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Aired originally on the Saturday mornings of NBC from September 18, 1982 to January 21, 1984 for 2 seasons and a total of 23 episodes, 13 from the first season and 10 from the second. Each episode contained two 11-minute segments, for a total of 46 segments.

Based on a line of Hallmark greeting cards and the characters created for those cards in 1980, the Shirt Tales were cute little animals who lived in Oak Tree Park and helped park visitors, sometimes by solving mysteries. They all wore shirts which flashed various brightly lit messages reflecting the characters' thoughts. They also spent their time teasing Mr. Dinkle, the park ranger, and battling crime in and out of their hometown of Mid City.

They included Tyg the tiger, Rick the raccoon, Digger Mole, and Pammy the panda. They were high-tech, too, with a supersonic transporter and wristwatch communicators with holographic functions
known as the STSST (Shirt Tales' SuperSonic Transport) which could operate as a car, jet, boat, submarine, and just about any other form of imaginable ride.

Few people were aware that they were in fact talking animals, including, during the first season, Mr. Dinkle, whom the group often had to trick to keep their secret safe.

The series was also aired on CBS during the 1984-1985 Saturday Morning Season on CBS.

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