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Developed by Rankin/Bass
Voices of Peter Newman
Earl Hammond
Larry Kenney
Camille Bonora
Jim Meskimen
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26
Executive producersArthur Rankin, Jr.
Jules Bass
Running time22 minutes
Production companies Rankin/Bass Animated Entertainment
Pacific Animation Corporation
Original network first-run syndication
Original release1987 (1987)

TigerSharks is an American animated children's television series developed by Rankin/Bass and distributed by Lorimar-Telepictures in 1987. The series involved a team of heroes that could transform into amalgams of human and marine animals and resembled the series ThunderCats and SilverHawks , also developed by Rankin/Bass.


The series lasted one season with 26 episodes and was part of the show The Comic Strip , which consisted of four animated shorts: TigerSharks, Street Frogs , The Mini-Monsters , and Karate Kat . [1]

The animation was provided by Japanese studio Pacific Animation Corporation. Warner Bros. Animation currently owns the series, as they own the 1974–89 Rankin/Bass library, which was incorporated into the merger of Lorimar-Telepictures and Warner Bros. However, no DVD or streaming release of the series has been available worldwide as of today.

Production and development

Rankin/Bass followed up their successful ThunderCats and SilverHawks series with this series about a team of powered up man/marine form hybrids called the "TigerSharks". This third series also featured many of the same voice actors who had worked on ThunderCats and SilverHawks including Larry Kenney, Peter Newman, Earl Hammond, Doug Preis and Bob McFadden.


The members of the TigerShark team were humans who had to use a device called the Fish Tank in order to transform between human and powered-up marine forms. The TigerSharks' base was a spaceship that could also function underwater. The ship was called the SARK and contained the Fish Tank, along with other research facilities.

The action took place on the fictional world of Water-O (pronounced Wah-tare-oh), which was almost completely covered by water. The planet was inhabited by a race of fish-men called the Waterians. The TigerSharks arrived there on a research mission and ended up serving as the protectors of the planet against the evil T-Ray, who had arrived there beforehand.



Protectors of Water-O, the team members are:


The show featured two major antagonists, both with teams of followers. Both are in alliance to conquer Water-O and destroy the TigerSharks, but plan to betray each other once these goals are met. They are:

Episode list

1. Voyage to Water-O

2. SARK to the Rescue

3. Save the SARK

4. The Deep Fryer

5. Bowfin

6. Pappagallo's Present

7. The Lighthouse

8. Go with the Flow

9. Termagant

10. The Terror of Dragonstein

11. The Search for Redfin

12. The Kraken

13. Stowaway

14. Iced

15. The Volcano

16. A Question of Age

17. Eye of the Storm

18. Departure

19. Murky Waters

20. Spellbinder

21. The Waterscope

22. The Point of No Return

23. The Scavenger Hunt

24. Paradise Island

25. The Treasure Map

26. Redfin Returns

In other media

The TigerSharks made a cameo in an episode of the 2011 ThunderCats remake called "Legacy." [2] They are among the animals that were forced to work under Mumm-Ra.

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