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Steven Spielberg presents Animaniacs was the second collaboration between Warner Bros. Animation and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, after Tiny Toon Adventures. It was a variety show consisting of short skits featuring a large cast of characters, the most prominent being the Warner Brothers, Yakko and Wakko, and their sister Dot, three cartoon characters of indeterminate species. The trio live in the water tower on the Warner Bros. studio lot, where they often create havoc there. The show also featured rotating segments with other characters like the Goodfeathers (a parody of sterotypical mafia characters from movies such as Goodfellas and The Godfather), Mindy and Buttons, Slappy Squirrel, and most notably, Pinky and the Brain, a pair of laboratory mice who are bent on world domination.

Animaniacs premiered on Fox Kids on September 13, 1993, and ran there for two years, before switching over to the newly-formed Kids' WB! for its last three seasons. A total of 99 episodes were produced, along with a direct-to-video movie, titled Wakko's Wish, and a theatrical cartoon short film, "I'm Mad" (which debuted in theaters with Thumbelina and later appeared as part of an episode in the show's second season). Pinky and the Brain also spun off into their own TV series in 1995 (ironically, Pinky and the Brain itself has never aired on Cartoon Network in the United States).

Following Time Warner's 1996 merger with Turner Broadcasting, Animaniacs had its first Cartoon Network airing in a special 2-hour marathon broadcast in early 1997. Subsequently, just a few months before its final episode aired, Animaniacs became a regular part of Cartoon Network's line-up in August 1998; 45 episodes from the show's earlier seasons were moved to being aired on the network, while the remaining 54 episodes stayed on Kids' WB! for the 1998-99 season, after which all the episodes were brought over to Cartoon Network. Animaniacs remained a regular part of Cartoon Network's schedule until September 2001, when it was moved over to Nickelodeon.

As of 2018, Animaniacs was last seen in reruns on the Hub Network from December 2012 up until its rebranding as Discovery Family in October 2014. However, it has now been announced that the series would be revived exclusively for Hulu, with the new series beginning in 2020.

Episode list

# Segments Original airdate

Season 1: 1993-1994

1 De-Zanitized / The Monkey Song / Nighty-Night Toon September 13, 1993
2 Yakko's World / Cookies for Einstein / Win Big September 14, 1993
3 H.M.S. Yakko / Slappy Goes Walnuts / Yakko's Universe September 15, 1993
4 Hooked on a Ceiling / Goodfeathers: The Beginning September 16, 1993
5 Taming Of The Screwy September 17, 1993
6 Temporary Insanity / Operation: Lollipop / What are We? September 20, 1993
7 Piano Rag / When Rita Met Runt September 21, 1993
8 The Warner's Lot Song / The Big Candy Store / Bumbie's Mom September 22, 1993
9 Wally Llama / Where Rodents Dare September 23, 1993
10 King Yakko September 24, 1993
11 No Pain, No Painting / Les Miseranimals September 27, 1993
12 Garage Sale of the Century / West Side Pigeons September 28, 1993
13 Hello Nice Warners / La Behemoth / Little Old Slappy from Pasadena September 29, 1993
14 La La Law / Cat on a Hot Steel Beam September 30, 1993
15 Space Probed / Battle for the Planet October 1, 1993
16 Chalkboard Bungle / Hurray for Slappy / The Great Wakkorotti: The Master and His Music October 4, 1993
17 Roll Over, Beethoven / The Cat and the Fiddle October 5, 1993
18 Pavlov's Mice / Chicken Boo-Ryshnikov / Nothing but the Tooth October 6, 1993
19 Meatballs or Consequences / A Moving Experience October 7, 1993
20 Hearts of Twilight / The Boids October 12, 1993
21 Four Score and Seven Migraines Ago / Wakko's America / Davy Omelette / The Flame[2] October 11, 1993
22 Guardin' the Garden / Plane Pals October 13, 1993
23 Be Careful What You Eat / Up the Crazy River / Ta Da Dump, Ta Da Dump, Ta Da Dump Dump Dump October 15, 1993
24 Opportunity Knox / Wings Take Heart October 18, 1993
25 Hercule Yakko / Home on De-Nile / A Midsummer Night's Dream October 19, 1993
26 Testimonials / Babblin' Bijou / Potty Emergency / Sir Yaksalot October 21, 1993
27 You Risk Your Life / I Got Yer Can / Jockey for Position October 25, 1993
28 Moby or Not Moby / Mesozoic Mindy / The Good, the Boo and the Ugly October 26, 1993
29 Draculee, Draculaa / Phranken-Runt October 29, 1993
30 Hot, Bothered and Bedeviled / Moon Over Minerva / Skullhead Boneyhands October 28, 1993
31 O Silly Mio / Puttin' on the Blitz / The Great Wakkorotti: The Summer Concert November 1, 1993
32 Chairman of the Bored / Planets Song / Astro-Buttons November 2, 1993
33 Cartoons in Wakko's Body / Noah's Lark / The Big Kiss / Hiccup November 3, 1993
34 Clown and Out / Bubba Bo Bob Brain November 4, 1993
35 Very Special Opening / In the Garden of Mindy / No Place Like Homeless / Katie Ka-Boo / Baghdad Cafe November 5, 1993
36 Critical Condition / The Three Muska-Warners November 8, 1993
37 Dough Dough Boys / Boot Camping / General Boo-Regard November 9, 1993
38 Spell-Bound November 10, 1993
39 Smitten With Kittens / Alas Poor Skullhead / White Gloves November 11, 1993
40 Fair Game / The Slapper / Puppet Rulers November 12, 1993
41 Buttermilk, It Makes a Body Bitter / Broadcast Nuisance / Raging Bird November 15, 1993
42 Animator's Alley / Can't Buy a Thrill / Hollywoodchuck November 16, 1993
43 Of Nice and Men / What a Dump / Survey Ladies November 17, 1993
44 Useless Facts / The Senses / The World Can Wait / Kiki's Kitten November 18, 1993
45 Windsor Hassle / ...And Justice for Slappy November 19, 1993
46 Turkey Jerky / Wild Blue Yonder November 22, 1993
47 Video Review / When Mice Ruled the Earth November 23, 1993
48 Mobster Mash / Lake Titicaca / Icebreakers November 24, 1993
49 A Christmas Plotz / Little Drummer Warners December 6, 1993
50 Twas the Day Before Christmas / Jingle Boo / The Great Wakkorotti: The Holiday Concert / Toy Shop Terror / Yakko's Universe November 29, 1993
51 The Warners & the Beanstalk / Frontier Slappy February 10, 1994
52 Ups and Downs / The Brave Little Trailer / Yes, Always February 11, 1994
53 Drive-Insane / Girlfeathers / I'm Cute February 14, 1994
54 Brain Meets Brawn / Meet Minerva February 15, 1994
55 Gold Rush / A Gift of Gold / Dot's Quiet Time February 16, 1994
56 Schnitzelbank / The Helpinki Formula / Les Boutons et le Ballon (Buttons and the Balloon) / Kung Boo February 17, 1994
57 Of Course, You Know This Means Warners / Up a Tree / Wakko's Gizmo February 18, 1994
58 Meet John Brain / Smell Ya Later February 28, 1994
59 Ragamuffins / Woodstock Slappy March 1, 1994
60 Karaoke-Dokie / The Cranial Crusader / The Chicken Who Loved Me March 2, 1994
61 Baloney & Kids / Super Buttons / Katie Ka-Boom: The Driving Lesson May 2, 1994
62 Scare Happy Slappy / Witch One / MacBeth May 3, 1994
63 With Three You Get Eggroll / Mermaid Mindy / Katie Ka-Boom: Call Waiting May 9, 1994
64 Lookit the Fuzzy Heads / No Face Like Home May 16, 1994
65 The Warners 65th Anniversary Special May 23, 1994

