The long-running Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids was Filmation’s crown jewel (along with the Emmy-winning animated Star Trek) as far as prestige was concerned. It is one of those instances in which the content might have transcended the limited animation.
I don’t know if there is research available as to whether the dozens of social issues tackled on this series had direct effect on young people as they grew up, but I would imagine that ultimately there is no way to quantify them among the many millions who watched Fat Albert on CBS and syndicated TV.
Based on Bill Cosby’s classic comedy routines about his childhood, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids combines comedy, drama and Cosby himself. Every episode also features a voice role by a member of the Scheimer family: Filmation head Lou Scheimer plays Dumb Donald and most adult males; his wife Jay plays most adult females, including teacher Ms. Wucher (which was her maiden name); their son Lane Scheimer, who also voiced Andy on Filmation’s My Favorite Martians, plays most of the troubled young people for the entire run of the series; and daughter Erika picks up many of the younger female and male voices after about a third of the series’ run, taking on the voice of Russell (originally done by Jan Crawford) in the syndicated shows.
I had no idea there were 110 episodes! They appeared in small quantities over the years on CBS Saturday mornings, then 50 more were produced for syndication. In the Episode Guide below, I have listed the syndicated 50 as if they were Monday-Friday, even though Shout! lists them as weekly in their DVD booklet.
The scripts (some written by our late friend Earl Kress) are amazingly tight considering how much they had to convey. Each show has some moments in which Fat Albert and his friends have some fun, then one of them—but more often, a Guest Protagonist – is revealed to have some sort of problem. This anthology-like format means that we rarely see these Guest Protagonists again, only a few make appearances in subsequent episodes.
The issues can be everyday, like the appreciation of parents or the value of being tenacious. The landmark episodes take on some heavy duty stuff, from drugs to prison. Two Guest Protagonists actually die within their episodes.
Being a half-hour show with no multi-part stories, there is the occasional tendency for the resolutions to come too quickly. The best episodes are the ones in which the road to a solution is an extension of the situation itself, rather than a convenient “Timmy’s in the well” plot device that somehow brings the Guest Protagonist to his/her senses. That’s quibbling, though, when taking into account the ambitious nature of the whole series.
Bill Cosby, who I have heard was tough on the writers for The Cosby Show, apparently had a great deal of trust in Filmation and their scribes. According to the recent book, Creating the Filmation Generation by Lou Scheimer with Andy Mangels, Cosby gave his input overall but had little problem with the writing. He also made himself available to do show segments regardless of where he happened to be at a given time. Filmation might move the elemental set to wherever he was to film his inserts (by the way, he appears throughout the episodes, not just at the beginning and end). Once in a while, Cosby’s voice work has a different sound quality than the other actors, as he was likely in a different recording location at various times.
The first four “seasons” of Fat Albert shows (sometimes CBS would skip a year and rerun episodes rather than order new ones) contained songs that taught lessons, mostly through repetition of the message. Several of the musical talents involved also worked on tunes for Filmation’s Groovie Goolies. Michael Gray sings for Fat Albert in the first season.
The “New Fat Albert Show,” replaced the songs with a campy segment: The Brown Hornet. Filmation could often turn out some fun camp and these mini-adventures are very amusing. Voicing the Brown Hornet, Cosby sounds like a very funny blend of William Shatner, Adam West and perhaps a dash of Steve Martin.
The syndicated episodes have sporadic Brown Hornet stories, or new segment called “Legal Eagle.” The lead character is a heroic type who spouts mixed-up proverbs, but the cartoon really focuses on the mishaps of critters Gabby and Moe. These segments are cute, but it doesn’t seem as believable that every member of Fat Albert’s gang would rush to watch it as they do with the much cooler Brown Hornet. (Cosby is not heard doing any Legal Eagle voices.)
The series holds up rather well today, with the exception of a few reservations in hindsight (listed in the episode guide). The songs are arguably of their time and there are two references to then-superstar O.J. Simpson before… you know.
