a plunger on Cat's head. Dog then looks at how miserable his brother is... and changes to his normal self because he doesn't want to see his brother suffer.
Babysitting Episode: In one episode, they have to babysit Cliff's niece. She eventually gets lost and when Lube comes to pick up the baby, they pass off Winslow as the baby and go look for her. They manage to get her back in enough time that Cliff doesn't find out.
Baseball Episode: In "The Unnatural," CatDog competes in a baseball game. Cat is a terrible player, but Dog isn't. Cat eventually gets the idea to pretend he is Dog and vice-versa so he'll look like a better player. In the end, he takes off his mask and tries to hit the ball himself... but he fails. However, Cat realizes that he's good at other things and decides that he doesn't need to be a good baseball player after all.
Beach Episode: In "Surfin' CatDog," CatDog goes to the beach and competes in a surfing contest against the Greasers. They win.
Cats Are Mean: Cat serves as a minor example, as he is more a greedy and self-centered jerk than cruel or vicious. He's even had his own moments of kindness and generosity. The cats of the Cat club however play this straight to a frightening degree.
Cats Are Superior: If either of the duo tries to accomplish something due to egotistical concerns, it's Cat. In general, he is also much more cunning and calculating than Dog. However, this means squat when Karma seems to have it out for him throughout the whole series, and rightfully so.
In "Back to School" we meet the Greasers' nephews, Biff, Squeak and Bartholomew. The latter is actually smarter than his uncle Lube.
Brat and Runt, Winslow's nephews, appear in "Harasslin' Match." They start out nice to CatDog but after they kick Winslow out, they become even worse than him to the point that they want Winslow back.
The Chew Toy: Played as straight as can be with Cat. Nearly every character has the odd bout of extremely bad luck however.
Christmas Episode: Rancid's niece Rancine wants CatDog for Christmas. Cat sells themselves to Rancid because he'll get a sports car if he does, and Santa (who'd already been disillusioned with the Christmas spirit) gets so angry about it he cancels Christmas. When Nearburg hears about it, they're all pissed off at CatDog. Thankfully, they manage to set everything right in the end and even get the Greasers to stop pounding them to celebrate Christmas.
To make preparations for a dancing contest, Cat puts an overweight Dog on a diet so he will be fit enough for the competition. This was often met with many setbacks because Dog kept hidden stashes of food which he ate while exercising. Eventually, under threat of disqualification, Dog relents and loses enough weight for the competition. This backfires where a starving Dog starts to hallucinate his surroundings as food (he envisions his dancemates as pizza pies and drum sticks as chicken legs). Dog finally breaks and proceeds to devour not only the buffet, but his dance mates and the entire theatre!
Cone of Shame: Dog gets one in "Cone Dog." Cat discovers he can hear far-away things closer because of it, and decides to use it to blackmail people with their secrets. He then goes mad with power and starts to blackmail the entire world, putting Dog in ever-increasing Cones of Shame until he's in a dome-sized one.
Diabolus ex Machina: One of too many examples: CatDog accidentally create an extremely delicious candy that gives them worldwide fame and fortune. At the very end, it's revealed that it also has the unintended side effect of making people go bald, and everyone hates them again.
Dinosaur Doggie Bone: There's one episode where Dog steals all the dinosaur bones from the Nearburg museum.
Dumb Is Good: Cat is intelligent and a bit of a Jerk Ass, and acts as the show's key Butt Monkey. Dog for the most part is well intentioned but causes twice as much chaos via accidental stupidity and is a walking Karma Houdini (that said, there are times where Dog gets away with being a genuine Jerk Ass).
Enemy Mine: Happens at least twice with the Greasers.
In "Let the Games Begin," both CatDog and the Greasers end up in the dog pound. Rancid Rabbit says he'll let them go if they compete in the dog pound Dogathlon against a team from Farburg. They fight amongst each other and lose the events until they decide they have to work together to get out of the situation.
