You’ve roared with Thundercats and maybe flown on wings of silver with the SilverHawks. But have you ever gone swimming with the TigerSharks?
The Comic Strip was an anthology series created by Rankin/Bass, the last of their full series. (There was another special or two but that was pretty much it for series.) It contained four shows in rotation during the week. Camp Mini-Mon was about two human children who end up at a summer camp for actual monster kids because their parents misunderstood the “little monsters” part. (I guess they were a couple of brats.) I’m not really into the “Universal” type monsters so I barely watched it. Street Frogs was one of two anthropomorphic worlds, this one inhabited by amphibians. The title frogs are a rap group and while most of the kids were voiced by actual black kids you can tell the writers weren’t. The raps weren’t very good and neither were the stories. Those two shows I tended to avoid.
On the other hand you had Karate Kat, about an all-feline anthro world. The title character (and that’s his actual name) works for a detective agency that always seems to run into the same three would-be mobsters and foiling their schemes. It was actually pretty good and I enjoyed it. All three of these shows were on the comedic side, but then you had TigerSharks, an adventure show in the same vein as Thundercats and SilverHawks. While the others would be features in self-contained 10+ minute adventures, this show would air in two parts, with part two including the epilogue. I wonder if Rankin/Bass was worried they were getting into a rut and used the other three shows to make this look more appealing to stations?
The story follows the adventures of the TigerSharks, an intergalactic salvage team whose specialty is underwater salvage. Their latest assignment takes them to the planet Water-O to recover a crashed ship. They just invented a machine that may help them in this and future missions, but they’re really going to need it when the space criminals Mantennas join forces with the crazed pirate Bizarlly and his crew. The solution is for our heroes to transform themselves into…fish?
In episode two we meet Bizarlly’s pirate clan, giving the TigerSharks enemies above and below the water.
Twenty-six episodes were made during the sixty-five episode run of The Comic Strip and it seems to have been forgotten, which is too bad. TigerSharks is just as good as their animal-people brethren, at worst the weakest of the three given how they were run but still enjoyable. I don’t think the full series was released on home video, just a few episodes on VHS back in the day as well as the other shows that made up The Comic Strip, which had no ties to actual comics nor were any made of any of the four shows. I think they just liked the name.