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 Dr. Katz


 

Dr. Katz 

Dr Katz, Professional Therapist Format: Animated Sitcom 

Created by: Jonathan Katz, Tom Snyder 

Starring: Jonathan Katz, H. Jon Benjamin, Laura Silverman 

Country of origin: USA 

No. of seasons: 6 

No. of episodes: 81 (3 unaired) 

Production 

Running time: approx. 0:22 

Broadcast 

Original channel: Comedy Central 

Original run: May 28, 1995 – December 24, 1999 


Dr Katz, Professional Therapist is an animated series that originally ran on Comedy Central from May 
28, 1995 to December 24, 1999, starring Jonathan Katz, H. Jon Benjamin, and Laura Silverman. The 
show was created by Katz and Tom Snyder, made by Tom Snyder Productions, and usually produced 
by Katz and Loren Bouchard. The show was computer animated in a crude, easily recognizable style 
called Squigglevision, in which all persons and animate objects are colored and have constantly 
squiggling outlines, while all other inanimate objects are static and usually gray in color. 

Format 

The show focused on the title character, Dr. Jonathan Katz, who was voiced by, and visually based on, 
the comedian of the same name. Dr Katz was a professional psychoanalyst who had famous comedians 
and actors as patients, usually two per episode. The comedians' therapy sessions generally consisted of 
them doing their onstage material while Dr Katz offered insights or simply let them rant. Meanwhile, 
therapy sessions featuring actors and actresses offered more interpersonal dialogue between Katz and 
his patient to better suit their predisposition. Dr Katz is a very laid-back, well-intentioned man who 
enjoys playing the guitar and spending time at the bar with his friends, Stanley and Julie. 

Mixed in with all the scenes involving the doctor and his clients are scenes dealing with the doctor's 
personal life. He has a son, Benjamin, who is an aimless and childish grown son. His secretary, Laura 
(Laura Silverman) is disinterested and useless. He has two friends: Stanley (Will Le Bow), and the 
barmaid, Julie, voiced by one of the show's producers, Julianne Shapiro. Another character, Todd 
(Todd Barry) interacted with Ben.

Each show would typically begin with Dr. Katz and Ben waking up and beginning a plotline shared by 
the two. 

The show would end in a similar way each week; while Dr Katz was in a session with a patient, music 
signaling the close of the show would begin to play. Katz would acknowledge it and tell the patient 
"Whoops, you know what the music means... our time is up" or something similar to that.

Much of the show's content, particularly dialogue between Katz and Benjamin, was improvised 
through a process called "retroscripting", in which a vague outline is developed but the actual dialogue 
is ad-libbed. This style, as well as Squigglevision, would reappear in Home Movies, a cartoon that 
features many members of the Dr. Katz cast and crew. 

Original airing 

The first episode of Dr. Katz aired on May 28, 1995. A total of 81 episodes were produced, though the 
final three -- "Bakery Ben," "Uncle Nothing" and "Lerapy" -- did not air in the United States. (They 
were aired in Canada and overseas, however.) Comedy Central began the show's sixth and final season 
on June 15, 1999, but ran only the first six episodes. The network chose to schedule nine of the 
remaining twelve episodes for a Christmas Eve marathon, which served as the show's finale. The final 
three episodes were not released until their inclusion on the 2007 DVD box set. 