In "New Cat in Town," CatDog makes friends with a giant cat who's out for revenge on the Greasers. They manage to trap the Greasers, but it then turns out that the giant cat was a robot controlled by Eddie the Squirrel, who goes insane and decides to enslave Nearburg. CatDog and the Greasers have to team up to stop Eddie, and eventually they do.
Fantastic Racism: If the constant beatings Cat receives from the Greasers primarily for his species doesn't count then one episode's upper class cult of cats with Nazi-esque plans to exterminate dogs certainly does.
Fantastic Voyage: Done in several episodes where Cat eats several objects, Winslow- and a fish named Veronica and has to venture inside Dog to get her.
In "You're Fired," when CatDog manages to get entry into a classy restaurant, Dog can't keep away from the chili peppers. They cause Cat to belch out flames, which helps him attract his "soulmate" Tallulah by broiling her steak for her. It soon backfires when he accidentally burns her pet dog into ashes.
In "Spaced Out," CatDog gets trapped in a movie, and to destroy the enemy forces, Cat gulps down a box of Dog's favorite candy, Red Hot Lip Smackers, into his mouth and uses Dog as a pistol to burn the alien ships.
Foreshadowing: Early in The Movie, Dog makes a comment about remembering his and Cat's mother's "four eyes" and their dad's "slimy green skin." The dad is a frog who hides himself in the mother's face.
Fourth Wall Mail Slot: A short in the first episode featured a mail segment. When they had no mail, Dog resorted to making up a question and answering it. In the end, though, it turns out Winslow was hiding the mail from them.
Gift of the Magi Plot: Happened in the episode "Brothers Day", then subverted when Dog sold Cat's gift after buying it to buy something for himself. More specifically, Dog gave up his pool of mud that he and Cat wrestled in to buy Cat a loufa case. Cat sold his loufa to get Dog a mud wrestling costume. Dog reveals that he sold the loufa case and got Cat a mud wrestling outfit as well, because "I looked up the recipe for mud, and it's really easy to make!"
G-Rated Drug: Whatever Eddie had to make him go hyperactive.
In the song everyone sings during the Parents Day activities in "The Great Parent Mystery," one time they say "Scratch our Nuts."
Cat looking through a telescope at the night sky, telling Dog that he's trying to admire some 'heavenly bodies'.
Dog: "Wow, you can see the BEACH from here? Lemme see!!"
After CatDog was swallowed by Veronica, Dog asked Cat how to get out of Veronica's stomach. Cat then replied "Dog. You don't want to know."
Come to think of it, the entire scene where Cat is lying awake in bed while Dog is asleep, the unbearable desire to eat Veronica he is experiencing, the creepy, dirty thoughts he has, trying to keep himself from eating Veronica, telling himself that he has self control, and that Dog would never forgive him, and finally acting on these thoughts and eating Veronica...that can all be taken another way, if you replace the word "eat" with the word "rape," it gets fairly disturbing.
God Guise: An episode had CatDog land on a tropical island and get mistaken for a god called the Great Meow-Woof. Rancid Rabbit, the previous god, was not happy and tried to run them off the island.
Halloween Episode: Dog is bitten by a Peruvian vampire tick and turns into a vampire. Cat, who's wearing a garlic lei for his costume, is not affected. Lola tells Cat that this can be reversed if he soaks Dog in garlic juice by the twelfth stroke of midnight. Over the course of the episode, everyone turns into vampires, but Cat manages to soak everyone in garlic juice before the time is up.
Heroic Dog: Dog tries to become a literal one in "Dog the Mighty." He's not that good at it until the end, when he manages to really save the day.
Hidden Depths: Each of the Greasers has at least one trait they kept secret or never bothered telling anyone about.
Historical In-Joke: "The House of CatDog" features a few of these. To protect their house from destruction, CatDog claims that their house was the site of the invention of fire, the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and a visit by The Beatles.
