The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley (1988–1989)


The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley (TV Series 1988–1989)

Ed Grimley is the ultimate nerd, devoted to Count Floyd and playing his triangle. This show shows his adventures as well as the typically pathetic shows of Count Floyd.
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Creator Jim Drake
Creator Bob Goe
Creator Wayne Kaatz
Creator John Loy
Release Date1988-09-10
GenreAnimation, Comedy, Family
Content RatingTV-Y7 (TV-Y7)
CompanyHanna-Barbera Productions, SEPP International S.A.
Ed Grimley / ... 13 episodes, 1988
Count Floyd 13 episodes, 1988
Mrs. Freebus 13 episodes, 1988
Miss Malone 13 episodes, 1988
Roger Gustav / ... 13 episodes, 1988

The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley

The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and featuring Martin Short's fictional character Ed Grimley (with Short reprising his role as Grimley). The show aired on NBC from September 10 to December 3, 1988 for a single season of 13 episodes. The show is the only Saturday morning animated adaptation of both an SCTV character and a Saturday Night Live character.

Guest stars on the show included Christopher Guest and SCTV alumni Eugene Levy and Dave Thomas. The show also featured the voices of René Auberjonois, Kenneth Mars, and Arte Johnson. Though the show was not renewed for a second season, The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley was later seen in reruns in 1996 on Cartoon Network's unnamed pre-Adult Swim-era late-night programming block, which consisted of such shows as Space Ghost Coast to Coast and reruns of classic Looney Tunes shorts and Hanna-Barbera programming, before it was rerun again on Boomerang. Hanna-Barbera sponsored an Ed Grimley look-alike contest midway through the first season, which was won by 10-year-old Matt Mitchell from Des Moines, Iowa.

Synopsis and characters

Episodes of the show often featured Ed Grimley in several adventures, which start out as mundane, but turn very surreal and cartoonish, interspersed with science lessons from The Amazing Gustav Brothers, Roger and Emil, and a live-action segment with a "scary story" titled The Count Floyd Show presented as a show-within-a-show by Grimley's favorite television host, SCTV's Count Floyd (played by SCTV cast member Joe Flaherty). Grimley's fellow cartoon characters included Grimley's landlord Leo Freebus (voiced by Jonathan Winters), Leo's wife Deidre (voiced by Andrea Martin), his ditzy, amateur actress neighbor Ms. Malone (voiced by Catherine O'Hara; a female character by the name of Ms. Malone did appear on an SNL version of an Ed Grimley sketch on the season ten episode hosted by Alex Karras, but Ms. Malone was played by that episode's musical guest Tina Turner), and her little brother Wendell (voiced by Danny Cooksey). Ed owns a goldfish named Moby and a clever pet rat named Sheldon (voiced by Frank Welker). At the end of each episode, Ed would write in his diary about what happened in his day.

Additional voices

  • Charlie Adler
  • René Auberjonois
  • Michael Bell
  • Susan Blu
  • Hamilton Camp
  • Danny Cooksey
  • Robert Ito
  • Arte Johnson
  • Christina Lange
  • Kenneth Mars
  • Rob Paulsen
  • Dave Thomas
  • B.J. Ward
  • Frank Welker


NoTitleWritten byOriginal air date
1"Tall, Dark & Hansom"N/A10 September 1988

Ed fills in for his cousin driving a hansom cab and ends up in a horse race.

The Amazing Gustav Brothers: Roger and Emil talk about gravity where Emil demonstrates Sir Isaac Newton's discovery of gravity by jumping out of the airplane dressed as an apple. Though Emil forgets his parachute.

Count Floyd's Scary Stories: Count Floyd reads to the children a story called "The Curse of the Headless Mummy" where an archaeologist named Dr. Smythe enters a tomb containing a headless mummy where hieroglyphics say "He who enters this tomb will never leave and be trapped for all of eternity."
2"Ed's Debut"Dick BlasucciSeptember 17, 1988

Ed mistakenly thinks he is asked to play triangle for the city's philharmonic. On the way to the concert hall, Grimley is arrested and imprisoned for a bank robbery he did not commit.

