YMMV / Josie and the Pussycats

The Comic Book

  • Adaptation Displacement: The comic has been displaced by the cartoon, film, and even the Groovie. It doesn't help that the characters only appeared in comic cameos for decades, from the 1980s until the 2010s reboot gave them their own series again.

The Cartoon

  • Adaptation Displacement: In Outer Space overshadowed the original series so much, some kids were shocked they weren't always in space.
  • Damsel Scrappy: Never mind that Alexandra's schemes fail disastrously each time. She is the first to shout for help when disaster strikes her!
  • Ear Worm: The theme song. It even got a remake by Boomerang.
  • Foe Yay Shipping: Alexandra and Melody are probably the most popular pairing.
  • Growing the Beard: In Outer Space actually improved the show as it got the gang away from Scooby-Doo–type adventures and just put them in weird settings that didn't require someone to be in disguise (but Alexandra's main concerns were still replacing Josie).
  • Jerkass Woobie: Alexandra has no actual purpose in the show except for being a bitch and causing everyone's problems, but you can't help feeling bad for her. Surely she may deserve her pain, but all she wants is to be noticed.
  • Just Eat Gilligan: One could imagine this to be Alexandra's post-series ultimate fate, if she kept on screwing up their In Outer Space efforts to get home.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • This line:
    Melody: Yes, Mustard! (giggle)
    • Valerie being a tambourine player in a rock band gets poked fun of a lot. The comics switched her tambourine for a guitar, but the image of her playing a tambourine has stuck around nevertheless.
  • Popular with Furries: The "long tails, and ears for hats" made this show a Gateway Series for early Furries.
  • What Could Have Been: Filmation was originally approached to do the Josie and the Pussycats cartoon. It made sense as Filmation had also produced two other animated adaptations of Archie Comics titles: The Archie Show and Sabrina and The Groovie Goolies. However, Filmation ultimately turned down the show due to their workload.

The Film

  • Awesome Music: For the film's soundtrack, they enlisted a murderer's row of big-name '90s songwriters and producers to record the band's music, and Kay Hanley of Letters to Cleo to sing the vocals. It was very well received, and certified Gold within a month and a half of its release even as the movie became a Box Office Bomb. Almost two decades later, it still held enough of a fandom to be re-released on vinyl.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In reverse. Les, the blond member of DuJour, is played by Alexander Martin, whose father Dean Paul Martinnote  was tragically killed in a plane crash in 1987.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Les Yay:
    • The friendship between Josie and Valerie seems a lot more fleshed-out and real than Josie and Alan M.
    • Also, the scene with the girls in Fiona's bedroom suggests she has a thing for Josie, calling her "pretty".
  • Strangled by the Red String: Alan M seems like a genuinely nice guy, and apparently he and Josie have a history full of chemistry and common interests, but most of their relationship shown in the movie is them staring deeply into each other's eyes as they realise they love each other, with none of the relationship actually visible. Which might have been intentional.
  • Vindicated by History: Critics at the time generally missed the Stealth Parody inherent in its Product Placement, and consequently saw the film's anti-corporate message as hypocritical. Its satirical aims are more widely recognized today, as is its soundtrack.