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A spinoff TV series of Popeye that ran in 1987; it consisted of 13 episodes (using the Two Shorts format) and was produced by Hanna-Barbera.

Popeye and Olive finally marry and have a son. He gets named Popeye Jr. or simply Junior. Popeye's longtime archenemy Bluto also marries and has a son named Tank. Just like their fathers, Junior and Tank become major rivals. Most of the other Popeye cast like Wimpy and Eugene the Jeep show up too.

Together, Popeye and family had many adventures during the show's run. Just like his father, Junior could eat spinach (which he hated) and would gain superhuman strength. However due to network standards and practices of the era, don't expect to see any brawling like that of the classic Popeye cartoons.


This series contains examples of the following tropes:

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  • Accidental Proposal: How Bluto ended up married to Lizzie - during one of his attempts to sabotage Popeye and Olive's wedding, he stole the wedding ring, and due to a convoluted series of events, ended up at the site of the wedding ceremony. Lizzie saw the ring, which he was holding, and believed he was proposing to her - having always thought of him as a "dreamboat", she accepted, and had the ceremony started immediately.
  • Aerith and Bob: Junior, Dee Dee, Polly, Woody...and Bluto's son, Tank. Not exactly weird, but still an unusual name compared to the more mundane examples.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Grandparents: "Poopdeck Pappy and the Family Tree" revolves around this. Poopdeck Pappy comes to visit in order to help Junior with a project on his family history, but ends up accidentally embarrassing him in front of his classmates when he discusses in detail several less-remembered ancestors, include "Chicken-Plucker Popeye" and "Rubber-Puss Popeye".
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  • Androcles' Lion: "The Sea Monster" revolves around the titular beast befriending Polly after she helps get a giant clam off of one of its flippers.
  • Anime Hair: Woody's tall quiff definitely works along these lines. It also functions as Expressive Hair, given that it flops down after he gets depressed following his loss to Junior in a volleyball match in "Hair Today, Goon Tomorrow".
  • Artefact of Doom: The mermaid statue that Junior comes across in "Attack of the Sea Hag". Although it appears to be a normal carved wooden figure at first glance (leading to Tank stealing it from the group and giving it to his father to put on their yacht), it's revealed to be cursed, and turns out to belong to the Sea Hag.
  • Baseball Episode: "Mighty Olive at the Bat" features a baseball match for fathers and sons. An injury keeps Popeye out of the game and Olive replaces him.
  • Chaste Toons: Averted with Popeye and Bluto, who have sons, but played straight with Wimpy, who only has a nephew named Francis.
  • Content Warnings: Parodied in-universe in "Split Decision" with the movie poster whose movie ("Wicked Windsurfing Werewolves") is rated "OK".
  • Crippling the Competition: Played with in "Bluto's Wave Pool". Tank and his gang sabotage the local beach and picnic areas so that everyone would come to Bluto's new water park.
    • Also played with in another story where where Bluto plans to steals the hamburgers from Wimpy's restaurant. It turns out that Wimpy stole his own hamburgers in his sleep.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Played with regarding Junior's aversion to spinach. Although he hates it, he is aware of its capabilities— so he'll eat it when necessary, but still tries to avoid having to do so when he can.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: In "Split Decision", Polly joins the school basketball team, but Dee Dee feels left out. Subverted at the end when Polly considers quitting the team but with Dee Dee saying that she can wait.
  • Is the Answer to This Question "Yes"?: When Junior asks if Poopdeck Pappy would like to tell his classmates about past Popeyes, Pappy asks if an octopus has eight legs. (Also see Amazingly Embarrassing Grandparents.)
  • Married at Sea: This is how Popeye and Olive ended up married - thanks to Bluto, the two of them ended up on a ship far away from the place the ceremony was to be held, so Popeye had the captain of the ship marry them.
  • Men Can't Keep House: One episode deals with Olive Oyl being away while having Popeye and Junior to keep an eye on their home. The two of them use spinach to completely clean up the house.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Averted in sharp contrast to the original Popeye cartoons. Even when Popeye or his son consumed spinach, you wouldn't see them punching out Bluto or Tank due to network standards & practices.
  • Off-Model: Thr animation manages to look pretty poor even by late 80's standards.
  • Pet the Dog: Bluto in "Junior Gets a Job"— he willingly hires Junior when the latter needs money, doesn't hold him responsible for the trouble Tank caused, and when he learns that Junior was saving up to buy the same pendant Bluto ordered for his wife, he pretends to have changed his mind about it so that Junior can buy it.
  • Spin-Offspring: The whole premise of the show.
  • Stock "Yuck!": A Running Gag is that while Junior also gets super strength from spinach, he will generally do his best to solve the problem of the week without eating any. When he does, he always grimaces.
  • Terrible Trio. Tank and his two cronies.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Hamburgers for Junior here, in contrast to his disliked spinach. The usual ones (hamburgers for Wimpy and spinach for Popeye) apply as well.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The only Popeye cast member not in this show is Swee'Pea. Justified, as Junior takes over his role. Likewise, Popeye's four lookalike nephews (last seen in Hanna-Barbera's 1978 show and pared down to three) are conspicuously absent.


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