Street Sharks

Street Sharks

A screenshot from the "Street Sharks" episode "Sharkbait." Clockwise from upper left: Jab, Streex, Slammu, Ripster.
Genre Action/Adventure
Science fiction
Created by Robert Askin
Phil Harnage
Starring Lee Tockar
Matt Hill
Andrew Rannells
D. Kevin Williams
Tony Wike
Terry Berner
J. Michael Lee
Pam Carter
Jim Hoggatt
Composer(s) Reed Robbins
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 40
Executive producer(s) Allen Bohbot
Mark Freedman
Andy Heyward
Robby London
Michael Maliani
Running time 30 min.
Production company(s) DIC Entertainment
Distributor Bohbot Entertainment
Original network Syndicated (1994–1997)
Original release September 11, 1994 – May 18, 1997
Related shows Extreme Dinosaurs

Street Sharks is an animated series about crime-fighting half-man/half-sharks. It was produced by DIC Entertainment and aired from 1994 to 1997, originally as a part of the Amazin' Adventures lineup.[1] Later, in 1996, the Street Sharks teamed up with the Dino Vengers and the show became "Dino Vengers Featuring Street Sharks". It was created to promote an existing Mattel toy line of the same name. The creators were David Siegel and Joe Galliani of Mr. Joe's Really Big Productions.


The premise of the story states that a university professor named Dr. Robert Bolton and his partner Dr. Luther Paradigm created a machine known as the "gene-slammer" which is capable of changing aquatic animals into anthropomorphic hybrids by combining their DNA. In his attempt to prevent Paradigm from using this machine for personal power, Bolton is transformed into an unseen monstrosity, but escapes. Later, Paradigm gives Bolton's four sons John, Bobby, Coop, and Clint the likeness of four different sharks. When Dr. Paradigm captures their friend Bends, the resulting "Street Sharks" rescue him and combine Paradigm with piranha DNA (for which he is often nicknamed "Dr. Piranoid" by other characters). In subsequent episodes, Dr. Paradigm creates a variety of monsters to destroy the Street Sharks while attempting to persuade the inhabitants of their native metropolis of Fission City to imprison them. Of these monsters, a few sided with the Sharks themselves: namely Rox, Moby Lick, Mantaman, and El Swordo.

The final few episodes introduced the Dino Vengers: a group of extraterrestrial dinosaurs allied with the Street Sharks against their own rivals in the Raptor Gang. The Dino Vengers later had their own series called Extreme Dinosaurs.


The Bolton Family



Recurring characters


Season 1 (1994)

Ep Title Written by: Original air date
11"Sharkbait"Martha MoranSeptember 7, 1994 (1994-09-07)
Dr. Robert Bolton had invented a gene-slamming device for peaceful uses until his colleague Dr. Luther Paradigm uses it for his evil purposes. When Dr. Bolton tries to intervene, he ends up gene-slammed into an unseen inhuman creature during the struggle and escapes. While in search of their father, John, Clint, Robert, and Coop are mutated into humanoid sharks by the evil Dr. Paradigm. While adapting to their new looks, the four brothers must avoid being seen.
22"Sharkbite"Martha MoranSeptember 14, 1994 (1994-09-14)
The Street Sharks are on a runaway from the police along with their friends Bends and Dr. Lena. The Street Sharks must find a new place to live in and be safe from society.
33"Sharkstorm"Martha MoranSeptember 21, 1994 (1994-09-21)
Ripster, Jab, Streex, and Slammu must protect their reputations and change the way they are being viewed in Fission City. They must fight Dr. Piranoid as well as finding their father once and for all.