Shout! Factory’s boxed DVD set includes a booklet with a message from Dr. Gordon Berry, who consulted on the scripts, and a 40-minute documentary with Cosby and many others involved with the series.
FAT ALBERT AND THE COSBY KIDS EPISODE GUIDE
Starring Bill Cosby
With the Voices of: Bill Cosby, Jan Crawford, Eric Suter, Gerald Edwards and Lou, Jay, Lane and Erika Scheimer
FAT ALBERT AND THE COSBY KIDS
SEASON 1 (14 EPISODES)
(Though the songs in the first four sets of episodes are always given recorded applause, some episodes in the entire series do not have laugh tracks and are noted as such).
Episode 1, September 9, 1972
Edward seems to be able to make up tall tales and lies with no effort at all.
Episode 2, September 16, 1972
The gang picks on Pee Wee but find out that there are advantages to all sizes.
Episode 3, September 23, 1972
Donald’s cousin Betty visits from the south and has trouble winning over the gang. The principal is named Mr. Breyfogel in this episode, the teacher is Miss Berry. In the next several shows, the teacher would be Ms. Bryfogel, later Ms. Wucher. Either way, the Principal is Lou and the teachers are Jay (who was a teacher for many years).
Episode 4, September 30, 1972
The junkyard band is created in this episode. The soundtrack of this half hour was released on LP in the early ‘80s. The record included the soundtrack dialogue but left out the background music and the song.
Episode 5, October 7, 1972
Fish Out of Water
The gang reluctantly goes to camp. Bill tells the “Chicken Heart” story at the campfire. This was based on a classic Cosby routine that can be heard on the album, “Wonderfulness.”
Episode 6, October 14, 1972
This episode opens with another scene culled from Cosby comedy: the game of Buck-Buck. Fat Albert’s friends vote him out of their club when he loses a game but feel bad when he has to move away.
Episode 7, October 21, 1972
The guys find out what lies ahead if they skip school, short and long-term.
Episode 8, October 28, 1972
Based on another famous Cosby reminiscence, Bill and Russell avoid getting their tonsils out. This is a particularly funny episode, with a doctor who sounds like Bela Lugosi, Bill and Russell giving away their “good junk” as a last will and testament and the gang sneaking into the hospital to give the good junk back—and maybe get ice cream.
Episode 9, November 4, 1972
Even though this series uses negative characters to show kids how not to be, Benny skates into non-PC territory, even shining shoes in one scene.
Episode 10, November 11, 1972
The Hero – Cool or Fool?
Scrap Iron isn’t a hero, he’s more of a two-faced snitch.
Episode 11, November 18, 1972
Otis leads everyone into practical jokes and trouble. Fat Albert reads a “Brown Hornet” comic book in this episode; “Brown Hornet” show segments will begin on “The New Fat Albert Show.”
Episode 12, November 25, 1972
Heywood plays along when the gang makes fun of his vision, but he needs glasses and won’t admit it.
Episode 13, December 2, 1972
Fat Albert loves to cook and Penny loves to play sports.
Episode 14, December 9, 1972
Dreaming of fame and fortune, the guys decide to do their version of “Moby Dick,” but Rudy has other ideas.
FAT ALBERT AND THE COSBY KIDS
SEASON 2 (8 EPISODES)
Season 2 and 3 follow the same format with a laugh track and a song at the end, but the songs feature different vocalists and some brass.
Episode 15, September 8, 1973
Slappy hassles Bill, but he slyly conceals his cruel antics concealed from the rest of the gang. This is often how bullies operate, even the kind in grown-up situations. It turns out that Slappy learned this behavior from other bullies in his family. Bullying is one of the causes of choice on today’s children’s TV, this series was dealing with it 4 decades ago. It’s a shame that the problem has not lessened, but has probably increased with social media.
Episode 16, September 15, 1973
Thurmond studies hard behind the scenes to show off that he can be smart without studying.
Episode 17, September 22, 1973
Mister Big Timer
Fraynie Bates seems to be able to give the gang almost anything they want because of his big brother, Muggles, who traffics in narcotics.
Episode 18, September 29, 1973
Donald thinks his new baby sister is going to ruin his life.
