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The Tom and Jerry Show is a 2014 animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation and Renegade Animation, based on the Tom and Jerry characters and theatrical cartoon series created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera in 1940. It had its world premiere on the Canadian channel Teletoon on March 1, 2014, and premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on April 9, 2014.

Following the release of the 2021 film, it ended on February 19, 2021 after five seasons and seven years on air.

Not to be confused with the 1975 series, The Tom and Jerry Show.


  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Toodles Galore and her two baby sisters wear bows on their heads, their mom wears a hat and a pearl necklace, Tyke the puppy wears a collar, and Marvin the Fat Cat wears a fez.
  • Accordion Man: Meathead becomes one courtesy of a Spike beatdown.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the original theatrical shorts, when it comes to Spike, Tom would rather use backhanded tactics to deal with him due to the difference in power dominance. In this show, however, Tom has become less likely to deal with Spike's stuff and deal with him head-on. However, this may be because of Adaptation Relationship Overhaul.
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  • Adaptational Jerkass: Spike in the original shorts mostly only attacked Tom when either Tom provoked it, he was hurting Jerry, Spike was a guard dog guarding a place, or Spike thought Tom did something but it was actually Jerry but he didn't know that. In this show, he acts more like a mean, aggressive bully towards Tom and attacks him all the time even if Tom didn't do anything, like in "Tic Tac Do'h". He is also shown to have more of an ego towards himself and dogs, like in "Picture Perfect", "Anger Mismanagement", and in the aforementioned "Tic Tac Do'h". He is not always like this though and can still be likeable (like in "Spike Gets Skooled").
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Spike has become less abrasive than in the original cartoons and more friendly towards Tom and Jerry. This doesn't stop him from beating them up every now and then, though.
  • Alternate Continuity: Of a sort. A short can take place in a number of different settings:
    • Tom and Jerry's typical antics in a modern-day urban setting.
    • Tom and Jerry being pets to two witches named Beatie and Hildie in what is implied to be a medieval fantasy era. (Discontinued after season two.)
    • Tom and Jerry working together as detectives in Tolucaville (Los Angeles in the second season) by operating a detective agency called "The Cat and Mouse Detectives", complete with a narrator.
    • Jerry living in a laboratory with a rat named Napoleon and a hamster named Hamster as pets to Dr. Bigby with Tom being an alley cat. (Only used in season one.)
    • Tom working as a butler in a Downton Abbey property. (Introduced in season three.)
    • Tom and Jerry living in a scary Transylvanian environment in a parody of Van Helsing. (Only used in seasons three and four.)
    • Tom working at a farm run by a farmer named Maude. (Introduced in season four.)
    • Tom and Jerry starring in spoofs of classic fairytales. (Introduced in season five.)
  • Anachronism Stew: One of the turn-of-the-century shorts has Tom driving a new invention... an automobile. However, the car looks like a 1920s-era model, although at least it is ignited by crank.
  • Art Evolution: Season 2 looks far better than season 1, thanks to animator Rob Fendler. The series' director was reportedly not a fan of the first season's limited art style, so they made major tweaks to have them closer resemble the MGM shorts.
  • The Artifact: The series retains the classic gasp, gulp, and screaming sound effects from the original shorts for the duo, even though they stick out like a sore thumb compared to the more modern noises of the show.
  • Art Shift: To the HD Adobe Flash style.
  • Bears Are Bad News: The bear in "Tom's In-Tents Adventure" takes over Spike's usual job.
  • Big Ball of Violence: Seen occasionally, such as when Tom and Spike get into a fight, but other characters would get into one when fighting too.
  • Big Eater: Jerry, who is able to eat something over twice his size. Though this seems inconsistent between shorts, as sometimes Jerry's stomach matches that of a real mouse. One time he had trouble swallowing a noodle strand, and another he takes a long time to eat a single popcorn.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: One gag in "Picture Imperfect" has Tuffy wear a cowboy hat, then a large fake mustache, then both at the same time.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Any shorts featuring a narrator are definitely this, as the Interactive Narrator is able to directly converse with the characters. In "Tom's In-Tents Adventure", Jerry gets so annoyed by the narrator that he punches the camera and cracks the lens.
  • Buffoonish Tomcat: Meathead being an lucky, oblivious, naive, goofy but friendly simpleton who can be prone to slapstick like Tom and other cats.
  • Bully Bulldog: Like the previous series, "Tom and Jerry Tales", Spike alternates between being this and the Only Sane Man in the room depending on the episode. Even on a good day, he can be quite thuggish and tough.
  • Butt-Monkey: A lot of the series' slapstick happens at Tom's expense, even when he's not being antagonistic.
  • Call-Back: The episode "Superfied" appears to be a call back to classic Tom & Jerry Short "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse", with Jerry gaining super strength and beating up Tom.
  • The Cameo:
    • Droopy, Butch the Dog, and the City and Country Wolves appear in "Wing Nuts".