Season 2 (1994)

Ep Title Written by: Original air date
41"Shark Quest"Douglas BoothSeptember 28, 1994 (1994-09-28)
Dr. Paradigm captures Big Slammu to control his mind and the Street Sharks must break into Dr. Paradigm's hideout to save their brother.
52"Lone Shark"Dennis O'FlahertyOctober 7, 1994 (1994-10-07)
While the Street Sharks are going out for burgers, Dr. Paradigm transforms a squid he has acquired into Killamari who becomes the latest member of the Seaviates. The Sharks have to stop them from breaking into the Bolton home and stealing important genetic research data that their father left behind.
63"Shark n' Roll"Robert SchectherOctober 14, 1994 (1994-10-14)
When a musician called Melvin Kresnik accidentally digests contaminated popcorn and water that was tainted with a gene-slamming chemical, he becomes a mako shark later known as Rox and befriends the Street Sharks. Together, they have to save the concert in town and its attendants from being mutated into more sea creatures through the same way that Rox was mutated.
74"Fresh Water Sharks"Bill MathenyOctober 21, 1994 (1994-10-21)
The citizens of Fission City hear an announcement from Dr. Paradigm that he has invented a vaccine against the gene-slamming formula.
85"Shark Treatment"Dennis O'FlahertyOctober 28, 1994 (1994-10-28)
With the help of a mind-control serum, Dr. Paradigm turns Jets Taylor into a killer whale mutant named Moby Lick to be his latest Seaviate.
96"Road Sharks"Steve HayesNovember 7, 1994 (1994-11-07)
When Streex has been captured by Dr. Paradigm, the rest of the Street Sharks alongside Moby Lick take to the roads to rescue him.
107"Shark Fight"George Arthur BloomNovember 14, 1994 (1994-11-14)
Rox is back in town for the Fission City Music Awards and plans to play the evidence that would expose Dr. Paradigm's gene-slamming activities.
118"Sky Sharks"Michael O'MahonyNovember 21, 1994 (1994-11-21)
When his hotel had been previously destroyed by the Street Sharks and no family members to live with, Mr. Cunneyworth allows Dr. Paradigm to gene-slam him with the DNA of an electric eel and a moray eel which transforms him into Repteel. While Repteel is ordered by Dr. Paradigm to steal an advanced supercomputer part for his robotic machine, the Street Sharks take a cruise around the city to find the doctor's new Seaviate's location and put a stop to their evil plans.
129"Shark of Steel"Douglas BoothNovember 28, 1994 (1994-11-28)
The Street Sharks are framed and brought out of hiding by Sharkbot, the robotic machine built by Dr. Paradigm in the last episode. The Street Sharks must once again defend their reputations and take on Sharkbot.
1310"Shark Source"Douglas BoothNovember 28, 1994 (1994-11-28)
The Street Sharks discover an underground civilization of mutant crocodiles that happen to know Dr. Bolton after he cured them of their damaged genes. Meanwhile, Dr. Paradigm rebuilds Sharkbot and captures one of the mutant crocodiles.

Season 3 (1995–97)

