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Me and my friends get no respect,
—Pain, From their song "Running Underwater"
In 1976, Hanna-Barbera created this show for ABC as a response to the popularity of the film Jaws. Frank Welker based the lead character's voice on Curly Howard from The Three Stooges, along with Rodney Dangerfield's Catch Phrase, "I don't get no respect."
Jabberjaw, an amphibious shark, is the drummer in a rock band called the Neptunes. His human friends are guitarist Biff, bassist Clamhead, keyboardist Bubbles and tambourinist Shelly; the last appeared to be allergic to Jabberjaw's displays of affection. When they're not making music, Jabberjaw and his friends solve mysteries Under the Sea, in yet another variation on the Scooby Doo formula. They live in a future when the ocean floor has been extensively colonized with domed cities and the like.
Cartoon Network did a short music video in the nineties that ReVisioned the Neptunes as an alternative-rock band with a trumpet; the video still airs regularly as filler on the Boomerang network.
- Adaptation Distillation: The music video
- Adventure Towns
- Alpha Bitch: Shelly
- Detective Animal: Jabberjaw helps Biff, Shelly, Bubbles, and Clamhead solve mysteries in a futuristic underwater world.
- The Ditz: Bubbles again
- Domed Hometown
- Dumb Blonde: Bubbles
- Everything's Even Worse with Sharks: Subverted, as Jabberjaw is harmless to humans.
- Expy: Shelly and Bubbles resemble Alexandra and Melody, respectively.
- Clamhead resembles Shaggy.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture
- Five-Man Band
- The Future
- Hey, That's My Line!: Shelly once used Jabberjaw's catchphrase. Jabberjaw threatened to sue her for that.
- Jerkass: Shelly, although sometimes she was a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Mad Scientist
- No Celebrities Were Harmed
- Planet of Hats
- Standardized Leader: Biff
- Tailfin Walking: How Jabberjaw gets around.
- Totally Radical: Seriously, who in real life actually says "Wowwy-wow-wow!"?!
- Underwater Base/Underwater City
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Robotic shark ejectors!