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''Kenny the Shark'' (2003-2005) is an American animated television series produced by NBC's Discovery Kids, which ran for two seasons with a total of 26 episodes.

The series is set in California and centers around a little girl named Katarina "Kat" Cassidy (voiced by Kelli Rabke) and her pet tiger shark, the titular Kenny (voiced by Jim Conroy). As explained in the theme song, Kenny was a shark that decided to move up on land after becoming tired of the ocean, while Kat was a girl looking for a special pet that she could love for her own. When they met, it was love at first sight.

Notable about the premise of the show is that Kenny, although a shark, is capable of walking and breathing on dry land, among other obvious feats that no shark in real life is capable of doing--other aquatic life is shown being able to do this as well. Nobody in the show questions this. Kat is also able to speak shark, making her the only one who understands just how intelligent Kenny actually is.

Before the series proper aired, Kenny featured in a series of animated shorts in the 1990s that were all from his point of view.

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!!Tropes include:
* TwentiesBobHaircut: Kat's mom Grace's hair.
* {{Adorkable}}: Kat. She's a nerd for sea-life, and she doesn't fit in much with the "popular" crowd at school, but she's adorable.
* AllForNothing: Kat says these exact words in "Will Work For Chum" when her dad admits he was joking about throwing Kenny back to the ocean, making them find a job to pay for his food bills.
* AlliterativeFamily: Kat and her little brother Karl, not to mention that her pet's name also starts with a K.
* AlliterativeName: Based on sounds rather than letters but Kat's name counts.
* AlphaBitch: Three of them attend Kat's school, and they're all named Phoebe.
* AnimalTalk: Kenny, Marty, and all the other animals are able to talk to each other.
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: For whatever reason, certain airings of the show back during ''Discovery Kids'' feature a sort of "third season", where recycled footage or Flash animations of Kenny, Kat and Marty come alongside the three sitting in a movie theater ala ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', watching archived footage of sea life so Kenny can explain how the animals survive.
* ArtEvolution: The second season has the characters with less sharp edges and smoother animation.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology:
** Buster attempts to eat Kat along with Kenny in "Whaling on Kenny", despite the fact orcas don't eat humans. Tiger sharks (in fact, any sharks) on the other hand...
** An InUniverse example occurs in "Mr. Popularity" where Kat becomes annoyed by an animated movie which unrealistically portrays shark biology. Namely the main great white shark character having parents (sharks do not practice parental care) and being a vegetarian who's friends with a squid (great white sharks are predators which ''eat'' squid).
-->'''Kat''': Why is that movie so popular when it's so ''wrong''?
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: Badly battered shark, actually, in "Watching Karl".
* {{Beatnik}}:
** Though not actually one, Grace seems to dress in a similar fashion
** In "I Love the Nightlife", Kenny and Kat goes to a poetry club where a beatnik speaks while Kenny plays the bongos.
* BigEater: Kenny non stop. His eating habits become a problem for Kat's parents, as one episode was about finding a job to pay for his food bills. He and Kat settle for a mascot job for the local hockey team, where it turns out they aren't paid with money but with all the hot dogs he can eat. He's not fired for causing panic, but because he ate all of the hot dogs.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: The Phoebes. Though the "redhead" has brown-haired which is almost dark red.
* ABoyAndHisX: A Girl and Her Shark.
* ButtMonkey:
** Kat's father Peter tends to be the victim of a lot of mishaps, usually caused by Kenny.
-->'''Peter''': I hate that shark.
** Kenny himself is often the victim of a lot of physical comedy, like in "Watching Karl".
* CannotTellFictionFromReality: The Phoebes in "Mr. Popularity" when they watch a cutesy shark movie and believe all sharks are like the movie's main character, [[TooDumbToLive to near-fatal results]].
* ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere: When Kat decides to go vegetarian, she asked Kenny to go vegetarian with her, and because Kenny is a carnivore by nature, it is [[ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere extremely difficult for him]].
* DietEpisode: "Regime Change".
* DiscoDan: Peter loves the 70s', they were his "glory days". Grace hates that decade, and is glad they can't go the 70's party since Peter's disco suit got ruined by Kenny (which Peter thinks was caused by moths).
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Kat's parents wear sandals. Though Kat switches between sandals and shoes, she often wears sandals too.
