Western Animation: Fish Police
Originally a comic book series
by Steve Moncuse. In 1992, due to the success of The Simpsons
made a prime time animated series for CBS
that only lasted 6 episodes.
Not to be confused with game wardens.
Basic plot: Anthropomorphic fish precinct detectives fight crime.
It doesn't get any more highbrow than this, folks. Ranked #45 by the book What Were They Thinking? The 100 Dumbest Events in Television History
, the highest ranking for any animated show in that book.
Fish Police provides examples of:
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The Codfather is arrested for "Suspected murder, resisting arrest and ticking me off."
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Detective Catfish (when dressing up as a woman).
- Bathtub Scene: Angel even offered Gil to come over and scrub her back...for starters....I don't think anyone cared that a fish was taking a bubble bath.
- Beauty Contest: The episode 'Beauty is only Fin Deep' is centred around it.
- Betty and Veronica: For Gil; Pearl (the Betty) and Angel (the Veronica)
- Brainless Beauty: Angel is actually aware of it and does not let it get in her way, but she's still pretty brainless.
- Buxom Is Better: Subverted with Gil since despite Angel's interest he chooses to remain loyal to the less 'gifted' Pearl.
- Chick Magnet: After saving their lives Gil is rewarded with kisses by several of the beauty contestants. The scene immedialy following featuring another girl who wanted her turn.
- Angel is widely regarded as the most beautiful and desired girl in the city, yet clearly has her heart set on Gil.
- Da Chief: Chief Abalone.
- Deadpan Snarker: A lot of the characters classify, but Goldie the police secretary probably comes first. Her lines alone get a higher rating than Angel's persona, for one thing.
- Detective Animal
- Everyone Loves Blondes : Every guy who has ever even seen Angel will give at least an appreciative look.
- Expy: Angel is pretty much a fish-version of Jessica Rabbit. Given a Shout-Out in the first episode, when she makes reference to Jessica's "I'm not bad..." line.
- Film Noir : Has all the necessary ingredients. The monologue,a Femme Fatale, cynical characters, rampant crime, and a detective protagonist wearing a trenchcoat and a hat. The soundtrack is smoky jazz, the dialogue is practically all innuendo. It may be a colorful cartoon, but even the bright, technicolor art somehow manages a dark look.
- Flintstone Theming: Fish puns galore!
- Gainaxing: Especially noticeable during the Beauty's Only Fin Deep episode.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Red light districts visible, charecters deliberate use of innuendo, implying that Gil and Pearl 'get busy' on her diner counter at the end of one episode. In this particular case it's hard to tell if there even is a radar.
- During the days when children's channels were not 24 hour, Fish Police was one of the last shows on late at night. Essentially one of the shows you had to stay up late on a school night to watch..
- Heroes Want Redheads: A fish-themed variant occurs with Gill and Pearl. Pearl, having red scales and fins.
- Hint Dropping: Subverted. Gil clearly gets Angel's hints at wanting a more intimate relationship, because being observant is his job, and because her idea of hinting is asking him to join her in a bath and asking him to come into her apartment.
- In Name Only: So many ways:
- Just Friends: Inverted since it's the blonde bombshell Angel who's all too eager to move past friendship with Gil instead of vice versa since he is already seeing Pearl, not that he isn't tempted.
- Mr. Fanservice: In-universe example with inspector C. Bass, who gets wolf-whistled at by policewomen, and even Goldie flirts with him.
- Ms. Fanservice: Angel.
- Non-Mammal Mammaries: All of the female fish have breasts, with Angel taking the cake.
- Really Gets Around: Suggested with Angel.
- Sexy Secretary : Gil mentions Angel used to work for him.
- Sexophone : Whenever Angel shows up.
- Shout-Out: The episode The Codfather has some quite obvious Shout Outs, but there is also a definite Shout Out to Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run in The Two Gills, and a possible one to Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much in The Codfather again.
- Straw Feminist: Pearl about the beauty pageant. Though it would seem her anger is derived from the fact her sometimes other half was placed there to guard the scantily dressed girls.
- Stupid Sexy Friend: Even though he choose to just be friends with her Gil can't help but have frequent inappropriate inner monologues about Angel. Not helped by the fact that she encourages it quite deliberatly.
- Tsundere: Pearl is either trying to clean the diner counter with Gil or giving him the cold shoulder.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Angel called Pearl her best friend.
- Water Is Air: Sometimes done straight, sometimes played with, depending on the Rule of Funny.
- Wretched Hive: Fish City.