Episodes 

Episode # Prod # Air Date Episode Title 

Season 1: 1995 



1. 1- 1 101 28 May 95 Pot-Bellied Pigs 

2. 1- 2 102 4 Jun 95 Pretzelkins 

3. 1- 3 103 11 Jun 95 Bully 

4. 1- 4 104 18 Jun 95 Cholesterol 

5. 1- 5 105 25 Jun 95 Everybody's Got a Tushy 

6. 1- 6 106 2 Jul 95 Family Car 


Season 2: 1996 



7. 2- 1 201 15 Oct 95 Bystander Ben 

8. 2- 2 202 29 Oct 95 Real Estate 9. 2- 3 203 12 Nov 95 Glasses 

10. 2- 4 204 17 Dec 95 Office Management 

11. 2- 5 205 14 Jan 96 Bees and SIDS 

12. 2- 6 206 21 Jan 96 Drinky the Drunk Guy 

13. 2- 7 207 7 Apr 96 Sticky Notes 

14. 2- 8 208 14 Apr 96 It Takes Some Getting Used To 

15. 2- 9 209 21 Apr 96 The Particle Board 

16. 2-10 210 28 Apr 96 A Journey for the Betterment of People 

17. 2-11 211 5 May 96 Theory of Intelligence 

18. 2-12 212 12 May 96 Henna 

19. 2-13 213 26 May 96 ESP 



Season 3: 1996-1997 



20. 3- 1 301 6 Oct 96 Monte Carlo 

21. 3- 2 302 13 Oct 96 Blind Date 

22. 3- 3 303 20 Oct 96 Fructose 

23. 3- 4 304 27 Oct 96 Earring 

24. 3- 5 305 3 Nov 96 Koppleman and Katz 

25. 3- 6 306 5 Jan 97 Guess Who 

26. 3- 7 307 12 Jan 97 Day Planner 

27. 3- 8 309 19 Jan 97 Studio Guy 

28. 3- 9 308 26 Jan 97 Mourning Person 

29. 3-10 310 2 Feb 97 L'il Helper 

30. 3-11 311 9 Feb 97 Big Fat Slug 

31. 3-12 312 2 Mar 97 New Phone System 

32. 3-13 313 9 Mar 97 Reunion 



Season 4: 1997 



33. 4- 1 405 9 May 97 Ben Treats 

34. 4- 2 401 22 Jun 97 Memoirs 

35. 4- 3 402 29 Jun 97 Electric Bike 

36. 4- 4 403 6 Jul 97 Broadcaster Ben 

37. 4- 5 404 13 Jul 97 Trash Day 

38. 4- 6 406 27 Jul 97 Sharon Meyers 

39. 4- 7 407 3 Aug 97 Mask 

40. 4- 8 408 10 Aug 97 Closets 

41. 4- 9 409 17 Aug 97 Wild Weekend 

42. 4-10 410 24 Aug 97 Chopper 

43. 4-11 411 31 Aug 97 Alibi 

44. 4-12 412 7 Sep 97 Ben-Centennial 

45. 4-13 413 14 Sep 97 Undercover 



Season 5: 1998 



46. 5- 1 503 17 Jun 98 Old Man 

47. 5- 2 501 22 Jun 98 Fanny Pack 

48. 5- 3 505 29 Jun 98 Metaphors 

49. 5- 4 502 6 Jul 98 Movies 

50. 5- 5 512 13 Jul 98 Ticket 

51. 5- 6 504 20 Jul 98 Phone Luv 

52. 5- 7 506 27 Jul 98 Chain Letter 

53. 5- 8 507 3 Aug 98 Babysitting Ben 

54. 5- 9 508 10 Aug 98 Miles Away 

55. 5-10 509 17 Aug 98 London Broil 

56. 5-11 510 24 Aug 98 Feng Shui 

57. 5-12 511 21 Sep 98 Alderman 

58. 5-13 513 28 Sep 98 Paranoia 

59. 5-14 514 5 Oct 98 Waltz 

60. 5-15 515 12 Oct 98 Anniversary 

61. 5-16 516 19 Oct 98 Community Theater 

62. 5-17 517 26 Oct 98 Ping-Pong 

63. 5-18 518 23 Nov 98 Thanksgiving 



Season 6: 1999 

64. 6- 1 601 15 Jun 99 Sissy Boy 

65. 6- 2 602 22 Jun 99 Pullman Square 

66. 6- 3 603 29 Jun 99 Wisdom Teeth 

67. 6- 4 604 6 Jul 99 Past Lives 

68. 6- 5 605 13 Jul 99 Ben's Partay 

69. 6- 6 615 20 Jul 99 Walk for Hunger 

70. 6- 7 606 24 Dec 99 Used Car 

71. 6- 8 607 24 Dec 99 Ball and Chain 

72. 6- 9 608 24 Dec 99 Snow Day 

73. 6-10 609 24 Dec 99 Garden 

74. 6-11 610 24 Dec 99 Big TV 

75. 6-12 611 24 Dec 99 Vow of Silence 

76. 6-13 612 24 Dec 99 You're Belinda 

77. 6-14 614 24 Dec 99 Radio Katz 

78. 6-15 613 24 Dec 99 Expert Witness 

79. 6-16 616 Bakery Ben 

80. 6-17 617 Uncle Nothing 

81. 6-18 618 Lerapy 



Notable guests 



Dave Attell 

Todd Barry 

Joy Behar 

Elayne Boosler 

Bill Braudis 

Kevin Brennan 

Dave Chappelle 

Louis C.K. 