Ep Title Written by: Original air date
141"Jurassic Shark"Dennis O'FlahertyJanuary 5, 1995 (1995-01-05)
Jab and Streex are sent back in time in two different eras by Dr. Paradigm's time machine called the Time Slammer. Back in the present, Slammu, Ripster, and Bends have to deal with Dr. Piranoid's Seaviates who are now joined by Shrimp Louie. With the help of some Atlanteans, Jab is able to travel in time to save his brother Streex.
152"Sir Sharkalot"Martha MoranJanuary 12, 1995 (1995-01-12)
Dr. Paradigm creates Tentakill as part of his time-traveling plot to have Killamari go back to the medieval times and kill the Street Shark's ancestor Sir Thomas Bolton. Ripster and Big Slammu hijack Dr. Paradigm's Time Slammer to prevent Sir Thomas Bolton from being killed.
163"Shark to the Future"Martha MoranJanuary 19, 1995 (1995-01-19)
The Street Sharks are sent to a future where Dr. Piranoid controls everything. They meet up with Bends' great-great-grandson General Bendsini and join the rebel forces.
174"First Shark"Gildart JacksonJanuary 26, 1995 (1995-01-26)
The Street Sharks go to Washington D.C. to save President David Horne from being "gene washed" by Dr. Piranoid as part of his plot to control President Horne after he had successfully gene-washed Vice-President Russell.
185"Rebel Sharks"Jeff KwitnyFebruary 5, 1995 (1995-02-05)
The Street Sharks and Bends travel to the country of Chernosium to help a child named Ilya (who had sent them a fan letter), rescue his father President Andre Knezevic, and overthrow a dictator named Ekerson Nozum.
196"Space Sharks"Wendell Morris,
Tom Sheppard
February 12, 1995 (1995-02-12)
After extracting alien DNA from a sample found on an asteroid, Dr. Piranoid tries to gene-slam the entire planet with this alien DNA mixed with manta ray DNA. The Street Sharks are sent up to space, per the president's request and help, to not only stop Dr. Piranoid's gene slamming plan, but also defeat the alien monster that was released from the sample. They end up getting help from Dr. Terrence Morton (who ends up becoming Mantaman in order to help fight the alien.)
207"A Shark Among Us"Michael O'MahoneyFebruary 19, 1995 (1995-02-19)
Lena's brother Malik is among those who have been taking strength-enhancing pills. Ripster goes undercover to trace the source of the pills and discovers that a drug dealer named Jackal has been distributing the pills in order to get some recruits to help rob a bank.
218"To Shark or Not to Shark"Kim RawlFebruary 26, 1995 (1995-02-26)
The Street Sharks have suddenly become human again due to a formula made by Dr. Piranoid as part of a plot to keep the Street Sharks human permanently.
229"Eco Shark"Jeff KwitnyMarch 5, 1995 (1995-03-05)
While investigating the killer whale attacks, the Street Sharks and Moby Lick trace the attacks to Malcolm Medusa III's marine animal sanctuary called Medusa Cove which is being covered up by holograms to hide the pollution and trapped whales. They discover that businessman Malcolm Medusa III and Clammando have been using holograms to keep the town from knowing what is really happening.
2310"Close Encounters of the Shark Kind"Jeff KwitnyMarch 12, 1995 (1995-03-12)
Mantaman returns to Earth to help the Street Sharks fight the energy-draining alien (which survived the space station's destruction in "Space Sharks") before it starts draining Earth's electricity.
2411"Satellite Sharks"Dennis O'FlahertyMarch 19, 1995 (1995-03-19)
The Stromboli Circus is in town where El Swordo and his swordfish Spike are the main attraction. Spike is soon targeted by Dr. Piranoid so that he can mutate and control it with the Chromifier Ray so that he can gain control of a satellite and control every head of state in the universe.
2512"Cave Sharks"Phil HarnageApril 8, 1995 (1995-04-08)
Fission City has suffered a blackout as Dr. Paradigm unveils the Wolverinepedes (a wolverine/centipede hybrid) which will be a solution to Fission City's toxic waste problems. The Street Sharks are contacted by Paxel of the G.E.C.O.s (short for Genetic Engineered Cave Organism) on behalf of Robert Bolton where they learn that toxic waste is leaking into their underground home beneath the garbage dump. The Street Sharks discover that the Wolverinepedes are a cover for Dr. Piranoid's illegal toxic waste-dumping property where the Wolverinepedes have been getting bigger from the consumption of toxic waste.
2613"Shark Wars"Jeff KwitnyApril 15, 1995 (1995-04-15)
Dr. Paradigm is visited by his future counterpart in his Time-Slammer where they work on a plan to develop a mechanism to alter the world's genetic code by New Year's Eve. The Street Sharks are tipped off about the disturbance in the time-space continuum by Dr. Bolton and work with Mantaman and El Swordo to thwart the two Dr. Paradigms and the future Dr. Paradigm's Mechosharks.
2714"Shark Father"Bruce Shelly,
Reed Shelly
1995 (1995)
An aged crime boss named Maximilian Greco discovers Ripster and Streex fighting Killamari and Repteel at a nearby zoo as part of Dr. Paradigm's plot to obtain animal specimens for his Genetic Engineering Chamber. Upon tracing Killamari and Repteel back to Dr. Paradigm, Maximilian Greco blackmails him into enhancing him with the strength of a rhinoceros and the longevity of a desert tortoise. Maximilian also has Dr. Paradigm have his chihuahuas Zeus and Apollo enhanced to fight the Street Sharks.
2815"Shark Hunt"Wendell Morris,
Tom Sheppard
1996 (1996)
Malcolm Medusa III and Clammando are back and have been hunting Florida panthers in the Everglades as part of a plot to develop a chemical waste incinerator there. After Moby Lick has been caught by Malcolm when trying to rescue them, the President enlists the Street Sharks to investigate where the trace the Florida panthers and Moby Lick to a nearby island where Malcolm has used a petrifying laser to petrify Moby Lick, the Florida panthers, and other wildlife in the Everglades. Now Malcolm plans to have the Street Sharks provide a hunting challenge for him.
2916"Card Sharks"Dennis O'Flaherty1996 (1996)
Maximilian Greco is back and has established a casino called the Golden Greco while making its surrounding areas as part of Fission City's casino district. Dr. Paradigm sends Repteel and Shrimp Louie to raid the Golden Greco and steal all the money there. Yet Repteel and Shrimp Louie continue to rob other casinos causing Dr. Paradigm to send Killamari after them up to the point where the Seaviants are enlisted by Maximilian Greco to take over the casino district.
