Dan Vs.

Dan Vs.
Genre Comedy
Created by Dan Mandel
Chris Pearson
Voices of Curtis Armstrong
Dave Foley
Paget Brewster
Composer(s) Patrick Griffin
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 53 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Dan Mandel
Chris Pearson
Dan Angel
Jay Fukuto
(Season 1)
Dana Booton
(Season 2-3)
Producer(s) Lizbeth Velasco
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Film Roman
The Hatchery
Distributor Starz Media
Original network The Hub
Original release January 1, 2011 (2011-01-01) – March 9, 2013 (2013-03-09)

Dan Vs. is an American Flash animated television series created by Dan Mandel and Chris Pearson. The series spanned three seasons, airing on The Hub from January 1, 2011, to March 9, 2013.


The show is about Dan, a jobless misanthrope with a soft spot for animals, caught in odd misfortunes and unable to provide income for himself. Accompanying him is his better-off friend Chris, a big softy, who lives in comfortable home and has a steady income (he even reluctantly pays for the little or big expenses that Dan needs). His dull day-job and stressful work causes him to be unable to resist going along with Dan's wild plots to get even, despite how ridiculous they may seem. Even when Dan gets on his last nerve, he can't abandon him, "knowing there is something worth saving in him" [Dan vs *Dan Impostor episode]. Both their friendship, stemming from a bad experience at summer camp, through High School these two, along with Elise, go after the things that make society even more unbearable than it already is. The third regular character is Elise, Chris's wife, who objects to Chris's participation in Dan's revenge quests, but, on occasion joins in due to some of Dan's plots sharing similarities with her childhood annoyances or her secret operative work for the government. Elise's character enables advanced help with some of Dan's revenge missions due to her skills and most of her missions act as a subplot in the show. The show is set primarily in the Los Angeles, CA, area, and background scenes often show notable landmarks in and around Los Angeles.


Mandel's original idea was for the show to be a live-action sitcom, but new possibilities opened up once they started development for an animated series. The show was pitched to various networks, including Adult Swim.[1]

Series creators Dan Mandel and Chris Pearson conceived the personalities of the main characters Dan and Chris by loosely basing them on their own negative qualities. He has stated that the show's self-mockery with the character Dan was in part inspired by the works of Evan Dorkin. Pearson once stated that he thought of the Dan character as "Calvin [from Calvin and Hobbes] as a grownup, if his life had gone horribly wrong somewhere."[2]

The series is animated in Adobe Flash.[3] The design for the characters was handled by a team of artists led by supervising director Matt Danner with some involvement from Mandel and Pearson.[2] The vocal cast was selected through an audition first consisting of pre-recorded voice-overs, followed by several rounds of callbacks. Curtis Armstrong stood out prominently to the creators as the voice of Dan from the beginning of the process. The idea to have Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross portray Elise's parents Elise Sr. and Don came from executive producer Jay Fukuto, who had worked with them during their time together on Family Ties. Co-creator, Dan Mandel himself does many voices in the series.[2]


Main characters

Supporting characters


The series premiered on January 1, 2011 on The Hub,[4] and ended its first season on July 9, 2011. The second season of Dan Vs. began on November 19, 2011, and continued through June 23, 2012.[5] Dan Vs. was renewed for a third season, which premiered November 17, 2012 and ended on March 9, 2013.[6]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 22 January 1, 2011 July 9, 2011
2 18 November 19, 2011 June 23, 2012
3 13 November 17, 2012 March 9, 2013

Voice actors

Main cast

Curtis Armstrong was chosen to voice the part of Dan from early production,[2] as were Dave Foley and Paget Brewster who voice Chris and Elise, respectively.

