Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law

Season 1 Episode 1

Bannon Custody Battle

Aired Monday 12:00 AM Dec 30, 2000 on Cartoon Network
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Bannon Custody Battle
Roger "Race" Bannon fights his longtime partner in adventure, Dr. Benton Quest, for custody of Benton's son Johnny Quest & Johnny's Hindu buddy Hadji. Harvey represents Dr. Quest, while Vulturo is Race's attorney.

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  • Harvey takes on the cases that no one else will....for cartoon characters, that is.

    Dr. Quest and Race go head-to-head in a custody battle over Johnny Quest and his buddy Haji. Dr. Quest needs someone to represent him in the custody battle. Enter Harvey Birdman (and his sidekick/administrative-assitant/eagle Avenger) to the rescue! For 11 minutes of show, this show has a high FPM (funny-per-minute) ratio. It's surreal seeing cartoon characters you grew up with in weird legal battles, but somehow it works. I don't think it reaches the manic level of Sealab 2021, but hey, it's only the first episode! Just like any good cartoon episode, the episode ends with the group standing around laughing at some usually lame joke. Except in this instance, it's Johnny's dog, Bandit, that get's carried off in the claws of Avenger, that has everyone laughing...comedy gold!

    If you like Sealab, give Harvey a try. It's short and funny and short.moreless
  • First Episode

    Just yesterday it aired here in Uruguay. I was expecting it for a long time and it didn't disapoint me at all. It was all it seemed to be and more.

    I've always liked Birdman and nowadays it's cool to see him back (more if you take into account that i'm studying law, it's rather ironic).

    And on top of it all you have very well known characters going to seek his legal advice.

    If you were born in the 70's or 80's its a Must See.moreless
Gary Cole

Gary Cole

Harvey Birdman, Judge Hiram Mightor, Various

Thom Pinto

Thom Pinto

Race Bannon

Guest Star

Dee Bradley Baker

Dee Bradley Baker

Jonny Quest (credited), Lizard Man (uncredited)

Guest Star

Wally Wingert

Wally Wingert


Guest Star

Erik Richter

Erik Richter


Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Judge Mightor's Lexus' licence plate says HORN GOD.

    • At the very start of the episode when Dr. Quest and Race are talking, there is a pink mug sitting on the oven. When Race picked it up, it's black with "Worlds Best 2nd Dad" written on it. When he puts it back down, it's pink again.

    • Judge Mightor asks the Lizardman what his first name is to which the Lizardman replies "Lizardman". Later on, the other Lizardmen call him "Bill".

    • When Harvey and Dr. Benton first meet, Avenger is typing something on the typewriter - the typewriter carriage actuallys goes the wrong direction. It should go to the left, not the right.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Vulturo: Would you mind telling me if Johnny and Hadji know how to play baseball?
      Dr. Quest: Why, I'm not sure.
      Vulturo: I see, you're not sure.
      Dr. Quest: No, no, wait, wait a second. Yes, I lectured them several months ago because they were hitting a small white spheroid with a cudgel bouncing it off the tractor beam housing, of all things!

    • Harvey: Your dad and Race were..."buddies."

    • Dr. Benton Quest: Since I know he'll never do it himself, I'm going to step right up and toot Mr. Birdman's horn.
      [Harvey backs up, uncomfortable]
      Dr. Quest: Way to go, Harvey.
      [Bandit barks, and is picked up by a swooping Avenger]
      Dr. Quest: You too, Bandit
      [Everybody laughs. Dr. Quest pats Harvey's butt and he stops.]

    • Harvey: I have to tell you, Zin's robot was perfect. I can't think of how he could have done it other than using a life-sized body mold of you, Race. But where would he have gotten one of those?
      Bannon: Yes. Where, Race? Tell us where.
      Race: Er, fellas, guess what. Bad connection.
      High-pitch man's voice: Race, come on sweetie!
      Race: I'm going to have to sign off.

