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Writers:
Larry Hama (character development)
Denny O'Neil
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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
16 September 1985 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
G.I. Joe is the codename for America's daring, highly-trained special mission force. Its purpose: To defend human freedom against COBRA, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world.
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An elite special missions force fights against the terrorist forces of Cobra. Full summary »
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Really a VERY GOOD show, and it made a very good generation. See more (21 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 11 of 61)
Jackson Beck ... Narrator (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Chris Latta ... Cobra Commander / ... (77 episodes, 1985-1986)

Michael Bell ... Duke / ... (67 episodes, 1985-1986)

Neil Ross ... Shipwreck / ... (63 episodes, 1985-1986)
Arthur Burghardt ... Destro / ... (56 episodes, 1985-1986)

Frank Welker ... Torch / ... (52 episodes, 1985-1986)
Mary McDonald-Lewis ... Lady Jaye / ... (49 episodes, 1985-1986)

Bill Ratner ... Flint / ... (45 episodes, 1985-1986)
Morgan Lofting ... Baroness / ... (38 episodes, 1985-1986)
Zack Hoffman ... Zartan / ... (36 episodes, 1985-1986)

Kene Holliday ... Roadblock (36 episodes, 1985-1986)
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Series Directed by
John Gibbs (55 episodes, 1985)
Terry Lennon (55 episodes, 1985)
Ray Lee (30 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Writing credits
Buzz Dixon (15 episodes, 1985-1986)
Ron Friedman (10 episodes, 1985-1986)
Flint Dille (7 episodes, 1985-1986)
David Carren (5 episodes, 1985-1986)
Carla Conway (5 episodes, 1985-1986)
Gerry Conway (5 episodes, 1985-1986)
Christy Marx (5 episodes, 1985)
Sharman Divono (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Steve Gerber (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Martin Pasko (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Michael Charles Hill (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Steve Mitchell (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Barbara Petty (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Mary Skrenes (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Gordon Kent (3 episodes, 1985)
Ted Pedersen (3 episodes, 1985)
Beth Bornstein (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Roger Slifer (2 episodes, 1985)
Richard Merwin (2 episodes, 1986)
David Schwartz (2 episodes, 1986)

Larry Hama (unknown episodes)
Denny O'Neil (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Joe Bacal .... executive producer (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Jim Duffy .... producer (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Tom Griffin .... executive producer (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Michael Charles Hill .... co-producer (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Don Jurwich .... supervising producer (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Margaret Loesch .... executive producer (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Dan Thompson .... producer (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Sam Weiss .... producer / supervising producer (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
John Ahern .... producer (55 episodes, 1985)
Doug Booth .... associate producer (55 episodes, 1985)
Chuck Downs .... producer (55 episodes, 1985)
Art Vitello .... producer (55 episodes, 1985)
Mark Glamack .... producer (30 episodes, 1986)
Larry Houston .... producer (30 episodes, 1986)
Alex Lovy .... producer (30 episodes, 1986)
George Singer .... producer (30 episodes, 1986)
John Walker .... producer (30 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Original Music by
Johnny Douglas (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Robert J. Walsh (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Production Management
Jim Graziano .... director of production (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Lee Gunther .... executive in charge of production (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Carole Weitzman .... production manager (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Geraldine Clarke .... production manager (55 episodes, 1985)
Stephanie Graziano .... production manager (55 episodes, 1985)
Eric Early .... post-production supervisor (30 episodes, 1986)
Jean Frye .... production manager (30 episodes, 1986)
Steven Heth .... post-production supervisor (30 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Art Department
Jim Fletcher .... storyboard director / storyboard artist (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Larry Houston .... storyboard director / storyboard artist (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Boyd Kirkland .... storyboard director / storyboard artist (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Frank Paur .... storyboard director / storyboard artist (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Mario Piluso .... storyboard director / storyboard artist (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Douglas Vandegrift .... storyboard director / storyboard artist (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Mike Vosburg .... storyboard director / storyboard artist (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Gary Graham .... storyboard director (55 episodes, 1985)
Glen Hill .... storyboard director (55 episodes, 1985)
Rick Hoberg .... storyboard director (55 episodes, 1985)
Will Meugniot .... storyboard director / storyboard artist (55 episodes, 1985)
Don Sheppard .... storyboard director (55 episodes, 1985)
Hank Tucker .... storyboard director (55 episodes, 1985)
Pat Agnasin .... storyboard artist (30 episodes, 1986)
Del Barras .... storyboard artist (30 episodes, 1986)
Bill Barry .... storyboard artist (30 episodes, 1986)
Norman Cabral .... storyboard artist (30 episodes, 1986)
Kurt Conner .... storyboard artist (30 episodes, 1986)
Romeo Francisco .... storyboard artist (30 episodes, 1986)
Jim Gomez .... storyboard artist (30 episodes, 1986)
Adrian Gonzales .... storyboard artist (30 episodes, 1986)
Warren Greenwood .... storyboard artist (30 episodes, 1986)
Sherman Labby .... storyboard artist (30 episodes, 1986)
Doug Lefler .... storyboard artist (30 episodes, 1986)
Alan Shean .... storyboard artist (30 episodes, 1986)
Jim Shull .... storyboard artist (30 episodes, 1986)
Romeo Tanghal .... storyboard artist (30 episodes, 1986)
Keith Tucker .... storyboard artist / storyboard artist: title sequence (30 episodes, 1986)

