|Created by||Brad Bird|
|Written by|| Dennis Klein|
|Directed by||Chris Buck|
|Starring|| Danny Mann|
Zak Huxtable Epstein
|Country of Origin||United States|
|No. of Seasons||1|
|No. of Episodes||10 (List of Episodes)|
|Executive Producer(s)|| Steven Spielberg|
|Running Time||22 minutes (approx.)|
|Production Company(s)|| Amblin Entertainment|
Tim Burton Productions
Warner Bros. Television
|Original Run||June 23, 1993 – July 28, 1993|
The series was part of a string of attempts by major networks to develop prime time animated series to compete with the surprise success of Fox's The Simpsons, alongside ABC's Capitol Critters and CBS's own Fish Police. All three series were canceled in their first season.
The series follows the twisted adventures of the Binsford family's dog as told through its own point of view.
The Family Dog (voiced by Danny Mann) — The main character of the series and the Binsford family's pet dog.
Skip Binsford (voiced by Martin Mull) — The father of the Binsford family.
Bev Binsford (voiced by Molly Cheek) — The mother of the Binsford family.
Billy Binsford (voiced by Zak Huxtable Epstein) — The son of the Binsford family.
Buffy Binsford (voiced by Cassie Cole) — The daughter of the Binsford family.
The series was written by Dennis Klein, Sherri Stoner and Paul Dini and animated by Nelvana, but notably lacked the involvement of the original writer and director, Brad Bird. Due to the involvement of Steven Spielberg, the series was very hyped. However, it suffered various noted production delays that ultimately hampered its success. The series did not get past its original network order of 13 episodes. Only 10 episodes were finished and sent back from the Wang Film Productions animation house in Taiwan but the producers were dissatisfied with the results, so they halted production on the final three episodes and outsourced the ten episodes to Nelvana for "fixes and completions."
The series was scheduled to debut on March 20, 1991 (and it was heavily promoted during the February 1991 broadcast of the Grammy Awards), but the animation production wasn't completed in time for this premiere, so the series was ultimately pushed back until 1993. Frederick Coffin was originally cast as the voice of Skip Binsford, but Spielberg decided to replace him with Martin Mull, after animation was completed on the first three episodes.
When the show had finally debuted, it was roundly panned for its crude scripts and cheap production values, both of drastically lesser quality than the episode which had spawned the series.  Brad Bird did not participate in making the show because he did not believe the show's premise would work as a television show. The entire series was later released as a Laserdisc box-set, and various episodes of the show were released on VHS around the same time. As of January 16, 2011 Universal has yet to announce any plans for a DVD release.
Family Dog has a total of 10 episodes spread over 1 season that were produced from June 1993 to July 1993. 13 episodes were ordered by CBS but only 10 were completed.
- ↑ Blakey, Scott (January 27, 1994). "Spielberg-burton Collaboration A Weary, Predictable Dog ". Chicago Tribune. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1994-01-27/features/9401270276_1_family-dog-show-dog-binford. Retrieved on September 26, 2014.
- ↑ Cerone, Daniel (July 9, 1991). "Cbs Is Still Trying To Fix 'Family Dog' ". Orlando Sentinel. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1991-07-09/lifestyle/9107070084_1_steven-spielberg-tim-burton-family-dog. Retrieved on September 26, 2014.
- ↑ Cerone, Daniel (February 28, 1992). "'Fish Police' on Endangered Species List ". Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/1992-02-28/entertainment/ca-2993_1_prime-time-programs. Retrieved on September 26, 2014.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Cerone, Daniel (April 24, 1991). "Animated Series Stuck in Doghouse: Television: CBS promoted 'Family Dog' for its spring lineup, but production snags will delay the Spielberg production until fall ". The Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/1991-04-24/entertainment/ca-671_1_family-dog. Retrieved on September 26, 2014.
- ↑ Cerone, Daniel (June 10, 1993). "Spielberg's 'Dog' Finally Has Its Day : But Is CBS Throwing a Bone by Unleashing the Series in Summer? ". The Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/1993-06-10/entertainment/ca-1719_1_family-dog. Retrieved on September 26, 2014.
- ↑ "Family Dog ". Entertainment Weekly. June 25, 1993. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,307081,00.html. Retrieved on September 26, 2014.
- ↑ Kogan, Rick (June 23, 1993). "Cbs' Animated `Family Dog' Has No Bite ". Chicago Tribune. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1993-06-23/features/9306230037_1_family-dog-stupid-dog-dog-show. Retrieved on September 26, 2014.
- ↑ "Iron without irony ". Salon.com. http://www.salon.com/entertainment/col/srag/1999/08/05/bird. Retrieved on September 26, 2014.