Episode 19, October 6, 1973
What Does Dad Do? (aka Dad’s Job)
After everyone lies about their dad’s job, Ms. Bryfogel assigns them a day at their fathers’ place of work. Today this would involve the jobs of both parents.
Episode 20, October 13, 1973
Mom and Pop
Flora is torn between her parents after their contentious divorce.
Episode 21, October 20, 1973
How the West Was Lost
The kids learn about stereotyping when they meet Johnny of the Hopi tribe. Cosby’s V/O lines sound like he recorded them on the soundstage. I would have cut the “Ha, ha, ha.” that the youngster playing Johnny attempted but it was covered with the laugh track.
Episode 22, October 27, 1973
Pee Wee returns in this story about a sign-changing prank.
FAT ALBERT AND THE COSBY KIDS
SEASON 3 (6 EPISODES)
Episode 23, September 6, 1975
Parker’s lack of respect for the police leads the gang to an abandoned amusement park.
Episode 24, September 13, 1975
An Ounce of Prevention
The gang figures out that Lucius is struggling with alcoholism.
Episode 25, September 20, 1975
Fat Albert Meets Dan Cupid
Fat Albert won’t admit he’s coming of age and has a crush on Laverne.
Episode 26, September 27, 1975
Take Two They’re Small
Fagin-like Harlow trains kids like Justin to become petty thieves.
Episode 27, October 4, 1975
The Animal Lover
Dulcy’s dog Sanford is getting on the gang’s nerves because she allows him to run around without a leash.
Episode 28, October 4, 1975
Little Tough Guy
Dwayne, who has a bad foot, compensates while Fat Albert overindulges him, both trying not to address it.
FAT ALBERT AND THE COSBY KIDS
SEASON 4 (8 EPISODES)
Episode 29, September 11, 1976
Smoke Gets in Your Hair
Wombley smokes, just like his Dad, and encourages the gang to do the same, while Fat Albert can’t seem to reason with them.
Episode 30, September 18, 1976
Shawna won’t face the fact that she is hard of hearing.
Episode 31, September 25, 1976
Readin’, Ritin’ and Rudy
Things go from bad to worse with the arrival of new teacher Mrs. Johnson and get so bad that Rudy decides to drop out of school. No laugh track.
Episode 32, October 2, 1976
Suede knows how to dress well, but the gang “senses” he seldom takes a bath. When forced to realize his problem by Russell, Suede storms away, saying, “You won’t have ol’ Suede to kick around anymore.”
Episode 33, October 9, 1976
Remember those comic book ads that promised big money and great prizes? The kids find out that some advertising is not true. Shawna makes an appearance at the end of this episode.
Episode 34, October 16, 1976
TV or Not TV
Monroe watches too much TV – including reruns of “My Little Fanny” (“Fanny Feshback, what are you doing hanging from that chandelier?”) – and game shows with celebrities like Totie Meadows and Charles Nelson Noodleman.
Episode 35, October 23, 1976
The Shuttered Window
Little Ondine has trouble dealing with the death of her beloved Uncle Monty. This episode pre-dates “Farewell, Mr. Hooper” a renowned Sesame Street episode that also deals with a child’s reactions to death (in that case, the childlike Big Bird), that aired over seven years later – November 24, 1983.
Episode 36, October 30, 1976
Fat Albert is getting more fat since he started hanging around with “Slim” Noodleman.
NEW TITLE: THE NEW FAT ALBERT SHOW
SEASON 1 (8 EPISODES)
Starting this season, the gang gathers around the TV to watch “The Brown Hornet,” a witty spoof of superhero cartoons, each with a theme that relates to the plot of the overall episode. “The Brown Hornet” segments replace the songs, but occur earlier in the episodes, while the songs came at the end (except in Episode #1). In most episodes, the main title is changed to reflect the new title. Fat Albert no longer has a “song for you” and The Brown Hornet is featured. The modified titles may have appeared throughout in their original CBS run.