    • Droopy and Butch Dog appear again in "Double Dog Trouble," with Screwy Squirrel also making an appearance.
    • Screwy Squirrel appears again in "Kid Stuff."
  • Camera Abuse: In "Tom's In-Tents Adventure", Jerry gets annoyed by the Interactive Narrator and punches the camera, cracking it.
  • Cats Are Mean: Wilson as an orange-furred kitten who resembles Puff is an Axe-Crazy variant of this trope, but his old, grey-furred self that looks a bit like an elderly Tom averts this trope. And also Butch, on occasion, as well, though he often vacillates between being Tom's Friendly Rival, shifty con-artist, and out-and-out Jerkass.
  • Chaste Toons: Tuffy is Jerry's nephew in this show. Averted with Spike, as he is Tyke's father.
  • The Chew Toy: The titular Tom Cat as always.
  • Chirping Crickets: "One-Way Cricket" revolves around Tom accidentally letting a cricket into the house, forcing him and Jerry to pull an Enemy Mine to get it out.
  • Cursed With Awesome: In an episode, Tom gets a magical portrait of himself, the portrait absorbs anything he eats, however he's more than complacent for it because it also absorbs any damage he takes.
  • Christmas Episode: "Santa's Little Helpers"
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The Film Noir shorts use the desaturation sepia variation.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Twice.
    • It never occurred to Jerry that his constant victories over Tom would one day lead the owners to buy a new cat that has the experience to catch and kill him.
    • Nor did it ever occurred to him that by gluing himself to Tom's hand to stop the above alleged event meant that he's left at the mercy of Tom's vengeful wrath.
  • The Ditz: Also Meathead who is on the Dumb Is Good side of characters in the show with his name implying his stupidity, and he is a lot more on the Kindhearted Simpleton side of cats compared to others like Tom and Butch.
  • A Dog Named "Dog":
    • Hamster the hamster in the "Lab Mice" shorts.
    • Also Newt the newt in "The Witches" shorts.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first season had a distinct outline-less look, and each episode consisted of Two Shorts that lasted 11 minutes each. From the second season onwards, the character designs were overhauled to have outlines and the episode structure was changed to Three Shorts that last 7 minutes each.
    • In the season 1 episode "Cruisin' For a Bruisin'", Meathead is a very skilled mouse catcher and doesn't act like The Ditz or Dumb Is Good at all.
  • The Edwardian Era: A few shorts are set in an stereotypical 1900s-era English mansion (as in Downton Abbey), where Tom works as a butler.
  • Era-Specific Personality: The show tends to more closely resemble Hanna Barbara's mid-late 50s shorts, not just in the more simplified artstyle but the premise (Lighter and Softer more cartoonish plots with a more indiscriminate sense of slapstick karma), and the supporting characters and the frequency they are used (Spike, Tyke and Quacker are regulars just as they were in that era, with Spike having his later Jimmy Durante characterization).
  • Expy:
    • Tom's main love love interest in this show, Toodles, looks and acts like Toots, Tom's first love interest in the original shorts that were in the shorts "Puss 'N' Toots" and "The Mouse Comes To Dinner". Despite this her name in this show is "Toodles Galore", which is the name of Tom’s other love interest in the original shorts.
    • Tom and Spike's owners in this show, Rick and Ginger, are very similar to Tom and Spike's owners in the late 50's Tom and Jerry shorts, George and Joan. They act the same, with the husband not liking Tom and favoring Spike, while the wife favors Tom and doesn't like Spike as much. There a few differences though: for example, Rick has shown himself to be a Big Eater, and Ginger (at least initially) treats Tom in a motherly fashion.
  • Guile Hero: Jerry is very manipulative.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Tuffy the grey mouse wears a diaper.
  • Hammerspace: Tuffy's diaper serves as this, as he can hide all sorts of objects in there. Including a camera which is bigger than he is.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: "Hiccup And Away" has Tom getting hiccups, and so his witch owners send him off into a scary forest to help cure him. They send Jerry along for extra measure and give him a want to help scare him. In one scene, he makes a bunny huge, which eventually cures Tom when he sees him in a cave. Then the episode ends with Jerry getting hiccups .
  • Humanoid Female Animal: Averted with Toodles Galore in this series, unlike her earlier incarnations in the classic Tom and Jerry cartoons and in Tom and Jerry Tales. She is no more anthropomorphic than Tom or Butch the male cats this time.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: In "Kiss and Makeup", Jerry and Tuffy immediately see through Misty Makeup Mavin's ruse and try to save Tom from her. As Tuffy puts it:
    Tuffy: She's messing with him! She can't do that, that's our job!
  • Interactive Narrator:
    • In the "Cat & Mouse Detective" shorts, the characters can hear him. In fact in one episode where they spy on Butch, the narrator's voice-over gives away their presence and Butch tells them not to bring the narrator along.
