Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space
CBS - Premiered 9-9-72
The all-girl pop-rock trio called the Pussycats (frontwoman Josie, dumb drummer Melody, and guitarist Valerie), along with their
pal Alan, manager Alexander Cabot III, his sister Alexandra Cabot, and cat Sebastian, are accidentally launched into the depths of outer
space where they have lots of wild and exciting adventures. Their antics are interspersed with songs performed by the trio, of course,
and - this being the Seventies - we even have an appearance from their space 'mascot' (what the hell is he?) Bleep, aka the Cute Little Pet Which Doesn't Speak But Gets
In All Sorts Of Wacky Shenanigans (I'm going to trademark that phrase).
There isn't really much more to tell about this series: it was very similar to the previous
Josie and the Pussycats cartoon,
except the band's adventures take place on faraway planets involving far-out aliens. Its art style, writing, and tone are very similar
to other fantasy-based cartoons of the era, including Space Ghost, Herculoids, etc. There were only one season's worth
of episodes produced; its next season would be all-reruns.
This didn't stop kids from loving it, of course. When I was small, I saw a promo for this as an upcoming series, sort of a bumper
between episodes of another program on the same network. I got so excited just by this little commercial that I immediately ran into
the other room where my mother was talking with a friend, blurting out, "Josie and the Pussycats - in Outer Space!" The two women were
much amused by my genuine enthusiasm.