Genre Comedy
Created by Peter Hannan
Creative director(s) Robert Porter
Voices of Jim Cummings
Tom Kenny
Carlos Alazraqui
Maria Bamford
Billy West
Nika Futterman
Opening theme "Catdog Theme Song"
performed by Peter Hannan
Composer(s) Denis M. Hannigan
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 68 (134 Segments) (list of episodes)
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Peter Hannan Productions Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Watchview Studio
Original network Nickelodeon
Original release April 4, 1998 (1998-04-04) – June 15, 2005 (2005-06-15)
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CatDog is an American animated television series created by Peter Hannan for Nickelodeon. The series depicts the life of conjoined brothers, with one half being a cat and the other a dog. Nickelodeon produced the series from Burbank, California.[1] The first episode aired on April 4, 1998 (following the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards), before the show officially premiered in October that year. The Season 2 episode "Fetch" was also shown in theaters with The Rugrats Movie before airing on TV.

The series aired on Nickelodeon from October 5, 1998 to June 15, 2005 for four seasons and 68 episodes. Reruns were played on Nicktoons from May 1, 2002 to September 5, 2011 and then on TeenNick as part of The '90s Are All That block since March 2013. The '90s Are All That block was later replaced with The Splat on October 5, 2015. The series was produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio and Peter Hannan Productions and has been released on DVD.


The series follows the adventures of CatDog, a conjoined twin hybrid of a cat and dog with two heads (one at either end of its single body) and no tail or hind legs. The series depicts them as opposites, with disparate interests: Dog loves rock n' roll, Cat loves Opera and classical polka. Dog loves to chase garbage trucks, Cat loves to read. However, they are best friends.

The series revolves around Cat and Dog, who share the same body, and although they are best friends and brothers, they have very different personalities, similar to The Odd Couple mixed with elements of Laurel and Hardy and Abbott and Costello. Cat is very cultured while Dog is very fun-loving and enjoys chasing garbage trucks, chasing cars, and exploring many things in which Cat does not want to take part. Dog enjoys eating at fast food restaurants (such as Taco Depot), whereas Cat does not. The series takes place in Nearburg, a town dominated by anthropomorphic animals and the occasional humanoid.


Cat Dog


  • Clifford Maurice "Cliff" Feltbottom (voiced by Tom Kenny): The leader of the Greasers. Cliff is short for Clifford and his middle name is Maurice. He wears a black jacket with a picture of a dead cat on the back of it. He is very short-tempered and speaks similarly to Winslow with a Brooklyn accent only not as high. He got a taste of his own medicine when Eddie was accidentally glued to his jacket, which turned them into "Squirrel Dog". Once this happened, Shriek and Lube kicked him out of the Greasers because now he was a "two-headed freak." Cliff learned the pain of being an outcast and what CatDog go through. However, once he was free of Eddie, he returned to his old bullying ways and rejoined the Greasers. In the episode "Beware of Cliff", when he is trapped under a massive weight for several days, he made a solemn vow never to bully anyone (especially CatDog, despite Cat's suspicions) again should he escape this fate, though it did not last very long because he got trapped again under a falling tree and later wanted to pound them again. Later episodes reveal softer sides of Cliff, such as his love for ballet and cashmere. Two episodes says that he was not an only child; the proof is a niece and a nephew. Despite being the leader of the Greasers, he got banned from the group once and he got pounded by Shriek and Lube for attacking them in one episode (he was protecting Catdog from them because of a vow to never bully them again).
  • Alice "Shriek" DuBois (voiced by Maria Bamford): The only girl in the Greasers. She is a tiny yellow poodle, with a squeaky voice with a slight raspy quality to it. Shriek has blonde, poofy hair and wears a green shirt with the letter "S" on it. Though she is as tough and loyal as the other two, she harbors a secret crush on Dog, though he is unaware of this. Shriek will not hit Dog, but will only hit Cat. In the episode "Rich Shriek, Poor Shriek" it is revealed that she came from a rich family, but she really hated the posh life, and so she left home and became a Greaser. Also, in the episode "Back to School" Shriek is shown to have a niece named Squeak, who closely resembles her.
  • Ignatius "Lube" Catfield-McDog (voiced by Carlos Alazraqui): A hound, he is the slowest and sweetest one of the group. He will forget what he has been saying and slur his speech. He is the most loyal of the three Greasers. Despite his dimwitted nature, Lube is musically talented and is fluent in Spanish. In one episode, he rolls up his right trouser and takes off a wooden leg. He also works part-time as a mechanic. His parents, a cat mother and a dog father, appeared in the series finale and they said that Lube got separated from them a long time ago. Also in the series finale, Lube is shown to have had a sister, who tries to marry Cat. In another episode, his real name is revealed to be Ignatius, which Cliff makes fun of relentlessly.