3017"Shark Jacked"Kevin Donahue1996 (1996)
Dr. Piranoid has Killamari and Tentakill capture Mantaman's younger brother Ryan so that he can get Mantaman to hijack two jets with one of them carrying the Latonian president and the other one carrying the Coachnian president where both of them are to be meeting with President Horne the next day. While Mantaman does the hijacking, Bends and the Street Sharks work on playing along while finding out where Dr. Piranoid is keeping Ryan. During that time, Dr. Piranoid has created the Genesis Satellite to end the world's woes by detonating it so that the world can be turned into mutated creatures.
3118"Turbo Sharks"Jules Dennis1996 (1996)
At the time when Jab is going to compete in the Cross-Country Grand Prix, Dr. Paradigm creates the Gene-Slam Bomb and places it in the Turbo Jab vehicle so that it would detonate at the Cross-Country Grand Prix if Jab does not have his car running at 65 MPH. The plot thickens when the International Trade Conference that is signing the Big Trade Agreement is threatened by Dr. Paradigm's Gene-Washing Bomb within an ice sculpture of two dolphins.
3219"20,000 Sharks Under the Sea"Jeff Kwitny1996 (1996)
At the time when El Swordo is entertaining the USS Liberty, a four-headed sea monster (where some navy officers have compared it to Scylla) has been attacking ships and submarines at sea. To prevent an international incident, President Horne enlists the Street Sharks to look into this. The Street Sharks work with El Swordo in order to keep the four-headed sea monster from attacking ships.
3320"Ancient Sharkonauts"Phil Harnage1996 (1996)
A space capsule that landed on Earth 65,000,000 years ago has been unearthed by archaeologists. While Dr. Paradigm has taken interest in the space capsule, an incident involving the capsule's prisoner Bad Rap causes Mantaman to fall under his control (the alien whose DNA was used to create Mantaman was one of Bad Rap's many creations) as they plot to control the largest radio telescope in order to contact Bad Rap's fellow Raptors. Now the Street Sharks must work to free Mantaman before Bad Rap's transmission to his fellow Raptors gets through.
3421"Sharkotic Reaction"Reed Shelly,
Robert Askin
1996 (1996)
President Horne contacts the Street Sharks informing them that a UFO has been sighted in the Solar System. Upon investigating, the Street Sharks meet the Dino Vengers T-Bone, Stegz, Bullzeye, and Spike. The Street Sharks learn from them that they are after Bad Rap and the Raptors. The Street Sharks and the Dino Vengers join forces when the Raptors steal different weapons from different countries in order to make the other countries think they are being attacked by the other.
3522"Sand Sharks"Louis Gassen1996 (1996)
While fighting the Raptors, the Street Sharks and the Dino Vengers hear from President Horne that the military is testing their stealth Super Shadow chopper. As the Street Sharks and the Dino Vengers work to protect the Super Shadow from the Raptors, Dr. Paradigm takes interest in the Raptors as he leads Shrimp Louie and Tentakill into finding them where he will steal the Super Shadow for them in exchange for Velociraptor DNA. After Dr. Paradigm obtains the Super Shadow, the Raptors trick Dr. Paradigm by giving him iguana DNA. The Street Sharks and the Dino Vengers must work to reclaim the Super Shadow from the Raptors.
3623"Shark Quake"Peter Hunziker1996 (1996)
During winter, the Raptors make plans to warm up Earth in order to make it more hospitable for the Raptors. They do this by making Mt. Cauldron (a dormant volcano near Fission City) erupt by firing a missile into it so that the heat from it can be trapped in Earth's atmosphere. After the Street Sharks and the Dino Vengers thwart that plan, the Raptors do what they did on Calderas 3 by using their computer to activate every dormant volcanoes on Earth. Now the Street Sharks and the Dino Vengers must prevent the Raptors from activating the dormant volcanoes on Earth.
3724"Super Shark"Pat Allee,
Ben Hurst
1996 (1996)
At the time when Big Slammu prepares for Fission City's comic book convention at a local convention center to meet his favorite comic book writer Jake Langstrom, Bullzeye learns about comic books and follows Big Slammu to the convention center. At the same time, the Raptors head to the Munitions and Armaments section of the Convention Center in order to steal the latest weaponry there.
3825"Jungle Sharks"Jeff Kwitny1996 (1996)
When the Street Sharks and the Dino Vengers stop the Raptors from stealing a submarine, Stegz, Spike, and Bullzeye come down with a virus with the same symptoms as the virus the Dino Vengers once contracted on the planet Zirus 10. The Street Sharks and T-Bone race against time and the Raptors to the Amazon Rainforest to get to a special pharmaceutical fungus that would help cure the sick Dino Vengers before its final symptom takes its toll on them in the next 24 hours.
3926"Trojan Sharks"Tom Sheppard,
Wendell Morris
1996 (1996)
In order to track the Dino Vengers to their lair, the Raptors cause havoc at an amusement park and ambush the Dino Vengers where they managed to secretly place a tracking device on Stegz so that they can find the Dino Lair. When the Dino Vengers end up defeated and captured as part of Bad Rap's plot to launch them to the stars in a stolen missile, the Street Sharks must rescue the Dino Vengers before the Raptors can launch the missile they are on.
4027"Shark-apolypse Now!"Peter HunzikerMay 18, 1997 (1997-05-18)
At the time when the World Leaders have come to an agreement not to use biological weapons, the Street Sharks and the Dino Vengers are enlisted to guard a top secret facility that the biological weapons are going to be safely destroyed. In order for the Raptors to prevent the biological weapons from being destroyed, Dr. Paradigm (who is now Dr. Iguanoid) puts the finishing touches on his mind-control chip which they plan to use on Bad Rap's alien creation after freeing it. This leads up to Dr. Iguanoid releasing the other alien in the facility as part of his plot to rule Earth.