Episode 37, September 8, 1979
In My Merry Busmobile
The gang is being bussed to a new school; The Brown Hornet gets two groups of aliens to join forces. The white students appear to act snobby rather than overtly bigoted.
Episode 38, September 15, 1979
Dimitri is ostracized by the kids because he’s a dancer and they think he’s a sissy; a creative artist helps The Brown Hornet defeat the evil Mingus.
Episode 39, September 22, 1979
Spare the Rod
Fat Albert suspects that Patrice may be a victim of abuse; The Brown Hornet battles Feena the Fearful, who rules through intimidation until her people stand up to her. No laugh track.
Episode 40, September 29, 1979
Roberta’s parents are getting a divorce; The Brown Hornet defeats a villain who could have shared his art treasures separately. This episode is not so much a remake of 1973’s “Mom and Pop,’ but rather a reflection of how the perception of divorce had changed.
Episode 41, October 6, 1979
A student council election becomes about race instead of issues and capability; The Brown Hornet settles a dispute between green and orange beings about which of their leaders should head an expedition. This seems to be the first “Fat Albert” episode that deals with racial prejudice head-on. For the second time this season, Fat Albert says, “Impossible is something that can’t be done until somebody comes along and does it.”
Episode 42, October 13, 1979
New student Dennis is mentally challenged (a now-dated term is used); The Brown Hornet vanquishes a villain who deals poorly with the slow progress of his robots.
Episode 43, October 20, 1979
Dustin (live-action Cosby refers to him as “Dennis”) tries to introduce the gang to pornography; a villain tries to convince Stinger that The Brown Hornet no longer needs him. This episode emphasizes that young people should question the validity of some sources on sexual relations—a point with present-day relevance considering ever-increasing quantities and accessibility of mature and explicit material. No laugh track.
Episode 44, October 27, 1979
Skateboard champion LaWanda ignores warnings about hitchhiking; The Brown Hornet’s trusty pal Stinger accepts a ride from Doctor Mondo and is almost evaporated. Bill Cosby’s warnings about hitchhiking dangers are especially frank.
THE NEW FAT ALBERT SHOW
SEASON 2 (8 EPISODES)
Episode 45, September 6, 1980
Pain, Pain, Go Away
Early detection could make recovery more possible for ailing Darryl (Fat Albert story) and Stella (The Brown Hornet segment).
Episode 46, September 13, 1980
Elisa has trouble accepting Kim’s mixed-race parentage; evil witch Baba Hoo-Haa has cursed a frog to be a prince until he is kissed by Princess Lompoc. (Coincidentally “The Werewolf of Lompoc” was an episode of Roger Ramjet). No laugh track.
Episode 47, September 20, 1980
In his anger, Bo tells his sister Francie she was adopted; green robot Hi-Lo faces danger as the child of blue and yellow robots.
Episode 48, September 27, 1980
Wealthy Steve and Claudia are into shoplifting; The Brown Hornet thwarts a space thief trying to steal a cursed diamond. No laugh track.
Episode 49, October 4, 1980
Good Ol’ Dudes
Richard is borrowing a car without asking and joyriding; The Brown Hornet stops an unauthorized spaceship ride.
Episode 50, October 11, 1980
Heads or Trails
Weird Harold gets hooked on gambling; Stinger loses at cards to cheaters Cardshark and Snake Eyes. This is one of a handful of episodes focusing on Weird Harold.
Episode 51, October 18, 1980
Pot O’ Gold
Patty is getting stoned on weed, getting happier while her grades are going down – then her pusher adds harder ingredients to the mix; The Brown Hornet contends with a planet too stoned to defend themselves from The Wheezer.
Episode 52, October 25, 1980
Sean tries to impress the gang by showing them a gun he took from home; villainous braggart Plimp Yabo wields a destructive weapon unless The Brown Hornet can stop him.
THE NEW FAT ALBERT SHOW
SEASON 3 (8 EPISODES)
Episode 53, September 5, 1981
Rudy makes fun of Rosita’s struggle with shyness and the English language; The Brown Hornet is able to help an alien once the alien stops being shy and tries to learn to communicate.