Additional voices

The series employs many guest stars and recurring roles.[7] Carlos Alazraqui portrays a balloon cult member in the episode "New Mexico", both a surfer and a lifeguard in "The Beach", Maurice in "The Fancy Restaurant", Magnifico the Magnificent in "The Magician", and Flynn Goodhill in "Parents", among others. Matt Angel guest starred as a Burgerphile employee in "The Wedding". René Auberjonois is the voice of Chef Puree in "The Fancy Restaurant". Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter (of Family Ties fame) both play the voice of Elise's parents Don and Elise Sr. (respectively). Felicia Day voices the boss in his titular role "The Boss". John DiMaggio plays the voice of a police officer in three episodes, and a security guard in "baseball". Jenna Fischer voices Amber in "Anger Management". Judy Greer does the part of Jennifer in "The Neighbors". Seth Green does the voice of the mummy in his titular episode "The Mummy". Ernie Hudson played the voice of the Camp Counselor in "Summer Camp".

Other guest stars include Clancy Brown, Mark Hamill, Tom Kenny, Bill Kopp, Kevin McDonald, John C. McGinley, Daran Norris, Kurtwood Smith, Cree Summer, Harland Williams, and Henry Winkler for various parts.


Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
2012 Annie Awards Character Design in a Television Production Nominated
2012 Annie Awards Directing in a Television Production Nominated
2013 Annie Awards Editorial in an Animated Television or Other Broadcast Venue Production Nominated
2013 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program - Curtis Armstrong Nominated
2013 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Special Class Animated Program Nominated
2013 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program[8] Won
2014 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Special Class Animated Program Nominated


On October 17, 2013, Armstrong announced on his Facebook page that the show has been canceled. His statement says: "Christian Paredes, James Jones and Larry Reaper, among others, have been kind enough to ask about Dan Vs., the animated series I've been doing for the last few seasons on The Hub. It was created by Chris Pearson and Dan Mandel and also starred Dave Foley and Paget Brewster, giving truly funny performances as Dan's best friend and wife respectively. Dan Vs. actually won an Emmy this year for direction for Dan Angel and was among my favorite past times. It has been canceled, for the baffling and inexplicable reasons that shows like Dan Vs. get canceled. I can't really explain it because it has never been explained to me. Occasionally I would ask about the status of the show and be told that it wasn't canceled, but when I would ask about specifics, there would be long, awkward pauses and then changes to other subjects, like the weather or the possibility of a government shut down (this was the previous government shutdown, which gives you an idea how long this has been going on.) Finally, I had to just give up and move on with my life. This is actually not uncommon in my business. Things just sort of fade away, with an noticeable absence of closure. You can't help dwelling on it for a time, but eventually the whole thing just becomes a sort of fragrant memory. Some fragrances, of course, are sweeter than others: I'm happy to say that in the case of Dan Vs., they are, pretty much across the board, sweet. I loved everyone I worked with, the company was great, the network was supportive and, of course, the fans were rabid and vocal in their enthusiasm. The checks cleared, it's out on DVD and it was fun and you can't really ask for more than that." [9]


  1. "Dan Mandel on Alicyn's Wonderland – Podcast #9". Tech Jives Network. August 28, 2013. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Mandel, Dan; Pearson, Chris (December 10, 2010). "An Exclusive Q&A With the Creators of Dan Vs." (Interview). Retrieved June 26, 2013.
  3. Simpson, Aaron (January 6, 2011). "Dan Vs. – New Flash Animated Series on The Hub". Cold Hard Flash. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
  4. "Dan Vs. 1x1: New Mexico on TVGuide". TV Guide. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  5. "The Hub Television Network Unveils Robust 2011–12 Program Schedule, Building on Success as Destination for Kids and Their Families". Business Wire. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  6. John (May 2, 2012). "DON'T WORRY!! 'DAN VS.' IS COMING BACK FOR A SEASON 3 ON THE HUB! WITH EARLY SKETCHES!!". Bubble Blabber. Retrieved August 26, 2012.
  7. Episodes cast of Dan Vs. on IMDb
  8. "The 40th Daytime Emmy Awards: complete list of winners" (PDF). emmyonline.com. June 16, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
  9. Curtis Armstrong's Facebook 13 November 2013
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