Show Type: Cartoon

First Telecast: June 23, 1993

Last Telecast: July 26, 1993

Broadcast History:

June 1993 - July 1993, Wednesday 8:00-8:30 on CBS

July 1993, Wednesday 8:00-9:00 on CBS


Skip Binsford..... Martin Mull

Bev Binsford..... Molly Cheek

Billy Binsford (age 9)..... Zak Huxtable Epstein

Buffy Binsford (age 3)..... Cassie Cole

Family Dog..... Danny Mann


Known only as Family Dog, the star of this animated comedy was a happy mongrel whose life was filled with the day-to-day concerns of the doggie world - finding good places to nap, burying and digging up bones, finding canine romance, avoiding confrontations with other animals, and coping with the idiosyncrasies of the human family to whom he belonged. The middle-class family consisted of father Skip, mother Bev, and two children - Billy, who was almost as nasty as Bart Simpson, and Buffy, who spent most of her time planted in front of the TV.

Family Dog was an innovative series that CBS had high hopes for when it was originally put into production in 1990. Creators Steven Spielberg and Tim Burton decided that everything on Family Dog would be seen from the dog's perspective, not the human family's. There had been production problems, and the network must have had serious concerns about the results, because the finished series sat on the shelf for two years until finally airing in the summer of 1993.