Episode 54, September 12, 1981
Two By Two
Arden and Baron want to get married before they finish school; The Brown Hornet gets two groups of aliens to join forces. Tweeter hastily takes another space job and must be saved from the Bermuda Onion Monsters.
Episode 55, September 19, 1981
Doreen and Cosgrove want a pet but aren’t ready for the responsibility; Stinger and Tweeter goof off when The Brown Hornet takes a vacation.
Episode 56, September 26, 1981
Water You Waiting For?
On vacation at Cedar Lake, Fat Albert wants to impress Jeanine with his knowledge of water safety; The Brown Hornet mediates a space race.
Episode 57, October 3, 1981
Buffy is afraid that her widowed mother’s fiancee Ken (Greg Morris?) will be a rival for love and attention; Stinger thinks he’s not needed anymore. Cosby: “True love adds and multiplies when it is divided with others.”
Episode 58, October 10, 1981
The Brown Hornet defeats a facist villain who is out to destroy anyone who isn’t purple like him. Melinda wants to join George’s club “Double Cross,” a hate group; Mudfoot’s Rabbi friend (Martin Landau?) tells Fat Albert about the Holocaust. This is a particularly intense episode. Lane Scheimer’s performance as George is downright chilling.
Episode 59, October 17, 1981
Little Girl Found
Runaway Greta steals the gang’s TV; Mudfoot tells the story of two other runaways, Hansel and Gretel, saying “Just because someone acts nice doesn’t mean that’s the way they really are.” Cosby gives the 800 number for the National Runaway Switchboard. No laugh track.
Episode 60, October 24, 1981
Watch That First Step
Marcus doesn’t want the gang to see his father’s drunken behavior; The Brown Hornet counsels a robot who is embarrassed by her brother’s chronic hopping.
NEW TITLE: THE ADVENTURES OF FAT ALBERT & THE COSBY KIDS
SINGLE SEASON (50 EPISODES)
The opening and narration of The Brown Hornet are slightly different, read more briskly by Lou Scheimer.
Episode 61, September 1, 1984
Have a Heart
Rudy has no interest in learning CPR; Stinger and Tweeter neglect to learn the proper care of Beamer the new robot.
Episode 62, September 8, 1984
Watch Thy Neighborhood
Fat Albert’s neighborhood organizes a crime watch; Mudfoot tells the first story about squirrels Gabby and Moe. Officer Gomez makes his first appearance.
Episode 63, September 15, 1984
The kids’ TV goes out and they can’t watch The Brown Hornet, so Bill Cosby himself tells them the story of Paul Bunyan. This episode’s message was that storytelling and reading are a great alternative to TV and also provided Filmation with another series pilot.
Episode 64, September 22, 1984
Justice Good as Ever
Rudy goes to small claims court when Bobby runs over his new bike.
Episode 65, September 29, 1984
Rebop for Bebop
Preparing for a Battle of the Bands, both rocker Buddy and the Junkyard Band guys snub an experienced musician’s offer of advice. Interesting that the Junkyard Band plays an instrumental.
Episode 66, October 6, 1984
Officer Gomez visits the class to fingerprint the kids and offer tips for preventing abduction, like avoiding t-shirts with names and having a private code word to use if a stranger claims to be a friend of the family.
Episode 67, October 13, 1984
Handwriting on the Wall
Even though the gang paints over Marlon’s graffiti on the school wall, Fat Albert needs a way to convince Marlon not to do it again; The Brown Hornet reforms the Disgusting Professor Scribble.
Episode 68, October 20, 1984
Landmark episode inspired by “Scared Straight” in which the gang are given a taste of prison life as a preventative measure. Cosby makes a statement at the beginning that kids should ask adults to watch with them and that there is some strong language. The two words are edited out on this DVD but the shocking inferences still pack a punch. Of course, no laugh track.
Episode 69, October 27, 1984
It All Ads Up
Rudy sells defective merchandise at a school sale; The Brown Hornet and crew vacation at a resort that is too good to be true.