Home video release

On February 19, 2013, Street Sharks – The Complete Series was released on Region 1 DVD by Mill Creek Entertainment.[2]


There was a direct-to-video feature film of the Street Sharks with all of Season 1's episodes, Sharkbait, Sharkbite, and Sharkstorm that were combined into one titled The Gene Slamming Begins. It was then followed by two episode movies using episodes from Season 2. One was Shark Quest with two episodes, Shark Quest and Lone Shark, and the other was Shark 'n' Roll with two episodes, Shark 'n' Roll and Fresh Water Shark.

Principal voice actors

Additional voices


Tie-in products

In 1996, Archie Comics released a short-lived comic book series based on Street Sharks. They published a three-issue mini-series which were based on the first three episodes of the series,[3] and a regular comic series, which lasted three issues.[4]

From 1994 to 1997, Mattel released a line of Street Sharks action figures.[5]

See also


  1. "Amazin' Adventures on". Retrieved 2011-03-13.
  2. "Street Sharks DVD news: Announcement for Street Sharks – The Complete Series". Retrieved 2015-10-14.
  3. "Street Sharks (mini series) (1996)". Comic Book Database. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  4. "Street Sharks (1996)". Comic Book Database. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  5. Lifestyles: Street Sharks are Chompin' Good!. Electronic Gaming Monthly. Issue 69. Pg.137. April 1995.
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