Horrible Camping Trip: In "CatDog Campers," CatDog have to camp outside to win the Forest Fire Boy of the Year award. It doesn't go well, as they start feuding, and eventually a storm comes up and destroys the tent. Winslow manages to save them from falling off the cliff outside their home, but at the Forest Fire Boys meeting, he reveals he became a member of the troop and wins the award for what he did. Cat gets so angry he ties Dog's ears in a knot, and it's such a good knot, Scoutmaster Rancid Rabbit takes the award away from Winslow and gives it to CatDog instead.
Hypocritical Humor: Dog could be the poster child of Innocently Insensitive, obliviously causing endless pain and misery for Cat. The odd point Cat does something selfish at his expense however, he is quick to take offense.
Lola is apparently a whip-poor-will. This◊ is what Lola looks like. And this◊ is what a whip-poor-will looks like.
Interspecies Adoption: Catdog's parents are a frog and a sasquatch. They were all separated from each other during a storm. When Cat questions how they could be their parents, their dad tells them that it doesn't matter, because parents are parents, and they loved them both. Dog does notice that it seems he got his nose from his mother though...
Jail Bake: Subverted. A bunch of inmates receive a file, but Shriek uses it on her fingernails and then uses said fingernails to pick the lock.
Jerkass: Lots and lots of characters. Rancid Rabbit, The Greaser Dogs and Winslow are some of the most obvious examples. Even Cat and Dog can arguably be these depending on the episode (Cat more often than not, as he has jerkass traits).
Jerkass Has a Point: Considering how dumb, destructive, and uneducated Dog can be it's no wonder Cat can be a grouch sometimes.
Kafka Komedy: This is the closest Nickelodeon ever came to "Schadenfreude: The Animated Show" arguably until Invader Zim. Much of the humor is based around the misery and utterly awful life of the main characters, juxtaposing Dog's blissful, optimistic ignorance with Cat's anguished, cynical resignation.
Karma Houdini: Most of the cast (even Cat) has gotten away with some particularly ruthless action at least once. Dog may be the most consistent example, having constantly gotten away with destroying aspects of his twin's life or getting him in trouble (though the fact most of the antagonists are cat-despising dogs that go lenient on Dog may have something to do with). Granted however a lot of the time, Dog is merely being stupidthan actually callous, though not always.
Minion with an F in Evil: Lube is part of the Greaser Gang who endlessly torment Catdog, but is also the noticeably stupider and more docile out of the three, having at least a few occasions he acts obliviously friendly or is just otherwise too ineffectual in his bullying.
In "Lube in Love" he isn't even the villain. CatDog seem to be on a friendly relationship with him, letting him fix their car, and even help him try to meet someone who he's fallen in love with.
No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: CatDog usually receives this from the Greasers. Cat mostly gets this when Dog is running, but many, many episodes imply or show that both of them are getting the crap beaten out of them.
One-Winged Angel: Rancid of all characters pulls this off in "Sumo Enchanted Evening", when the now heavily overweight CatDog attempt to brush off Rancid's ridiculously high buffet bill, Rancid responds by ripping off his suit, revealing a girdle—which upon releasing causes him to expand to a positively massive sumo wrestler, and promptly duels them one on one.
Passing Notes in Class: When CatDog gets sent back to high school to get their diploma, Cat tries to pass a note to his teacher, whom he had a crush on when they went to high school together. She catches him and forces him to read the poem to everyone else, causing Cat to melt into a puddle. Dog, however, thinks the poem was beautiful.
Ping Pong Na´vetÚ: Somehow Dog is smart enough to know the ethics against cheating and doing schoolwork but not to realize that dragging his conjoined twin across the street may cause slight physical harm.
This is slightly less so when you realize that he is a dog. Dog is usually not in control of his instincts, and like most dogs, can't control themselves when they chase the garbage truck or the mailman.