    • This is also the case for the narrator in the "Tom's In-Tents Adventure". At one point, Jerry gets annoyed with him and punches the camera, cracking the screen.
  • Karma Houdini: This tends to happen quite a bit in the show.
  • Lemony Narrator: The same guys mentioned above.
  • Masculine Lines, Feminine Curves: Dee the female robot in the episode "Molecular Breakup" is curvier than Bot the male robot.
  • Musical Episode: "It Ain't over Until the Cat Lady Sings".
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Road Trippin" features "The Doggy of Doom," Hannibal.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: When Tom, Jerry and Spike are paired up, Jerry is the Nice one, Spike is the Mean one and Tom is the In-Between one.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: "Molecular Break-up" featured Cozette, a French white cat with a bust size slightly bigger than normal.
  • Only Sane Man: Keeping with his characterization from the later theatrical shorts, in times of crisis, Spike generally tries the hardest of Rick and Ginger's pets to keep a level head and solve whatever problem is at hand. In episodes like "Cruising For A Bruising", "Pipeline" and "Hunger Strikes", he's the glue holding the household together.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Mr Bedford in The Royal Treatment.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Whenever they're paired up for an episode, Tom is the Sensitive Guy to Spike's Manly Man.
  • Shout-Out: In "The Paper Airplane Chase," the music plays a familiar first few notes when Tom runs into a woodpecker.
    • In one episode, Tom destroys a meteor with what is essentially an electrical powered kamehameha.
  • The Silent Bob: Tom and Jerry communicate almost entirely by hand gestures, charades, and facial expressions. Jerry also occasionally whistles to get others' attention.
  • The Speechless: Unlike the original Tom and Jerry shorts, where they were just untalkative, but could still speak on occasion. Here, they're portrayed as actually being mute, and resort to nodding, shaking, or using charades in conversations. Jerry also has a tendency to whistle.
  • Stock Scream: A lot of Tom's dialogue is made up of Bill Hanna's classic screams from the original cartoons (including the favorite "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!" and "AAAAAAAA-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO!!!"). Sometimes, Jerry's nervous gulp from the original cartoons (also provided by Hanna) is also used.
  • Story Arc: The four shorts of episodes 18 and 19 have Rick and Ginger go on vacation to Hawaii with Tom and Spike... and Jerry and Tuffy. Hilarity Ensues as the couple is banned from airlines and kicked out of their hotel for trying to sneak pets in, followed by taking a cruise ship back to the mainland and having to drive a rickety car to Ginger's aunt's house.
  • Super Strength: Jerry definitely qualifies. The old cartoons had him struggle to carry a piece of cheese, but here he's able to effortlessly carry Tom, and even push a refrigerator.
  • Team Rocket Wins: In the very first episode, Tom succeeds in getting Spike out of the house.
  • The Bully: Spike is often this, particularly in "Entering and Breaking", "Bone Dry", "Dental Case" and "Tic, Tyke, Do'h". He's a burly bulldog with a Hair-Trigger Temper who doesn't mind roughing up Tom and Jerry in this incarnation of the series, though he's also gained a hidden cowardly streak when it comes to anything other than beating up cats that's very much played for laughs. This version of Spike generally wants to appear tougher than he is, though he's not without his softer side.
    • Tyke fits as well. In a bit of Reality Ensues, since his father is a hotheaded bully who spoils him, Tyke shows little to no regard for others, which comes home to roost in the episode "Tic, Tyke, Do'h".
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Toodles Galore and her two baby sisters wear bows on their head, but her baby brother doesn't. Also, Toodles and her mom have eyelashes, as do almost all other female characters in the show. Subverted with Jerry, though, as he is male and has prominent eyelashes.
  • Tin-Can Robot: Bot and Dee.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In season 1 Ginger was motherly, kind to Tom and almost always defended him. In the latter half of season 2 and onward, she has become more harsh and annoying, and is more mean towards Tom when he screws up (the fact is it's actually mostly Jerry's fault half the time makes it worse), and has stopped being motherly towards him. She's at her worst in "Unwelcome Home" where she says (albeit under her breath) "Why didn't I just get a goldfish?", which Tom had managed to hear and it causes him to visibly look heartbroken.
  • Visual Pun: The "Cat & Mouse Detective" shorts are full of these, most especially in "The Art of the Deal".
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: While they still chase and hurt each other, Tom and Jerry are no longer mortal enemies and are often shown working together, especially the "Cat & Mouse Detective" shorts.
  • Voice for the Voiceless: The narrator in the "Cat & Mouse Detective" shorts serves as this for Tom and Jerry. This is especially the case in the episode where they are detective rivals with Butch, who literally says that he couldn't believe they let the narrator do all the talking for them.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The episode "Little Quacker & Mr. Fuzzy Hide" is one to the Looney Tunes short "Hyde and Go Tweet", complete with Quacker's Hyde form being reminiscent of Tweety's.


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