Episode 70, November 3, 1984
Never Say Never
Weird Harold’s cousin Robin is in dialysis treatment, losing hope of getting a kidney donor; The Brown Hornet tracks The Unseen Fiend with a rainbow road.
Episode 71, November 10, 1984
Don’t Call Us
Red Riley is a pop star who wants to chuck school, thinking that her hit song will sustain her for a lifetime. Even though Red’s music (the first original songs since Episode 36) betrays its ’80s origins, this story is as timely as today’s entertainment headlines.
Episode 72, November 17, 1984
“Ross is bad news,” says Fat Albert about a young drug dealer, one of whose clients passes out in Ms. Wucher’s class. Fat Albert wants to report Ross but the gang fears being labeled as squealers. No laugh track.
Episode 73, November 24, 1984
Weird Harold returns a lost wallet to a video arcade owner, but when he spends the reward money on video games, he goes into debt with the gang. No laugh track.
Episode 74, December 1, 1984
You Gotta Have Art
Rudy misinterprets Leola’s shyness as a snub, but she best expresses herself through art; The Brown Hornet helps a kingdom in which art is forbidden. No laugh track.
Episode 75, December 8, 1984
Long Live the Queen
Fat Albert nominates Keiko for their school’s America’s Queen title but Cindy Collins runs against her, merely because Keiko is a naturalized citizen.
Episode 76, December 15, 1984
Jason’s practical jokes are alienating him from the gang; Legal Eagle deals with Phineas Frog’s practical jokes.
Episode 77, December 22, 1984
Former convict Fast Teddy is suspected of a new crime because of his reputation.
Episode 78, December 29, 1984
Kiss and Tell
Hockey player Bob may be the first animated TV character with an STD; Legal Eagle asks Gabby and Moe to fix the dam but they goof off.
Episode 79, January 5, 1985
Liz is a school age mother finding out how hard it is to take care of her baby; The Brown Hornet is dubious about whether or not Tweeter can care for a baby space dragon.
Episode 80, January 12, 1985
The kids make a Brown Hornet movie with Rudy as director; they learn that there’s only one director and Rudy learns that the person in charge doesn’t have to be a jerk.
Episode 81, January 19, 1985
Fat Albert and the gang work on Weird Harold’s uncle’s farm, where it is discovered that a company has carelessly stored toxic waste; The Brown Hornet brings reason to a planet where the citizens blame each other for improper waste disposal.
Episode 82, January 26, 1985
Read Baby Read
Gabby and Moe ignore Legal Eagle’s advice to study their detective skills.
Episode 83, February 2, 1985
The Whisky Kid
Peter’s sports performance and life are threatened by his addiction to whiskey; Legal Eagle confronts an inebriated critter who has gotten high from a forest root.
Episode 84, February 9, 1985
Greed makes the gang square off against each other after Rudy finds a treasure map; Legal Eagle learns of Gabby’s greediness when Moe finds a giant acorn.
Episode 85, February 16, 1985
Call of the Wild
Russell tries to keep a wild baby fox as a pet; The Brown Hornet stops Hyperspace Harry from smuggling space animals.
Episode 86, February 23, 1985
Pessimistic complainer Waldo has no sense of humor, no spirit of fun and no friends; The Brown Hornet is captured on a planet where laughs are illegal because the Queen doesn’t laugh. Very short song at the end.
Episode 87, March 2, 1985
Three Strikes and You’re In
The gang doesn’t want Mary Ann to play on their baseball team, until they start losing and Fat Albert convinces them to let her pitch.
Episode 88, March 9, 1985
What’s the ID?
Hector offers to print phony ID’s for the gang so they can violate curfew and get into clubs like he does; The Brown Hornet is challenged to a duel by Space Spook, who captures a boy who is too young to be out in space.
Episode 89, March 16, 1985
Rules is Cool
Tommy’s parents allow him to have dinner at Fat Albert’s house while they’re at work, but Jerry convinces him to allow Jerry’s friends into his house for a wild party.
Episode 90, March 23, 1985
The Birds, The Bees and Dumb Donald
Donald is sweet on new girl Elaine; Gabby thinks he’s a nobody because he can’t fly like Legal Eagle.
