You’d be forgiven for not knowing who Harvey Birdman was, especially if you weren’t watching late-night Cartoon Network programming in the mid-2000s. But he’s coming back this fall with a promotion and a new special.
The network’s “Adult Swim” block of programs began airing “Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law” in 2001, ultimately compiling three seasons of shows.
Its premise was — this is going to get real weird, real quick — that 1960s cartoon superhero Birdman had now begun working as a small-time attorney, with clients drawn from the pantheon of classic ’60s and ’70s Hanna-Barbera cartoons.
Each episode found Harvey dealing with that week’s case, whether it was Fred Flintstone being charged with operating a Sopranos -style crime family, Scooby Doo and Shaggy being accused of — what else? — getting high, or Yogi Bear’s little buddy Boo Boo being accused of perpetrating several bombings under the guise of criminal mastermind… wait for it… the Unabooboo.
Oh, and it also featured voice work by Stephen Colbert as Birdman’s boss, Phil Ken Sebben, a takeoff on Birdman’s old boss, code-named “Falcon 7.”
Hey, we said it was going to get real weird.
Adult Swim announced in the spring that Birdman would be coming back to the network in a half-hour special airing Oct. 14.
If the clip above is any indication, it appears that Phil Ken Sebben has now become U.S. president, but since he’s tired of the job, he launches a nuclear missile at Washington, D.C., in a last-ditch effort to get himself impeached.
And who does he need for legal advice? Harvey Birdman: Attorney General.
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Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, [email protected] or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.