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SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron - Animated Series of the 90s

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SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron - Animated Series of the 90s


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Created by Christian and Yvon Tremblay and produced by Hanna-Barbera and Turner Program Services, written by Glenn Leopold (13 episodes) and Lance Falk (6 episodes), it ran originally from September 11, 1993 to August 9, 1995 on TBS for 29 episodes of 22-26 minutes each and 2 seasons.

It is set in Megakat City, Chance “T-Bone” Furlong and Jake “Razor” Clawson are members of a paramilitary law enforcement agency called the Enforcers. The Enforcers were commanded by Feral, an overbearing but incompetent Enforcer who was believed to have owed his position entirely to political machinations.

While in pursuit of Dark Kat, one of the main arch-villains of the series, the heroes of the series rebelled against Feral's orders to fall back and leave Dark Kat to him. When they objected, citing their already-acquired target lock, Commander Feral used his jet to slap their wing, sending Chance and Jake's jet crashing into Enforcer headquarters and allowing Dark Kat to get away. due to objecting orders, Feral discharged Chance and Jake from the Enforcers and reassigned them to work at the city's military salvage yard to pay for the damage to the Enforcer Headquarters.

They hide their identity and use homemade vehicles so they don’t get in trouble with the Enforcers, using discarded military parts and weapons from the salvage yard. Chance and Jake built themselves a three-engine jet fighter called the Turbokat, resembling several different jet fighters, like the Grumman F-14 and the Saab Draken, along with a handful of such other vehicles as the Cyclotron, a motorcycle built into the jet; the Turbo Mole, a subterranean vehicle used to drill underground; the Hoverkat, a militarized hovercraft, the Thunder Truck, a militarized Jeep modified from their tow truck, and two jet skis which they used in Mutation City. All these vehicles were stored in a secret hangar below the yard.

Their enemies include the criminal mastermind Dark Kat; the undead sorcerer the Pastmaster; the mutant evil genius Doctor Viper; and the robotic gangsters the Metallikats. Other minor villains-of-the-week include, Madkat and Volcanus.

T-Bone and Razor kept their identities secret from everyone, and their ally was Deputy Mayor Callie Briggs, who was more important than the mayor himself. The Metallikats were the only characters in the series to learn the true identities of the heroes, when they invaded their secret hangar.

In season 2, Lieutenant Felina Feral, who disagreed with her uncle's, Commander Feral, view about the SWAT Kats, became another ally.The show was cancelled with 3 unfinished episodes, due to its violence.

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