n the year 2076,
mankind had expanded its frontier to undersea towns and cities
encased within protective bio-domes. What better way to explore
this world than by following the adventures of a teenage rock
band with a great white shark for a drummer? As a bonus,
traveling from one gig to the next afforded the group plenty of
opportunities to cross paths with the criminal undersea element.
The name of the
teen's five piece band was The Neptunes. Biff, the level-headed
leader of the band, played lead guitar. Ditzy, blond-haired
Bubbles played keyboard and had a knack for making a bad
situation even worse by doing stupid things. Clamhead played
bass; in dangerous circumstances or when he got excited about
something his favorite phrase was, "Wowee, Wow Wow." Raven
haired tambourine player Shelly was vain and easily annoyed -
especially with the band's drummer, Jabberjaw. She was full of
not-so endearing terms for the shark, like Blubber-head,
Dum-Dum, Jabber-nose, overgrown guppy and Jabber-blubber, to
name a few. It's small wonder that Jabberjaw often complained of
getting "No respect!"
included things one might expect to find in an undersea
world. For starters, the names of most things began with
"aqua," for instance... aquamobile, Plaza Aquapulco and
Aquamo (Eskimo). Sharks must have been a common problem,
because "shark ejectors" (robots programmed to remove a
shark from the premises) were standard in many
establishments. Apparently not all sharks were of the
friendly sort like Jabberjaw, who was repeatedly tossed out
by the shark ejectors, followed quickly by his inevitable
complaint of, "No respect!"
Due to the band's
penchant for getting mixed up in the villainous machinations of
undersea criminals, each episode ended with a musical chase
scene where the teens and Jabberjaw would run from the bad
guys, performing zany cartoon antics in order to escape while a
groovy tune played in the background. As a prelude to
confronting the bad guys Jabberjaw liked to demonstrate his
fighting prowess by proclaiming, "I'll give 'em one of these...
then I give 'em one of those..." while he carried out pseudo
martial arts moves. His bravado can't be seen merely as bragging
though, because in the end the criminals were always caught,
thanks in large part to the exploits of Jabberjaw.
The show ran for
one season of original episodes, and then for an additional
season consisting entirely of repeats. Jabberjaw also later
appeared as a regular on Yogi's Space Race (1978) and as an
occasional guest announcer on
Scooby's All Star Laff-A-Lympics
(1977) and Scooby's All-Stars (1978).