Plot Allergy: In "Sneezie Dog," Dog suddenly develops an allergy. They go to the doctor, who thinks that Dog may be allergic to Cat. Winslow decides to help Dog out, and takes the opportunity to torture Cat, as usual, up to shaving him bald and placing a brick wall between them. Eventually they find out Dog is actually allergic to Winslow, and they shave him bald as payback.
Real Greasers Take Ballet: Cat finds out Cliff takes ballet in one of the episodes. Toward the end, Cliff shows CatDog and the Greasers just how brutal ballet really is.
That's not surprising. Many football players take up ballet to improve their balance, stamina, and flexibility.
Sadist Show: Yes, sometimes, heavily implied in the bad luck's Cat.
Safety Worst: "Safety Dog." Cat tries to make Dog safer by showing him a safety video. Dog is scared by the video and becomes so paranoid he encases himself in a bubble when he goes outside. Cat has to turn his brother back to normal after seeing what happened.
Saw Star Wars 27 Times: In the episode "Spaced Out", Dog wanted to see Mean Bob in Space, Part 12 for the 73rd time. Dunglap also wanted to see the movie for the 74th time in the same episode.
School Yard Bully All Grown Up: In "Fistful of Mail," it turns out the new mailman on CatDog's route is the paperboy who used to taunt Dog when he was a puppy.
Screwed by the Network: Nickelodeon, for whatever reason, decided to just up and pull the plug on the series while the final season was still in its initial run, and as a result, several episodes from the end of the final season were never aired on Nick; they were, however, lated seen when the show aired on the Nicktoons Network.
Script Wank: An in-universe example where Cat teaches Dog not to eat meat as animals are friends. It's a buildup point for the related Aesop to be subverted.
Serious Business: What happens to people who break the rules at Rancid's pool? He puts them in his own prison and forces them to do manual labor. On his pool.
In another episode, Cat reads a "poem" that contains "Roses are red, violets are purple / Sugar is sweet and so is maple syruple", a line from Roger Miller's song "Dang Me".
The episode Geekers is pretty much one giant one to The Warriors.
In the episode where Cat plays Abraham Lincoln in a community theatre musical, the lyric the nurse sings when Lincoln is born is "It's a boy Mrs. Lincoln...it's a boy!" Gee...sounds familiar...
In the Halloween special, Dog has been turned into a vampire. When he's unconscious, he mutters the names of famous actors who've played vampires, including Bela Lugosi, Klaus Kinski and Christopher Lee.
"All About Cat" has a title and plot that parodies the film All About Eve.
In "Vexed of Kin," Cat and Dog's frog father crosses the street in a parody of Frogger which ends with their Sasquatch mother—rendered in similar graphics—following him across the street, causing a widespread series of car collisions and accidents due to her girth.
Slap Stick: A lot of it, usually directed towards Cat, but everybody on the show has gone through it at one point or another.
The Tooth Hurts: When CatDog visits the dentist, they learn that whatever one does to his teeth affects the other's instead, as Cat has brushed his teeth all day which gave his brother perfect pearly whites. However, Dog ate mostly garbage which rotted out his brother's. This eventually escalates into a full-on battle, with each side trying to destroy the other's teeth.
Throw the Dog a Bone: Happened a LOT more often than this page'd have you think. For example, in "Dog Ate It," Dog's eaten everything in the dance hall and made Cat's date break up with him (understandable, as Dog ate her sister)... but Randolph loved what they did so much he gives them the trophy for Best Dance!
Trapped in TV Land: "Spaced Out." After being dragged to Dog's favorite movie for the 70th or so time, Cat tries to stop the movie but gets sucked into it instead. Mean Bob, the star, gets destroyed and they have to take his place, managing to do a good job at it.
According to one episode, he doesn't change jobs. He has all the jobs. All of them. In that episode, Rancid is a dog catcher and is trying to catch Dog. He then decides to use his mayoral powers to grant himself a search warrant.