David Cross 

Rodney Dangerfield 

David Duchovny 

Mitch Fatel 

Jim Gaffigan 

Jack Gallagher 

Jeff Garlin 

Jeff Goldblum 

Whoopi Goldberg 

Janeane Garofalo 

Bobcat Goldthwait 

Gilbert Gottfried 

Kathy Griffin 

Mitch Hedberg 

Dom Irrera 

Richard Jeni 

Tom Kenny 

Andy Kindler 

Julia Louis-Dreyfus 

Ron Lynch 

Denis Leary 

David Mamet 

Bonnie McFarlane 

Kevin Meaney 

Larry Miller 

Kevin Nealon 

Conan O'Brien 

Bob Odenkirk 

Patton Oswalt 

Emo Philips 

John Pinette 

Brian Regan 

Ray Romano 

Mike Rowe 

Rita Rudner 

Winona Ryder 

Lew Schneider 

Garry Shandling 

Sarah Silverman 

Bobby Slayton 

Margaret Smith 

Barry Sobel 

Jon Stewart 

Ben Stiller 

Fred Stoller 

Wanda Sykes 

Paul F. Tompkins 

Steven Wright 



References in popular culture 

In "Summer Sucks," an episode of South Park, another Comedy Central cartoon, Dr. Katz appears as 
Mr. Garrison's psychiatrist. 

In an issue of Mad, Dr Katz moves to South Park and counsels the characters. 

In episode 307 "Bush is a Pussy" of Mr. Show a Dr Katz scene is played out between Katz and Kedzie 
Matthews, a spoof of a typical college comic, at the end of the episode. 

In the Family Guy episode Saving Private Brian the main character Peter Griffin is seen talking to Dr. 
Katz, while sitting on a recliner. Peter makes a comment about the Squigglevision style in which Dr 
Katz is animated, saying "What the hell is wrong with you? Your skin is like moving around or 
something," to which he replies, "I believe I'm having some sort of seizure." 

In the Squidbillies episode Government Brain Voodoo Trouble, the therapist (later clarified as "the 
rapist") is voiced by an uncredited Jonathan Katz. 

In the Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode, "Brilliant Number One," Space Ghost was drawn in Dr 
Katz's style briefly, while asking Peter Fonda, "What does this tell us about your childhood?" 

In the Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode "King Dead," which featured H. Jon Benjamin as the guest, 
the Dr Katz show is mentioned by name. Space Ghost is briefly shown in Squigglevision while stating 
"cable is important" a reference to the fact Dr Katz was on Comedy Central and Space Ghost was 
shown on Cartoon Network, both of which were basic cable channels. 

In the direct-to-DVD parody film, Farce of the Penguins, Jonathan Katz appears as Steve, the owl who 
gives therapeutic advice for $275/hr. 

In the children's animated series Arthur, there was an episode where the children all proposed an idea 
for a TV-show episode, all of which were based on various animated programs. Arthur's idea had 
himself seeing Dr Katz, complaining about his sister, D.W. 

On the sitcom Help Me Help You, Jonathan Katz appeared as Dr Katz. 


Comic strip 

A comic strip of the same name was produced by the LA Times syndicate. One book collection was 
published, Hey I've Got My Own Problems. Writers included Bill Braudis and Dave Blazek, with 
artwork by Dick Truxaw. 


DVD releases 

Season Releases 

DVD Name Release Date Ep # Additional Information 

Season 1 May 9, 2006 6 Bonus features include cast and crew commentary, and several animated 
shorts. 

Season 2 November 21, 2006 13 Bonus features include cast and crew commentary, and "follow-up 
calls" with previous guest stars. 

The Complete Series November 20, 2007 [1] 81 Bonus Features include a 28-page booklet with 
patients' "memories from the couch" and new drawings, as well as "An Evening with Dr Katz: Live 
from the Comedy Central Stage." 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

 

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