The Amazing Gustav Brothers: Roger and Emil talk about centrifugal force by visiting the amusement park by going on the Screaming Banshee of Hades. Though Emil had some food before he got on and threw up.

Count Floyd's Scary Stories: Count Floyd reads to the children a story about a little girl who went to visit her grandfather in Oklahoma who advised her not to go into the attic. When a kid asks if Count Floyd is a real vampire because of his howling, Count Floyd comments that his grandmother is a part-werewolf and it runs in the family. When he tries to turn into a bat, the spell Count Floyd uses makes him fat instead.
3"E.G., Go Home"N/ASeptember 24, 1988

Ed and Wendall, the annoying brother of his crush—a ditzy amateur actress named Miss Malone—go on an amusement park rocket ride, taking them to another planet which is ruled by an alien queen who sounds like Bette Davis.

The Amazing Gustav Brothers: Roger and Emil talk about rocket propulsion where Emil wears a jetpack in an uninhabited desert that would make him zoom off into the stratosphere.

Count Floyd's Scary Stories: In his imagination, Ed talks to Count Floyd apologizing for missing his show. Count Floyd decides to make an exception and rerun it for him. In the episode, Count Floyd reveals that he in his bat form starred in first-rate horror films before getting his own show. He shows his first flick he made called "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Ed."
4"Ed's in Hot Water"TBAOctober 1, 1988
Looking after the apartment building for the Freebus family while she and her husband are on vacation, Ed tries to fix the water heater and ends up going down the drain, into the ocean, and on an island, where he finds a stranded, Amelia Earhart-esque aviator.
5"Crate Expectations"N/AOctober 8, 1988

Ed gets trapped in a crate while trying to get a birthday present for Miss Malone. Meanwhile in a spoof of It's a Wonderful Life, Miss Malone is depressed over being passed up for a TV movie and being a struggling actress at 25. She meets a guardian angel named Jim who shows her what life would be like if she was never born.

The Amazing Gustav Brothers: Roger and Emil go back in time to their childhood where they had a disagreement when in the bathtub.

Count Floyd's Scary Stories: Count Floyd shows some super-scary home movies. Then he plays a preview from next week's movie called "The Spooky Cloud in the Middle of the Swamp."
6"Grimley, P.F.C."TBAOctober 15, 1988
In the wrong line to return a library book, Ed joins the Army and ends up second banana to a Bob Hope-like USO performer (voiced by Dave Thomas).
7"Moby Is Lost"TBAOctober 22, 1988
Ed's pet goldfish Moby is missing and Ed hires a television-obsessed sea captain to lead the search.
8"Good Neighbor Ed"TBAOctober 29, 1988
Ed wins a contest but to fulfill the contest rules he needs to take a picture of all of his neighbors. This is the only musical episode.
9"Driver Ed"TBANovember 5, 1988
Miss Malone needs to learn how to drive and calls upon Ed to teach her, but an accident turns the two into wandering spirits who haunt Mr. Freebus.
10"Blowin' in the Wind"TBANovember 12, 1988
While on his way to his aunt's house for a game of Monopoly, Ed is caught up in the same tornado that sent Dorothy Gale to the Land of Oz, only he ends up on the farm with Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, and a recuperating Dorothy where a traveling summer stock show, with a Jerry Lewis-like director, are hoping for a shot at Broadway.
11"Eyewitness Ed"TBANovember 19, 1988
Needing "hot dog franks" for a party, Ed makes a run to the store which resembles the Bates Motel and witnesses Der Bingle robbing the proprietor (voiced by Eugene Levy) for which he testifies and must go into the Witness Protection Program.
12"Eddy, We Hardly Knew Ye"TBANovember 26, 1988
Ed goes into the hospital for a tonsillectomy where his roommate is a werewolf (voiced by Christopher Guest).
13"The Irving Who Came to Dinner"TBADecember 3, 1988
Irving Cohen pays a visit and helps Ed reveal a couple of hucksters.

Home media

On January 29, 2013, Warner Home Video (through the Warner Archive) released The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna-Barbera Classics Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store,, and In addition, the episode "Tall, Dark & Hansom" is available on Warners' Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1980s Volume 1 DVD set, released on May 4, 2010.