The only animated episode of the show that's also a backdoor pilot. It has three segments: A family takes out their frustrations on their poor dog, watches their Christmas home movie and sends the dog to guard dog school after a burglary.



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Episode cast overview:
Skip Binford (voice)
Miss Lestrange (voice)
Billy Binford (voice)
Brooke Ashley ...
Buffy Binford (voice)
Family Dog (voice)
Burglar (voice)
Stanley Ralph Ross ...
Burglar (voice)
Security Guard (voice)


In this animated episode of three interrelated stories, a middle-class, suburban family is seen through the eyes of their put-upon dog. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

16 February 1987 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The short-lived animated CBS series Family Dog (1993) was spun off from this episode. See more »


Skip Binford: You look great honey.
Mrs. Bev Binford: Thanks. I had my tips frosted.
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Spin-off Family Dog (1993) See more »

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The Family Dog!
18 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This hysterical animated short is a classic that can be enjoyed by anyone who has ever had a dog or a family or even if not, anyone who enjoys a good laugh! The animation isn't that of a top blockbuster Disney, but it's cute and the family is just odd enough to make most people feel at home.

The main story is a small dog dealing with two kids, the kids' parents, and their overall household. When the dog is left at home after indulging in too much of Mom's new recipe while the family takes in a movie, the story gets interesting. It's a small cast of characters, but each is memorable in their own right.

My only concern is that it's not long enough! It leaves me wanting another adventure of this interesting and somewhat misfortuned canine.

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