Recurring characters


The series, created by Peter Hannan, was developed as the next Nicktoons production and produced from Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank, California. Hannan served as executive producer. This was part of Nickelodeon's $350 million investment in original animation over the next five years after the series' inception.[1]

Albie Hecht, Nickelodeon's senior vice president of worldwide productions, said that the creators planned for the series to "really play off of kids' sympathies" by portraying the characters as experiencing "the worst of both worlds".[1] Hannan said CatDog was inspired by watching neighborhood cats and dogs occasionally fight each other, and thought that it would be great to make conjoined twins Cat and Dog to see how both of the animals would fare against other things.[1] The idea of them being conjoined twins came from Hannan watching several news stories on TV about conjoined twins living a normal life conjoined together.[1] Both aspects he claimed, initially developed the idea of CatDog.[1]

The title characters were originally envisioned as a two-headed superhero called "CatDog Man."


Season Episodes First aired Last aired
1 20 April 4, 1998 October 29, 1998
2 20 February 15, 1999 March 16, 2000
3 20 October 9, 1999 May 18, 2001
4 8 November 25, 2001[2] June 15, 2005[2]


CatDog is reviewed at Common Sense Media. It is advised for children aged 7 and up, and it is given a score of 2/5 stars. It is described as "iffy", one of the reasons cited as being due to "some bad role models". The review continues; "The series makes some attempts at injecting a moral here or there, but they fall flat. The focus is on looniness, silliness, and out-of-control antics, with very little in the way of redeeming qualities. This can be just the ticket for some kids, although the bizarreness of the concept is enough to leave most parents shaking their heads."[3] The series has a 6.6/10 rating on IMDb.[4]

Award nominations

In 1998, the series was nominated for an Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television Production, for "Dog Gone". The recipients would have been Derek Drymon, Robert Porter and Peter Hannan.[5]

At the Kids' Choice Awards, USA, the series is nominated for a Blimp Award for Favorite Cartoon in 1999 and 2000.[6]

Other media

Home video and digital download releases

Two VHS tapes were released for the series in 1999. Together Forever contains the episodes "Dog Gone", "Flea or Die", "Diamond Fever", "CatDog's End" and "Work Force" with a bonus short "Cat Diggety Dog" and CatDog vs. the Greasers contains the episodes "Siege on Fort CatDog", "Squirrel Dog", "Full Moon Fever", "Shriek Loves Dog" and "All You Need is Lube". The complete series is available for download in the iTunes Store. Nickelodeon contracted's CreateSpace service arm to produce DVD sets of CatDog and other Nickelodeon shows exclusively for sale on Amazon. The DVDs were "manufactured-on-demand" DVD-Rs to match orders. The series is also available for download on Amazon's InstantVideo service.

The CreateSpace releases are no longer available with the announcement of Nickelodeon and Shout! Factory releasing traditional retail DVD sets of the series.

Shout! Factory Releases Release Date Discs Episodes
Season 1: Part 1
Season 1: Part 2
October 18, 2011
March 27, 2012
Season 2: Part 1
Season 2: Part 2
June 5, 2012[7]
September 25, 2012[8]
Season 3 March 12, 2013[9]320
Season 4 August 20, 2013[10]18
Complete Series December 9, 2014[11]1268
CreateSpace Releases Release Date Discs Episodes
Season 1 June 7, 2010420
Season 2 December 1, 2010 734
Season 3 December 1, 2010313

Video games


The series originally aired on Nickelodeon in the US from 1998–2005. It was subsequently aired on Nicktoons (2002–11) and TeenNick (2013–present). In the UK and Ireland, the series was broadcast on Nickelodeon (1998–2005) and Nicktoons (2002–13). The series was broadcast in Canada on Nickelodeon (2009–present) and on YTV (1998–2005). In Australia and New Zealand, the series aired on Nickelodeon (1998–2015).


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Nick leashes 'CatDog' to 40 episodes". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. August 13, 1997. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
  2. 1 2 Zap2It - CatDog S4
  3. Wenk, Sarah. "CatDog". Common Sense Media. Retrieved 3 January 2011.
  5. "Legacy: 26th Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (1998)". ASIFA-Hollywood. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  6. CatDog, 1998-04-04, retrieved 2016-02-16
  7. "CatDog: Season Two, Part One". ASIN B007GMKX6G.
  8. Lambert, David (June 8, 2011). "CatDog - 'Season 2, Part 2' DVDs are Scheduled for Wide Release". Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  9. "CatDog DVD news: Announcement for CatDog - Season 3 -".
  10. "CatDog DVD news: Announcement for CatDog - The Final Season -".
  11. "CatDog DVD news: Announcement for CatDog - The Complete Series -".

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