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).
Casey Kasem was the voice of Alexander. Since Casey Kasem also voiced Shaggy, the Scooby-Doo crossover resulted in a lot of Talking to Himself. That was particularly weird since, although Kasem is perfectly capable of doing a wide range of voices, he had voiced Shaggy and Alexander pretty much the same way.
Melody's singing voice was by Cheryl Ladd (her speaking voice was Jackie Joseph, then of The Doris Day Show).
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.
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.
What Could Have Been: The Pussycats were originally meant to appear as teammates of the Scooby Doobies on Laff A Lympics, but clearance issues with Archie Comics' imprint Radio Comics prevented it. They were replaced with Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels.
With Friends Like These...: Alexandra and Alexander (sometimes Alan as well) got the Pussycats more often in trouble than aided them.
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.