Season 2: 1994

66 Take My Siblings Please / The Mindy 500 / Morning Malaise September 10, 1994
67 Miami Mama-Mia / Pigeon on the Roof November 5, 1994
68 We're No Pigeons / Whistle Stop Mindy / Katie Ka-Boom: The Broken Date September 17, 1994
69 I'm Mad / Bad Mood Bobby / Katie Ka-Boom: The Blemish / Fake November 12, 1994

Season 3: 1995-1996

70 Super Strong Warner Siblings / Nutcracker Slappy / Wakko's New Gookie / A Quake, a Quake! September 9, 1995
71 Variety Speak / Three Tenors and You're Out / Bingo September 16, 1995
72 Deduces Wild / Rest in Pieces / U.N. Me September 9, 1995
73 A Hard Day's Warner / Gimme a Break / Please Please Please Get a Life Foundation September 23, 1995
74 The Tiger Prince / All The Words in the English Language / The Kid in the Lid / Method to Her Madness September 30, 1995
75 The Presidents Song / Don't Tread on Us / The Flame Returns, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow November 11, 1995
76 Gimme the Works / Buttons in Ows / Hercules Unwound October 21, 1995
77 This Pun for Hire / Star Truck / Go Fish / Multiplication Song November 4, 1995
78 The Sound of Warners / Yabba Dabba Boo November 18, 1995
79 My Mother the Squirrel / The Party / Oh! Say Can You See / The Twelve Days of Christmas Song December 21, 1995
80 Dot's Entertainment / The Girl with the Googily Goop / Gunga Dot January 4, 1996
81 Soccer Coach Slappy / Belly Button Blues / Our Final Space Cartoon, We Promise / Valuable Lesson January 18, 1996
82 Wakko's 2-Note Song / Panama Canal / Hello Nurse / The Ballad of Magellan / The Return of the Great Wakkorotti / The Big Wrap Party Tonight May 3, 1996

Season 4: 1996

83 One Flew Over the Cuckoo Clock September 7, 1996
84 Cutie and the Beast / Boo Happens / Noel September 7, 1996
85 Jokahontas / Boids on the Hood / Mighty Wakko at the Bat September 14, 1996
86 A Very Very Very Very Special Show / Night of the Living Buttons / Soda Jerk September 21, 1996
87 From Burbank with Love / Anchors A-Warners / When You're Traveling from Nantucket September 28, 1996
88 Papers for Pappa / Amazing Gladiators / Pinky and the Ralph October 19, 1996
89 Ten Short Films About Wakko Warner / No Time for Love / The Boo Network November 2, 1996
90 Pitter Patter of Little Feet / Mindy in Wonderland / Ralph's Wedding November 16, 1996

Season 5: 1997-1998

91 Back in Style / Bones in the Body September 8, 1997
92 It / Dot- The Macadamia Nut / Bully for Skippy September 13, 1997
93 Cute First (Ask Questions Later) / Acquaintances / Here Comes Attila / Boo Wonder October 11, 1997
94 Hooray for North Hollywood (Part 1) January 3, 1998
95 Hooray for North Hollywood (Part 2) January 3, 1998
96 The Carpool / The Sunshine Squirrels February 21, 1998
97 The Christmas Tree / Punchline (Part 1) / Prom Night / Punchline (Part 2) April 25, 1998
98 Magic Time / The Brain's Apprentice May 9, 1998
99 Birds on a Wire / The Scoring Session / The Animaniacs Suite November 14, 1998