    • Harvey: I want you to know that your father loves you both very much.
      Jimmy: But he throws like a girl.
      Harvey: So did Martina Navratilova but that doesn't mean she wasn't macho in many other important ways.

    • Bannon: I treasure them. I love them dearly. And when I'm not working on my projects like a way of accelerating particles to subsonic speed using just magnets, for instance...
      Harvey: Thank you, Dr. Quest.
      Bannon: ...wave forms, constant rate...
      Harvey: Nothing further!
      Bannon: ...sum, which surprisingly equals the mass of the atom and, seperating them by weight, we should see...transforms into hippie...magic!
      Judge: Shut up, you weirdo.

    • Harvey: Dr. Quest, tell us a little about your relationship with--
      Bannon: Well, Race and I met one night--
      Harvey: With your boys.

    • Judge: State your first name, your last name, and occupation.
      Lizardman: Lizardman, Lizardman, and erm... lizardman.

    • Harvey: Look, I knew this might be difficult so I stopped off at the liquor store and got a couple of magazines that I think will explain everything.

    • Judge Mightor: State your first name, your last name and occupation.
      Lizardman: Lizardman, Lizardman, and uh... Lizardman.
      Vulturo: Wouldyoupleasetellus what you witnessed.
      Lizardman: Uh, sure. Um, from what I saw during ah "Mystery Of The Lizardme-" (Looks over at other Lizardmen) It's "Mystery Of The Lizardmen," right? (Lizardmen knod) Right. And from what I saw, it was Mr. Bannon who was with the children the most.
      Vulturo: Unthankyou.
      Lizardman #2: Hey, good going Bill.
      Lizardman #3: Nice job, Bill.

    • Harvey: Get ready to feel the power... of ATTORNEY!

    • Judge Mightor: Now, Mr. Birdbath... Beanbag, whatever your name is... SIT down and SHUT your HOLE! Now, Mr. Vulture-- Vulture! Vulturo... (gags, hacks up whole, live squirrel).. opening arguments.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Harvey works for the Sebben & Sebben law firm, the name of which is a play on "7&7", an alcoholic beverage made from Seagram's 7 and 7-Up.

    • The show was originally going to be part of a series of "Adult Cartoons" that would air once on a special night. However, after looking at the content and seeing the other shows they had setup, the light turned green for more episodes to be made. Along with Sealab 2021 and Aqua Teen Hunger Force, this show was responsible for the entire concept of Adult Swim on Cartoon Network.

    • The pilot was produced by the minds at CN's Atlanta studio "Williams Street" and animated at J.J. Sedelmaier Productions in New York City. It moved on to new studios afterwards.

    • Debuted in a "stealth" airing in late 2000. It was largely the same as the regular version, save for a few dialogue and musical differences.


    • Cumulus, the Storm King:
      There's a picture hanging on the wall of Harvey's office, in which Cumulus is giving Birdman some sort of plaque.

    • Mightor:
      Mightor is a caveman superhero and the "first" superhero to live in the stoneage, the show aired on CBS as the Mightor and Moby Dick show.

    • Martina Navrátilová:
      Is a former World No. 1 woman tennis player. Navrátilová became one of the first major sports stars to announce that she was a lesbian.

    • Dr.Vult/Vulturo & Dirth, the Vulture Bird: Dr. Vult has created a costume to counteract Birdman's powers. He also created a mechanical bird named Dirth to combat Avenger. Vulturo was hired by FEAR to destroy Birdman. Vulturo appeared in two episodes of Birdman.

    • Harry Chapin - Cats In The Cradle: Harvey saying "Hmm... The cat's in the cradle, and the silver ball..." is a reference to the song "Cats In The Cradle" by Harry Chapin.

    • Johnny Quest: The characters of Jonny Quest, Dr. Benton Quest, Hadji, Race Bannon, the Lizardmen, Dr. Zin, the various other villains, and of course, Bandit, are best known from the 1964 series, Johnny Quest.

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