Synopsis of Saturday Morning Show
“Hey there, sweet thing. Wanna frisk me?”
With his bulging biceps, carefully coifed pompadour, and soaring ego, Johnny Bravo believed himself to be God’s gift to women. Unfortunately, the women were not in agreement.
“Wanna do the monkey with me?"
With come-ons like that, it’s no wonder Johnny Bravo was more likely to be hit by women than be a hit with women. Hanna-Barbera’s Johnny Bravo chronicled the womanizing ups and downs (okay, there were no ups) of its title star, who was all brawn, no brains.
Oblivious to the fact that women were actually disgusted by his narcissism, Johnny came off like a cross between Elvis Presley and Pepe Le Pew-he moved and talked with the smoothness and charisma of the King, but his arrogance usually stank like the Skunk. Believing he could sweet-talk and karate-chop his way through any situation, Johnny was often amazed when a beautiful lady wouldn’t give him the time of day. Despite the constant rejections, Johnny never gave up, often resorting to stupid acts of bravado to impress a woman (like trying single-handedly to capture a gorilla or disarm a bank robber).
“Say there, pretty mama, didn't you see me in your dreams last night?”
Johnny’s only redeeming quality was his dedication and devotion to his loving “mama,” Bunny Bravo. He also tolerated the only girl in the world who actually had any feelings for him, his 8-year-old neighbor Suzy. Unfortunately for Johnny, these were the only two women who didn’t write him off as an offensive, egotistical laughing stock.
The show—which took its name from a popular Brady Bunch episode in which Greg used the “Johnny Bravo” moniker for his rock star alter ego—originated as a recurring short on the Cartoon Network’s World Premiere Toons. After winning a viewers’ poll for “#1 Toon of the Year,” the show branched off and became its own series in 1997.
In addition to the many pop culture references on Johnny Bravo the show also boasted an impressive roster of celebrity guest voices, including Farrah Fawcett, Adam West, Donny Osmond, and TV's Blossom, Mayim Bialik.
“Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, let's roll in the hay.”
Release History7/97 Cartoon Network
TV Sub Categoriesanimated
Television CastJohnny Bravo Jeff Bennett
Little Suzy Mae Whitman
Mama Brenda Vaccaro
Voices Maurice LaMarche