Left to right: Alexander, Valerie, Melody, Josie, Alan, Alexandra. Foreground: Sebastian.
Although based on an Archie Comics publication, this series was produced by Hanna-Barbera rather than Filmation. The all-female rock trio comprised guitarist Josie McCoy, tambourinist Valerie Brown and drummer Melody Valentine. Valerie is Black and Nerdy, Melody is a Dumb Blonde 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 in Outer Space, a woolly creature named Bleep joined the cast.Voice talent included Janet Waldo, Casey Kasem and Don Messick, enabling Josie and friends to cross over to Scooby-Doo.It was adapted into a live-action film in 2001. For information on that, click here.
This series provides examples of the following tropes:
Cats Are Mean: Sebastian was a nasty prankster in the main show. He bedeviled Scooby when there was a Cross Over, and he and Bleep were in a constant state of war when the show ended up Recycled In SPACE.
Expy: The show being heavily inspired by Scooby-Doo, Alan and Alexander have been Re Tooled into fairly obvious expies for Fred and Shaggy. The change is most noticeable with Alexander, whose comic-book counterpart is an Expy of Reggie Mantle.
Failure Is the Only Option: 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).
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sebastian. He's an often 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.
Large Ham: Alexander in the comics, Alexandra in the cartoon.
Miles Gloriosus: 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 skillful and fearless leadership, mmph ..."
Mind Control: 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 screw up the simplest of tasks.
Prince and Pauper: 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.
Recognizable By Sound: While sneaking around the mansion of Mad Scientist 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 Dumbass Has a Point, and it's revealed that the creature was Alexandra disguised as a creature plant.
Red-Headed Hero: Josie is the leader of the Pussycats and often leads the whole group.
Rich Bitch: Alexandra, the sarcastic and selfish twin sister of the Pussycats' manager, Alexander.
Rock Trio: A pop version that swapped the bass guitar with a tambourine.
Scooby-Doo Hoax: The plot of "The Jumpin' Jupiter Affair," subverted in that the villains were revealed to the audience in the middle of the episode.
Shout-Out: 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?
Shrunken Head: Having fled the mansion of the Mad Scientist, 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.
Suddenly Fluent in Gibberish: A second-season episode has the team flying into outer space and encountering a 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.
You Meddling Kids: 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 Animated Series in the 1970s.