* ExiledToTheCouch: Kat's dad in the episode where Kenny eats the package that had his anniversary gift for Grace in it; she refuses to believe the package was late and made him sleep on the couch for allegedly forgetting their anniversary.
* ExplainExplainOhCrap: A variant. In "Whaling on Kenny", Kat has set up a friendship with Buster the orca for Kenny [[spoiler: which, unknown to her, has lead Buster bullying Kenny badly]]; about halfway through the segment, Oscar finds her in the library where she's researching activities for the 2 to do together. After she offers to let him help, Oscar picks up one of her books, pages through it briefly and asks if Kat knew that orcas eat tiger sharks. Kat responds nonchalantly at first but then lets out a BigWhat before grabbing the book to confirm the statement. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone She's...less than happy to find out what she's gotten Kenny into.]]
* ExtremeOmnivore: True to tiger sharks in real life, Kenny frequently eats junk and anything else inedible. This becomes a problem in one episode where he eats a package containing Kat's parents' anniversary gift, and in another where he eats the antiques at an antique show.
* FeudEpisode: "Ball of Contention"
* GranolaGuy: Peter. In "Shark Shrunk", Kat believes it's to please his "hippie left-wing father".
* GranolaGirl: Kat arguably, since she decides to become a vegetarian like her dad.
* HeelFaceTurn: The shark-hunting Captain Ahern; he initially tries to kill Kenny on sight, but after Kenny saves his life he not only gives up his shark hunting ways, but in a later episode he actually ''defends'' Kenny from a bunch of angry neighbors who believed the shark had stolen their food.
* HeroicDolphin: Buster the orca (remember, orcas are dolphins) averts this.
* HulkSpeak: Mulch the great white shark from "Mr. Popularity" speaks this way. Lampshaded by Kenny.
-->'''Mulch''': Mulch eat kids!\\
'''Kenny''': "Mulch eat kids. Mulch eat kids." Mulch has really gotta work on his vocabulary. Use your words!
* IdiotBall:
** Kat in "Whaling on Kenny". Kat had previously (since "Whaling on Kenny" was in Season 2) been established as being a near expert on sharks, especially tiger sharks. ''Why'' was it a shocking revelation that orcas eat them? Shouldn't a shark expert like her know sharks have predators too?
** To say nothing of the fact that she thought that Kenny, a carnivore, could become a successful vegetarian.
** In another episode, a pet trainer who repeatedly mistreated her students (especially Kenny) brought in a seal as a new pupil. When Kenny (who [[TrademarkFavoriteFood eats seals]]) naturally goes berserk, the trainer begins berating Kenny just in time to be caught by Kat who's disturbed by the treatment Kenny's receiving and ''appalled'' when she finds out about the seal, [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech calling the trainer out on her stupidity]]. Fortunately [[HeelFaceTurn the trainer is willing to listen]].
* ImAHumanitarian:
** Averted, Kenny doesn't try to eat people. Certain circumstances come close to playing it straight, whether they get on his nerves or if they happen to smell like a seal.
-->'''Peter''': Boy, for a fearless predator, he's pretty chicken.
-->'''Kenny''': You're lucky I don't like the taste of balding vegetarians.
** Though he doesn't go through it, Buster in "Whaling On Kenny" threatens Kat with this and she's legitimately terrified at the possibility, which is itself even more nightmarish because [[ArtisticLicenseBiology orcas don't even try to chomp on humans when unprovoked in real life]].
* InterspeciesFriendship: Kenny, a tiger shark, and Marty, a dachshund. Technically also Kenny's friendship with the human Kat.
* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: Kat is almost never referred to as "Katarina" and usually only by her teachers or parents if she is.
* LimitedSocialCircle:
** The only human Kat hangs out with is a boy named Oscar; she tries to make friends with the Phoebes and their social circle, but was cruelly rejected.
** In the episode where Kat, Oscar, and Kenny become a band, they were joined by a nameless girl.
* MamaBear: Kat towards Kenny and her mother towards both her children.
* MixedAncestry: Kat is half-white (Peter) and half-Asian (Grace).
* NewAgeRetroHippie: Peter. It's speculated by Kat that he was trying to impress his own hippie father by becoming one.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with the three {{Alpha Bitch}}es named Phoebe.