David Russell .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Jim Blodgett .... sound effects editor (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Michael L. DePatie .... sound effects editor (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
John Detra .... sound effects editor (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Karen Doulac .... sound effects editor (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Ron Fedele .... sound effects editor (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Jerry Jacobson .... sound effects editor (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Michael Tomack .... sound effects editor (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Richard C. Allen .... sound effects editor (55 episodes, 1985)
Richard Bruce Elliott .... sound effects editor (55 episodes, 1985)
Richard S. Gannon .... sound effects editor (55 episodes, 1985)
Ellen Burr .... voice recording coordinator (30 episodes, 1986)
Ted Chapman .... sound effects editor (30 episodes, 1986)
Alison Cobb .... sound effects editor (30 episodes, 1986)
Heather C. Elliott .... sound effects editor (30 episodes, 1986)
Jacquie Freeman Ross .... dubbing supervisor (30 episodes, 1986)
Leonard T. Geschke .... sound effects editor (30 episodes, 1986)
Brad Gunther .... sound effects editor (30 episodes, 1986)
David Hankins .... sound effects editor (30 episodes, 1986)
John Hart .... dubbing supervisor (30 episodes, 1986)
Joel Iwataki .... voice recording engineer (30 episodes, 1986)
Richard Raderman .... sound effects editor (30 episodes, 1986)
Joseph G. Sorokin .... sound effects editor (30 episodes, 1986)
Warren Taylor .... sound effects editor (30 episodes, 1986)
Peter Tomaszewicz .... sound effects editor (30 episodes, 1986)
Susan L. Vovsi .... sound effects editor (30 episodes, 1986)

