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At the end of each episode, Heathcliff provides a brief message about how to care for pets like dogs and fish. For example, at the end of one episode, he tells viewers to check with their veterinarian about a good diet for their pets so that they aren't overweight, especially as they get older.
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Positive Role Models
At the end of each episode, Heathcliff provides a message about how to care for pets like dogs and fish.
Violence & Scariness
Portrays street fights between alley cats and dogs in a cartoonish way.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Healthcliff is portrayed as a ladies' man. Female cats tend to be portrayed as "attractive." They are interested in or dependent on male cats.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Heathcliff is a 1980s cartoon that was based on the Heathcliff comic strip by George Gately. The show also went by the name Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats, as each half hour episode featured two segments: one about Heathcliff and one about alley cats Riff-Raff, Hector, Wordsworth, Mungo, and Cleo (Riff-Raff's girlfriend). The cartoon is about the rough-and-tumble adventures of neighborhood alley cats. Male cats are often characterized as debonair ladies' men and female cats are portrayed as smitten by the male cats. Alley cats battle in street fights with mild name-calling.
Is It Any Good?
This classic 1980s cartoon makes a delightful return. Heathcliff, with its unforgettable theme song and witty banter, is fun for parents who grew up in the 80s to now rewatch with their kids. Though some of the jokes will go over kids' heads, they give grown-ups a reason to sit through an episode. And the adults who grew up on Heathcliff's pranks and the Catillac Cats' antics, may now be surprised to see that the show is about more than just cats; in a way, it portrays the creativity and resilience of urban culture.
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