Episode 91, March 30, 1985
Double or Nothing
Rudy is hustled by pool shark Arnie; Gabby and Moe take off on Ogilvy’s experimental rocket.
Episode 92, April 6, 1985
Weird Harold borrows his uncle’s bike but won’t ride it safely.
Episode 93, April 13, 1985
No Place Like Home
Violet doesn’t want Weird Harold and the gang to know that her family is poor; The Brown Hornet must solve a series of riddles.
Episode 94, April 20, 1985
Not So Loud
Rudy’s fondness for loud music is starting to affect his hearing; Gabby and Moe try to keep all the berries they found for themselves.
Episode 95, April 27, 1985
On Rudy’s Aunt Martha and Uncle Joe’s ranch, the gang meets his cousin Rick, whose superstitious nature only gets worse on Friday the 13th; Legal Eagle’s friends think Superstition Mountain is where the Boogie Man lives.
Episode 96, May 4, 1985
You Don’t Say
Harold is reluctant to partner with Carly because she stutters; Gabby and Moe make the assumption that Silas the Snake is a bad person. Cosby mentions a famous singer who stutters except when he is singing, probably talking about Mel Tillis.
Episode 97, May 11, 1985
Amiss with Amish
Sharon doesn’t like Jacob, the new Amish student, because she thinks he’s odd and a snob; Gabby and Moe suspect Barney Bat of stealing nuts just because he’s a bat.
Episode 98, May 18, 1985
Fernando’s brother Tito wants him to join a gang which is in the middle of a dangerous turf war. Very intense episode, yet there is a laugh track for the humorous moments because Fernando is a budding comedian.
Episode 99, May 25, 1985
Hacker Greg Bowen teaches Russell to get into the library database and other computers.
Episode 100, June 1, 1985
We All Scream for Ice Cream
Weird Harold gets a job at Ice Cream Heaven.
Episode 101, June 8, 1985
Dexter is obsessed with superhero Captain Cougar, much as Elroy Jetson was a fan of Nimbus the Great. Nowadays (and even back then for that matter) the scene in which the actor who plays the Captian invites Dexter and Albert to his hotel room might take place in a more public location, or with a parent present.
Episode 102, June 15, 1985
Painting the Town
The gang is hired to do a paint job so they can go to a ski event, but they find themselves having to choose between doing what they want or helping their friend Lenny paint a mural for the Mayor; Gabby and Moe try to stop a phony film director’s scheme to cheat critters out of their money.
Episode 103, June 22, 1985
Rudy and the Beast
Rudy only wants to be Joyce’s friend because her father is in the movie business; The Brown Hornet proves to Stinger that brown-nosing is the same as stealing.
Episode 104, June 29, 1985
“Wheeler” would rather spend time on the CB radio than with the gang because he’s in a wheelchair, though he’s also a superb athlete. Like the questionable moment in “Superdudes,” it’s uncomfortable that an anonymous adult on CB should invite a minor to come meet him; an armless alien helps the Brown Hornet stop the Moogs.
Episode 105, July 6, 1985
Faking the Grade
Donald’s grades are slipping and he has to choose between better study habits or buying the test answers.
Episode 106, July 13, 1985
Writer/poet Richard only tells his family and Fat Albert about his talent, because he’s afraid Rudy and the gang will make fun of him.
Episode 107, July 20, 1985
Fat Albert and the gang showcase the neighborhood and its residents on local public access TV.
Episode 108, July 27, 1985
Weird Harold is not happy to share his room with his Uncle Marcus. Tweeter is helped by The Brown Hornet when Oueen Litra wants to take away her Queen of Space award.
Episode 109, August 3, 1985
No News is Good News
Fat Albert and the gang work on the school newspaper; Gabby and Moe suspect the Hole in the Wall Gang of stealing the Mayor’s keys before checking the facts. No laugh track.
Episode 110, August 10, 1985
Attitude of Gratitude
Fat Albert gains more appreciation for his Mom when he has to take care of house duties when she is away.