''The Dick Tracy Show'' is an American animated TV series based on [[ComicStrip/DickTracy Chester Gould's comic strip crime fighter.]] The series was produced by UPA for UsefulNotes/{{syndication}} in the 1961/62 season. The series consisted of 130 five-minute episodes, and each station used its own on-camera presenter, usually dressed in a police uniform.

Instead of pursuing the criminals himself, Tracy assigned the cases to various second-stringers:
* Joe Jitsu, an Asian kung-fu master/detective.
* Go-Go Gomez, a laid-back Mexican master of disguise who could move surprisingly fast.
* Heap O'Calory, a stereotype Irish-American policeman.
* Hemlock Holmes, a British-accented bulldog who was accompanied by the Retouchables, a group similar to the Keystone Kops.

Despite the show's title, Dick Tracy usually appeared at the beginning of the cartoon to assign the case, then only twice more in each animated segment. Once would be in the middle of the action, when the good guy would shout, "Hold everything!" At that point all the action would freeze, and the hero would call Tracy on his two-way wrist radio to fill Tracy in on how things were progressing. The action would resume when Tracy radioed back, "Six-two and even...Over and out!" The last time Tracy would be seen was at the end, to praise his men for their good work. On rare occasions Tracy showed up on screen during the story to get involved.

The series was revamped and re-syndicated in 1990 to take advantage of the publicity surrounding Warren Beatty's big screen version of the character. The Joe Jitsu and Go-Go Gomez cartoons were initially rebroadcast as part of the package, although they were soon pulled and only Heap O'Calory and Hemlock Holmes cartoons remained.
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!!Tropes That Appear in ''The Dick Tracy Show''
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: One villain, Pruneface has purple skin. Oodles, another villain, has blue hair and light blue skin.
* ArtEvolution: Tracy looked nothing like Chester Gould's figure in the first episode "Red Hot Riding Hoods," which may be attributed to Ray Patterson's direction of the episode. Ensuing episodes had Tracy looking like the comic strip Tracy.
* AsianSpeekeeEngrish: Joe Jitsu, especially when he's meting out punishment to the villains. ("So solly. Excuse, prease.")
* BoundAndGagged: Happens to several characters throughout the show.
* BullyBulldog: Averted with Hemlock Holmes
* CanonForeigner: Cheater Gunsmoke never appeared in the comic strip.
* ColdOpen: Inverted with a number of episodes in its initial run which used teasers before the opening titles.
* CoolCat: At the end of "Mardi Gras Grab," Joe Jitsu turns into a light brown one and plays the saxophone.
* {{Crossover}}: In 1965, Tracy appeared in an episode of ''The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo,'' in which Tracy entreats Magoo to impersonate an international hitman and infiltrate a nest of villains (B.B. Eyes, Flattop, Pruneface, the Mole, etc.). In contrast to the cartoons of both characters, this episode plays it mainly straight.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: In "The Vile Inn Case," Joe Jitsu uses invisible paint to cover up his car while he's investigating a crime by the Brow and Oodles. When the crooks chase him, Joe cannot find his now-invisible car. It's only when Oodles leaps for him and slams into the car door that Joe is able to find it.
* DistressedDude: Tracy in "The Manor Monster", "Kidnap Trap" and "The Copped Copper Caper", the Retouchables in "The Retouchables" and "Choo Choo Boo Boo".
* DogStereotype: Hemlock Holmes is an English Bulldog with an English accent.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Go-Go Gomez appeared in a ''Mr. Magoo'' cartoon prior to this series.
* EdutainmentShow: Several of the first episodes had an interstitial narrated by Tracy about law enforcement.
* {{Expy}}: Go-Go Gomez is basically a human [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Speedy Gonzales]].
* TheFaceless: Cheater Gunsmoke, who appeared in only two cartoons. His face is always covered with gun smoke and it has a cigar protruding through it.
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: In the ''Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo'' crossover "Dick Tracy And The Mob," it is learned that a nest of villains are trying to bring a noted felon, Squinty Eyes, into the United States. Tracy notes the similarities between Squinty Eyes (whom authorities capture upon his arrival) and Mr. Magoo, so Tracy enlists Magoo to take Squinty Eyes' place among the mob.
* ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans: "Mardi Gras Grab."
* {{Malaproper}}: Sprinkled throughout. Joe Jitsu mentions the "Chattanoodle Choo-Choo" in "The Casbah Express."
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Heap O'Calory was a caricature of actor Creator/AndyDevine. Hemlock Holmes' voice was a cheap imitation of Creator/CaryGrant.
** Holmes' voice is virtually lampshaded in the debut episode "Red Hot Riding Hoods," which has him answering a phone call from someone that B.B. Eyes (fooling Holmes with a booby-trapped phone booth) says is named Judy. Holmes replies vibrantly, "Judy, Judy, Judy!"
** Among the villains, Flattop sounded like Creator/PeterLorre, Pruneface like Creator/BorisKarloff, B.B.Eyes like Creator/EdwardGRobinson, and The Brow like Creator/JamesCagney.
* NonstandardCharacterDesign: Dick Tracy is drawn semi-realistically, whereas everyone else, animal or human, is cartoony.
* OfficerOHara: Heap O'Calorie.
* OncePerEpisode: '''"HOLD EVERYTHING!!"''' <<<<<screeeeeeeech>>>>> "... calling Dick Tracy, calling Dick Tracy..."
** Also: "Okay, chief...I'll get on it right away. (''into wrist radio'') Dick Tracy calling (''name of detective'')..."
** In just about every episode with Hemlock Holmes, the villains shoot a hole and deflate Hemlock's police hat.
-->'''Hemlock:''' Hey! You can't pop a copper's topper!
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Mel Blanc is the British-toned voice of the curator of [[PunnyName Madame Torso]]'s wax museum in "Jewel Fool," and it is really, really bad.
* OverlyLongName: Go-Go Gomez is fond of reminding the viewer that his full name is "Manuel Tijuana Guadalajara Tampico Gomez ... Junior. -- [[AccentTropes I theenk]]."
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Joe Jitsu.
* PunnyName: Joe Jitsu (a play on the name of martial art ju jitsu).
* RubeGoldbergDevice: The Brow and Oodles try to execute this on Tracy in "The Kidnap Trap."
* SkintoneSclerae: Tracy, the Brow, Itchy, Mumbles, the Mole and Pruneface.
* TalkingAnimal: The carrier pigeon in "The Pigeon Coup" and Hemlock Holmes the Bulldog.
* TokenNonHuman: Hemlock Holmes
* TheUnintelligible: The villain Mumbles
** Nick, the beatnik who gives Heap O'Calory tips on crimes in progress, may count as he communicates with beats from bongo drums that only Heap can decipher.
* UpToEleven: In "Racer Chaser," Joe Jitsu is pursuing Stooge Viller and Mumbles, who have stolen a race car. To catch up with them, Joe extends his car's speedometer by writing the range "150" to "500" below it, enabling him to go that fast.
* YankTheDogsChain: Figuratively and almost literally in "Funny Money." Hemlock Holmes and the Retouchables chase Stooge Viller and Mumbles, who have a case of stolen theater box office receipts. At the end of the cartoon, Tracy tells Hemlock that the stolen money was actually [[StageMoney stage money]]. Cue Hemlock collapsing in a dead faint.
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