* PapaWolf: Messing with Kat, especially if Kenny is present, is a ''bad'' idea. Case in point: in "Whaling on Kenny" which features Kenny's "friendship" with Buster the orca, Buster had spent the entire episode bullying the frankly ''terrified'' Kenny. When Kat shows up and Buster knocks her to the ground, Kenny ''flips'' and launches into a speech that's half NotAfraidOfYouAnymore and half TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* ParentalAbandonment: True to how sharks behave, Kenny never met his birth parents. It sometimes makes him depressed. And also the reason he became close to a baby shark he and Kat encountered in "Kenny the Dad".
* PoorCommunicationKills: In "Shark Shrunk", Kat tries to be a therapist to analyze Kenny; she deduces that he has a fear of abandonment and afraid no one likes him. However, Kenny misinterprets that as her saying that nobody likes him for real.
* RealityEnsues: In one episode, Kat becomes a vegetarian and tries to get Kenny to become one as well. She realizes it's a bad idea after Kenny is unable to adapt to his new diet since he was born to be a carnivore.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: Elly, Kenny temporary love interest, is a bull shark.
* ShoutOut:
** ''[[WesternAnimation/FindingNemo Finding Nimoy]]''.
** Also, ''[[Film/{{Jaws}} Chompers]]''.
** The white disco suit Kenny wears (which belonged to Peter) is similar to Creator/JohnTravolta's in ''Film/SaturdayNightFever''.
* ShownTheirWork: A lot of shark facts are thrown in the series, sometimes with Kat expositing them directly to the her classmates/the viewer and sometimes as actual plot points (for example, Kenny repeatedly losing his teeth in one episode and growing new ones.) A lot of myths about them are broken as well, such as showing that most sharks do not go out of their way to kill people.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal:
** Kat understands Kenny and vice-versa, and is also able to talk to every other shark. It's not clear if she can understand Marty and other kinds of animals, though. However, she is able to understand Marty in the "third season".
** In the Father's Day episode, under anesthesia, Peter was able to understand Kenny.
* SpoiledBrat: Burton Plushtoy III
* StrawVegetarian: After Kat decides to become a vegetarian, she tries to get Kenny to become one. But she eventually realizes she shouldn't force him to do something he doesn't want to (or in his case, ''can't'') do.
* TailfinWalking: Guess who? Sometimes Kenny's tailfin gets animated as though it's an actual pair of legs.
* ThreateningShark:
** Subverted. While Kenny does cause a bit of trouble, he usually has good intentions when causing it. Although Peter believes this in the first few episodes, as do several other humans in the series.
** Completely averted in "Whaling on Kenny" where Kenny becomes the victim of Buster, an orca who is an absolutely ''vicious'' bully and not just to Kenny either; when Kat shows up after finding out what Buster's been doing to Kenny, he knocks her flat and she looks ''legitimately terrified'' about what he could do next until [[PapaWolf Kenny jumps between them to protect her]].
** Played straight with Kenny's hammerhead friend, Dan, though he is more of a JerkAss than a vicious predator.
** Played even straighter with Mulch the great white shark from "Mr. Popularity". He is a ravenous, [[HulkSpeak Hulk-speaking]] predator who attempts to eat the Phoebes (whom he thinks are seals) upon tasting one of their blood and later Kenny when getting enraged by him.
* TokenTrio: The Phoebes: The blonde Caucasian, the African-American, and the Latina.
* TooDumbToLive: In "Mr. Popularity", one of the Phoebes bought a shark as a pet, after seeing a cute shark movie.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Downplayed. In season 2, Kat is a bit more assertive and prone to snarking.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: As seals are the natural prey of tiger sharks, Kenny goes crazy trying to eat them (this even causes problems in the first episode, where he repeatedly attacked a man who smelled like seal.) Fortunately, Kat is able to feed his craving with Seal Pops, popsicles that are somehow FDA approved with seal meat. He also develops a love of Sushi.
* UncattyResemblance: Marty the dachshund looks like his owner. Or is it vice-versa?
* WellDoneSonGuy:
** Kat believes Peter is the man he is today because he wanted to impress his "hippie left wing father".
** Kenny spends the entire episode of "Father's Day" trying to get Peter to like him since he never had a father.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Because he's a fish, Kenny has a fear of cats despite being much bigger than them.
* YouthfulFreckles: Kat.
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