Nicholas James .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Peter Reale .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Animation Department
Warren Batchelder .... sequence director (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Brad Case .... sequence director (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Joan Case .... sequence director (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Gerry Chiniquy .... sequence director (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
William Draut .... model designer (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Paul Gruwell .... layout artist (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Russ Heath .... model designer (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Bob Kirk .... sequence director (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Boyd Kirkland .... layout artist (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Carol Lundberg .... model designer (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Bob Matz .... sequence director (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Norm McCabe .... sequence director (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Margaret Nichols .... sequence director (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Karen Peterson .... sequence director (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Tom Ray .... sequence director (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Robert Shellhorn .... sequence director (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Bob Treat .... sequence director (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Bill Exter .... sequence director (55 episodes, 1985)
Al Kouzel .... sequence director (55 episodes, 1985)
Frank Paur .... layout artist (55 episodes, 1985)
Bruce W. Timm .... model designer (55 episodes, 1985)
Pat Agnasin .... layout artist (30 episodes, 1986)
Robert Alvarez .... sequence director (30 episodes, 1986)
Rudy Cataldi .... sequence director (30 episodes, 1986)
Eufronio R. Cruz .... layout artist (30 episodes, 1986)
Lindsay Dawson .... layout artist (30 episodes, 1986)
Chuck Downs .... sequence director (30 episodes, 1986)
Lillian Evans .... sequence director (30 episodes, 1986)
Jim Fletcher .... model designer (30 episodes, 1986)
Romeo Francisco .... layout artist (30 episodes, 1986)
John Freeman .... sequence director (30 episodes, 1986)
Lee Go .... layout artist / model designer (30 episodes, 1986)
Milton Gray .... sequence director (30 episodes, 1986)
Ernie Guanlao .... layout artist (30 episodes, 1986)
Bill Knoll .... sequence director (30 episodes, 1986)
John Koch .... model designer (30 episodes, 1986)
Alex Mann .... layout artist (30 episodes, 1986)
Warren Marshall .... layout artist (30 episodes, 1986)
Joe Morrison .... sequence director (30 episodes, 1986)
Andrew Phillipson .... background designer (30 episodes, 1986)
Jeff Richards .... background designer (30 episodes, 1986)
Robert Schaefer .... background designer (30 episodes, 1986)
Dennis Venizelos .... background designer (30 episodes, 1986)
Neal Warner .... sequence director (30 episodes, 1986)
Fred Warter .... background designer (30 episodes, 1986)
Jim Willoughby .... model designer (30 episodes, 1986)
Gary Montalbano .... layout artist (9 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Editorial Department
Robert T. Gillis .... supervising editor (55 episodes, 1985)
Steven C. Brown .... supervising editor (30 episodes, 1986)
Rick Gehr .... assistant to supervising editor (30 episodes, 1986)
Andrew Golov .... telecine supervisor (30 episodes, 1986)
Ron Knight .... lip sync editor (30 episodes, 1986)
Sarah Swiskow .... telecine supervisor (30 episodes, 1986)
Larry Whelan .... assistant to supervising editor (30 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Music Department
Peter Collier .... music editor (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Johnny Douglas .... conductor (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Ford Kinder .... composer: title song (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Spencer Michlin .... composer: title song (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Mark Shiney .... music editor (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Robert J. Walsh .... conductor (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Joe Siracusa .... music editor (55 episodes, 1985)
Richard C. Allen .... music editor (30 episodes, 1986)
Robert Mayer .... music editor (30 episodes, 1986)
Robert Randles .... music editor (30 episodes, 1986)
Michael Charles Hill .... lyricist (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Other crew
Jay Bacal .... creative director (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Wally Burr .... voice director (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Buzz Dixon .... story editor (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Hildy Mesnik .... production assistant / production coordinator (85 episodes, 1985-1986)
Flint Dille .... story editor (55 episodes, 1985)
Steve Gerber .... supervising story editor (55 episodes, 1985)
Terri Gruskin .... production assistant (55 episodes, 1985)
Don Jurwich .... voice director (55 episodes, 1985)
Will Meugniot .... title designer (55 episodes, 1985)
Larry Parr .... story editor (55 episodes, 1985)
Lizabeth Aguiar .... production coordinator (30 episodes, 1986)
Myrna Bushman .... assistant to director (30 episodes, 1986)
Nellina Lombardo .... production coordinator (30 episodes, 1986)
Francesca Stipicevic .... production coordinator (30 episodes, 1986)
Keith Tucker .... title designer (30 episodes, 1986)
Douglas Vandegrift .... title designer (30 episodes, 1986)
Mike Vosburg .... title designer (30 episodes, 1986)
Lisa Wilson .... assistant to director (30 episodes, 1986)
Anne P. Selman .... educational consultant (3 episodes, 1986)
Robert L. Selman .... educational advisor: Harvard University (3 episodes, 1986)
 

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30 min | 30 min (85 episodes)
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Trivia:
The line of action figures included one for Zartan the Swamp Master, a villain who was a master of disguise and who could camouflage himself like a chameleon. The action figure had photoreactive "skin" that would turn blue when exposed to direct sunlight, as did his vehicle. In the animated series, Zartan was allergic to sunlight and would be weakened when exposed to it, which also turned his skin blue. However, the figure was taken off the shelves late in 1986.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the end of "The Traitor, Part 1", Duke is put in a coma that he does not come out of until the end of part 2. However, when the GI Joe grunts are seen scaling the arena walls and begin attacking the Crimson Guard Commanders Xamot and Tomax, Duke can clearly be seen climbing with the grunts and diving on top of the twins.See more »
Quotes:
Leatherneck:Excuse me for being a lame brain.
Wet Suit:You're excused, lame brain.
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Why Isn't The P.S.A.'s Presented in Their Proper Place, Before The End Credits In Each Episode, On The DVD Release?
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Really a VERY GOOD show, and it made a very good generation., 22 August 2002
Author: (thousandisland@excite.com) from Washington, USA

It's remarkable that people in the 80s were inventive enough to make a series this rich in appeal and character, just to sell toys! I returned to this show after nearly fifteen years' absence, expecting it to be bland and lacking the rosy tint that so often glorifies childhood TV shows. I was in for a surprise when I rented a 4-episode video from the local Blockbuster. This show is just as good, if not better than it was.

