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->''"Phineas J. Whoopee, you're the greatest!"''

Creator/TotalTelevision created this SaturdayMorningCartoon for Creator/{{CBS}} in 1963 as a response to the famous "vast wasteland" speech given two years earlier by Newton Minow, who was then head of the FCC.

Tennessee Tuxedo, a [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguin]], and his walrus friend, Chumley, sought to improve their lives in the zoo. Despite gaining helpful information from their friend Phineas J. Whoopee, Tennessee and Chumley [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption still ran afoul]] of zookeeper Stanley Livingston.

Supporting segments included ''The Hunter'' and ''Tooter Turtle'', both repeated from ''KingLeonardoAndHisShortSubjects'', as well as ''The World of Commander [=McBragg=]''. The series' voice talent included Don Adams as Tennessee Tuxedo, Bradley Bolke as Chumley and Larry Storch as Mr. Whoopee.

When CBS acquired the broadcast rights to ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'' in 1966, Tennessee moved to Creator/{{ABC}}, where it aired Sunday afternoons. In syndication, ''Tennessee Tuxedo'' ran on its own as a series and as a component of ''Underdog.''

!!''Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales'' provides examples of:

* TheAce[=/=]ParodySue: Commander [=McBragg=]
-->''He can do anything, in his world he's a king!''\\
''Or so says the brag of [=McBragg=]!''
* AchievementsInIgnorance: ''Anytime'' an episode ended with Tennessee doing something right, he did so ''completely'' by accident. He's also foiled a few crimes this way, only to get into trouble with Stanley for breaking more crimes in the process.
* AllJustADream:
** Tennessee's [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar American Civil War]] dream in "Tell-Tale Telegraph".
** And his {{pirate}} adventure in "By the Plight of the Moon".
* AnAesop: At the end of every Tooter Turtle cartoon: "Be just vat you is, not vat you is not. Folks vat do zis are ze happiest lot."
* AnimatedSeries
* BeYourself: The message of the Tooter Turtle cartoons. Tooter never learned, however.
* TheBigBoard: Mr. Whoopee's [=3DBB=].
* BlindWithoutEm: Zig-zagged in an episode which had Tennessee competing in a bowling match against Jerboa Jump, who tricks Tennessee into thinking he needs glasses. Jerboa gives him a pair of glasses with bottle caps in place of the lenses, rendering him unable to see. Mr. Whoopee then explains how the human eye functions.
* BoldExplorer: Commander [=McBragg=] of ''The World of Commander [=McBragg=]'', was a now-retired bold explorer who had visited some of the most remote and dangerous parts of the world--at least to hear him tell it.
* ButtMonkey: Stanley Livingston, although he does get the better of Tennessee and Chumley sometimes (even getting them thrown into jail on a couple occasions).
* CatchPhrase: "Tennessee Tuxedo will not fail!"
* ColonelBadass: If any of Commander [=McBragg=]'s tales are true (which is highly debatable), he would definitely qualify.
* DickDastardlyStopsToCheat: This was the reason Tennessee and Chumley were able to win a boat race in one episode against Jerboa Jump, who was no better than the TropeNamer.
* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: Commander [=McBragg=].
* TheDitz: Chumley.
* EdutainmentShow: An early example.
* EpicFail: OnceAnEpisode.
* [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins Everything's Better With Penguins]]
* ExplodingCloset: Mr. Whoopee's 3D chalkboard is kept there.
* {{Expy}}: Commander [=McBragg=] displays a great deal of similarity to [[Creator/PGWodehouse P.G. Wodehouse]]'s Mr. Mulliner and The Eldest Member. Physically and vocally, he strongly resembles the [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed actor]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFF235H55fY C. Aubrey Smith]].
* FatAndSkinny: Chumley and Tennessee
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: No matter how many times Tennessee and Chumley drive Stanley up the wall with their antics, he can't seem to keep an eye on them long enough to prevent them from escaping the zoo again and again. (He does manage to prevent it in a couple episodes.)
* GentlemanAdventurer: Commander [=McBragg=]
* GetRichQuickScheme: Most of Tennessee's ill-fated plans start out as this.
* GreatWhiteHunter: Commander [=McBragg=]
* HerrDoctor: Zo vhat elze kann exshplain a Lizard mit a German aksent?
* LetMeGetThisStraight: So you say that Tennessee will often restate exactly what someone has just said to him.
* MagicHat: Mr. Whoopee's animated chalkboard, which also served as TheBigBoard.
* MisplacedWildlife: Deliberately averted; Chumley the walrus is at the South Pole because he accidentally traveled there. Not, of course, that the zookeeper who comes to capture him realizes it.
* TheMunchausen: Commander [=McBragg=], of course.
* RainDance: Chumley attempts one (indoors!) in the episode ''The Rainmakers'', and it does nothing. This is, of course, the lead-in to Professor Whoopee's explanation of what really makes rain.
* RecoilBoost: In one of "The World of Commander [=McBragg=]" shorts, [=McBragg=] uses the recoil on his high-powered rifle (which was responsible for getting him into this mess in the first place) to propel himself out of the pit he had fallen into.
* RhymesOnADime: As recited by Mr. Lizard the Wizard every time Tooter got himself into a jam.
-->''Drizzel, drazzel, drozzel, drome --''
-->''Time for dis vun to come home''.
* RunningGag: ''Every time'' Mr. Whoopee goes to his badly cluttered closet to get the 3D Blackboard to use as a visual aid, an avalanche of junk falls on him. (In some episodes, Tennessee and Chumley clearly expect this, and cover their ears before the crash.)
* ShoutOut: In 1998, when the Houston Oilers moved to Nashville, Tennessee, ESPN's Chris Berman referred to the team as the Tennessee Tuxedos.
* TheSmartGuy: Mr. Whoopee. He seems to know everything.
* SmokyGentlemensClub: "The World of Commander [=McBragg=]" always started with [=McBragg=] in his gentlemen's club, telling a Talltale to his fellow members.
* TalkingAnimal
* TallTale: ''The World of Commander [=McBragg=]'' consisted of [=McBragg=] (loosely based on Baron Munchausen) telling ridiculous tall tales about himself.
* ThreeShorts
* ThrowTheDogABone: At the end of "Wreck of a Record", Stanley reluctantly lets Tennessee's folk group sing in the stage show.
* TinCanYouHearMeNow: Done in "Telephone Terrors".