The Joes are likable, but the villains are the eye-catcher here. Cobra Commander, Destro, the Baroness, and Zartan are delightful and give the enemy cause such charm that one is secretly disappointed when they consistently bungle their schemes for world domination. Cobra Commander is the easy favorite for his arrogant and hypocritical personality, and his passion for the job is what really makes the show work. He is much more honest, expressive, and intense about his goals than any of the "Good Guys." Then we have Destro, who is the "Straight Man" of Cobra: smart and level-headed, ever-irritated with Cobra Commander's foolishness, but forced to go along with the program.

Rounding out the enemy ranks are a host of clever characters like Zartan and Stormshadow, and the Lady in the Boys' Club: The Baroness with her intelligence and subtle sensuality, but just as much fire as any of her coworkers. Definitely puts the "bra" in Cobra and is one of many examples of what a fair and politically correct show this is. And the gals don't wear PINK, folks! Also you will generally not see a light/dark stereotype happening for good and evil in GI Joe. The Cobras and Joes are all multicultural and all dressed in random color arrangements. In fact it is even Cobra's ninja who dresses in white and the Joe's who dresses in black, and Cobra Commander and his troops are in red and blue. They reversed the color stereotypes that virtually every other cartoon series has strictly adhered to; This show is about good vs. evil, NOT light vs. dark.

Now of course, it's not *perfect.* The Joes are often too good to be human, meaning that their triumph and infallible integrity seem to set their meters at "Superhuman" rather than, ironically enough, "Average Joe." And you just can't feel for Perfect People as much as you can for regular morons who can't catch a break. Unwavering integrity means that the Joes' dialog rarely strays from The Course: cooperation and scout-inspired helpfulness.

This is unlike the Cobra characters, who are sometimes almost friendly and helpful with each other, then critical and insulting, then with unspoken consensus.Sometimes united in their smugness, other times in conflict about the correct course of action. The Cobras are more like real people, because they are not so perfect that they can't fail, or get enraged, or be confused or combative, and these states allow them a lot of interesting and character-deepening dialog. The Joes' limited emotional expression also limits their dialogue, and requires the "space" to be filled up. And GI Joe Filler is really awful. It is long strings of clichés and dumb metaphors that only make the Joes seem even more like ciphers.

However, this is a great show because it depicts the struggle between good and evil (even though you may find yourself disappointed when the good guys win), and it does it with a style and maturity that blows modern cartoons out of the water. Yes, there are cheesy moments and some bad lines. There is the type-cast "Dignified Indian" character who isn't allowed to escape camera range without posing serenely and imparting something profound and prophetic and overwhelmingly Indian, while his bald eagle with inexplicably white wing feathers and brown tailfeathers perches nobly on his shoulder. And it doesn't make sense that the foley people were able to find genuine stock effects for said eagle and other animals such as cougars and crows and lions, but a *person* had to perform the whining and growling and barking for the Rottweiler in the show. And no one will ever understand how you can run through a dense barrage of laser fire without being grazed in the slightest, or parachute safely through the fireball of an exploding helicopter without the flames damaging the chute.

But "GI Joe" is a nostalgic and wonderful TV show. It is full of goodness and morals, of justice and fair play winning the day over greed and cruelty. It is the shining example of what a better world TV provided for "80s Kids," what strong lessons it taught because it was intense and riveting. Every child everywhere would grow into a better adult for watching "GI Joe". They were what they claimed to be: "Real American Heroes" and stood for everything that parents continue to try to instill in their kids. They didn't pull punches; they told the whole story, violence and all, because to take that from it would detract from the power of the message: that we must fight evil, for the benefit of all people.

I think I read it here, that "80s kids were made of tougher stuff"? And they were. And better stuff, too. Because they were built on shows like this.

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